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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Armand Nicolet O.H.M. L15 Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Armand Nicolet welcomes a new model L15 to its prestigious limited edition series O.H.M.

The O.H.M. (Original Historical Movement) Series feature original historical movements from the 1950’s and 1960’s that are recovered and tuned in Armand Nicolet’s atelier. These series are produced only in Limited Editions because the quantity is determined by the amount of original historical movements still available. Watchmakers at Armand Nicolet’s atelier manually restore and re-assemble each of these unique pieces. These precious movements are the result of many years of expertise and dedication to the fine art of watch-making. The uniqueness, the beauty and the exceptional technical value along with the historical charm are the reasons of the extraordinary success of Armand Nicolet’s O.H.M. Series.
Thanks to its slightly smaller case, curved dial and leaf shaped hands; the L15 is simply the watch you need to highlight the shape of your wrist. These features will spread a halo of elegance and charm from your figure that will be impossible to resist. The observance of the tradition is kept by its finishing, which is the same of the successful LL9 model.
This collection is offered in the three classic materials: stainless steel, gold and a combination of the two. The colour of the dial varies from silvered to black without forgetting the grey shade of the stainless steel version. The grey dial with pink indexes is available on the two toned version and also on the rose gold model that comes with silvered dial as well. The limited amount of watches produced relates to the quantity of original components from 1967 still available in the Armand Nicolet factory.

The L15 collection will be produced in the total amount of 450 pieces (400 pieces in stainless steel and two-toned, 50 pieces in rose gold).

Technical details
Movement
Calibre AN0703A, obtained from AS 1883 produced in 1967 and modified in 2014
Mechanical, automatic
173 components
Diameter: 26 mm
Thickness: 4.50 mm
Jewels number: 25
Power reserve: 42 hours

Winding system: Automatic
Escapement: Swiss “ancre”
Hair-Spring: Flat hair-spring
Balance: 10 mm diameter
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz)
Adjustment: Regulated in 5 positions
Finishing: Côtes de Genève, Perlage, Rhodium treated
Shock Absorber: Incabloc

Functions
Hours, minutes, central seconds

Case, dial and strap
Case 316 L Stainless steel, Two-toned Stainless steel 316L with bezel and crown in 18 Kt rose gold 5N or 18 Kt rose gold 5N
Diameter 39 mm
Thickness 10 mm
Dial Black; Silvered; Grey
Glass: Sapphire crystal with antiglare treatment
Strap: Alligator
Buckle: Tang Stainless Steel 316L
Water Resistance: 5 ATM

References
A780AAA-NR-PI0780NA: Stainless Steel 316L, Black Dial & Black Strap
D780AAA–GS–PI0780GA: 18 Kt Rose Gold & Stainless Steel 316L, Grey Dial - Grey Strap
S780AAA–AS–PI0780GA: 18 Kt Rose Gold, Silvered Dial & Black Strap

Eterna Adventic GMT with in-house 3914A calibre

The new Adventic GMT is a masterpiece of fine watchmaking from Eterna that underscores the importance of substance over appearance. An understated, modern aesthetic joins forces with forward-looking technology, practical functionality with first-rate quality and reliability.

The Adventic GMT has a pronounced individual character and displays its contemporary aesthetic appeal without resorting to unnecessary gimmickry. Nevertheless, as the displays on the dial suggest, the Eterna inhouse 3914A calibre housed inside the case represents technology at its most advanced. To achieve this, the basic 39 movement was equipped with automatic winding, a date window at 3 o'clock, a small seconds at 9 o'clock and a practical additional time zone. The latter features a 24-hour scale and is accommodated at 6 o'clock in its own subdial, whose distinctive colour and design sets it apart from the rest of the watch.
In the latest version of the Adventic GMT, the single hands in the second time zone and the small seconds are both neon orange-coloured, which adeptly creates a link to the warm brown of the ostrich skin strap. Otherwise, the beautiful anthracite dial is reduced to essentials and radiates stylish self-assurance. Elegant, elongated indices with luminous highlights are dotted around an outer ring whose discreet circular decoration is reiterated at the centre of the two subdials. The simple design of the hands, likewise finished in anthracite and coated with white SuperLuminova, perfectly rounds off the modern, no-frills display for maximum legibility.
The 42-millimetre stainless-steel case with its unfussy, gently contoured bezel, slim lugs and finely knurled crown radiates the same, stylish discretion. The time and skill lavished on the finish is reflected in the fascinating interplay of the polished and satinized parts, and in the five decorative grooves that embellish the sides of the case. Five small spheres on the crown represent the famous Eterna brand logo.

The Adventic GMT's automatic 3914A movement is based on the Eterna proprietary 39 calibre, the latest innovation from the company's workshops in Grenchen, which can be modified to produce no fewer than 88 different movements. The basic movement, which in its simplest form is hand-wound, owes its astonishing versatility to the unique modular design. This permits simple and efficient integration of additional components and sub-assemblies. Apart from its unmatched versatility, the calibre's enormous potential lies in standardized production and optimized assembly that guarantee outstanding movement quality. Like all other versions of the movement, the Adventic GMT's 3914A calibre has other impressive features such as chronometer-level precision and a guaranteed 68-hour power reserve, and is equipped with further-improved Spherodrive technology. Seventy percent of the parts are manufactured at Eterna's Grenchen headquarters or in the immediate vicinity.

Technical details
Model: Adventic GMT
References: 7661.41.56.1352
Movement: Eterna calibre 3914A
Case: Stainless-steel, 42mm
Dial: Anthracite
Strap: Brown ostrich leather
Functions: h, min, date, small second, GMT
Price: CHF  3‘900.-/EUR  3‘800.-

Eterna Super KonTiki

Since 1962, the name Super KonTiki has been synonymous among divers for outstanding reliability and precision. Today, the first diver's watch with a rotating bezel from the House of Eterna is a timekeeping icon both on land and below the surface. This year, the original celebrates its much -awaited revival with several new models, including the Black edition, limited to 888 watches.
When Eterna developed its first KonTiki models back in 1958 to commemorate a daring expedition across the Pacific, a unique success story for the art of Swiss watchmaking began. The watch line rapidly established itself as a benchmark for extreme sportiness, absolute reliability and precision, ruggedness and resilience. It has remained so to this day, almost five decades on.
Even the earliest KonTiki steel cases were water resistant to 200 metres. In 1962, Eterna also developed the Super KonTiki for professional divers, the first diver's watch with a rotating bezel. Its large, highly legible Roman numerals supplied divers with the information they needed to time decompression stops correctly during ascents.
Now, in 2015, Eterna pays tribute to this unmistakable icon of timekeeping both above and below the surface with the launch of new Super KonTiki models inspired by the 1960s’ and 1970s’ originals. The new watches have unmistakably inherited the solid case with its contoured sides, as well as the characteristic rotating bezel with its chunky, knurled edges, from their predecessors.
The triangular indices, shaped like a compass needle, are likewise a stylistic element that characterized the first KonTiki watches. The robust, strikingly sporty exterior combined with the reliable automatic movement predestines the Super KonTiki to be the ideal companion for modern adventurers and explorers who attach value to having their own individual sense of style.
For all those in search of something special, Eterna presents the Super KonTiki Black Limited Edition. For this version, limited to just 888 watches, the case comes shrouded in mysterious, jet-black. The orange-coloured, Superluminova-coated hands and luminescent dots adjacent to the hour indices stand out even more prominently against the likewise jet-black dial and guarantee perfect legibility whatever the lighting conditions.
The Super KonTiki Black Limited Edition comes with a black milanese bracelet, a black NATO strap with a central orange stripe that exactly matches the colour of the hands, and a black leather strap.

