Thursday, October 30, 2014

Konstantin Chaykin Genius Temporis

World renowned Russian watch manufacture, Konstantin Chaykin presents the Genius Temporis, and exceptional timepiece based on single hand concept. This timepiece will be unveiled on November 06, at Salon QP 2014 in London. Thanks to Konstantin Chaykin’s latest invention, this “loner” now also indicates minutes, whilst retaining the minimalist elegance of a classic single handed watch.

A single hour hand engages in a command performance framed by a luxurious face decorated in the style of 17th century pocket watches: first it indicates hours and then minutes, all at the whim of the owner. The change is effected by pressing a button located at 2:00 on the side of the case. The hour hand leaps gracefully and shows the precise minute.
The Genius Temporis Watch runs on the proprietary K01-5 caliber, which was developed especially for this model. The K01-5 caliber is highly complicated in construction, production, assembly and adjustment. It consists of over one hundred details, each of which is finished by hand in the Konstantin Chaykin Manufacture.

Alexey Kutkovoy, the Russian watch expert and journalist suggested the name “Genius Temporis”, which is Latin for ‘The Spirit of Our Time’ because Alexey felt that this name best reflects the evolution of single handed watches as an echo of our perception of time.

Technical details
Movement
Caliber K01-5
Escapement: anchor
Dimensions: 36 х 7,8 mm
Jewels: 29
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Materials: steel, bronze, brass and gold.

Case
Diameter: 44 mm,
Materials: rose gold   

Functions
Hour Indication
Minute Indication on demand

Dial
Diameter: 44
Materials: brass, gilding, rhodium plated

Breitling Galactic 44

The Galactic collection by Breitling welcomes a new large-sized model featuring a 44 mm diameter and a satin-brushed bezel with rubber-inlaid hour-markers.

In 130 years, Breitling has asserted itself as the specialist of chronographs and instruments for professionals. But this expertise also enables it to create watches reflecting the same performance-oriented spirit, such as the Galactic. This ubersporty, versatile and sophisticated model is intended for all those whose activities do not necessarily require chronograph functions, but who are nonetheless looking for a watch that is at once sturdy, accurate and reliable. After a 41 mm self-winding version and two 36 and 32 mm ladies’ models, the collection is now enriched with a new large-sized watch.
In adopting a 44 mm diameter, the Galactic has strengthened its technical and masculine appeal. The unidirectional rotating bezel takes on a satin-brushed finish along with black rubber-inlaid hour-markers, while the dial features two apertures for the day and date at 12 and 3 o’clock respectively, along with a compass scale and a graduated scale with 1/100th of an hour divisions on the inner bezel.
The large hands and hour-markers enhanced with a luminescent coating guarantee excellent readability, reinforced by the sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides. The polished steel case is water-resistant to 200 m/660 ft and equipped with a screw-lock crown protected by reinforcements.

It houses a self-winding movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the highest benchmark in terms of reliability and precision. The new Galactic 44 is available with a black, blue or silver dial, fitted with a choice of steel bracelet or a strap in leather, crocodile leather, rubber or military type fabric.

Technical details
Movement
Breitling Caliber 45, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC
Self winding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations)
25jewels
Day/date calendar

Case
Steel
Water-resistant to 200 m/660 ft
Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel with compass scale
Cambered sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides
Diameter: 44 mm

Dials
Trophy black, Metallica blue, Sierra silver

Straps/Bracelet
Leather, crocodile leather, rubber Diver Pro, Military/Pilot

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Franc Vila Vintage Chrono Bicompax Intrepido

This new Franc Vila chronograph takes its inspiration from Mediterranean chic and glamour imbued with a resolutely 1960s holiday spirit. This luminous and trendy timepiece with its red accents is also powerful and extremely sturdy thanks to a case construction combining titanium for lightness and “Diehard Extreme Steel” for robustness. The sunburst guilloché blue dial boasts a 30-minute chronograph counter at 9 o’clock; small seconds dial at 3 o’clock and date window at 6 o’clock. The blue crocodile leather with red topstitching enhances the sporty look to this chronograph. The Vintage Chrono Bicompax Intrepido houses mechanical automatic FV17 calibre with “Gold concept”, a rotor concept exclusive to Franc Vila. Production of this sporty timepiece is limited to 88 pieces.
Technical details
Movement
Mechanical automatic FV17 calibre, assembled and finished by hand, “Goldconcept rotor” exclusive to Franc Vila, 42-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, bicompax chronograph

Case
Titanium, “Esprit Unique” ellipse shape, 56.5 x 47 mm
“DieHard Extreme Steel” bezel
Sapphire crystal and back with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Water-resistant to 100 metres

Dial
Sunburst guilloché blue
30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date window at 6 o’clock

Strap
Blue crocodile leather with red topstitching
Steel folding clasp

Indicative retail prices
CHF16, 200/ USD 18,400/€12,500.-

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Edition "Le Petit Prince" (Ref. IW500908)

Swiss watch manufacture IWC Schaffhausen unveils BIG PILOT’S WATCH EDITION "LE PETIT PRINCE" (Ref. IW500908), the fourth watch paying homage to Antoine de Saint-Exupery and his legendary book "Le Petit Prince". This edition with a midnight blue dial closely follows the classic Pilot's Watches from IWC Schaffhausen and is limited to 1,000 pieces.
This stainless steel model is equipped with a mechanical movement manufactured in house by IWC. Equipped with Pellaton automatic winding system, this exceptional movement delivers 7-day power reserve when fully wound. The midnight blue dial boasts a power reserve display at 3’o clock and date display at 6’o clock. The rhodium plated hands and indices are coated with Super-LumiNova. This limited edition timepiece has special engraving featuring the little prince and inscription “IWC ∙ LE PETIT PRINCE ∙ ONE OUT OF 1000” on case back.
Technical details
Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre   51111
Frequency: 21,600 A/h / 3 Hz
Jewels: 42
Power reserve: 7 days (168 h)
Winding: automatic, Pellaton automatic winding system
Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance
Breguet spring

Case, dial and strap
Case and folding clasp in stainless steel, midnight blue dial, rhodium plated hands and indices, coated with Super-LumiNova®, brown calfskin strap with quilted stitching
Central hacking seconds
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides, withstands drops in air pressure
Screw-in crown
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Case height: 16 mm
Limited to 1,000 watches

Watch In Focus – Oris Aquis Depth Gauge

Since the introduction of quartz movements, programmable computers and micro-sensor technology, the mechanical dive watch has become to diving what the horseshoe is to motoring. The day of the tool watch, with its ticking, clicking, pulsing innards, is done, dead, gone. Or is it?

