Monday, December 29, 2014

HYT - The Hydro-Mechanical Horologists

HYT is a young and innovative luxury watch brand based in Switzerland. Headed by passionate horology enthusiasts - Patrick Berdoz, Lucien Vouillamoz, Emmanuel Savioz and Vincent Perriard (CEO) - this brand has stormed in to the world of high end watch making with a revolutionary concept: Hydro-mechanical horology - An encounter between Fine Watchmaking and fluid mechanics.

We knew about clepsydras or water clocks. The oldest found thus far dates back to the age of the pharaohs. It took 3400 years to overcome the force of gravity and indicate the time with a liquid in a mechanical wristwatch. HYT’s Hydro-mechanical Horologists have turned fantasy into reality, mixing mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch. While addicted to non-conformism, these alchemists have drawn upon the strictest codes of fine watchmaking, and shattered them.
HYT H1 Pink Gold
Origins of the brand
During the Swiss national exhibition in 2002 in Neuchâtel, Lucien Vouillamoz shared his friends about the idea of designing a water watch. The challenge was how to replace the gravitational energy used in clepsydras or water clocks within a wearable, water-resistant wristwatch. The utopic idea was swiftly put on hold in the absence of a technical solution.

After few years, Lucien Vouillamoz reconsidered it from a different angle – namely to create a fluid indicator of time, that is small and transportable and can be used in different ways, rather than a simple “water wristwatch”. This thought process lead him to a completely new idea – involving using two flexible reservoirs attached to each end of the same capillary. This closed system is to comprise different coloured, non-miscible liquids in each reservoir. By compressing the first, its fluid is pushed into the capillary and indicates the time, while the other liquid expands in the second reservoir. The separation between the two liquids is ensured by the positive and negative polarity of the molecules in both, which would make them repel each other’s edges like two magnets. No need for a piston in the tube. The questions of energy and congestion are solved in one go. The idea behind the future H1 is born.

Lucien Vouillamoz quickly identified the potential of his powerful idea, but has no experience of patents. He contacted his long time friend, Patrick Berdoz, a serial entrepreneur and business angel highly experienced in the realm of intellectual property and launching innovative projects. After verifying the concept and conducting due diligence with his team of engineers, the latter invested the necessary funds for the initial validations of the project and makes his team of specialists available to Lucien. Together, they conducted the prior research and develop the first technical specifications, the first designs, and the preliminary registrations.

Patrick continued to finance the entire project. Simultaneously, he contacted his friend Emmanuel Savioz, a specialist in the domain of high-tech start-ups and made him responsible for the creation of HYT and raising the funds required to finance a prototype. Patrick also invited him to join him and Lucien in founding and sitting on the board of HYT and its sister company, Preciflex.

Following a year of R&D, the first prototype was created. The time is accurately indicated thanks to a rectangular capillary measuring 1.7/03mm, machined in a circle between two layers of plexiglass making up the watch glass. Created using rolling membranes, the flexible reservoirs are trapped in transparent cylinders. The force required to move the liquid is transmitted by a cam, which replaces the hour hand. The concept was demonstrated and the patents registered by Preciflex.

In 2010, the team met Vincent Perriard, who is crazy about watchmaking and has already been involved in an attempt to use fluids – which actually won the 2008 Design Watch Prize at the prestigious Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. Their mutual friend, Jean-François Ruchonnet, acted as the intermediary of this explosive encounter.

With technology in hand, the idea of a rectangular capillary machined into plexiglas became a thing of the past, and was replaced by a borosilicate glass capillary around 11 cm in length with a tiny internal diameter of just 1 mm, an independent capillary through which the time - flowing in the truest sense of the word - can be read. Instead of flowing from rolling membranes, the fluids now come from high-strength, ultra-flexible bellows (technology used by NASA) which act as pistons to enable the fluid to move inside the capillary.

HYT appointed Enter Bruno Moutarlier, former industrial director of Audemars Piguet and a pillar of the brand’s success in the first decade of the millennium, for managing the situation. To develop the movement for the future H1, Bruno Moutarlier turned to Jean-François Mojon and his team at Chronode. For the liquid part, he advised Lucien Vouillamoz who was piloting the reliability trials and the production, in conjunction with Helbling Technik. Meanwhile, CEO and HYT partner Vincent Perriard entrusted the design of the future H1 to the Etude de Style design company, headed by Sébastien Perret.

Vincent Perriard obtained his movements from Chronode, while Preciflex, under the supervision of Lucien Vouillamoz, supplies the liquid components. The alchemy between these two unlikely worlds worked perfectly. A year later, the first hybrid mechanical-fluid watch emerged.
HYT H1 Black DLC
HYT unveiled H1, the first hybrid mechanical-fluid watch, at Basel 2012 jewellery & watch fair and in 2013, the brand launched H2, the second generation hybrid mechanical-fluid watch. HYT continues to produce new limited edition versions based on the H1 & H2.
HYT H2 Titanium
How a hydro mechanical watch works?
The timepiece is equipped with two flexible reservoirs with a capillary attached at each end. One is filled with a coloured liquid and the other, a transparent one. Keeping them apart is the repulsion force of the molecules in each fluid. The hours are indicated by the coloured liquid released from a flexible reservoir compressed by a piston. These reservoirs, or bellows, are located at six o’clock and are made from a supple alloy. The first coloured liquid travels through the capillary pushing the transparent one back into its own reservoir and then returning to its original position at six o’clock in what is referred to as a retrograde manner.
It has two reservoirs at 06:00. While the first compresses, the second expands, and the other way round, resulting in the movement of the liquid in the capillary. As the hours go by, the coloured liquid advances.
The meniscus, in the shape of a half moon, marks the separation point with the other fluid in the tube, indicating the time. At 18:00, the coloured liquid comes back to its original position, going backwards.
HYT H1Gold DLC
Strategic co-operation with Dominique Renaud
In 2014, the brand announced a strategic collaboration with the legendary concept watch specialist, Dominique Renaud, to further strengthen the Neuchâtel based Hydro-Mechanical Horologists’ team as they continue to pioneer the field of highly complex movements in fine watchmaking.

