Saturday, May 31, 2014

Corniche - Mistral 40 Limited Edition

Corniche is a young Swedish watch brand which produces contemporary, yet classic timepieces that reflect the essence of Côte d'Azur (French Riviera), the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France.

Mistral 40 is a classic quartz timepiece produced in limited editions. Available in stainless steel or yellow gold plated stainless steel case versions, this timepiece boasts a highly legible dial featuring hand painted roman numerals and anodized hands. The seconds hand is omitted to make the dial pure and simple. The smooth case, which comes with an engraved case back, creates a wondrous play of light with its mix of brushed and polished finishes.
The 40 mm case offers water resistance up to 5 ATM. This timepiece houses a Miyota 2025 Quartz movement. Front glass is scratch resistant sapphire. The Mistral 40 is supplied with genuine leather with large square scale crocodile pattern with butterfly-style clasp, plated in yellow gold/steel. The Mistral 40 costs €280 (2495 SEK).
Recently the brand presented four new variants of the Mistral 40 in two completely new shades, stainless steel and yellow gold.  The classic yellow gold version comes in two different looks. The first one features a pure white ceramic dial, blue hands, and a dark brown strap, and the second one features a striking black ceramic dial paired with a black strap.

The crisp stainless steel version also comes in two different looks. The first one features a pure white ceramic dial, blue hands, and a dark brown strap.
The second model features a black dial paired with a glossy black strap. Limited to 50 pieces and named Tuxedo it’s the perfect watch for special occasions. All watches are limited to only 250 pieces, a part from Tuxedo, which is limited to only 50 pieces. 
The watch is fitted on a genuine leather strap with a matching clasp and comes delivered with outer box, piano lacquered wooden box and certificate.

Friday, May 30, 2014

RJ-Romain Jerome Steampunk Auto Colours

Exclusively for the upcoming summer days, Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome launches new colourful timepieces from its Steampunk collection. Inspired by the original iconoclastic timepiece, the new automatic timepiece plays with the brands signature aesthetic codes combined with a retro-futuristic design.

Housed in a black PVD-coated steel 50 mm case, the movement has been stripped down to provide an unobstructed view of the sturdy, circular graining and rigorously beadblasted blackened bridges. Inspired by Steampunk, the surface of the indexes has been hand-worked directly on the movement’s bridges, creating the unique RJ-Romain Jerome “rough” finish.
The Roman XII and VI numerals, the logo and the hexagonal crown have been coloured in yellow, white, red, blue, green and orange depending on the model. Each piece showcases a mysterious sense of depth by creating a contrast between the blackened face of the watch and the colourful elements. The colour of the watch is made even more striking thanks to a black alligator leather strap, adorned with matching coloured stitching.
The automatic movement has a power reserve of 42 hours, which winds the propeller shaped second hand at 9 o’clock – reminding us of the majestic propellers of the transatlantic ships from the 20th Century. The hour and minute hands have also been designed in the shape of anchors. The satin finished bezel is coated in black PVD, drawing your eyes to the surface of the movement that is held in place by four screwed-down pistons with visible springs, symbolising RJ-Romain Jerome’s signature “X” motif.

Limited to 99 pieces in each colour, the Steampunk Auto Colour is a vibrant evolution of the Steampunk collection, adding colour to your summer and allowing you to dream of afar destinations.

Technical details
Model: Steampunk Auto Colour
Collection: Titanic-DNA
Universe: SEA

Movement
Caliber RJ001-AS, Mechanical self-winding movement
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Rate frequency: 28,800 v/h
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance : 3 atm (30 meters)

Functions
Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock


Steampunk Auto Red (Reference RJ.T.AU.SP.005.04)
Case
Ø 50mm
Bezel: Satin-finished black PVD-coated steel
Paws: Black PVD-coated sandblasted steel
Lugs: Black PVD-coated satin-brushed steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel with red rubber
Case-back: Steampunk engraving

Dial
Dial integrated into the movement
Bead-blasted & circular graining black nickel coloured bridge with 4 steel pistons and bead-blasted black nickel bearings
Black nickel coloured Roman numerals VI and XII with red lacquer, “raw” finish
Red lacquered RJ logo

Hands
Black & satin-brushed hour and minute hands, inspired by the anchors of famous transatlantic ships
Black sandblasted small second hand at 9 o’clock, propeller shape

Strap
Black alligator with red stitching and black PVD-coated steel folding clasp

Limited edition
99 pieces

Retail price
CHF 13,950.-/ EUR 13,950.- / USD 16,950.-

Steampunk Auto Orange (Reference RJ.T.AU.SP.005.05)
Case
Ø 50mm
Bezel: Satin-finished black PVD-coated steel
Paws: Black PVD-coated sandblasted steel
Lugs: Black PVD-coated satin-brushed steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel with orange rubber
Case-back: Steampunk engraving

Dial
Dial integrated into the movement
Bead-blasted & circular graining black nickel coloured bridge with 4 steel pistons and Bead-blasted black nickel bearings
Black nickel coloured Roman numerals VI and XII with orange lacquer, “raw” finish
Orange lacquered RJ logo

Hands
Black & satin-brushed hour and minute hands, inspired by the anchors of famous transatlantic ships
Black sandblasted small second hand at 9 o’clock, propeller shape

Strap 
Black alligator with orange stitching and black PVD-coated steel folding clasp

Limited edition
99 pieces

Retail price
CHF 13,950.-/ EUR 13,950.-/ USD 16,950.-


Steampunk Auto Yellow (Reference RJ.T.AU.SP.005.06)
Case
Ø 50mm
Bezel: Satin-finished black PVD-coated steel
Paws: Black PVD-coated sandblasted steel
Lugs: Black PVD-coated satin-brushed steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel with yellow rubber
Case-back: Steampunk engraving

Dial
Dial integrated into the movement
Bead-blasted & circular graining black nickel coloured bridge with 4 steel pistons and Bead-blasted black nickel bearings
Black nickel coloured Roman numerals VI and XII with yellow lacquer, “raw” finish
Yellow lacquered RJ logo

Hands
Black & satin-brushed hour and minute hands, inspired by the anchors of famous transatlantic ships
Black sandblasted small second hand at 9 o’clock, propeller shape

Strap
Black alligator with yellow stitching and black PVD-coated steel folding clasp

Limited edition
99 pieces

Retail price
CHF 13,950.-/ EUR 13,950.- / USD 16,950.-


Steampunk Auto White (Reference RJ.T.AU.SP.005.01)
Case
Ø 50mm
Bezel: Satin-finished black PVD-coated steel
Paws: Black PVD-coated sandblasted steel
Lugs: Black PVD-coated satin-brushed steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel with white rubber
Case-back: Steampunk engraving

Dial
Dial integrated into the movement
Bead-blasted & circular graining black nickel coloured bridge with 4 steel pistons and bead-blasted black nickel bearings
Black nickel coloured Roman numerals VI and XII with white lacquer, “raw” finish
White lacquered RJ logo

Hands
Black & satin-brushed hour and minute hands, inspired by the anchors of famous transatlantic ships
Black sandblasted small second hand at 9 o’clock, propeller shape

Strap
Black alligator with white stitching and black PVD-coated steel folding clasp

Limited edition
99 pieces

Retail price
CHF 13,950.- / EUR 13,950.- / USD 16,950.-

Steampunk Auto Green (Reference RJ.T.AU.SP.005.03)
Case
Ø 50mm

Bezel: Satin-finished black PVD-coated steel
Paws: Black PVD-coated sandblasted steel
Lugs: Black PVD-coated satin-brushed steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel with green rubber
Case-back: Steampunk engraving

Dial
Dial integrated into the movement
Bead-blasted & circular graining black nickel coloured bridge with 4 steel pistons and bead-blasted black nickel bearings
Black nickel coloured Roman numerals VI and XII with green lacquer, “raw” finish
Green lacquered RJ logo

Hands
Black & satin-brushed hour and minute hands, inspired by the anchors of famous transatlantic ships
Black sandblasted small second hand at 9 o’clock, propeller shape

Strap
Black alligator with green stitching and black PVD-coated steel folding clasp

Limited edition
99 pieces

Retail price
CHF 13,950.- / EUR 13,950.- / USD 16,950.-

Steampunk Auto Blue (Reference RJ.T.AU.SP.005.02)
Case
Ø 50mm
Bezel: Satin-finished black PVD-coated steel
Paws: Black PVD-coated sandblasted steel
Lugs: Black PVD-coated satin-brushed steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel with blue rubber
Case-back: Steampunk engraving

Dial
Dial integrated into the movement
Bead-blasted & circular graining black nickel coloured bridge with 4 steel pistons and bead-blasted black nickel bearings
Black nickel coloured Roman numerals VI and XII with blue lacquer, “raw” finish
Blue lacquered RJ logo

Hands
Black & satin-brushed hour and minute hands, inspired by the anchors of famous transatlantic ships
Black sandblasted small second hand at 9 o’clock, propeller shape

Strap
Black alligator with blue stitching and black PVD-coated steel folding clasp

Limited edition
99 pieces

Retail price
CHF 13,950.- / EUR 13,950.- / USD 16,950.-

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Christopher Ward - The Mowbray Collection (Luxury Leather Accessories for Men)

British watch brand Christopher Ward launches its first luxury leather accessories range for men, The Mowbray Collection, available exclusively from the Christopher Ward website from May 2014.

