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Monday, November 30, 2015

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Limited Edition for Bruce Lee 75th Anniversary

This year marks Bruce Lee’s 75th birthday anniversary. To commemorate the martial artist and his exclusive philosophy, Hublot has invited the Bruce Lee Foundation to participate in the design of the “Legend Never Dies: Bruce Lee 75th anniversary Memorial Exhibition” on 28 Nov 15. Hublot has created the limited edition “Spirit of Big Bang for Bruce Lee” to pay tributes to legendary martial artist.
Inspired by the dragon pattern on Bruce Lee’s desk, this tribute possesses the spirit of the martial legend and the pure DNA of Hublot. A limited edition of 75 pieces, featuring a tonneau case in all black micro-blasted ceramic, the timepiece is fitted with HUB4700 – an automatic winding skeletonized movement with a 50-hour power reserve. The date display window is at 4:30 and the chronograph displays seconds at 9 o’clock, minutes at 3 o’clock and hours at 6 o’clock. Recalling Bruce Lee’s iconic colours, the strap is made of black and gold alligator leather sewn on natural rubber.
A few months ago, Hublot opened its second boutique in Hong Kong. Located at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, it reinforces the brand global retail expansion. By supporting the 75th anniversary of Bruce Lee through a dedicated exhibition and timepiece, Hublot asserts Hong Kong’s strategic position in its development strategy.
Technical details
Model: SPIRIT OF BIG BANG FOR BRUCE LEE
Reference: 601.CI.1138.VR.BLF15 – Limited to 75 numbered pieces

Case
Micro-blasted black ceramic
Dimensions: 47.70mm x 56.30mm
Thickness: 14.5mm
Bezel: Micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws: « H » 6H-shaped black PVD titanium screws
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment and HUBLOT logo printed on the inner side
Crown: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Pushers: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Case back: Micro-blasted black ceramic engraved "SPECIAL"+"EDITION"+"XX/75"
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment + "BLF" logo printed
Water Resistant 10 ATM (100m)

Dial
Skeleton Dial
Satin finished yellow gold-plated indexes with black luminescent
Hands: Satin finished yellow gold-plated hands with black luminescent

Movement
HUB4700, Self-winding skeleton chronograph movement
Date: Calendar display at 4.30
N° of Components: 278
Jewels: 31
Frequency (Hz): 5 (36'000 A/h)
Power Reserve: 50 Hours

Straps
Strap 1: Black rubber and yellow calf leather straps with black stitching
Strap 2: Black rubber and black alligator with black stitching
Buckle: Black PVD Stainless steel buckle clasp

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Haldor Abissi

Slovenia based young watch brand presents Abissi, a Swiss Made automatic dive watch designed for professional diving enthusiasts. Established in 2013 by Kliment, Haldor watch brand has partnered with well reputed manufactures in Italy, Switzerland and Germany to realize its passion for dive watches.
Haldor Watch Company primarily focuses on the production of high-tech mechanical dive watches. All the watches are designed in Germany and manufactured in Switzerland. These watches are designed to be robust, durable, precise, functional and to satisfy the customer's own. Haldor watches are made using the latest technology and top quality materials in watch industry.  All watches are assembled in Switzerland according to the strict rules of Switzerland watchmaking from the preliminary stages to the assembly of each component, quality and technical controls.
Rated for a water resistance up to 1000 meters (3300ft), Haldor Abissi is an affordable diving instrument dedicated to diving enthusiasts who desire to explore the extreme depths of ocean. Measuring 45.5mm diameter, case of this watch is made with high grade stainless steel. It is equipped with a 120 click unidirectional bezel with Zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic inlay and automatic helium valve at 9h position, two specific features necessary for extreme diving instruments.
Inside beats Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 Top Grade movement are tested by latest generation equipment in Swiss laboratory. The movements incorporated in the timepieces are set and adjusted to TOP or Chronometer grade to ensure the highest level of precision.
Haldor will launch an online crowd funding campaign (Kickstarter or Indiegogo) on 20 December 2015 with a pre-order price 500€. The price after pre-order will be 750€ (615€+22%VAT). Non EU residents will be exempted from VAT payment.
Technical details
Case: 316L Stainless Steel marine grade
Diameter: 45,5mm (excluding crown)
Height: 15,5mm
Length: 57mm
Lug width: 24mm
Crown diameter: 7,5mm screwed down
Sapphire crystal: 4mm thick, inside AR coated anti-scratch crystal
Bezel: 120 click unidirectional bezel with Zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic inlay
Automatic helium valve: at 9h position
Swiss superluminova C3: on hands, dial and bezel 12h dot
Water resistance: 1000m/3300ft, officially certified by Swiss test laboratory
Movement: Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 TOP GRADE

Update: Haldor Abissi is now available for pre-order at Indiegogo. Please visit the following link for order:-
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/haldor-swiss-made-dive-watches--2

Piaget Altiplano Cloisonné Enamel ‘Year of Monkey’ Edition

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, piaget unveils a special limited edition Altiplano watch featuring a cloisonné enamel dial that portraits monkey, the ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac.

Every year since 2012, Piaget has marked the arrival of the Chinese New Year with its “Art & Excellence” collection staging that year’s zodiac sign, hand-crafted in the great Grand Feu cloisonné enamelling tradition. From the mythical dragon to the regal stallion, the undulating snake to the free-spirited goat, each symbol is re-imagined within the watch’s ultra-thin case, as the dial becomes a magnificent stage set for a virtuoso performance of the most elaborate decorative arts.