HYT also continues to invest heavily in its niche and exceptional R&D 5-year programme hand in hand with Dominique Renaud thus allowing the young Swiss company to continue to bring ground breaking innovations to the industry whilst keeping a firm grip on its production line and the watchmaking profession as a whole. HYT has many patents under application through its close partnership with Preciflex, the exclusive developer of HYT's liquid movements.

Contact details
HYT SA
Rue J. Stämpfli 10
2502 Bienne - Switzerland
http://www.hytwatches.com/

TISSOT Classic Prince

Inspired by a model dating back to 1917, which helped secure the brand its international fame, the TISSOT Classic Prince stands out on account of its arched rectangular case that closely follows the contour of the wrist, and the elegance of its dial with extended numerals. Its pure lines, art deco style and sober geometry lend it a resolutely contemporary touch. Like all the watches of the Heritage Classics line, this watch bears the old Tissot brand emblem. Equipped with a quartz movement, the TISSOT Classic Prince is available in two versions: Steel Case with Ivory dial or gilt PVD case with opaline silver dial. It boasts extended Arabic numeral hourmarkers in sapphire blue and “bleuté" hands for hour & minutes indication.
Technical details
Movement
Quartz

Functions
Hours, minutes

Case
Steel or gilt PVD
"Hesalite" crystal
Water-resistant to 30 m

Dial
Ivory (steel version) or opaline silver (gilt PVD version)
Extended numerals in sapphire blue, "bleuté" hands

Strap
Black leather with folding clasp

CHOPARD Happy Sport Oval

Introduced in 2002, these two models featuring oval case belong to the famous Happy Sport line from Chopard. The timepieces from CHOPARD Happy Sport boast a distinguishing feature: seven diamonds moving freely beneath the crystal, over the mother-of-pearl dial. The version in yellow gold oval case features five cabochons in blue sapphire on the horns and crown. The version in white gold oval case boasts a bezel that is entirely set with diamonds. Equipped with quartz movement, these timepieces also offer the date indication at 6’o clock.
Technical details
Movement
Quartz

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
750 (18K) yellow gold with five cabochons in blue sapphire on the horns and crown
750 (18K) white gold with a bezel set with white D Flawless diamonds plus five briolette-shaped diamonds on the horns and crown
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 30 m

Dial
Mother-of-pearl with seven mobile diamonds
Calendar window

Strap
Leather

RAYMOND WEIL Parsifal Automatique

This elegant timepiece from Raymond Weil’s Parsifal collection boasts an automatic movement with Côtes de Genève decoration. The round case blends harmoniously with the fluid lines of the bracelet. The shimmering of the different shades of grey lends a refined touch to this watch, which offers just the right balance between technology and aesthetics. The stainless steel case, which is fitted with curved sapphire crystal and sapphire back, has a water resistance up to 100 meters. The grey sun burst dial features Roman raised numerals as hour markers, and a date window at 3 o'clock.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic, 28'800 A/h

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Steel
Curved sapphire crystal antiglare treatment, sapphire back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Grey sun burst
Roman raised numerals
Calendar at 3 o'clock

Bracelet
Steel
Folding clasp with double-push security system

ALPINA Avalanche Chronograph Edition 2005

This highly distinctive automatic chronograph from Alpina’s Avalanche collection has a robust stainless steel case adorned with black rubber detailing on the bezel, push-buttons and crown. The black dial with Côtes de Genève finishing features silver hour markers, large Arabic numerals for 3h & 9h and 2 vertically aligned counters for chronographs: 30 minutes counter at 12’o clock and 12 hour counter at 6’ o clock. The 12 hour counter at 6’o clock also displays the date indication. The ALPINA Avalanche Chronograph is equipped with a tachometer scale. The mechanical automatic movement that beats inside this timepiece delivers 42 hours power reserve, and its bridges are decorated with Côtes de Genève pattern. Water resistance to 100 meters, this sports chronograph in steel is fitted with sapphire crystal and screw-down case back with numbering.
Technical details
Movement
Mechanical automatic
Bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève pattern
42-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph functions, tachometer

Case
Steel, 42 mm
Sapphire crystal
Screw-down back
Water-resistant to 100 m
Individual number

Dial
Black with Côtes de Genève” pattern, silvered minutes counter at 12 o'clock and hours counter at 6 o'clock with date window, luminescent hands

Bracelet/Strap
Rubber or steel

TISSOT T-Race Ice-T

Introduced in 2005 by Tissot this high-tech chronograph dedicated to the world of hockey was created to celebrate eight years of official timekeeping for the World Championships. The ultra-modern dial design is inspired by an ice-rink and its goal areas, and features a match countdown timer. Produced in Limited series of 3333, this quartz powered sports chronograph features steel – carbon case with a water resistance of 50 meters. The front case is engraved with ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS and the numbered case back is engraved with the likeness of a hockey player. The white dial features date at 3 o'clock, 1/10th second counter at 2 o'clock, 60-second counter at 6 o'clock and a Special counter indicating the three periods of a match at 10 o'clock. The Inner bezel indicated the countdown of the last minute of a match.
Technical details
Movement
Quartz