Named after the Leicestershire town in which the products are crafted, Mowbray is a collection of leather accessories designed to develop their own unique patterns through use, where each piece is the perfect accompaniment to Christopher Ward’s stunning timepieces.

The Mowbray Collection comprises iPad cases, wallets, document folders and small leather goods, with the whole collection offered in two classic hues – Cognac and Black. The range provides a selection of stylish but practical essentials that will be used and loved every day, developing ever more character through use that will make them instantly recognisable as ‘mine’ to the proud owner. 
Highlights include:

iPad cases – two styles available: a beautifully simple pouch with a half-moon cutout to help when inserting or removing the iPad; and a sturdy journal-style folding model with a characterful flat-headed pommel for securing.  Each also has a handy credit/business card holder, with additional storage on the folding model.

Wallets – beautiful inside and out, with a fabric lined interior notes section and a practical half-moon cutout for the most regularly used card compartment.

Document Case – a smartly usable design that incorporates a clever front pocket, beautifully closed with a mitred flap and metal flat-head pommel, this design is adaptable to hold a tablet device.

The range also includes similarly styled small accessories, including card holders, pommel key fobs, and double key fobs.

Christopher Ward appointed renowned designer Monica Larkin, who has created products for Burberry, Claridge’s and Mulberry, to inject her expertise into the brand’s entry into complementary accessories.

Crafted by experts, the best leather is carefully cut and stitched with precision to instill beauty, strength and longevity into each handmade piece. The range is made from the finest Italian leather, specially treated using a boarded technique to create a vintage feel that will soften and darken over time and improve with age.  It also ensures that each skin is completely unique for each proud owner.

Traditional English hand-painted edging and corners, strengthened with hand-applied whip stitches – a highly skilled technique – emphasise the English heritage of the collection, complementing the quintessential English style of the Christopher Ward range of watches.

Meticulous attention to detail goes beyond the product with packaging in a luxurious presentation box that encloses a plush brushed cotton pouch providing an elegant and indulgent presentation of each beautiful piece, ideal for gifting. The classic personality of each piece is expressed through its quality and craftsmanship – the only embellishment of the leather being the subtle addition of the familiar Christopher Ward logo embossed on each piece.  Fans of Christopher Ward will be particularly delighted to also spot the familiar ‘CW’ logo featured on the simple but stylish signature rivet, immediately reminiscent of the crown on their favourite timepiece.

The Mowbray Collection of Fine Leather Accessories

1. Wallet: £90
Hand-crafted in Leicestershire, England
Italian “vintage” leather with boarded finish
Traditional English hand-painted edges
Corners strengthened with hand-applied whip stitches
10 separate compartments including half-moon access on prime one
Embossed Christopher Ward logo on leather and signature rivet
Luxurious presentation box and protective pouch
Dimensions: Width: 11cm & Height: 9cm

2. iPad Case : £185
Hand-crafted in Leicestershire, England
Italian “vintage” leather with boarded finish
Suitable for ALL iPads, including iPad Air
Traditional English hand-painted edges
Corners strengthened with hand applied whip stitches
Half-moon cut out for easy access
Credit/business card pocket on front of case
Embossed Christopher Ward logo on leather and signature rivet
Cut out detail at base for easy charging
Luxurious presentation box and protective pouch
Dimensions: Height: 25cm & Width :  20.5cm

3. Folding iPad Case: £90
Hand-crafted in Leicestershire, England
Italian “vintage” leather with boarded finish
Suitable for ALL iPads, including iPad Air
Traditional English hand-painted edges
Corners strengthened with hand-applied whip stitch
Journal design with flat-head pommel closing
Openings for speakers, camera and charging
Credit/business card holder and document sleeve
Embossed Christopher Ward logo on leather and signature rivet
Luxurious presentation box and protective pouch
Dimensions: Height: 25cm & Width: 20.5cm

4. Document Case: £150
Hand-crafted in Leicestershire, England
Italian “vintage” leather with boarded finish
Traditional English hand-painted edges
Corners strengthened with hand-applied whip stitches
Additional “iPad” pocket with flat-head pommel closing
Right hand side gusset for easy access
Embossed Christopher Ward logo on leather and signature rivet
Luxurious presentation box and protective pouch
Dimensions: Width: 55.5cm & Height: 25.5cm

5. Card Holder: £40
Hand-crafted in Leicestershire, England
Italian “vintage” leather with boarded finish
Traditional English hand-painted edges
Corners strengthened with hand-applied whip stitches
Three discrete card holding compartments
Christopher Ward logo embossed into leather and signature rivet
Luxurious presentation case and protective pouch
Dimensions: Height: 7cm & Width: 10cm

6. Pommel Key Fob: £20
Hand-crafted in Leicestershire, England
Italian “vintage” leather with boarded finish
Traditional English hand-painted edges
Split ring with leather fob secured by hand-applied whip stitch
Christopher Ward logo on signature rivet
Luxurious presentation case and protective pouch
Dimensions: Length: 11.5cm

7. Double Key Ring : £20
Hand-crafted in Leicestershire, England
Italian “vintage” leather with boarded finish
Traditional English hand-painted edges
Two separate key rings
Leather strip closed with CW embossed signature rivet
Luxurious presentation case and protective pouch
Dimensions: Length: 9.5cm

Concord Saratoga Automatic Lady, Year of the Horse Edition

In 2013, Concord launched the Saratoga Chronograph in full PVD to mark the 150th anniversary of the famed Saratoga thoroughbred race course located in the US. This timeless Saratoga model celebrated an up-to-the-minute interpretation of the eminently distinguished Saratoga SR launched in 2004, a worthy descendant of the first Saratoga watch to hit the track in 1986.

Now, for 2014, Concord commemorates the Year of the Horse with a special edition Saratoga Automatic Lady – the ultimate in sleek, unbridled sports luxury; a contemporary watch in which the bloodline’s classic features have subtly transformed into ergonomic perfection.

The Concord Saratoga Lady Automatic is offered in a pristine, elegant and understated solid stainless steel version and a second, distinctively different style, resplendent in stainless steel with a bezel brilliantly embellished with 32 magnificent diamonds – both sleek looks are finished with a stainless steel crown.
In tribute to its thoroughbred origins, the case-back of the new Concord Saratoga Lady Automatic is embossed with the collection’s signature emblem of two racing horses – a true reflection of Saratoga’s uniquely prestigious pedigree, associating an enduring love of aristocratic horses with equally noble watchmaking aesthetics. This association is further echoed on the white mother-of-pearl dials of these two special editions which are etched with a sophisticated horse pattern in homage to the Year of the Horse. They are detailed with ten sparkling diamond markers and rhodium-plated Roman numerals at 6 and 12 o'clock.
Both options are firmly reined on a distinctive stainless steel mesh bracelet with gleaming stainless steel links throughout, resulting in greater suppleness and thus enhanced comfort. A mechanical self-winding movement with 38-hour power reserve succeeds once again in making this newest development in the Saratoga line a shining demonstration of technological advances in action. The case offers the added advantage of being water resistant to 30 metres to suit the most adventurous spirits.

