Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SAINT HONORE - Parisian spirit and Swiss quality since 1885

Established in 1885 by watchmaker Victorin Frésard in the Doubs region of eastern France, close to the Swiss border, this traditional yet innovative company has been handed down through successive generations of the same family. Thierry Frésard, the founder’s great-grandson, is now responsible for maintaining SAINT HONORE’s worldwide reputation, cultivating Parisian style and Swiss quality.

This 130 year-long history has been marked by iconic collections (Orsay, Opéra, Lutécia, Haussman, Euphoria and more) as well as many inventions such as the EclairTM effect, the rotating monogram, the panoramic glass and one of the first tourbillon watches for women.

Over the decades, numerous international awards have recognised the elegance and watchmaking expertise of this rapidly expanding brand, loved by connoisseurs of contemporary timepieces. For example, the Manhattan collection obtained First Prize in the New York Luxury Design Competition.

Today, as in the past, SAINT HONORE continues to marry longstanding tradition and fresh passion at its production site in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. This spirit is encapsulated in its limited series, Tour Eiffel, an exceptional watch featuring the first bezel to be carved from a steel girder taken from the famous monument.
With its Parisian spirit and Swiss Made quality, prestigious materials and innovative creativity, SAINT HONORE makes watches, jewellery and accessories for men and women, always staying abreast of the tastes of the times.

A STYLE TO REMEMBER
Since 1885, SAINT HONORE has been synonymous with the famous “Paris style” and has been manufacturing collections of unrivalled designs.

The world over, its elegant style and watchmaking expertise attracts lovers of contemporary creations. Offering all the assurance of Swiss Made quality, its timepieces have a unique character and are crafted in the finest materials with eye-catching details. SAINT HONORE offers watches, jewellery and accessories that continue to fulfil the desires of the day. At its two manufacturing sites, SAINT HONORE brilliantly combines craftsmanship and a passion that remains as fresh as ever.

With a strong emphasis on innovation, SAINT HONORE has created the “Éclair EffectTM”, the Rotating Monogram, the Panoramic Glass and one of the first Tourbillon watches for women. These innovations feature on the leading timepieces in the collection: Opera, Euphoria, Lutecia, Caroussel, Coloseo and Haussman.

Celebrating its 130th Anniversary in 2015, SAINT HONORE is a global brand, recognized for its distinctive style and represented in more than 60 countries.

SAINT HONORE’s latest creations celebrate with brio the brand’s byline, “A style to remember”, as well as its unique values: elegance, tradition, innovation and passion.

Website: http://www.sainthonore.com/en

AkriviA Watches - Introduction

Founded in 2012, AkriviA is the young creator of novel haute horlogerie timepieces based in the famed watchmaking capital of Geneva. The core of the brand philosophy is to present knowledgeable lovers of pure mechanical forms with the finest traditions of haute horology combined with novel and fresh shapes, which fulfill the expectations of 21st century design with contemporary aesthetics. AkriviA watches are Swiss made and above all they embody traditional watchmaking values. The pioneering work of the brand is accomplished by constantly keeping alive timeless watchmaking techniques in order to create bridges between past and present and thus be able to provide a combination of extreme technical mastery and high-end finishing.

Rexhep Rexhepi is the master watchmaker behind the ambitious goals of AkriviA. It was during his apprenticeship at Patek Philippe at the age of 14 that he first felt an intense desire to express a personal philosophy of watchmaking with an approach that would push the boundaries of execution and mechanism to new levels. A decade of experiences after that daydream about the future would see AkriviA become a reality. AkriviA’s goals are simple: uniting the heritage of the Geneva watchmaking traditions with a contemporary approach that interprets timekeeping for the 21st century.

Contact details
AkriviA
73 Boulevard Saint Georges
1205 Geneva, Switzerland

www.akrivia.com

Thomas Mercer Partners with British Furniture Designer Jake Phipps to Create an Exclusive Table Chronometer

Thomas Mercer and British Furniture designer Jake Phipps will be collaborating on the creation of a new and exclusive table chronometer.

Founded in 1858 and with a longstanding tradition in manufacturing timekeepers for determining longitude - marine chronometers – the brand is ushering in a new dawn of excellence in the 21st century thanks to a fine range of contemporary models that perpetuates and reinforces its heritage of innovation, expertise and craftsmanship.

Jake Phipps, a studio established in London in 2005, in merely ten years has emerged to great acclaim as a world leading name in design, with a series of iconic creations that stand for a distinctive and emotional sophistication such as the Stellar Console and the Loveseat.
This exciting collaboration combines the style and elegance of a Jake Phipps design with the precision, flawless manufacturing and exclusivity of Thomas Mercer, in a contemporary celebration of the best of British tradition in their respective fields of furniture making and horology.     

This cutting edge timekeeper, which will be officially launched in September, will feature distinctive octagonal shapes running through the case, the base, and the dial, via an aperture of which the brand’s signature spring detent escapement is visible. Debuting for the occasion the completely new TM0802 Calibre, in a testament to its truly unique DNA, the table chronometer will bear a name that leaves no choice to the imagination: Brittanica.

Jake Phipps graduated from John Makepeace’s furniture design school, Parnham College, in 1999.  He began his career as a cabinetmaker, designing and making one-off pieces to commission. In 2005 he set up his own design studio in London and now deals with projects varying from one-off commissions, to limited editions and production pieces. His award-winning work is characterized by a narrative yet functional aesthetic. Full of character, and far from ordinary, there is a playful design elegance that aims to strike a strong emotional chord with the people that will use them. Clients include Casamania, Tommy Hilfiger, Philippe Starck, Google, Victoria’s Secret, Riva, Innermost, Poltrona Frau, Heal’s, and The Victoria and Albert Museum.