The brand also offers three unlimited versions of Super KonTiki in stainless steel. In these models, the famous compass needle-shaped indices on the black dial and the luminescent hands are finished either in neutral white or an eye-catching yellow. The cool vintage style is perfectly rounded off with a milanese bracelet, a black-and-orange NATO strap or a leather strap with the popular used look.
The watches in the KonTiki line are a reminder of the courage and resolution of archaeologist and ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl. Back in 1947, the 32-year-old Norwegian and five other scientists set out from the Peruvian coast into the Pacific Ocean on a simple raft made of balsa wood named after Kon-Tiki, an Incan sun god.

Heyerdahl had embarked on his derring-do expedition to prove that it would have been technically possible for the pre-Columbian Indians of South America to reach Polynesia with the help of the Humboldt Current and the Passat wind. On their wrists the researchers wore specially made, extremely tough and reliable watches from Eterna's workshops. The crew put their trust in these indispensable navigation aids whenever they had to carry out manoeuvres or make decisions upon which depended not only the success of their mission but also the survival of the men themselves.

After 101 days and nights on the high seas, with almost 8000 kilometres behind them, Thor Heyerdahl and his crew finally reached the Raroia atoll in Polynesia. Their watches likewise survived the journey and shown no sign of damage from salt water, the humidity or the fluctuating temperatures. The technical findings and expertise taken from the creation of the timepieces for this successful expedition subsequently flowed into the further development of Eterna's sports watches.
Technical details
Super KonTiki / reference: 1273.43.41.1365 (Black edition)
Movement: Sellita calibre SW200-1
Case: Stainless-steel with PVD, 45mm
Dial: Black
Strap: Black nato, leather strap or black Milanese bracelet
Functions: h, min, s, date
Price: CHF 2’550.- /EUR  2’600.-

CERTINA DS Action Chronograph

Equipped with either a moulded rubber strap or a three-row brushed stainless-steel bracelet, the new DS Action Chronograph is a stunning timepiece. Its broad bezel and oversized, skeletonised hands, indices and indicators make reading the time an easy matter in all conditions, enhanced by the uncompromising accuracy provided by its cutting-edge PrecidriveTM movement. The DS Action's sporty dial comes in either black or blue, to satisfy all watch lovers.

The brushed 316L stainless-steel case of the new, Precidrive- equipped CERTINA DS Action Chronograph is slightly oversized at 43 mm and makes a truly distinctive design statement. Its broad, polished unidirectional bezel wears large, highly-visible numerals, as well as a stripe of Superluminova along the first quadrant from 12 to 3 o’clock. Further Superluminova treatment on large dots at five-minute marks, inside the bold triangle-tipped indices at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock as well as on the various hands, ensures optimal underwater readability. Behind a sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces, the black dial is home to two chronograph counters, for 30-min. and 1/10th-sec., and a small-second counter, each one highlighted by a silver-coloured outline. A date window is conveniently placed at 6 o'clock.
Safety features and famous DS-Concept (Double Security) assembly make the DS Action Chronograph especially well-suited to very demanding environments. A screw-on case-back, screw-in push-buttons as well as a protected screw-in crown inscribed with the letters "DS", allow a high level of security. The timepiece is water-resistant up to a pressure of 30 bar (300 m) and the presence of the historical CERTINA turtle logo on its case-back is a constant reminder of the DS Action’s outstanding quality.

Other versions of the DS Action are available to suit different occasions. A three-row stainless-steel bracelet version with a twin-push-button buckle and diver extension, a rubber-strap version with the same twin-push-button buckle with diver extension, and a titanium version, equipped with a matching twin-push-button diver-extension buckle.

Technical details
Movement
Swiss-Made, quartz ETA G10.212 PRDP Precidrive
H, M, small second, date
Chronograph 30 min., 60 sec., 1/10th sec. (in real time during first minute)

Case and dial
Brushed316L stainless steel with polished bezel
43 mm diameter
Screw-on case-back with historical CERTINA turtle logo
Unidirectional rotating bezel with large teeth for easy use
Superluminova on bezel, small-second hand, HM hands and indices
Crown/push-buttons: Protected screw-in crown monogrammed with letters "DS", 2 screw-in push-buttons with black PVD detailing
Water resistance: Water-resistant up to a pressure of 30 bar (300 m)
Crystal: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces

Strap/bracelet
Three-row brushed stainless steel with
Twin-push-button diver-extension buckle

References
C032.417.11.051.00- stainless-steel bracelet model, black
C032.417.11.041.00- stainless-steel bracelet model, blue

Other versions
Model is also available with black rubber strap or in titanium

Recommended Retail price
Stainless steel bracelet model, black: Switzerland CHF 755.- / UK£ 580.- / IRL770.-
Stainless steel bracelet model, blue: Switzerland CHF 755.- / UK£ 580.- / IRL770.-

CERTINA DS Stella

The latest edition of the CERTINA DS Stella adds a dash of modernity to an exquisite timepiece which now also features a highly-accurate Precidrive™ movement at its core. A deliberately open and bright dial design unites silver-coloured surfaces and a richly feminine band of mother-of-pearl around a central sunray-textured area, for a stylish and truly original touch. Carefully placed upon the mother-of-pearl surface, evocative, classical PVD yellow Roman numerals and indices tell the time through a sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces.
An angled outer rim adds visual depth to the design and carries twelve delicate Top Wesselton diamonds to mark the hours. The graceful, gently rounded PVD yellow HM hands are treated with Superluminova, which is also added to a small eye on the central second hand. An oversized date window is placed at 3 o’clock.

The bicolour polished 316L stainless-steel case wears a narrow bezel in the same PVD yellow used on other elements of the DS Stella, next to a case back decorated with the historical CERTINA turtle logo. The timepiece is water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m) and is of course equipped with the well-known CERTINA DS Concept. It sports a five-row bicolour PVD yellow and polished stainless-steel bracelet with a twin-push-button butterfly buckle, in perfect harmony with the case.