Technical details
Model: Saratoga Lady Automatic, stainless steel, 31mm (Ref. SKU 0320283)
Movement
Mechanical self-winding, calibre ETA 7 3/4 ’’’ 2671
38 hours power reserve
28’800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
25 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
Stainless steel case
31 mm diameter – 9.65 mm in depth
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Stainless steel crown
Stainless steel case back with horses embossed /Saratoga Emblem
Water resistant to 30 meters

Dial
White mother-of-pearl with horse pattern
10 diamonds SI 1.10 (TCW = 0.0520) at 1-2-3-4-5-7-8-9-10-11 o'clock
Rhodium Roman numbers at 6 and 12 o’clock

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet
Stainless steel spring deployment buckle with pushers

Model: Saratoga Lady Automatic, stainless steel set case, 31mm (Model: SKU 0320284)
Movement
Mechanical self-winding, calibre ETA 7 3/4 ’’’ 2671
38 hours power reserve
28’800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
25 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
Stainless steel case set with diamonds
31 mm diameter – 9.65 mm in depth
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Stainless steel crown
Stainless steel case back with horses embossed/Saratoga emblem
Water resistant to 30 meters
32 diamonds (32 x 1.50) – Setting in between decors
VS quality
Total carat weight: 0.416

Dial
White mother-of-pearl with horse pattern
10 diamonds SI 1.10 (TCW = 0.0520) at 1-2-3-4-5-7-8-9-10-11 o'clock
Rhodium Roman numbers at 6 and 12 o’clock

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet
Stainless steel spring deployment buckle with pushers

Blancpain – Women Collection, Heure Décentrée, Petite Seconde Rétrograde (Ref. 3650A-3754-58B)

A true anthem to femininity, this new creation from Swiss watch maker Blancpain is adorned with 152 sparkling diamonds. Its 36.8 mm-diameter red gold case is exalted by 108 diamonds totalling one carat. This original gemsetting composed of two interwoven rows of diamonds in various sizes echoes the emblematic double-stepped case design of the brand, while the diamond adorning the crown lends the ultimate touch of refinement.
The white mother-of-pearl dial sprinkled with facetted diamonds features an off-centred hours and minutes subdial at 12 o’clock graced with 4 Arabic numerals and drop-shaped cut-out hands, while the Blancpain signature at 6 o’clock delicately highlights the retrograde 30-second indication. A wave set with subtly graded diamonds undulates on either side to ensure a perfect balance.
The interior of this timepiece is every bit as beautiful as its outside, since it houses Blancpain’s new 226-part mechanical self-winding movement Calibre 2663SR, with a heart at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The sapphire crystal case-back affords a chance to admire the Côtes de Genèvefinish as well as the oscillating weight shaped like a five-petal flower dreamed up by Blancpain.
And to meet the wishes and expectations of every woman, this delightful complication model in the Women collection also comes in a white gold variation with a blue mother-of-pearl dial or in steel with a white dial. Each of the gold versions is teamed with a white ostrich leather strap, while the steel model comes with an alligator leather strap.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Modillian - Smart Straps that Make Your Watch Smarter

Modillian, a start up company based in Israel announces the world’s first smart watch strap. This innovative watch strap will secure your favourite wristwatch to the wrist and offers a seamless connectivity with smart phones and other gadgets by incorporating modern technologies like Bluetooth and android.
After 70s quartz revolution, the mechanical watch industry’s most recent challenge is smart watches, which offer seamless connectivity and numerous functions with a soft touch. The recent emergence of smart watches is not to be under rated, as the new technology savvy generation opts for latest technological advances instead of traditional ones. In recent years, we have also seen some twists to the smart watch category itself, for example mechanical-smart hybrid watches.

Some people believe that smart watches will soon replace the traditionally produced timepieces. However I believe that, wearing mechanical watch is a passion, and of course boasting a smart watch is a fashion statement. Many tech savvy people still proud to wear mechanical timepieces as they love the artistry and mechanical complexity involved in it. For such guys, Modillian offers a new product, a smart watch strap, which lets enable you to equally appreciate both traditional art craftsmanship and modern electronic technology.
Modillian smart strap connects to most wristwatches, and pairs with Android smart phones over Bluetooth®. The smart strap then provides discrete vibrating alerts on incoming calls, text messages, and other important events.

The smart strap is the brainchild of Eran Reuveni, an industrial engineer and lover of both electronic gadgets and mechanical watches. Looking to enjoy the benefits of smart-watch notifications, while not having to depart from his favourite wristwatches, Eran joined electronics engineer Gilad Kirschenboim and started developing the Modillian smart strap.
There are many occasions you need to keep your phones away, for example in business meetings or personal events. Wearing a smart watch may give you the opportunity to access the information from your phone and other devices. However If you still love to wear your favourite wristwatch, and desire to have connectivity, Modillian smart strap is highly recommended. In fact, all functions are controlled by the electronic module which is attached to the buckle of the strap.
The initiative by Modillian is really appreciable: Firstly, their product is not a bulky mini-phone on your wrist, yet provides the alerts you need. Secondly, it is discrete and low-profile. Most people won't even notice you are wearing it. The Modillian smart strap is simple to use and it consumes very little energy.

Modillian has already completed the product design, and it is patent pending. The company is preparing to launch a crowd funding campaign on June 10, 2014, in order to raise contributions and collect pre-orders.

Modillian is based in Tel Aviv, Israel – the start-up capital of the Mediterranean. Led by Eran Reuveni and Gilad Kirshenboim, and aided by a team of product designers and consultants.

Update - 20 Jun 2014
Modillian launches a crowdfunding campaign for the Smart Strap, on Indiegogo. On its Indiegogo campaign page, Modillian offers numerous backing options, most of which entitle the backer to one or more units of the Smart Strap. Prices for the standard product start at $209 USD (including international shipment). Attractive offers exist for Early Bird backers and Beta testers, where for a limited period of time backers can get their hands on a Modillian device starting at only $99 USD. The campaign is expected to run until July 15.

The campaign page is https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/modillian-smart-strap-make-your-watch-smart

Richard Mille RM 030 Le Mans Classic Limited Edition

Once again, Swiss luxury watch maker Richard Mille supports the prestigious Le Mans Classic as a Main Partner and Official Timekeeper of the race.  Since 2002, the Jura watchmaker has been supporting this competition.

The 7th Le Mans Classic will take place on July 4, 5 and 6. Le Mans Classic revives more than 80 years of automobile sport history by bringing back the cars and the pilots who created the legend of the most famous race in the world on the great 13 kilometer Le Mans circuit.

As a tribute to this exceptional race, Richard Mille will introduce a limited edition watch, the RM 030 Le Mans Classic, the fourth piece to carry the name of the competition.
For this automatic winding caliber, Richard Mille developed a rotor that would prevent overwinding thanks to its capacity to automatically disconnect from the rotor’s winding mechanism when the spring is fully wound. Additionally, this new mechanism is linked to the power reserve indicator placed at 9 o’clock to provide an optimal winding control with the best ratio of constant torque/power.

The RM 030 LMC also has a 24 hours display placed at 2 o’clock. The indication “16”references to the depart time of the endurance race, is a discrete homage to the event.

The RM 030 LMC displays the colors of the historic race inside of its movement as well as its white ATZ ceramic case and with the rubber of the NTPT® crown. This special edition will be a limited series of a 100 pieces.

Technical details
Model: RM 030 Le Mans Classic

- Automatic winding movement
- Power reserve: circa 55 hours
- Baseplate, bridges and balance cock in grade 5 titanium
- Declutchable rotor with variable geometry
- Winding indicator
- Date display
- Free sprung balance with variable inertia
- Double barrel system
- Balance: Glucydur, 4 arms, inertia moment 4.8 mg cm2, angle of lift 53º
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Spline screws in grade 5 titanium for the case and the bridges
- Interior flanges in carbon fiber
- Torque limiting crown in NTPT® carbon
- Baseplate and bridges in hand-ground grade 5 titanium, wet sandblasted, Titalyt® treated
- Sapphire blasted and hand-drawn surfaces

Armin Strom Tourbillon Royal Flush

Swiss watch manufacture Armin Strom unveils Tourbillon Royal Flush, a playful complication timepiece inspired from the poker game. The master watchmakers of ARMIN STROM has already proved their incredible skills by crafting several open worked and skeletonised complications, and now they give a playful touch to the complex tourbillon movement.

This new luxurious timepiece in 18 carat rose gold houses a meticulously finished manual winding tourbillon movement that offers an outstanding power reserve of 10 days. This exceptional tourbillon movement offers fascinating views of its intrinsic parts and the artistic engraving though front and caseback of the timepiece.
On the dial side, the tourbillon at 9’ clock and the open worked dial reveals the beauty of meticulously crafted movement. Two large skeleton hands respectively for hours and minutes, and the small seconds skeleton hand on tourbillon, look after the basic timekeeping display. On the case back, the transparent crystal enable the onlooker to admire the intrinsic works of the movement and the engraved Royal Flush giving a playful touch.
 This exceptional timepiece will be unveiled on May 30 at the Eadness event at the Mandarin Oriental Vegas during JCK.