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, countdown

Case
Steel and carbon
Sapphire crystal
Numbered back, engraved with the likeness of a hockey player
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
White
Date at 3 o'clock
1/10th second counter at 2 o'clock, 60-second counter at 6 o'clock
Special counter indicating the three periods of a match at 10 o'clock
Inner bezel with countdown of the last minute of a match

Strap
Rubber, safety buckle

Patek Philippe Quantième Annuel Homme

This men's Annual Calendar from Patek Philippe is a slightly larger base model, with finely worked dials. It is equipped with the Calibre 315 automatic movement featuring a 21 carat gold central rotor. Certified with the prestigious Geneva seal, this 36 jewels mechanical self-winding movement powers the Annual calendar (day, date, and month) functions and Moon phase indications. The Patek Philippe Quantième Annuel Homme, which is available in 750 (18K) yellow or white gold version, is fitted with a screw-down sapphire crystal case back. The dial, which is available in cream or slate grey options, is lacquered with sunburst effect and has applied baton-shaped hour markers in yellow or white gold. The Arabic numerals and leaf-shaped hands in yellow or white gold are coated with luminescence material. It also boasts a power reserve indication at 12'o clock.
Technical details
Movement
Mechanical automatic Calibre 315, 36 jewels, 21'600 vph, 21-carat gold central rotor, Geneva Seal

Functions
Hours, minutes, centre seconds
Annual calendar (day, date, month)
Moon phases

Case
750 (18K) yellow or white gold
Screw-down sapphire back

Dial
Cream or slate grey lacquered with sunburst effect
Applied baton-shaped hour markers in yellow or white gold
Arabic numerals and leaf-shaped hands in yellow or white gold with luminescent coating
Hollowed subdials, snailed motif and leaf-shaped hands in yellow or white gold

Strap
Brown hand-sewn alligator leather with yellow or white gold folding clasp

TISSOT PRS516 Valjoux

Introduced in 2005, this sports chronograph timepiece from TISSOT houses the legendary ETA 7750 Valjoux self winding movement. Designed for high-speed enthusiasts, the TISSOT PRS516 Valjoux comes in a stainless steel case in brushed finish and is equipped with a black PVD bezel featuring tachometer scale. The black carbon fibre dial features luminescent hour markers & hands and square counters. The date and day windows are positioned at 3 o'clock. Other features include screw-down crown, antiglare sapphire crystal and transparent case back.


Technical details
Movement
Automatic, ETA 7750 Valjoux
46-hour power-reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, date, day, tachometric scale

Case
Steel
Screw-down crown
Antiglare sapphire crystal
Transparent back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Black
Luminescent hour markers and hands
Square counters
Date and day at 3 o'clock

Bracelet/Strap
Steel with push-piece buckle or leather strap with folding clasp

ZENITH Baby Star Open

The Baby Star Open watch from Zenith Queen of Love collection houses the automatic Elite 68 movement. Accommodated in a design dedicated to love, the Baby Star Open proudly exhibits its small seconds in the shape of a heart. This curvaceous feminine timepiece is available in steel, steel set with diamonds, pink and, yellow gold versions. The Oscillating weight of the movement is engraved with dancing numerals and ZENITH stars. The sapphire crystal case back of this timepiece is also engraved with ZENITH stars. The Baby Star Open is also available in silvered, black, white, beige, violet or brown dial versions.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic, Elite 68 calibre
Oscillating weight engraved with dancing numerals and ZENITH stars

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds

Case
Steel, 32 mm. Set version: 56 diamonds (0.53 ct)
Cambered sapphire crystal, double antiglare treatment
Sapphire back, engraved with ZENITH stars

Dial
ZENITH silvered, black, white, beige, violet or brown
Open heart at 10h
Small seconds at 9 o'clock symbolised by a red heart turning around itself
Sanded, rhodium-plated hands
Hour-markers with powdered dancing numerals

Strap
Satin in ZENITH red, black, white, sandy-beige, mauve or brown

Other versions
Case in pink or yellow gold 750 (18K), oscillating weight in pink or yellow gold (22K)
ZENITH brown diamonds on the version in pink gold,

Auguste Reymond Cotton Club Big Date

Swiss watch brand Auguste Reymond's flagship line, the Cotton Club, is dedicated to watch complications. Here features an elegant automatic model - Cotton Club Big Date – that boasts a large date window at 12’o clock and power reserve indicator at 6’o clock. Equipped with AR 9090 self winding movement, the Cotton Club Big Date is available in Steel, Bimetallic steel and 750 (18K) yellow gold versions. Case measures 38.50 mm and is fitted with crown with blue cabochon and sapphire crystal transparent case back. The silvered, guilloché dial features Roman numeral hour markers.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic, AR 9090
Côtes de Genève pattern, blued steel screws, gilded rotor

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve

Case
Steel, 38.50 mm
Crown with blue cabochon
Sapphire crystal, transparent back

Dial
Silvered, guilloché, Roman numerals
Large date window at 12 o'clock
Power reserve at 6 o'clock

Strap
Calfskin, blue

Other versions
Bimetallic steel and 750 (18K) yellow gold case

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Harry Winston Golden Aurora

The Golden Aurora by Harry Winston is a jewellery watch designed with an eye to the contemporary woman. This model is available in a rectangular case in 750 (18K) yellow gold set with 1.55 carats of "golden" diamonds (28 diamonds) and 0.30 carats of white diamonds (25 diamonds) or a version set with 2.30 carats of golden diamonds. This quartz powered jewellery watch has a mother-of-pearl dial with hour markers and small seconds, and also available in a version with a date window at 6 o'clock. The "golden" diamonds go with the satin bracelet and emphasise the classicism that Harry Winston set out to achieve in this model.
Technical details
Movement
Quartz