Technical details
Movement/Functions
Swiss Made ETA F06.461 Quartz Precidrive
H, M, central second, big date

Case
Bicolour PVD yellow/polished 316L stainless steel
31.6 mm diameter
Case back with turtle logo
Water resistance: Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m)
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces

Dial
Silver-coloured central sunray-textured area with surrounding band in mother-of-pearl
Silver-coloured angled outer rim with
12 Top Wesselton diamonds, VS-SI 8/8, 0.048 carats
PVD yellow hands, Roman numerals and indices
Superluminova on H, M, S hands

Watch strap
Bicolour PVD yellow/polished 316L five-row stainless-steel bracelet with twin-push-button butterfly buckle

Other features
Specificity: DS (Double Security) Concept
References: C031.210.22.116.00
Retail price: Switzerland CHF 745.- / UK £ 570.- / IRL € 765.-
Versions: Other versions are available

Certina DS-8 Chronograph Moon Phase

The distinguished DS-8 chronograph from Certina is now comes in poetic versions thanks to the addition of a moon phase indicator. Inside its brushed/polished stainless-steel case, its highly accurate PrecidriveTM movement uses an original arrangement of chronograph displays in a new look, with a brushed sunray-finished dial and an elegant leather strap.
Placed at 10 o’clock on the dial, the moon-cycle shows both average cycle duration and moon quarters, next to standard H, M, small-second and date information. Chronograph functions, which include 12-hour, 60-min. and 60-sec. timing, have been carefully rearranged, with 12-hour information shown in a window inside the 60-min. counter and 60 sec. timing displayed through the central second hand. The case is a gorgeous fusion of polished case areas next to brushed lug surfaces, and complementary polished bezel, crown and push-buttons. Fashionably sized at 42 mm, the case is well-suited to both day and evening activities.
Both the hands and the indices, in beautiful PVD rose-gold, are treated with Superluminova, to enhance readability under all lighting conditions. The sapphire crystal, treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces, allows clear viewing of the beautiful, brushed sunray-finished dark-grey dial surface and the various timing indications.
The CERTINA DS-8 Moon Phase is water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m) and is assembled using the well-known DS (Double Security) Concept, as underlined by the letters “DS” inscribed on the crown tip. The case-back carries the historical CERTINA turtle logo as a further reminder of the timepiece’s reliability and long life.
Additional models are available, including a black and a silver-coloured dial version, with five-row brushed/polished stainless-steel bracelet or brown leather, respectively, and the same reliable twin-push-button butterfly buckle.

Technical details
Movement
Quartz ETA G10.962 BH PRD PRECIDRIVE, Swiss Made,
Chronograph 12 h, 60 min and 60 sec functions
Moon phase and average cycle duration indication
H, M, small-second, date

Case
Polished316L stainless steel with brushed lugs
42 mm diameter
Water resistance: Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m)
Crystal: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
Crown: Crown tip decorated with letters “DS” (Double Security)
Specificity: DS (Double Security), turtle emblem on case-back

Dial
Dark-grey, brushed sunray finish
Superluminova on PVD rose-gold hands and indices

Watch strap
Brown leather strap
Twin push-button butterfly buckle

References
C033.450.16.081.00 (Dark-grey dial, brown leather strap)
C033.450.11.051.00 (Black dial, steel bracelet)
C033.450.16.031.00 (Silver dial, brown leather strap)

Recommended retail price
C033.450.16.081.00: Switzerland CHF 765.-/ UK £ 580.- / IRL € 790.-
C033.450.11.051.00: Switzerland CHF 795.-*/ UK £ 595.- / IRL € 820.-
C033.450.16.031.00: Switzerland CHF 765.-*/ UK £ 580.- / IRL € 790.-

Monday, March 30, 2015

HUBLOT - Big Bang Ferrari Carbon King Gold & Big Bang Ferrari Carbon Titanium

The Big Bang Ferrari Carbon is the embodiment of exclusivity and sporting prowess, offering a fusion of high-quality and high-tech materials. It took the R&D department six months to structure the layers of materials which form the bi-material bezel and to obtain a regular incrustation of the metal in the carbon. The result is a carbon bezel incrusted with gold, or titanium, which reinforces the high-tech spirit of the Big Bang model. The properties of the composite's materials complement each other in a fusion which marries beauty and innovation.
The case – made from titanium or an exclusive King Gold alloy – features a special finish: a brilliant, micro-blasted coating for extra hardness and a silky metallic-effect appearance. The case middle incorporates elongated push-buttons, fixed to a rotating staff like the controls on a car.
The dial features an appliqué of the iconic prancing horse at 9 o'clock, while the minute counter and date window appear at 3 o'clock in the colours of the Ferrari shield.
The Big Bang Ferrari Carbon is fitted with a Unico manufacture movement, available for the first time in an All Black version. Its black PVD-coated main plate, bridges and oscillating weight are visible through the dial and sapphire back.

Each timepiece is paired with a "One click" leather strap, sewn onto grey rubber, featuring the signature stitching on Ferrari’s upholstery. The titanium version with a black strap is available as a 1000-piece limited edition; the King Gold version with a brown strap is available as a 500-piece limited edition.

Technical details

References
401. NJ.0123.VR – 1000-piece limited edition (Titanium)
401. OJ.0123.VR – 500-piece limited edition (King Gold)

Case
45 mm diameter in 18K King Gold or Titanium
Bezel: Carbon and Gold (King Gold) or Carbon and Titanium (Titanium) ; 6 H-shaped screws, countersunk, polished and locked, in black PVD-coated titanium
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel lugs: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin and carbon inserts on the case middle
Crown: Satin-finished King Gold, over-moulded black rubber (King Gold) or Polished titanium, over-moulded black rubber (Titanium)
Push-piece at 2 o'clock: Polished black PVD titanium, black rubber insert
Push-piece at 4 o'clock: Satin-finished titanium, engraved Ferrari logo filled with red lacquer
Case-back: King Gold or Titanium; Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 metres

Dial
Sapphire with white Hublot logo transfer
Ferrari prancing horse appliqué, 5N gold-plated (King Gold) or polished rhodium-plated (Titanium)
Satin-finished indices, 5N gold-plated (King Gold) or rhodium-plated (Titanium)

Hands
Titanium Model
- Hour and minute hands, satin-finished, rhodium-plated, black Super Luminova™
- Counter hand with Ferrari red varnished finish
- Chronograph hand, satin-finished, rhodium-plated, Ferrari red varnished point, Black Super Luminova™

King Gold Model
- Hour and minute hands, satin-finished, gold-plated, black Super Luminova™
- Counter hand with Ferrari red varnished finish
- Chronograph hand, satin-finished, gold-plated, Ferrari red varnished tip, Black Super Luminova™

Movement
HUB 1241 Unico movement, developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot, automatic flyback chronograph
Date: Yellow window at 3 o'clock
Oscillating weight: Satin-finished and micro-blasted black coating, imitating the shape of a wheel rim
Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours

Strap
Black rubber, Schedoni leather grey with red stitching (Titanium)
Black rubber, brown Schedoni leather with brown stitching (King Gold)
Clasp: Deployant buckle with carbon inserts in 18K King Gold or black PVD Titanium

HUBLOT Big Bang Unico Bi-retrograde Chronograph for Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC

Hublot has launched Big Bang Unico Bi- retrograde Chronograph, the official watch of Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club.

