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Sunday, August 31, 2014

PHILIPPE DUFOUR – Living Legend of Traditional Watchmaking

PHILIPPE DUFOUR is a world renowned master watch maker who is specialised in the manufacturing of extremely technical timepieces especially dedicated to most demanding watch connoisseurs.

Philippe Dufour was born in 1948 in Le Sentier in the Vallée de Joux. He went to school locally and in a town of watchmakers, went into study watch making at the technical college. He obtained, with distinction, his Certificat d’horloger-rhabilleur. He was employed locally but, very soon, his desire for broader experience saw him working with watchmakers abroad. Back home, he then worked with several of the most famous manufacturers in the Vallée de Joux. In 1978, he set up an independent workshop. He specialised in repairing old and valuable watches, one of the most stimulating and challenging disciplines for every watchmaker.

Five years later, he completed his first Grande et Petite Sonnerie, minute repeater pocket watch, of which he produced five further examples. This was followed in 1992, by a wristwatch version, which won the gold medal for technical innovation at the World Watch Making and Jewellery Fair in Basel. This superb collectors' piece rings the hours and quarters automatically and, by simply pressing on a push-piece, will ring the hours, quarters and minutes.

Here we display a Grande et Petite Sonnerie wrist watch crafted in 18 carat white gold (SL No. 5). This authentic masterpiece unveils the entire mechanism of the stunning grand and small strike minute repeater, which is visible through front glass as well as transparent caseback.
Grande et Petite Sonnerie
The bezel can even be lifted to admire the screws underneath adorned with hand-enamelled and hand-engraved indications. The hands are of a different colour (blue) than the movement while the hour-circle, with its blued hour markers and Arabic numerals, has been applied directly to the crystal.

This masterpiece creation is equipped with a hand wound movement (21,600 vph, 35 rubies & 38-hour power reserve). The timepiece is fitted with a crocodile strap featuring an exclusive golf buckle made by the watchmaker himself.

In 1996, also at the Basel Fair, PHILIPPE DUFOUR announced the Duality, the first wristwatch with double escapement, is one of the most difficult complications to make, and is even more complex than the tourbillon.

In 2000, PHILIPPE DUFOUR presented a new model know as the Simplicity. As the name implies and in keeping with Dufour’s philosophy, this is a simple straightforward timepiece: it has no complications. This collection is available in pink or white gold or, on request, in platinum. The meticulously crafted Guilloché dial features dauphine hands and small seconds at 6 o’clock. The hand-wound movement can be admired through the case's transparent back. The name of the brand and the individual number are engraved on small solid gold plates. The Simplicity collection offers various customisation opportunities.

Independent and perfectionist, Philippe Dufour perpetuates the creative spirit of the Vallée de Joux, the centre of complicated watch making in Switzerland. He combines his love of invention, with an unswerving loyalty to the most demanding traditional watch making methods. Modest about his own work, he nevertheless has strong views.

Contact details
Philippe Dufour
Rue du Village - Le Solliat
CH-1347 Le Sentier, Vallée de Joux

Omega Planet Ocean ‘Orange Mecanique’

Introduced in 2006, the Planet Ocean ‘Orange Mecanique’ takes the orange theme a step further and displays a striking combination of precision engineering and fine gem-setting. Zesty orange sapphires and sparkling white diamond baguettes are set into the bezel and draw the eye to the contrast with the dark mother-of-pearl dial.

The ultra glamorous Planet Ocean ‘Orange Mecanique’ is a COSC certified chronometer that retains many of the original diver’s watch functions including helium escape valve.

The white gold dial is overlaid with black mother-of-pearl creating an attractive dark blue shade that stands out against the bright orange of the alligator strap and the baguette sapphires on the bezel.
The hour markers are baguette diamonds, complemented by Arabic numerals in orange at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock combined with a practical date indicator at 3 o’clock. True to the demands of a diver’s watch, the facetted rhodium-plated arrowhead hour and minute hands are coated with Super Luminova to aid visibility ensuring that the dial will be legible even when taking this bejewelled chronometer to the darkest depths of the ocean. The minute markers and the Omega logo are in sober white.
The white gold bezel is available in five different combinations of baguette diamonds and orange sapphires. The five choices are: all orange sapphires; sapphires interspersed with diamonds at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock; an uninterrupted row of diamonds from 12 to 3 o’clock representing the regulation 15 minutes diving time; one diamond to every two sapphires; or finally, sapphires from 12 to 3 o’clock and diamonds from 3 to 12 o’clock.

The Planet Ocean ‘Orange Mecanique’ is equipped with Calibre 2500, a high precise self-winding chronometer movement with a power reserve of 48 hours. The Co-Axial escapement, proprietary Omega technology, considerably reduces friction in the heart of the watch mechanism and offers improved long-term reliability and accuracy. This COSC-certified chronometer is further improved by a free-sprung balance.
The stainless steel case comes in two sizes: 42 mm and an impressive 45.5 mm. The dial is enclosed behind a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides for optimum clarity. To enhance water resistance, the case features both a screw-in crown and case back; the latter is decorated with the Seamaster seahorse medallion.

Water-resistant to a depth of 600 metres (2,000 feet), the Planet Ocean ‘Orange Mecanique’ is equipped with a helium escape valve positioned at 10 o’clock and embossed with the chemical symbol for helium “He”. The helium escape valve allows any atoms of this gas to escape preserving the watch and the movement from potential decompression damages.

This model is fitted with an overstitched orange alligator strap with a stainless steel fold over clasp.

OMEGA De Ville "Chocolate" Ladies

Introduced in 2005, the OMEGA De Ville "Chocolate" takes inspiration from Switzerland’s worldwide reputation in the field of chocolate-making. Like traditional watch making, Switzerland is a dominant player in confectionary industry with the presence of internationally renowned chocolate producers.