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds or date at 6 o'clock

Case
Rectangular in 750 (18K) yellow gold set with 1.55 carats of "golden" diamonds (28 diamonds) and 0.30 carats of white diamonds (25 diamonds) or a version set with 2.30 carats of golden diamonds (36 diamonds) and 1.10 carats of white diamonds (26 diamonds)
Water-resistant to 30 m

Dial
Mother-of-pearl with hour markers and small seconds, or version with a date window at 6 o'clock
Sapphire crystal, double-sided antiglare

Strap
"Golden" satin
Folding clasp

Harry Winston Avenue C Large

Originally inspired by the refined geometric forms of Art Deco, the Avenue collection by Harry Winston is an ode to New York City – its long thoroughfares stretching their slender silhouettes off into the distance, its soaring, vertiginous aerial architecture. Introduced in 2011, the Avenue C Large model varies its geometry by playing with straight lines and curves, asymmetry and contrasts. The Avenue C Large uses the mirror effects of skyscrapers, with its dial set with 156 baguette-cut diamonds (7.5 carats).
The white gold case studded with diamonds totaling 7.8 carats  reflects the beauty and the brilliance of each diamond. Unrivalled, the glittering bracelet in white gold, set with 260 baguette-cut diamonds (19.5 carats), extends the brightness of the watch to infinity. A total of 34.8 carats embodies a unique style, which is the culmination of efforts and skills between gemologists, designers and craftsmen, working together to create incredibly beautiful timepieces.

Technical details
Model: Avenue C Large
Reference: 335/UQWW.DB/BD/BD

Movement
Quartz

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
18K white gold
Crystal: Sapphire
Diameter: 47.6 x 34.8 mm
Water resistance: 30 meters
Case setting: Set with 40 baguette-cut diamonds and 13 brilliant-cut diamonds (7.8 carats)

Dial
18K white gold
Sunray dial set with 156 baguette-cut diamonds (7.5 carats)

Bracelet
18K white gold, Set with 260 baguette-cut diamonds (19.5 carats)
Buckle: Folding clasp in 18K white gold

Total carat Weight
456 baguette-cut diamonds + 13 brilliant-cut diamonds = 34.8 carats

Harry Winston Avenue Traffic

Inspired by the energy and architecture of New York City, the Harry Winston Avenue Traffic, which features defined with elegant lines and geometric shapes, reflects a modern interpretation of the iconic Harry Winston Avenue Collection. Recalling the structure and angles of the cityscape, the case features delicate, yet defined asymmetrical lines. Set with 58 dazzling diamonds in graduated sizes, the slightly tapered shape captures the illusion of gazing down Fifth Avenue at night - the sparkle of streetlights lining the sidewalks.
A beautiful mother of pearl dial with brilliant diamond center recalls the twinkling light of the city skyscrapers, while a chic satin strap enhances the sophisticated, feminine feel.
Technical details
Name: Avenue Traffic
Reference: 340/LQWL.MD/00
Movement: Quartz movement
Functions: Hours and minutes
Case: White gold, set with 97diamonds (3 carats)
Dial: Mother of pearl, set with 58 diamonds (0,18 carat)
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire
Strap: Black satin, folding buckle in white gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Total Carat weight: 3,18 carats of diamonds

Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Chronograph

The extraordinary ride of Maverick, a veritable Victorinox Swiss Army bestseller, continues apace. After the redesign of the three hand watch model, the Maverick Chronograph has now undergone a complete overhaul.

The Maverick’s new look is first apparent on the streamlined dial, where indexes take the place of numerals—except, for ease of reading, at 3 and 9 o’clock. Overall, the dial is brighter, due to differences in depth and a new surface treatment.
Maverick Chronograph comes in the natural tones of the Swiss countryside: black, blue, green and chocolate. The same colours are found on the unidirectional bezel and rubber strap.  Bracelet editions are also available, in choice of steel, gold PVD-treated steel or two-tone steel (steel/gold PVD).
The unidirectional bezel scale is lacquer-protected on the rubber strap and steel bracelet models. Mineral glass protects the scale on the PVD coated and bicolor models, set deep in the bezel. The new Maverick Chronograph is 43 mm and powered by a Swiss Made 5030.D Ronda quartz movement.

Technical details
Model: Maverick Chronograph
Swiss Made

Case
43 mm case in stainless steel
Scratch resistant sapphire crystal, triple anti-reflective coating
Water resistant to 100 meters (10 ATM / 330 feet)
Lacquer coated stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel with steel finish
Stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel with mineral glass protection on gold PVD steel and two-tone models
Screwed-on stainless steel case back

Dial versions 
- Blue dial, blue bezel, stainless steel bracelet or blue rubber strap
- Black dial, black bezel, stainless steel bracelet or black rubber strap
- Green dial, green bezel, two-tone stainless steel bracelet and gold PVD coated stainless steel or green rubber strap
- Chocolate dial, chocolate bezel, gold PVD treated stainless steel bracelet or chocolate rubber strap
Luminescent hour and minute hands
Date window at 6 o’clock

Movement
Swiss-Made Ronda 5030.D quartz

Availability
Spring 2015

DeWitt - DAME DE PRESSY

DeWitt’s ladies collection truly stands out through its movements of character, the generous proportions of its models and its poetic display of time. The care given to the smallest details further testifies of the brand’s approach to Haute Horlogerie and of its continual quest for perfection. The Dame de Pressy is an extremely rare and precious horological and jewellery masterpiece dedicated to female wrists.

