Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Montblanc Bohème Collection - Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery, Bohème Date Automatic & Bohème Date Automatic Jewellery

Designed for women, the Bohème line combines distinctive style, elegant design and respect for the watchmaking tradition.

All the traditional codes of fine watchmaking with a clear feminine expression have transpired into this collection created for contemporary and sophisticated women with authentic and strong personality. It is rare for a watch to express the grand complications of fine watchmaking in such a feminine way: beyond its aesthetic beauty, the Bohème collection, with its self-winding calibre, date or perpetual calendar, welcomes women to fine watchmaking who want to express their femininity in the true Bohème spirit.

The new Bohème Ladies timepieces attain their unique character through a refined attention to detail that enriches the codes of fine watchmaking with superb elegance and femininity.

The floral Arabic numerals with their sensuous curves are discreetly raised by a minute scale displaying the beautiful character of a “filet sauté”. The finely guilloché 60 or 90-facet or diamond paved dial serves as a backdrop to the race of the hours and the minutes. The leaf-shaped hands assert their blued or their red gold profusion with strength and refinement.

With the simple elegance of its case with a diameter of 30 or 36 mm, and its delicately curved, bevelled horns, in red gold or stainless steel, the Bohème collection bears the hallmark of authenticity. This classic elegance can be enhanced individually by choosing diamonds for the bezel or the mother-of-pearl dial and by selecting a leather or stainless steel wristband. In addition, the contemporary Bohème lady can express her passion for fine watchmaking by wearing a grand complication timepiece. The new Bohème collection embodies ultra-femininity, independence and sophistication.

Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery
Top of the line of the new Bohème ladies timepieces collection, the Bohème Perpetual Calendar enables the Bohème lady to elevate her feminine lifestyle to the pinnacle and beauty of Swiss watchmaking.

While this model epitomises the contemporary Bohème spirit, a combination of sophistication, individuality and audaciousness, its movement, the Perpetual Calendar, raises it to a whole new dimension. This grand complication with itstimeless charm is manufactured with the utmost mechanical expertise andcombines the highest expression of the expertise and experience of the watchmakers with elegant femininity.

The indications of the Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery timepiece are harmoniously spread out on the highly sophisticated silver guilloché 60-facets dials: month and leap year cycle at 12 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock, moon phases at 6 o’clock and day of the week at 9 o’clock.
While this feature ensures it can be read with ease, the extremely complex movement means it will require no manual adjustment until the year 2100. However, should correction be necessary in the event that the timepiece has not been worn for a long time, tiny correctors hidden inside the watch allow for fast and easy adjustment.

To house the self-winding calibre MB 29.15, which can be admired through its sapphire crystal glass, the dimensions of the red gold case have been designed to 36 mm. As an utterly guarantee of the outstanding quality, each Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery timepiece undergoes 500 hours of rigorous tests at the Montblanc Manufacture in Le Locle before leaving the workshops to mark time on the beautiful wrist of a contemporary Bohème lady. To add further elegance, the bezel is set with 60 sparkling diamonds and the winding crown is adorned with a uniquely shaped patented Montblanc Diamond in the form of the Montblanc emblem.

Technical details
Model: Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery (Ident. 112503)

Movement
MB 29.15
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
Number of rubies: 25
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes in the centre,
Two hands to indicate the month and the leap year cycle at “12 o’clock”,
One hand to show the day of the week at “9 o’clock”,
One hand to display the date at “3 o’clock”,
The moon’s phases appear in a window at “6 o’clock”

Case
18 karat red gold case (5N), 18 karat red gold fixed bezel set with 60 Top Wesselton diamonds (~0.906 ct)
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, cambered and antireflective sapphire crystal
Back: 18 karat red gold with inset sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 36 mm; Height = 10.05 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18 karat red gold (5N) with the patented Montblanc Diamond

Dial
Silver guilloché dial with black Arabic numerals, red goldplated leaf-shaped and baton-shaped hands

Wristband
Black alligator-skin strap with 18 karat red gold pin buckle (5N)

Bohème Date Automatic
When the Montblanc master watchmakers and artisans started their mission to design a timepiece that would attract women to the beauty of fine watchmaking in an unprecedented way, they chose to start from scratch.

They began by designing a classically shaped case, however, one to which each detail, each line, each curve adds a touch of refinement. The case is made of red gold, stainless steel or a combination of both, with a diameter of 30 mm perfectly adapted to delicate wrists. The feminine case is water tight to 30 metres and is set off by bevelled, delicately curved horns, ensuring maximum comfort.

Montblanc created a dial displaying the sophisticated codes of fine watchmaking expressed in a distinctive feminine style: a 90-facet sunburst guilloché in the centre, surrounded by elegant floral Arabic numerals with “filet sauté” minute scale, the blued or red gold-plated leaf-shaped hour-and minute-hand and the central second hand extended with the Montblanc emblem. To add a date window at 6 o’clock the watchmakers developed an elliptical opening which is perfectly integrated into the dial’s curvature. The shape of the window underlines the signature style of this Bohème timepiece, marked by beauty and sophistication.
The hour, minute, central second and date functions are assured by a selfwinding mechanical movement calibre MB 24.14, with a frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour and a power reserve of 38 hours. The Bohème Date Automatic is available with a red gold or stainless steel case enhanced by a bezel fully set with 62 sparkling Top Wesselton diamonds.
It is also offered in a pure stainless steel or in a combination of stainless steel/red gold version with a dial adorned by 8 diamonds. According to personal taste and preference, the contemporary Bohème lady can choose between a small scale alligator wristband in black, white, grey or warm aubergine or a purestainless steel bracelet or elegant stainless steel / red gold wristband.
The Bohème Date Automatic will feature for the first time for the Maison, a shinytwo color leather wristband in yellow and orange, or light and dark blue to convey a very sophisticated yet contemporary look.
Today’s women embody a combination of strength of character, independence and sophistication in their private and professional life. This newly created Montblanc ladies timepiece cultivates the best of fine watchmaking tradition and visual elegance with audaciousness and creativity. With its timeless design, refined feminine elegance and high watchmaking qualities, the Bohème DateAutomatic opens a new chapter in the history of Montblanc ladies’ timepieces.

Technical details
Model: Bohème Date Automatic (Ident. 111059)

Movement
Montblanc 24.14
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
Number of rubies: 25
Power reserve: Approx. 38 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes, second-hand, date in a window at “6 o’clock”

Case
18 karat red gold case (5N), 18 karat red gold fixed bezel set with 62 Top Wesselton diamonds (~0.4588 ct)
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, cambered and antireflective sapphire crystal
Back: 18 karat red gold with inset sapphire crystal
Dimensions = 30 mm; Height = 9.5 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18 karat red gold (5N) with the Montblanc emblem

Dial
Silver guilloché dial with black Arabic numerals, red goldplated leaf-shaped and baton-shaped hands

Wristband
Black alligator-skin strap with 18 karat red gold pin buckle (5N)


Bohème Date Automatic Jewellery
The Montblanc master watchmakers and artisans have created a jewellery timepiece that in a very special way highlights the adorable facets of beauty, elegance and personality of the contemporary Bohème lady. The Bohème DateAutomatic jewellery timepiece created in the Montblanc manufactures in Switzerland captures attention with the alluring sparkle of 178 Top Wesselton (~0.3519 carat) diamonds that strikingly enhance the white mother-of-pearl dial of this feminine timepiece.
The minute scale with its “filet sauté” design embraces the beauty of the diamond set bezel. Black floral Arabic numerals, red gold-plated leaf-shaped hour- and minute hands, and a central second hand that carries the Montblanc emblem, further reinforce the spirit of inherent elegance and equilibrium emanating from this ladies’ timepiece.
The Bohème Date Automatic Jewellery, in a 30mm case in red gold, is surrounded by an exquisite bezel set with additional 62 Top Wesselton diamonds totalling in sparkling ~0.4588 carat.