This De Ville Co-Axial chronograph model for ladies features a luxurious design that builds upon the successful 35mm case diameter. Crafted in polished 18-carat red gold or stainless steel, it has a matching bezel set with 42 diamonds (1.68 ct) that sparkle against the sumptuous background of a chocolate-coloured dial with contrasting elliptical pinkish-brown mother-of-pearl chronograph counters and small seconds sub-dial.
A "truncated sector" date window is found between 10 and 11 o’clock. Not only does this allow an uncluttered presentation of the chronograph display, but the sector configuration also allows at-a-glance reading of the date, since if the minute hand happens to be obscuring the date, the previous and following dates remain visible but truncated, leaving no doubt as to the actual date. As the ultimate touch of luxury, a diamond "briolette" (0.08 ct) is set into the crown of the watch.Between applied and facetted hour markers, the watch’s facetted and diamond-polished lozenge-shaped hands can be read off against a minute scale graduated to one quarter of a second.
The Omega De Ville "Chocolate" timepiece is equipped with the state of the art calibre 3313 chronograph movement. Using Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial technology with the free sprung-balance, which offers greater running stability, this self-winding movement is equipped with a column wheel: a ratchet wheel with columns that govern the precision operation of various levers for the chronograph functions.

As a prestige movement, the OMEGA calibre 3313 naturally has an exclusive finish with circular graining, Geneva wave decoration, rhodium-plated surfaces and gold-plated engravings, as well as a blued-steel centre screw – all visible through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. The movement’s precision is attested by its chronometer certificate issued by the official Swiss chronometer testing institute COSC. It has a power reserve of 55 hours.
Despite its distinctive look, the jewellery model nevertheless retains certain unmistakable De Ville Co-Axial characteristics, such as the distinctive stainless-steel case derived from the top-of-the-range Central Tourbillon model, with a high attention to detail evidenced by the grooves on the underside of the pushers.
The watch is also water resistant to 100m/330ft thanks to a screw-in crown with a double-gasket and a screw-in case back, the latter fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal to show off the movement. The unique dial is also protected by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside.

These two luxury models are complemented by a calfskin leather strap in a unique shade of brown that matches the dial and is fitted with a matching polished 18-carat red gold or stainless-steel fold-over clasp.

OMEGA Speedmaster Professional 35th Moon Landing Anniversary Edition

The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional 35th Moon Landing Anniversary Edition timepiece was launched in 2004 to mark the 35th anniversary the first lunar landing. This historical event also witnessed a rise of legendary line – the OMEGA Speedmaster – in the world of exceptional watches. Thanks to this unforgettable moment, but more importantly thanks to the expertise and reliability that led to the Speedmaster being selected for manned spaceflight missions in the first place, the Speedmaster Professional Chronograph remains as popular today as ever.

Though the Speedmaster was first launched in 1957, relatively few changes have been made to its design or its movement over the years. In fact, the highly robust case design, totally functional dial and unbeatably reliable movement were instrumental in helping the Speedmaster to become the only chronograph to pass the most stringent tests ever devised for a watch by NASA.
The special edition for the 35th anniversary of the moon landing distinguishes itself in its own original manner with a unique sapphire crystal case back on which the Apollo 11 mission patch is glazed in colour. The case-back ring bears the special inscription "Apollo 11 35th anniversary Limited Edition" as well as the limited-edition number (0001/3500). The limited-edition status is also confirmed by a subtle inscription below the Omega Speedmaster Professional name on the dial, mentioning merely the date of the Apollo 11 landing "July 20, 1969" in red.

The 35th anniversary Speedmaster has a silver dial with applied hour markers with luminous dots and contrasting black counters for the continuous small seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters. It has the typical Speedmaster stainless-steel bezel with black aluminium ring bearing the tachymeter scale, rhodium-plated hands with SuperLuminova and stainless-steel bracelet with safety clasp. The movement is the classic Omega hand-winding chronograph calibre 1861, which has a 45-hour power reserve. It is a direct descendant of the original 321 and 861 calibres used in the very first Speedmasters and as such shares the same reliability and resistance that helped its predecessors withstand temperature fluctuations of over 100°C, shocks of 40g, acceleration of 16g and vibrations of between 5 and 2000 Hz during the NASA tests.

This timepiece was produced in limited series of 3500, individually numbered, and bears the Apollo 11 insignia.

OMEGA Speedmaster Michael Schumacher "The Legend" Limited Edition

This limited edition version of the legendary Speedmaster timepiece was launched in 2004 to celebrate the record-breaking achievements of Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari Formula 1 team in 2003. Bearing subtle traces of Ferrari's and OMEGA's signature red and a highly distinctive dial, the Speedmaster "Legend" watch pays tribute to Michael Schumacher, the most successful F1 driver in recent times.

This commemorative limited-edition model has a 38.8mm stainless steel case and a brushed-steel bezel engraved with the Speedmaster's characteristic tachymeter scale. It has a distinctive matt silvered dial with black chronograph counters and a white-on-black date window at 6 o'clock. Rhodium-plated, facetted baguette-style hour markers and an applied OMEGA symbol add a touch of refinement, whereas the Speedmaster name in red perfectly complements the sporty red-on-black minute track with ¼ second subdivisions. The luminous "stick" hands also recall the legendary Moon Watch.
This collectors' piece is powered by the OMEGA calibre 3301 self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement. The movement display the hours and minutes centrally, with a sub-dial at 9 o'clock for the continuous seconds display. The chronograph functions comprise a central seconds hand with totalisers for 30 minutes situated at 3 o'clock and for 12 hours at 6 o'clock. The calibre 3301 has a power reserve of 55 hours and is also an officially certified COSC chronometer.