Pairing the traditions of fine watchmaking with its unrelenting passion for artistry, Piaget pushes the boundaries of creativity, unleashing the talent of its craft masters and artisans, and challenging them to apply their ancestral techniques to the creation of distinctive pieces. World-renowned master enameller Anita Porchet has lent her skills to bring each Chinese zodiac sign to life in her own exceptional interpretation, turning the ultra-thin Altiplano watch into a refined work of art. One of the few artisans to master every single enamelling technique, Anita Porchet uses cloisonné for the “Art & Excellence” collection to better isolate the colours and ensure an optimally clear vision of the grey shading. By partitioning the enamel using cloisons, the refinement of the artwork is enhanced, giving the seated monkey its delicate glistening coat of fur as it proudly holds a peach, symbol of immortality, up against a soft sky-like background.
The patience and attention required at every stage of the process makes enamelling an art of perfection. First, the artisan forms the motif with hollow partitions created with strips of gold, then crushes and mixes the pigments by hand before delicately applying the colours inside the partitions with a fine brush. The artistic virtuosity of the piece comes from the artist’s ability to achieve the subtlest shades of grey, graded from the more intense to the lighter, with a succession of flawless applications. In accordance with the tradition of grand feu enamels, the successive firing of the piece in the kiln at over 800°Cgives the enamel its ethereal glow, and guarantees the longevity of the masterpiece.

Charming yet mischievous, the monkey is portrayed in the signature style of the collection defined by a vivid combination of black and white, as well as the countless details that give the motif life-like qualities. Adding fire and brilliance to a spectacular celebration of the Chinese New Year, the purity and vibrancy of the enamel work is enhanced by Piaget’s gem-setting expertise with the 18-carat white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds. The intricate dial conceals a Piaget 430P hand-wound mechanical manufacture movement.

The Altiplano “Art & Excellence” from the Chinese Zodiac collection is limited to just 38 pieces available exclusively in Piaget Boutiques.

Technical details
Model: Piaget Altiplano 38 mm in cloisonné enamel
G0A40540 – N° 01 / 38
Exclusive to Piaget Boutiques

Case
18-carat white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.7 ct)
Case diameter: 38 mm

Dial
Grand Feu cloisonné enamel dial inspired by the Chinese zodiac and graced with a Monkey motif

Movement
Manufacture Piaget 430P ultra-thin mechanical manual-winding movement
Approx. 43-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes

Strap
Black alligator leather with white gold pin buckle

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Mido Belluna Heures & Minutes Decentrees (M024.444.16.031.00)

The new Belluna Heures & Minutes Décentrées asserts the excellence of Mido’s watchmaking expertise. Positioned at 10 o’clock and 4 o’clock respectively, the hours and minutes counter and the seconds counter present finishes that contrast magnificently with the silver grained dial. These two off-centred counters, combined with the scrolling date at 7 o’clock, establish the exclusive nature of the Belluna Heures & Minutes Décentrées. Fitted with an automatic movement equipped with a small-seconds complication, this model is faithful to the lines of the Belluna collection. Its timeless elegance will appeal to all those who love rare timepieces, both men and women alike.

Inaugurated in 1871 to promote the arts and science, London’s Royal Albert Hall is now one of the most renowned concert halls in the United Kingdom. Built in the inimitable Victorian style, this vast red-brick monument is comprised of several concentric circles and an impressive glass dome, which towers over the centre of this curved, resolutely rounded structure. Just like this magnificent building, the Belluna range displays perfectly harmonious forms and embodies classic, timeless elegance.
Combining tradition and modernity, the Belluna Heures & Minutes Décentrées is a unique timepiece. Its all-new design is both classic and original, while its magnificent dial offers a play on circles and curves evoking the spectacular architecture of the Royal Albert Hall. It houses two off-centred counters: the hours and minutes counter located at 10 o’clock, and the seconds counter positioned at 4 o’clock. It is this unique touch, together with the scrolling date at 7 o’clock, that gives this model its originality. The radiant silver grained dial captivates with its various finishes: the hours and minutes counter is sunray satinated, the seconds counter is snailed, and the rings surrounding them are black nickel-plated. An opening in the first quarter of the dial displays the name of the model in French – the language of watchmaking par excellence. This extraordinary dial together with the attention paid to every detail make the Belluna Heures & Minutes Décentrées an exceptional model that is emblematic of Mido’s expertise.

Fitted with an automatic movement with petite complication, the Belluna Heures & Minutes Décentrées is available in a stainless steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter, which will suit both men’s and women’s wrists. The harmonious dial is protected by a sapphire crystal treated with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. Enthusiasts of fine watchmaking mechanics will endlessly admire the finely decorated automatic movement, which features an oscillating weight adorned with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo, through the transparent case back. Water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft), the Belluna Heures & Minutes Décentrées comes with a black crocodile look leather strap integrated into the case, and a folding clasp.

Technical details
Movement    
Automatic ETA 2825-2, 11½’’’, Ø26 mm, height: 6.60 mm, 25 jewels, 28,800 A/H, ETACHOCS and NIVACOURBE shock-absorber, NIVAFLEX NO mainspring, NIVAROX 2 balance-spring, gilded NICKEL balance wheel. Finely decorated elaborate movement with polished screws, decorated oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and Mido logo. Function HM-Ss-D. Adjusted on 3 different positions for a high accuracy. Min. 38 hours power reserve.