When the Aqua-Lung - Jacques-Yves Cousteau's self-contained underwater breathing apparatus - was developed in 1945, divers had no choice but to go mechanical. One wrist was for time, the other for depth, and that was how things were done. Today, a single, cheap watch can do all of that and more, including recording dive logs and calculating decompression times, making its mechanical granddad well and truly redundant.

Oris
That sounds pretty much like the death knell for the mechanical dive watch, but then so did the introduction of quartz movements for mechanical watches in general - but it wasn't. Quite the opposite, in fact, because now mechanical watches are more popular than ever. Why? Because in a world of technological speed and stress, the simplicity and comfort of out-dated practices comes as something of a reassurance, a comfort. We drive to get somewhere; we walk to relax. We have gas central heating; we fit a roaring wood fire. We have advanced dive computers; we dive with our mechanical watches.

Oris Aquis Depth Gauge
Championing the future of the affordable mechanical dive watch (and affordable they should be; after all, even Rolex released a cheap, non-chronometer version of their Submariner for divers with tighter budgets - the 5513) is Oris, whose dive watches have long offered fantastic value for money. This, the Aquis Depth Gauge, is no exception, offering a solid 500 metres of water resistance and fantastic build for just £2,100. But there's more to it than that, because the Aquis Depth Gauge has achieved the unachievable: developing an affordable, mechanical Depth Gauge. There have been watches with mechanical depth gauges before - the IWC Deep One and Two, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Pro Diving Geographic, the Blancpain X-Fathoms, the Panerai Submersible Depth Gauge - but none that adhere to the tradition of affordability.

So how did Oris do it? Well, the mechanics here are purely theoretical, because there isn't a moving part in sight. Using a channel cut into the double-thick sapphire crystal and a calibrated scale printed on the underside, Oris took advantage of the Boyle-Mariotte law to produce a self-actuating depth gauge. Because gas is compressed proportionally with increasing pressure, the math is quite simple (P=k/V if you're interested), but it takes a previously unattainable level of precision to cut the channel accurately enough for use.

Oris Diving Watch

And it works. Well. As water enters the channel, the cloudy sapphire becomes much darker, and the divide between gas and liquid from which the depth is read is clearly defined. It would take a deep dive (or a night dive) for it to be too dark to read, and that's probably the point where you should leave nostalgia behind and just use a proper dive computer anyway.

Oris Watches

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Backes & Strauss - The Royal ASHOKA® Empress (Royal ASHOKA® Collection)

Masters of Diamonds, Backes & Strauss unveils the Royal ASHOKA® Collection, a new line of one-of-a-kind diamond watches bringing William Goldberg’s exceptional ASHOKA® diamonds to the world of haute horlogerie.

The inaugural piece from the collection which will be unveiled during the World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie (taking place in Japan from October 28 - 31) is set with no fewer than 92 ASHOKA® cut diamonds, 131 Ideal Cut diamonds and two baguette cut diamonds - making a total of 225 diamonds, one for every year that Backes & Strauss, the world's oldest diamond company, has been in existence. The total weight of diamonds used in the watch amounts to 26.21 carats.




This unique timepiece draws its inspiration from the legendary Ashoka the Great, benevolent ruler of India's Maurya dynasty during the third century BC.

From the depths of the Hindu Kush to the jungles of Bengal, Ashoka presided over an impressive empire - but, unlike many of his peers, he ruled with love, respect and compassion for his subjects having decided to turn his back on war and adopt Buddhism as his way of life. He spread the doctrine throughout Asia, establishing monuments to Gautama Buddha.

Many hundreds of years after his death in 232 BC, Ashoka's name was adopted for a 41.37 carat, D colour, internally flawless diamond which was pulled from an Indian mine and cut by an unknown craftsman of unrivalled skill. Such is its beauty, it has been credited with the ability to abolish sorrow and eradicate pain. Inspired by the mystical 'Ashoka Diamond', William Goldberg, the legendary Manhattan diamond company, created an entirely new, unique and original cut called the 'ASHOKA®' that was granted its very own patent.

An elongated, antique cushion cut that captures light and disperses it with a fiery brilliance, the ASHOKA® can only be executed using diamonds that meet the Goldberg family's exacting specifications -  and only Goldberg master craftsmen have the skill, experience and expertise to bring to life the ASHOKA® cut which has 62 displayed facets and rounded corners.

Backes & Strauss is proud to have created the Royal ASHOKA® Collection, a new line of one-of-a-kind timepieces which bring William Goldberg's exceptional ASHOKA® diamonds to the world of fine watchmaking for the very first time.  

Combining a brilliance for horology and a passion for diamonds, Backes & Strauss is the ultimate diamond watch company. Adding a line of unique timepieces using William Goldberg’s ASHOKA® diamonds was the perfect addition to the world’s oldest diamond company’s Royal collection.

Technical Details
Size: 21 x 16 mm
Case: 18k white gold case set with 130 Ideal Cut diamonds – 1.62 carats
Dial: Black mother-of-pearl
Crown: One Ideal Cut diamond “The Jewel in the
Crown” – 0.06 carats
Hands: Sword-shaped hands
Movement: Quartz movement
Display: Hours and minutes
Bracelet: Jewellery bracelet in 18k white gold set with 92 ASHOKA® diamonds  –  24.44 carats, and 2 Baguette Cut diamonds – 0.09 carats
Total Carats: 225 diamonds –26.21 carats

Clerc Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer

The Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer by Clerc is a fabulous dive watch designed to explore extreme dives. Sporting a powerful, technical case, this watch is designed to plunge to a depth of 500 metres, and benefits from Clerc's exclusive, patented safety features to prevent any risk of accidental resetting while underwater.
Equipped with the exclusive Clerc C609 movement, this timepiece leaves nothing to be desired in terms of performance or resistance, having passed the tests imposed by the COSC to enter the elite category of authentic chronometers.
Technical details
Movement
Mechanical automatic, exclusive Clerc C609 calibre
Officially chronometer-certified by the COSC
21 jewels
"Côtes de Genève" motif on the bridges, blued screws
28,800 vib/h
42-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Steel, with or without black DLC, 43.8 mm or 48 mm including lateral reinforcements
Steel bezel, with or without black DLC
Bezel rotated and blocked by the crown
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Transparent back
Water-resistant to 500 metres

Dial
Luminescent 3D markers and hands
Date window at 3 o'clock

Strap
Steel, Louisiana alligator or vulcanised rubber with folding clasp

Indicative retail price
CHF 6,600 /USD 6,600/ €6,080

U-BOAT Classico Chrono Silver Limited Edition

Italo Fontana expresses his passion for 925 Sterling Silver in the U-BOAT Classico Chrono Silver Limited Edition.