This timepiece perfectly fused the functionality of soccer chronograph with Evergrande logo. The Big Bang Unico is the first Hublot timepiece ever produced with a bi-retrograde function along with a central chronograph dedicated to a top football club. Hublot watch series with self-produced UNICO movement is unique enough to stun the watchmaking industry. When you press the chronograph button, chronograph second hand and minute hand start to time from left to right within 45 minutes showing an arc track, which is half time of the football game. Another area is increased for a 15 minute timer so that the whole timekeeping time comes to 60 minutes. There is one Go button on each side of the crown, representing the timing to start, stop and reset. The button at 2 o'clock position will also be used to control the timing of 4 patterns: the first half, half time, the second half and the final whistle, all displaying clearly through a window located at the 12 o'clock position.
The iconic design of integrated column-wheel and dual-clutch on dial side perfectly show an exceptional flexibility of UNICO movement. Comprising 385 components and a central chronograph featuring a Bi-retrograde chronograph movement (vibration frequency of 4 Hz, 28,800 / each h ). Hublot is the only watchmaker of the same level who uses this kind of movement in watchmaking industry.
The dial and hands are in iconic Evergrande red and yellow. C-tiger, the official Evergrande mascot and the slogan of "Be the Best Forever" engraved on the case back boast the sense of exclusiveness. The watch is available in King Gold and titanium, only 50 numbered pieces for each version.
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club, as one of the top football clubs in Asia, has achieved outstanding triumphs. From 2011 to 2014, the club made it to the top of Chinese Football Association Super League for 4 consecutive seasons. In 2013, Evergrande won the first place in AFC Champions League and became the first champion of the league in Chinese football history.

Technical details
References
413. NX.1137.LR.FCZ15 (Titanium, Limited to 50 pieces)
413. OX.1138.LR.FCZ15 (King Gold, Limited to 50 pieces)

Case
Case: Titanium or King Gold, polished and satin-finished
Diameter: 45.5mm Thickness: 16.9516.95 mm
Bezel : Titanium or King Gold, polished and satin-finished with 6 H-shaped titanium screws, polished black PVD Glass : Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lug : Black composite resin
Crown : Black rubber and satin-finished 18K King Gold
Pushers : Titanium or King Gold with yellow and black rubber
Case back : Titanium or King Gold, satin-finished engraved 50 pieces
Case back Glass : Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment ""Guangzhou Evergrande FC" logo printed

Dial
Mat and satin-finished black multilayer dial

Hands
Yellow retrograde minute hand Red retrograde second hand Satin -finished and micro- blasted rhodium-plated or gold-plated minute, hour and small second hands with black luminescent

Movement
Caliber Hublot HUB1261 UNICO Manufacture self-winding Bi-retrograde movement with central retrograde movement with central chronograph and column wheel
Diameter 30.40mm; Thickness 10.80mm
Components: 385
Frequency (Hz): 44 Hz (28'800 A/h) Power Reserve: 72Hours Water Resistant: 10ATM (100m)

Strap
Black rubber and black alligator strap + red stitching Buckle: Titanium deployant buckle clasp (Titanium) Black PVD Titanium with King Gold insert deployant buckle clas (King Gold)

Tissot PRS 516 New Version

The Tissot PRS 516 references Tissot's fabulous history and shows it is still at the forefront for motorsport devotees. It looks back to 1965 when the Tissot PR 516 paid homage to a racing car with the familiar holes in the steering wheel seen in the watch's strap and immortalised in Tissot's iconic advertisement '"hand on the steering wheel".

The new model is sharply modern but just as stylish, with a smooth banana shape case with black bezel and pushers which resemble the pistons of a car engine. Fans will be delighted original details remain, with the famous holes in the strap and floating indices with hands that pass underneath adding an authentic, vintage touch. 
Like a fine racing car, the Tissot PRS 516 pays close attention to detail to ensure a winning result. For the first time, it boasts a new movement for Tissot, that, as well as being highly performing, with its 60 hours of power reserve, also has a rotor shaped like a steering wheel for an adrenaline-fuelled finish.
Additionally it uses materials that are both tough and opulent – with a new ceramic or carbon bezel which features a tachymeter, while a domed anti-reflective sapphire glass is not only luxurious but also brings the details to life. Detailed patterns on the dial give a luxurious sense of depth, while a date display window and the volume around the counters and edge of the dial reference beautiful racing cars. Extra touches of colour on the bracelet or dial add a sense of dynamism budding race car drivers will appreciate.

Technical details

Swiss Made
Automatic movement ETA A05.H31
316L stainless steel case with see-through caseback and balck ceramic bezel with tachymeter
316L stainless steel case with black PVD coating, see-through caseback and carbon bezel with tachymeter
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided antireflective coating
Water resistance up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft)
316L stainless steel bracelet with butterfly clasp with push-buttons or leather strap with folding clasp and push-buttons

Paul Picot Chrono Gentleman Minoia 2 Black DLC

In 2013, Swiss watch brand Paul Picot presented a limited edition Chronograph dedicated to Giuseppe Morandi, Chevalier OM and winner of the first 1000 Miglia legendary car race. Then, in 2014 it was the turn of Ferdinand « Nando » Minoia, a real pioneer of car racing; he won several races while driving prestigious cars such as Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, to name a few.

Given the popularity of those limited editions, Paul Picot will present this year a new series of 100 pieces of the Minoia 2 Chronograph. This time it will be in a black case (treated DLC) with the addition of a brushed finished bezel in fine steel. It will also be equipped with a natural rubber strap, which will give the watch a peculiar look. Each watch will be delivered in a precious wooden box, together with a book on the history of this legendary driver.
Technical details
Case and dial
Stainless steel case with Minoia logo in red at 9o'clock – legendary car driver
Water resistant to 50 meters
Sapphire glass
Paul Picot screw down crown
Customized dial, mat black colour with Superluminova index
A 6-hour and 12-hour white over-sized counters are inspired by the old car instruments
Brushed bezel with tachymeter scale
Bottom plate personalized with major Minoia’s victories: First of Coppa Florio (1907) –Millemiglia (1927) and International Gran Prix (1931)

Movement
Automatic movement Valjoux 7750 base

Strap
Rubber black strap
Alligator strap with red stitching (optional)

Packaging
Each watch is accompanied by OM book with the story of Fernando Minoia
Delivered with limited edition certificate and luxury wood box

Paul Picot Atelier - The Dragon e Fish date

The saga of the Grand Feu enamel dials continues this year unabated in its success and is increasing popularity very quickly due to the high demand from the lovers of the art of the enamel.  After the horse, the toucan, the frog, the snake, the tiger and the butterfly, this year the Dragon and the Fish adorn the 18K rose gold Atelier case.
The Paul Picot Atelier “l’Art de l’émail” dials are embellished using high quality ancestral techniques: Champlevé, Flinqué and enamelling. In the Champlevé technique, hollows are created to be filled with enamel. In Flinqué, incisions are made in the tiniest surfaces to intensify the colours. Lastly, the dial is enamelled. The enamel is carefully prepared and vitrified at 850 degrees Celsius.

Technical details
Automatic movement Chronometer certified C.O.S.C.
All parts of the movement are finished by hand
Oscillating rotor with solid gold parts
Sapphire back case
Sapphire glass
Water resistant 50 meters
Alligator strap

Paul Picot Megarotor GMT with Grand Feu Enamel Dial

For the first time, Swiss watch brand Paul Picot is presenting a GMT model fitted with a splendid Grand Feu enamel dial depicting a world map.