Monday, June 29, 2015

VICENTERRA LUNA Volume 2 & Volume 3

On the occasion of BASELWORLD 2015, VICENTERRA reintroduced its Sale by Subscription concept for two new timepieces. The LUNA Volume 2 and Volume 3 are garnished by the earth, the sun and the moon, 3 separate yet intertwined planes.
In this new LUNA collection, the phases of the Night Star are revealed through an encased globe, quarter by quarter. The earth indicates the geographical zone of the Sun at its zenith, or simply put, where it’s noon on earth at any given time.
The magic of these two stars is complete with the rising and setting of the sun, which gives way to a magnificent starlit night. The LUNA models are powered by an automatic Seed VMF 3002 Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier movement, to which an exclusive VICENTERRA module is added.
The LUNA Volume 2 model is limited to 99 pieces. The LUNA Volume 3 comes in 3 different dial colors, black, white, and blue. The LUNA Volume 3 models are also limited to 99 pieces each.
In honour of the launch of these new models, the first 100 timepieces ordered from any version of the LUNA Volume 2 and Volume 3 collections are offered by subscription at a very attractive price.
Technical Details
Functions: Volume 2 & 3
1- Face of tri-dimensional earth lit by median sun of the earth globe, globe Ø7.50mm (1 turn in 24 hours)
2- Three dimensional Moon phases Ø 6.50mm
3- Date by counter hand
4- Day/Night at 12H, sun, stars and comet on a transparent sapphire disk
5- Hours, Minutes, Seconds

Setting components: Volume 2 & 3
Crown at 3h, setting H-M-S and date (day/night disc synchronised with hands setting)
Pusher at 4h for setting earth globe
24 independent positions GMT (to be done at 12h)
Pusher at 8h for setting moon phases
Automatic or manual rewinding (using crown at 3h)

Movement: Volume 2 & 3
Exclusive Extra module developed by VICENTERRA, 17 jewels - module plate of copper nickel zinc alloy with rhodium surface treatment, black rhodium for the LUNA Volume 3 black.
LUNA Tome 2, module plate micro-blasted, top, satin decor right, black rhodium
Chamfered bridges, blasted and rhodied
LUNA Tome 2, Chamfered bridges, blasted, top, satin decor right, rhodium
- Basic movement automatic, calibre Seed VMF 3002 Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier 28’000 vibrations per hour, 4Hz. 28 jewels
- Two barrels in series, Power reserve 42h
- Complete movement, 45 jewels
- Exclusive rotor manufacturing

Case: Volume 2 & 3
Mass engineered, material: steel 316/L
Dimensions 43.50mm (width) x 53.00mm (length) x 13.60mm (thickness)
Outside finishing, polished. Back, satin
Inside and arches sand finished
Bottom and inside visible parts, satin finished 6-12h
Stone decoration of blue aventurine
LUNA Volume 3 black,
- Inside and arches sand finished, black PVD
- Bottom and inside visible parts, satin finished 6-12hand black PVD
Crystals in sapphire with inside anti-reflective coating
Water resistance 3 ATM

Dial / Hands: Volume 2 & 3
Base brass dial, round circular satin hour and color, matt center applied hour markers, faceted shape date counter and satin circular
LUNA Volume 2, round circular satin hour and rhodium, separate date counter and satin circular, open dial
Hands hour & minute, concave shape rhodied, with white SLN
Second blocked facet polishing
Hand date, concave shape

Wristband: Volume 2 & 3
Hand-sewn alligator
Single deployment clasp

Frederique Constant Horological Smart watches are Now Available in Stores

The first Horological Smart watches created by Frederique Constant are officially available in stores. The first watches have shipped from the Frederique Constant Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, to customers in Switzerland and the USA. Shipments worldwide are starting as well.
After three years of research and development, in collaboration with Fullpower Technologies Inc. of Santa Cruz, California, and Manufacture Modules Technologies Sàrl, Frederique Constant was the first Swiss watchmaker to unveil the Horological Smartwatch, powered by MotionX®, last February.
The MotionX platform provides the most accurate and advanced data regarding the quantified self, including sleep and activity tracking, all with over two years of battery life. After the enthusiasm generated by the initial launch, Frederique Constant has presented four additional models for gentlemen during Baselworld in March.
The Horological Smartwatch has all the attributes of a beautiful Swiss watch fully integrated with Fullpower’s end-to-end MotionX® horological smartwatch technology platform. Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatches are available in five different styles, in the accessible luxury price range from 990 CHF to 1290 CHF.

AkriviA Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour

Created by Rexhep Rexhepi, master watch maker and founder of AkriviA, this novelty timepiece boasts unusual association of horological complications: a tourbillon, jumping hours as well as a mechanism striking the hours in passing with a silent function. It embodies a choice inspired by traditional watchmaking yet entirely in tune with the times through its playful and original way of displaying the passing of time.

The Tourbillon Chiming Jump Houris equipped with a mechanical manual-winding movement with a single barrel and a 100-hour power reserve, while a pusher at 3 o’clock serves to switch the striking mechanism to silent mode which is indicated to the right of the hammer at 12 o’clock. The time is displayed through a central hours aperture in association with a single minutes hand. The 60-second tourbillon performs one turn per minute at 6 o’clock, a true technical and aesthetic feat whose heart beats at the frequency of 3 Hz or 21,600 vibrations per hour. The case features a contemporary and entirely ergonomic design suited to all wrist types.
In creating this calibre, Rexhep Rexhepi opted to work in two main directions. The first is that of technical perfection, vividly expressed through the production of the all-of-a-piece gong ring featuring a highly distinctive shape. Ensuring the instantaneous nature of both the hours and the inpassing chime was a fundamental factor in the development of this component. The watchmaker had to address several technical challenges in order to meet aesthetic requirements, including the choice of placing the hammer at 12 o’clock and thereby highlighting this key element in the striking mechanism. This approach had already been taken for the Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph, in which the column wheel – an essential component of the chronograph – had been placed in an aperture at 12 o’clock.