The majority of U-BOAT pieces use advanced and unusual techniques and materials – acid baths, carbon fibre, etc. All materials interest Italo Fontana, the Creator of U-BOAT; from classic steel to titanium, tungsten, carbon, bronze, gold and ceramic. Among this variety, Sterling Silver 925 is also quite an intriguing material for Fontana.
In the new Classico Chrono Silver, he expresses his passion for it in its rough essence. The material has not received any specific treatments in order keep it raw and it will be exposed to the natural changes of time.
The concept is to have a living material inviting the owner to take care of his piece over time. Limited edition-only 150 units, the Classico Chrono Silver boasts a 48 mm sterling silver case; an approximately weight of 120 gr; a left hand sided crown; a special protective device and a central horn welded to the case. Regarding the two superimposed dials the watch comes in two versions.
One is black carbon fiber, with the other dial cut, and treated with composite beige pigments. The second model presents one of the superimposed dials in beige, with the other one cut, and treated with composite black pigments. Last but not least the handmade and hand finished dark brown calf leather strap is with a tongue buckle in sterling silver.

RJ-Romain Jerome Batman-DNA

Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome joins forces with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman. Introducing a new legend to its Collaborations collection, RJ-Romain Jerome pays tribute to Gotham City’s Super Hero with a timepiece inspired by the Dark Knight: the Batman-DNA.

Gotham City’s vigilante, Batman has become an international cultural icon characterized by his strength, intellect and will to fight evil. Batman is an enigmatic Super Hero who does not sport any super powers but relies on science, technology and his superior intellect to assuage his war against crime. First appearing in the comic book Detective Comics #27 featuring artwork by artist Bob Kane and a script by Bill Finger, Batman has evolved throughout the years, forging his double identity along the way.

Inspired by Batman’s heroic personality, the aesthetics of the timepiece are an acknowledgment to the fantastic world that has been built around his character. Housed in a 46 mm black PVD-coated steel case, the black bezel has been machine-worked to showcase the bold and singular facets, recalling the angular contours of the “Batmobile.” The dial of the Batman-DNA mirrors the Gotham City Super Hero’s personality – raw, yet sophisticated.
An eye-catching Batman emblem applique, lacquered in black, is placed at the center of the dial. The legendary “Bat-Signal”, shines at night thanks to an engraving, filled with black Superluminova, which outlines the hero’s famous symbol. The rest of the dial has undergone RJ-Romain Jerome’s special “rough” finish, giving the watch a dark and edgy look.

The RJ logo applique is placed at 12 o’clock, allowing each detail of the dial to stand out and amaze the wearer each time he looks at the watch. A black Hornback crocodile strap has also been added to the timepiece, resembling Batman’s avant-garde leather gear.

Additionally, an engraving of the Batman emblem can be found on the back of each watch, placed on a “rough” finished medallion, accentuating the darkness of the timepiece. Limited to 75 pieces, the Batman-DNA celebrates the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary.

Technical details
Model: Batman-DNA
Reference: RJ.T.AU.WB.001.01
Collection: GENERATIONAL ICONS
Universe: COLLABORATIONS

Movement
Calibre RJ001-A
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions  
Central hours and minutes

Case 
Ø 46 mm
Black PVD-coated steel
Batman medallion engraved on the case back with RJ’s “rough” finish
Bezel: Faceted Black PVD-coated steel, polished and satin-brushed
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Dial  
Batman applique filled with black mat lacquer
“Graphite” effect engraving filled with black Superluminova C1 “blue emission”
Polished RJ logo applied on the dial
Paws: Faceted, satin-finished black PVD-coated steel
Hands: Black satin-brushed hands with superluminova C1 “blue emission”

Strap  
Black Hornback crocodile

Limited edition  
Limited edition of 75 pieces

Retail price  
USD 18,500.-/ CHF 14,950.- / EUR 14,950.-

Jaquet Droz - The Bird Repeater Openwork

Launched in 2012, the Bird Repeater by Jaquet Droz is an exceptional automaton watch that lays claim to a flavour of modernity and a legacy of tradition. This remarkable model reaffirmed the virtuoso expertise of Jaquet Droz, passed down from the 18th century and realized here in miniature. The following year, The Charming Bird watch marked the brand’s 275th anniversary with a new interpretation of the bird in an ultra-modern decorative setting and this time singing.

Now Jaquet Droz unveils a new version of The Bird Repeater – a more streamlined, contemporary-looking model that has nonetheless retained intact the animated features that made it a success: a duo of blue tit birds feeding their fledglings, the spreading wings, the tumbling waterfall and the hatching egg. It displays a poetic naturalism all the more surprising for the subtle aesthetic changes that the Jaquet Droz craftsmen have decided to make in the name of modernization.
Behind the sapphire crystal dial, the automated movement has been "exposed" so that the colored animations are more visible and the components of the black, anthracite and gray automaton are revealed.
This new depth and contrast in colour enhance the artisans’ work and accentuate every minute detail – the feathers, the eyes, the curve of the bird’s body, the flowing water – as well as the delicacy of the engraving and paint work.
The new Bird Repeater comes in white gold on a black alligator leather strap. It is the ultimate expression to date of the Jaquet Droz spirit, merging historic watchmaking tradition and avant-garde design.
The Bird Repeater Openwork is available as a limited edition of eight pieces, each one equipped with 508 components.
Technical details
Model: THE BIRD REPEATER OPENWORK
Numerus Clausus of 8
Reference: J031034203

Movement
Jaquet Droz RMA88, minute repeater hand-winding mechanical movement, single barrel.
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 69 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 18,000 v.p.h

Case
18-carat white gold, 47 mm diameter
Height 18.40 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: No

Dial
Sapphire, black onyx subdial
Hand-engraved and hand-painted birds
Hands: 18-carat white gold

Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap. Alligator lining.
Buckle: 18-carat white gold folding clasp

Monday, October 27, 2014

MIDO COMMANDER CALIBER 80 CHRONOMETER

The Commander collection, emblem of Mido’s watchmaking expertise since 1959, is expanding to include the Caliber 80 Chronometer, a high-precision model powered by a new, latest generation chronometer movement. Designed to meet Mido’s exacting requirements, this movement has doubled in autonomy, with a power reserve of up to 80 hours. The Commander Caliber 80 Chronometer is the embodiment of perfect harmony between the modern and the traditional: the best of watchmaking innovation combined with timeless design that has had enduring appeal for over half a century. Like the Eiffel Tower for the city of Paris, the Commander is an iconic model for the Mido brand.