Protected by a 42mm diameter case that is water-resistant to 50 meters, the self-winding Paul Picot movement shares the distinctive features of the very finest watch mechanisms. It is fitted with its exclusive "Megarotor" oversized rotor which reduces the time the movement takes to wind by 20% compared to a standard automatic watch, thus improving accuracy. This exclusive rotor is made of heavy tungsten alloy and it is decorated with an 18K gold plate.
The GMT function is extremely user friendly: The 24-hour hand indicates the time in your current time zone, simply pressing the pushers enables to adjust the 12-hour hand to show the time in your current location. Pink gold versions and steel will be offered in limited editions, fitted with a Champlevé Grand Feu enamel dial illustrating the world in different shades.
Technical details
Automatic movement with exclusive Megarotor system
Sapphire back case
Sapphire glass
Water resistant to 50 metres
Alligator strap

Harry Winston Midnight Diamond Stalactites Automatic 36mm

The enchanting Midnight Diamond Stalactites present a fitting addition to the extraordinary lineage of precious Midnight creations from the House of Harry Winston.

Building on its gemsetting expertise, Harry Winston designers established a unique rhythm to recreate the random appearance of frozen ice found only in nature. For the rose gold model, in-house artisans delicately set the dial with round brilliant diamonds, depicting splendid stalactites. The white gold model features a fancy arrangement of sapphires and diamonds that perfectly complements the graded shades of the dial.
Harry Winston’s Midnight Diamond Stalactites are adorned with a delicate and ever-changing mother-of-pearl dial, perfect for the face of a feminine watch. The gentle hues of the Tahitian mother-of-pearl and shimmering white mother-of-pearl beautifully accentuate the radiance of the precious stones and highlight the exquisite delicacy of the design.
 Midnight Diamond Stalactites, like the House’s Premier and Ocean Collections, appear in a 36-millimeter case. A first for the Midnight Collection, this new case size maintains the precision and seamlessness of its predecessors, while revealing an intimate forest of stalactites that at once radiates both strength and fragility.

Midnight Diamond Stalactites is driven by a mechanical automatic movement equipped with a silicon balance-spring. The dial, case and lugs sparkle with 245 brilliant-cut diamonds on the rose gold model, while the white gold variation is set with 110 sapphires and 135 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Technical details
Model: Midnight Diamond Stalactites Automatic 36mm

Movement
Caliber HW2008
Mechanical, automatic
Diameter: 26.2 mm
Height: 3.37 mm
Number of components: 186
Number of jewels: 28
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4Hz)
Balance spring: Flat silicon balance spring
Finishes: 18K rose gold open-worked rotor, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, chamfered bridges

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
18K rose gold
Diameter: 36 mm
Height: 9 mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Case back: Open, sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 bars
Gemsetting on the case: 84 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.91 carats)

Dial
Tahitian mother-of-pearl
Stalactites” décor with 161 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.70 carats)

Strap
Hand-sewn taupe alligator leather strap
Buckle 18K rose gold ardillon buckle

Total carat weight
245 brilliant-cut diamonds (env. 1.61 carats)

Variations
18K white gold, shimmering white mother-of-pearl dial with “Stalactites” décor with 110 brilliant-cut sapphire (approx. 0.76 carats) and 51 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.09 carats), blue alligator leather strap

Gc LadyChic Turquoise Python

Python print is an integral part of Gc’s fashion heritage, creating striking design statements building upon the latest colour trends. This year, Gc once again presents a new exotic luxury fashion timepiece: The Gc LadyChic Turquoise Python. Its irresistible turquoise colour accents mix with warm earthy tones, and sumptuous rose gold to combine the latest trend in style with one of the “in” colours of the season.
The pure round shape of the warm rose gold (PVD) watch case provides the perfect frame for the smooth bezel in sophisticated silk screen python print. The delicately elaborated mother of pearl dial continues the reptilian story with its matt and satin polished scale pattern. Added to the python look, contrasting large rose gold Roman numerals alternate with arrow and pyramidal indices. These, together with the iconic Gc T-bar strap attachment and mushroom screws, give this watch a dynamic and modern expression whilst maintaining its feminine character.
The soft calf leather strap with its python scale structure smoothly wraps around the wrist. A gentle stylish invitation to enter the Gc garden of paradise and explore your power of seduction. The LadyChic Python is available in three different sizes – from a day-date version with a 36.5 mm case, to a three-hands model with a 32 mm case down to an ultra feminine mini model with 25 mm case.
Technical details
Precision Swiss quartz movement:
- Day/date: Precision Swiss Made movement RONDA 706
- Three hands: Precision Swiss Made movement RONDA 763.2
- Two hands: Precision Swiss Made movement RONDA 762.2
Polished 316L rose gold PVD case (36.5mm, 32mm, 25mm)
Silk-screen printed bezel
Screwed caseback with style number engraved for day/date and three hands sizes
Screw-down crown with opaline resin cabochon top over the embossed Gc logo for day/date size
Scratch-resilient sapphire-coated mineral crystal
White mother of pearl with matt & polished scale pattern
Hand applied rose gold Roman numerals and pyramidal and arrow head indices
Rose gold hands coated with Super-Luminous
Printed calf leather with python scale structure
Water resistant to 100 Meters / 10ATM for day/date

References
Ref: Y10001L1: Diver Chic
Ref: Y10002L1: Diver Chic
Ref: Y10003L1: Diver Chic
Ref: Y09001L1: Diver Chic Day/date
Ref: Y09002L1: Diver Chic Day/date
Ref: Y09003L1: Diver Chic Day/date

Available from: June 2015
Average retail price: 250-395€


Gc LadyChic Collection

This new Gc series is the personification of contemporary female chic. The clear round shape of the case with the slightly tapered wrist brand creates an elegant feminine appeal. Adorned with a mother of pearl dial rich in details, that contrast with the purity of the case, this timepiece offers a subtle mixture of sobriety and glamour for the lady of today.

The Gc LadyChic is the new fashion Swiss Precision ladies series for Gc. It combines all the brand’s characteristic design elements such as modern mushroom pushers and T-bar attachment, together with elaborate details for a fashionable edge.
Particularly elegant are the Gc LadyChic ceramic link executions in rose gold PVD with blue or white ceramic inlaid bracelet and matching bezel.