This timepiece was produced in a limited edition of 6000 pieces and each model has its individual number engraved around the edge of the case back (in the form 0001/6000) along with the inscription "Sixth Title Limited Edition". This timepiece is fitted with a matching stainless-steel bracelet with pushbutton-operated foldover clasp.  The centre of the case back bears the inscription "Michael Schumacher / The Legend" in red. Thanks to a screw-in case back and screw-in crown, the Speedmaster "Legend" watch is water resistant to 100 metres.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FORTIS B-42 STRATOLINER CHRONOGRAPH Steel PVD Black/ Rose Gold Limited Edition

Launched in 2012 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of FORTIS, this B-42 STRATOLINER CHRONOGRAPH in Steel PVD black/ rose gold was produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces. Equipped with Swiss made ETA 7750 movement, this timepiece displays chronograph functions with tachymeter and day/date indication in addition to normal timekeeping functions.
The Steel PVD black/ rose gold, polished, three-part case measuring 42 mm is fixed with a rose gold bezel featuring tachymeter scale. Crown and chronograph pushers are crafted in 18 carat rose gold. The Bi-colour black matt/5N rose gold dial features flange with 25/100 and hour/minute indication, and the Arabic numerals, indices and hour/minute hands are embossed with Superluminova white for high legibility during poor light conditions.
The triangle at 3’o clock illustrates the direction of rotating the crown for quick adjustment. 
When it comes to chronograph section, the 30-minute counter is positioned at 12’ o clock and 12-hour counter is at 6’o clock. The Chronograph counters - 30-minute counter & 12-hour counter – are in rose gold and feature black matte hands. A golden central hand looks after chronograph 60 seconds function. The small seconds counter in black shade at 9’o clock has golden Arabic numerals, indices and hand. The Day window is positioned at 9’o clock just right side of small seconds dial and the date indication is at 3’o clock.

Technical details
Model : B-42 STRATOLINER CHRONOGRAPH Steel PVD Black/ Rose Gold Limited Edition
Reference: 665.13.19
Case No.  665.13.141
665.13.19 LC 0: Croco strap black with steel buckle
665.13.19: Caoutchouc strap black with folding clasp PVD black
Option: Folding clasp PVD black with FORTIS logo for leather strap

Movement
Automatic Swiss Movement 7750, 13 ¼ ''', 25 jewels
28,800 semi-vibrations per hour
Fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber

Functions
Chronograph, hour, minute, permanent small second
Centre-stop-second, tachymeter, 30 minute counter at pos. 12 h
12 hour counter at pos. 6 h, Day / Date indication

Case 
Steel PVD black/ rose gold, polished, three-parts, 42 mm case diameter, pusher protection
Fix bezel: 5N rose gold with tachymeter scale
Sapphire crystal anti-reflective on both sides  
Crown: solid rose gold polished with FORTIS logo 
Pushers: solid rose gold with pusher protection 18 kt
Screw-down glass case back, individually numbered (xxxx/2012)
Water-resistant 200m / 20 bar

Dial/Hands
Bi-colour black matt/5N rose gold
Flange with 25/100 and hour/minute indication  
Triangle at pos. 3 h illustrating the direction of rotating the crown for quick adjustment
Arabic numerals, indices and hour/minute hands with Superluminova white
30-minute counter at pos. 12 h
12-hour counter at pos. 6 h, Chronograph function hands black matte
Permanent small second hand at pos. 9 h in 5N rosegold
Day indication at pos 9 h, date indication at pos. 3 h

Attachment
Croco strap black padded, fitted to the case

Packaging
Leather box, pouch with FORTIS logo
Instruction manual, international warranty card   
Certificate of limitation

Special Features
Limited Edition 100 pieces
Crown and pushers solid rose gold 18 kt
Anti-reflective coating with blue-violet tonality
Rotor rose gold-plated with FORTIS logo black
Classic chronograph with tachymetre function
Both sporty and elegant due to the bicolour optic
High functionality and clear design

Maurice Lacroix - FC Barcelona Special Edition Watch Collection

In 2014, Maurice Lacroix announced a three-year partnership with FC Barcelona as the “FC Barcelona Official Watch Partner”. To celebrate this partnership the Swiss watch maker based in Saignelégier in the Jura region has unveiled special edition watches that carry insignia of one of the world’s most prestigious football clubs with a global fan base of over 300 million admirers and 100 million social media followers.
Maurice Lacroix - FC Barcelona Special Edition PONTOS Chronograph
Through this innovative partnership, Maurice Lacroix and FC Barcelona will join in facilitating access to the world of high-quality Swiss luxury for football fans and watch aficionados alike.The watchmaker brings unparalleled savoir-faire in luxury goods marketing to the playing field, and in turn, will benefit from increased brand awareness with 300 million fans and the added emotion of sharing in FC Barcelona’s cult status.
Maurice Lacroix - FC Barcelona Special Edition PONTOS Chronograph
Through this outstanding partnership, FC Barcelona and Maurice Lacroix aim to remain close to their fans, speak the same language, and offer every one of them a high-quality Swiss luxury product. An affordable “fan’s” watch will provide an entry-level opportunity for Swiss timepiece ownership.
Maurice Lacroix - FC Barcelona Special Edition PONTOS Chronograph
For lovers of mechanical timepieces or for those wishing to make the big jump, a stunning “player’s” watch and a sophisticated “executive” model will also be sold in all FC Barcelona boutiques and in the extensive worldwide network of official Maurice Lacroix retailers.
Maurice Lacroix - FC Barcelona Special Edition  ELIROS Chronograph,Quartz movement, Ø 40mm stainless steel case with FCB logo engraved on caseback, Silver dial with polychromic printed FCB logo (EL1088-SS002-120),NATO strap matching FCB colours,Water-resistant to 50 m / 5 atm
FC Barcelona is proud of its Swiss origins (the club was founded by Hans Gamper from Winterthur), just as it is proud of being the emblem of the local Catalan community. But FC Barcelona is much “more than a club”, as expressed in itsmotto “mésque un club”. FC Barcelona is the No. 1 sports club in the world in many respects. It has won all football’s most prestigious trophies multiple times. It attracts only the best players in the world. It displays an amazing and unique one-touch style of football. It invests in and nurtures the most promising talents, and supports numerous charitable organizations.
Maurice Lacroix - FC Barcelona Special Edition  ELIROS Chronograph, Quartz movement, Ø 40mm stainless steel case with FCB logo engraved on caseback,Black dial with polychromic printed FCB logo (EL1088-SS002-320), Rhodium plated hands, Metal bracelet with double security clasp, Water-resistant to 50 m / 5 atm
Since the launch of its first watch in 1975, the stylish Swiss watches conceived by the creative and ambitious design team at Maurice Lacroix have gained international recognition. Maurice Lacroix timepieces offer eclectic and playful designs, patented technologies and new ultra-performing materials. All are imbued with the enduring values of quality, reliability and authenticity.
Maurice Lacroix - FC Barcelona Special Edition  ELIROS Date
Just like FC Barcelona, Maurice Lacroix is a symbol of success that is all about style, substance, and a relentless passion for progress. Riding this wave of shared values and ambitions, the Swiss watchmaker and the Catalan football club make a perfect team in jointly exploring innovative ways of reaching out to both football fans and watch lovers.