The Commander collection, with the inimitable character of its fine round case in satinated steel, is as immediately recognizable as the Eiffel Tower, and like the monument, it has withstood the test of time and remained eternally youthful. Its exceptionally long life is testimony to its success: the Commander has been in continuous production by Mido since 1959 – its successful formula has been replicated for over five decades. Like the monument that is symbolic of Paris, the Commander has thus become a true icon of Swiss watchmaking tradition and know-how. The purity of its design has made it one of the most faithful interpretations of Mido’s philosophy: timelessness is a mark of true design.
Powered by an elaborate finished Caliber 80, the Commander Caliber 80 Chronometer is equipped to meet any challenge. This new movement is certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the official Swiss chronometer testing institute) and was designed to meet Mido's exacting requirements. The result is exceptional autonomy – with a power reserve of up to 80 hours – and unfailing accuracy. The technical qualities of the Commander Caliber 80 Chronometer are complemented by its robust case.

A satinated steel case with polished bezel, 40 mm in diameter, is a perfect circle symbolizing the emblematic character of the collection. The rhodium-plated sunray satinated dial is protected by a domed, facetted sapphire crystal. The aperture at 3 o’clock displays the day and the date. An exceptional timepiece, the Commander Caliber 80 Chronometer exemplifies all the watchmaking know-how of Mido: a design of timeless elegance combined with the latest innovations in precision mechanical watch movements.

The nickel-plated facetted appliques around the dial evoke the Eiffel Tower and the refinement of its metalwork. For easy reading at night, delicate touches of white Super-LumiNova® adorn the hour and minute hands and the appliques. Water resistant up to a pressure of up to 5 bar (50 m / 165 ft), this model is equipped with a brown leather strap. There is no doubt that the remarkable technical and aesthetic merits of the Commander Caliber 80 Chronometer will appeal to fine watchmaking enthusiasts, who will never tire of admiring the sophisticated decoration of the movement through the transparent case-back.

Several different finishes are available for this model.

Technical details
Movement   
Automatic Mido Caliber 80 COSC (ETA C07.621 base) certified chronometer
11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.22 mm
25 jewels, 21,600 A/H
NIVACHOC shock-absorber, NIVAFLEX NM mainspring, ELINCHRON II balance-spring
Finely decorated chronometer movement with blued screws, decorated oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido logo
Adjusted on 5 different positions for a high accuracy
Up to 80 hours of power reserve

Functions
HMS D+Day

Case   
Satin-finished stainless steel 316L, polished bezel, Ø40 mm 3 pieces, faceted and domed sapphire crystal, transparent case back to see the finely decorated and elaborate movement, engraved serial number, water resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar (50 m / 165 ft).

Dial   
Rhodium plated, sunray satinated, faceted indexes individually applied, indexes with white Super LumiNova®, day and date at 3 o’clock
Hands: Diamond polished, hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova® for easy readability at night

Strap   
Brown genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look and stainless steel folding clasp

MIDO MULTIFORT LIMITED EDITION HERITAGE

In 2014, Swiss watch brand Mido is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Multifort collection that has enjoyed one of the longest production runs in the history of Swiss watchmaking. To mark this exceptional longevity, the brand has launched the Multifort Limited Edition Heritage, a model of classic, timeless elegance.

A tribute to a Multifort from 1940, this timepiece is endowed with technical features that will appeal to all those who appreciate examples of fine watchmaking. Its case in rose PVD-treated steel protects an automatic chronograph movement with chronometer certification. Much more than just a stylish timepiece, the Multifort Limited Edition Heritage is a genuine instrument of precision. Epitomising the excellence of Mido’s watchmaking know-how, the Multifort Limited Edition Heritage is produced in a limited edition of 999 timepieces.
Launched in 1934, two years after the completion of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Multifort collection shares with this famous structure the distinction of offering a perfect balance between function and aesthetics. A truth that has stood the test of time, as this year Mido celebrates the 80th year of Multifort production, making this one of the longest-produced collections in the history of Swiss watchmaking.

The Multifort Limited Edition Heritage is a rare timepiece. A model of classic, timeless elegance, endowed with technical features that are certain to appeal to fine watchmaking enthusiasts. Its rose PVD-treated steel case houses an automatic chronograph movement with chronometer certification. Much more than a men’s accessory of unquestionable refinement, the Multifort Limited Edition Heritage is a genuine precision instrument. Pushpieces located at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock activate the chronograph functions. The two dedicated counters are positioned at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. The three blued steel hands of the chronograph display bring an extra touch of finesse to this unique model. A third counter, at 9 o’clock, marks the passing of the seconds, and the aperture at 3 o’clock displays the day and date.

The 44 mm case stands out by its refined shape and resistance. The vertical Côtes de Genève adorning the silver dial subtly evokes the slender forms of Sydney Harbour Bridge, an early 1930s symbol of architectural modernism. For perfect readability, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, treated on both sides, protects the dial. The transparent case-back enables fine watchmaking enthusiasts to admire the automatic chronometer movement, certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the official Swiss chronometer testing institute). It is decorated with blued screws, and the oscillating weight is adorned with Côtes de Genève and engraved with the Mido logo. This model is equipped with a brown leather strap and a folding clasp in stainless steel with rose PVD coating. It is water resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft).

Produced in a limited edition of 999 timepieces, the Multifort Limited Edition Heritage is supplied in a special presentation case. Each watch is numbered on its case back.

Technical details
Movement   
Automatic chronograph ETA Valjoux 7750 certified COSC chronometer
13¼’’’ (30.00 mm), height  7.90 mm
25 jewels, 28,800 A/H
INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock-absorber, gilt GLUCYDUR balance, ANACHRON balance-spring, NIVAFLEX NM mainspring
Finely decorated chronometer movement with blued screws, circular-grained bars, decorated oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido logo
Adjusted on 5 different positions for a high accuracy
Min. 48 hours power reserve.