Technical details
Case & dial
18ct rose gold
Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
Diameter: 43.40 mm
Height: 13.00 mm
Water-resistance: 50 m
Dial ring: Black with founded appliques
Hands: Rose gold
Edition: Unique piece

Movement
CALIBRE ATC11, 16½‘‘‘
Manufacture movement ARMIN STROM calibre ATC11
Manual-winding, Tourbillon, double going barrel, 10-days power reserve, small seconds and off-centre time indications
Winding-mechanism: Manual wind-up with crown wheels turning on the dial side
Impulse: Double going barrel
Plate and bridges: Plate and Tourbillon Bridge are decorated at the highest quality level, hand-engraved “Royal Flush” on the reverse side of the calibre
Escapement: Escape wheel and pallets made of solid gold with hardened functional areas
Regulating system: Screwed balance with Breguet overcoil
Frequency: 18,000 A/h
Number of Jewels: 24
Number of individual parts: 184
Diameter: 36.60 mm
Height: 6.20 mm
Power reserve: 10 days

Functions
Hour, minute, small second, Tourbillon

Straps
Delivered with a genuine brown alligator horn-back strap and double-fold clasp in 18ct rose gold as well as an additional brown rubber strap

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Manjaz Apollo Premium Skeleton (Ref. 7703M)

Swiss watch maker Manjaz welcomes the connoisseurs to explore the very essence of watchmaking through the visible beating heart of the newly introduced Apollo Premium Skeleton watch.

Harmoniously revealed in a sculptured dial, this ethereal mechanism lays part of its workings bare to transform horological technique into an element of design.

In classic watchmaking style with a contemporary flare, its high frequency of 8 vibrations per second provides a pulse of perfect Swiss precision. Its pierced bridges and plate expose time marked by lightness. Its dial offers a glimpse of its secrets which are fully revealed by the sapphire crystal case back. This is the delicately skeletonised automatic movement that brings the new Apollo by Manjaz to life.
With a highly graphic construction of interlacing lines and curves, the dial is the perfect complement to this symphony of mechanics. Combining structures and soft hues, it offers the ideal backdrop for the bold originality of three large Roman numerals whose silver tones contrast with the shimmering gold hues of the bezel and crown. The case is crafted from steel, while the two-tone bracelet adds the ultimate touch of refinement to this new men’s watch.

Technical details
Movement
Swiss Made Automatic, SW200 skeleton calibre,
4 Hz (28,800 vib/h),
25 jewels, 40-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
Steel, bezel and crown in steel with pink-gold PVD treatment, 41 mm
Crystal and Sapphire case back
Water-resistance 50 metres / 5 atm

Dial
Architectural with grey and silver elements, skeletonised hands, three large silver-coloured Roman numerals

Bracelet/Strap
Two-tone steel bracelet with folding clasp or brown leather strap

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Russia Limited Edition

To celebrate Ferrari's 10th anniversary in Russia, Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot has unveiled a special edition timepiece, Big Bang Ferrari Russia. This is the first limited edition Ferrari watch designed specifically for Russia and just 25 numbered pieces will be produced.

The Big Bang Ferrari Russia fuses design, materials and mechanics in a way that uniquely reflects the respective DNA of Hublot and Ferrari: innovation, performance, technology and exclusivity. Featuring a black ceramic case, the watch (45.5 mm in diameter) is equipped with a cylindrical carbon fibre bezel with red moulding that dramatically showcases the in house UNICO flyback chronograph movement (can be reset at any time) visible through the sapphire dial.
The watch's numerous touches of red (on the bezel, and red minute and chronograph second hands, Schedoni leather and black rubber strap with red stitching) pay special tribute to the famous Ferrari signature. The symbolic prancing horse appears in discreet gold at 9 o'clock on the dial of the timepiece, only 25 of which have been produced.

The UNICO movement can be compared to the best possible engine to power a racing car, and this movement was selected, then designed and developed by Hublot to power the Big Bang Ferrari. With no fewer than 330 components and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the column wheel and dual horizontal coupling appear on the dial.

An indexed crown (with Hublot’s ‘H’ logo automatically positioning itself to remain in line) features elongated push buttons, fixed along a rotating axis like the pedals in a car, whilst carbon inserts give the case a distinctive look. Each timepiece comes with two interchangeable straps, including the one on the display watch in black Schedoni leather stitched onto black rubber, with a highly innovative quick-change system inspired by the seat belt mechanism. This timepiece has a 72-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 100 metres. The absence of superfluous accessories highlights the rational elements of the Big Bang Ferrari Russia's unique design: the expression of Hublot's Art of Fusion concept married to the innovative spirit of Ferrari.

Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Pink Gold

Swiss watch maker Girard-Perregaux welcomes a new luxurious member to its iconic Hawk collection. This new timepiece boasts a powerful, technical chronograph with a pink gold case, and is reinforced with ceramic and rubber components.

The angular, sculptural cases that characterize the timepieces in the Hawk collection have forged the reputation of this sporty and contemporary line. Respecting these stylistic canons to the tee, the design of the new Chrono Hawk Pink Gold marries the sumptuousness of precious metal with the technical sophistication of black ceramic and rubber.
A case that is both luxurious and innovative presents a polychrome face in which the intensity of the dark components heightens the warmth of the gold. In the same spirit it embraces the novel combinations, with the high-tech rubber strapped encased with alligator.
The case is made up of 62 different parts and demands a high degree of skill to produce. With a frame fashioned from satin-finished pink gold and measuring 44 mm in diameter, it serves as the basic structure that incorporates the other parts, starting with those made of ceramic and rubber. The ceramic is extremely resistant to wear and tear with a Vickers hardness of 1,400. It is composed of micrograins with a diameter of 0.2 microns, compressed at very high pressure. Because it is scratch-proof, ceramic is used for the bezel, in particular, but also the chronograph push piece parts, including the push piece protectors and the crown.
The dial of the Chrono Hawk Pink Gold displays a motif inspired by the shape of the famous Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Bridges. It is encircled by a three-dimensional flange graduated with the minutes scale and showcases the indexes striped with bands of luminescent material to enable night reading. The hands are also visible in the dark.
The small seconds are viewed on a subdial at 3 o'clock, while the chronograph functions are displayed via a central direct-drive seconds hand and a subdial at 9 o'clock for the minutes. An aperture at 6 o'clock shows the date.
The Chrono Hawk Pink Gold houses a GP03300 self-winding Manufacture movement with 431 components. Its arrow-shaped oscillating weight and the decorative finishes on the movement can be admired through a sapphire crystal case-back, which is itself engraved and secured with screws. This latest version of the Hawk is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters and has an alligator strap with a folding buckle.

Technical details
Model: Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Pink Gold

Case and dial
Case: pink gold and ceramic
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Bezel: ceramic
Dial: black
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 100 meters (10 ATM)

Movement
Girard-Perregaux movement GP03300-0076
Mechanical, self-winding movement 
Diameter: 29.30 mm (13’’’)
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h - (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 61

Functions
Hour, minute, small second, chronograph, date

Strap
Technological rubber base coated with black alligator
Folding buckle
Reference: 49970-34-633-BB6B

Breitling S3 ZeroG Chronograph (Official Watch of Weightless ZeroG Flight Project, 2015)

Swiss watch maker Breitling announces the official watch of weightless flight project that is scheduled in 2015. The S3 Company (Swiss Space Systems) will be organizing its first weightless ZeroG flights to a broad public. As the main partner in this project, Breitling will equip passengers with an exclusive chronograph specially designed for this experience. Registration is now open.



In 1962, Breitling made its maiden weightless flight on the wrist of Scott Carpenter with a Navitimer Cosmonaute – the first space-travelling wrist chronograph. The brand is now the main sponsor of the Swiss project S3 (Swiss Space Systems), of which the avowed aim is “space for all”. For this purpose, S3 has notably set up a program of weightless flights.
The ZeroG project will begin in 2015 in over 15 locations around the world, including Asia, the Middle East and Central America. These flights of around two hours aboard an Airbus will each include 15 “parabolas” or free floats lasting between 20 to 25 seconds and providing a chance to experience total weightlessness by floating as if in space. Passengers’ equipment will include a Breitling chronograph specially created for the occasion.
Equipped with a light and sturdy black titanium case and a Super Quartz TM movement (ten times more accurate than standard quartz), this S3 ZeroG chronograph is distinguished by its S3 logo appearing on the dial and the rubber strap, as well as by its caseback engraving depicting a parabolic flight. It will serve as a boarding card for passengers and will not be commercialized outside this flight program.

Along with their flight suit, the lucky partakers in the ZeroG experience will be entitled to keep this authentic high-performance and functional instrument for professionals, water-resistant to 100 meters, as mementoes representing the equipment having accompanied them during this unique and unforgettable moment.