The watchmaker’s second focus was on the aesthetic appeal and the finishing of the movement. A passionate devotee of architectural equilibrium, Rexhep Rexhepi has designed all elements so as to achieve a perfectly symmetrical and harmonious result that may be admired through the see-through case-back. The precision of the finishes performed on most of the components sets the perfect finishing touch to an extremely technical and meticulous exercise that involves adorning this timepiece with mirror polishing, manual engraving and 56 inward angles hand-crafted using traditional watchmaking methods.
This timepiece is intended for devotees of authentic and rare watch mechanisms. It is made for those seeking the kind of emotions stirred by precise and innovative work. Like previous creations, the Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour testifies to this mastery of hand craftsmanship, accomplished in keeping with finest Swiss watchmaking traditions. The Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour model marks a pivotal moment for AkriviA, since it is the first movement entirely developed and produced in-house.

Technical details
Model: Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour

Movement 
Manually wound movement
Diameter: 30.00mm
Thickness: 7.60mm
Power Reserve: 100 hours
Number of components: 275
Number of jewels: 26
Balance Wheel Diameter: 11.60mm
Frequency 21’600 vph
Tourbillon Diameter: 13.70mm - Weight: 0.36g – Swiss anchor escapement – 60 seconds rotation
Display: Hours indicated instantaneously in the window, central minute’s hand, and small second at 6h
Function: Chiming at every hour and silence function on/off by 3h mono-pusher
Decoration: Inward angles, black polish, côtes de Genève, hand graining, hand polishing, rhodium finishing, manual circular graining, hand engraved

Case
Steel
Diameter: 43mm
Thickness: 12.90
Case composed of 30 parts
Front and back sapphire glass crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Water Resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Black steel «mat-polish» dial
Hands: Steel hand adapted to the hours window - “AkriviA” special design

Strap
Hand-sewn black alligator strap
Clasp/deployment with hand-engraved AkriviA logo

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111

Swiss watch brand Oris introduces the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111, a functional pilot’s watch that brings together the company’s landmark in-house developed Calibre 111 movement with its iconic Big Crown ProPilot family.

It’s the first time the innovative Calibre 111 has featured elsewhere in the Oris collection and demonstrates the company’s continuing ambitions to revive its watchmaking heritage. The launch of Calibre 111 is a significant moment in Oris history.
In 2014, the independent Swiss brand began rebuilding its industrial in-house movement programme with Calibre 110. The unveiling of Calibre 111 in 2015 signals the next chapter in Oris’s long watchmaking tradition, which began in 1904.

Like its precursor, Calibre 111 is a hand-wound movement with a 10-day power reserve and a patented non-linear power reserve indicator. Oris has added a date function in a window at 9 o’clock, creating a trio of complications not seen in a watch before.
The watch’s design takes its cues from the aviation-inspired Big Crown ProPilot collection. It has a multi-piece 44mm case made from satin-finished stainless steel, and a coin-edged bezel inspired by jet engine turbines. The non-linear power reserve indicator on the dial has been designed to look like an airplane fuel gauge. The watch also features a screw-in stainless steel crown and is water-resistant to 10 bar, or 100 metres.
It’s important to be able to read a pilot’s watch at a glance, which is why Oris has equipped the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111 with an anti-reflective coating on the inside of the sapphire crystal to minimise glare. In addition, the watch features Arabic numerals and hour and minute hands filled with highly legible Super-LumiNova®.
The Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111 has a smooth anthracite dial and applied numerals. It’s also the only timepiece in the Big Crown ProPilot collection to be fitted with a genuine Louisiana crocodile leather strap. The watch is also available with either a textile strap or a stainless steel bracelet. The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111 displays its innovative in-house developed movement through a crystal case back.
Technical details
Model: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111
Ref. No. 111 7711 4163, Ø 44.00mm

Movement
Calibre 111, movement fully developed by Oris
Hand-wound, 3hz, 21,600vph, single barrel
10-day power reserve, patented non-linear power reserve indication at 3 o’clock and small seconds and date at 9 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece satin-finished stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Sapphire crystal top glass with anti-reflective coating inside

Dial
Anthracite dial with applied Arabic numerals Super-LumiNova®, hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova® inlay

Strap
Dark brown Louisiana croco leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp
Alternatively available with textile strap or stainless steel bracelet

Packaging
Luxurious wooden box

Retail Price
Swiss Retail Price CHF 5,200.00

Dewitt ‘Academia Out of Time’ Unique Piece for Only Watch 2015

Switzerland based DeWitt Watch Manufacture is participating in the Only Watch 2015 auction to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The event will take place in Monaco on the 7th November under the patronage and in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II. Participating in each sale since 2005, DeWitt will this year unveil a new and truly exceptional creation: the Academia out of Time Unique Piece watch.

The Academia Out of Time watch is driven by a self-winding DeWitt calibre, entirely developed, produced and assembled by hand by master watchmakers at the Meyrin Manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland.
The mastermind behind this patented invention, Jérôme de Witt, the founder of the Manufacture, gives a highly personal interpretation of time with a combination of a bold design and a grand watch complication. This innovative watch structure is made up of the automatic DeWitt calibre and two elaborate complications: a dead-beat seconds hand, which serves as both a regulator and an indicator of the seconds function in the display at 4 o'clock, and a free seconds hand, a DeWitt invention, in the display at 8 o'clock.
These two functions symbolise the contrast between real time on one hand, and on the other, virtual time, which cannot be controlled, measured or recovered. The motif on the dial – a mist given off by mountains and rising towards a clear, starry sky – seems to encourage having faith in life. It is depicted against a sky blue lacquer background highlighted by specks of silver.

