Wednesday, September 30, 2015

RGM Watch Company – in House 801 Collection (New Models: 801-EE and PS-801-EE)

US based mechanical watch atelier RGM Watch Company has announced two new additions to their in-house 801 collection: 801-EE and PS-801-EE. These latest models combine two time-honored crafts: Grand Feu Enamel and Guilloché, or Engine-Turning.

Following on the heels of their first two enamel-dial models, RGM has created an enamel skeleton dial version. Grand Feu enamel requires the repeated baking of each layer of powdered glass at extremely high temperatures to ensure a uniquely crisp aesthetic while permanently setting the enamel. The Roman or Arabic numerals are baked into the surface, creating the vivid, unmistakable appearance distinctive of a real glass enamel dial.
The enamel skeleton dial reveals the hand cut Guilloché mainplate. Guilloché, or Engine-Turning, is a centuries old craft that today involves the use of antique hand-cranked machines to cut or engrave delicate geometric patterns. RGM has 6 vintage and antique machines that are used to decorate dials, or in this case, the movement mainplate.
The pattern seen on the mainplate of these models is called Moiré. This complex geometric pattern is achieved when each line is slightly offset from the previous cut line, thus creating a classically pleasing effect that can captivate the wearer of the timepiece.
Exposed under this unique skeleton dial and hand cut Guilloché mainplate is RGM’s original in house American movement: Caliber 801.
Inspired by America’s great watchmaking history, the 801 has classically shaped bridges, hand polished or blued steel components, and is entire hand finished and decorated. The movement can also be customized at the client’s request. The watch is housed in a polished 316L stainless steel or 18 karat solid gold case.

Model: 801-EE
Movement
RGM Caliber 801, Manual winding, American-made
19 jewels
18,000 vph
Rhodium or Gold Plated
Engine-turned
Circular Damaskeening
Perlage
Anglage
7-tooth winding click
Optional wolf’s tooth winding wheels and hacking second available
Power Reserve: 40-44 hours

Case
316L polished stainless steel
Sapphire crystal front
Flat sapphire crystal back
Water-resistant to 5ATM
Optional 18k gold case available
Diameter: 42mm
Height: 10mm
Width between lugs: 22mm
Crown: Stainless steel

Dial
Grand Feu (“Great Fire”) white enamel skeleton
Roman numerals
Blued-steel hands

Strap
Alligator

Price
US$10,400

Model: PS-801-EE
Movement
RGM Caliber 801, Manual winding, American-made
19 jewels
18,000 vph
Rhodium or Gold Plated
Engine-turned
Circular Damaskeening
Perlage
Anglage
7-tooth winding click
Optional wolf’s tooth winding wheels and hacking second available
Power Reserve: 40-44 hours

Case
316L polished stainless steel
Sapphire crystal front
Flat sapphire crystal back
Water-resistant to 5ATM
Optional 18k gold case available
Diameter: 43.3mm
Height: 10mm
Width between lugs: 22mm
Crown: Stainless steel

Dial
Grand Feu (“Great Fire”) white enamel skeleton
Roman numerals
Blued-steel hands

Strap
Alligator

Price
US$11,900

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time

Swiss watch manufacture Vacheron Constantin unveils two new models of the Traditionnelle World Time in either 18K white or 18K 5N pink gold sublimated by a gold map in the center of their dial. Equipped with the in house developed Calibre 2460 WT featuring patented mechanism, this traveller’s timepiece indicates 37 world’s time zones, including those offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) by a half - or quarter hour.


The Traditionnelle World Time by Vacheron Constantin highlight a complication inextricably bound to the history of the Geneva-based manufacturer: world time. The latter is also interwoven with the theme of travel, since Jean-Marc Vacheron and his successors have constantly circled the globe delivering their exceptional timepieces. A pioneer in the development and production of innovative watches, the Manufacture has displayed the same approach in being resolutely open to the world at large. Created in 1755 in Geneva and able to look back over 260 years of uninterrupted activity, Vacheron Constantin soon began exploring the four corners of the world. It established a presence in the United States in 1832 and in China in 1845 – well before the International Meridian Conference held in Washington in 1884 which divided the world into 24 time zones, taking the Greenwich meridian as the longitude 0 point of reference. This new approach became indispensable in keeping step with the development of international travel and of railways.

In keeping with the same pioneering spirit, and driven by a wish to demonstrate that the multiple time-zone watch could be further perfected, the Maison introduced its first timepieces endowed with an international time mechanism in 1932. This movement was the work of a brilliant Geneva watchmaker, Louis Cottier, who had imagined and developed a mechanical movement indicating the 24 time zones from 1 to 24 by means of a disc rotating around the central dial and the outer bezel bearing the names of the world’s major cities. This first Vacheron Constantin world time “Cottier system” watch enabled simultaneous read-off of the time in 31 cities around the world. It marked the start of a rich and longstanding relationship with the world time complication. In 1936, the Maison presented two new versions of its world time model with a 31-city dial and a 30-city dial. In 1937 and 1938, the Geneva-based Manufacture unveiled six table clocks with a mobile dial featuring 67 locations. From the 1940s onwards, Vacheron Constantin attributed the reference number 4414 to a world time model with a 41-city dial and a day-night division of the mobile 24-hour disc. During the 1940s and 1950s, many famous customers were captivated by this useful and ingenious mechanism, and contributed to spreading the fame of this new complication.

In 1957, Vacheron Constantin wrote a new chapter in its history of world time watches by introducing the first world time wristwatch, reference 6213, ordered by an Egyptian dignitary.

Eager to make a major new contribution to the history of this complication, the Vacheron Constantin master-watchmakers and engineers have launched a mechanical movement capable of indicating not only the full time zones, but also the partial ones, so as to reflect the exact temporal reality in the 37 time zones. A number of countries have indeed adopted a half-hour or quarter-hour difference from UTC, and the Calibre 2460 WT by Vacheron Constantin takes account of these specific characteristics. By way of example, it provides the correct time indication for Caracas, since Venezuela decided in 2007 to switch from a full time zone to a half time zone (GMT – 4:30).
The indication of the 37 time zones as proposed by the Maison in its Traditionnelle World Time is as complete as one could wish for. The display consists of three dials: a sapphire dial with a day-night shading and the engraved and inked 24-hour indications (18:30 to 6:30 hours indications highlighted with an anthracite-colored background); a metal dial with painted cities names and a “Lambert projector” type gold map unveiling sun-brushed continents as well as sand-blasted seas; and a metal external ring with painted minute-track and applied gold hour-markers. Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and endowed with a 40-hour power reserve, mechanical self-winding Calibre 2460 WT drives displays of the hours, minutes, center seconds and world time. It enables simultaneous read-off of the time in all regions of the world, along with the day-night indication provided above the central world map crafted in gold. All indications are adjusted via the crown, thus considerably simplifying the use of this highly technical watch. In light of these exclusive developments, the Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460 WT – bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva – own a patent featuring the indication of all the world’s 37 zone increments, the day-night indication and the setting of all functions by the crown.

