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

Ernest Borel Cocktail Collection

75 years after its first incarnation, the Cocktail collection is making its comeback. Since its first appearance in the 1940s, the Cocktail collection by Ernest Borel has challenged norms and turned the watchmaking world upside down. For the first time, women were discovering a spell-binding kaleidoscopic form through the subtle interplay of the seconds and minutes discs.
In 2015, the Cocktail collection is making a reappearance with a worthy successor to the original. Every woman will recognise the fundamental features behind the success of the initial collection. Its elegance remains intact.
The timepiece is available in four finishes: white, pink, red or purple, to suit all tastes. A new 35 mm -diameter case, PVD pink gold and yellow gold finishes, complete Ernest Borel’s timeless work of art. Meanwhile the hypnotic prism of the central kaleidoscope endures, a symbol of perpetual creation, its infinite number of combinations giving the perfect illusion of a world where anything can change simply by realigning the elements.
The elegance of Swiss watches has stood the test of time and continues to delight women who, from the 1940s to 2015, have aspired to elegance, sophistication and delicate originality.
Technical details
Cocktail Collection

References
BGR8080-28291WH: Rose gold PVD case, White leather strap
BGR8080-28291PK: Rose gold PVD case, Pink leather strap
BG8080-78211RD: Yellow gold PVD case, Red leather strap
BG8080-08211PR: Yellow gold PVD case, Purple leather strap

Movement
Caliber SW200
Swiss made automatic movement, Diameter 11.50mm, 25 jewels, Power reserve 38h, 28'800
Vibrations/h, Rhodium plated, Circular graining, Blued screws

Functions
Hours, Minutes

Case
Rose or yellow gold PVD case, Diameter 35mm, Case back see-through sapphire
Water resistance: 50 meters (5 bar / 165 ft)

Dial
White, red or purple dial set with 6 diamonds, Red or golden hands, Kaleidoscope

Strap
White, pink, red or purple leather strap, folding buckle
Delivered with an additional leather 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.-

RJ-Romain Jerome Steampunk Tourbillon

Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome pays tribute to the Industrial Revolution and to the artistic movement that followed by introducing a new addition to the Steampunk collection: The Steampunk Tourbillon Gunmetal.

Embracing a provocative aesthetic, this new model shares the brand’s bold and hedonistic spirit and draws its inspiration from the raw energy that emanates from machines and engines from the early 20th Century. The black-PVD case and lugs behold a 50mm Gunmetal steel bezel that has been brushed by hand giving it a unique finish. Infused with the Steampunks’ aesthetic, the complex dial is the result of a collision between an imaginary retro-futuristic world and technical innovation.
Steampunk Tourbillon Gunmetal
Each detail of the dial tells a story: at 12 o’clock, you will discover the off-centred minutes and hours indicator that has been subtly traced in light grey, while the satin brushed hands highlight the mechanics of the movement as time passes. At 3 o’clock, the “machine room” is revealed thanks to an intricate mechanism highlighting two “tooth-wheels” that turn to the rhythm of the movement. The power reserve indicator resembles the lever that regulates the speed on a steam boat and unveils the delicate perlage where the RJ logo is discreetly nested.
Steampunk Tourbillon Titanic
The timepieces’ heart is placed at 6 o’clock featuring a mechanical flying tourbillon that has been designed in the shape of an anchor with a power reserve of 48 hours. The tourbillon’s cage has been slightly raised to allow a perfect view of its complex structure. At 9 o’clock, we are reminded of steam-powered engines with a large titanium piston that is connected to the movement, allowing it to move up and down at a pace of 30 seconds in each direction. The full view of the dial evokes the image of a sophisticated steam room with an industrial touch thanks to its satin brushed finish.

The case back of the timepiece hides other design characteristics true to the Steampunk aesthetic. An anchor shaped component with beautiful “Côtes de Genève” decorations, holds the tourbillon cage together. The barrel at 12 o’clock in the shape of a sun has been brushed from the centre to its exterior, leaving a remarkable circular pattern. Each timepiece in this limited collection of 25 is finished with an exquisite Hornback alligator strap highlighting the darkness and complexity of the dial.