Technical details
Model: ACADEMIA OUT OF TIME - UNIQUE PIECE FOR ONLY WATCH 2015
Reference: AC.OUT.01S

Movement
Calibre DW1201
Mechanical self-winding movement manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Balance spring: Flat
Escapement: Swiss lever (44° angle of lift)
Jewelling: 38
Number of components: 217

Functions
Hours, minutes, dead-beat second at 4 o’clock


Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold and black rubber
Diameter: 42.5 mm
Total thickness: 12.85 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, “W” signature
Case back: Open, sapphire crystal with safety screws, engraved with “Unique Piece” and “1/1”
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Blue lacquer dial with appliqué numerals and circles in rose gold colour tone, hand-drawn mountain and starry sky motif with paintwork highlighted by specks of silver

Hands
Hours and minutes: 18-carat rose gold, open-worked hands in the shape of double-edged swords
Dead-beat second at 4 o’clock: 18-carat rose gold, thin and elegant

Wristband
Blue alligator
Triple folding clasp, polished 18-carat rose gold cover with “W” signature

Christophe Claret Marguerite

An undeniably poetic watch driven by a unique sense of playfulness and optical illusions, the new Marguerite is part of the Margot line, Christophe Claret’s very first ladies’ model. This creation affirms the brand’s determination to give substance to a full-fledged feminine collection that consists of complications exclusively devoted to women.

At the heart of this new horology creation, interpreted in four versions, two graceful butterflies flit around a daisy whose white lacquered petals overlap in the same way as a real flower. Christophe Claret invites two butterflies in blue, orange or red Super-LumiNova, depending on the version, to provide a joyful escort for the passing of time. The darker one, symbolizing the female, is perched on a daisy petal that rotates every hour. Meanwhile, the lighter one, embodying the male, indicates the minutes. Sitting lightly atop a stem attached to the precious pistil made of rubies or blue sapphires, it literally flutters around the white mother-of-pearl dial.
In addition to the Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, the dial presents a second display. One press on the pusher at 2 o’clock makes the numbers disappear to reveal the phrase: “Il m’aime passionnément” (He loves me passionately). In developing this optical illusion game, Christophe Claret drew inspiration from the famous “Wow!!” magic trick, which has never before been incorporated into a watch. The changeover of the two dials is achieved by superimposing two disks: the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares rotates over the fixed mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with another pad-printed black or blue varnished mosaic incorporating the text and the numerals. Releasing the pusher makes the hour display reappear instantly.
The 42.50 mm case in white or rose gold is delicately accentuated by two newly invented types of setting. The “flake” setting adorning both versions of the Marguerite watch is an elegant interpretation of the snow-setting technique. One hundred variously sized diamonds appear to be randomly sprinkled over the bezel and lugs just like delicate flakes. The “champagne” setting on the other two versions also features a hundred diamonds of different sizes. Concentrated on the lower part of the case, and then freely set here and there on the upper part of the bezel and the 12 o’clock lug, the diamonds are reminiscent of sparkling bubbles that give the entire creation a light, airy appearance.
The Marguerite watch is equipped with a self-winding Manufacture movement whose double barrel ensures an impressive 72-hour power reserve. The sapphire caseback provides an opportunity to admire the movement’s oscillating weight sculpted like a daisy and set with eight rubies. At will, the owner can indulge in the “He loves me, he loves me not” game, the simplified English version of daisy petals, that typically feminine distraction invented in the 18th century. In order to play, the watch must be placed in a horizontal position and accompanied by one or two undulating movements. The oscillating weight then turns for a few seconds prior to standing still. The ruby closest to the red-lacquered heart provides the response – “yes” or “no” in the center.
A great fan of detail, Christophe Claret includes a great many references to the delicacy of the marguerite daisy. In the center of the oscillating weight, a flower-shaped circular satin-brushed and diamond-polished element serves to conceal the ball-bearing mechanism. This motif is echoed by the petal-like fluted motif adorning, as well as the flower-shaped screws securing the strap.

More than ever, the Marguerite establishes itself as a vivid symbol of the romantic game of love and chance. A watch to be loved passionately in all four versions – white or rose gold, “flake” or “champagne” set – each available in 30-piece limited editions from July 2015.

Technical details

Movement
Caliber:    MT115, self-winding
Diameter: 35.70 mm
Thickness: 9.67 mm (with hands)
Number of components: 245
Number of jewels: 36
Barrels:    Two barrels
Power reserve: 72  hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Escapement: Swiss lever

Functions
Hours and minutes are indicated by two butterflies flying around the dial
Dual display dial: time or "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately)
"He loves me. He loves me not" game incorporated into the self-winding rotor visible through the display back

Marguerite Champagne-set white gold case
Case
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 12.07 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Champagne-set white gold case:
-  Bezel set with 73 diamonds
- Lug at 6 o'clock set with 17 diamonds
- Lug at 12 o'clock set with 8 diamonds
Back: “He loves me. He loves me not” game: when the winding rotor stops, the ruby that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (“yes” or “no” indication in the centre).
Crown: White gold with white gold cabochon set with a blue sapphire.

Dial
Dial with double indications: the time with the 3, 6 and 9 numerals or text that reads, "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately).
The change between the two displays is done via a pusher at 2 o’clock, which rotates the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares across a 1.5° angle over a fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed blue varnish. When the pusher is released, the dial automatically returns to the initial display (time).

Time display
Hours are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and dark blue Super-LumiNova, perched on a rotating marguerite daisy.
Minutes are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and light blue Super-LumiNova, perched on a stem. This stem is attached to the central blue pistil and the pistil, stem and butterfly rotate together to display the minutes.
The pistil (centre) of the marguerite flower is in blue sapphire.
12 petals in nickel silver that has been rhodium plated then painted with white lacquer.

Strap
Blue alligator leather with blue stitching and white gold screws.
Clasp: White gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Retail price
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 69,000

Marguerite Champagne-set rose gold case
Case
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 12.07 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Champagne-set rose gold case:
-  Bezel set with 73 diamonds
- Lug at 6 o'clock set with 17 diamonds
- Lug at 12 o'clock set with 8 diamonds
Back: “He loves me. He loves me not” game: when the winding rotor stops, the ruby that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (“yes” or “no” indication in the centre).
Crown: Rose gold with rose gold cabochon set with a ruby.

Dial
Dial with double indications: the time with 3, 6, 9 visible around the dial, or text that reads, "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately).
The change between the two displays is done via a pusher at 2 o’clock, which rotates the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares across a 1.5° angle over a fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed black varnish. When the pusher is released, the dial automatically returns to the initial display (time).