Case   
Stainless steel 316L, Ø40 mm, 3 pieces, sapphire crystal with an anti reflecting treatment on both sides, screwed case back, transparent case back to see the finely decorated and elaborate movement, engraved serial number, water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m / 165 ft)

Dial   
Silver grained, black nickel-plated counters rings, sunray hours & minutes counter, snailed seconds counter, polished indexes individually applied, date at 7 o’clock.

Hands   
Leaf-shaped.

Strap   
Black genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look, integrated into the case, stainless steel folding clasp.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Ulysse Nardin FreakLab Boutique Edition

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Ulysse Nardin unveils a new boutique edition of its revolutionary timepiece FreakLab, a horology marvel that was originally launched at Baselworld 2015.

Since 2001, the Freak collection has reset the world of watchmaking, raising the bar with every new engineering and design feat. It was the first watch to incorporate a silicium escapement, a diamond escapement in 2005 and the Dual Ulysse escapement the same year. Remarkable and monumental achievements, the evolutions of the Freak, with every release, amaze; and to this day, it remains an unrivaled timekeeping phenomenon.

For the first time, a version of the Freak collection showcases a re-centered balance wheel, a date function, and the breakthrough UlyChoc safety system – a new generation of shock absorbers designed, developed and produced entirely in-house.
The new limited-edition FreakLab is more unique thanks to the special materials, including blackened titanium and carbon fiber. The middle case and horns are crafted of blackened titanium; the case bezel is constructed of carbon fiber, an extremely strong material. Combined, they not only reveal a watch that is supremely durable, but also one that elicits fascination and vigor. Its allure further expounds upon the avant-garde design and milestone setting mechanism of the original FreakLab.

The user-friendly rotating bezel is freed via a safety clip at 6 o’clock. This is used to set the hours and minutes when rotated clockwise, and the date when rotated counter-clockwise. The other bezel winds the mainspring barrel, which is designed for a power reserve of more than seven days.
Proudly black and decorated with a modern and simplistic wave graphic, as well as a carbon fiber pattern – continued throughout the leather strap, this original version of the FreakLab tells a style story all its own and demonstrates a durability unlike any other.

Limited to 99 pieces, FreakLab is exclusively available at Ulysse Nardin boutiques.

Technical details
Model: FreakLab Boutique Edition
Limited Edition to 99 pieces
Reference 2103-138_CF-BQ

Movement 
Caliber UN-210
Movement indicates the time and the date
1 Hour Tourbillon
UlyChoc security system on regulating organ
Power Reserve: 7 days
Frequency: 4Hz (28,800 v/h)
Moment of Inertia: 8 mg*cm2, adjusting over 4 screws
Hairspring: Silicium, exclusive Ulysse Nardin design
Escapement: Exclusive Dual Ulysse escapement in silicium, non-lubricated
Orbite: 1 revolution in one hour
Winding: Manual winding over the back of the case; 1 full rotation is equivalent to 12 hours of power reserve

Functions 
H/M displayed by the rotation of the movement
Date
Time Setting: Unlock device and turn bezel forward
Date Setting: Counter clockwise rotation of the time setting bezel

Case  
Blackened titanium, bezel in carbon fiber
Diameter:45 mm

Strap  
Black leather with carbon fiber motif

ArtyA Son of Earth Butterfly Collection: Chapter II (Butterfly Delicacy, Butterfly Pasionaria & Butterfly Blue Lagoon)

In 2012, ArtyA’s CEO and designer Yvan Arpa created the Son of Earth collection – and endowed it with the most beautiful and living things the Earth has to offer. One of the first designs in the line was the Butterfly.

ArtyA is bringing some change and fresh colour to its traditional cases, with three new shades in the Son of Earth Butterfly collection:
  • Chocolate: “Butterfly Delicacy”
  • Black: “Butterfly Pasionaria”
  • Blue: “Butterfly Blue Lagoon”

ArtyA’s dial artist Dominique Arpa-Cirpka offers a new creative take each time; for these magnificent cases, the result is a high-flying artistic composition – featuring a kaleidoscope of butterfly wing fragments. These miniature works of art draw your gaze into a dream world in which beauty reigns supreme.
Butterfly Blue Lagoon
These watches don’t simply reproduce the design, style and colour of a butterfly. Under the strict control of the relevant authorities, and with their full consent, since 2010 artist D. Arpa-Cirpka successfully incorporated genuine butterfly wings within the dial. All of ArtyA’s DNA is distilled in these timepieces: unique, tailor-made watches that are highly creative – and completely unprecedented in the field of watchmaking.

The subtle butterfly wings from the Lepidoptera family are also enhanced with gold leaf. The blend of green, orange and black hues amid the gold leaf creates a unique colour balance; the interplay of the matching shades makes it look as if the gold is actually part of the wings themselves. Each tone naturally finds its place, the very particular texture of the butterfly wings reflecting light in an ever-changing way – varying with the place, the atmosphere and the time of day.
Butterfly Delicacy
ArtyA really has outdone itself with the Butterfly, creating a living watch, alive with perpetual movement. The wearer sports a timepiece that will remain discreet when concealed by a sleeve – but which comes to life when the Butterfly is exposed to the light, displaying all-new reflections each time.

Faithful to its primary desire to create “Unique Pieces”, ArtyA offers its customers customized cases and hands. This timepiece has a set of hands decorated with a large ‘A’ floating above the butterfly dial. The case – here, a traditional round ‘Classique’ shape – will be available in several sizes, 38mm to 47mm.
Butterfly Pasionaria
The case features the side inserts that have become ArtyA’s aesthetic hallmark, too, along with a fine plating of ArtyOr, the brand’s exclusive alloy, offsetting the golden colours on the dial perfectly.