Technical details
Movement
Breitling Caliber 73, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, thermo compensated Super Quartz TM, fast time zone adjustment. 1/10th of a second chronograph, 60-minute and 12-hour totalizers with split times (split-second hand). Calendar

Case, dial and strap
Case in Black titanium
Water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft)
Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel
Sapphire crystal, glare proofed on both sides
Diameter: 43 mm
Dial: Volcano Black
Strap: S3 rubber

For more details on this project visit: zerog.s-3.ch.

IWC Schaffhausen - Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse”

Swiss watch manufacture IWC Schaffhausen honours the fabulous flying skills of the Swiss aerobatic squadron by launching a special edition timepiece. For fifty years, Patrouille Suisse pilots have acted as airborne ambassadors to Switzerland, demonstrating unmatched precision and perfection far beyond the country’s borders. Watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen, which has made Pilot’s Watches since 1936, dedicates the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse” to the flying aces of the Swiss Air Force. The special edition of this watch classic is limited to 250.
The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse” features a cockpit design with coloured highlights. Mirroring the functionality of flight instruments, the displays are generously sized and clearly laid out. The hands and indices have a white luminescent coating that guarantees high legibility. The optics of this decidedly masculine timepiece are rounded off by an attractive shot-blasted stainless steel case and a black soft strap with back-stitching.
An altimeter-shaped date display further underscores the instrument-inspired look. Three signal red elements provide highlights: the small red seconds hand, which indicates normal running; the red stopwatch seconds hand; and the small triangle on the triple date display. Another eye-catching feature is the third push-button at “10 o’clock”. This can be used to stop the split-seconds hand at any time and then pressed again to resynchronize it with the stopwatch seconds hand, making it ideal for timing laps or intermediate times.

With a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields and a sapphire glass secured against sudden falls in pressure, the watch has all the credentials of a watch designed for flying. The 46-millimetre stainless-steel case of the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille
Suisse” is water-resistant to 6 bar and houses a rugged 79230-calibre self-winding chronograph movement. The movement permits the recording of single and aggregate times up to 12 hours and has a power reserve of 44 hours.
The case back is decorated with an engraving of three jet fighters that allude to the Northrop F-5E Tiger II, in which Patrouille Suisse pilots fly tightly knit formations at speeds of up to 1000 kph. The inscription “TRIBUTE TO PATROUILLESUISSE” and the consecutive numbering (1/250, 2/250 etc.) indicate the special limited edition. The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse” will be available from May 2014, initially only from IWC Boutiques in Switzerland and Swiss retailers, but later at IWC Boutiques worldwide.

IWC developed its first Pilot’s Watch almost 80 years ago. In 1936, the so-called Special Pilot’s Watch started out on a professional mission in the service of pilots. It was designed to withstand the difficult conditions encountered in the cockpit of aircraft at that time. The Schaffhausen based manufacturer’s passion spurred its engineers and watchmakers on to ever-greater technical achievement. Today, IWC’s Pilot’s Watches are very popular and elegantly combine modern technology with traditional values.

The Patrouille Suisse
The formations they fly go by names such as Eiger, Matterhorn, Delta or Shadow. The Swiss Air Force’s professional pilots in their red-and-white Tiger jets perform loops, simultaneous rolls and tunnels at breathtaking speeds, sometimes just 60 metres above the ground. The Patrouille Suisse aerobatics squadron was established to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Swiss Air Force in 1964. Since then, the flying skills of the aerobatics team, comprising six Tiger pilots, have made them much-acclaimed ambassadors of Switzerland wherever they appear. The fascination of formation flying continues to draw hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts to air shows at home and abroad.

Features of Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse”
Mechanical chronograph movement – Self-winding – Day and date display – Small hacking seconds –
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Split-seconds hand for intermediate timing –
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields – Screw-in crown – Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure – Limited to 250 consecutively numbered watches

Technical details
Model: Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse” ref. IW377805

Movement
Calibre 79230
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 29
Power reserve: 44 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial and strap
Shot-blasted stainless-steel case, grey dial, black soft strap, folding clasp in stainless steel (shot-blasted)
Glass: sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Case height: 17.5 mm

Monday, May 26, 2014

RAYMOND WEIL - Freelancer Chronograph, Titanium

RAYMOND WEIL, the independent and family-owned Swiss watch brand based in Geneva, adds a new member to its flagship collection, the freelancer.

Meticulously crafted in a satin finished titanium case, the new freelancer chronograph is a daring new comer from the most loved watch collection from the brand. With its finely honed horns and straight lines, the new freelancer chronograph offers a real concentration of design and performance. Projecting pushers and polished screw heads are some of the details making this watch a totally technical machine.
The new freelancer chronograph shows a metallic face, punctuated with shades of grey; this horology masterpiece beats to the rhythm of a mechanical automatic winding movement, equipped with the chronograph function. Orange-coloured notes, making a forceful impression, highlight the chronograph hand in the centre, as well as those of the hour and minute counters.
The slate-grey dial of the titanium freelancer offers the day date window at 3 o’clock, and a circular tachymeter scale. The ensemble is housed in an imposing, round, 45mm-diametre titanium case, fitted with a screw-down, transparent back, providing risk-free immersion to 10 ATM. A brown, calfskin strap with a folding titanium clasp including a double pusher safety system complete this flawless piece.

Technical details
Ref. 7745-TIC-05609

Movement
Chronograph – RW5000
Winding: Automatic
Power-Reserve: 46 hours
Jewels: 25 rubies

Functions
Central hours and minutes, small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
3-day date and day windows at 3 o’clock
Day and date adjustment using push-button at 3 o’clock
Chronograph
- Start, stop and restart using push-button at 2 o’clock
- Reset using push-button at 4 o’clock
- Central chronograph hand
- 30 minutes counter at 12 o’clock
- 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock
- Tachometer ring

Case
Round – Satin finished titanium
Diameter: 45mm
Thickness: 13.7mm
Bezel: Titanium
Crown: Titanium – screwed and fluted with RW monogram
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Case back: Screw down, with sapphire crystal
Water resistance : 10 ATM

Dial
Slate grey galvanic
Indexes: White transferred indexes, capped with luminescent material

Hands
Hours / minutes: Steel type, bombé, barrel-shaped, enhanced with luminescent material
Second hand at 9 o’clock : Steel type, barrel-shaped
Chronograph hands: Orange, barrel-shaped

Bracelet
Brown, full skin calf leather strap
Folding RW steel and titanium clasp, with a double push-button security system

Vostok - Europe Mriya

Vostok-Europe unveils Mriya, the first watch in world to use new SII column wheel chronograph movement. The Vostok-Europe Mriya is a 20 ATM professional diver watch with a 50 mm case that will debut the new 34-jewel SII dream machine. Built to celebrate VE’s 10th year, the watch is inspired by the world’s largest airplane – the AN-225 Mriya – and will be the company's largest model to date. Myria is a Ukranian word that translates as "dream".
Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, Vostok-Europe straddles the worlds of Russia and Eastern Europe and produces some of the most cost-effective, professional-grade watches on the market today.

The movement will go wide on the market in August, but VE will already be well into production of their latest creation when other brands are just starting to look at fitting the movement into their chassis. The upgrades from the previous SII (Seiko Instruments Inc.) flagship Japanese automatic chronograph movement are significant. This engine has the coveted column-wheel construction, which provides a whisper sensitive starting, unlike the “jerk” that can accompany the stiff pushers of a cam-driven movement.
As the name implies, a column-wheel chronograph has a six-toothed ratchet wheel designed to interlock with levers connected to the pushers that engage in and out to activate and deactivate the elapse-time measurement function. Unlike a cam movement, which has two flat levers that slide back and forth over each other, there is no push-back pressure on the starting button necessary to physically shift the leavers. This makes for much smoother activation.

In the past, weak or brittle metal in the wheel construction could compromise the longevity of some column-wheel movements on the market. But Sii has addressed this with strict hardness controls on the metallurgy, so this method of construction is now arguably more durable than a cam as there is less friction to cause wear and tear.

The new NE88 also has a three-pointed hammer construction so that all sub-dials fly back instantly and precisely to their starting positions. Additionally, this 45-hour power reserve movement ticks along at 28,800 vibrations every 60 minutes for enhanced accuracy and has a vertical clutch on the center and all three elapsed-time counter pinions for power transmission. The later part, which sounds more like something that should be on a Chevy, also trims friction and significantly reduces the “jumping hand” effect often seen in mechanical chronographs when they are activated.
The Mriya will come packaged in a genuine leather, fabric-lined case specially built for the 10-year anniversary of the brand and will include two straps and a changing tool. There are two other styles, one an automatic with the SII NH35 three-hand, which will go for around $799. Similarly priced will be an ISA quartz analog-digital version that also uses their newest movement. It will be the first ani-digi for Vostok-Europe as well.