CHRONOSWISS Sirius Retrograde Day

The Sirius Retrograde Day is available in 18-kt red gold (with dark-grey or terracotta dials) and Stainless steel (with dark-grey or terracotta dials) versions. The solid 29-part case (18-kt red gold or Stainless steel) measuring 44 mm diameter houses the Chronoswiss Caliber C.286 automatic movement featuring a skeletonized rotor with côtes de Genève decoration.
The metal dial, which is available dark-grey or terracotta versions, has gold-plated applied markers, gold-plated and hand-finished Feuille hands. In addition to basic timekeeping functions, the dial of this timepiece boasts a date window at 12’o clock and a retrograde day indication at 6’o clock.
The Sirius Retrograde Day  features polished, flat, screw-down bezel with full thread and anti-reflective coating on one side of sapphire crystal, screw-down polished case back with sapphire crystal, onion-style crown and screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System.

Technical details
Reference numbers
CH 8121 R ds: 18-kt red gold, dial dark-grey
CH 8121 R cp: 18-kt red gold, dial terracotta
CH 8123 ds: Stainless steel, dial dark grey
CH 8123 cp: Stainless steel, dial terracotta

Displays 
Sweep hours, minutes and seconds
Date window at 12 o´clock
Retrograde display of day

Case 
Solid 29-part case
Polished, flat, screw-down polished bezel with full thread and anti-reflective coating on one side of sapphire crystal
Screw-down polished case back with full thread and anti-reflective coating on one side of sapphire crystal
Onion-style crown (solid in the material of the case)
Screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System
Water-resistant to 3 atm
Measurements: Ø 40 mm, height 10,12 mm

Movement 
Chronoswiss Caliber C.286
Diameter: Ø 30 mm (13 ¼ ´´´)
Height: 5,20 mm
Jewels: 22
Balance: Glucydur, three-legged
Balance spring: Nivarox I
Fine adjustment: Index via eccentric cam
Frequency: 4 Hz., 28.800 vph (semi-oscillations)
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Special features: Skeletonized rotor with côtes de Genève, ball bearings; polished pallet  lever, escape wheel and screws, plates and bridges with perlage

Dial 
Metal dial, gold-plated applied markers
Gold-plated hands, hand-finished, Feuille shape

Strap 
Louisiana crocodile leather
Clasp: Pin buckle or folding clasp

CHRONOSWISS Sirius Small Seconds

The Sirius Small Seconds is a classic and luxurious timepiece with pure design. Available in 18 carat gold (CH 8021 R) and stainless steel (CH 802) versions, this exceptional automatic timepiece displays basic timekeeping functions using central sweep hour and minute hands, and small seconds at 6 o´clock.
The pure metal dial of this adorable watch boasts gold-plated applied markers and hand-finished gold-plated Feuille hands. Other features include screw-down polished case back with full thread and anti-reflective coating on one side of sapphire crystal, onion-style crown (solid in the material of the case) and Screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System.
The Sirius Small Seconds is equipped with Chronoswiss Caliber C.285 automatic movement featuring a skeletonized rotor with côtes de Genève. This 25 jewels calibre has a power reserve up to 42 hours. The Sirius Small Seconds is available with Louisiana crocodile leather strap with pin buckle or folding clasp.
Technical details
Reference numbers
CH 8021 R: 18-kt red gold
CH 8023: Stainless steel

Displays 
Sweep hours and minutes, small seconds at 6 o´clock

Case 
Solid 29-part case
Polished, flat, screw-down polished bezel with full thread
Anti-reflective coating on one side of sapphire crystal
Screw-down polished case back with full thread and anti-reflective coating on one side of sapphire crystal
Onion-style crown (solid in the material of the case)
Screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System
Water-resistant to 3 atm
Measurements: Ø 40 mm, height 10,12 mm

Movement 
Chronoswiss Caliber C.285
Diameter: Ø 30 mm (~131/4´´´)
Height: 5, 20 mm
Jewels: 25
Balance: Glucydur, three-legged
Balance spring: Nivarox I
Fine adjustment: Index via eccentric cam
Frequency: 4 Hz., 28.800 vph (semi-oscillations)
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Special features: Skeletonized rotor with côtes de Genève, ball bearings; polished pallet lever, escape wheel and screws, plates and bridges with perlage

Dial 
Metal dial, gold-plated applied markers
Hands: Gold-plated hands, hand-finished, Feuille shape

Strap 
Louisiana crocodile leather
Clasp: Pin buckle or folding clasp

CHRONOSWISS Timemaster Chronograph Day Date

The CHRONOSWISS Timemaster Chronograph Day Date (available in Stainless steel or DLC coated steel versions) has a polished case and houses a Chronoswiss Caliber C.771 automatic movement. This multi functional chronograph timepiece boasts a galvanic black metallic dial with it details and metal hands coated with superluminova for high legibility.
The Timemaster Chronograph Day Date model looks after its basic timekeeping functions with the help of central sweep hour and minute hands and small seconds dial at 9’o clock. The chronograph has 30 minute counter at 12’o clock, 12 hour counter at 6’o clock, and a red sweep seconds hands for 60 seconds. The day and date window is placed at 3’o clock.
Other external features of this exceptional Chronograph Day Date watch include polished bezel and anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Screw-down case back with full thread and embossing, Onion style crown, chronograph pushers at 2’o clock & 4’o clock, and screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System. The 25 jewels automatic movement delivers a power reserve up to 46 hours.
Technical details
Reference numbers
CH 9043 bk: Stainless steel
CH 9043 B db: Stainless steel, bezel with DLC coating