The timepiece uses a Swiss Made three-hand automatic caliber and is set on a black leather strap featuring black hand-sewn top-stitching. This sober finish creates a discreet, authentic effect – all the better to highlight the natural beauty of the butterfly wings displayed on the Farfalla’s dial.
Butterfly Pasionaria
Technical details
Case
High grade steel 316 IL with PVD treatments in different colors
Size: 38mm to 47mm
Engraved and screwed back case
ArtyOr or black PVD lateral inserts
Double anti-reflection sapphire

Dial
Made with real butterfly wings and gold leaves

Movement
ArtyA Automatic Swiss high end movement A82 in house modified
Power reserve: 46h

Display
Hours, minutes, seconds

Strap
High leather strap quality, (crocodile straps available)

Edition
Unique Piece 1/1

Price
Price: 5’900 CHF to 7’900CHF

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry Limited Edition

In an innovative design partnership, the iconic singer and musician Bryan Ferry and the Manufacture H. Moser & Cie. created a signature limited edition watch of 100 pieces, the Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry. This watch will be available from January 2016.

Widely regarded as the embodiment of the glamorous and romantic worlds evoked by his songs, Ferry is also lauded as an icon of sartorial and personal cool and as an accomplished designer in his own right. Having studied Fine Art under Richard Hamilton at Newcastle, Ferry is renowned for creating the legendary Roxy Music album covers and now a new legend: the H. Moser & Cie. limited edition Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry.
Drawing on inspiration from the historic models from H. Moser & Cie. , the Limited Edition references the dial details from specific H. Moser pocket watches: the dial is in a lacquered white with a matte finish  and with figures whose aesthetic clearly evoke the past, combining black and  touches of red.
This retro look is enhanced by the minute track which emphasizes the edge of the dial, as well as the traditional for m of the blued hands. This classic, timeless creation has an ultimate elegance coupled with a sobriety and it displays, every so discreetly, the name of Bryan Ferry in red at 6 o’clock, instead of the usual "Swiss Made".
Combined with a rose gold case with sculpted shapes with alternating polished and brushed surfaces, the buffed brown calfskin strap completes the Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry model.

Technical details
Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry
Reference 1321-0116, model in rose gold, white lacquered dial, leather hand-finished bracelet in brown calfskin, limited edition of 100 pieces

Case
18-carat rose gold, three-part
Diameter: 38.8 mm, Height: 9.3 mm
Sapphire crystal
See-through sapphire crystal case-back
Crown adorned with an “M”
Engraved on movement side of case with “ LIMITED 100 PCS”

Dial
White matte lacquered dial
Hands with a traditional blued finish and shape

Movement
Mechanical hand-wound in-house HMC 321 calibre
Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 ¼ lignes
Height: 4.8 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
27 jewels
Power reserve: minimum 3 days
Hacking seconds
Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
Original Straumann Hairspring® with a stabilised Breguet overcoil
Interchangeable Moser escapement

Functions
Hours and minutes
Small second
Power reserve indicator on movement side

Strap
Hand-stitched, hand-finished brown calfskin leather
Solid rose gold pin buckle engraved  with the Moser logo

Sunday, November 22, 2015

RAYMOND WEIL freelancer (New Model - 7730-STC-60112)

The latest model from RAYMOND WEIL freelancer collection boasts a contemporary look. Blending polished steel, slate grey dial and orange detailing, the new freelancer has retained a distinctive personality and a style all of its own.

Featuring a mechanical movement with automatic winding and a 46-hour power reserve, this 42mm steel freelancer is distinguished by its classic and urban elegance. The date window has been redesigned to make it easier to read, as has the graduation of the tachometer scale on the inner bezel. The chronograph's orange hands sit in sharp contrast with the slate grey galvanic sun-brushed dial and black leather strap. The applique is secured by a signature screw, highlighting the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. Its screw-down case back and crown guarantee that the timepiece is water-resistant to 100 metres.
The freelancer collection, a nod by the Swiss watchmaker to its independent company status, is the brainchild of Elie Bernheim, Raymond Weil's grandson and current company CEO, and was introduced when he joined the family business in 2006. Created in honour of free spirits and individuals wanting to remain masters of their own destiny, it has continued to evolve while retaining the features that make it so special. Free from all constraints, with an elegant yet casual look, bevelled horns and emblematic screws, this best-selling collection has emerged as a RAYMOND WEIL must-have.
Technical details
Model: 7730-STC-60112

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

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

Case
Round – Polished and satin steel
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 13.7mm
Bezel: Polished steel
Crown: Polished steel – screwed and fluted with RW monogram
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Case back: Screw down, with sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Slate grey galvanic with indexes, small seconds counter at 9 o’clock surrounded by an applique fixed by a screw

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

Bracelet
Black calf leather strap. Folding RW steel clasp with a double push-button security system

Saturday, November 21, 2015

RAYMOND WEIL MAESTRO (New Model: 2237-STC-20001)

Swiss luxury watchmaker RAYMOND WEIL welcomes a stunning new model to its maestro collection. Tribute to the Brand’s watchmaking roots and its dear source of inspiration, music, the automatic maestro collection has become emblematic with its elegant and refined lines. Pure and taut lines, delicate dial decoration and modern hands and indexes; this new model is an evolution of the emblematic maestro timepiece. The mechanical movement with automatic winding has a 38 hour power reserve and a large date window at 3 o’clock ensures optimal readability.
The 39.5mm polished stainless steel case perfectly balances the black dial and strap. This maestro also features a very unique folding clasp system which gives a very restrained and discreet look to the watch.
Technical details
Model: maestro 2237-STC-20001