The NE88 automatic chrono version will retail in North America for around $2,399. All models will come with multiple colour combination executions.

Pellikaan Timing - Hendrik Lorentz

Netherlands based watch brand Pellikaan Timing pays tribute to Hendrik Lorentz, the legendary Dutch physicist by launching a new timepiece named after him. In 1902, Hendrik Lorentz won the Nobel Prize for Physics. Paying tribute to his research on local time, each index on the dial of this classic wrist watch has its own scale. The classic combination of matt black indices with a beaded silver dial makes the watch highly legible. This timepiece houses Soprod A10 Swiss made automatic movement which is visible through the sapphire caseback. This timepiece has been dynamically balanced in 6 positions to improve the accuracy of the automatic movement. Hendrik Lorentz is available from May 19, 2014. Approximate retail price is € 1895, -
Technical details
Movement
Soprod A10 - 2 Calibre 11 1/2 '' ' Automatic
25 jewels
Incabloc
Frequency 28'800 / 4 Hz
42-hour power reserve

Case
Steel
Diameter: 40mm, height: 9.5 mm, width: 22 mm
Case back: Sapphire Glass
Glass: Sapphire with AR coating

Dial
Beaded silver with black indices, Matte black “leaf" hands

Strap
Black alligator leather strap and extra black nylon NATO strap

Armand Nicolet - M02 (New Models)

Swiss watch maker Armand Nicolet has given one of their most successful collections a makeover and is now introducing a newly re-styled M02 models.

The original concept that a few years ago inspired the first version of this family hasn’t changed but the Maison this time has focused particularly on comfort. In order to make the watch as comfortable as possible on a man’s wrist the weight has been reduced and also time-telling is now easier thanks to a revisited dial where Arabic numbers are displayed alternatively to indexes. The lighter weight also allows the movement to be enclosed inside the case with more flexibility and therefore to have an improved ability to absorb shocks.
An extra touch is given to this timeless collection by the new blue face which has been added to the original silvered and black dials in the classical versions in stainless steel while the two-toned version with 18Kt rose gold bezel and crown on the stainless steel case is available with grey dial and matching alligator strap or steel and gold bracelet.
For this upgraded line Armand Nicolet has put special effort into technical details: the studies carried out with devotion by our team have led to the creation, not only of a new stainless steel bracelet but also of the two-toned bracelet, and to the development of a much more ergonomic and easier-to-use deploy buckle. The external size of the watch has remained the same yet the proportions have changed providing an increased balance from an aesthetic point of view. The M02 family is an amazing mix of classical appeal, slick lines and technology.
This line is available in the following complications: Day & Date, CompleteCalendar, GMT & Big Date and Chronograph. The M02 is a great example of the fantastic results you get when you succeed to fuse together Italian design and charm with Swiss care for details and precision.

Technical details
Movement
Movement Mechanical, automatic with three different functions
Day & Date: AN 2846-9
Complete Calendar: AN 9201/2824-2;
GMT & Big Date: AN0717F
Chronograph: AN 2045/2824-2

Case
Diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: From 12 mm to 14 mm
Stainless Steel 316L or Case in stainless steel 316L with bezel in 18 Kt rose gold
Glass: Sapphire crystal with antiglare treatment on top and on see through screwed back
Water Resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Guilloché decorated dial with applied indexes, luminous dots and hands

Strap/Bracelet
Alligator or stainless steel 316L deploy buckle
Stainless steel 316L or Stainless steel 316L and 18Kt rose gold bracelet

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rolex's Love For Sports

The roots of Rolex’s affinity for sports and human achievement can be traced back to the pioneering origins of the company. When founder Hans Wilsdorf set up his watchmaking firm, he was influenced by the swift changes sweeping through society at the beginning of the 20th century. In an era when wristwatches were still regarded as fragile items of apparel, he was determined to create a wristwatch that would be robust, precise and reliable, adapted to ever more active lifestyles.

In 1910, a Rolex wristwatch obtained the first certificate ever granted to such a watch by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, Switzerland. In 1926, Rolex invented the Rolex Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch in the world, thanks to a case equipped with an ingenious patented system consisting of a screw-down bezel, case back and winding crown. To prove his invention, Hans Wilsdorf equipped Mercedes Gleitze with an Oyster when she swam the English Channel a year later. The Rolex watch emerged from more than 10hours in the water in perfect working condition, and the young Englishwoman effectively became the brand’s first Testimonee – a witness to the watch’s uncompromised performance.

In 1931, Rolex invented the first wristwatch self-winding system with a free rotor, called the perpetual rotor, the precursor of contemporary self-winding systems. With Hans Wilsdorf at the helm, Rolex continued to use the world as a real-life proving ground for the Oyster, demonstrating time and again its reliability in the most extreme conditions, on land, in the air, in the depths of the ocean or on the tallest peaks. By being associated with so many achievements, Rolex became the trusted reference for chronometric precision, robustness and reliability around the world.

Meanwhile, Rolex evolved, as did its product, in a constant pursuit of perfection. As part of this evolution, Rolex watches – made from only the highest quality materials and designed by the industry’s best – became symbols of elegance and prestige.

Rolex and Equestrianism
As the crown in equestrianism for over 50 years, Rolex is a major force at play behind the sport’s finest events, riders and organizations. Whether supporting leading athletes such as Rodrigo Pessoa and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum or maintaining tradition and excellence with the historic CHIO Aachen in Germany or the newly established Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, Rolex has cultivated a privileged relationship with the elite world of equestrian sports.
Rolex’s association with equestrianism started from an alliance with legendary show jumper Pat Smythe (Patricia Rosemary Smythe), who became the brand’s first equestrian Testimonee in 1957. Since that auspicious partnership, Rolex’s involvement in equestrian sport has increased significantly.

Today, Rolex sponsors major international equestrian events in distinct disciplines. Most recently, the brand partnered the Rolex Grand slam of show Jumping, a global initiative created in 2013 by three of the world’s greatest equestrian shows: CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament and CHI Geneva. Considered by the sport to be the ultimate show jumping challenge, the Rolex Grand Slam rewards the rider who wins the Grand Prix at each show in succession. As a long-term partner to all three of these prestigious events, Rolex’s decision to support the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping was a natural progression.

Sponsored by Rolex since 1999, the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen attracts over 360,000 passionate supporters during ten days of competition – a record attendance among equestrian events. CHIO Aachen offers competition in five disciplines. The focal point of the show, the Rolex Grand Prix, has been won by some of the most famous names in the sport, including Nelson Pessoa, his son Rodrigo Pessoa, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Eric Lamaze.

Rolex has been affiliated with the CSIO spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in Calgary, Canada since 1989. Featuring the world’s best horses and riders, the event was named number one in the world for international show jumping in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004.

Since 1996, Rolex has also been the Presenting Sponsor of CHI Geneva, a pre-eminent jumping competition currently in its 53rd edition. Voted in 2013 the best equestrian event in the world for the second time by the members of the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC), the Geneva International Horse Show has also been deemed the best indoor competition on four different occasions. This show brings together an extraordinary line-up of titled riders in the world’s largest indoor equestrian arena and offers four days of intense action.

Since 2002, Rolex has sponsored the World Equestrian Games. This first-class event takes place every four years at a different venue, attracting the top riders in jumping, dressage, eventing, endurance, vaulting, driving, reining and Para-equestrian sport, the eight disciplines officially recognized by the sport’s governing body. The next Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will take place in Normandy, France in 2014.

Rolex has been Title Sponsor, since 2001, of the Rolex IJRC top 10 Final– a highlight on the equestrian calendar that assembles the 10 highest ranked riders in the world – as well as a major supporter of the biennial European Championships, an event which brings together Europe’s best equestrian pairs.

In 2012, Rolex partnered the Palm Beach international Center. Through this relationship, the brand became Official Timepiece of the Winter Equestrian Festival, which brings together some 6,000 horses and 2,000riders from around 30countries for several weeks of international competition in Wellington, Florida (US).

Starting in 2014, Rolex breathes new life into its partnership with indoor Brabant (Netherlands). Main sponsor of the show and title sponsor of the Grand Prix, Rolex offers this emblematic event on Dutch turf the opportunity to strengthen its position on the international show jumping circuit.

Furthermore, Rolex sponsors three legendary competitions on the Eventing calendar, as Title Sponsor of the Rolex Kentucky three Day Event and Official Timepiece for the Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials. The brand actively supports excellence in the discipline through the Rolex Grand slam of Eventing– an award presented to the rider who wins consecutively at these three prestigious and challenging yearly events.