True to the spirit of the new Bohème Collection, the Bohème Date Automatic Jewellery timepiece embodies all the distinctive features of this line, combiningfeminine elegance and beauty, respect for the utmost perfection of fine watchmaking traditions and the highest aesthetic refinement.

Technical details
Model: Bohème Date Automatic Jewellery (Ident. 111225)

Movement
MB 24.14
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
Number of rubies: 25
Power reserve: Approx. 38 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes, second-hand, date in a window at “6 o’clock”

Case
18 karat red gold case (5N), 18 karat red gold fixed bezel set with 62 Top Wesselton diamonds (~0.4588 ct)
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal
Back: 18 karat red gold (5N) with inset sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 30 mm; Height = 9.5 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18K red gold with the Montblanc emblem

Dial
White mother-of-pearl dial set with 178 Top Wesselton diamonds (~0.3519 ct), black Arabic numerals, red gold-plated leaf-shaped and baton-shaped hands

Wristband
Black alligator-skin strap with 18 karat red gold pin buckle (5N)

Nick Cheung marvels at Piaget Watchmaking Craftsmanship at Watches and Wonders 2014

Watches and Wonders 2014, the Asia Haute Horlogerie Exhibition is held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 30th September to 2nd October 2014. A featured exhibitor, renowned Swiss watchmaker and jeweler Piaget delights fine watchmaking aficionados in Asia with a collection of exquisite wristwatches. Best Actor Award winner, Nick Cheung Ka Fai, is invited to Piaget’s exhibition booth to appreciate the Maison’s unique watchmaking craftsmanship.

Alongside its commitment to producing the finest timepieces, Piaget, as a champion of creative spirit and independent thinking, has long been an avid supporter of the film and arts industry. In 2014, for the fourth consecutive year, Piaget supports the Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony as Major Sponsor of the event’s 33rd edition. The occasion gave rise to a fruitful partnership between Piaget and Nick Cheung, crowned Best Actor of the Hong Kong Film Awards. At this year’s Awards Ceremony, wearing a Piaget wristwatch, Nick Cheung won the Best Actor award for the second time. 
Nick Cheung wore Piaget’s newly launched Altiplano 38mm 900P, the thinnest mechanical watch in the world to the brand’s event at Watches and Wonders. With over half a century of heritage in virtuoso ultra-thin watchmaking, Altiplano 38mm 900P represents Piaget’s crowning achievement in the domain as it merges the hand-wound calibre with the case elements to create a single entity of a record-breaking slenderness of just 3.65 mm thin. Winner also of the Best Dressed Award at the latest Hong Kong Film Awards Ceremony, Nick shared his insight in how to dress up with watches with the media.

To help Nick Cheung fully appreciate the level of complexity behind the creation of the ultra-thin movement, Piaget invited Nick to try his hand at setting stones in the skeleton ultra-thin movement under the assistance of a master watchmaker from Geneva, an experience that highlights the excellence of the two integrated Manufactures of Piaget’s.

While persevering the heritage of watchmaking prominence, Piaget continues to seek convention defying breakthroughs and innovation. Building on the foundation and the breadth of its fully integrated expertise, Piaget is set to create more ground-breaking timepieces that convey the perfect convergence of ultra-thin watchmaking virtuoso, case construction craftsmanship, and unique design.
Piaget Altiplano 900P, 38 mm
The world’s thinnest hand-wound mechanical watch
18K pink gold watch
Calibre and case merged to form a whole
18K pink gold pin buckle
Slate grey alligator leather strap
Development time: 3 years
Power reserve: approx. 48 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph /3 Hz
Thickness: 3.65 mm (case + movement)
Number of jewels: 20
Functions: offset hours and minutes subdial at 10 o’clock
Number of components: 145 (case + movement)
Finishing: circular satin-brushed case-back, sunburst satin-brushed bridges, bevelled bridges, sunburst or circular satin-brushed wheels, slate grey-coloured screws, dedicated index-assembly with the Piaget “P” signature
Ref. G0A39110

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Gold

In 1924 Montblanc designed a revolutionary writing instrument that was to become iconic in the art of writing. Thanks to a design as elegant as it is functional, an innovative ink supply system and a hand-decorated gold nib, Montblanc’s Meisterstück has become one of the greatest design legends of our time. For 90 years it has been the embodiment of excellence - the result of marrying artistic craftsmanship and the very best technology.

A perfect symbiosis of tradition and innovation, the high standards and quality values set by the Montblanc Meisterstück now stretch far beyond the art of writing. On its 90th anniversary, this great symbol of the Montblanc spirit has inspired a new collection of watches: the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage line. Now these refined timepieces, fitted with mechanical movements created in the Montblanc manufactures of Villeret and Locle in the heart of the Swiss Jura, also bear the legendary name of Meisterstück.

The inspiration for the entire Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection is drawn from the history of this legendary fountain pen, and its legacy can be seen in classic watches with functional complications and wonderful decorations. Down to the very last detail, these remarkable timepieces transpose the spirit of the Montblanc Meisterstück into the heart of traditional fine Swiss watchmaking.

Born almost a century ago, the Meisterstück is now enjoying a new lease of life through the Meisterstück Heritage collection.

Named the Meisterstück Heritage collection, the inspiration and starting point for the new Montblanc watch line is the famous fountain pen born in 1924. Each of these original watches bears the stamp of traditional craftsmanship, timeless design and perfect functionality, incorporating the best of the Swiss art of fine watchmaking.

All models of the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection measure time through long, faceted hour- and minute-hands in the dauphine shape, clearly distinguishable against faces embellished by a delicate sunburst finish. Because of the extreme sobriety of these hands, the construction is necessarily meticulous, resulting in a perfect design.

Remaining true to the spirit of the Montblanc Meisterstück fountain pen in which every detail is an essential element, the watches of the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection have polished, faceted applied indices in three different lengths. These indices are riveted to the dial by minute feet, in line with the finest traditions.

The dial is dominated by the Roman numeral "XII", completing the hour circle. Another example of the attention Montblanc pays to the quality of finishes, the pared down and refined contours of the 39- or 41 millimetre-diameter case are emphasised by delicate decorations such as the horizontal satin finishing on the middle piece. The crown is embossed with the polished Montblanc emblem, standing out from the sand-blasted background.

Each model in the Meisterstück Heritage collection is distinguishable through unique characteristics, from the classic, three-handed watch complete with date function, through a splendid timepiece indicating the phases of the moon, to grand complications represented by a perpetual calendar and a monopusher chronograph.