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement
Power reserve: 38 hours
Jewels: 26

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds
Date Window at 3 o’clock

Case
Round – Polished steel
Diameter: 39.5mm
Thickness: 9mm
Crown: Polished steel – fluted with RW monogram
Crystal: Sapphire with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Case back: Snapped, with sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Black with steel indexes
Hands: Steel type, barrel-shaped

Bracelet
Genuine black alligator-style calf leather with polished steel folding clasp

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Juventus Limited Edition

Swiss luxury brand Hublot presents the new Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Juventus in a limited edition dedicated to the champion Italian club.
Hublot has in fact been the Official Timekeeper of Juventus since 2012. The new Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Juventus from Hublot showcases the bi-retrograde UNICO movement with automatic winding, resulting from the know-how of the Swiss watch brand.
A mix of innovation and tradition expressed in the iconic colours of the Old Lady of Italian football: a case of diameter 45 mm, made of black polished and satin ceramic, with anti-reflective sapphire crystal, rubber and black titanium crown, titanium and rubber buttons in black and white, with the Juventus logo printed on caseback glass, as well as a dial, hands and strap with an alternating black and white design.

Designed specially for timing the two 45-minute halves of a football game, the new Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Juventus focuses on the cutting-edge design of the UNICO movement with an integrated column wheel and exceptional flexibility.
Technical details
Model: Big Bang UNICO Bi-Retrograde Juventus
Reference: 413.CQ.1112.LR.JUV15
Limited edition of 100 copies

Case
"Big Bang Unico" – diameter 45 mm; Black polished and satin ceramic
Bezel: Carbon fibre with 6 titanium screws, black H-shaped
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Lug: White composite resin
Crown: Black rubber and black titanium with satin finish
Buttons: Black titanium and white rubber at 2 o’clock and black rubber at 4 o’clock
Case back: Satin ceramic engraved with progressive "xx/100". Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside and Juventus logo
Water resistance: 10 ATM (100m)

Dial
Black and white

Hands
Retrograde minute hand in black and yellow
Retrograde second hand in white
Micro-peened rhodium satin hands for hours, minutes and small seconds with luminescent white coating

Movement
HUB1261, movement of bi-retrograde manufacture with UNICO automatic winding, central chronograph and column wheel
Power reserve: 72 hours

Strap
White rubber and black alligator strap with white stitching
Clasp: Folding, black titanium

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Victorinox Swiss Army Airboss Collection - Airboss Mach 9 & Airboss Black Edition

The Airboss collection by Victorinox Swiss Army is inspired by the countdown commander of an aircraft carrier - known as the “Air Boss” - who determines every take-off and landing time. His role requires pinpoint accuracy and unwavering attention to detail.

To mark the end of 2015, the Airboss line is welcoming its newest addition: the Airboss Mach 9 chronograph. This timepiece features all the exceptional functions introduced by Victorinox Swiss Army, namely a 180° rotation of the movement, which places the chronograph start/stop button at 8 o’clock for optimal use by the right thumb, a crown and date window at 9 o’clock, and a second crown at 2 o’clock.

Refined aesthetics, robustness, precision and perfect readability across all functions are the watchwords that guided the creators of this model, which has been reinterpreted and redesigned down to the finest detail for the 2015 version. The very open dial  is  characterized  by  oversized numerals and long central hours and minutes hands, both covered with luminescent material and topped by the chronograph seconds hand. As expected, Victorinox Swiss Army has not forgotten military time, which is printed on a circle traced in the center.
The timekeeping functions are operated in the traditional manner,  using  two  oblong  pushers positioned on the flank of the case band either side of the crown. The 30-minute counter is at 6 o’clock, the 12-hour counter at 12 o’clock, the small-seconds indicator at 3 o’clock and the date aperture at 6 o’clock.

One of the most popular features of pilot watches is the practical rotary slide rule inscribed on the rotating bezel. This allows you to measure and convert different variables, such as the metric system into miles or litres into gallons, as well as speed, distance and fuel consumption. This function can prove extremely useful both in the air and in everyday life.

The Airboss Mach 9 chronograph is available in two versions: the first features an ecologically tanned brown leather strap while the second offers a stainless steel bracelet. A truly high caliber instrument, the Airboss successfully reinterprets the aesthetic codes of the first pilot watches.


The new Airboss Black Edition range showcases an essential expression of the Airboss collection. The Mach 9, Mechanical Chronograph and three hands models are now available in black PDV-treated versions with sandblasted cases that create a matt, technical and modern look. Victorinox’s signature red is present on both the seconds hand and the military time stamped on the lower part of the sapphire crystal.
The strap has been made from black canvas for a touch of elegance, with four areas of red stitching for a recognizable signature.

Technical details
Airboss Mach 9, Swiss Made
Case
45 mm case
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with triple anti-reflection treatment
Water-resistant to 100 meters (10 ATM / 330 feet)
Movement visible through screw-in stainless steel case back

Dials and strap
Anthracite gray dial
Numerals + hours and minutes hands covered with luminescent material
Military time stamped in red beneath the crystal
Date aperture at 6 o’clock
Ecologically tanned strap or stainless steel bracelet

Movement
Valjoux 7750 automatic mechanical movement

Functions
Chronograph: hours, minutes, seconds, date, 30-minute counter at 6 o’clock, 12-hour counter at  12 o’clock and small-seconds indicator at 3 o’clock.
Slide rule