Its elegant lines and refined proportions are delicately covered in precious diamonds. A unique snow-setting effect is achieved by using stones of different diameters that pave the curved shapes of the watch. The mastery of the DeWitt artisans is fully displayed in the mechanical heart of the watch, where bridges, wheels and diamonds interact in a soft, subtle and beautiful way. The tiny floral patterns hand-engraved on the two half-moons at 12 and 6 hours further illustrate the impressive level of finishings achieved.
The Dame de Pressy is manually wound and mounted on a deep pink alligator leather strap. The case is adorned with 315 brilliant‐cut diamonds for a total of ~3.30 carats, and another 146 diamonds elegantly decorate the buckle.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre: Reference DW0301
Mechanical, manually-wound movement, Frederic Piguet 21
Special finishing Hand-bevelled, skeletonized and hand-engraved in DeWitt’s workshops
Diameter 20.49 mm (9”), H: 1.71 mm
Functions: Hours and minutes
Power reserve: 40 hours
Vibrations: 21’600 A/h
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Spiral: Flat
Escapement: 560 angle of lift
Jewelling: 18 jewels

Case
Completely paved with brilliant-cut diamonds using the “snow- setting” technique
Material: 18-carat white gold
Diameter: 39.90 mm x 37.20 mm
Total thickness: 7 mm
Crown: 18-carat white gold polished crown set with an inverted diamond
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 15 mm
Water-resistance: 30 meters

Dial
Dial Opening on the skeleton movement
Hands: Hours and minutes: black hands in the shape of fine leaves

Strap
Wristband Deep pink alligator leather or black silk; other colours available upon request
Buckle 18-carat white gold pin buckle entirely set with brilliant-cut diamonds

Edition
Limited Edition
Introduced in 2004

Harry Winston Avenue C Jumping Hours Platinum

Introduced in 2004, this limited edition timepiece in platinum testifies prestigious jewellery brand's creative savoir faire. This elegantly curved model is fitted with a magnificent, shaped mechanical hand wound movement - HW315 – which is visible through the transparent crystal case back. This timepiece has a unique way of displaying time: Hour is indicated through a window at 12’o clock in coordination with a sub dial for minutes. The small seconds dial along with the minute dial forms a pattern of 8. Truly exclusive, only 25 pieces of Avenue C Jumping Hours in Platinum are produced in each dial - Ruthenium and silver or blue and silver - colour.
Technical details
Movement
Mechanical HW315
Côtes de Genève patterning, blued screws

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
Platinum

Dial
Ruthenium and silver or blue and silver
Anti-glare sapphire crystal and back

Strap
Hand-sewn crocodile, folding clasp

Friday, December 26, 2014

Harry Winston Premier Chronograph, White Gold, Gem-set, Meca Quartz

Introduced in 2001 by prestigious jeweller Harry Winston, this stylistic feminine timepiece houses a state of the art Frédéric Piguet meca-quartz chronograph movement beneath a shower of diamonds. The case in white gold is set with 42 diamonds, the bracelet with 128, and 86 diamonds outline the counters on the dial, representing a weight of 6.3 carats in all.
Technical details
Movement
Meca-quartz, FP 1270 calibre, 236 parts

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph

Case
750 (18K) white gold
42 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds (3.8 cts)
Double-sided antiglare sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 30 m

Dial
750 (18K) metallised black
Hour, minute and seconds counters
86 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds (0.2 cts)

Bracelet/Strap
Rubber and 750 (18K) white gold, folding clasp in 750 (18K) white gold
128 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds (2.3 cts

Dubey & Schaldenbrand Lady Celebrity

This exclusive ladies’ watch collection from Dubey & Schaldenbrand ranks amongst the most elegant of all watches produced by the traditional Swiss watchmaker. Barrel-shaped and in red gold, this model is fitted with an automatic movement. The dial with an engine-turned base is reminiscent of the sparkle of a diamond. Produced in limited editions, this collection offers versions in pink gold and pink gold set with 173 brilliant cut diamonds. An affordable version of this timepiece featuring steel case with silvered, black or white dial on a crocodile-leather or steel bracelet is also available.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic, 28 800 V/h, 25 rubies
37-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, stop seconds

Case
750 (18K) red gold, in a limited series of 300 watches
750 (18K) red gold, set with 173 brilliants TW/W (2.6 carats), in a limited series of 100 watches
Spherically recessed cambered sapphire crystal

Dial

Engine-turned base
Four typical "gold-powdered" numerals
Outside minute circle

Strap
Genuine crocodile leather

Other versions
Steel case with silvered, black or white dial on a crocodile-leather or steel bracelet

TISSOT Le Locle Luxury

Introduced in 2003, this automatic chronograph from Tissot houses a Valjoux movement and day and date displays. This exceptional mechanism is housed in a large stainless steel case surrounding an elegant, refined black or silvered dial. This model marks a successful combination of sobriety and sophistication from both the technical and the aesthetic angle. The TISSOT Le Locle Luxury model boasts three chronograph subdials: at 12’o clock 30 minutes, at 9’o clock for small seconds, at 6’o clock for 12 hour, and the sub dial at 3’o clock houses the day and date window.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic Chronograph ETA 7750 Valjoux
25 rubies, 46-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, chronograph

Case
Steel
Diameter 42 mm
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Transparent back

Dial
Black or silver

Strap
Steel with safety clasp or leather

ZENITH Defy Xtreme Open

Introduced in 2006, the ZENITH Defy Xtreme Open is a stylistic yet robust chronograph wristwatch that comes with specifications of a deep diving instrument. The combination of ultra modern materials such as titanium, Kevlar®, TR90 and a new alloy, Zenithium, makes this watch unbreakable and enable to explore the ocean depths up to 1,000 metres. It houses the powerful El Primero 4021 SX automatic movement that has been redesigned to meet the most extreme conditions. The movement has exclusive Zenithium Z+ bridges and the rotor is decorated with carbon inserts. The unidirectional, rotating graduated bezel in black titanium is decorated with 4 satin-finished titanium screws.
 