Time display
Hours are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and dark orange Super-LumiNova, perched on a rotating marguerite daisy.
Minutes are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and light orange Super-LumiNova, perched on a stem. This stem is attached to the central red pistil and the pistil, stem and butterfly rotate together to display the minutes.
The pistil (centre) of the marguerite flower is in ruby.
12 petals in 4N rose gold that has been painted with white lacquer.

Strap
Red alligator leather with red stitching and rose gold screws.
Clasp: Rose gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Price
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 69,000

Marguerite Flake-set white gold case
Case
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 12.07 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Flake-set white gold case:
-  Bezel set with 76 diamonds
- Lug at 6 o'clock set with 10 diamonds
- Lug at 12 o'clock set with 14 diamonds
Back: “He loves me. He loves me not” game: when the winding rotor stops, the ruby that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (“yes” or “no” indication in the centre).
Crown: White gold with white gold cabochon set with a ruby.

Dial
Dial with double indications: the time with 3, 6, 9 visible around the dial, or text that reads, "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately).
The change between the two displays is done via a pusher at 2 o’clock, which rotates the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares across a 1.5° angle over a fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed black varnish.  When the pusher is released, the dial automatically returns to the initial display (time).

Time display
Hours are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and dark red Super-LumiNova, perched on a rotating marguerite daisy.
Minutes are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and light red Super-LumiNova, sitting on a stem. This stem is attached to the central red pistil and the pistil, stem and butterfly rotate together to display the minutes.
The pistil (centre) of the marguerite flower is in ruby.
12 petals in nickel silver that has been rhodium plated then painted with white lacquer.

Strap
Red alligator leather with red stitching and white gold screws.
Clasp: White gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Retail price
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 69,000

Marguerite Flake-set Rose Gold Case
Case
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 12.07 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Flake-set Rose Gold Case
-  Bezel set with 76 diamonds
- Lug at 6 o'clock set with 10 diamonds
- Lug at 12 o'clock set with 14 diamonds
Back: “He loves me. He loves me not” game: when the winding rotor stops, the ruby that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (“yes” or “no” indication in the centre).
Crown: Rose gold with rose gold cabochon set with a blue sapphire.

Dial
Dial with double indications: the time with 3, 6, 9 visible around the dial, or text that reads, "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately).
The change between the two displays is done via a pusher at 2 o’clock, which rotates the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares across a 1.5° angle over a fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed blue varnish. When the pusher is released, the dial automatically returns to the initial display (time).

Time display
Hours are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and dark blue Super-LumiNova, perched on a rotating marguerite daisy.
Minutes are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and light blue Super-LumiNova, perched on a stem. This stem is attached to the central red pistil and the pistil, stem and butterfly rotate together to display the minutes.
The pistil (centre) of the marguerite flower is blue sapphire.
12 petals in 4N rose gold that has been painted with white lacquer.

Strap
Blue alligator with blue stitching and rose gold screws.
Clasp: Rose gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Retail Price
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 69,000

Sunday, June 28, 2015

deLaCour Saqra Line

With its vibrant new design, the Saqra line is a bold step away from stereotypes and standards. The chakras considered as the energy center of the human body, is an ongoing source of inspiration for the creative team at deLaCour, thus giving birth to this exquisite line.

The exceptional features of the Saqra are found in the perfect balance between the soft lines of the circle and the audacity of the rectangle. This timepiece has a strong character and a convincing personality.
Symbol of geometry and perfection, this watch is neither round nor rectangular but a superb symbiosis of these two forms. The powerful identity of the Saqra sets new reference codes in the masculine watch industry. The structure of this exceptional case with its flawless and taut lines, expresses the character and undisputed power of this watch. The middle, screwed bezel and case back components require a complex manufacturing process. These three elements are subject to numerous and successive operations in order to reach the final result, which will lead to the assembly.
The lacquered dial features pad-printed/transferred Roman numerals thereby contributing to the elegance and sobriety of the watch. A sapphire crystal glass offers a view into the mechanism, heart of this timepiece. A hand-stitched crocodile strap elegantly completes the watch. The hands are baguette-like and all Saqras are waterproof up to 3 ATM.
In addition to the models featured in the 2015 catalog, the Saqra Monotourbillon is unveiled. This timepiece is characterized by the Roman numerals displayed on its flange and by its open center and reveals the splendor and beauty of a manual winding tourbillion movement.

The date corrector indicator with retrograde function is positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock in an arch-like display. A semicircle shaped flange positioned between 4 and 6 o’clock, tracks the status of the 115-hour power reserve. The tourbillon frame is positioned at 9 o'clock.

The deLaCour watchmakers continue to push further all conventional codes   by offering atypical models for the enthusiasts of exceptional timepieces. The Saqra Monotourbillon is definitively part of this approach, thereby sublimating the complication watch.

In its current range, three models of this timepiece are available:
  • Saqra Classic: display of hours, minutes and seconds-hand. Date window positioned at 3 o'clock. Automatic movement.
  • Saqra Bitime: a date indicator positioned at 12 o'clock is displayed in a double window. The second time zone is positioned at6 o'clock. The Saqra Bitime is not equipped with a seconds-hand in order to insure perfect readability of the two time zones. The Saqra Bitime expresses perfectly the duality of deLaCour. Automatic movement.
  • Saqra Grande Réserve: a date indicator positioned at 12 o'clock is displayed in a double window. A large indicator of the power reserve is positioned at 7 o’clock. Automatic movement.

deLaCour Saqra Classic
Movement
Calibre: DC 261
Winding: Automatic
Power-reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and day

Case
Dimensions: 46,5 x 48,5 x 12 mm
Material: Steel
Dimensions: 46,5 x 50,5 x11 mm
Material: Titanium and Pink Gold
Water resistant: 3 atm (except some jewelry pieces)
Glass: Sapphire
Back: Sapphire
Crown: Ø 7 mm

Dial
Black dial with printed roman numbers
Hands:  Lancelot shaped with luminescent coating