Functions   
HMS + Chrono + Day + Date
Time: hour and minute hands
Small second indicator at 9 o’clock
Chrono: 60 second counter from centre, 30 minute counter at 12 o’clock and 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock.
Day and date at 3 o’clock.

Dial   
Silver, vertical Geneva stripes, faceted indexes individually applied, day and date at 3 o’clock.
Hands: Diamond polished, 3 chronograph hands (central + 2 counters) in blued steel

Case   
Stainless steel 316L with rose PVD treatment, Ø44 mm, 3 pieces, sapphire crystal with an anti-reflecting treatment on both sides, screwed crown and case back, transparent case back to see the finely decorated and chronometer movement, Limited Edition xx/999 and serial number engraved on the case back, water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft).

Strap   
Brown genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look and stainless steel folding clasp with rose PVD treatment.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst 20th Anniversary Edition

Prestigious German watch manufacture A. Lange & Söhne is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its iconic Lange 1 with a limited special edition LANGE 1 TOURBILLON HANDWERKSKUNST timepiece. Unveiled in Dresden in Oct 2014, production of this model will be restricted to 20 pieces.

This limited special edition timepiece in platinum boasts one-minute tourbillon with stop seconds, black enamelled dial and artisanal finishes. The black enamelled main dial sets the perfect stage for the mirror-polished hour markers as well as the matching hands in rhodiumed gold. The tourbillon cock, finished with the challenging specular polishing technique, is one of the key style elements of this watch.
The black solid-silver subsidiary dial for the seconds is slightly recessed into the main dial. The contour of the aperture for the tourbillon has meticulously polished chamfers. The numerals of the Lange outsize date are grey on a black background.
The lavish decorations of the calibre L961.3 manufacture movement deserve the attribute “Handwerkskunst” in every respect. The solarised three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver has generous cut outs that reveal the identically decorated twin mainspring barrel. The tourbillon bridge, crown-wheel and intermediate-wheel cocks are elaborately engraved with a technique that sculpts the motifs out of the material. Seven screwed gold chatons as well as two diamond end stone bearings for the tourbillon constitute the finishing touches. The diamonds are traditional hallmarks that Ferdinand Adolph Lange once introduced to highlight the premium quality of his pocket watches.
In 2008, more than 200 years after the tourbillon was invented, A. Lange & Söhne’s product developer succeeded for the first time in reliably immobilising the balance wheel inside the rotating tourbillon cage. Finally, timepieces with tourbillons could be stopped and set with one-second accuracy. The patented stop-seconds mechanism is also integrated in the LANGE 1 TOURBILLON HANDWERKSKUNST. A stately platinum case with a diameter of 38.5 millimetres protects the artisan-crafted masterpiece.
Technical details
Model: LANGE 1 TOURBILLON HANDWERKSKUNST
Ref. 704.048F

Movement 
Lange manufactures calibre L961.3; manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; threequarter plate made of untreated German silver; steel tourbillon cock specular-polished on the dial side; intermediate wheel and crown-wheel cocks as well as tourbillon bridge on the movement side in German silver, engraved by hand
Movement parts: 378
Jewels: 51, including 2 diamond end stones
Screwed gold chatons: 7
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillator: Shock-resistant screw balance; balance spring manufactured in-house with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour
Power reserve: 72 hours when fully wound
Movement dimensions: Diameter: 30.6 millimetres; height: 5.9 millimetres

Functions 
Time indicated in hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds; power-reserve indicator; Lange outsize date; one-minute tourbillon with patented stop seconds

Operating elements 
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time; push piece for rapid correction of the outsize date

Case , dial and strap
Platinum case
Case dimensions: Diameter: 38.5 millimetres; height: 10.2 millimetres
Crystal and back: Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)
Dial: Black enamelled white-gold main dial; solid-silver subsidiary seconds dial
Hands: Rhodiumed gold
Strap: Hand-stitched crocodile strap, black
Clasp: Lange deployant buckle in platinum

Limitation 
20 watches

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bremont ALT1-C/PW Classic Polished Chronograph

Further to the success of the ALT1-C Rose Gold in 2013, British luxury watch brand Bremont is introducing the new ALT1-C/PW classic polished chronograph. As with the rose gold model, this classically designed timepiece is based on the iconic ALT1-C collection, whilst taking design cues from the Victory Limited Edition, released in 2012, which incorporated original material from HMS Victory.
The ALT1-C/PW is Bremont’s first non-limited edition polished steel watch that will form part of the core collection and will only be produced in limited numbers each year. As with the core collection timepieces, this polished steel case will undergo a similar hardening treatment, providing high impact resistance but still retaining its polished surface finish. The signature coating gives the watch case extreme hardness, excellent toughness, good wear and high impact fatigue resistance; it is as such used widely in the aerospace industry.

As with all Bremont watches this COSC rated model will be manufactured at Bremont’s watchmaking facility in Henley-on-Thames, UK. The ALT1-C/PW will be available to purchase from authorised retailers from November 2014.

Technical details
Model: ALT1-C/PW classic polished chronograph
Ref/SKU: ALT1-C/PW

Movement
Calibre 13 1/4” BE-50AE automatic, 28 jewels,
Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex
1 mainspring, 28,800bph, 42 hour power reserve
Bremont moulded and decorated rotor

Functions
Hour/minute/second
Date at 6H
Chronograph small counters with seconds and 30 minutes

Case
Polished and hardened stainless steel Bremont TripTick construction with PVD treated case barrel
Diameter: 43.00mm
Lug width: 22.00mm
Case thickness: 16.00mm
Case Back: Stainless Steel with integrated flat crystal
Crystal: Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire  crystal
Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres

Dial
Etched metal dial with off-white ground colours and treated steel hands
Ratings
C.O.S.C chronometer tested and certified

Strap
Black Alligator with stainless steel pin buckle.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver Movember Limited Edition

For the second consecutive year, Swiss luxury watchmaker Maurice Lacroix will support leading men’s health charity, Movember. Recognized for its innovative and forward thinking campaigns, the brand will create an extensive network of Mo’rice Lacroix teams all around the world with its ambassadors leading the way and spreading the good word.