Despite its complex construction principles, the mechanical world time movement is extremely user friendly. The wearer chooses the reference time and places it opposite the black triangle at 6 o’clock. The time in the reference location can then be read off either by the hour hand, or by the 24-hour disc, while the time in the other 36 time zones is simultaneously readable. The cities shown in black represent the full time zones, while the cities in red indicate half-hour or quarter-hour zones.
Incorporating all the signature characteristics of the collection – a slender bezel, a knurled motif on the back of the timepiece, a sapphire crystal caseback closed with screws, and dauphine-shaped hands – the Traditionnelle World Time comes with a 42.5 mm diameter 18K white gold or 18K 5Npink gold case that is fitted with a Mississippiensis alligator leather strap secured by a gold folding clasp.

Technical details
Traditionnelle World Time
References: 86060/000G-8982 & 86060/000R-8985
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Calibre 2460 WT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
36.6 mm (11’’’¼) diameter, 7.55 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
255 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Center seconds
World time indication (37 cities)
Day-night indication

Case
18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold
42.5 mm diameter, 11.62 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Superposition of 3 dials:
- Gold map with sun-brushed continents & sand-blasted seas. Metal disc with cities names (in black for plain hours and in red for half-hours and quarters)
- Sapphire disc with day-night indication and engraved & inked 24-hour indications (18:30 to 6:30 hours indications highlighted with an anthracite-colored background)
- Metal external ring with painted minute-track and 18K gold hour-markers

Strap
Black / brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp, Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731 Minute Repeater Platinum

A couple of years back, Vacheron Constantin unveiled a true masterpiece of virtuosity in which the complexity of the striking mechanism was matched by the additional challenge of creating the thinnest hand-wound calibre and the thinnest hand-wound minute repeater watch on the market, at respectively 3.9 and 8.1 mm thick. Initially introduced in 18K 5N pink gold, this timepiece is now available with platinum case – framing a silvered opaline or slate-colored opaline dial – bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.
In an act that was to spark its longstanding love affair with striking watches, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin created its first minute repeater mechanism for a pocket watch, before combining striking mechanisms with other major horological complications throughout the subsequent decades. In doing so, it repeatedly created exceptional timepieces that were some of the most complex of their era.

Watches that have gone down in history, such as the watch made for King Fouad of Egypt in 1929, or the one created for his son, King Farouk, in 1935. In 1941, Vacheron Constantin launched its first wristwatch equipped with a single complication in the shape of a minute repeater housed in an ultra-thin movement: Calibre 4261. The quest for extreme slenderness continued through subsequent years, and in 1992, the Manufacture once again pushed back the boundaries of feasibility by presenting Calibre1755, a minute repeater movement just 3.28 mm thick. In 2013, Vacheron Constantin released a new movement paying homage to this emotionally charged complication: Calibre 1731, thus named in tribute to the birth year of the Maison founder, Jean-Marc Vacheron.

Calibre 1731 is barely thicker – due to an impressive 65-hour power reserve – than its predecessor from 1992, measuring a mere 3.90 mm compared with the original 3.28 mm. It indeed remains the thinnest on the market to this day, having brilliantly overcome the difficulty of assembling and adjusting such supremely slimmed-down components. Four years were needed to solve the highly complex conundrum of creating a new minute repeater movement mingling slenderness, pure sound, aesthetic beauty, reliability and sturdiness. Nor are the technical feats confined to its ultra-thin side of nature, since Calibre 1731 is equipped with an extremely ingenious device: a flying strike governor developed by Vacheron Constantin in 2007 for the 2755 movement, another member of this highly exclusive family of minute repeater calibres. Unlike classic lever-type governors, this one is entirely silent. Its role is to steady the rate at which the hammers strike the gongs. Without such a governor (also known as a regulator), this musical sequence would play at the speed of the striking barrel-spring and would thus produce a series of indiscernible notes. The device developed by Vacheron Constantin comprises two inertia-blocks or weights designed to act as a brake on the rotating shaft of the governor and thus evening out the energy supplied by the barrel spring. It achieves this by making use of opposing centrifugal and centripetal forces. When the governor spins, centrifugal force pushes one end of the inertia-blocks outwards, while the other end presses on the shaft to slow it down and stabilise the rotation speed in order to ensure a steady cadence. Perfectly finished right down to the smallest details, the governor bears Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross emblem, even though this motif cannot be seen from the front of the calibre.

Particular care was devoted to the acoustics of the Patrimony ultra-thin calibre 1731, since the sound of a striking watch is its very reason for being. Various technical choices were made to ensure a crystal clear and perfectly tuneful tone. The gongs are not only connected to the case middle so as to amplify the sound, but also for the first time stacked rather than placed side by side. The platinum case is shaped so as to form a unified whole with the movement, within a clever composition incorporating such subtle parameters as the airflow between the mechanism and the case, designed to achieve optimal propagation of the notes. Nor does the quest for perfection end there, since the case itself has been built without joints so that the elements can interact metal against metal and thereby enhance the amplitude of the sound, while the flying governor ensures a regular rate of the hammer blows on the gongs.

While each master-watchmaker instils his own music into the minute repeater that he will take several months to assemble and adjust, the sound of the movement will be submitted to the keen ear of the virtuoso striking-mechanism specialists of the Manufacture, and will undergo any adjustments needed to achieve perfect harmony between the low-pitched and high-pitched notes. And it is precisely at 4:49 that the tests are performed, since that is the time when the cadence is most clearly audible due to the almost identical intervals between the hours (four strikes), quarters (three strikes) and minutes (four strikes).The true living soul of a minute repeater watch, the individual chime of each watch is recorded and carefully stored before the timepiece leaves the Manufacture, thus constituting a “soundprint” duly registered in the archives of Vacheron Constantin. The latter guarantees not only the lifelong repair of all its watches, both historical and contemporary, but also the ability to restore within its workshops the unique sound of each model equipped with a minute repeater.
Testifying to an ancestral expertise that sets an authentic Haute Horlogerie creation apart from the rest, the components of Calibre 1731 are patiently hand-finished one by one, even though some will remain hidden. Whereas the mainplate is circular-grained, the hammers are specular polished to as to alternately catch the light of appeared clothed in a deep black cloak so as to eliminate any trace of the finely worked surface. Meanwhile, the bridges are adorned with a delicate Côtes de Genève pattern creating a refined wave effect. While the artisans of the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin are well accustomed to the various finishing techniques, there is one in particular that requires a highly demanding 18-month training period: bevelling or chamfering, meaning the specific work on the reentrant angles, such as can notably be found on the seven bridges of Calibre 1731.
The design of Patrimony ultra-thin calibre 1731 is inspired by an ultra-thin model created in 1955 to mark the Vacheron Constantin bicentenary and then revived in 2004 to give life to the Patrimony reference 81180. Since then, its extreme slenderness, its pebble shape, its curved bezel, its cambered dial and crystal, its beaded minute circle, along with its baton-shaped hands sweeping over alternating triangle and baton-shaped hour markers, have established it as a timeless classic. While the Patrimony ultra-thin calibre 1731 has remained true to its iconic design codes, its platinum case has been the object of subtle and complex workmanship so as to form a unified whole with Calibre 1731 and to set a double record: the thinnest hand-wound minute repeater movement (at 3.9 mm), driving the thinnest hand-wound watch (8.1 mm).