At the Watches and Wonders 2014 fair in Hong Kong, the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection will reach new heights, adding three new Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic models made from 18 karat red gold.
Available in a 39 millimetre-diameter and a height of just 9 millimetres, easily worn by a man or a woman, these prestigious models further enhance a supremely elegant classical style. With its four indices for hours, minutes, seconds and the date, the Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic in solid red gold concentrates on the basics and makes sobriety the ultimate refinement. The design of the dial perfectly illustrates an aesthetic of refined functionality, emphasising the basic principles of fine watchmaking: the cambered dial with fine indices for the minutes on the sloping periphery, the faceted applied indexes in three lengths, the Roman numeral "XII" (also in appliqué), the date window with its meticulously polished frame and the fine sunburst pattern, with rays that shimmer and shift according to the angle of the light.
Over this distinguished horological composition sweep the red gold plated “dauphine” style hour and minute hands , in perfect harmony with the shape of the indices.

Montblanc has chosen to add three new faces to its Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection in 18 karat red gold. To start with, a classic version of this timepiece is now available with a silver-white dial. It also comes in a very contemporary- chique version with a chocolate brown dial and sunburst pattern. This warm colour goes perfectly with the deep sparkle of the red gold and the dark brown of the alligator strap.
For the first time, the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection is crowned by a model in 18 karat red gold studded with diamonds. Its bezel is set with 88 Top Wesselton diamonds, making this watch – the indices of which are also decorated with diamonds – a real jewel of precision time-keeping, as stunning as it is precious. With this new 18 karat red gold version, the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection aims more than ever to pay sparkling homage to the legend of the Meisterstück fountain pen.

The three versions of the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic are animated by a self-winding mechanical movement Calibre MB 24.17. They are a pleasure to behold with particularly fine finishes such as the golden colored balance wheel that beats at a frequency of 28'800 A/h (4 hertz), visible through a pane of sapphire crystal in the back of the case.

The movement is enclosed in a case just 9 millimetres high. As with all the models in the collection, this elegant case in precious metal bears all the characteristics of a real fine watchmaking timepiece: a narrow polished convex bezel, vertically descending flanks with horizontal satin finishing, slightly arched horns, anti-reflective cambered sapphire crystal as well as a wristband in black or brown large scale alligator-skin with a 18 karat red gold pin buckle to ensure it fits comfortably round the wrist.

Technical details
Movement
MB 24.17
Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of rubies: 25
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes, large second-hand, date in a window at “3 o’clock”

Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic (Ident. 112144)
Case
18K red gold case, 18 K red gold fixed bezel set with 88 Top Wesselton diamonds (~0.528 ct.), horizontally satin-finished middle piece
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal
Back: 18K red gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter 39 mm; Height 9 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18K red gold with Montblanc emblem in raised relief

Dial
Silvery white and slightly cambered dial with sunburst pattern, facetted hour indices set with 12 Top Wesselton diamonds and Roman numeral “XII” as red gold-plated appliqués, red gold-plated dauphine hour-hand, minute-hand and second-hand, date shown in window with polished frame

Wristband
Black alligator-skin strap with red gold-plated pin buckle

Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic (Ident. 111874)
Case
18K red gold case, polished bezel, horizontally satin-finished middle piece
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal
Back: 18K red gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions Diameter 39 mm; Height 9 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18K red gold with Montblanc emblem in raised relief

Dial
Silvery white and slightly cambered dial with sunburst pattern, facetted hour indices and Roman numeral “XII” as red gold-plated appliqués, red gold-plated dauphine hour-hand, minute-hand and second-hand, date shown in window with polished frame

Wristband
Black alligator-skin strap with red gold-plated pin buckle

Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic (Ident. 111875)
Case
18K red gold case, polished bezel, horizontally satin-finished middle piece
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal
Back: 18K red gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter 39 mm ; Height 9 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18K red gold with Montblanc emblem in raised relief

Dial
Brown and slightly cambered dial with sunburst pattern, facetted hour indices and Roman numeral “XII” as red gold-plated appliqués, red gold plated dauphine hour-hand, minute-hand and second-hand, date shown in window with polished frame

Wristband
Black alligator-skin strap with red gold-plated pin buckle

Montblanc Metamorphosis II

The new Metamorphosis II houses one of the most complex movements ever developed and designed in Montblanc’s manufacture workshops in Villeret, revealing the timepiece in a completely new aesthetic.

The most striking feature of this new Montblanc timepiece is its "metamorphosis" concept which is driven by a highly complex mechanical movement with 746 components and protected by various patents that took over 4 years in development. It was at SIHH 2010 when Montblanc first introduced connoisseurs to the astounding concept of overlaid dials, which open majestically like a theatre curtain. The aim of this unique complication is to offer a spectacular change of design and function of the timepiece from classic time to chronograph and back using the same movement.

Metamorphosis II is the first timepiece to perform such a capacity for transformation. To master this challenge, the Montblanc master watchmakers took the 156 years of expertise as a chronograph specialist of the Montblanc manufacture in Villeret- the former manufacture Minerva- and borrowed traditional methods from the art of automaton manufacture, an age-old artisanal craft long practised alongside fine watchmaking in the Swiss Jura Mountains.
Crafted entirely by hand, Metamorphosis II represents the perfect symbiosis of tradition and innovation, and will rightfully claim its place among the grand complications in the world of fine watchmaking. A skilful alchemy between classical, timeless beauty and sporty elegance, the new aesthetic of the Metamorphosis II enables Montblanc to open up a new chapter in the history of horological design.
The functioning principle of the Metamorphosis II is as simple to explain as it is difficult to create : In the classic position, the timepiece displays the classical face of time showing the hours, minutes and date. A slide on the left side of the case is used to transform this elegant, classic indication, by revealing a new face. Additionally, the control device initiates a highly sophisticated mechanical process that transforms the dial with the classical time indication into a chronograph and new function.
The concept of the Montblanc Metamorphosis II is inspired by the opening of a theatre curtain to reveal a stage. Its innovative principle forges a unique link between the movement components and the dial functions to create a new ensemble.

During the metamorphosis, which is controlled by the sliding bolt situated between "10 o'clock" and "8 o'clock" on the middle case, two wings fold in on themselves inside the lower part of the dial, gradually disappearing on each side. They unveil a chronograph counter disc for counting down the minutes, which rises gradually like a lifting ramp inside the movement until it "absorbs" the hand that indicates the date, thanks to a subtly defined opening. Similar transformation is performed in parallel in the upper part of the dial. Two wings also move apart on the left and right sides, causing the classic time display with Roman numerals to disappear. They reveal a new dial in a new design with Arabic numerals and index, ensuring optimal readability of the chronograph face.
This process is reversible, and the opposite movement is initiated when the control device is actuated again: the sliding wings at the top and bottom of the dial are re-deployed, concealing the chronograph counter, which is once more lowered out of sight inside the movement, and bringing the timepiece’s classic, elegant face back to the fore.