To add a glamorous touch to any evening attire, a deep midnight blue mother of pearl dial with swirling wave-shaped guilloché inner circle is emphasized by a smooth outer ring with hand applied rose-gold indices. Further depth is obtained through enamel counters that match the elegant blue enamel coated cabochon crown and the blue ceramic middle links of the rose gold (PVD) bracelet.
For a light summer’s day feel, the white ceramic execution with white mother of pearl dial, gives a sunny fresh look to this timepiece. Available in a wide range of executions, the Gc LadyChic makes a true statement of contemporary fashion wherever you go.
Technical details
Movement
- Chronograph: Precision Swiss Made movement ISA 8172/220 - Standard time indication with central hour and minute hands, analog chronograph with 30 minute counter, day and date, chronograph hand 1/5 second
- Day/date: Precision Swiss Made movement RONDA 706 - Standard time indication with central hour and minute hands, day and date counters
- Two hands: Precision Swiss Made movement RONDA 762E - Standard time indication with central hour and minute hands

Case, dial and strap
Rose gold PVD bracelet with high-tech white or blue ceramic central link with deployment buckle
Polished rose gold PVD case with white or blue high-tech ceramic bezel (36.5 mm, 32 mm and 25 mm)
Screwed caseback with style number engraved for chronograph and day/date sizes
Screw-down crown with embossed Gc logo for chronograph size
Scratch-resistant sapphire-coated mineral crystal
Water resistance: 100 Meters / 10ATM for chronograph and day/date sizes; 50 Meters / 5ATM for mini size
White or dark blue mother of pearl dial with central spider web guilloché pattern
Hand applied indexes and luminous Roman numerals
Luminescent hands coated with Super-Luminous


References
Ref: Y07010L7: LadyChic Mini
Ref: Y07002L1: LadyChic Mini
Ref: Y07004L1: LadyChic Mini
Ref: Y06009L7: LadyChic Day/date
Ref: Y06002L1: LadyChic Day/date
Ref: Y06004L1: LadyChic Day/date
Ref: Y05009M7: LadyChic Chronograph
Ref: Y05002M1: LadyChic Chronograph

Available from: September 2015
Average retail price: From 375 to 525€

Gc-3 Mechanical Chronograph Limited Edition

The Swiss Made Limited Edition mechanical Gc-3 chronograph makes a statement in technical sophistication and design refinement with a striking midnight blue model. Equipped with a Swiss movement (Valjoux 7750) featuring a 48-hour power reserve, this bold 44mm timepiece smartly combines Swiss watch making savoir-faire with high attention to detail and a dynamic contemporary look.

The Gc-3 Limited Edition is a prestigious mechanical timepiece offering both sporty appeal and sophisticated technical features with true Swiss Made watchmaking values. The luxurious new watches are equipped with the self-winding mechanical Valjoux 7750 movement, that present a 48-hour power reserve and chronograph functions offering an add and split function with a precision of up to 1/10th second.
The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on the exhibition case back shows the fine details of the movement such as Côtes de Genève engraving on the oscillating weight and 25 jewels. The technical performance can be identified by the movement’s oscillating hairspring that executes 28,800 vibrations per hour. The positioning of the three counters on the dial is characteristic of this movement with the hour counter at 6, the minute counter at 12 and the second counter at 9 o’clock.  A day and date window is positioned at 3 o’clock.

With its rose gold (PVD) bezel featuring a 12-facet design secured  by  five  decoration  screws  and  the  striking  deep engraved square pattern in a deep blue on the dial, perfectly set off by its bold steel case, this timepiece makes an elegant statement of masculine chic. Rounded off with a high-class blue croco-embossed leather strap, this combination of stylish look and technical refinement makes the Gc-3 an irresistible choice for sporty watch connoisseurs.

The Gc-3 Mechanical is equipped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal; Super-LumiNova® coated indices and hands, screw-down crown with embossed Gc logo as well as a water resistance up to 100 meters.

Technical details
Swiss Made
Precision Swiss Made mechanical self-winding movement (Valjoux 7750)
Numbered and limited to 100 pieces
48 hours power reserve
Transparent case back with sapphire crystal
Blue guilloche textured dial with hand-applied rose gold (PVD) indices
Screw-down crown with embossed Gc logo
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Blue croco-embossed leather strap with deployment buckle
Water resistant to 100m (10 ATM)
Available: October 2015
Average retail: 1895€

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 70th Anniversary Edition

The Vintage 1945 timepiece celebrates its 70th anniversary - Girard-Perregaux reinterprets the Art Deco lines of its iconic collection with two limited series paying tribute to the original model and the great watchmaking tradition of the bicentenary Manufacture.

Vintage 1945 Small Second 70th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Vintage 1945 collection, Girard-Perregaux offers a modern reinterpretation of the personality of the original model. Its two-toned pink gold and steel case, the applied numerals on its dial and hands are a throwback to the 1945 model, echoing the Brand's tradition.

Girard-Perregaux celebrates its iconic Vintage 1945 with a gold and steel sculpted re-edition - a tribute to the original watch and the combination of materials so characteristic of Art Deco. Its elegant rectangular case with generous dimensions is faithful to the identity codes of the collection. The straight lines and curves are a vibrant tribute to the aesthetic heritage of the early twentieth century. Arched in both directions, it reduces its presence on the wrist while also perfecting the fit. The crown integrated in the middle fades to better enhance the watch profile.  On its back, the engraving of the limited edition and commemorative logo of the anniversary highlights the Art Deco-inspired collection and recalls the famous arrow shape of Girard-Perregaux Bridges.
Like the case, the dial presents a doubly-curved shape and is indicative of the skills needed to create such a piece. The hours are marked as on the original model by Arabic numerals. The applied numerals take the pink gold color of the bezel while the small second indication at 6 o'clock underscores its symmetry and balance. The dauphine-shaped minute and hour hands are faceted and delicately curved by hand to follow the shape of the dial.
This aesthetic sophistication is completed by a Manufacture movement with automatic winding, the GP03300-0051 indicating hours and minutes with the small second at 6 o'clock.  Born in the Girard-Perregaux workshops in compliance with the Brand's watchmaking tradition, it ensures reliability and precision. Equipped with a minimum 46-hour power reserve, its frequency is 4 Hz, or 28,800 vibrations per hour. With a 25.60 mm diameter and a height of 4.20 mm, it consists of 213 components. Its decoration opts for a traditional combination of côtes de Genève and circular graining on the bridges, main plate and oscillating weight.

To complete this tribute edition, Girard-Perregaux has opted for an elegant brown alligator strap mounted on a folding clasp.

Technical details
Model: Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Small Second 70th Anniversary Edition
Reference: 25880-56-111-BBBA

Case and dial
Case in gold and steel and bezel in pink gold
Dimensions: 36,20 x 35,25 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Dial: beige
Case-back: satin-finished and engraved with the Vintage 1945 anniversary logo, secured by four screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Movement
Girard-Perregaux movement GP03300-0051
Automatic mechanical movement
Diameter: 25,60 mm (11 ½’’’)
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h - (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 32

Functions
Hour, minute, small second

Strap
Black alligator strap with off-white stitches
Steel folding buckle

Vintage 1945 – Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges 70th anniversary Edition
The Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Vintage 1945 collection. Two limited editions create an exceptional link between eras, with the legendary Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon in the iconic Art Deco-inspired casing of the Vintage 1945 collection.

Few watchmaking designs have the rich history of the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges. In the nineteenth century, Constant Girard-Perregaux devoted many years to studying and building various escapement systems, in particular with tourbillon. His developments guided him towards majestic architecture: he redesigned three arrow-shaped bridges to hold the mobile parts of the movement and arranged them in parallel fashion, aligning the barrel, the gears and tourbillon on the same axis. He thus embodied a totally innovative concept: the movement was no longer just a technical and functional element, but a full-fledged design element. The perseverance and ingenuity of the La Chaux-de-Fonds watchmaker were rewarded in 1889 when the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges won a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition.