Technical details
Movement
Automatic, El Primero 4021 SX, calibre 13''', 248 components
Exclusive Zenithium Z+ bridges (anti-shock)36,000 v/h, 50-hour power reserve, 39 jewels
Rotor decorated with carbon inserts

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, power reserve

Case

Black titanium, 46.5 mm
Unidirectional, rotating graduated bezel in black titanium, decorated with 4 satin-finished titanium screws
Curved sapphire crystal
Screw-down back, guilloché carbon fibre motif
Water-resistant to 1000 metres

Dial
Hesalite glass, carbon fibre layer and silver-coated dial flange
9-armed silvered helice revealing the heart of the movement
Luminescent rhodium-plated hands

Bracelet
Steel resistant to high temperatures, lateral Kevlar® inserts, triple folding clasp

Oris Nico Rosberg Limited Edition

Introduced in 2006 in a limited edition of 2,400 titanium watches, this timepiece by Oris was produced to mark the Swiss watch brand’s partnership with F1 driver, Nico Rosberg. The rotating flange is inspired by the revolution counters on the Williams cars. The carbon fibre dial features a single, blue, oversized hour numeral -Rosberg's number 10. The mechanical motor – with its red Oris rotor bearing the champion's signature -can be admired through the transparent back.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date

Case
Titanium, with moveable strap attachments
Individual number - from 0001 to 2,400 - engraved on the case middle
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective interior face
Mineral glass back
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Carbon fiber with blue, oversized number 10
Rotating scale from 12 to 20 hours, representing the number of rpm's
Day and date windows at 6 o'clock

Strap
Rubber with F1 tyre profile, titanium folding clasp

DEWITT Alma Utopia

Introduced in 2005, the DeWitt Utopia is an ultra feminine timepiece that clothes horological know-how in a sparkling outer garment. The date is shown in an original way thanks to an exclusive module enabling differentiated display of the tens and units. The delicately cambered oval case, which is available in 18K white or red gold, is adorned with a precious gem-setting. The DEWITT Alma Utopia beats to the rhythm of DW1301 Automatic calibre featuring the patented date module.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic DW1301, patented Date module
40-hour power reserve, 28'800 vph

Functions
Hours, minutes, date

Case
(750) 18K white or red gold
Hand gem-setting: several variations
Sapphire crystal
Screw-down back

Dial
Various materials and colours
Date: upper part for the tens, lower part for the units

Strap
Satin or alligator leather, gold pin buckle

ALPINA Avalanche Régulateur

Named ‘Régulateur 1883’in reference to the year Alpina was founded, this model from the Avalanche collection is an eloquent tribute to the rich tradition of the Geneva-based brand. The regulator dial is distinguished by its off-centred hours display at 10 o'clock. Introduced in 2005, the ALPINA Avalanche Régulateur is powered with a mechanical hand wound movement that offers a power reserve up to 42 hours. The stainless steel case is fitted with sapphire crystal and screw-down sapphire case back. The black dial with Côtes de Genève pattern features off-centred hours sub dial at 10o'clock, small seconds at 6 o'clock, central minute hand, applied numerals and luminescent hands.
Technical details
Movement
Mechanical hand-wound
Bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève” pattern
42-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
Steel, 42 mm
Sapphire crystal
Screw-down sapphire back
Water-resistant to 50m
Individual number

Dial
Black with “Côtes de Genève” pattern, off-centred hours sub dial at 10o'clock, small seconds at 6 o'clock, central minute hand, applied numerals, luminescent hands

Bracelet/Strap
Rubber or steel

Thursday, December 25, 2014

CHOPARD L.U.C Pro One

Introduced in 2002, this is the very first diver watch to be equipped with a Chopard L.U.C automatic movement. This model has a steel case that offers water-resistance up to 300 m. Its finely streamlined profile is reminiscent of a submarine fuselage. The matt and polished surface is stamped with a relief of a compass rose and the four cardinal points. The attachment of the bracelet by means of screw-on bars guarantees maximum security. The CHOPARD L.U.C Pro One diving watch is available in silvered, blue or black dial versions.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic, two superimposed barrels
Decorated with a circular "Côtes de Genève" motif
Engraved oscillating weight

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Unidirectional rotating bezel

Case
Steel
Sapphire crystal and back
Water-resistant to 300 m

Dial
Silvered, blue or black
Date with a high visibility at night and underwater

Strap
Rubber or steel with a folding safety clasp, affixed by screw-on bars

EPOS Action Team Hand-Wound

Introduced in 2001, this mechanical watch model from EPOS’ Action Team collection is equipped with a hand-wound movement (based on an ETA 6498 calibre) with small seconds and a big date. The decoration, comprising Côtes de Genève and blued screws, can be admired through the transparent base of the steel case. The silvered dial with applique hour-markers and blued steel hands boasts small seconds at 6 o'clock and big date window at 12 o'clock.
Technical details
Movement
Mechanical, hand-wound, based on an ETA 6498

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Stainless steel
Sapphire crystal and back
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Silvered
Applique hour-markers
Small seconds at 6 o'clock
Big date window at 12 o'clock

Strap
Leather

Glashuette Original Die Senator "Auf und Ab"

This classic mechanical wristwatch produced by Saxon manufacturers Glashütte Original stands out by virtue of its power-reserve display, allowing the spring tension to be checked at a glance. The gleaming silvered dial with appliqués proudly displays power reserve at 2 o'clock, moon phases at 11 o'clock and calendar window at 6 o'clock. Its automatic movement, 39-44 calibre, which constitutes an example of the finest in watchmaking, is housed in a sober and elegant case in 18K pink gold. Introduced in 2001, the Senator "Auf und Ab", a classic gem of German fine watch making, is also available in a steel version.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic, 39-44 calibre, top-of-the range finish and skeleton rotor in gold