One of the most innovative, technical characteristics of the Metamorphosis II is its ability to permanently retain all of its functions irrespective of the chosen face. The chronograph and date functions remain active independently of the watch face. Hence, when the timepiece is in classic mode and the chronograph is actuated, the chronograph minute counter continues to run. When the chronograph face is revealed again, the elapsed time is indicated instantly. The same happens for the date: even if the chronograph mode has been active for several days, the date continues to run in the background, and is displayed again with complete accuracy when the watch returns to the classic mode. It only takes around five seconds to switch from one face to the other. During this time, numerous components of the timepiece – the wheels, cams, pinions – begin a perfectly choreographed mechanical dance, driven by a separate barrel and precisely controlled by a force regulator. A total of 82 moving components, all of them meticulously crafted by hand, are involved in this extraordinary watchmaking metamorphoses.

In its classic position, the Montblanc Metamorphosis II displays all the understated elements of elegance of a fine watchmaking timepiece in the most traditional sense. While the red gold case is perfectly round, the display itself is classical yet highly original. The time indication uses the regulator principle with separated hands and scales for the hours and minutes. The hours are indicated by a single hand which moves around a subdial with Roman numerals at "12 o'clock".The minutes display is even more technically complex, with its large central hand tracing a 210 degree retrograde arc between "8 o'clock" and "4 o'clock". Once it reaches the "60" graduation on the right of the dial, the hand instantly returns to the "0" position and traces its path afresh. Finally, a small hand very clearly indicates the date on an additional dial graduated from 1 to 31 at "6 o'clock".
The sophisticated 18K solid gold dial features a variety of different artisanal finishes and decorations which require a very unique know-how of traditional watchmaking craftsmanship. The inner part of each side of the dial is decorated with hand-crafted silvered "Grain d’orge" (barleycorn) guilloché. The lower section adorns a sapphire bridge while the outer part of the dial features an artisanal circular-brushed satin finish as well as the hour counter at "12 o'clock". Finally, the minute track is decorated, with a hand-crafted raised brim index in 18 K red gold and cabochon index.

This decorative work, carried out with the greatest respect for tradition by master craftsmen, illustrates the importance that Montblanc attributes to both the internal and external beauty of its timepieces. In this configuration, the refined elegance of the Metamorphosis II harks back to the golden age of watchmaking.

It takes just five seconds for the Metamorphosis II to undergo the transformation from classic time to a sporty, elegant chronograph face. Thus transfigured, a unique character emerges, poised for action and configured for the measurement of short intervals of time.

The emerging dial, which displays dynamic Arabic numerals, features a hand-crafted black-coloured "Clous de Paris" guilloché decoration at 12 o’clock for the indication of the hours, beautifully contrasting with the silvered spiral guilloché and circular-brushed satin finish of the centre part of the dial. These different artisanal finishes reinforce the timepiece's readability, infusing it with a precious dynamism.

While the retrograde minute hand retains its original function, the central seconds hand changes its function to serve as the chronograph second hand. The chronograph minutes counter in black rises from inside the movement to the level of the dial and is actuated by pressing the pusher integrated in the crown. With its monopusher column wheel chronograph mechanism, horizontal clutch and large balance wheel with Phillips terminal curve, operating at a traditional frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour, Montblanc pays tribute to the legacy of the legendary Minerva chronographs, produced since 1858 in the Villeret manufacture. Once the brief time intervals have been measured, the slide can simply be slid across to return the Metamorphosis II to its original configuration featuring its classic face.
Incorporating a total of 746 components made from precious materials and decorated entirely by hand - 494 of which are dedicated exclusively to the metamorphosis function - this extraordinary new timepiece is the subject of numerous patents and ranks among the most complex of contemporary watches. In the spirit of all the timepieces of the prestigious Collection Montblanc Villeret 1858, the new Metamorphosis II remains faithful to its dedication to perfection in terms of traditional artisanal craftsmanship and innovative construction, aesthetic refinement and reliability.

This truly exceptional timepiece will be produced in a very limited edition of eighteen pieces, offering a unique interpretation of the metamorphosis of time.

Technical details
Model: Montblanc Metamorphosis II
Ident. 112442

Movement
MB M 67.40
Hand-wound mechanical movement with mechanical transformation of the time indication function to the chronograph function
Chronograph: Monopusher chronograph with horizontal clutch and column wheel
Dimensions: 16 lines (38.40 mm); height =12.45 mm
Number of components: 746 (494 for the metamorphosis)
Number of jewels: 85
Power reserve: Approximately 50 hours
Balance: Screw balance
Frequency: 18'000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curve
Main plate: Rhodium-plated nickel silver with circular graining on both sides
Bridges: Rhodium-plated nickel silver with Côtes de Genève
Going-train: Gold-plated, faceted arms, diamond polished surfaces

Display
Hour counter at "12 o'clock"
Retrograde minute hand
Central seconds
Date indicator at "6 o'clock"
Chronograph function indications:
- Central chronograph seconds
- 30 minute rotating disc counter at "6 o'clock

Case
18K red gold (5N)
Dimensions: diameter = 52 mm, height = 15.8 mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Back: 18K red gold (5N) with sapphire crystal
Water tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18 K red gold (5N) with mother-of-pearl Montblanc emblem
Pushers: Sliding mechanism on the case’s flank at "10 o'clock" to start the transformation, date corrector at "4 o'clock", chronograph pusher integrated in the crown

Dial
Gold decorated with various hand-crafted finishes depending on the face ("Grain d’orge" guilloché, "Clous de Paris" guilloché, spiral guilloché, circular satin finish, minute track with raised edge in 18 K red gold and cabochon index); sapphire bridge; hour circle with black Roman numerals for the classic face and black Arabic numerals for the chronograph face

Hands
Hour and minute hands in 18 K red gold (5N), date hand in nickel silver, chronograph hands in Pfinodal

Strap
Hand-sewn black alligator-leather strap with triple folding clasp made of 18 K red gold (5N)

Limitation
18 timepieces

Perrelet Turbine XL Red

The colour red, symbolizing action, passion and strength, infuses the new dial of Perrelet’s two latest Turbine XL models with the powerful intensity associated with the dynamic principle of this collection.

In creating the first Turbine, the Perrelet engineers and designers devised a concept based on a sophisticated aesthetic featuring energetic, sporty lines. They drew inspiration from aeronautics in dreaming up an essentially visual rather than technical interpretation of Perrelet’s patented Double Rotor.
The latter is transformed into a turbine fitted with 12 titanium blades and which, when set into motion, provides tantalizing glimpses of the spectacular red and black under-dial. The hour-markers on the black inner bezel ring accentuate the optical effect and contribute to the mesmeric fascination of this model.
This imposingly virile timepiece radiates undeniable strength with its 48 mm case available in an all black PVD-coated stainless steel version or a two-tone variation with titanium case middle and black PVD-coated bezel and caseback. A rubber strap with a pin buckle complements the challenger-style spirit of this watch, while the compact nature of its design is highlighted by the discreet crown merging seamlessly into the case.
Admirably reflecting both the horological expertise and the artistic skills cultivated by Perrelet, the Turbine XL is driven by the self-winding P-331 movement with a 42-hour power reserve. This fine mechanism entirely developed and produced in-house at the brand’s production sites may be admired through a transparent sapphire caseback.

Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Special Edition”

Nicolas Rieussec’s first patented chronograph from 1821 inspired the watchmakers at Montblanc to create the Nicolas Rieussec watch collection with manufacture movements and distinctive styling. The timepiece’s unmistakable appearance combines an off-centre hour-circle in the upper part of the dial and the chronograph’s elapsed-time displays in the lower portion of the face.

As on the original from 1821, elapsed time is shown on two rotating discs, above each of which a motionless hand indicates the passing seconds and minutes. Nicolas Rieussec, watchmaker to the French royal court, invented this construction to precisely measure the running times of individual horses at a horserace. When the starting gun was fired at the track, the patented “ink chronograph” was set in motion so that two white enamelled discs began to turn: one disc was calibrated for 60 elapsed seconds, the other for 30 elapsed minutes. The user pressed a button each time a horse crossed the finish line: this pressure momentarily lowered an elongated rhombic carrier with two ink-filled tips onto the enamel discs, where each tip left a droplet of ink. These inky markings on the scales of the chronograph’s discs enabled the user to read the exact running time of each horse. Rieussec’s device was literally a “time writer,” so he accordingly named it a “chronograph” from the Greek words “chronos” (time) and “graphein” (to write). In 1822, the Académie des Sciences in Paris granted a patent on this device to Nicolas Rieussec, who went down in horological history as the inventor of the world’s first patented chronograph. In 2014, Montblanc pays tribute to this great watchmaker with a new interpretation of his chronograph from 1821.
The Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Special Edition” chronograph faithfully replicates every detail of the colour scheme and the styling of the hands as they appeared on the original “time writer”, but relies on innovative materials and technologies to transport the historical device into our contemporary day and age. The new “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Special Edition” chronograph from the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec collection shows the date, indicates the time in two different time zones and also offers a day/night display. The timepiece will be manufactured in limited editions in red gold and steel.
In an unprecedented innovation, the chronograph’s hand is designed as a double index: each of the two tips of an elongated horizontal blued-metal rhombus points to a calibrated scale on one of two rotating discs. Each index is shaped exactly like the ink carriers on the original chronograph from 1821. The two white-lacquered discs – one at the left for 60 elapsed seconds and the other at the right for 30 elapsed minutes – are likewise inspired by the appearance of the original timepiece.
At first glance, the watch’s hour-circle seems to lack hour numerals and to bear only a minute-scale. With slim black strokes alternating with Arabic numerals at ten-minute intervals, the minute-circle faithfully emulates its counterpart on the original “time writer”, the position of the hands allows precise legibility of the hours.
The hour-circle reveals its special feature in the dark, when an unprecedented technique causes the formerly hidden hour numerals to appear on the dial. The traditionally styled hour-circle is crafted from ultramodern hybrid ceramic permeated with “Mysterious Superluminova” pigments, an innovative technology exclusively created for Montblanc. These luminous pigments form the Arabic hour numerals in the characteristic font of the Montblanc Rieussec collection. The digits are invisible in daylight because they’re precisely embedded into the hour ring, with which they share exactly the same colour.

But when the ambient light starts to dim, the luminous pigments that fill the numerals – as well as the Superluminova-filled hour-hand and minute-hand –begin to glow, thus assuring perfect legibility and simultaneously giving this watch its characteristic appearance.
The dial also pays homage to the legendary horse race on Paris Champs de Mars in September 1821, where the Nicolas Rieussec ‘timewriter’ was for the first time used in history. During the day, an elegant galloping horse is outlined in black at “6 o’clock”. With the exclusive “Mysterious Superluminova Technique” in the night the horse appears in full luminosity as highlight of the dial. In the same spirit, the transparent sapphire crystal of the caseback bears an engraving of the horse as well as the inscription “Paris, September 1821” highlighting the historical event on the month exactly 193 years ago from the launch on this special edition.

The pale, shiny, enamel-like surfaces of the hour-circle and the chronograph’s discs create an unusual contrast with the fine-grained (grainé) texture of the dial. Two apertures rimmed by finely satin-finished gradations offer an unobstructed view of the date display at “3 o’clock” and the finely guilloche-embellished day/night indicator at “9 o’clock”. A skeletonized hour-hand indicates the time in a second time zone.
Combining traditional watchmaker’s craftsmanship and modern engineering artistry, self-winding mechanical manufacture Calibre MB R200 ticks unseen beneath the innovative dial. A laboriously milled column-wheel controls the monopusher chronograph; the connection between the gear-train and chronograph’s wheels is alternately engaged and disengaged by a vertical coupling, which functions nearly without wear and prevents the elapsed-time hands from jumping when the chronograph is switched on. The double barrel stores enough power for 72 hours of continuous running.

The movement’s appeal derives not only from its outstanding mechanical performance, but also from its horological aesthetic. The components are decorated with Geneva waves and have beveled, polished edges. Bright red jewels, blued screws and shiny golden brass wheels complete the handsome ensemble, which can be admired by peering through the transparent pane of sapphire crystal in the back of the case.

The dial is protected by a slightly cambered sapphire crystal that’s been antireflective treated on both its surfaces. The movement is ensconced inside a circular case made of 18 karat red gold. The case’s doubly stepped horns angle slightly downward so the 43-mm-diameter watch fits ergonomically and conforms to the anatomy of its wearer’s wrist. A watch connoisseur who notices the unconventional positioning of the chronograph’s button at “8 o’clock” will correctly deduce that this is a monopusher chronograph which can be conveniently operated with the tip of the right thumb. The red gold crown is deeply grooved and embellished with a domed black-and-white Montblanc emblem. A pin buckle made of 18 karat gold secures the alligator-skin strap, which conforms to the curvature of the horns and the roundness of the case.

The Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Special Edition” chronograph will be available in October 2014 in a limited edition of 30 red gold timepieces and a limited edition of 100 timepieces in stainless steel.

Technical details
Model: Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec” Special Edition
Ident. 113290 (red gold), Ident. 113289 (stainless steel)

Movement
Montblanc manufacture Calibre MB R200
Mechanical movement with double barrel and automatic winding
Chronograph: Monopusher with column-wheel and vertical coupling
No. of components: 319
No. of rubies: 40
Power reserve: 72 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 9.7 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm²
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium plating and circular graining
Bridges: Rhodium plating and Geneva waves
Gear-train: Special tooth profile improves the efficiency of the power transmission

Displays
- Hours and minutes on an off-centre subdial
- Second Time Zone with day/night display
- Date on a rotating disc
Chronograph: 60 elapsed seconds and 30 elapsed minutes on rotating discs under motionless hands
Special feature: Travel function with rapid reset of hour-hand and date display either forward or backward

Case
18 karat red gold (5N); Cambered sapphire crystal antireflective treated on both its surfaces, screwed back includes transparent pane of sapphire crystal
Water tightness: 3 bar / 30 m
Dimensions: Diameter = 43 mm; height = 14.8 mm
Crown: 18 karat red gold (5N) with inlaid Montblanc emblem made of motherof-pearl
Push-piece: Monopusher at “8 o’clock”

Dial
Grainé dial, enamelled hour-circle with black minute-circle and Arabic numerals in “Mysterious Superluminova” that are invisible under daylight conditions. Galloping horse in “Mysterious Superluminova” at “6 o’clock”
Rose gold-plated superluminova-coated hour-hand and minute-hand, Skeletonised, rhodium-plated hour-hand for the second time zone Guilloche-embellished day/night display for the second time zone in a window at “9 o’clock”
Date window at “3 o’clock”
Chronograph has two enamelled discs (one counter for 60 elapsed seconds at “8 o’clock” and a second counter for 30 elapsed minutes at “4 o’clock”) with rhombic double index made of blued metal

Strap
Black alligator-skin strap with large reptilian scales and pin buckle made of 18 karat red gold (5N)

Edition
Limited edition: 30 timepieces
Available in stainless steel with as well in a limitation of 100 pieces

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand Oris presents Limited Edition Audi Sport watch collection to celebrate its partnership with Audi Sport. Oris is the Official Watch Partner of the Audi Sport teams taking part in both the FIA World Endurance Championships (WEC) and German Touring Car Championship (DTM), and was part of the Audi Sport Le Mans 24 Hours winning team in June 2014.