Displays 
Sweep hours and minutes
Day and date window at 3 o’clock
Sweep chronograph seconds, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter
Small seconds

Case 
Polished solid 52-part case
Polished bezel and anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screw-down case back with full thread and embossing
Onion style crown, screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System
Water resistant to 10 atm
Measurements: Ø 44 mm, height 15,30 mm

Movement 
Chronoswiss Caliber C.771
Diameter: Ø 30 mm (13 ¼ ´´´)
Height: 7.90 mm
Jewels: 25
Balance: Glucydur, three-legged
Balance spring: Nivarox I
Fine adjustment: Via excenter cam
Shock protection: Incabloc shock protection
Frequency: 4 Hz/28,800 vph (semi-oscillations)
Power reserve: Approx. 46 hours
Special features: Skeletonized rotor with côtes de Genève, ball bearings, polished pallet lever and escape wheel; bridges and plates with perlage

Dial 
Metal dial, galvanic black, details in Super-LumiNova
Metal hands coated with Super-LumiNova, Modern-style

Strap 
Rubber with folding clasp

CHRONOSWISS Timemaster Retrograde Day

The Timemaster Retrograde Day is an exceptional calendar watch crafted in solid stainless steel, and offers a spectacular display of sweep hours & minutes, date and retrograde day indication through its stunning dial which is available in metallic, galvanic black or luminous versions.
The solid 30 part case measures 44 mm and houses and automatic movement. The first two versions, CH 8145 bk (galvanic black dial) & CH 8145 wh (Sliver dial) feature a polished bezel with DLC coating. The CH 8143 lu model has polished bezel and luminous dial.
Other exterior features of the watch include Screw-down case back with full thread and embossing, Onion-style crown and Screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System.
Technical details
Reference numbers
CH 8145 bk Stainless steel, bezel with DLC coating, galvanic black dial
CH 8145 wh Stainless steel, bezel with DLC coating, galvanic silver dial
CH 8143 lu Stainless steel, dial Super-LumiNova

Displays
Sweep hours and minutes
Date window at 12 o’clock
Retrograde display of the day

Case 
Solid 30-part case
Polished bezel with anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screw-down case back with full thread and embossing
Onion-style crown
Screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System
Water -resistant to 10 atm
Measurements: Ø 44 mm, height 15,10 mm

Movement
Chronoswiss Caliber C.286
Diameter: Ø 30 mm (13 ¼ ´´´)
Height: 5,20 mm
Jewels: 22
Balance: Glucydur, three-legged
Balance spring: Nivarox I
Fine adjustment: Via excenter cam
Shock protection: Incabloc
Frequency: 4 Hz./ 28,800 vph (semi-oscillations)
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Special features: Skeletonized rotor with côtes de Genève, ball bearings, polished pallet lever and escape wheel; bridges and plates with perlage

Dial
Metal dial, galvanic black or Super-LumiNova
Hand: Metal hands coated with Super-LumiNova, Modern-style

Strap
Rubber

HYT H1 ICEBERG (Ref 148-TT-11-BF-RW) Limited Edition

HYT, the Swiss watch brand which introduced the concept of hydro mechanical horology in the world of luxury watches, now welcomes a new member H1 ICEBERG to its much appreciated H1 Collection. Dressed in a massive yet cool looking Titanium case, this ice age inspired timepiece houses mechanical hand wound HYT movement that powers the spectacular display of time integrating traditional watch making and hydro mechanical technology. In this particular model, snowy white colour plays a dominant role and the aquatic blue is selected as the fluid colour and to highlight small seconds counter and power reserve indicator.
The rubber-clad screw-lock crown also shines in blue. The highly complex dial of H1 ICEBERG boasts unstructured fluid jours, Grey hour dial, white indexes and numerals, Palladium grey minute dial, grey indexes and numerals and luminescent hand and hour-markers. The breathtaking display of inner mechanism is visible through the sapphire crystal case back.
Technical details
Model: H1 ICEBERG
Ref 148-TT-11-BF-RW
Limited edition of 50 pieces

Case    
Titanium with brushed, shot-peened and satin-finished surfaces
Diameter: 48.8 mm
Thickness: 17.9 mm
Blue rubber-clad screw-lock crown
Titanium crown guard
Titanium screw-locked added lugs
Titanium dome at 06:00
Cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on the inside
Screw-down sapphire back
Water-resistant to 100 meters

Movement    
Mechanical hand-wound, exclusive HYT calibre
28,800 vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
Bridges hand-chamfered and adorned with Côtes de Genève, rhodiumed bellows
65-hour power reserve

Dial    
Unstructured, fluid jours
Grey hour dial, white indexes and numerals, Palladium grey minute dial, grey indexes and numerals
Luminescent hand and hour-markers
Regulator at 12:00
Small seconds wheel at 09:30
Power reserve indicator at 02:30

Functions    
Retrograde blue fluid hours; minutes, seconds
   
Strap    
White rubber – available in blue gummy alligator, titanium pin buckle

OMEGA Railmaster 49.2mm

Launched in 2004, the OMEGA Railmaster 49.2mm timepiece boasts a classic Railmaster design which recalls the brand's first official railway pocket watches. Equipped with a manual winding mechanical pocket watch movement, the Railmaster 49.2mm is one of the company's largest wristwatches ever made.