Several decades later, this movement continues to drive the Girard-Perregaux timepieces with the same requirements. The Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges imposes its iconic architecture and continues a tradition based on exceptional manufacturing and finishing criteria. The three parallel arrow-shaped Bridges create a perfect balance on the movement whose shape is adapted to the Vintage 1945 case. The combination of favourite Art Deco materials highlights the strength and character of this timepiece.
Entirely handmade, the finishing requires such dexterity that it can only be carried out by a few artisans at the top of their art. The pink gold Bridges are rounded-off: their chamfering gives them a rounded shape, over their entire length, a perfect curve. The light glides over and is reflected on their "mirror polished" finish, offering a fascinating contrast with the matte finish of the main plate. The Tourbillon is also the subject of particular attention, its 80 component parts being assembled within a space only 10 mm in diameter. To maintain its oscillations, Girard-Perregaux has chosen automatic winding with a platinum micro-rotor positioned under the barrel. It is an ingenious solution that leaves the architectural majesty of the movement intact.


Two limited editions are available. One of 18 watches in white gold and the other consisting of 8 watches, also in white gold and set with 112 baguette-cut diamonds whose geometry radiantly highlights the lines of the elegant rectangular case. Girard-Perregaux has chosen an invisible setting, one of the most complex techniques in the production of jewelled watches, juxtaposing the gems side by side in such a way that no metal is visible. The back is satin-finished and engraved with the commemorative logo of the 70th anniversary of the collection. Both models are available with a black alligator strap with a white gold folding clasp, set with 8 baguette diamonds for the jewelled version.

Technical details
Model: Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges 70th Anniversary Edition
Reference: 99880-53-00B-BA6A , Limited edition of 18 pieces

Case and dial
Case in white gold
Dimensions: 36,10 x 35,25 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: white gold with GP logo
Hands: dauphine style
Case-back: satin-finished and engraved with the Vintage 1945 anniversary logo, secured by four screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Movement
Girard-Perregaux movement GP09600-0028
Automatic mechanical movement
Dimensions: 30,30 x 28,60 mm (121/2 ‘’’ x 131/4’’’)
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h - (3 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 48 hours
Jewels: 31
Number of components: 249
Main plate: guilloche
Bridges: "rounded-off" Three Gold Bridges, arrow-shaped, beveled and hand-polished
Balance wheel: variable inertia
Spiral: Philips terminal curve

Tourbillon:
80 components with a total weight of 0,3 grams
One rotation per minute
Beveled and hand-polished upper and lower cages
Beveled and hand-polished escapement and pallets bridge

Functions
Tourbillon, hour, minute, small second on the Tourbillon

Strap
Hand stitched black alligator strap
Folding buckle in white gold

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges70th Anniversary Edition
Reference: 99880B-53-H000-BA6A , Limited edition of 8 pieces

Case and dial
Case in white gold
Dimensions: 36,10 x 35,25 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: white gold with GP logo
Hands: dauphine style
Case-back: satin-finished and engraved with the Vintage 1945 anniversary logo, secured by four screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Setting
Case and bezel: 112 baguette-cut diamonds ~5 cts
Buckle: 8 baguette-cut diamonds ~0.72 ct
Total setting: 120 baguette-cut diamonds ~5.72 cts

Movement
Girard-Perregaux movement GP09600-0028
Automatic mechanical movement
Dimensions: 30,30 x 28,60 mm (121/2 ‘’’ x 131/4’’’)
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h - (3 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 48 hours
Jewels: 31
Number of components: 249
Main plate: guilloche
Bridges: "rounded-off" three gold Bridges, arrow-shaped, beveled and hand-polished
Balance wheel: variable inertia
Spiral: Philips terminal curve

Tourbillon:
80 components with a total weight of 0,3 grams
One rotation per minute
Beveled and hand-polished upper and lower cages
Beveled and hand-polished escapement and pallets bridge

Functions
Tourbillon, hour, minute, small second on the tourbillon

Strap
Hand-stitched black alligator strap
Folding buckle in white gold set with 8 baguette-cut diamonds

About Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Collection
Like the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, the Vintage 1945 collection is rooted in the rich history of Girard-Perregaux. It started back in 1945. At the time, watch design was inspired by Art Deco; major artistic movement that profoundly made its mark on architecture, interior design, fashion, painting and photography.  The movement is based on the fundamental concepts of simplicity, geometry and structural coherence.

As a result, the right angle became poetic and understated forms aimed for perfection. Inspired by this creative explosion, in 1945 Girard-Perregaux designed a watch illustrating these principles. The watch featured a very simple structure with a rectangular case extended by lugs, symmetric design and curved sides incorporating the crown. Similarly, the alternation of materials - gold and steel - was characteristic of the Art Deco period.
Exactly fifty years later, in 1995, an original model of this watch reappeared in the collections of the Girard-Perregaux Museum. This was the origin of the collection called "Vintage 1945".  Far from being a nostalgic reproduction, the new model was thoroughly redesigned to form a modern creation, firmly rooted in its time: its case was waterproof, the fragile hesalite crystal was replaced with scratchproof sapphire, the pressed dial gave way to a dial machined into a spherical shape and specially curved hands hugged its dome. However, its general appearance reflected the beautiful simplicity that characterized the original watch: rectangular angles highlighted by gadroons, elongated horns, curved case perfectly fitting the wrist and a discreetly integrated crown.
Also similar to the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, the Vintage 1945 has since been constantly adapted.

Like the 1945 original, the initial model of the contemporary series was fitted with a hand-winding mechanical movement, the GP 101 caliber. Several combinations of materials, between pink or yellow gold and steel, were proposed, as well as a wide range of dial variants. As of 1996, the GP 101 was replaced by the automatic calibers of the GP 3000 series. Able to change according to preference, they allowed the Vintage 1945 to display a multitude of functions, which are still available today. The ladies' models and a metal strap appeared the same year.

The year 1999 saw the presentation of a variant to this global success: the automatic chronograph. The small volume of its GP 30C0 movement with column-wheel allowed Girard-Perregaux to offer, for the first time, a rectangular chronograph with dimensions adapted to any wrist, even women's. It was manufactured in many versions in gold or steel. One of these was a special series dedicated to the Villa Marguerite, the Brand's museum.

Why not combine the pure and symmetrical shapes of two emblems of Girard-Perregaux?  The idea grew in the early 2000s and came to fruition in 2004: the Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges was born, which summarized all of the Brand's aesthetic and technical expertise.
The watch was beautiful in every way, immediately recognizable, without the need to read the brand printed under the crystal. This foray into the field of Fine Watchmaking was not the only one: variants included a chronograph and perpetual calendar or perpetual calendar and equation of time, or split-second chronograph and jumping seconds.

In 2006 Girard-Perregaux presented what some consider the most amazing watch in recent years: the Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon. In addition to its impressive dimensions, its Tourbillon allows it to stand out mainly because its movement incorporated a slot machine mechanism, the famous "one-armed bandit" invented by Charles Fey in 1895. As with the original machine, the lever positioned on the side of the case could be pulled to rotate the drums. When they stopped randomly, a delicate jingling was heard. Disconcerting at first sight, it was nevertheless part of a long tradition, particularly strong in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when watch mechanisms used to entertain their owners.