Technical details
Model: Steampunk Tourbillon Gunmetal
Reference RJ.T.TO.SP.003.01
Collection: Steampunk
Universe: SEA

Movement
Caliber RJ200-TS, Mechanical tourbillon movement
Jewelling: 36 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 48 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes at 12 o’clock
Seconds indication at 9 o’clock
Tourbillon at 6 o’clock
Power reserve at 4 o’clock

Case
Ø 50mm
Black PVD-coated steel and titanium
Bezel: Satin brushed Gunmetal
Paws: Bead-blasted black PVD-coated steel
Lugs: Satin-finished black PVD-coated steel
Crown: Bead-blasted black PVD-coated steel with black rubber insert
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Dial
Bead-blasted & circular graining black PVD-coated steel bridges
Hands: Rhodium & satin-brushed hour and minute hands, inspired by the anchors of famous transatlantic ships, Superluminova “green emission” on the tips

Strap
Black horn back and black PVD-coated satin-brushed steel folding clasp

Limited edition
25 pieces

Suggested retail price
CHF 82,000.- / EUR 89,950.- / USD 99,950.-

Model: Steampunk Tourbillon Titanic
Reference RJ.T.TO.SP.003.02
Collection: Steampunk
Universe: SEA

Movement
Caliber RJ200-TS, Mechanical tourbillon movement
Jewelling: 36 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 48 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes at 12 o’clock
Seconds indication at 9 o’clock
Tourbillon at 6 o’clock
Power reserve at 4 o’clock

Case
Ø 50mm
Black PVD-coated steel and titanium
Bezel: Stabilized rusted steel from the Titanic
Paws: Bead-blasted black PVD-coated steel
Lugs: Satin-finished black PVD-coated steel
Crown: Bead-blasted black PVD-coated steel with black rubber insert
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Dial
Bead-blasted & circular graining black PVD-coated steel bridges
Hands: Rhodium & satin-brushed hour and minute hands, inspired by the anchors of famous transatlantic ships, Superluminova “green emission” on the tips

Strap
Black horn-back and black PVD-coated satin-brushed steel folding clasp

Limited edition
25 pieces

Suggested retail price
CHF 88,000.- / EUR 97,950.- / USD 107,500.-

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.-

FRANC VILA FVns81 Tourbillon Réveil Manufacture (Automatic Wound Tourbillon with Alarm and One-Piece Peripheral Rotor)

During this year’s edition of prestigious Basel fair, FRANC VILA presented a new automatic tourbillon calibre with alarm housed in a 44mm Neo-Alta watchcase: the FVns81 Tourbillon Réveil Manufacture.

While peripheral rotors are not new in the industry FRANC VILA managed to create a new automatic wound tourbillon calibre which happens to be the first movement ever to be equipped with a single-piece peripheral rotor. Peripheral rotors are usually composed by three pieces due to the difficulty to make such a huge one-piece rotor completely flat. The construction in three pieces solves the problem but introduces a technical drawback: the complication to align the three pieces and assembly them in the movement completely levelled. In the FV81 calibre FRANC VILA has achieved the goal for the first time to manufacture the rotor in just one completely flat single piece marking a milestone in the story of High-end Watchmaking.
The FVns81 Tourbillon Réveil Manufacture is presented with a deep three-dimensional skeleton version of the movement which shows its mechanical beauty including the hammer of the alarm, an entirely diamonds set version including the bezel and the dial and another with one row of diamonds on the bezel and on the openings of the dial to enhance the beauty of the movement.

Technical details
Case
Case and bezel in titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with an elliptical and circular bezel.
Sapphire crystal and case back with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
FV81 automatic manufactured tourbillon calibre with alarm and peripheral weight.
Frequency 28800 vph
43 hours power reserve
40 rubies

Dial
Skeleton movement without dial
Indications of hours in apliques around the bezel’s “Esprit Unique” shape

Functions
Hours and minutes
Tourbillon
Alarm

Bracelet
Crocodile leather bracelet

Edition
Limited edition 8 pieces

Laurent Ferrier Galet Chocolate - The Special 5th Anniversary Series

For its fifth anniversary, Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Laurent Ferrier pays a delicious tribute to its four exclusive movements: Tourbillon Double Spiral, the “Echappement Naturel”, the Echappement Naturel & Dual Time and the Escapement with Double Direct Impulse on the Balance.