Strap
Black hand-stitched crocodile

Limited edition
Steel: 500 pieces
Titanium and Pink Gold: 88 pieces

deLaCour Saqra Bitime 
Movement
Calibre: DC 262
Winding: Automatic
Power-reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Double time zone and day

Case
Dimensions: 46,5 x 48,5 x 13 mm
Material: Steel
Dimensions: 46,5x50,5x12 mm
Material: Titanium and Pink Gold
Water resistant: 3 atm (except some jewelry pieces)
Glass: Sapphire
Back: Sapphire
Crown: Ø 7 mm

Dial
Black dial with printed roman numbers
GMT indicator and date window framed in yellow
Hands:  Lancelot shaped with luminescent coating

Strap
Black hand-stitched crocodile

Limited Edition
Steel: 500 pieces
 
deLaCour Saqra Grande Réserve 
Movement
Calibre: DC 267
Winding: Automatic
Power-reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, day and power-reserve

Case
Dimensions: 46,5 x 48,5 x 13 mm
Material: Steel
Dimensions: 46,5 x 50,5 x12 mm
Material: Titanium and Pink Gold
Water resistant: 3 atm (except some jewelry pieces)
Glass: Sapphire
Back: Sapphire
Crown: Ø 7 mm

Dial
Black dial with printed roman numbers, Power-Reserve indicator and date window framed in yellow.
Hands:  Lancelot shaped with luminescent coating

Strap
Black hand-stitched crocodile

Limited edition
Steel: 500 pieces
Titanium and Pink Gold: 88 pieces
      

CVSTOS CHALLENGE CHRONO II LEON

LEON RACING sponsored by the men’s lifestyle magazine “ LEON ” once again announces its participation in SUPER GT SERIES for the 2015 season with Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG  GT3.This will be the third season for LEON RACING since it announced to enter the SUPER GT SERIES in 2013.In this 2015 season, LEON will work in partnership with the Swiss luxury watchmaker CVSTOS to launch “ LEON×CVSTOS. ” CVSTOS logos will be designed on the hood, rear wing, sides and other locations, with an illustration of the tourbillon movement on the roof to create an overall style with speed. The CVSTOS CHALLENGE CHRONO II LEON timepiece celebrates this partnership.
Technical details
CHALLENGE CHRONO II LEON

Case
CHALLENGE case
Tonneau-shaped, 53.70mm x 41mm
Materials: Steel, black steel or titanium with pink 5N gold lateral elements. Polished and satin-finished case
Caseback: Open with sapphire crystal
Crystal: Sapphire, none-reflecting coating
Water-resistance100 meters.
Screws: Polished titanium grade, exclusive CVSTOS TECHNOLOGY pattern
Crown: Screw-down, polished titanium grade 5 or red Gold, rubber insert
Push-pieces: Titanium grade 5 or ergal polished

Dial
Sapphire, none-reflective coating, exclusive CVSTOS TECHNOLOGY decoration
Indexes: Chromed and Super-Luminova treated
Hands: Pierced, chromed and Super-Luminova treated

Movement
Calibre CVSTOS 577 Automatic chronograph
Power-reserve: 42 hours
Jewels: 25
Rotor: Exclusive CVSTOS Tungsten 88 & Titanium Technology alloy
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour.

Functions
Chronograph, power-reserve indicator, date

Strap
Alligator skin or rubber
Buckle: Folding clasp carbon

Hermès In The Pocket watch Rose Gold Limited Edition

With the In The Pocket watch, Hermès is reviving a fundamental piece that was to forge its watchmaking destiny already spanning more than a century of history.  It all began in 1912, when Jacqueline Hermès, still a child at the time, received a gift from her father in the shape of an ingenious “porte-oignon” or pocket-watch holder designed to be secured to the wrist. It had been designed so that the keen young horsewoman could ride without having to attach her watch to her clothing or slip it into her pocket. Testifying to the original Hermès expertise in the field of saddle- and harness-making, this leather strap was designed like those worn by stable lads, surrounding the pocket watch and adopting its shape so as to provide ideal protection.

Reinvented in 2012 under the name “In The Pocket”, this iconic model now returns in a rose gold composition clad in a sophisticated alligator exterior. A pocket-watch that may be transformed at will into a wristwatch, it embodies both the historical leather hand craftsmanship of Hermès and its watchmaking development to the point of becoming a full-fledged Manufacture now in the hands of the seventh generation of the founding family.
Issued in a 178-piece limited edition, the In The Pocket watch is distinguished by its extreme sobriety. The 40 mm diameter of the delicately rounded rose gold case increases to 49 mm when worn on the wrist. Its finely grained silvered dial avoids any superfluous ornamentation so as to provide the clearest, most self-evident expression of time. The baton-type hands sweep over pared-down numerals, while the small seconds ticks round at 3 o’clock, all driven by the Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement with a 50-hour power reserve. Crafted in keeping with the finest horological traditions, this refined self-winding mechanism features a circular grained and snailed mainplate, while its oscillating weight is adorned with the brand’s signature “sprinkling of Hs” motif.

The incredibly complex strap of the “In The Pocket” model calls for lengthy and patient workmanship. Composed of two longer and shorter sections, the plain strap end and the buckle strap end (sanglon and boucleteau in French), it is hand crafted in the leather-making workshops of La Montre Hermès in Switzerland. These two parts are composed of three layers of leather: alligator; an inner cow grain leather reinforcement ensuring impeccable sturdiness; and a Zermatt calfskin lining.

First comes the cutting process, including layer cutting; the hides are soaked and then pressed into a mould. They dry for 10 days before being cut with a pointed tool, layercut, sanded down and glued. Each of the parts is then partially sewn; the buckle strap end is perforated to free up the spaces that will reveal the dial and through which the plain strap end and the crown will pass. The work continues on the table, with the buckle end and the plain strap end being fitted together, marked with a compass, indented and sewn using the saddle stitching technique. Then comes the finishing, including hammering the stitching, marking a furrow, dyeing and polishing with beeswax.