Functions
Hours, minutes, central seconds
40-hour power reserve, moon phases, calendar in window

Case
750 (18K) pink gold
Sapphire crystal and back
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Silver with appliqués, power reserve at 2 o'clock, moon phases at 11 o'clock and calendar window at 6 o'clock

Strap
Louisiana crocodile leather with folding clasp

Other versions
Steel

CAT Darlington Collection

The CAT watch brand was launched by Caterpillar, a company renowned for its robust, high-performance products. In 1999, they launched a collection of functional watches under its CAT trademark. The Darlington Collection comprised of quartz powered sports watches with date, chronograph or alarm functions and water-resistant to at least 100 metres. The steel Darlington comes in an analogue version with date at 3 o'clock, and a version with both analogue and digital display. Both come on matching, or rubber and steel, bracelets.
Technical details
Movement
ISA quartz

Functions
Date, alarm or chronograph

Case
Steel
Water-resistant to at least 100 m

Dial
Analogue or analogue and digital

Bracelet/Strap
Steel or rubber and steel

EPOS Emotion Big Date (Tricompax Chronograph with Big Date)

Introduced in 1999 by traditional Swiss watch brand Epos , this automatic wristwatch boasts a tricompax chronograph with big date at 12 o'clock. This exceptional timepiece from the Emotion collection is equipped with the Calibre 4500 automatic based on the ETA 2892-A2 movement. This model features a round steel case with a fluted bezel and a screw-down transparent caseback.
Technical details
Movement
Calibre 4500 automatic, based on an ETA 2892-A2 movement

Functions
Tricompax chronograph
Large date at 12 o'clock

Case
316L steel
Sapphire crystal
Screw-down transparent caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Silvered

Strap
Leather

MONDAINE Jean-Michel Cousteau Solaire

This dive watch collection was created by Swiss watch maker MONDAINE in association with Jean-Michel Cousteau, the celebrated oceanographer. Introduced in 1999, this solar powered quartz watch was produced using 100% recycled metal. Powered with solar energy, this dive watch offers a power reserve up to 100 days. This collection was comprised of six versions, and each timepiece is tested for a water resistance up to 200 meters.
Technical details
Movement
Quartz powered by solar energy
100-day power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Digital chronograph and alarm, optional

Case
100% recycled metal
Unidirectional rotating bezel
Screw-down crown
Water-resistant to 200 m

Dial
Solar
Legible in the dark

Strap
100% recycled metal

BLANCPAIN Tourbillon Chronographe Fly-Back Rattrapante, Platinum

Introduced in 1999 by Blancpain to the 10th anniversary of its split-seconds chronograph, this high complication wristwatch houses a tourbillon with an 8-day power reserve in addition to the Split-seconds Fly-back chronograph mechanism. It is also the eighth Blancpain complication. Made in platinum in a limited series of 99 pieces, it indicates the hour on a sub-dial at 12 o'clock and the chronograph 30-minute and 12-hour functions at 3and 9 o'clock respectively. The split-seconds chronograph hands are in the centre.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic
8-day power reserve

Functions
Tourbillon
Split-seconds Fly-back chronograph

Case
950 platinum
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Ebony black
Luminescent Arabic numerals
Tourbillon cage visible at 6 o'clock

Strap
Barenia calfskin

PHILIPPE DUFOUR Répétition minutes Grande et Petite sonnerie

This superlative horology masterpiece is one of the most revered complication watches crafted in Switzerland. The legendary master watchmaker Philippe Dufour created this authentic masterpiece, unveiling the entire mechanism of this grand and small strike minute repeater. The bezel can even be lifted to admire the screws underneath adorned with hand-enamelled and hand-engraved indications. With a nod to modernity and clarity, the hands are of a different colour than the movement while the hour-circle, with its hour markers and Arabic numerals, has been applied directly to the crystal. The exclusive buckle has been fashioned, piece by piece, by the watchmaker himself.
Technical details
Movement
Hand-wound, 21,600 vph, 35 rubies
38-hour power reserve

Functions
Striking mechanism (grand strike, small strike, minute repeater, 24-hourpower reserve)

Case
750 (18K) white gold
Hinged bezel, protecting the striking mechanism levers
2 sapphire crystals

Dial
Blue applique hour markers and Arabic numerals
Exclusive blued steel hands

Strap
Crocodile
Exclusive gold buckle, can be completely dismantled

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HUBLOT BIG BANG UNICO World Poker Tour Limited Edition