Availability
Winter 2015

Airboss Mach 9 Black Edition, Swiss Made 
Case
45 mm sandblasted case, black PVD finishes
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with triple anti-reflection treatment
Water-resistant to 100 meters (10 ATM / 330 feet)
Movement visible through screw-in stainless steel case back

Dials and strap 
Black dial
Numerals + hours and minutes hands covered with luminescent material
Military time stamped in red beneath the crystal
Date aperture at 6 o’clock
Nylon strap

Movement
Valjoux 7750 automatic mechanical movement

Functions
Chronograph: hours, minutes, seconds, date, 30-minute counter at 6 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 12 o’clock and small-seconds indicator at 3 o’clock.
Slide rule

Availability
Winter 2015

Airboss Mechanical Chronograph Black Edition, Swiss Made 
Case
42 mm sandblasted case, black PVD finishes
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with triple anti-reflection treatment
Water-resistant to 100 meters (10 ATM / 330 feet)
Movement visible through screw-in stainless steel case back

Dials and strap Black dial
Numerals + hours and minutes hands covered with luminescent material
Military time stamped in red beneath the crystal
Date aperture at 3 o’clock
Nylon strap

Movement
Valjoux 7750 automatic mechanical movement

Functions 
Chronograph: hours, minutes, seconds, date, 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and small-seconds indicator at 9 o’clock.

Availability
Winter 2015

Airboss Mechanical Black Edition, Swiss Made 
Case
42 mm sandblasted case, black PVD finishes
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with triple anti-reflection treatment
Water-resistant to 100 meters (10 ATM / 330 feet)
Movement visible through screw-in stainless steel case back

Dials and strap
Black dial
Numerals + hours and minutes hands covered with luminescent material
Military time stamped in red beneath the crystal
Date aperture at 6 o’clock
Nylon strap

Movement
ETA 2824-2 automatic mechanical movement

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, and date

Availability
Winter 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ArtyA Son of Race Limited Edition

ArtyA unveils the Son of Race, its first timepiece to draw inspiration from the world of NASCAR auto racing; the legendary contest that began in the 1950s in the United States. Responding to popular demand on the part of its clients with a keen interest in the sport, ArtyA has produced two very limited editions of 99 watches.

With a diameter of 44.5 mm, The Son of Race echoes the style of ArtyA’s mythical Russian Roulette, with the addition of an aluminium rim above the carbon fibre dial. The piece even allows itself the luxury of a world first: the time is only visible when the watch is moving, thanks to the optical effect of transparency when the rim is spinning at full speed.
Another innovation is that the hub of the rim runs right through the dial... and the sapphire crystal. This is a fully exclusive ArtyA feature, and indeed a watchmaking first. It makes it possible not only to watch the rim spinning, but also to actually touch it as it does – without the piece being any less waterproof as a result.

To the rear, the Son of Race celebrates the birth of a brand new oscillating weight. This sports a carbon fibre tachometer, complete with a red needle in the middle and markers engraved directly onto the sapphire back. The assembly is free to rotate, in a striking mirror image of the animation on the dial side.
The Race will be released first in Mexico, to coincide with the race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track, prior to a worldwide launch in the first half of 2016. And for the first time in its history, ArtyA will be sponsoring a race car.

Technical details
Case: High-grade 316 IL steel, with or without black PVD treatment
Exclusive ArtyA Automatic Movement
Fast-spinning dial resembles a race car wheel rim
Open back with moving tachometer on carbon fibre dial
Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 52 hours
Size: 44.5mm
Engraved and screwed back case
Steel or black PVD side inserts or carbon fibre inserts
Double, non-reflective sapphire crystal
High leather strap quality (crocodile straps available)
Edition: Limited to 99 Pieces
Price: From CHF 6,900

URWERK EMC Pistol

EMC watch, the award winning horology creation from URWERK, is one of the most innovative mechanical watches ever made in Switzerland. It was the first and only mechanical watch in which the accuracy of the beating movement can be checked electronically at any time simply by pressing a button. This spectacular micro mechanical marvel was co-developed by URWERK’s artistic director Martin Frei, and master-watchmaker, Felix Baumgartner.

Now the duo joins hands with Florian Güllert, the master engraver, and leather strap experts Joséphine and Sylviane to create URWERK EMC Pistol, a strict limited edition version of the EMC watch.
The EMC watch is first of all based on URWERK’s proprietary movement — a chronometer movement with an original balance wheel and twin barrels. It’s also a crazy idea: an electronic device that oversees the proper operation of the watch by monitoring the sprung balance at its heart. The result is a mechanical timepiece that can be adjusted by its owner to achieve the best possible timekeeping performance. The movement for this watch was conceived, developed, manufactured and decorated in URWERK’s workshops. It’s a movement with a classic finish that contrasts with its futuristic performance. For the EMC Pistol, Martin Frei envisaged a watch that displayed contrasting styles. The minimalist design of the top part of the case dissolves into raised engravings. The smooth and satin-finished surfaces of the upper part highlight the decorative work of the lower section.
Technical details
Model: EMC Pistol – 5 pièces uniques

Case
Material: Titanium and steel
Dimensions: Width 43mm; length: 51mm; depth: 15.8mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: Pressure tested to 30m / 3ATM
Decoration: Engraving by Florian Güllert

Movement
Calibre: Calibre UR-EMC; movement made by URWERK
Escapement: Swiss lever
Balance: ARCAP P40; linear balance with an optical sensor
Frequency: 28,800v/h - 4Hz
Balance spring: Flat
Energy supply: Two barrels in series
Power reserve: 80 hours
Winding: Manually wound
Finish: Geneva stripes; snailing; shot-blasting; brushing; chamfered screw heads