To mark this exciting partnership Maurice Lacroix has created two limited editions of the Pontos S Diver of 14 units each.
The first 14 pieces will feature an orange Movember ‘stache on the dial and will reward the greatest fundraisers of each national Mo’rice Lacroix team.
The second series of 14 timepieces will feature a white ‘stache on the dial and will be sold exclusively on www.mauricelacroix.com. Maurice Lacroix will donate all benefits of the sale to the Movember Foundation.
Each year one man, chosen from the combined list of winners all over the world, is crowned international Man of Movember, becoming the face of the campaign.  To reward this ultimate Movember ambassador, Maurice Lacroix has created an electric blue “duo” version of the Pontos S Diver. Only two pieces will be manufactured and the second unit will be gifted to Maurice Lacroix ambassador and Movember CEO, Adam Garone.
Electric blue “duo” version of the Pontos S Diver
The Movember Foundation is a global men’s health charity which raises vital funds and awareness for the often-ignored issues of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. It is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world in November when men become walking talking billboards for men’s health. Mo Bros start the month clean-shaven, and then grow and groom their moustache all month long. Funds are directed to men’s health programmes which are shaped by Movember’s vision to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Programme areas focus on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy and research. Programmes are delivered by the Movember Foundation and its men’s health partners in each country.

The Movember journey began in 2003 with a few mates in a pub in Melbourne, Australia. The goal was simple – to create a campaign promoting the growth of the moustache among like-minded people and have fun along the way. It is about real men growing real moustaches, talking about real issues to help to change the face of men’s health. Movember now spans the globe across 21 countries. Since inception, a global army of over 4 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have grown, or supported the growth of a moustache. To date more than £345 million has been raised globally and over 800 men’s health projects are being funded.

Maurice Lacroix’s tagline lends itself to the Movember partnership and with the support of their employees and ambassadors, 2014 is Maurice Lacroix’s ‘now’ time to create teams across the globe with one objective - to raise as much money and awareness as possible.

BOMBERG Bolt-68 Chronograph

BOMBERG’s Bolt-68 Chronograph is a modern watch making gem that shakes up traditional watchmaking standards to impose its own rules. This sporty chronograph timepiece can be switched between a wristwatch and pocket watch. It comes in a 45mm round black PVD-coated steel with criss-cross knurled pattern. The crown and chronograph pushes of Bolt-68 Chronograph are positioned at 12 o’clock.
The ultra-powerful construction with a criss-cross knurled pattern around the rim not only aesthetic but also ensures a firm grip when it’s time to transform the Bolt-68 from a wristwatch to pocket watch by providing a smooth transition. Equipped with a Swiss made quartz movement, this timepiece displays Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date, tachometric scale.
The chronograph-activator pusher is highlighted either in yellow or red colour depend up on models. The meteorite black dial has luminescent hands & hour markers, date aperture at 12’o clock and chronograph 12 hour counters. The inner bezel ring features tachometric scale.

Technical details
Movement
Quartz, Ronda 3540D

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

Case
Black PVD-coated steel, criss-cross knurled pattern, 45 mm
Crown and chronograph pushes at 12 o’clock
Yellow or red chronograph-activator pusher
Reinforced anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 100 metres

Dial
Meteorite black
Luminescent hands and hour markers
Tachometric scale on the inner bezel ring

Bracelet/Strap
Black leather with yellow or red perforations and matching topstitching +black PVD-coated steel chain

Retail prices
CHF 930/ USD 1095/ € 865

F.P.Journe Chronomètre Bleu Byblos

The F.P.Journe Chronomètre Bleu Byblos was created to mark the brand’s 10th boutique shop opening in Beirut. This unique model was named after the city of Byblos, located on the Lebanese coast, just a few kilometers north of Beirut. The Chronomètre Bleu BYBLOS is a limited edition of 99 numbered pieces.

For the first time, F.P.Journe has used a cut-out dial that reveals the exceptional, beautiful, 18K rose-gold mechanical movement. With its blue hour circle featuring Arabic numerals, the Chronomètre Bleu BYBLOS represents the Oriental sun set against a deep Mediterranean blue sky. Another unprecedented characteristic of this model is the ‘J’ from the Phoenician alphabet in the F.P.Journe logo engraved on the movement.
The Phoenician 'J' is the letter 'yodh', that means 'hand' and thus emphasizes the importance of handcrafting in F.P.Journe's creations. Furthermore, 'yodh' is the tenth letter of the Phoenician alphabet, consequently alluding to F.P.Journe's 10th Boutique-shop in Beirut. The present lot is part of the very few pieces from a Limited Series which are being fitted with Eastern Arabic numerals on the dial.

Recently, an F.P.Journe Chronomètre Bleu Byblos (lot No 157) was sold for US$ 149’000 at Christie’s Dubai Watch auction in aid of the Rashid Centre for Disabled. The F.P.Journe Chronomètre Bleu Byblos with Eastern Arabic numerals and visible rose Gold movement has been auctioned by Christies Dubaï on October 22nd, with the proceeds of the sale going to charity for the 20thAnniversary of the Rashid Centre for disabled in Dubai, UAE.

There was competitive bidding on the Chronomètre Bleu Byblos offered by Claude Sfeir, in the packed salesroom which witnessed the price soar to an amazing US$ 149’000, close to approximately 6 times its original estimate of US$ 25’000.-The Chronomètre Bleu Byblos is a rare timepiece (number 59 out of a limited series of 99). A thunder of applause broke when a collector and philanthropist won the final bid on the phone, raising US$ 120’000 for this worthy cause.

The Rashid Centre for Disabled
Rashid Centre for Disabled is an established humanitarian organization that was inaugurated in 1994. It provides top quality education and therapy services to children with special needs, aligning itself with international standards of excellence. At Rashid Centre, each child benefits from a tailored-made educational and therapeutical program carefully designed to meet his/her individual needs. The purpose of this approach is to develop the children abilities within their own environments (home, school, community) with the aim for them to be as independent and active as possible. Parents are also encouraged to be actively involved in their child learning at the Centre. Rashid Centre for Disabled delivers services that set high standards and expectations for children with special needs residing in the UAE, and to develop awareness and an understanding of disability issues in the Gulf Community. Having celebrated its 20th anniversary last April, the Centre now counts more than 300 children, aged between 5 and 18 years old. Rashid Centre for Disabled is conveniently located in central Dubai, behind the Mall of the Emirates, off Umm Suqeim Road.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Arnold & Son - Royal Collection, HMS1 Guilloché Dial Versions

The Royal Collection from Arnold & Son consciously references the magnificent timepieces made by John Arnold in his fledgling years as a watchmaker for King George III and members of the monarch’s court. The timepieces were distinguished by their elaborate decoration, intricate workmanship and ingenious mechanical sophistication. To complement the collection, Arnold & Son is proud to unveil two beautiful new models that sit firmly within the inimitable English watchmaking tradition.