The curve of the case middle has thus been accentuated so as to further trim down the silhouette, while the sapphire crystal caseback has been opened as broadly as possible to reveal the hammers, along with a rare glimpse of the gongs. On the dial side, Vacheron Constantin has opted for an extremely elegant small seconds offset at 8 o’clock, a useful and playful way of making the Patrimony ultra-thin calibre 1731 immediately recognisable.

Technical details
Patrimony ultra-thin calibre 1731
References: 30110/000P-9999 & 30110/000P-B089
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Calibre 1731
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
32.8 mm (14’’’1/4) diameter, 3.9 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
265 components
36 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 8 o’clock
Minute repeater

Case
Platinum 950
41 mm diameter, 8.1 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Not water-resistant

Dial
Slate-colored / silvered opaline, convex external zone
18K white gold hour-markers and "pearl" minute-track

Strap
Black Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Buckle: Platinum 950 buckle, Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessories
Delivered with a magnifying glass and the resonator of sound "La Musique du Temps" enhancing the sound and the harmony notes of Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Small Model (33 mm)

After having launched a 38 mm-diameter version of Traditionnelle Model in 2013, Vacheron Constantin unveils a sparkling and daintily feminine 33 mm-diameter version entirely paved with several hundred round-cut diamonds. Beneath the sparkling elegance of the snow-set dial beats hand-wound Calibre 1400 bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.

In a spectacular display of working with light, the gem-setter has opted to alternate between two different gem-setting techniques to play on various sparkling and shining effects according to the surfaces to be lit up. The bezel and sides of the 18-carat white gold case are paved with 196 grain-set diamonds, while 394 diamonds shimmer intensely on the dial thanks to the magic of the snow setting.
The subtly random reflections of this clever gem-setting contribute to a glowing visual effect achieved by juxtaposing precious stones of varying sizes so as to entirely cover the underlying gold surface. Perfectly moulding the rounded curves of the case, the 608 precious stones completely carpet the watch, while a 0.06-carat round-cut diamond appears like a punctuation mark on the fluted winding crown. A night blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap creates a striking contrast that further enhances the luminous beauty of the diamonds. It is adorned with an 18-carat white gold pin buckle set with 17 round-cut diamonds.
The sapphire crystal caseback reveals hand-wound Calibre 1400. Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin in keeping with the finest Haute Horlogerie traditions, it meets the demands laid down by the famous Hallmark of Geneva that applies to the finished watch. This movement beats at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and ensures a 40-hour power reserve. Its finishing as well as its design testify to superlative craftsmanship: not only do the main smooth surfaces of the movement bear a traditional Côtes de Genève motif, but their sharp edges are also finely chamfered before being hand-polished, as are the flat-head screws.

Technical details
Traditionnelle Small Model
Reference 81591/000G-9913
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Calibre 1400
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
20.65 mm (9’’’) diameter, 2.6 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
98 components
20 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes

Case
Diamond-set 18K white gold (197 round-cut diamonds)
33 mm diameter, 7.7 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Diamond-set 18K white gold (394 round-cut diamonds)
18K white gold applied hour-markers

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, stitched-tip, square scales

Buckle
18K white gold buckle
Diamond-set half Maltese cross-shaped (17 round-cut diamonds)

Total diamond-setting 
608 round-cut diamonds, for a total weight of approx. 3.3 carats

Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’art L’éloge De La Nature: Swan

Expressing of its tribute to naturalism, Vacheron Constantin presents two new exceptional works of art illustrating the majesty of the swan while enriching the series titled L’Éloge de la Nature.

Extending the naturalist bestiary introduced in 2014 with a first trio of animal-themed watches, two new one-of-a-kind creations frame an exquisite portrayal imbued with romantic lyricism. Unveiled at Watches& Wonders haute horlogerie exhibition in Hong Kong, this pair of timepieces (a ladies’ model with a 39 mm-diameter case and a 42 mm men’s model) reveals the privileged ties Vacheron Constantin enjoys with the decorative arts.

The Manufacture has undeniably contributed to re-enhancing the value of skills that appeared to be doomed to extinction. For the past two decades, the Maison has been devoting great care to perpetuating these highly significant crafts that have shaped its cultural exception. Through its role as art patron, Vacheron Constantin has developed a complex network matched by rare expertise in the art of associating various ornamental styles. L’Éloge de la Nature flamboyantly celebrates the mingling of decorative techniques. Watchmakers and artisans have struck exactly the right balance between impeccable technical sophistication, refined finishing and outstanding creative effort in transforming a classic timepiece into an authentic work of art.
The swan glides majestically over the crystalline waters of Lake Geneva, tiny droplets from the Jet d’eau sliding across its immaculate white plumage and head held high atop a supple neck radiating a powerful aura of nobility. Feathers unfurled and wings spread, ready to embrace its beloved, this luminous water bird embodies the universal symbol of eternal love and its almost angelic profile evokes a sense of purity and delicacy. Vacheron Constantin reproduces this exquisite gracefulness on two distinctively graphic dials highlighting each beautiful detail of the swan: a white gold palmiped set with round-cut diamonds and spreading its wings on a finely guilloché, enamelled stretch of water. A glowing tribute to the shores of Lake Geneva and the city where the Manufacture was born.

Engraver, guillocheur, enameller and gem-setter: four artisans have in turn devoted their endeavours to this dial. Achieving such a spectacular result called for a certain vision as well as intense imagination. A flurry of furthers, a daintily curved neck, a shining beak, a gleaming eye, shimmering wavelets, a pristine blue sky: each detail is so accurate that one can almost feel the soft breeze and hear the gentle lapping of the water. Two months of work have been lavished on crafting the dials.
The composition of this poetic creation begins with delicate hand engraving on an 18-carat white gold plate. Volumes, recessed and raised areas, texture and light effects: each millimetre is the object of a deliberate creative approach. To attain such a superlative degree of refinement, the engraver has developed his own tools, all the while imagining distinctive and appropriate techniques designed to guarantee the eagerly anticipated result. After drawing the outlines of the bird, the artisan fashions the feathers one by one. The sharp graving tool incises the material, forming a herringbone pattern on the men’s model and a more curved motif on the ladies’ version. The engraver’s dexterity gives each feather a distinctive satin-brushed and polished finish.