The original OMEGA Railmaster was first launched in 1957 and upheld an already longstanding association between OMEGA and rail transport. Whereas the company had been supplying official (pocket) watches for railway companies worldwide since 1895, the Railmaster was its first wristwatch designed specially for railway workers, scientists, technicians and electricians, or indeed anyone else working in or around powerful electric currents, it had a special double antimagnetic case to protect the watch movement from the harmful effects of these electrical fields.
The dimensions (49.2mm) of this wristwatch stand in direct contrast to its otherwise subtle design, which retains the same understated elegance as the original 1957 model, with its classic symmetrical stainless-steel case and a simple polished stainless-steel bezel. The matt black dial bears Arabic numerals inset with SuperLuminova luminous material which, given their size, ensure optimum legibility even in the dark. Furthermore, to enhance its connection with historical pocket watches, the Railmaster 49.2mm displays a small-seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock.

The Railmaster 49.2mm is equipped with the 16.5 lines (37.2 mm) manual-winding pocket watch calibre 2201, a high precision movement with 60-hour power reserve and official certification from the independent Swiss chronometer testing institute (COSC). The Railmaster 49.2mm is also the first wristwatch for a number of years to be fitted with a pocket watch movement. The large sapphire crystal case back gives a clear view of the fine decoration of the movement, with Geneva wave décor, circular graining and bevelled bridges. A similar sapphire crystal covers the dial, with its anti-reflective treatment on both sides further improving the high legibility of this time piece.

This imposing Railmaster model is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap with pushbutton foldover clasp and is water resistant to 150 metres.

Friday, August 29, 2014

OMEGA De Ville X2 Red Square Boutique Edition

The special edition De Ville X2 Red Square was launched in 2006 to celebrate the grand opening of Omega’s boutique in Moscow. Omega’s exclusive Co-Axial Escapement technology powers the movement of this imposing 18-ct. red gold De Ville special edition, the X2 “Red Square” Co-Axial chronometer.

It was in 1899, that for the first time the Swiss watchmaker Omega established itself in Russia with the delivery of the official watch, a Lepine 18’’’ LOB, of the Riga electric tramway company. One hundred and seven years later, in 2006, Omega opened a flagship store in the heart of Moscow in the famous GUM department store, located on the Red Square.  This Neo-Russian building was built at the end of the 19th century by Alexander Pomerantsev and takes up almost the entire eastern side of the Red Square. Today, the GUM counts more than one thousand designer and luxury boutiques.

The X2 was inspired by the 1951 Cosmic that was originally housed in a smaller (33mm x 33mm) case. The model was re-launched in 2001 as a limited edition “Museum” piece of which only 1,951 examples were produced. Featuring the Cosmic’s distinctive styling and equipped with exclusive Co-Axial Escapement technology, the De Ville X2 “Red Square” is a masculine timepiece with dimensions 35mm x 35mm.
 
The X2’s name refers to the juxtaposition of the audaciously large gold Roman and Arabic numerals on the four-hour markers. Self-assured design gestures such as this, combined with fine workmanship are the key to the X2’s intriguing looks. On the dial the three dimensional, highly polished applied numerals, Omega logo and name are all crafted out of 18-ct red gold.


The 18-ct red gold dial has a vertically brushed-gold finish which offsets the black painted “railway” minute track, with its polished and brushed minute-circle, and the polished window of the small seconds’ sector at six o’clock. Exemplary of the level of detail on the dial, the ‘Alpha’-styled minute and hour hands are facetted and diamond-polished and like the small seconds skeleton hand are all fashioned in 18-ct red gold.

The contrast of the play of light between the lustre of the polished finish and the brushed-gold edges soften the strong lines of the robust case. Even the lugs are facetted and then polished and brushed to match the finishes of the case and together, create a harmonious whole.
The De Ville X2 Red Square timepiece is equipped with the self-winding Omega calibre 2610. This officially certified chronometer (COSC) movement has a 48-hour power reserve and is fitted with Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial Escapement and the Omega free-sprung balance.

This prestigious and high performance superlative chronometer also boasts luxurious finishes such as decorated bridges. The case back of the watch is decorated with a vertically brushed satin finish and a medallion of Chronos, the Greek god of time, and the legend ‘X2 Co-Axial Escapement’. The case also bears the limited series number of the piece which was produced in a limited series of 99 pieces as strictly a boutique edition.
The familiar facetted and diamond-polished Alpha hands are coated with a luminous finish to ensure optimum visibility at night. The domed sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant and has a multiple-layer, anti-reflective treatment on the inside of the glass and is water resistant to 50 meters/167ft.

The X2 “Red Square” timepiece has a high-gloss black alligator leather strap that is integrated into the case between the lugs and a brushed 18-ct red gold fold-over clasp ensures the watch remains securely fastened yet offers maximum comfort to the wearer.

OMEGA De Ville Byzantium

Introduced in 2004, the OMEGA De Ville Byzantium with its striking square case design pays tribute to the city of Istanbul, whose historical name was Byzantium until AD 330 and after that it was renamed  Constantinople and made the capital of Roman Empire.  Since 1930, the city is known as Istanbul.

The OMEGA De Ville Byzantium takes inspiration from a city that has through the ages been the meeting point of East and West: today’s Istanbul, yesterday’s Constantinople and history’s Byzantium.


Incorporating oversized or multicoloured numbers on its striking dial, the Omega’s De Ville Byzantium, the only gents’ watch in the standard international collection from the brand to have a square case, features an elegant vintage design which recalls the brand’s first full calendar complication watch, the Cosmic, dating from 1948.
A closer look to the standard black dial reveals an intriguing combination of Roman and Arabic numerals. A fusion of East and West as well as a successful marriage of classic and modern characteristics, this configuration gives the dial a hitherto unattained symmetry. The time is indicated by the same classic diamond-polished and facetted Alpha hands found on Omega’s high-end De Ville Co-Axial models, which have luminous Super Luminova inserts for superb low-light and night-time legibility.

The watch’s square case in stainless-steel measures 33.4 mm by 33.4 mm and has a case back fixed with screws that helps guarantee water resistance to 50 metres / 167 feet. The most distinctive touch is undoubtedly provided by the facetted triangular lugs with contrasting brushed and polished faces, which also serve an important function as the attachments for the black alligator leather strap with stainless-steel foldover clasp.