To celebrate this milestone, a special series is infused with a truly delectable flavour. A keen devotee of the cocoa bean and all it implies, Laurent Ferrier reinterprets the dial of each model in chocolate tones. All models of the LAURENT FERRIER collection will be equipped with an intense chocolate brown dial graced with white chocolate-toned hour-markers.  All Laurent Ferrier models in this anniversary series feature a 5N Red Gold case framing a vertical satin-brushed dial bearing painted gold drop-shaped hour-markers.  Laurent Ferrier wished to offer a unified colour on a Red Gold series and to create a sense of consistency and coherence among these creations.

The case inspired by 19th century pocket watches and the exclusive LAURENT FERRIER movement are as pure as ever, while the sapphire crystal case-back reveals an aesthetically harmonious structure and a fascinating glimpse of the refined decorative work.

The exceptional finishing of this movement is crafted in harmony with the purest horological traditions. The Côtes de Genève motif on the bridges, the circular graining on the mainplate and the guilloché pattern on the micro-rotor in solid 18-carat gold endow this model with an entirely distinctive radiance. The most delicate finishes, such as the interior angles and the mirror polishing, are done by hand in LAURENT FERRIER Geneva workshops.

Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral Chocolate
TOURBILLON DOUBLE SPIRAL: The manual-winding Tourbillon Double Spiral calibre is an exclusive Laurent Ferrier movement distinguished by its concept two head-to-tail mounted balance-springs. This device serves to compensate for the effects of gravity by maintaining the centre of gravity of the balance aligned with its axis.

This movement with its timeless style is inspired by the great 19th and 20th century chronometry models. It features several nods to the competition watches that used to be testaments to the skills of the greatest watchmaking artisans, including a winding system with a very soft, pleasing design that does without the modern spring for the winding-stem pull-out piece lever.

The horological aesthetic also features a “long-blade” ratchet pawl and a smooth-polished finish. This movement is designed to be both accurate and robust. It has been carefully developed right down to the smallest details in order to find its way through time and successive generations, while testifying to an expertise going back more than 200 years.

This finely hand-crafted model is also graced with a number of finishes, such as the many interior angles and smooth-polished surfaces that can only be performed by the expert hand of passionate and experienced watchmaking artisans.
Technical details
Model: Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral Chocolate
Reference LCF001.R5.CH

Movement
Calibre LF619.01, hand-wound movement
Tourbillon, two head-to-tail mounted balance-springs
Two Geneva-type balance-spring studs 
Swiss lever escapement
Variable-geometry balance with adjustment screws
Peripheral tourbillon carriage driving system
Diameter: 14’’’ ( Ø 31.60 mm)
Thickness: 5.57 mm
Frequency: 3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Power reserve: 80 hours 
188 parts / 23 jewels

Functions
Central hours & minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon carriage pivot
Tourbillon carriage visible through the case-back

Case, dial and strap
Case: 18/750 5N red gold
Diameter: Ø 41 mm
Thickness: of the metal 9.50 mm / including the sapphire crystal 12.50 mm
3 parts, case middle, bezel and snap-on case-back
Sapphire crystal case-back, view of the tourbillon movement
Domed, spherical sapphire crystals
Water-resistant to 30 metres
Dial: chocolate brown, vertical satin-brushed
Hands: in 18K/750 gold painted in a white chocolate colour, “assegai-shaped” for the hours and minutes, baton-shaped for the seconds
Strap: brown alligator leather with Alcantara lining, hand-sewn
Buckle/clasp: pin buckle of double-folding clasp in 18K/750 5N red gold

Galet Micro-Rotor Chocolate
THE“ECHAPPEMENT NATUREL”: The Galet Micro-Rotor houses a concentrated blend of horological innovations. Its calibre featuring automatic winding by an off-centred micro-rotor stems from an exclusive development: Laurent Ferrier provides its own interpretation of an invention by Abraham-Louis Breguet dating from 1789, the échappement naturel, meaning an escapement with a double direct impulse on the balance.

To gain a better understanding of the system, one should imagine a swing, which one traditionally pushes and then waits for it to return before pushing it again. An échappement naturel would be a system by which two people each push the swing to and fro between them.

For Breguet, the aim was to preserve as much transmissible energy as possible, since an impulse is given to the balance with each vibration. While this idea seemed very promising, Breguet made only a very limited number of watches equipped with this system. The main reason was that this type of escapement involved additional sources of friction, which was detrimental to long-term reliability.