With infinite patience, one operation after another, the artisans at La Montre Hermès thus lovingly create In The Pocket, a tribute to the watchmaking roots of the Maison.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical self-winding, made in Switzerland
Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement
Diameter: 26 mm (11 ½’’’)
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Power reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour / 4 Hz
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Decoration: Mainplate with circular-grained and snailed finish, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight with “sprinkling of Hs” motif, Hermès Paris engraving

Functions 
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock

Case
Shape/dimensions: Round, 40mm diameter
Material:  750 5N rose gold (approx. 52.8 g)
Glass:  Antiglare sapphire crystal and case back
Water resistance:  3 bar

Dial 
Silvered dial with anthracite transfer

Strap
750 rose gold (approx. 3 g) snap link
Matt havana alligator strap and cord-strap
Buckle : 750 rose gold (approx. 5.2 g) 17 mm pin buckle

Bausele Andrew Bogut Limited Edition

Australian watch maker Bausele announces its new limited edition timepiece created in collaboration with Bausele brand ambassador and basket ball player Andrew Bogut. Based on the design of Bausele’s popular Pilot Automatic model, this limited edition automatic wristwatch pays tribute to Bogut’s basketball legacy.

This timepiece has been designed around a blue theme, Andrew Bogut’s favourite colour that’s reminiscent of the azure waters surrounding his native Australia. His signature is displayed in the centre of the dial clearly visible through the crystal clear sapphire glass. A ball motif is displayed at the centre of the face to honour the NBA Champion’s legacy. In addition, a piece of NBA Championship winning basket ball is contained in the crown of the watch.
Caseback is fitted with a transparent sapphire glass that offers the view of the Swiss made automatic movement. At the case back you can also find the engravings of brand & model name and unique production number, surrounded by the Bausele brand motto – Keep a piece of Australia with you.

Produced in a limited edition of 50 pieces, the Bausele Andrew Bogut timepiece is currently available for pre-order via Bausele online shop. The watchcase measures 44mm and comes with 2 straps - sporty rubber and blue kangaroo leather. Approximate retail price of Bausele Andrew Bogut limited edition is AUS $ 1200. Expected delivery is from Oct 2015.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Swedish watch brand GoS introduces new exclusive and exotic watch straps in Elk (Moose US/Canada)

GoS has announced its new selection of straps that are made from locally produced Elk-leather (Älg in Swedish). The leather is sourced from a well known third-generation family business, which produce high-quality leathers for high-end leather products.

The GoS straps will be available in two qualities, Premium and Sarek, both handmade and equally soft and comfortable to wear. Straps in Premium leather have a smooth and finely grained surface while Sarek leather has a unique character with a shrunken grain and lustrous surface. Elk leather is known to be very durable and becomes even more beautiful in hard use.

The Sarek National Park in northern Sweden is an area abounding with wildlife and extraordinary geography including glaciers and high peaks. The area is famous for its unusually large elk of which the largest ones can weigh close to 800kg. It is easy to imagine why it is called "the king of the forest". Elk leather is rarely exported and is mainly used in local products both for practical and decorative use. Scandinavian elk is neither endangered nor a threatened species and the hunting is controlled by the government to keep the elk population at sustainable levels.

GoS Elk strap - Black Premium
This strap was developed to replace the Nubuck straps fitted on nearly all GoS watches for the last three years. The Premium black elk strap will be the main option for the all-steel GoS watches.
GoS Elk strap - Brown Premium
This strap was developed to match the GoS bicolor watches, as the chocolate brown nuance works equally well together with stainless Damascus steel as with our 18K pink gold. The Premium Brown strap will be the main option for the bicolor watch and fitted an 18K pink gold buckle.
GoS Elk strap -Black Sarek
The Sarek Black strap has all the qualities of the Premium straps and was developed to offer customers a more exotic and exclusive strap. The additional leather treatment shrinks the grain to make the patterns more visible while also making the surface more lustrous. The Sarek Black strap is a good alternative to a dress watch such as the Bifrost model.
Specifications
22mm width
Rounded padding
Lining in thin black leather
Stainless steel GoS buckle or 18K pink gold buckle when delivered for bicolor watches
Handmade with folded seams
Production to start in July 2015

BOVET Amadeo® Fleurier VIRTUOSO IV - 5-Day Tourbillon, jumping hours, retrograde minutes, reverse hand-fitting

Unveiled at the 2013 BOVET Salon, the Tourbillon Virtuoso made a lasting impression with its original functions, innovative architecture and expression of decorative watchmaking arts, which unanimously won over the most eminent specialists and collectors of fine watchmaking.

In 2015, Pascal Raffy and the artisans of the DIMIER 1738 Manufacture are revealing the Amadeo® Fleurier Virtuoso IV. This new reference adopts the same features as the Tourbillon Virtuoso, which include jumping hours, indicated by a disk appearing in an aperture. In a design feature specific to the Maison, this aperture is perfectly situated in the center of the movement. Despite the lack of available space, the DIMIER 1738 watchmakers succeeded in incorporating two star-wheels which ensure the disk performs an immediate jump at the turn of each hour.
Even though the minutes are displayed by a hand, they are also indicated in an original manner as they are featured in a retrograde display. Only the upper section of the dial is marked with a scale ranging from 0 to 60 in a 160° arc. The minute hand travels across this segment over one hour. At exactly the same time as the hour disk jumps, the minute hand moves back to 0 at lightning speed and commences a new cycle, without losing a fraction of a second.

The minute hand and various components of the mechanism undergo phenomenal acceleration and deceleration and very few mechanical systems would be able to withstand such stress long term. As all tourbillon movements manufactured by DIMIER 1738 benefit from astonishing autonomy, the power reserve is systematically indicated. Lasting a total of five days (120 hours), the power reserve indicator is located on the lower section of the front dial between its center and the hour window.