Natives of La Chaux-de-Fonds include Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, one of the biggest names in modern architecture and design. In 2012, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of his birth, Girard-Perregaux decided to dedicate a trilogy of versions of the Vintage 1945 symbolizing the three cities where he worked: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Paris and Marseille. The materials used to make these watches, of which only 5 copies of each were made, were dear to Le Corbusier: steel, engraved metal, mother-of-pearl, leather and even concrete.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lebeau-Courally Phase De Lune

Lebeau-Courally, the manufacturer of highly exclusive hunting guns that incorporate traditional know how and artistic crafts, now sets to become a fully established luxury watch manufacture, thanks to the recent acquisitions made by the current owner of the Belgium based prestigious gun manufacturer.

In 2015, at Baselworld jewellery and watch fair, Lebeau-Courally unveiled the Phase de Lune – the first watch in its Manufacture Collection. It is equipped with the first Lebeau-Courally calibre ever made for watches, the LC0040.

This exceptional mechanical movement drives a fixed moon phase for which the brand applied for a patent licence. This innovation not only showcases the technical creativity of its in-house watchmakers – it also embodies a realistic reproduction of the different lunar phases in the moon calendar, for the first time ever.

Most traditional moon phase watches have always used an optical illusion with a lunar disc that gradually disappears behind the dial. In actual astronomy, the moon never disappears – except in the case of a total eclipse. In fact, based on its orbital position relative to Earth, the moon shows us its sunlit side in different angles. Consequently, what we actually see from our planet is that ‘lit’ part of the moon, which we call the moon phase.
In Lebeau-Courally’s Phase de Lune, this natural phenomenon is reproduced by a rotating disc that covers part of the fixed moon, represented with extremely detailed relief. The exactitude of this rotating masking disc is guaranteed by a wheelwork, subject to the hour wheel – and progressing continuously to complete the lunar cycle of 29.5 days. This watch therefore shows the lunation from the left to the right – representing the way we perceive the moon in our regions. Depending on your position on the planet – east, west, north or south – the lunar cycle is perceived differently. In Hong Kong, for example, the moon phases evolve top to bottom.

The uniqueness of Lebeau-Courally’s moon phase consists of the fact that the fixed moon can be positioned in such a way that it represents the moon phase and its evolution realistically – exactly as it would occur in the position where the observer is located on Earth.

Lebeau-Courally’s Phase de Lune calibre is housed in a gold case of 43 mm in diameter. The dial and the moon phase disc have been crafted in enamel ‘grand feu’. Apart from hour and minute indications, a third hand indicates the date on a 1 to 31 scale around the dial. At 8 and 10 o’ clock a newly designed lever in the shape of a ‘clé de fusil’ can be found. This lever is an iconic design feature of all Lebeau-Courally watches, referring to its heritage in bespoke hunting arms making. This lever has 2 functions: pressing it changes the date instantly; lifting it adjusts the moon phase setting.

Inside beats the LC0040 calibre, a mechanical movement with double barrel manual winding to guarantee a power reserve of at least 100 hours. With all components conceived, developed and produced by the Swiss Lebeau-Courally manufacture in Le Locle, this watch holds 195 components. Among those: a unique anchor escapement with a spiral and a balance with internally adjustable screws. The finishing of all components is done by hand – respecting the great Swiss watchmaking tradition. The movement can be admired through the sapphire glass on the back of the watch. The movement furthermore covers the entire case-back of the watch – the silent, yet distinctive proof of authentic manufacture calibres.

Technical details
Model: Phase de Lune
Functions: Moon phase, hours, minutes, central date
Movement: Manufacture calibre LC0040 (28,800 vibrations per hour), manual winding, power reserve of min. 100 hours
Finishing: Decoration of bridges in ‘Côte de Genève’, stippled mainplate, bridges and levers angled by hand
Case: 43 mm Ø in rose gold 4N or grey gold PD125
Dial: in enamel ‘grand feu’ black & blue
Strap: Alligator leather strap

JEANRICHARD Bronze Terrascope

Right at a first glance, the two bronze JEANRICHARD Terrascopes in 44 and 39 mm embody the quintessence of watchmaking, imbued with a sense of authenticity, elegance and grace – in any size, for any wrist and for males or females alike. The newest addition to the recently presented Terrascope 44 mm model is the 39 mm interpretation of the bronze dial Terrascope with a set bezel – an everyday watch with stunningly beautiful details that turn it into an elegant and utterly female timepiece.

The iconic JEANRICHARD Terrascope family has recently been extended by the 39 mm diameter timepieces, with the perfect dimensions to dress any wrists. This new model goes one step further by boasting a diamond-set bezel and a polished and vertically satin-finished stainless steel case particularly targeting the female audience. The growing affinity and interest of women in incorporating a timepiece into their lifestyle inspired JEANRICHARD to create this Terrascope 39 mm watch.
The unconventionality of the Terrascope paired with the discreet elegance give the bronze 39 mm timepiece a certain distinction and timeless touch. Whereas the cushion-shaped case and ostrich strap give the Terrascope the optical strength, the refined bronze tone that can be found on the dial and the shimmering brilliant-cut diamonds fortify the magnificence of this timepiece. The brushed dial, protected by an antireflective sapphire crystal case, creates a subtle contrast that enhances the shine of the diamonds, giving this watch an even higher intensity and elegance.

The core of the bronze watches remains the self-winding JR60 movement and the mechanical caliber that can be admired through a sapphire-crystal case back in the new 39 mm version. The ostrich strap is equipped with a stainless steel folding buckle and ensures comfort.

JEANRICHARD Bronze Terrascope (39 mm)
Reference: 60510D11AB01-QBAA

Case
Polished and vertically satin-finished stainless steel case
Bezel set with diamonds
Diameter: 39.00 mm
Height: 10.30 mm
Setting: 54 diamonds of 1.60mm,
Cut 32/24, clarity VVS (0.80 cts)
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back screw-down, engraved, sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 100 m
 
Movement
JR60, self-winding
Calibre: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)
Black oscillating weight with JR logo
Jewels: 26
Power reserve: minimum 38 hours
Functions: hour, minute, second, date

Dial
Bronze brushed dial
Suspended rhodium-coated indexes with additional luminescent dot
Rhodium-coated hands with luminescent material

Strap
Bronze ostrich strap
Stainless steel folding buckle

JEANRICHARD Bronze Terrascope (44 mm)
Reference: 60500-11-203-QBBA

Case
Polished and vertically satin-finished stainless steel case
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Height: 12.60 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back, screwed-dowm, engraved
Water-resistant to 100 m

Movement
JR60, self-winding
Calibre: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 26
Power reserve: minimum 38 hours
Functions: hour, minute, second, date

Dial
Bronze brushed dial
Suspended rhodium-coated indexes with additional luminescent dots
Rhodium-coated hands with luminescent material

Strap
Bronze ostrich strap
Stainless steel folding buckle