The new watch is based on the Oris Artix GT sports chronograph, the watch made famous by Oris’s innovative retrograde small seconds function at 9 o’clock. Its design has been tailored to reflect Audi road-car dashboard instrument panels and is finished in silver, the German marquee’s signature colour.
The Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition has a titanium case and a tungsten bi-directional rotating bezel, both engineered to make the watch as light as possible, mirroring some of the technologies developed for Audi Sport’s high-performance race cars.
The outside edge of the rotating timer bezel has a ‘good grip’ rubber insert, an Oris innovation that improves grip and allows the wearer to make quick, confident adjustments. The case back of new Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition reveals Oris’s Calibre 774 and its distinctive red rotor.
It comes on a perforated leather race-inspired strap, which has a folding clasp, also made from titanium. The Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition is presented in a special Alcantara-like box, and is limited to 2,000 pieces.

Technical details
Model: Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition
Ref. No. 774 7661 7481, Ø 44.00mm
Limited to 2,000 pieces

Movement
Oris automatic mechanical movement 774, based on SW500, with Chronograph function and date

Case
Multi-piece titanium case
Bi-rotating tungsten bezel with minute scale and rubber coated ‘good grip’ insert on the outside edge
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Titanium screw-down case back see-through mineral glass
Screw-in stainless steel crown and stainless steel pushers
Water-resistant to 10 bar/100m

Dial
Two-piece matt silver dial; minute and hour counters; applied numerals filled with Super-LumiNova; dial ring with tachymeter scale directly assembled to the case
Special retrograde small seconds display at 9 o’clock developed by Oris
Polished nickel hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova inlay; central seconds and sub-dial counter hands in red

Strap
Black perforated leather racing strap with titanium folding clasp

Price
Swiss Retail Price: CHF 3,550.00

Perrelet Classic Double Rotor Collection

Through its fascinatingly creative 2014 models, the Classic Double Rotor collection by Perrelet provides a new interpretation of its unique charm. Its exclusive technical nature is highlighted through an original chromatic approach.

Perrelet offers a collection exuding a traditional appeal, within which the brand’s inventiveness mingles with the originality and singularity of a double-rotor movement – a patented invention from the House embodying the brand’s very quintessence. The Double Rotor enables its user to admire at all times the delicate oscillating movement that recharges the movement and enhances automatic winding.
Perrelet’s Classic Double Rotor collection presents two unusual timepieces of which each and every detail proclaims the brand’s expertise. The 40 mm-diameter stainless steel round case is topped by a smooth bezel providing an admirable counterpoint for the fluting of the case middle – a traditional decorative touch that has become a House signature.
The black and white dial forms an ideal backdrop for welcoming and highlighting a series of gold-toned details arranged in concentric circles. The gold-toned hour-markers around the circumference pick up the shape and colour of the hours and minutes hands, while an inner gold circle marks off the seconds and frames the 6 o’clock date window. At the very center of the dial, the second rotor distinguished by its gold toned colour swings gently around a red heart matching the shade of the seconds hand.
The watches in the Classic Double Rotor collection are equipped with the exclusive double-rotor P-181 movement oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz), and endowed with a 42-hour power reserve.

Each watch in the collection is teamed with a refined black alligator leather strap secured by a push piece fastening steel folding clasp.

Monday, September 29, 2014

GRAHAM LONDON - GEO.GRAHAM THE MOON, White Gold

GRAHAM celestial manual flying Tourbillon, called Geo.Graham The Moon, which features a perpetual moon retrograde function, embodies the mastery of astronomy applied to high-end watch making. Geo.Graham The Moon is a history making celestial representation. Its name pays tribute to the GRAHAM tradition and heritage descending from George Graham who engraved his signature on each of his exclusive creations since 1695.

In 2012, the brand unveiled the Geo.Graham The Moon in a pink gold version featuring blue details. This year Graham London presents a white gold model highlighted with black background.

It is a truly unique watch that combines a flying tourbillon with a high-precision retrograde moonphase perpetual function, the cycle being calculated on the Moon’s exact synodic period for a duration of 122 years. At the end of each synodic period, the retrograde mechanism ensures that the Moon jumps back to the beginning of a new moon-phase cycle.
Big in appearance, its Moon only weights 0.07 grams and is hand-painted by local craftsmen in Le Locle. To avoid any damage on the lunar disc and attenuate the retrograde fall, a double absorber system has been developed exclusively for GRAHAM by Christophe Claret in Locle. The synodic period equals 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.9 seconds which corresponds to 2’551’442.9 seconds. Once correctly set, this high-precision moon phase will only require adjustment once every 122 years by a single push on the corrector.

Scientists such as Isaac Newton or George Graham have made major discoveries as they realized that combining astronomy and time keeping would lead to remarkable advancement. The main difficulty of the watch lies in the delicate and complex flying Tourbillon. It challenges Newton’s law of gravitation and also pays tribute to his remarkable findings. The Geo.Graham tourbillon rotates on a ball bearing to substitute rolling for sliding friction.

The movement is coated in black and adorned with constellations of 48 diamonds (0.24 cts) (flange collar: 11 diamonds, dial: 34 diamonds) such as Camelopardalis, Perseus, Cassiopeia, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor and at the centre becoming the North Star’s position.

To magnify the moon phase, the white gold (18K) case is crowned with a black Milky Way sapphire painted bezel. It offers you a unique view of the universe through a refracting telescope. Geo.Graham The Moon is the ultimate representation of the association of astronomy and extraordinary watch making. It pays tribute to the early 18thcentury which saw the creation of new measurement instruments by George Graham for his friend Edmond Halley and the Greenwich Royal Observatory in London.