However, with the materials and precision technologies now available, this construction fully lives up to its initial promise, as Laurent Ferrier vividly demonstrates in the Galet Micro-Rotor that benefits from the facilitated winding of the barrel spring.
Technical details
Model: Galet Micro-Rotor Chocolate
Reference LCF004.R5.CH

Movement
FBN Calibre 229.01, automatic winding with pawl-fitted micro-rotor, 72-hour power reserve
Micro-rotor: fixed between the mainplate and the micro-rotor bridge
Silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance
Micro-rotor mounted on a silent-block (anti-vibration pads) shock protection system
Indications: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Movement diameter: 14’’’ = 31.60 mm
Movement thickness: 4.35 mm
Number of parts: 186
Number of jewels: 35
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)

Case, dial and strap
Case: 18K/750 4N red gold
Case diameter: 40 mm
Case thickness: 11.10 mm
Water resistance: to 30 m
Dial: chocolate brown
Hands: in 18K/750 gold painted in a white chocolate colour, “assegai-shaped” for the hours and minutes, baton-shaped for the seconds
Strap: brown alligator leather with Alcantara lining, hand-sewn
Buckle/clasp: pin buckle of double-folding clasp in 18K/750 5N red gold

Galet Traveller Chocolate
ECHAPPEMENT NATUREL & DUAL TIME: The Galet Traveller houses self-winding Calibre LF 230.01, from the famous line of Micro-Rotor movements with natural escapement. It incorporates the dual time-zone adjustment mechanism as well as the date. This useful complication, that took a full two years to develop, is fully integrated and each part is an integral part of the global architecture of the base calibre.

As with the previous developments, LF Calibre 230.01 features a pawl-fitted micro-rotor unidirectional winding system, backed by a double direct-impulse natural escapement. This innovative horological architecture, complemented by the natural escapement, serves to achieve a one-third increase in the winding force of the micro-rotor and thus to achieve an 80-hour power reserve. Its efficiency is thus far superior to the majority of classic escapements and is above all extremely stable over the long term – an asset that significantly contributes to the exceptionally accurate rate of this chronometer certified by Besançon Observatory.

Technical details
Model: Galet Traveller Chocolate
Reference LCF007.R5.CH

Movement
Self-winding Calibre LF230.01 chronometer-certified by Besançon Observatory
Off-centred micro-rotor in 18K solid gold with pawl-fitted unidirectional winding, fixed between the mainplate and the bridge of the micro-rotor and equipped with a “silent bloc” shock-absorbing system
Natural escapement with double direct-impulse directly on the balance
Silicon pallet-lever with self-lubricating properties, escape-wheels in a phosphorous nickel alloy, produced according to LIGA technology.
Indications: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock home time/reference time at 9 o’clock.
Correctors: crown for winding and time-setting and, on the left side of the case, two push-buttons (+) and (-) respectively positioned at 10 and 8 o’clock, to adjust the time hour per hour with automatic date correction.
Diameter: 14’’’ ( Ø 31.60 mm)
Thickness: 5,80 mm
Frequency: 3Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour)
Power reserve: 80 hours
288 parts
44 jewel

Case, dial and strap
18K/750 5N red gold case
Three parts: case middle, bezel and snap-on case-back
Size: Ø 41 mm (49 mm including the lugs)
Thickness: of the material 10 mm / including the sapphire crystal 12.64 mm
Domed sapphire crystals, front and back
Water-resistant to 30 metres
“Ball-shaped” crown in 18K/750 5N red gold
Chocolate brown dial, vertical satin-brushed
Minute track around the dial circumference
Bevelled date window at 3 o’clock
Small seconds counter at 6 o’clock
Dual time-zone aperture at 9 o’clock
Hands: in 18K/750 gold painted in a white chocolate colour, “assegai-shaped” for the hours and minutes, baton-shaped for the seconds
Hand-sewn black or chestnut brown alligator leather, Alcantara lining
16 mm pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp, in 18K/750 5N red gold or 210 Pd white gold