The swan spreads its wings above a stretch of water depicting a gentle ripple motif. Above it, a gentle ‘visual breeze’ ruffles the dial through the work of the guillocheur. The artisan has traced narrow geometrical grooves on the already-decorated dial, meaning he had to carefully adjust his rose engine lathe so as not to damage the tiny gold filaments. Even though certain guilloché areas are extremely narrow, his graving tool has always found its way into microscopic nooks and crannies without straying out of the appointed zone. These are extremely accurate and skilled moves of the kind only an experienced hand can perform.

The guilloché motifs are coated with a translucent Grand Feu enamel, sky blue for the ladies’ version and night blue for the men’s model. The “Limoges white” enamelling is applied to the upper part of the engraved feathers so as to accentuate their luminosity.

76 baguette-cut diamonds adorning the bezel and lugs frame the naturalist scene. The gently rounded curves of the swan’s body are paved with snowset round-cut diamonds. The base of the swan’s wings is diamond-paved, with each feather delineated by a fine gold line. This fascinating light-based craftsmanship endows the bird with an inimitable aura of natural majesty.

The mechanical movement Caliber 2460 G4 provides a spacious playground by entirely freeing up the dial centre in order to provide scope for the artistic crafts. In keeping with its rich tradition of original and varied displays, Vacheron Constantin perpetuates the watchmaking art by offering an ingenious hand-free visualisation of time. This is achieved through four apertures respectively showing the hours, minutes, day and date. The indications – the first two of the dragging or trailing type and the last two of the jumping variety – appear through these windows regularly placed around the rim of the dial and leaving plenty of space for a central motif.

Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 v.p.h.), the mechanical self-winding movement is equipped with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight adorned with a dynamic geometrical shape inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s signature Maltese Cross emblem. Its 237 parts are graced with exceptional finishes. The movement is protected by an 18-carat white gold case with a transparent back providing a chance to admire the fine workmanship inside. A Mississippiensis alligator leather strap secured by an 18-carat white gold folding clasp shaped like a half Maltese Cross sets the perfect finishing touch.

These one-of-a-kind creations bear the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the highest reference in the realm of Haute Horlogerie, duly certifying the quality, craftsmanship and reliability of these exceptional timepieces made in Geneva. Their singularity is also emphasised by the inscription “Pièce unique” engraved on the caseback.

Métiers d’Art L’éloge de la nature – SWAN (Gent’s)
Reference: 86677/000G-B116
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Movement
Caliber 2460 G4
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
31 mm (11’’’¼) diameter, 6.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
237 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes, day of the week (in English) and date in apertures

Case
Diamond-set 18K white gold (76 baguette-cut diamonds)
42 mm diameter, 12.8 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3bar (approx.30meters)

Dial
18K white gold
Dark blue Grand Feu champlevé enamelling and hand guillochage
Diamond-set 18K white gold swan (432 round-cut diamonds), snow setting on the body of the swan, hand-engraved feathers, Limoges white enamelling on translucent Grand Feu enamelling

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold triple-blade folding clasp, Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

Total diamond-setting
76 baguette-cut and 432 round-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 6.1 carats

Unique piece
« Pièce Unique », « Les Cabinotiers » and blazon « AC » engraved on the caseback

Métiers d’Art L’éloge de la nature – SWAN (Ladies’)
Reference: 86675/000G-B115
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Movement
Caliber 2460 G4
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
31 mm (11’’’¼) diameter, 6.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
237 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes, day of the week (in English) and date in apertures

Case
Diamond-set 18K white gold (76 baguette-cut diamonds)
39 mm diameter, 12.6 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3bar (approx.30 meters)

Dial
18K white gold
Light blue Grand Feu champlevé enamelling and handguillochage
Diamond-set 18K white gold swan (322 round-cut diamonds), snow setting on the body of the swan, hand-engraved feathers, Limoges white enamelling on translucent Grand Feu enamelling

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, large square scales, stitched-tip
Clasp: 18K white gold triple-blade folding clasp, Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

Total diamond-setting
76 baguette-cut and 322 round-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 4.9 carats

Unique piece
« Pièce Unique », « Les Cabinotiers » and blazon « AC » engraved on the caseback

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date(Ref. IW516201/ IW516203)

IWC Schaffhausen expands the iconic Portofino collection by introducing Hand-Wound Day & Date, a beautiful watch model that features a sophisticated new development.

In the Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date(Ref. IW516201/ IW516203) IWC’s designers and watchmakers have combined the large date with a day display and created an aesthetically pleasing timepiece that is also enormously beneficial in practice. The Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date with the newly developed IWC-manufactured 59220 calibre embodies the timeless elegance of the Portofino series.
With its large date, day and power reserve displays, together with a small seconds hand at “6 o’clock”, the dial features an impressive number of easy-to-read indicators. Despite this, the latest member of the family retains the Portofino’s characteristically subtle elegance.  Two large digits at “12 o’clock”, where we see the perfect interplay of two precisely synchronized discs, show the date. One of the two discs bears the numerals 0 to 3 and takes care of the tens, while the second, which bears the figures 0 to 9, handles the single digits.
 Responsible for the perfect synchronization between the two discs is the IWC-manufactured 59220 calibre. An additional display, which shows the actual day of the week, is directly connected to the date advance mechanism.  Two elastic advance fingers superimposed one on top of the other tap off energy from the barrel throughout the day. By midnight, they have built up enough power, first, to advance the date and, second, to move a seven-toothed star wheel that cause the hand to jump to the next day of the week.

Fully wound, the eight day movement keeps running precisely for 192 hours with no need for any intervention. At that point, the owner will need to replenish its power reserve by winding the crown, as indicated by the power reserve display on the dial. The modern watch movement design, featuring large bridges with Geneva stripes and circular-grained plates, is visible through the sapphire-glass back.
The Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date is available in stainless steel (Ref. IW516201) with a silver-plated dial, rhodium plated hands and indices, and a black leather strap from Santoni. The red gold version (IW516203) features a slate coloured dial, gold-plated hands and 18-carat red gold indices together with a brown leather strap from world-famous Italian shoemaker Santoni.