Behind the scenes, Rolex participates in the development of equitation through its patronage of the Jumping owners Club, an organization that brings together and supports the world’s leading horse owners involved in the discipline. The brand also partners the international Jumping riders Club; a group comprised of the top-ranked riders that promotes the image of jumping in equestrian sport and organizes the Rolex IJRC Top 10Final.

Rolex has also cultivated close relationships with equestrianism’s exceptional competitors, counting among its Testimonees Brazilian show jumper Rodrigo Pessoa, an Olympic and World Championship gold medal list; German rider of American origin Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, the first woman to be ranked World No. 1 in jumping and three-time winner of the Rolex World Cup™ Final; Canada’s Eric Lamaze who won a gold medal in the individual show jumping event in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and became World No. 1for the first time in 2009; European  jumping champion Kevin Staut, from France, who won a team silver medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky; and Swiss rider Steve Guerdat, the individual jumping gold-medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In Eventing, Rolex supports British equestrian Zara Phillips, team silver medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics and the individual champion in 2006at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen; and Britain’s Pippa Funnell, the first and only rider ever to have won the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. And in dressage, Rolex Testimonee Isabell Werth– world record holder for most titles won in her discipline – has the unique honour of having represented Germany at four Olympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008), winning team and individual medals at each. 

Rolex and Golf
Rolex is a major force at play behind the finest events, players and organizations in golf, encouraging the development of the game worldwide.
As the most elite and trusted timekeeper of the day, known for having changed the world of watchmaking, it was only logical that Rolex should partner Arnold Palmerin 1967. This charismatic American holds a special place in golf legend, thanks as much to his natural talent as a player and his many victories on the course, as to his pioneering role in the history of the sport. He, along with fellow Rolex Testimonees Jack Nicklaus, record holder at 18for most major wins, and Gary Player, ranked third overall for the number of professional wins, contributed to modernizing golf and giving it a worldwide dimension. Together, they are commonly known as the “Big Three”.

Since 1967, the relationship between Rolex and golf has continuously grown and prospered thanks to the brand’s trendsetting initiative in the field of sports sponsoring. Today Rolex is golf’s leading supporter and is associated not only with the most important and prestigious entities governing the sport worldwide, but also with golf’s principal professional tours, competitions and athletes.

Men’s Golf: For over 30 years, Rolex has been the proud partner and Official Timekeeper of the open Championship, where the world’s greatest players compete for the sport’s oldest title. This prestigious tournament is organized by the R&A; golf’s governing body responsible for monitoring the official rules of Golf. The Rules, set out by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, have preserved the integrity of the sport for over 250years. Both The R&A and The Rules have long­standing partnerships with Rolex.

Rolex also partners the USGA, which is responsible for organizing the renowned U.S. open Championship. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game of golf worldwide, promoting and sustaining the game and acting as custodian of The Rules.

Also in the United States, Rolex supports the Masters, one of golf’s emblematic events played every year at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Like Rolex, the Masters is a classic known for its trad­ition al values and the only invitational tournament among golf’s majors. Alongside the majors are the Rolex sponsored team competitions. The RYDER CUP pits the United States against Europe, while the Presidents Cup is played between the United States and a team comprised of the top ranked players outside of Europe. These high profile events are unique since no prize money is awarded.

Rolex is further involved in men’s golf as Official Timekeeper of prime tournaments such as the World Golf Championships, the World Cup of Golf, the Players Championship, the Dubai World Championship and the tour Championship. In addition, Rolex is the Official Timekeeper of golf’s main tours: the PGA tour, the European tour and the Asian tour. And as part of the brand’s mission to encourage the development of this great game, Rolex also supports the most prestigious amateur events worldwide.

In addition, Rolex backs many of the sport’s best players. Besides the Big Three, Rolex counts among its Testimonees American golf legend tom Watson, as well as Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer; multiple major winners Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen; top con tenders Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer, Matteo Manassero, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth. Rolex also sponsors former and current Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie and José Maria Olazábal.

Women’s Golf: Rolex celebrates more than 30 years with the lPGA as its Official Timekeeper and is also a proud partner of the ladies European tour. Rolex is the Official Timekeeper of the five majors, including the newly added Evian Championship, and the Solheim Cup, the premier team event in ladies golf. Rolex also sponsors the LPGA’s top awards, such as the Rolex Player of the year and the Louise Suggs Rolex rookie of the year. Among LPGA Tour players, Rolex counts among its Testimonies legends Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. And, as a committed partner of the sport of golf, Rolex was named, in 2006, the Title Sponsor of the Rolex Women’s World Golf rankings, the first ever world rankings system for women’s golf. Driven by a passion for excellence and a great appreciation of golf, Rolex, the world’s leading Swiss watchmaker, is committed to cultivating the strong ties that bind these two prestigious worlds in their shared pursuit of perfection.

Rolex and Motor Sports
Rolex is a major force at play behind the finest events in motor sports. Whether supporting the leading motor sports series, Formula 1®; iconic endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans; or maintaining tradition with the historic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Rolex has cultivated a privileged relationship with this fast-paced world.
 Rolex sought to associate with activities that, like itself, were motivated by passion, excellence, precision and performance. Naturally, Rolex gravitated towards the world of motor sports, forming an alliance that dates back to the 1930s, when Sir Malcolm Campbell set a world land-speed record while wearing a Rolex Oyster.

In 1959, the brand partnered the Daytona International Speedway in the United States. A few years later, Rolex added the name “Daytona” to the dial of the iconic chronograph it created for racing drivers, the Cosmograph. Ever since then, the presence of the Rolex brand in automobile racing has grown steadily. Rolex has been the Title Sponsor of the Rolex 24At Daytona in Florida since 1992and Official Timepiece since 2001for the 24Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest sports car endurance race.

From 2013, Rolex is Official Timepiece of Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor sports. This long-term partnership is the culmination of the brand’s history of close ties with motor racing and speed. Since the late 1960s, Rolex has counted motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart, one of the most celebrated Formula 1drivers of the last 40years, among its family of Testimonies. Sir Jackie won three FIA Formula One World Championships (1969, 1971and 1973) and 27 Grand Prix races. He is also widely recognized for his commitment to F1driving safety during the 1970s.

Through its strong alliance with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex also proudly sponsors Danish driver Tom Kristensen, record nine-time winner of the annual endurance classic. In keeping with its spirit of pushing the limits of performance, Rolex joined the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record project in 2011as the Official Timing Partner. The Bloodhound team is aiming to set a new record of 1,000 miles per hour (1,600km/h) with a cutting-edge supersonic jet- and rocket-powered car. This maintains Rolex’s longstanding presence at the frontiers of speed, stretching back to 1935 when Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the 300mile-per-hour (approximately 480km/h) barrier at the wheel of Bluebird.

Rolex also sponsors events that celebrate the beauty of historic cars rather than their racing performance. Among them is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance(US), launched in 1950to showcase the most avant-garde models of the period. Today, this prestigious competition, held annually in Pebble Beach, California, features the most striking of vintage cars. Rolex has been the Official Timekeeper since 1997. Included in this event is the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex, created to demonstrate the elegance of automobiles in motion. Rolex became Presenting Sponsor of this event in 2007.

Furthermore, Rolex is the proud sponsor of the Goodwood Revival (UK), devoted to race cars built before 1966, as well as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (US), which brings over 600cars to California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

Driven by a passion for excellence and a great appreciation for motor sports, Rolex, the world’s leading Swiss watchmaker, is committed to cultivating the strong ties that bind these two prestigious worlds in their shared pursuit of perfection.

Rolex and Skiing
In 1968, legendary skier Jean-Claude Killy, from France, became a Rolex Testimonee, marking the start of the brand’s association with skiing. Since then, skiing has become a vital part of the brand’s tradition, exemplified through partnerships that reflect the company’s inherent values and ethos, from heritage, reliability and trust to excellence, passion and precision.
 Rolex sought to associate with activities that, like itself, were motivated by passion, excellence and precision. Naturally, Rolex gravitated toward the world of skiing, forming its first alliance with Jean-Claude Killy in 1968, the year he became a triple Olympic gold medallist at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble.

Jean-Claude Killy: An outstanding, widely admired skier, Jean-Claude Killy’s perfect technique and iron will made their mark on the history of sports. In 1966, he became double world champion, in the Downhill and Combined events, and in 1968, he took the gold medal in the Downhill, Giant Slalom and Slalom races at the Olympic Games. An undisputed legend in alpine skiing, this charismatic athlete has spent decades helping to promote the sport, occupying key positions on governing bodies. A man with a taste for hard work who has consistently sought excellence, Jean-Claude Killy is the perfect embodiment of Rolex values and remains closely affiliated with the brand to this day.