Galet Micro-Rotor 39MM Chocolate
THE ESCAPEMENT WITH DOUBLE DIRECT IMPULSE ON THE BALANCE: This exclusive escapement with double direct impulse on the balance is inspired by the father of modern horology, Abraham-Louis Breguet. This modern construction, associated with the use of cutting-edge materials, maximises the restitution of energy. The excellent efficiency of this escapement serves to reduce the torque required to wind the mainspring and hence optimises the movement winding.
Technical details
Model: Galet Micro-Rotor 39MM Chocolate
Reference LCF011.R5.CH

Movement
FBN Calibre 229.01, automatic winding with pawl-fitted micro-rotor, 80-hour power reserve
Micro-rotor winding system fixed between the main plate and the micro-rotor bridge
Silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance
A silent block shock protection system for the micro-rotor
Indications: hours, minutes
Movement diameter: 14’’’ = 31.60 mm
Movement thickness: 4.35 mm
Number of parts: 186
Number of jewels: 35
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)

Case, dial and strap
Case: 18K/750 5N red gold
Water resistance: to 30 m
Case diameter: 39 mm
Case thickness: 11.10 mm
Dial: brown chocolate, vertical satin-brushed
Hands: “Assegai-shaped” in 18K/750 gold, white chocolate painted
Strap: brown alligator leather
Buckle/clasp: pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp in 18K/750 white gold or 5N red gold

Galet Square Chocolate
THE“ECHAPPEMENT NATUREL”: The Galet Micro-Rotor houses a concentrated blend of horological innovations. Its calibre featuring automatic winding by an off-centred micro-rotor stems from an exclusive development: Laurent Ferrier provides its own interpretation of an invention by Abraham-Louis Breguet dating from 1789, the échappement naturel, meaning an escapement with a double direct impulse on the balance.

To gain a better understanding of the system, one should imagine a swing, which one traditionally pushes and then waits for it to return before pushing it again. An échappement naturel would be a system by which two people each push the swing to and fro between them.

For Breguet, the aim was to preserve as much transmissible energy as possible, since an impulse is given to the balance with each vibration. While this idea seemed very promising, Breguet made only a very limited number of watches equipped with this system. The main reason was that this type of escapement involved additional sources of friction, which was detrimental to long-term reliability.

However, with the materials and precision technologies now available, this construction fully lives up to its initial promise, as Laurent Ferrier vividly demonstrates in the Galet Micro-Rotor that benefits from the facilitated winding of the barrel spring.
Technical details
Model: Galet Square Chocolate
Reference LCF013.R5.CH

Movement
FBN Calibre 229.01, automatic winding with pawl-fitted micro-rotor, 72-hour power reserve
Micro-rotor: fixed between the mainplate and the micro-rotor bridge
Silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance
Micro-rotor mounted on a silent-block (anti-vibration pads) shock protection system
Indications: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Movement diameter: 14’’’ = 31.60 mm
Movement thickness: 4.35 mm
Number of parts: 186
Number of jewels: 35
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)

Case, dial and strap
Case: 18K/750 4N red gold
Water resistance: to 30 m
Case diameter: 41 x 41 mm
Case thickness: 11.10 mm
Dial: chocolate brown
Hands: in 18K/750 gold painted in a white chocolate colour, “assegai-shaped” for the hours and minutes, baton-shaped for the seconds
Strap: brown alligator leather with Alcantara lining, hand-sewn
Buckle/clasp: pin buckle of double-folding clasp in 18K/750 5N red gold

Monday, March 30, 2015

Balmain Swiss Watches - Balmainia Chrono Lady Arabesques

The arabesque found on the bezel of each and every Balmainia Chrono Lady Arabesques model confirms its true Balmain character: an attractive timepiece notable for its enticing charm. Dials, cases and push-pieces combine to form the collection's neat, distinctive looks. Reliable and easy-to-use, Balmainia Chrono Lady Arabesques timepieces naturally reflect the Balmain spirit, expressed here with a keen sense of style.
With modern arabesques inscribed on a silvery finish, a sunray-brushed pattern on a black ground or lustrous white mother-of-pearl, Balmainia Lady Chrono Arabesques dials display an elegant array of 6 Roman numerals and 6 hour markers around a minute track featuring three chronograph sub-dials and the calendar window.
Available in 316L steel or in pink PVD, the case carries an elegant arabesque framed by a pair of stylishly rectangular chronograph pushpieces, while its slim bezel may occasionally sport a crown of 73 sparkling diamonds totalling 0.28 ct. Along with a new plum-coloured aubergine satin strap, a choice of fine-steel articulated bracelet or black or white leather strap keeps the watch firmly on the wrist.
All eleven watches in the Balmainia Chrono Lady Arabesques collection come fitted with a reliable ETA G15.211 chronograph movement. Its timing functions plus the hour, minute and date are all displayed on their eye-catching dial face. The top push-piece starts and stops the chronograph hand while the bottom push-piece returns the chronograph hand to zero.
Technical details