Technical details
Model: Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date(Ref. IW516201/ IW516203)

Functions
Small hacking seconds
Large date
Day indicator
Power reserve display

Movement
Calibre 59220 Mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 30
Power reserve: 8 days (192 h)
Winding: Hand-wound
Index-less balance with 4 golden weight screws on the balance rim
Breguet spring

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW516201: Stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, rhodium-plated hands and indices, Santoni strap made of black alligator leather, pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW516203: Case in 18-carat red gold, slate-coloured dial, gold-plated hands and indices, Santoni strap made of brown alligator leather, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Glass: Sapphire, arched edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 45 mm
Height: 13 mm

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 37 : New Versions - The Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37(Ref. IW459007) & Portofino Automatic 37 (Ref. IW458111 & IW458112)

Last year, luxury Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen extended the Portofino watch family with a number of models in 37-millimetre cases, making the ever-popular line more attractive to watch lovers who prefer a timepiece with slightly smaller dimensions. The diamond set Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 models are now joined by a new version that celebrates understated luxury in a polished stainless-steel case. Apart from this, the Portofino Automatic 37 welcomes another two beautiful watches with diamond-set bezels: a model with a blue dial and blue leather strap and another version featuring a silver-plated dial and raspberry-coloured leather strap.

Portofino Moonphase 37 (Ref. IW459007)
The moon phase display is integral to the Portofino watch family’s identity, like the Roman numerals, feuille hands and convex front glass. Back in 1984, the original Portofino itself was equipped with a moon phase display. This model was produced unchanged in very small series until the late 1990s. Last year, IWC Schaffhausen reinstated the moon phase display complication in the Portofino collection. Following on from last year’s diamond-set models is a beautiful, purist-inspired timepiece devoid of diamonds on the case, whose meticulously polished, mirror-finished surface has a special luxury and elegance of its own. The Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37(Ref. IW459007), with its 37-millimetre case, represents the subtle luxury unique to the popular watch family. The design of the moon phase display is classic: the moon itself rises and sets behind a foreground of clouds. The softly shimmering mother-of-pearl dial with its 12 diamonds creates an attractive sensation of depth and underscores the clear design of the dial.
The Portofino Automatic  Moon  Phase  37,  water-resistant  to  3  bar,  is powered by the 35800-calibre mechanical automatic movement. The moon phase shown in the display can be set to “2 o’clock” using a correction button. The central seconds hand is stopped using the crown and the sapphire glass has an antireflective coating on both sides. The watch is secured to the wearer’s wrist by a green alligator leather strap by Santoni. Exclusively for IWC, the luxury Italian shoemaker also produces leather straps that take on a wonderful patina with individual nuances of colour.

Technical details
Model: Portofino Moonphase 37
Ref. IW459007

Functions
Moon phase display
Central hacking seconds

Movement
Calibre 35800
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: Self-winding

Case, dial and strap
Case in stainless steel, white mother-of-pearl dial with 12 diamonds, green  alligator leather strap by Santoni with pin buckle in stainless steel
Glass: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 37 mm
Height: 11  mm


Portofino Automatic 37 (Ref. IW458111 & IW458112)
The rich variety of the Portofino Automatic 37(Ref. 4581)is now extended to embrace two diamond-set models in stainless steel that bring fresh colour into the collection. The Reference IW458111 has a gorgeous blue dial with an alligator leather strap in the same colour: a clear reference to the Ligurian Sea that the enchanting coastal village looks out onto.
With its silver-plated dial and an alligator leather strap in raspberry pink, the Reference IW458112 has an entirely new appeal. Featuring bezels set with 66 diamonds, both models are the embodiment of radiant elegance and subtle luxury. The sun pattern guilloche work on the dials is particularly attractive: it creates fascinating patterned reflections and, when the watch is tilted, causes incident light to wander in circles around the dial. The discreetly recessed inner circle provides an additional sense of three dimensionality. 
Apart from hour, minute and seconds hands, the Portofino Automatic also has a rapid-advance date display powered by the rugged mechanical 35111 calibre. The central hacking seconds hand is stopped when the crown is pulled out, and the sapphire glass has an antireflective coating on both sides to guarantee a clear view of the dial. Both models are water-resistant to 3 bar. The delicately nuanced alligator leather strap from Santoni underscores the harmony of the overall impression.
Both timepieces are also available with a fine-quality Milanese bracelet in stainless steel. Skilfully woven from very fine wire, Milanese bracelets fit snugly around the wrist and are the embodiment of 1960s elegance.

Technical details
Model: Portofino Automatic 37 (Ref. IW458111 • IW458112)

Functions
Date display
Central hacking seconds

Movement
Calibre 35111
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: Self-winding

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW458111: Stainless-steel case with 66 diamonds, blue dial, blue alligator leather strap by Santoni with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458112:Stainless-steel case with 66 diamonds, silver-plated dial, raspberry pink alligator leather strap by Santoni with pin buckle in stainless steel
Glass: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 37 mm
Height: 9 mm

Breitling for Bentley GT3 Chronograph

A tribute to the Continental GT3 and Bentley’s motorsport victories, the new Bentley GT3 chronograph fiercely flaunts its sporting nature in this 500-piece limited series with a black titanium case, carbon fibre dial, original twin-counter system and chronometer-certified self-winding movement.

The competitive spirit has always defined the Bentley universe. Five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1920s to 1930s, the British car manufacturer got right back to its winning ways by sweeping the first two places on the legendary track in 2003.
As main sponsor of Team Bentley, Breitling toasted this victory by unveiling a chronograph named “Bentley Le Mans” and marking the start of the magnificent Breitling for Bentley adventure. In 2014, Bentley made its big comeback to motorsports by competing in the GT3 category with a high-performance new speed machine, the Continental GT3. This sports engineering marvel has enabled the firm to chalk up several major wins, including two victories in Silverstone (United Kingdom) and on the Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet (France), while the 2015 season has already seen it score several podium places in Europe, the United States and Asia.
To celebrate this fresh momentum, Breitling for Bentley is launching a new limited edition Bentley GT3 timepiece – a gem of style and performance worthy of the super-sleek racing car after which it is named. The black titanium case features a blend of sturdiness and lightness, two indispensable qualities in the heat of the action.
The carbon fibre dial exudes an ultra-sporty look inspired by racing cars. Clear readings of the finest feats are provided by the chronograph with its innovative display system featuring a 60-minute counter via a central hand (for times of less than an hour) and a combined hour/minute counter at 9 o’clock (for times of an hour or more).
At the heart of this peerless instrument beats a self-winding movement chronometer certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the only precision and reliability benchmark based on an international standard.
The exclusive black rubber strap bears the inscription “Continental GT3” – the embodiment of the will to conquer driven by the Bentley spirit.

Technical details
Movement
Breitling Calibre 27B, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, self-winding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 38 jewels

Functions
1/4th of a second chronograph, central 60-minute counter, combined 60-minute and 12-hour counter. Calendar

Case
Black titanium (500-piece limited series)
Water-resistant to 100m
Screw-lock crown
Ratcheted rotating bezel with variable tachymeter (circular slide rule)
Cambered sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides
Diameter: 49 mm

Dial
Black Carbon

Strap
Rubber

Monday, September 28, 2015

De Bethune DB27 D Polo edition

To mark its first ever sponsorship of a polo tournament, the De Bethune Princely Polo Cup held in Vaduz on August 29th and 30th , the Geneva based luxury watch Manufacture presents a 10-piece limited edition of the DB27. Exclusively developed for the game of polo, the DB27 D Polo edition can withstand the violent impacts it is liable to sustain on the wrist of the rider wearing it.