By signing with the World Poker Tour in Las Vegas, Swiss watch maker Hublot has become the first luxury brand to invest in the international professional poker circuit as Official Timekeeper and Official Watch. To seal the presence of the Swiss watchmaking brand in this new field, a Big Bang World Poker Tour®, with a design heavily inspired by the game, was presented at an event organised in Las Vegas and attended by CEO of Hublot Ricardo Guadalupe, as well as the greatest players on the circuit.
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, chose to announce the partnership at the WPT® Five Diamond World Poker Classic, WPT Alpha8™ Las Vegas, organised and televised (FOX Sports) from 15th to 20th December at the Bellagio, the legendary Las Vegas hotel and capital of international poker. The event was attended by the greatest professional and amateur players on the poker circuit.
Hublot was the first luxury brand to enter professional football in 2006, with the immense marketing and commercial success that we expect of the brand. It was also the first luxury brand to enter American basketball in 2011. That same year, Ferrari chose Hublot to be its Official Timekeeper and Official Watch. In 2014, in addition to poker, Hublot was also the first luxury brand to enter cricket, one of the world's most popular sports, particularly widespread in India, Australia, the Middle East and in all Commonwealth countries, which offers Hublot great additional geographic coverage on four continents.
To mark the announcement of Hublot's entry into the world of poker, the brand has developed a limited-edition BIG BANG UNICO World Poker Tour with a design that suitably encapsulates the poker world.
The watch chosen to entice the players was the iconic Big Bang, equipped with the in-house UNICO Manufacture Chronograph, unique in the industry for its column wheel and double clutch visible on the dial side.
The new detail – which gives this watch its resolutely "poker" character – is a bezel made of 18K King Gold or steel that features an interplay of two different treatments, polishing and micro-blasting, which in particular showcase a heart, spade, club and diamond, the distinctive and universal symbols of card players.
The UNICO Chrono movement is revealed thanks to a skeleton dial featuring the famous voluminous indexes and Arabic numerals, hollowed out and filled with red SuperLuminova ™.
Two counters encircled by polished silver-plated rings, the first displaying the minutes at 3 o'clock and the second showing the small seconds at 9 o'clock, along with the date window located at 3 o'clock, complete the overall effect.
The sapphire crystal of the case-back also bears the exclusive symbol of the World Poker Tour® in transfer form.
This 45.5 mm diameter Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour® is available in two versions: a limited edition of only 100 numbered pieces in 18K King Gold (Hublot 18K gold with an extra 5% platinum which gives it an even more intense red colour, thereby making it even more precious), and a more impact resistant steel edition, of 200 numbered pieces.
Each watch is equipped with the famous, exclusive Easy One Click system which allows the wearer to switch easily between the three straps that come with the watch. All are made of alligator stitched onto rubber, and come in black, red and above all gold or silver treated.

Technical details
References
411. SX.1170.LR.WPT15 (Steel – Only 200 numbered pieces)
411. OX.1180.LR.WPT15 (18K King Gold – Only 100 numbered pieces)

Case
Big Bang Unico - 45.5 mm diameter in polished and micro-blasted King Gold or steel
Bezel: Polished and micro-blasted 18K King Gold or steel, with the four card suit symbols. 6 H-shaped titanium screws, polished & locked
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating and Hublot logo
Bezel Lugs: Black composite resin and bezel ring in red composite resin
Crown: 18K King Gold or steel with black over moulded rubber Hublot logo
Push-pieces: 18K King Gold or steel
Case-back: 18K King Gold or steel, sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective coating. World Poker Tour® exclusive symbol transfer
Water resistance: 10 ATM, i.e. approx 100 metres

Dial
Matt black skeleton with two counters at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock
Polished counter rings, either rhodium-plated or plated in 5N gold. Polished indexes and numerals, either rhodium-plated or plated in 5N gold, red SuperLuminova™
Hands: Rhodium-plated, satin-finished, red SuperLuminova™

Movement
HUB 1242 Unico movement, developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot
Automatic flyback chronograph – fully black PVD coated
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Vib/h)
Date: White window at 3 o'clock
Components: 330 (38 jewels)
Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours

Straps
Each watch comes with three interchangeable alligator straps, in red, black, and gold or silver treated depending on the version, with a King Gold or steel deployant buckle.

Victorinox Swiss Army - Maverick Sport 2014 Edition

Maverick Sport has a very strong and sporty character, built on subtle contrasts. In 2014, the collection is enriched with eight new models: four three handed watches and four chronographs, all with original detailing on their dials. The three colours, red, blue and yellow, are a nod to the flag of the town of Ibach, where Victorinox is headquartered. The same signature is on the complementary strap in NATO fabric that supplements the original black one. All are powered by Swiss Made Ronda quartz movements.
Maverick Sport is built for action. The design is very distinctive: whether the classic three handed watch or the chronograph, it immediately asserts its sporty character through an aesthetically pleasing play of contrasts. The polished and brushed 43 mm stainless steel case with polished angles, common to both models, is demonstratively robust, a quality further enhanced by the graphic crown guard. The dial in silver or black and surrounded by a black unidirectional rotating bezel, with oversized hour numbers for easier reading, is equally uncompromising.
Every detail on the dial bears the signature of the house: the flange displays military time, and the blue hour hand is generously covered with luminescent material, as is the minute hand. catching red adorns the second hand, the Victorinox shield at 12 o’clock, and the hands on the two chronograph counters. The date window - at 3'o clock on the watch versions and 6'o clock on the chronograph - is highlighted with a thin yellow line.
Red, blue and yellow are the three colours on the flag of the municipality of Ibach, the company was founded in 1884 and where Victorinox is still headquartered today. The tricolour signature is repeated the NATO fabric strap; though, of course, both watch and chronograph models are also available with a metal bracelet in brushed steel.
Inside beat Swiss-Made quartz movements: Ronda 715 for the watch, Ronda 5030D for the chronograph.

Technical details
Case
43 mm brushed and polished stainless steel with polished angles
Scratch resistant sapphire with triple anti reflective coating
Water resistance to 100 meters
Unidirectional rotating bezel in nylon injected fiber
Steel crown guard
Screwed on stainless steel case back

Dial
Black with white numbers or white with black numbers
Luminescent blue hour hand, black minute hand,
Red second and chronograph counter hands

Military time on the flange, luminescent indexes
Red Victorinox shield at 12 o’clock
Date window at 3 o'clock for watch and at 6 o’clock for chronograph version, surrounded by yellow line

Movement
Swiss Made Ronda 715 quartz movement for watch and Ronda 5030D quartz movement for chronograph

Bracelets
Brushed stainless steel or natural NATO fabric

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