Swiss quartz movement
Case in 316L stainless steel or pink PVD, 36 mm in Ø and 9.90 mm thick
Some cases set with 73 Wesselton diamonds 1 mm in Ø totalling 0.28 ct
Sapphire crystal
Choice of dials: silver-toned ground enhanced with modern arabesques, sunray-patterned black, or white mother-of-pearl
Bracelet in 316L stainless steel, white or black leather or plum-coloured aubergine satin strap
Water resistance: 50m
Recommended retail price: from 495 to 1’295 CHF

Hublot Opens Its New Boutique in Shenyang Charter Shopping Mall

Hublot, the Swiss luxury watchmaker, launched its first exclusive boutique in the Charter Shopping Mall, Shenyang. Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot and President of the Watch Division, LVMH Group, attended the ceremony and cut the ribbon for the newly opened Hublot store. The grand opening of this new boutique is another milestone of Hublot’s development in northeast China market.
Opened on the second week of Mar 15 Hublot exclusive boutique in Shenyang Charter Shopping Mall is located in the central area of this luxurious shopping mall. Hublot now counts 73 monobrand boutiques globally and this is the 11th in China, covering an area of 68 square meters.
Hublot's concept of fusion - combine rare and valuable materials in a limited space is inherited by the store via a surprising combination of materials in its interior design - black marble floor matches elegantly with leather furniture and the counters are made of glass and alloy with exquisite details. And of course, there is also the exclusive and intimate VIP lounge with highly skilled and experienced specialists, which will guarantee a prestigious experience for customers.

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 Date Moonphase Automatic 42mm

This new model from Harry Winston’s Midnight Collection features three arches, a tribute to the House’s heritage and New York flagship salon. It also has a date indicator and a moon display, offering precise information in the most sophisticated fashion.

Off-setting its date and complications, is an aesthetic decision embedded in Harry Winston’s design DNA. The Midnight Date Moonphase reinterprets the House’s signature elements and functions with excentered Hours and Minutes, date, and moon-phase counters, so subtle that they appear to melt into the dial.
The dial, silver in tone, features a sunburst finish that surrounds the Hours and Minutes function. The date is delicately housed in a light and recessed zone to ensure that the numerals stand out. Harry Winston revisits the moonphase with renewed intensity. Drawing inspiration from its real life counterpart, the moon disk features a deliberately rough and textured appearance. Furthermore, with its rich, deep, metallic blue coloring, Harry Winston designers expertly capture the magic of the moon.

This new creation is driven by a mechanical automatic movement, visible through the open case back. The exposed white gold oscillating weight features haute horlogerie finishes, including Côtes de Genève and circular graining. The silicon balance spring guarantees absolute precision, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour. The Midnight Date Moonphase has a 42 mm-diameter case and is available in 18-carat white or rose gold.

Technical details
Model: Midnight Date Automatic 42mm

Movement
Caliber HW3203
Mechanical, automatic
Diameter: 33.3 mm
Height: 4.57 mm
Number of components 279
Number of jewels 28
Frequency 28,800 vibrations/hour (4Hz)
Balance spring Flat silicon balance spring
Finishes: 18K white gold open-worked rotor, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, chamfered bridges

Functions
Hours, minutes, moon-phase, pointer-type date

Case
18K white gold
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 10.2 mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Case back: Open, sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 bars

Dial
Silver-toned sunburst centered around the hours/minutes function
Moon-phase aperture
Recessed zone for the date
Emerald with gold applique
2 applied gold indexes at 3 and 9 o’clock
1 diamond (approx. 0.003 carats)

Strap
Hand-sewn black alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18K white gold ardillon buckle

Total carat weight
1 brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.003 carats)

Variations
18K rose gold

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

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