Traditionally equipped with a protective cover or swivelled over into its housing, the classic polo player’s watch cannot display the time during play without risk of damage. Thanks to its case equipped with an ultra-sturdy outer shell or ‘hull’, together with perfectly integrated and protected apertures, reading off the time during chukkas is now possible with this limited-edition DB27.The digital jumping hours display and the minutes indicator enable a clear and instant time indication without any actual handling of the watch.
In its research work on new procedures and materials, De Bethune found that the choice of machining hardened steel and of combining its properties with those of a carbon-based coating, was a viable and sustainable alternative solution for ensuring a watch’s shock resistance. This vacuum-based treatment with a layer of carbon and hydrogen is generally applied to stainless steel in the watch industry, whereas the blackened polished hardened steel of the DB27 unites the ideal characteristics that considerably enhance the robustness and elasticity of the case .

Calibre S233D from the Manufacture is equipped with De Bethune patented and innovative features including the patented triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system that protects the regulating organ from repeated and violent shocks.

The 43 mm round case with its 12 o’clock crown leaves comfortable space on the wrist thanks to short floating lugs. These articulated lugs are equipped with a patented spring-based system that enables the watch to adjust to the wrist and to polo players’ movements in order to achieve ultimate comfort and elegance.

In an appealing aesthetic touch, the shimmering overall black polished effect is enlivened by a pink gold medallion hand-engraved with two mallets and inlaid with a hand-polished white gold ball.

Technical details
Model: DB27 D Polo edition Digitale

Functions
Hours & minutes

Movement
Calibre S233D – mechanical self-winding
Power reserve: 5 days
Functions: aperture-type jumping hours – analogue minutes indicator on a rotating disc
Diameter 40 mm
350 components
Hand-crafted finishing and decoration
Self-regulating twin barrel
Silicon/white gold balance wheel – balance spring with flat terminal curve
Triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system
Titanium/platinum oscillating weight
Silicon escape wheel
Jewelling: 43 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour

Case
Black polished hardened steel with extra-hard 5000 Vickers treatment
Round shape
43 mm in diameter – 13 mm thick
Attachments: short black floating lugs in polished hardened steel with extra-hard 5000 Vickers treatment
Glass: sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment, 1800 Vickers
Crown: screw-locked at 12 o’clock
Back: solid, black in polished hardened steel with extra-hard 5000 Vickers treatment

Display
Hull: black in polished hardened steel with extra-hard 5000 Vickers treatment
Central pink gold medallion hand-engraved with two mallets and inlaid with a polished white gold ball
Engraved and circular satin-brushed titanium ring
Jumping hours aperture at 12 o’clock
Minutes indicator on a rotating disc

Strap
Extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle

Halda Watch Co Nürburgring Race Pilot Limited Edition

Swedish watch maker Halda Watch Co unveils a limited edition timepiece in association with the Nürburgring racetrack. Available in a limited edition of only 20 units – the Nürburgring Race Pilot by Halda is based on the Halda Race Pilot model which recently won the prestigious award Watch of the Year 2014.
It is delivered with uniquely numbered modules, engraved with the Nürburgring logo and a special made strap in natural rubber. This watch will also have specific functions connected to the different Nürburgring circuits.
Based on the Red Dot awarded Halda Concept, the Race Pilot Nürburgring Limited Edition is developed in close cooperation with professional race drivers and engineers.
Its digital module features functions such as information about 150 race tracks, G-force measurement, Countdown according to FIA F1 regulations and an advanced chronograph measuring speed.
The mechanical module is equipped with the Gun Metal dial and an automatic movement is produced by one of the best suppliers in the world – ZENITH.

Backes & Strauss Piccadilly Princess Royal Emerald Green Bespoke Piece Unique 2015

Backes & Strauss continues its collaboration with Gemfields in the creation of the unique Piccadilly Princess Royal Emerald Green timepiece. As the world's oldest diamond company, Backes & Strauss has collaborated with Gemfields for its expertise as leading supplier of coloured gemstones to create another timeless masterpiece.

The Piccadilly Princess Royal Emerald Green is the third in a series of five unique watches, following the release of the Piccadilly Princess Royal Colours in 2014 and Piccadilly Princess Royal Blue in 2015. The series commemorates the 225th anniversary of Backes & Strauss.
Backes & Strauss' creations are inspired by London’s Regency Era, when architect John Nash led initiatives commissioned by the Prince Regent to liven and recreate the city’s landscape. Architecture, art and culture flourished in this period, particularly the growth in the city's commitment to nature and the environment. The vibrant green emeralds on this Piccadilly Princess timepiece reflect London's devotion to its natural landmarks and lush green parks, celebrated and cherished from the Regency Era to today.

This breath-taking, natural green vision displays 245 Zambian emeralds with 10 different cuts for a total of 31.91 carats. The responsibly sourced gems combined with Backes & Strauss' carefully engineered design create a brilliant piece found nowhere else in the world. The exquisite quality of these vivid emeralds is attributed to the delicate and sustainable unearthing methods used in Gemfields' Kagem Mines in Zambia.

Technical details
Size: 37 mm
Hands: Sword-shaped hands
Movement: Quartz movement
Display: Hours & minutes
Total Carats: 245 Gemfields Zambian emeralds –31.91 carats, 10 different cuts

RJ-Romain Jerome Spacecraft Batman Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch maker RJ-Romain Jerome joins forces with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, and introduces a new timepiece to this exciting collaboration. Part of the brand’s Collaborations collection, RJ Romain Jerome is inspired by the Dark Knight’s mythology and aesthetics with the new Spacecraft: Batman limited edition watch.

Crafted from titanium, this black trapeze shaped watch has adopted a stealth and ultra edgy look to help fight crime. Mirroring the finishing of the Batmobile, the facetted cap of the watch has been hand-brushed creating a unique finish to this timepiece, also known as RJ’s rough finish, with the iconic Bat-Signal engraved on the facet which is Batman’s first in RJ’s “Horological Icon” collection.

Specific to RJ-Romain Jerome’s Spacercraft, form and function are perfectly balanced, giving time-reading a whole new meaning. The hour display is revealed on the side of the case with a bright blue indicator and is read off laterally. The minute indicator is featured on a black rotating disc with a striking blue cursor on the top of the case.
Furthermore, the Spacecraft: Batman features a unique self-winding mechanical movement. Exclusively developed for RJ-Romain Jerome by Geneva-based manufacturing facility Agenhor, it combines four different complications: lateral, linear, jumping and retrograde – which is unprecedented. To complete the futuristic design of the timepiece, the screw lock crown has been placed on the extremity of the case, facilitating the time change.