Both of the new timepieces feature gorgeous, silvery-white guilloché dials in two distinct patterns. These combine with the indices, starkly three-dimensional hands, and recessed subdial to create a spectacular illusion of depth that is in sharp contrast to the ultra-slim case.
Housed inside the case is an in-house A&S1001 nickel silver movement, just 2.7 mm in height and decorated with Côtes de Genève rayonnantes – a particularly apt choice of ornamentation because the iridescent reflections mirror those of the dial.
The rhodium treated calibre is meticulously fashioned, featuring Haute Horlogerie finishing and manually chamfered bridges with polished edges as well as blued screws and fine circular graining. Secured by a brown or black alligator strap, the two new HMS1 references are available in 18-carat rose gold and 18-carat white gold, and are also available with a diamond-set bezel.
All timepieces in the HMS1 line feature a classically styled 40 mm case in white gold, rose gold or stainless steel, with a see-through back cover and water-resistance to 30 metres. The hand-wound movements have double barrels that generate a power reserve of over 90 hours with more constant force and hence greater accuracy throughout the watch’s run time. The line is available in a range of dial colours and with various finishes, depending on the model.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre A&S1001
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, hand-wound, 21 jewels,diameter 30 mm, thickness 2.7 mm, power reserve 90 h, double barrel, 21,600 vibrations/h
Movement decoration: nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining andCôtes de Genève rayonnantes, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case, dial and strap
Case: 18-carat rose gold or 18-carat white gold, diameter 40 mm, cambered sapphire with anti reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m
Dial: silvery-white guilloché
Strap: hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather

References
1LCAP.S10A.C110A, 18-carat rose gold
1LCAW.S09A.C111W, 18-carat white gold

Longines Conquest 1/100th Horse Racing

Longines celebrates its association with equestrian sports by unveiling a new model from its Conquest collection: Conquest 1/100th Horse Racing. Now keeping time to one hundredth of a second, this watch includes a unique movement that surpasses its predecessors. The creation of this model sees Longines continue its long tradition as a timekeeper for equestrian sports and pays homage to all those passionate about flat racing.

Longines, timekeeper for sporting performances since the end of the 19th Century, is launching a new line of watches that have been specially created for sports which require high precision timing. The Conquest 1/100th series responds to the needs of athletes, professionals and sports fans, besides many others, since it measures multiple intermediary times and has an intuitive analogue display that shows the time to one hundredth of a second using a separate hand. All of this is possible thanks to the latest generation of quartz movement developed exclusively for Longines by ETA.
You need to go all the way back to 1878 in order to find the first traces of Longines' involvement in equestrian sport. It was actually at this time that the brand produced one of its most emblematic items, a watch engraved with the image of a jockey on his mount which allowed performances to be timed to the second. Seen on the race courses from 1881, this model was already being used by most judges in New York by 1886. Consequently, the importance that Longines placed in equestrian competitions grew while the brand continued to push the boundaries of precision. Today, Longines is continuing its rich tradition in sports timekeeping by unveiling the Conquest 1/100th Horse Racing, a silver faced range of the Conquest 1/100th.

Just like the original model from 1878, this watch is aimed at everyone involved in the world of flat horse racing – from trainers seeking to assess the current fitness of their horses to performance-oriented jockeys, owners, purchasers of future champions and passionate spectators gathered around the racecourse. All of them hold onto this universal, yet relative notion: time. It is time that determines the winner, immortalises the feat and creates the legends surrounding exceptional horses.

The demands required for Longines to reach an extreme level of precision have led to the development of a new unique quartz movement, the L440. This new model includes a microcontroller with a flash memory that allows the watch to be reset instantly and allows intermediary times to be recorded.
With a diameter of 41 mm, this bright steel model has a silver face that displays hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o'clock, the date and other chronographic functions: a central seconds hand, a 30-minute stopwatch at 2 o'clock and a 12-hour stopwatch at 10 o'clock. The hand in red displays time to one hundredth of a second and is the watch's crowning glory at the centre. The model is also fitted with a steel bracelet and a butterfly clasp.

Technical details
Model: Conquest 1/100th Horse Racing
Reference number: L3.700.4.76.6

Movement
Quartz chronograph movement L440
   
Functions   
Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Chronograph
- Central second hand and 1/100th of second hand (in red)
- 30-minute counter at 2 o’clock
- 12-hour counter at 10 o’clock

Case   
Round, 41 mm, stainless steel
Screw-in case back
Screw-in crown with protective shoulder
Water-resistant    : 30 bar (300 meters)  
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

Dial   
Silvered dial with 1 applied Arabic numeral and 11 applied indices with Super-LumiNova©
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Date aperture at 4 o’clock
30-minute counter at 2 o’clock
12-hour counter at 10 o’clock

Hands   
Rhodium-plated
Red 1/100th of seconds’ hand

Bracelet   
Stainless steel with triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Watch In Focus - SevenFriday P1-04

In 1975, the car manufacturer British Leyland went bankrupt. There were many contributing factors — bad product, striking workers, confused marketing — but one reason stood out among the others: the cars produced in the Far East were not only better, but cheaper, too. These were cars that could be trusted to start on a cold morning, that rust could be considered an if instead of a when with, and weren’t assembled by a disgruntled worker from badly-fitting panels and cheap fixings. It was the start of the shrinking of the world, the era of a global economy that turned isolated continents into links in a financial chain.

SevenFriday P1/04That was then, and this is now; today we have the internet, the remnants of a global financial melt-down, and a change in the tide as the Far East grows ever more capable. Remember when Made in China was a byword for cheap rubbish? Not any more. The growth of China’s industry has been impressive to say the least, and now it’s home to a vast chunk of the world’s industry.