Technical details
Model: GEO.GRAHAM THE MOON
Ref. 2GGAW.B01A.C154Y
Limited edition: 8

Functions
Manual Flying Tourbillon, Moon retrograde with precision of 122 years
Hours, minutes, seconds

Movement
Calibre G1769, high precision mechanical movement with Haute Horlogerie finishing, Moon retrograde Tourbillon (moon returns backwards to zero at the end of its cycle every 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes), 21'600 A/h (3Hz), Incabloc shock absorber29 jewels
Power reserve: 96 hours

Case
46 mm white gold (18K) case
White gold (18K) right hand control crown decorated with a black onyx stone
Domed and metal coated Milky Way sapphire bezel
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
See-through sapphire crystal case back with serial number hand-engraved
Water resistance: 100 feet / 30 m / 3 bar

Dial
Black dial with constellation of 48 diamonds (~0.24 cts)
Hand-painted moon
White gold (18k) skeleton hands

Strap
Black croco strap
White gold (18K) folding buckle

Backes & Strauss announces its new pop-up exhibition at Harrods London

Backes & Strauss , the world's oldest diamond company has announced its new pop-up exhibition featuring the Harrods Princess pièce unique and a stunning floral clock in the Fine Watch Room of Harrods for the month of October 2014.

The centrepiece on display is the Harrods Princess, a one-of-a-kind timepiece crafted exclusively for the Harrods Biennale des Antiquaires Jewellery Exhibition. Hand-set with 80 Gemfields Zambian emeralds and 241 natural diamonds, the bejewelled timepiece is a demonstration of the brand’s exceptional craftsmanship, capitalising on many decades of experience.
Harrods Princess
Featured at the back of the pop-up exhibition is an impressive flower clock, designed after the floral Victoria Collection. The clock takes its inspiration from "L'horloge fleurie" in Geneva, Switzerland, where every single Backes & Strauss timepiece is handcrafted. The composition of red and white roses are a tribute to the brand’s English heritage as Backes & Strauss marks its 200th years of presence in London, the architecture of which continues to inspire the design and style of the diamond-set wristwatches.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater

Each year since 2012, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been offering women a succession of cherished rendezvous by revealing new models from its emblematic collection. Following on from the Tourbillon, Celestial and Perpetual Calendar watches infused with the artistic and horological creativity of the Grande Maison, comes a model powerfully evoking watchmaking tradition. This first minute repeater to make its entrance to a feminine Jaeger-LeCoultre collection results from ten years of development and is instilled with the age-old wisdom of the preciously preserved skills nurtured within the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.

As a creation in its own right, the Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater watch required the development of a new Calibre 942A. This extremely accurate automatic movement beats at a cadence of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a 43-hour power reserve. By way of reminder, only the exceptional Hybris Mechanica 11 – Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon piece – can claim to associate this device with a minute repeater function. Calibre 942A was designed to adapt to a small 39 mm case which accommodates what is generally regarded as the supreme horological complication. The interpretation provided by the Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater combines precision with remarkable functionality, ensuring that this rendevzous is a source of genuine pleasure.
In watchmaking culture, striking watches hold an exceptional de facto position. The Manufacture has made the minute repeater one of its favourite themes through various timepieces that have endlessly explored the facets of this sophisticated complication. The aim here is to obtain the most regular melody, unfailing reliability and precision, as well as the purest possible sound.



On the Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie watch, traditional hammers have been replaced by trebuchet hammers in order to ensure optimal transmission of energy to the gongs. In its turn, the Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater watch is fitted with two patented trebuchet hammers which strike two crystal gongs connected to the sapphire crystal harder and just once, producing a loudspeaker effect.
In addition, the new Rendez-Vous is also equipped with a silent regulator to reduce any peripheral sound disturbance of the mechanism. Only the sound of the minute repeater can be heard. It has been re-worked by a master watchmaker with a musical ear who has modified its mechanical oscillations in order to produce a lower decibel sound. Warmer, richer, sweeter, inherently feminine – the melody played by the Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater stirs the heartstrings and the ear in unison. This is a delicate balancing act that calls for highly refined expertise in the field of acoustic theory as well as finely tuned sensitivity.
In order to keep the watch as slim as possible while maintaining a pure, smooth aesthetic line, the Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater is operated by a single pushbutton replacing the traditional repeater slide system. A major improvement compared to classic minute repeaters is that this model is equipped with a security system which ensures that even if the pushbutton is pressed again while the minute repeater is already in action, the mechanism does not start working again – thereby preventing any damage to the movement.

In line with the governing philosophy of the Grande Maison, each skill successively devoted to crafting the dial or case of the Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater is executed in the appropriate manner. On the white gold dial – first adorned with a sunburst guilloché motif – the master enameller delicately uses a brush to apply pigments in the form of metal oxides. Several firings in an oven at extreme temperatures are required in order to reveal the delicate blue that perfectly reproduces the night sky above the Vallée de Joux, bathed in moonlight.
The sparkling diamond studded case pays respect to the harsh winters of the valley. It takes inspiration from the first frosts covering every tree and shrub with an iridescent mantle. It is this very moment that the master gemsetter has captured and immortalised by adorning the ivy leaves with a snow setting – a technique invented by the Grande Maison. Different size diamonds are placed one after another, side by side, completely covering the gold surface.

Two rows of diamonds on the bezel and pushpiece echo this precious jewellery craftsmanship. In keeping with the signature codes of the Rendez-Vous collection, this classic, refined gemsetting continues on the lugs, the sides of the case and right the way to the crown which is also decorated like some delicate jewel, making a total of 548 diamonds (including the 255 diamonds adorning the dial).

The Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater is made of 18-carat white gold. Presented on a satin bracelet, it is water resistant to 30 metres and meets all the exacting requirements that make the Grande Maison a major exponent of the art of Fine Watchmaking and Grande Complication horology.

Reminiscent of 18th and 19th century watches, the wealth of horological diversity housed within the Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater is clothed in a truly extraordinary exterior. All the style codes that have made the Rendez-Vous collection such a success are reprised on the dial, an immediately recognisable face. Emblematic elongated numerals and floral-motif hands combine with a refined graphic spirit to convey a message of undeniable elegance. Nonetheless, the delightful auditory experience of the minute repeater, which offers a unique means of telling the time, deserved to be matched by an equally captivating aesthetic.

JaegerLeCoultre has chosen a motif that has already been featured in creations from the Grande Maison – ivy – to express the talent of its master craftsmen. To embody this vigorous creeper, a symbol of fidelity and strong feelings, Jaeger-LeCoultre has conceived an interwoven pattern of stylised leaves that extends to the numerals revisited in an organic mode. They embody a deep felt attachment to the skills that the artisans of the Grande Maison exercise with such passion, as well as to the vision of free and determined womanhood cultivated by Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Technical details
Model: Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater

Movement
Automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 942A
28,800 vibrations per hour
43-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, minute repeater

Dial
White gold, sunburst guilloché motif, blue enamel and snow setting on ivy leaves
Hands: Hours and minutes: floral type

Case
Ø39 mm in 18-carat white gold
Soldered lugs
Polished finish
548 diamonds (2.3 carats)
Sapphire crystal
Crown: 1 crown to wind the watch as well as adjust the hours and minutes
Water-resistant to 30 metres

Strap and buckle
Satin strap with folding clasp

Reference
Q35034E1 RENDEZ-VOUS IVY MINUTE REPEATER (Ø39)

IWC Schaffhausen - Portofino Midsize Automatic & Portofino Automatic

For 30 years, the classic elegance of the Portofino Automatic with three hands has held its own in times of ever-changing, short-lived fashion trends. With its new 37-millimetre Portofino Midsize Automatic, IWC Schaffhausen has made the company’s silent star more attractive to watch lovers with slimmer wrists. The ten models with their diamond-set bezels or dials will appeal to buyers seeking puristic design combined with timeless elegance. Three slightly larger Portofino Automatic models, also set with precious stones, perfectly complement the current collection.