Exclusive to this collaboration, a black and blue buffalo leather cuff embraces the unique shape of the timepiece. Celebrating DC Comics’ caped crusader, RJ-Romain Jerome brings the Batman aficionados together with the launch of this limited edition of 75 pieces.

Technical details
Model: Spacecraft Batman Reference RJ.M.AU.SC.010.01

Movement
Caliber   RJ2000-A
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28,800 v/h
Jewelling: 54 jewels
Power reserve: 38 hours
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Functions  
Linear, retrograde and jumping hour indicated by a blue-lacquered cursor

Case  
50 x 44, 5 x 32.85 mm
Black PVD-coated titanium, rough finish
Engraved Bat Signal
Anti-reflective metallised sapphire crystals
Crown: Black PVD-coated titanium screw-lock crown, bead-blasted and polished; Engraved RJ logo

Dial indication 
Dragging minute black disc with white indicators
Metallised lateral sapphire crystal with hour indicators
Hands: Hour indication by blue indicator with Superluminova C1

Strap 
Black buffalo strap with blue stitching and titanium pin buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 75 pieces

Retail price 
CHF 26,950.- / EUR 29,950.- / USD 32,950.-

Saturday, September 26, 2015

SEVENFRIDAY V-SERIES

Based in Zurich, Switzerland, SEVENFRIDAY creates wrist watches inspired by the world of industrial machinery. After successfully launching M and P series, the brand is launching its new collection, V Series, inspired from engines.

Engineering progress constantly strives for higher performance, so with SEVENFRIDAY registering a few more digits up the meter scale. This idea is reflected in the design of the Hours indication as an industrial gauge, creating a new way to read the time. The new timepiece comes in a brand new case shape, new visual complication, fast strap changer (FSC-chip) and an embedded NFC chip that allows authentication of official SEVENFRIDAY watches by consumers and retailers.
The V-Series (and from now all new watch models) are equipped with a NFC chip. This chip allows you to authenticate the watch with the SEVENFRIDAY mobile application. You can scan the watch with a mobile phone (NFC enabled) and check the authenticity of the watch; the app will show an immediate positive or negative result.

Technical details
Movement
Open balance wheel movement Miyota 82S7,  40H power reserve

Case
Size: H 44.3mm X W 49.7mm
Thickness: Case: 11,3mm, Incl. case back: 12,85mm
Stainless steel case with sunray brushed top bezel.
Specially hardened and anti-reflective treated domed mineral glass
3 ATM water resistant
Fast Strap Changer (FSC) equipped. (Pushers at 9H side)

Dial
4 levels dial construction Galvanic hollowed out plates with alternate finishing: Deep stamped Silver «azurage»/ Vertical brushed rhodium / Vertical brushed Silver white / Opalin silver white Circular brushed Gun metal dial ring or Deep grey cast-iron pattern / Vertical brushed «concrete color» / Vertical brushed Rhodium / Opalin black Circular brushed 4N dial ring
12 applied galvanic parts.
120° angle hour reading with «additioner» principle, turning central disc «0, 4, 8» to be added to fix «0, 1, 2, 3, 4» scale.
Customized with special Day & Night display (white & dark blue or 4N & black) and white or 4N small second indication ( «additioner» principle).

Strap
Black soft mat or Brown semi-mat calf skin leather strap (123/85mm) - tone to tone stitching

Misc
Chip for authenticity verification (with NFC technology)

Retail price
Price: 1,055 CHF (RRP ex. taxes)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant

In this masterpiece of miniaturisation and poetry, Jaquet Droz incorporates the Asian art of eggshell mosaic for the first time in horology. The scene depicted on the dial - an elephant moves across a landscape of paddy fields - of the new Petite Heure Minute, reflects the artistic innovation and mastery of the Swiss watch manufacture.
The  piece  graces  the  Ateliers  d’Art  collection  and  represents  a  technical challenge, an invitation to travel and a pure object of poetry all at once. Its creation prompted the artisans of the brand known by its twin stars to turn to the ancestral Asian technique of eggshell mosaic.

Discovered while traveling in Vietnam, this surprising artistic skill involves the use of duck eggshell tesserae to produce unique pictures. The technique has never before been used in watchmaking, and for the craftsmen at Jaquet Droz, the challenge lay in miniaturizing the mosaic to decorate one of its historic models, the Petite Heure Minute (here with a 43 mm diameter).
They used quail eggshell, creating the motif ornamenting this horological gem with particular meticulousness and care. Infinitely fragile, the minuscule fragments are sorted manually according to colour, shape and purity.  About 2,000 pieces are kept and assembled one by one and always by hand, the curve and hue of each considered individually before being positioned on the red gold dial.
A layer of transparent lacquer is then delicately applied over the mosaic, which is finally polished to obtain perfect consistency and astonishing visual depth. It takes approximately 200 hours to embellish the Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant with this striking scene, its beauty accentuated by the black onyx of the hours-and-minutes dial and the rich reflection of the red gold bezel.
The decorative theme continues on  the  underside  of  the  watch,  engraved  on  the  22-carat  red  gold  oscillating  weight  driving  the  double barrel self-winding mechanism of this timepiece, which is produced as a limited edition of 8 models.
An exceptional work of artistry, it is a complete expression of the creative, nomadic soul of Jaquet Droz and the excellence of its Ateliers d’Art.

Technical details
Les Ateliers D'art Collection
Model: Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant
Numerus Clausus of 8
Reference: J005033280

Movement
Jaquet Droz 2653, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat red gold oscillating weight hand-engraved in relief with elephant motif
Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Case
18-carat red gold, diameter Ø 43 mm
Height 11.48 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
18-carat red gold dial with elephant motif in lacquered quail eggshell mosaic, onyx center.
Hands: 18-carat red gold

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18 carat red gold ardillon buckle

Hublot Classic Fusion Chrono Aero "65th Anniversary Swiss-China" Limited Edition

On September 14, 2015, the 65th anniversary ceremony of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Switzerland was held in Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing. As the exclusive official watch partner, Hublot has launched the "65th Anniversary Swiss-China" limited edition to celebrate this historic moment. With remarkable achievements in the global watchmaking business, Hublot has been actively involved in the Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement (FTA) since July 2014, and also releases FTA limited edition (Classic Fusion Sino-Swiss FTA Limited Edition timepiece), paying tribute to the steady development of the two countries.
On September 14, 1950, Switzerland established diplomatic relations with the New China. For the 65 years since then, the bilateral relations have been developing steadily in cultural, economic, energy, tourism and other aspects. Swiss Ambassador Mr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, along with business elites from all sectors, famous academic figures and government officials, exchanged and discussed the important issues.
Classic Fusion Chrono Aero "65th Anniversary Swiss-China" Limited Watch was born in this background. The 45mm titanium case inherits the crafted skeleton dial of the Classic Fusion series, the visible movement operation showcases the sophisticated beauty of mechanical rhythm. On the 3 and 9 o'clock positions are respectively designed with a chronograph, while China and Switzerland flags are ingeniously combined and shown on the small dial AT the 3 o'clock position. The back of the watch has the 65th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Swiss diplomatic relations theme flag - a red "65" contains the five-stars and the cross, which is the integration of the elements from the China and Swiss national flags. Also, the English and Chinese text “1950-2015 SWITZERLAND AND CHINA” are engraved to commemorate this important moment in history. There is a limited 65 watches all over the world.