A plain polished stainless-steel bezel is the perfect complement to the uncluttered dial, with a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside completing the high-quality aspect of this timepiece. The De Ville medallion stamped on to the case back depicts the god of Time, Chronos, and recalls the long line of prestige timepieces in the De Ville collection, which is over 30 years old.

The OMEGA De Ville Byzantium is equipped with the Omega calibre 2500 Co-Axial Escapement calibre, an exceptional self-winding movement which combines Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial Escapement technology with the Omega free sprung-balance without index to offer improved long-term accuracy and reliability. This unique movement – which has a luxurious rhodium-plated finish with Geneva wave décor, circular graining and gold-plated engravings – offers a power reserve of 48 hours and has official chronometer certification from the Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

Furthermore, Omega also produced a stunning jewellery version of the De Ville Byzantium in stainless steel with a white mother-of-pearl dial, Roman and Arabic numerals set with a total of 109 diamonds, a ruby cabochon set on the crown and a claret alligator leather strap.

OMEGA De Ville Co-Axial Rattrapante

Introduced in 2005, the Omega De Ville Co-Axial Rattrapante features a revolutionary design inside and out. This exceptional automatic timepiece combines the benefits of the brand's proprietary Co-Axial Escapement technology with a prestigious split-seconds chronograph mechanism to produce a top-of-the range chronograph.

Each version of this split-seconds chronograph has its own distinctive character thanks to a choice of finishes to the familiar 41mm De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph case, whose 1950s-inspired design is available in a choice of brushed or polished stainless steel. The brand also produced a polished platinum 950 limited-edition version to distribute exclusively through Omega flagship stores.

The Rattrapante's most distinctive feature is undoubtedly its dial, which deviates from most of the usual conventions and is available in black, silver or ruthenium with applied hour markers and applied Omega symbol and name.
Firstly, the conventional chronograph subdials (for the 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock, the 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock and the continuous seconds at 9 o'clock) have been enlarged and therefore overlap. Instead of the conventional Arabic numerals, the minute and hour counters have applied Roman numerals around a "railway" scale and the continuous seconds counter has an intriguing new design that offers excellent clarity on the enlarged counters.

In place of the usual circle are two concentric arcs, the inner of which bears a scale for the first 30 seconds in the minute, with the outer bearing the scale for the remaining seconds. Both scales are read off using the same small-seconds hand in blued steel, which has two opposed arrowheads.
The "truncated sector" date window is placed at the unusual position of 11 o'clock. Not only does this allow an uncluttered presentation of the chronograph display, but the sector configuration also allows at-a-glance reading of the date, since if the minute hand happens to be obscuring the date, the previous and following dates remain visible but truncated, meaning that no additional indicator is required and leaving no doubt as to the actual date.
The OMEGA De Ville Co-Axial Rattrapante is equipped with the exclusive self-winding Omega calibre 3612. This officially certified chronometer (COSC) movement has a power reserve of 52 hours and is fitted with Omega's proprietary Co-Axial Escapement and the Omega free sprung-balance, which together offer excellent stability of the watch's going rate over long periods.

The split-seconds chronograph mechanism is controlled by two column wheels in blued steel. The column wheels ensure precision start, stop and reset functions for the chronograph hand, the split-seconds hand and the hour and minute totalisers. A vertical coupling also ensures no jump or delay in the chronograph hand and split-seconds hand when the chronograph is started. The prestigious nature of this movement is confirmed by its luxury finish with blued-steel screws, which is visible through the Omega De Ville Rattrapante's transparent sapphire crystal case back.
The classic De Ville Co-Axial design is completed by the familiar luminous, facetted and diamond-polished Alpha hour and minute hands, a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides and the Omega double-gasket crown that helps to guarantee water resistance to 100 metres / 300 feet.

The finishing touch to this spectacular watch is provided by a subtle red circle varnished on the split-seconds pusher at 10 o'clock to match the red "RATTRAPANTE" inscription at 1 o'clock on the dial and the red tip on the split-seconds hand.

The models are available with a black alligator leather strap with polished or brushed stainless-steel foldover clasp to match the case.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Omega Seamaster Professional Chronograph (Chrono-Diver, 2005 Edition)

Launched in 1993, the Omega Seamaster Professional Chrono-Diver represented the top of the range in the Seamaster Professional 300m line - a collection of divers' watches guaranteed water resistant to a depth of 300m. All the watches in this collection are equipped with Omega's helium escape valve, which can be used by professional divers during resurfacing in a diving bell to allow helium molecules to escape from the watch and thus prevent the crystal from being pushed out during decompression.

Furthermore, the Chrono-Diver was the first chronograph in the world with pushbuttons that could operate at a depth of 300m. Its qualities were tested in 1993, when French free-diver Roland Specker set a new world freshwater free-diving record in Lake Neuchatel at a depth of 80 metres with a dive time of 2 minutes 33 seconds.

The quality and reliability of the Chrono-Diver were confirmed when it received the award "Uhr des Jahres 1994" [Watch of the Year 1994] from the renowned German trade publication Armbanduhren International. It accompanied Specker again in 1996 when he set another new world record at 60 metres in Lake Neuchatel in the variable weight category, in which divers must resurface using their flippers alone.

In 2005, OMEGA updated the Chrono-Diver collection by incorporating some considerable technical improvements along with certain aesthetic modifications. The case has a screw-in back, helium escape valve and screw-in crown with double water-tightness system (O-ring gasket and decompression gasket), which guarantees water resistance to a depth of 300 metres. The characteristic wave imprint on the dial of all Seamaster Professional models made way for a pure dial available exclusively in black.
The flange has been removed from the dial, which opens up the face of the watch and highlights the most significant change to the Chrono-Diver: The totalisers have been displaced to 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock. A new date window is places at 6 o'clock.

These models are equipped with the Omega 3303 column-wheel chronograph calibre, a COSC- certified chronometer movement with a power reserve of 55 hours and a column-wheel mechanism, which offers greater precision in the operation of the chronograph functions. The calibre 3303 is also fitted with the Omega free sprung-balance, which helps to maintain better stability of the watch's going rate over longer periods of use.