When in 1984 a smaller version of the Portofino was presented to the public alongside the impressive “pocket­ watch­ style wristwatch” (Ref. 5251), it had what by today’s standards could certainly be described as modest dimensions, with a case diameter of just 34 millimetres. The Midsize models were highly sought after, especially in Latin Europe, and sold successfully until 2007.

Seen in this light, the new 37­millimetre Portofino Midsize Automatic models (Ref. 4581) launched in 2014 mark a return to a fine tradition for the Swiss watch manufacturer. The much¬ coveted three¬ hand timepiece now looks perfect on a slimmer wrist – all the more so when it is set with precious stones.

PORTOFINO MIDSIZE AUTOMATIC
The Portofino Midsize Automatic comes in four red gold and six stainless steel versions, each of which is available with a diamond set bezel or a slightly more understated variation with 12 jewels on the dial. The sparkling stones are of remarkable clarity and give the watches an exquisite feel, while the design remains sleek and simple. 
The meticulously finished mirror polished case surfaces also lend these timepieces a real air of exclusivity, as does the sun pattern finish on the dials, which makes the light appear to move around in circles when the watch is tilted from side to side. Another eye-catching feature on the new Midsize models is the slightly raised inner circle on the dial – as seen on some members of the Ingenieur family – which adds structure and depth to the watch face.
In addition to the hour, minute and seconds hands, the Portofino Midsize Automatic also features a rapid advance date display. All of these functions are powered by the 35111­calibre mechanical automatic movement. Pulling out the crown stops the central hacking seconds hand, and the sapphire glass has antireflective coating on both sides to guarantee a clear view of the display. All Portofino watches are tested for water resistance to 3 bar.
Alligator leather straps from Santoni in delicate nuances of colour complement the dial and case of nine of the models perfectly, while reference IW458110 features a Milanaise mesh bracelet. Each timepiece is also available with an elegant 1960s style Milanaise bracelet in high quality stainless steel or 18­carat red gold. “Milanaise” is the name used to describe bracelets woven from fine wire that fit snugly around the wearer’s wrist.
Technical details
Movement
Calibre 35111
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW458101:stainless­steel case, silver­plated dial set with 12 diamonds, light brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458102:stainless­steel case, slate­coloured dial set with 12 diamonds, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458110: stainless­steel case, slate­coloured dial set with 12 diamonds, Milanaise mesh bracelet in stainless steel
Ref. IW458103:stainless­steel case set with 66 diamonds, silver­plated dial, dark brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458104:stainless­steel case set with 66 diamonds, slate­coloured dial, grey alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458109:stainless­steel case set with 66 diamonds, silver­plated dial, red alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458105: case in 18­carat red gold, silver­plated dial set with 12 diamonds, orange alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW458106: case in 18­carat red gold, slate­coloured dial set with 12 diamonds, dark brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW458107: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, silver­plated dial, lilac alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW458108: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, slate­coloured dial, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold

Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 37 mm
Case height: 9 mm

PORTOFINO AUTOMATIC
Launched in 2011, the Portofino Automatic (Ref. 3565) with a 40­millimetre case and date display will now be joined by three additional models in the new collection, each one featuring a bezel set with precious stones and an alligator leather strap from Santoni. With the red­ gold model, the buyer has the choice between a silver­ plated (Ref. IW356515) or slate­ coloured (Ref. IW356516) dial.
The Portofino Automatic in white gold (Ref. IW356514) is available exclusively with a silver­ plated dial. The mechanical 35111­calibre automatic movement has a power reserve of 42 hours. The case, which is water­ resistant to 3 bar, is decorated on the back with an exquisite engraving showing a view of the harbour at Portofino.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre 35111
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW356514: case in 18­carat white gold set with 72 diamonds, silver­plated dial, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in white gold
Ref. IW356515: case in 18­carat red gold set with 72 diamonds, silver­plated dial, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW356516: case in 18­carat red gold set with 72 diamonds, slate­coloured dial, dark brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Case height: 9.5 mm

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Midsize Automatic Day & Night (REF. IW459101/IW459102)

The new Portofino Midsize Automatic Day & Night with a 24-hour day/night display and a second time zone combines discreet luxury with the suave urbanity of a modern, mobile generation. Featuring an elegant design with a diamond set bezel and white mother-of-pearl dial, this exceptional watch is offered in a sumptuous red­gold (Ref. IW459102) or stainless steel (Ref. IW459101) case, combined with a black or dark blue alligator leather strap made by Santoni. It is also available with a Milanaise mesh bracelet in stainless steel or 18­carat red gold. Supplying the power is the 35700­calibre mechanical movement with a 42 ­hour power reserve.
While the hour, minute and seconds hands display local time, the blue hand on the inner 24­hour ring shows the time at a second location of the wearer’s choice. It could just as easily be the time back home or in a city on the other side of the globe where a business partner resides – after all, the last thing you want to do is call at an inconvenient time. To make reading the time in the second location easier, the lower half of the ring, from “6 a.m.” to “6 p.m.”, is white, while the top half, from “6 p.m.” to “6 a.m.”, is blue, allowing the wearer to easily differentiate between day and night. This dark blue, which is also used for the fourth hand, is wonderfully accentuated against the shimmering white mother-of-pearl dial. The crown provides a fast, simple means of setting the time separately on the dial and in the inner 24­hour ring. Pulling the crown out to a specific position allows the user to set the hour and minute hands after arriving in a new time zone. The small blue hand remains in position and continues to show the time back home. When required, the crown can be pulled out to a second position that allows the hand to be adjusted backwards and forwards in one­hour steps.
The new Portofino Midsize Automatic Day & Night unites three watchmaking inventions from over a century of IWC history on a single dial. When the 24­hour day was introduced in the late Middle Ages, people were a little perturbed by the fact that every point on the 12­hour dial showed a time that could be either day or night. In the absence of daylight or other natural indicators, it is, for instance, hard to determine whether it is 10 o’clock in the morning or in the evening, a.m. or p.m. The 12­hour dial prevailed due to practical considerations. One of the reasons was that a small watch is easier to manufacture and has a longer service life. For the ambitious watchmakers of modernity, it meant a greater incentive to find elegant solutions for a large watch. Dividing the day into 24 hours enjoyed  a  surge  of  popularity  towards  the  end  of  the 19th century after the world was separated into 24 time zones  at  the 1884  International  Meridian  Conference  in Washington. 

IWC Schaffhausen latched onto this trend and in 1887 produced a pocket watch with a convertible case and 24­hour display: the “Magique”. Although more pocket watches with oversize displays appeared in subsequent years – destined mainly for the Italian market – they remained watchmaking rarities. A century after the Magique, IWC introduced a watch with a 24­hour ring in colours that clearly divided it into day and night. In 1998, IWC’s designers spawned the Pilot’s Watch UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) with a separate, second time zone.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre 35700
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 27
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW459101: case in stainless steel set with 66 diamonds, white mother-of-pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, dark blue alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW459102: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, white mother-of-pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 37 mm
Case height: 11 mm

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