Technical details
Model: Classic Fusion Chrono Aero "65th Anniversary Swiss-China" Limited Edition Watch
Reference 525.NX.0137.LR.SIS15
Limited edition of65 numbered pieces

Case
“Classic Fusion” – Diameter 45 mm
Polished and satin-finished titanium
Bezel: Satin-finished and polished titanium with 6 H-shaped titanium and polished screws
Crown: Polished titanium with Hublot logo
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Push-buttons: Polished titanium
Case back: Satin-finished titanium engraved « SPECIAL EDITION, 65 PIECES », Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment , "SIS15" logo printed

Dial
Sapphire, polished rhodium-plated appliques
SIS logo printed at 3H

Hands
Polished faceted rhodium-plated hour, minutes and counter hands
Red chronograph second hand

Movement
HUB1155 Self-winding Skeleton Chronograph movement
Date: Skeleton disc with window at 6 o’clock
No of Components: 207 (60 Jewels)
Water Resistance: 5 ATM or approximately 50 metres
Power reserve: 42 hours

Strap
Black alligator sewn onto black rubber with red stitching
Clasp: Stainless steel deployant buckle

Hublot announces the opening of the “Sunken treasure - The Antikythera shipwreck” exhibition


The temporary exhibition, to be held at the Basel Museum of Ancient Art (Antikenmuseum), opens to visitors from 27th September 2015 to 27th March 2016. The exhibition features most of the objects from the Antikythera wreck exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, on display outside Greece for the first time in 2000 years.

The Antikythera wreck is the most important treasure ever discovered under the ocean, in part thanks to the support of Hublot: a luxury cargo which included marble and bronze statues, such as the "Philosopher", jewellery, richly decorated glassware, a large amount of ceramics, vases, amphorae, furniture, coins and, of course, the famous Antikythera mechanism, the astronomical instrument that revolutionised the history of science and technology.
The "sunken treasure" exhibition retraces the history of a cargo which was caught in a storm over 2000 years ago and sank off the island of Antikythera, not far from Crete. The merchant ship was en route from Greece to Italy. Its cargo included a number of magnificent works of art destined for the Roman market. Also discovered on the seabed was a mysterious machine comprising bronze gears.
The mechanism, known as the "Antikythera", an analogue computer and an ancestor of the horological mechanism, is one of the most important discoveries in the history of archaeology. Its exact function has confounded researchers to this day. However, it has been established that the mechanism modelled the movements of celestial bodies and human calendars. The Basel exhibition will feature a wealth of documentation and models of the mechanism.

The reasons behind the ship's voyage from Greece to Rome will also be explained. In the first century BC, Rome had become a major new power. The Romans imported luxury goods for their villas, as well as technology, from Greece, enabling them to maintain their supremacy.

Hublot has been involved with the Antikythera project since 2011, firstly by lending its support to an exhibition at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, then by partnering a major project at the Archaeological Museum of Athens which, thanks in no small part to Hublot, was able to create a special Antikythera room with a giant armoured, earthquake-resistant display case, manufactured in Switzerland to Hublot's order, to showcase the remains of the mechanism.

There, alongside the remains of the mechanism, Hublot's "Tribute to the Antikythera" watch is displayed amongst the other exhibits. This rebuilt, miniature movement adds a new time dimension to the Antikythera mechanism. This exhibition has been extended several times, and has received record numbers of visitors. The Minister for Culture attended the museum to open the exhibition and discover this astoundingly beautiful treasure.

The Antikythera project also provides an overview of the history of underwater archaeology. Discovered in 1900 by sponge divers, the ship and its precious cargo have been investigated many times. The pioneering oceanographic explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, dived to the wreck. His research marked a turning point in marine archaeology. In 2014 and 2015, an international team backed by Hublot returned to the site with state of the art technology. More cargo has been discovered, and the team hopes to retrieve the missing parts of the Antikythera mechanism, which are probably buried under sediment.

The exhibition was originally created at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, in collaboration with Hublot's research and development team. It was so successful that it was extended several times, prompting a tenfold increase in the museum's visitor numbers. The Antikythera project, which is led by Hublot's Research and Development department, is a unique experience in the world of contemporary Haute Horlogerie. For the first time in the history of Haute Horlogerie, a team of engineers and watchmakers has turned to the distant past to discover honour and take inspiration from the mechanics of yesteryear.

Mathias Buttet, Director of Research and Development at Hublot and creator of the reinterpreted Antikythera in the form of a wristwatch, called the machine "a 2000-year-old innovation."

Opening Times
Exhibition 27th September 2015 to 27th March 2016
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 to 17:00.

NOVUS Watches Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

Minimum Looks, Maximum Mission. These are few words when it comes to describe about NOVUS Watches, which is a new comer to micro watch brand community. Crafted in a minimalistic approach, each timepiece from the brand costs a mere $89 on pre-order, but behind every timepiece there is a big mission to   provide light to remotest villages of African continent. NOVUS was created out of the passions of two friends hoping to create a brand that inspires change in the people that wear NOVUS products.
NOVUS has designed a minimalist watch that allows you to change your style by going from leather, to NATO strap without the use of tools. Every watch also helps change the world by getting one solar light to someone without electricity. The word “novus” is Latin for “new” and the logo incorporates the use of the delta symbol (Δ) upside down, symbolizing change.
Dressed in solid stainless steel case measuring 44mm diameter, each NOVUS timepiece incorporates Swiss made Ronda 762 quart movement. NOVUS has partnered up with SolarAid, an organization that gets solar lights to people in remote parts of Africa with no access to electricity. Each watch sold will help get one solar light to a person in need, eliminating the reliance on dangerous kerosene lamps for light.
NOVUS watches are available now for pre-order on IndieGoGo for a discounted price. There are four models available in current campaign: The Churchill, the Bremner, the Mayfield and the Colborne.

Click here to view the campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/novus-watch-co#/story

Technical details
Swiss Ronda 762 quartz Movement
40mm Stainless Steel 316L Case
Sapphire Crystal Glass
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Genuine Leather Quick Release Strap
Engraved Case Back and Crown
Raised Print Logo
Screwed Caseback

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