Artificial intelligence
Generator: Hand-cranked Maxon® generator
Monitoring device: Optical sensor linked to the balance

Indications
Hours; minutes; seconds; rate indicator; power reserve; adjustment screw

Strap
Nile crocodile

Florian Güllert
Florian Güllert specialises in engraving firearms. He is a painstaking worker who loves his craft, proving that enthusiasm can coexist with meticulous care. For 15 years he has demonstrated his talent by transforming shotguns and handguns into works of art. Freehand chasing and engraving leave his mark on metal in scrolls and letters. This 43-year-old master-engraver set up his workshops at Klagenfurt on the shores of the Wörthersee Lake in Austria. He started his career as a gunsmith, graduating in 1995 from the Ferlach technical college. But he soon changed track. It was no longer the guns themselves that obsessed him; they merely became the canvas for his art. Four or five years ago, one of his clients mentioned URWERK. Curiosity led him to the website. When the watch company contacted him in 2014, he immediately agreed to accept a commission.

Joséphine Morf and Sylviane
Welcome to the little workshops of the Place Simon-Goulart in Geneva’s old watchmaking district of Saint Gervais. Hidden in an attic you find the Portalès leather company, presided over by its owner, Joséphine Morf, and Sylviane, her nimble-fingered worker. These two ladies are well known in watchmaking circles for their skill. Their speciality is the high-grade leather strap, the exceptional adjunct to outstanding watches. The strap for the EMC Pistol is certainly unconventional. Its manufacture is entirely in the hands of Sylviane who deftly manipulates edge bevellers, mechanical blades and cutters.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Luminox Atacama Field Series (New Models)

Luminox has yet again breathed new life into the very traditional Field watch category. The Atacama Field Series, named after the Chilean Atacama region, one of the driest areas in the entire world, was the inspiration for the Luminox’s Field Series.
The Atacama Field Series blends the functionality of a modern Swiss Made timepiece with an updated retro look and rugged styling. The newest pieces, day-date models (1922.BOB, 1924, 1924.M and 1929) and chronograph alarm models (1942.BOB, 1944, 1944.M and 1949), feature both earthy and bold new color ways, and the return of the classic Black-on-Black.
Originating in the 1880’s, the field watch gained popularity during the First World War due to soldier’s demands for reliable and portable timepieces. Trench fighting required quick, accurate timing so watches had to be small enough to be worn on the wrist.
The battlefield environment also created a need for exceptionally water and shock resistant watches, and the Field watch quickly evolved a distinctive style – rugged and utilitarian with virtually no embellishment. For almost a century, the Field Watch has epitomized American heritage style, and its popularity continues to grow.
Over time, the style has been updated and contemporized growing in case size with the trend towards larger watches, and also with the addition of quartz movement reliability with the advent of this technology.

The Chrono Alarm models feature the innovative and proprietary highly audible sound box construction for which Luminox is renowned. Water resistance ratings are 200 meters.

Luminox Limited Edition Tony Kanaan Valjoux (New Model – 1181)

Luminox introduces new version of the Limited Edition Tony Kanaan Valjoux Automatic. Since 2008 Luminox has partnered with Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan to bring his signature watch series to his devoted fan base. In collaboration, they have produced five successful Limited Edition series that have changed based on the evolution of Tony’s livery colors and now announces the latest Valjoux model featuring his new team number and colors. This new model is limited to 310 pieces worldwide.
All Tony Kanaan timepieces feature his signature asymmetrical black PVD-plated 316L stainless steel case with a high polish ceramic bezel and carbon fiber inlay on the case sides. The Valjoux model has a classic upscale look with a black vertically textured acid-etched dial for textural contrast. Kanaan is currently driving Car #10 for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and this model features the TK logo, his car number ‘10’, with the Racing Red dial accent stripe and timing second hand. The thick black leather strap also has red contrast stitching and red leather backing.
The Valjoux features a skeleton back and sapphire crystals on top and bottom. The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters and features the Luminox Light Technology system of self-powered micro gas tubes, mounted on the hands and markers of the watches, which glow continuously for up to 25 years. The Tony Kanaan Limited Edition, like all Luminox watches, is Swiss Made.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Luminox P-38 Lightning GMT (9420) & Chronograph (9440) Series

Utilizing aircraft-inspired details, the watches of the Luminox AIR series pay tribute to some of the most remarkable strategic aircraft in aviation history. Now two new Luminox timepieces, created under official and exclusive worldwide license with Lockheed Martin, introduce vintage–inspired models to the Luminox collection. Vintage or “throwback” apparel is a strong trend in men’s fashion as designers are reinterpreting popular designs from the past. In the watch world, this offers men the opportunity to buy new throwback watches without paying a vintage watch price.
The P-38 Lightning had a unique and compelling design and the watches pay homage to this industrial pre-war design with their cushion shaped stainless steel case, and dial font pulled directly from the instruments in the plane cockpit. The P-38 is available in Day/Date, Chronograph and Automatic movements. The Day/Date model has a secondary hour hand that can be set to a second time zone (or to GMT time), while the primary hour hand is set to local time, enabling the wearer to track two time zones.
The new 9427 GMT and 9447 Chronograph models feature a handsome smooth grain tan calf leather strap with ivory stitching. These straps are 4mm thick single piece leather with rough cut edges (essentially like a belt for the wrist) adding to the vintage character of the series.
First conceived in 1937, the twin-boomed P-38 was the most innovative plane of its day and the ultimate weapon, combining speed with unheard-of advances: two supercharged engines and a potent mix of four 50-caliber machine guns and a 20mm cannon.Upon its official introduction in 1940, the P-38 was capable of climbing to 3,300 feet in a single minute and reaching 400 mph, 100 mph faster than any other fighter in the world. It also doubled as an intimidating long-range threat, capable of carrying a larger payload than early B-17s and boasting a range of 1,150 miles. With its distinctive design, the P-38 was sleek and its twin tails gave it a radical new look. Nicknamed the "fork-tailed devil" by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot" by the Japanese, its versatility and ruggedness during WWII were tanks, and shoot down fighters and bombers.
Technical details
Model: 9427 GMT
Origin: Swiss Made
Always Visible: Constant glow for up to 25 years in any light condition