These Omega Seamaster Professional Chronograph models are produced in steel with a black aluminium ring on a stainless steel bezel or in titanium with a brushed steel ring on a titanium bezel or a red-gold ring with raised markers on a tantalum bezel.

Furthermore, all models have large luminous hour markers on the dial and easily legible skeleton hands coated with Super Luminova for excellent visibility at night and in poor light conditions.

These timepieces are offered with a matching bracelet in stainless steel or titanium with a safety clasp. Unlike most conventional watch bracelets, which were tapered in width, this Chrono-Diver bracelet is tapered in thickness, which makes it considerably more comfortable to wear. A rubber strap with buckle is also available.

GRAHAM Chronofighter 1695 Lady Moon

GRAHAM Chronofighter Lady collection combines pure astronomy and graceful watchmaking. With a luminous moon phase and high-precision quartz movement, this timepiece is an ode to femininity and refinement with the charming GRAHAM touch.
 
Naturally, the brand combined its passion for accurate astronomy and watch making with the fascinating world of femininity. Women will look their best with the hypnotic power of the Chronofighter 1695 Lady Moon, which is dress in a pure 36 mm steel case.
The Chronofighter 1695 with the renowned start/stop lever adorned with a diamond (Ø1.20) to perfectly highlight the spirit of the sweet originality of the watch. The flinqué decorated dial features four diamonds (Ø 1.30) set at quarter-hours.
The level of details is also increased on the case back, engraved with a floral motif inspired by the tapestry from British hand-craftsman William Morris (19thc.). the The Chronofighter 1695 Lady Moon is fitted with a glossy coloured lizard leather strap.
Main features also include: 36 mm steel case, calibre G1650, quartz chronograph, 3 jewels, 4-1/2 year mercury-free battery with end-of-life indication, Moon phase with lunation disc at 12 o’clock, coated with white Super-LumiNova, Rattrapante, date at 6 o’clock, left fast-action start/stop trigger set with a diamond (Top Wesselton, 0.01 carat, VS, Ø1.20), flinqué dial (sunray pattern) with 4 quarterhours set with diamond (Top Wesselton, 0.04 carats, VS, Ø1.30), domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on both faces, domed steel case back with an engraved floral pattern, glossy lizard leather strap. Diamond-set bezel available.
 Technical details
Model: Chronofighter 1695 Lady Moon

Functions
Quartz chronograph (seconds, minutes)
Moon phase
Rattrapante
Date at 6 o'clock
Hours, minutes, seconds

Movement
Calibre G1650, quartz chronograph, metal gold plating
3 jewels
Power reserve: 4-1/2 year mercury free battery. EOL (end-of-life indication)
Case
36 mm stainless steel case
Left hand fast-action start/stop trigger set with a diamond in its end (Top Wesselton,
0.01 carat, VS, Ø 1.20) and reset pusher
Stainless steel bezel
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces
Domed stainless steel case back with floral pattern engraved
Water resistance: 160 feet / 50 m / 5 bar

Ref. 2CXBS.S06A
White flinqué decorated dial, smooth minutes and seconds counters. 4 quarterhours set with diamond (Top Wesselton, 0.04 carats, VS, Ø 1.30)
Rhodiated hands coated with white Super-LumiNova
Moon phase with lunation disc at 12 o'clock, coated with white Super-LumiNova
Strap: Glossy white lizard leather
Price: 3'600 CHF

Ref. 2CXBS.B04A
Black flinqué decorated dial, smooth minutes and seconds counters. 4 quarterhours set with diamond (Top Wesselton, 0.04 carats, VS, Ø 1.30)
Rhodiated hands coated with white Super-LumiNova
Moon phase with lunation disc at 12 o'clock, coated with white Super-LumiNova
Strap: Glossy black lizard leather
Price: 3'600 CHF

Ref. 2CXBS.A02A
Grey flinqué decorated dial, smooth minutes and seconds counters. 4 quarter-hours set with diamond (Top Wesselton, 0.04 carats, VS, Ø 1.30)
Rhodiated hands coated with white Super-LumiNova
Moon phase with lunation disc at 12 o'clock, coated with white Super-LumiNova
Strap: Glossy grey lizard leather
Price: 3'600 CHF
Case (Diamond Set Versions)
36 mm stainless steel case
Left hand fast-action start/stop trigger set with a diamond in its end (Top Wesselton, 0.01 carat, VS, Ø 1.20) and reset pusher
Stainless steel bezel with 72 diamonds (Top Wesselton, 0.65 carats, VS, Ø 1.30)
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces
Domed steel case back with floral pattern engraved
Water resistance: 160 feet / 50 m / 5 bar

Ref. 2CXCS.S06A
White flinqué decorated dial, smooth minutes and seconds counters
4 quarter-hours set with diamond (Top Wesselton, 0.04 carats, VS, Ø 1.30)
Rhodiated hands coated with white Super-LumiNova
Moon phase with lunation disc at 12 o'clock, coated with white Super-LumiNova
Strap: Glossy white lizard leather
Price: 6'950 CHF

Ref. 2CXCS.B04A
Black flinqué decorated dial, smooth minutes and seconds counters. 4 quarterhours set with diamond (Top Wesselton, 0.04 carats, VS, Ø 1.30)
Rhodiated hands coated with white Super-LumiNova
Moon phase with lunation disc at 12 o'clock, coated with white Super-LumiNova
Strap: Glossy black lizard leather
Price: 6'950 CHF

Ref. 2CXCS.A02A
Grey flinqué decorated dial, smooth minutes and seconds counters. 4 quarter-hours set with diamond (Top Wesselton, 0.04 carats, VS, Ø 1.30)
Rhodiated hands coated with white Super-LumiNova
Moon phase with lunation disc at 12 o'clock, coated with white Super-LumiNova
Strap: Glossy grey lizard leather
Price: 6'950 CHF

[GRAHAM Chronofighter 1695 Lady Moon is also available in blue and red dial versions]