For a long time, he was the only link – albeit a strong one – between Rolex and skiing, until, in 2006, he was joined by Austrian powerhouse Hermann Maier, Swiss champion Carlo Janka, American superstar Lindsey Vonn, and rising Swiss talent Lara Gut.

Hermann Maier: With his impressive list of victories and an indomitable fighting spirit, Austrian skier Hermann Maier has a rightful place among those timeless champions whose aura reaches beyond the strict confines of their sport. He ranks among the finest alpine ski racers in history, with four overall World Cup titles (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004), two Olympic gold medals for the Super G and Giant Slalom (1998), and three World Championship titles (Downhill and Super G in 1999and Giant Slalom in 2005). A Rolex Testimonee since 2006, Hermann Maier captured 54World Cup race victories over the course of his career, leaving his tracks on the slopes forever.

Carlo JanKa: Carlo Janka has claimed his place among the next generation of world class skiers. The Swiss skier is a leading competitor thanks to natural talent coupled with exceptional mental strength. Giant slalom Olympic gold medallist in Vancouver in 2010, he also won the over all World Cup title in alpine skiing the same year. He became a Rolex Testimonee in 2010.

Lindsey Vonn: By winning her Downhill gold medal at the 2010Olympic Games in Vancouver, USskier Lindsey Vonn became the first female Olympic Downhill champion in her country’s history. That same season, she also won her third consecutive World Cup title and took home her fourth in 2012. She went on to best the record for women’s world cup points, proving that she is one of the new stars of the ski circuit. A symbol of excellence and elegance, Lindsey Vonn became a Rolex Testimonee in 2009.

Lara Gut: Born in 1991, Lara Gut appeared on the international alpine skiing scene at the age of 16and has shown promise as one of the sport’s rising talents. She won her first World Cup in 2008, in St. Moritz, becoming the youngest skier to win a World Cup Super G race. The young Swiss skier went on to win two silver medals at the 2009World Championships at Val d’Isère, France and, following time off to recuperate from an injury, has made a strong return to the slopes. Lara Gut has been a Rolex Testimonee since 2009. Rolex is at one with the skill, timing, endurance and the perpetual quest for perfection that characterize skiing and the exceptional individuals who dominate it.

Rolex and Tennis
Rolex is a major force at play behind the finest events, players and organizations in tennis. From Wimbledon and the Australian Open to Swiss phenomenon Roger Federer, Rolex has cultivated a privileged relationship with this great sport.
 Rolex sought to associate with activities that, like itself, were motivated by passion, excellence and precision. Naturally, Rolex gravitated to­ward the world of tennis, forming an alliance that dates back to the late 1970s when the brand became the Official Timekeeper of Wimbledon. Since then, the relationship between Rolex and tennis has grown and prospered.

Wimbledon: Rolex values its long­standing partnership with Wimbledon, the world’s first lawn tennis championship, initially held at the All England Club in July 1877. The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon has succeeded in making significant improvements to its grounds as well as the sport, while preserving its unique image and character. This perfect balance between tradition and innovation is similar to the evolution of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual and has formed the basis for a lasting alliance between two classics.

The Australian Open: Associate Sponsor and Official Timekeeper of the australian open, Rolex is proud of its association with this major tournament – dubbed by Rolex Testimonee and four­time Australian Open champion Roger Federer as the “Happy Slam”. Not only is it a milestone event in the sporting calendar, but a festive mood prevails from start to finish. The first of the four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments, it attracts a rec­ord number of tennis enthusiasts who gather to watch the world’s best players compete under Australia’s summer heat.

Rolex is Official Timekeeper of the association of tennis professionals (ATP) World Tour and its iconic championship, the ATP World tour Finals, as well as Official Timekeeper of the WTA Championships. The ATP World Tour Finals and the WTA Championships bring together the top ranking male and female singles players and doubles teams, respectively, at different venues each year for a final, end­of­season tournament. Glamour abounds at the Monte-Carlo Rolex masters every April when tennis’s best players compete for an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on clay courts overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. And in Shanghai, Rolex is very proud to be the Title Sponsor of the shanghai Rolex masters. Inaugurated in 2009, it is considered the best tennis event for men in Asia. In its first five years, it was designated Masters 1000of the Year by the ATP players, underscoring its exceptional calibre.

In addition to these, Rolex is associated with other Masters 1000 competitions, including the Mutua Madrid Open, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, the Rogers Cup in Canada and the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

Of the Masters 500 tournaments on the ATP World Tour, Rolex is also associated with the China Open in Beijing, the Dubai tennis Championship and the Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rolex also participates in the development of tennis through its support of the Davis Cup, organized by the International Tennis Federation, and the annual Hall of Fame tennis Championships, played on grass in Newport, Rhode Island (US), where historic players are inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Rolex Testimonees Rod Laver, Björn Borg and Chris Evert were thus honoured in 1981, 1987 and 1995, respectively.

In further patronage of tennis’ exceptional individuals, Rolex counts among its Testimonees Swiss phenomenon Roger Federer, holder of more than 300 weeks at No. 1– a record-breaking feat – winner of an unsurpassed 17 Grand Slam victories and silver medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Like a Rolex watch, tennis requires absolute precision and consistency, and Federer, who has been associated with the brand since 2001, has mastered the game of tennis better than any other player of all time. The champions who play against him are the first to attest to his undeniable skill.

Rolex also stands behind Danish powerhouse Caroline Wozniacki, ranked No. 1in the WTA from October 2010 to January 2012and winner of the 2006 Wimbledon Junior Championships, in addition to champions Ana Ivanovic (Serbia), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(France), Juan-Martin del Potro (Argentina) and Chinese player Li Na, who made both tennis and world history by becoming the first player from an Asian nation to win a singles Grand Slam title.

Rolex and Yachting
As the crown in sailing for over 50 years, Rolex is proud to be a major force at play behind yachting’s finest events, players and organizations. Whether supporting extreme challenges such as the ultra-competitive Rolex Sydney Hobart or maintaining tradition with the glamorous Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Rolex has culti vated a privileged relationship with the elite world of yachting.
Rolex sought to associate with activities that, like itself, were motivated by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. Naturally, Rolex gravitated toward the elite world of sailing, forming an alliance that dates back to the late 1950s. Since then, the relationship between Rolex and sailing has grown and prospered.

Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of some 15 major international events in distinct categories. The Rolex Sydney Hobart and the biennial Rolex Fastnet race are at the forefront of the leading offshore races. Fiercely challenging and frequently subject to extreme weather conditions, these regattas are often referred to interchangeably as the Mount Everest of sailing. In a similar vein, the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship attracts the best sailors from around the word in the highest-level one-design competition organized for boat owners and their teams.

The Maxi yacht Rolex Cup is one of the highlights of the Mediterranean yachting season. Against the backdrop of the luxurious Costa Smeralda, a sizeable fleet of top-quality, technologically advanced yachts gather each September in Porto Cervo, Italy for intense competition. Porto Cervo is also the home port for the prestigious Rolex swan Cup, a favourite among those looking for an exciting contest among worthy opponents.

Off the water, Rolex participates in the development of yachting through its support of the international sailing Federation (ISAF), the sport’s governing body, and the annual ISAF Rolex World sailor of the year awards, recognizing male and female sailors who have distinguished themselves over the course of a year.

Rolex has also cultivated close relationships with the most prestigious yacht clubs around the world, including the New York Yacht Club(US), the Royal Yacht Squadron(Cowes, UK), the Yacht Club Italiano (Genoa, Italy) and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda(Porto Cervo, Italy), among  others.

In patronage of yachting’s exceptional individuals, Rolex counts among its Testimonees Danish legend Paul Elvstrom, a four-time Olympic gold medallist; American yachtsman Gary Jobson, Vice President of the ISAF and the America’s Cup’s Winning Tactician in 1977; and Brazilian sailor Robert Scheidt, a two-time Olympic gold medallist who was twice named the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year.

Rolex has remained firmly committed to supporting individuals and organizations at the pinnacle of exploration, sports and the arts. The leading Swiss watchmaking brand remains faithful to the spirit of enterprise which inspired its founder, building on valued history and proven performance to innovate for ever higher standards. sponsoring is not only a vital part of the brand’s tradition, these extraordinary partnerships are also a perfect reflection of the company’s inherent values and ethos, from heritage, reliability and trust to excellence, passion and precision. Rolex is at one with the skill, timing, endurance and the perpetual quest for perfection that characterize groundbreaking exploration, the most prestigious sporting achievement and the greatest artistic performances around the world.

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