Movement
Ronda 515.24H, 2nd time Zone, Special HH
Battery/Battery life: 395/45 months

Case
316L stainless steel brushed
Size/Diameter: 44mm
Bezel: 316L stainless steel brushed with black aluminum ring, unidirectional turning bezel
Case back: 316L stainless steel brushed, screwed
Crystal: Sapphire glass, single antireflective coating
Crown: 316L stainless steel brushed, screw down
Height: 13.1mm
Weight: 120g
Water Resistance: 200 meters, 20 ATM, 660 feet, individually tested

Dial
Black dial, Ice blue light tube at 12h, Yellow tube from 1-11h, yellow tubes for hours and minutes and Ice blue tube for GMT

Strap
9421: Black leather strap with black stitches and steel signature buckle, 28mm
9427: Tan leather strap with ivory stitches and steel signature buckle, 28mm

Packaging
Wooden box, 140 x 140 x 100mm with P-38 picture on top
Instruction Manual
Lockheed Martin Collection Card
Certificate

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Roger W. Smith reveals the first British range of watches at Salon QP

British master watch maker Roger W. Smith has recently revealed his first range of watches at Salon QP watch exhibition held in London. Presented by Phillips, the preview, which was held from 12-14 November also featured a rare showing of Roger Smith’s unique Great Britain watch. It is almost the fifteenth anniversary of the first production wrist watches issued by the Roger W. Smith Studio in 2001; namely the Series 1.
Some of the key steps have included Roger’s landmark development, in 2010, of a single-wheel version of George Daniels’ co-axial escapement. This improvement enabled more accurate escapements which ultimately led to some slight improvements in actual timekeeping.  In 2012, a further milestone was achieved with Roger Smith’s radical lightening (by 23%) of the escape wheel resulting in further improvements to timekeeping, due to the faster acceleration and less abrupt deceleration of the escape wheel.

This iteration of Roger Smith’s new escapement was showcased in 2013’s GREAT Britain watch which has been travelling the world over the last 18 months to help celebrate the best of British innovation and craftsmanship.
It was this lengthy redesign phase which also prompted Roger to review his Unique Piece designs, and sparked the realisation that he had now created a large enough body of work to evolve a new range of watches.
The resulting Series 1, 2, 3 and 4 watches represent, for Roger Smith something of a renaissance in his approach to watchmaking. They also enshrine the watches he has produced to date as uniquely important stepping stones towards this new era.

Perhaps most importantly, however, it represents another significant step in the resurgence of Great Britain as a centre of excellence for watchmaking, for this is the first range of watches in the modern era to be produced entirely within the British Isles and is all the more notable for coming from such a tiny watchmaking company based in the Isle of Man.

The uniquely British provenance of Roger’s in-house movements remains the true heart of his hand-crafted watches and the principle evolution of his approach. In addition, he substantially redesigned the view of the movement through the back of the watch and this new movement architecture is the feature most distinguishable from his previous work. The case design has also been reviewed and Roger’s 40mm case has been refreshed for the Series 1, 2 and 3 pieces. The Series 4 has a 41mm case in order to house the extensive calendar complication.

Roger W. Smith Series 1
Following the launch of the Great Britain wrist watch in November 2013, Roger W. Smith has received great number of requests from connoisseurs to create a time-only wristwatch.  The new Series 1 is Roger’s response: A 40mm cased, manually wound wristwatch displaying hours, minutes and seconds.
Roger W. Smith Series 2 
The new Series 2 is an evolution of the model which has been perfected over the last ten years since its original release. The Series 2 is a 40mm cased, manually wound wristwatch displaying hours, minutes, seconds and power reserve dial.
Roger W. Smith Series 3
The original Series 1 featured a retrograde date complication and, since the completion of that series Roger W. Smith has made two Unique Pieces which both featured developments of his original 2001 design.  It was as a result of reviewing those watches that helped to devise a new Series. The resulting Series 3 is a 40mm cased, manually wound wristwatch displaying hours, minutes, seconds and a retrograde date complication.
Roger W. Smith  Series 4
Roger W. Smith had wanted to create an instantaneous triple-calendar wristwatch for some time, but was initially dissuaded by the often difficult-to-read dials. Typically key information is either too small to be legible or the calendar hand will, in its movement around the dial, obscure the day and month apertures for several days at a time. 
After significant experimentation, the resulting Series 4 watch has a split dial and ‘travelling date aperture’ which overcomes this issue.  To accommodate this complication, the Series 4 is a slightly larger 41mm cased, manually wound wristwatch displaying hours, minutes, seconds with date, day, month and phase-of-moon complications.
The prototypes were unveiled by Roger Smith at Salon QP (12-14 November) and presented by the watch department of Phillips along with his unique Great Britain watch which has been travelling the world to help promote the best of British craftsmanship. So far in 2015, it has visited Shanghai and Suzhou in China, Paris and Blenheim Palace.