But there has been another change, this time a little closer to home. Swiss watches have been rising in price at a stomach-churning rate, and many people who aspired to own a Rolex or an Omega are left chasing an RRP that’s spiralling out of control. So what does this mean for the watch enthusiast that can’t (or won’t) pay £5,000 for a new Submariner? This is the stomping ground of the new-school watchmakers, and one of them is SevenFriday. Founding the company in 2012, brand owner and creator Daniel Niederer set about challenging one of the oldest industries in the world by taking his manufacturing to China. More about that in a minute.

What we have here is one of three colourful additions to the P1 family, the P1/04 Blue. There’s an orange and a green version too, all as bold and bright as this one here. The PVD’d steel case is wrapped in a supple layer of blue rubber, and the stacked dial offers a glimpse of the beating heart inside. It’s a big watch, but it wears well, the straps pivoting from just inside the case rather than from extruded lugs as is the norm. The details are well thought-out and pleasing without being fussy, giving the P1/04 a unique persona that doesn’t get annoying in the way an overtly-outgoing friend can.

SevenFriday P1/04 Case

Everything here is made and assembled in China (the design is done in Zurich), right down to the powerhouse that drives the disk-like hands. In the nineties and early noughties that would have rung alarm bells in any sensible watch-buyers head, but not today. The specification is good, fit-and-finish is exemplary; it feels like a watch worth many thousands of pounds, perhaps even — in this world of boutique specials — tens of thousands. The price is actually a startling £850, and for that you get a handsome leather strap with a sumptuous suede upper.

SevenFriday P1/04 Caseback

Don’t let the lack of Swiss Made on the dial is hold you back, long live SevenFriday.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ralph Lauren 45 mm Automotive Chronograph

Here we present a preview of Ralph Lauren’s brand new 45 mm Automotive Chronograph timepiece which will be unveiled at the much awaited SIHH 2015 luxury watch fair (19 – 23 Jan, Geneva).

This model belongs to high performance and elegant Automotive Collection that was created as an expression of Ralph Lauren’s ability to create worlds of design that represent not just beautiful objects, but a philosophy of living. The Automotive timepieces represent an especially personal vision of watch design. Ralph Lauren’s collection of automobiles, painstakingly assembled over decades, is one of the finest in the world, and many of the design elements of the Automotive collection are derived from the same fusion of aesthetics and mechanical excellence.

Echoing automotive coachwork, the Automotive collection is characterized by case shapes that combine strong geometry with sweeping, graceful curves. The exposed screws on the bezel, as well as the brushed and polished surfaces of the cases, express the same mechanical fascination as a powerful engine.

The dials of the Automotive watches are styled after the perfectly composed cockpit instruments of the world’s finest cars. In particular, the Automotive collection has been inspired by Ralph Lauren’s 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, in its use of carefully selected elm burl wood as a dial element — the same material found on the automobile’s dashboard.
This particular chronograph timepiece from Ralph Lauren’s Sporting Collection is equipped with a mechanical self winding movement made by prestigious Swiss watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre exclusively for Ralph Lauren.
Dressed in a round stainless steel case with brushed and polished finish, this timepiece boasts an impressive dial inspired by the dashboard of Ralph Lauren’s 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe . This timepiece features black matte galvanic inner dial that also houses chronograph counters, small seconds and a date window. The brown elm burl wood outer dial add further elegance to this exceptional chronograph model. The tachymeter scale is useful to calculate speeds and also enhances the aesthetic look of the timepiece in contrast with wood dial and steel exterior.
Technical details
Ralph Lauren Sporting Collection
45 mm Automotive Chronograph Model - Steel - Wood Dial
RLR0230713

Movement
Mechanical self-winding
Swiss manufacture movement, made by Jaeger-LeCoultre exclusively for Ralph Lauren
Caliber: RL751A/1
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: ~65 hours
Decor: vertical Côtes de Genève and perlage (circular graining)

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds subdial at 6 o’clock
Chronograph function: center chronograph hand measuring elapsed seconds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
Date display at 6 o’clock

Case
Stainless steel, polished & brushed
Diameter: 44.80 mm; Thickness: 12.20 mm
Convex sapphire crystal, internal colorless anti-reflective treatment
Sapphire crystal back secured with 6 screws
Water resistance: 5 bar (~50 m)
Crown: stainless steel with RL logo

Dial
Colour: black matte galvanic center, brown elm burl wood outer decor
Hour: beige Super-LumiNova® Arabic numbers, printed
Counters & tachymeter scale: white, printed

Hands
Hour, minute: sword-shaped hands; shiny black oxidized with beige SuperLuminova®
Subdials: sword-shaped hands; shiny white, varnished
Center chronograph: baton hand; shiny white, varnished

Strap
Black alligator, black Alsavel® lining
Stainless steel pin buckle, polished & brushed

Chopard Mille Miglia for the Porsche Club of America Limited Edition

Swiss watch manufacture Chopard celebrates 25 years as sponsor of the Mille Miglia in 2014, while the Porsche Club of America celebrates 60 years of existence in 2015. Both represent incredible milestones in the history of the world of automobiles.

Porsche Club of America Executive Director Vu T.H. Nguyen and Georg Bartkowiak, member of the Porsche Clubs of both America and Germany, decided to commemorate these milestones by realizing a limited-edition wristwatch with the help of Chopard. 
Production of this collector’s timepiece is limited to only 66 pieces for the entire world, 60 in a 42 mm stainless steel case and 6 in 18-karat rose gold. The sapphire crystal case back of this timepiece is engraved with special Porsche Club of America logo.
The Chopard Mille Miglia for the Porsche Club of America can be ordered immediately with delivery expected for early December. This watch can be easily ordered online at www.pcatime.com.
The stainless steel version of this limited edition timepiece costs $5,990, while the six 18-karat gold model is offered for $21,000 each.
Technical Details
Case
Stainless steel or 18-karat rose gold
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Height: 12.31 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crown and pushers in steel or 18-karat rose gold, depending on case material
Sapphire crystal case back printed with special Porsche Club of America logo in full color

Movement
Automatic Swiss chronograph movement 
Diameter: 28.60 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Vivid blue dial with white numerals, scales and markers
White baton hour and minute hands inlaid with Super-LumiNova
White and red central sweep-seconds chronograph hand

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Hour and minute chronograph counters at 6, 9 o’clock
Running seconds at 3 o’clock
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

Strap and buckle
Vivid blue rubber strap with Dunlop tire tread pattern
Pin buckle in stainless steel or 18-karat rose gold

Limitation and pricing
60 pieces in stainless steel: $5,990 each
6 pieces in 18-karat rose gold:$21,000 each

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