Grand complications have accustomed collectors to movements encumbered by a complex jumble of mechanisms and components, the information on which is often tedious to read. The excellent readability of the understated Tourbillon Virtuoso IV ensures that its complexity is quickly forgotten. Like, for example, the presence of instantaneous jumping hours, retrograde minutes and a power reserve indicator fitted on a single axis. Displaying various types of information coaxially usually results in clumsy sacrifices in terms of thickness. The DIMIER 1738 watchmakers have achieved this feat without the movement’s thickness exceeding that of a similar caliber with a standard central display of the hours and minutes.
The lower half of the timepiece is occupied solely by the tourbillon. It is supported by the mainplate alone, which is endowed with a distinctly unique shape. The tourbillon carriage of the Virtuoso IV creates new ties between BOVET’s historical past and its future. The balance adopts the same design features as those of the Rising Star tourbillon, in particular with the presence of the three blued weights. The steel parts are chamfered and polished on both sides and the carriage bridges are rounded off, while their design evokes the index-assembly of the timepieces produced by the Bovet brothers in the 19th century. Eager to go further still, the DIMIER 1738 watchmakers were required to draw on both their expertise and the latest technologies to reproduce pallets with weights as would have been featured in the Maison’s pocket watches during the latter half of the 19th century and now with the pallets ten times smaller than their illustrious predecessors. The escapement wheel, though almost invisible, has also benefited from special treatment. Normally, it is connected to its axis by four straight arms. On the Tourbillon Virtuoso IV, the escapement wheel has only two curved arms, which split its circumference into yin and yang symbols.

The Amadeo® Fleurier Tourbillon Virtuoso IV is characterized by a pair of three-dimensional sculptures that have been produced and engraved entirely by the hands of the Maison’s artisans. Placed so that they mirror each other on either side of the jumping hour dial, these sculptures appear to support the dial. Four different themes are available, giving collectors the choice between elephants, horses, angels or doves—four interpretations steeped in strong symbolism often depicted in enamel on the pocket watches produced by BOVET in the 19th century. In this respect, their dual, mirrored representation also recalls the enamel decoration of the pairs of watches traditionally manufactured by BOVET for China in the 19th century.

Technical details
Model: Amadeo® Fleurier VIRTUOSO IV - 5-Day Tourbillon, jumping hours, retrograde minutes, reverse hand-fitting

Case
Type: Amadeo®convertible system with secret opening
Diameter: 44mm
Thickness: (With Glasses) 16.45mm
Thickness: (Without Glasses) 12.02mm
Gold Weight: 77.35gr (red gold) / 77.35gr (white gold)
Case Material: 18K red or white gold
Water Resistance 30m

Movement
Caliber 16BM02AI-HSMR
Type Hand-wound
Diameter 161/3 ’’’
Frequency 21’600v/h
Power reserve 5 days

Dials
White lacquer front and reverse dial and available engraving themes: angels, horses, doves and elephants

Functions
Jumping hours, retrograde minutes, 5-day power reserve indicator, seconds on  tourbillon, reversed hand-fitting

Bracelet
Full skin alligator
Buckle: 18K red or white gold ardillon
Chain: 18K red or white gold

Lang & Heyne Johann von Sachsen Collection- Johann Champlevé (Variation IV)

Dresden, Germany based independent luxury watch atelier Lang & Heyne updates its prestigious watch collection named after King Johann (1801-1873), the King of Saxony from 1854 to 1873. The Johann von Sachsen collection offers highly exclusive mechanical luxury watches in gold or platinum. A fourth version has been just added to this collection that already offered three versions  precious versions in 18 carat rose gold (Variation I), 18 carat white gold(Variation II) and platinum (Variaition III). Crafted in 18 carat rose gold, the Variation IV is christened as Johann Champlevé that features a colourful blue enamel dial sprinkled with stars. Case measuring 43.5mm in diameter is fitted with sapphire glass on top and case back.
Inside beats a hand wound movement Calibre I created in house by Lang & Heyne. Oscillating at a rate of 18,000 vph this exceptional movement offers power reserve up to 46 hours.Jewelled with 19 rubies and one diamond, the Calibre I features Shock-resistant gold-screw balance, Breguet spring, Swan-neck fine adjustment, Pulsating eccentric sweep hand, Sweep hand stop mechanism and Winding wheels with double solar finish.

A. Lange & Söhne - DATOGRAPH UP-DOWN Pink Gold Version with Black Dial & DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL White Gold Version with Grey Dial

A. Lange & Söhne is expanding its range of colours for two iconic timepieces: DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN & DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL.  Two highly attractive models in pink gold/black (DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN) and white gold/grey (DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL) are now available.

The DATOGRAPH from A. Lange & Söhne as one of the most popular mechanical chronographs ever produced. In 1999, the world’s first ever column-wheel chronograph with a flyback function, precisely jumping minute counter and outsize-date display caused quite a sensation in professional circles. It has long since achieved cult status. It is not only the technical finesse that is unique, but also the harmonious integration of function and aesthetics.

The DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN, introduced in 2012, offers a longer power reserve of 60 hours as well as a power-reserve indicator with an UP/DOWN scale that gave the watch its name. The chronograph, which previously only came in a platinum case, is now available in a pink-gold version with a black dial.
DATOGRAPH UP-DOWN Pink Gold Version with Black Dial
The argenté-coloured subsidiary dials and deep-blue moon disc on the new white-gold model of the DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL stand out particularly clearly thanks to the dial’s subtle grey background.
DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL White Gold Version with Grey Dial
Since 2006, the name has represented a combination of a flyback chronograph and a perpetual calendar, which will not require correction until 2100. If this does ever become necessary, however, the calendar indicators can be advanced either individually or synchronously. Lange’s passion for precision is also reflected by the universal corrector specially designed for this job: To prevent the indications from being inadvertently changed, the push piece at 10 o’clock can only be pressed when the crown is pulled out.

Audemars Piguet Launches New Millenary Collection & New Advertising Campaign for Women

Audemars Piguet has been crafting complicated watches for women for over 130 years and has proved to be the exception to the rule when combining watchmaking excellence with aesthetics. For 2015, the new Audemars Piguet Millenary collection celebrates 20 years of this unique oval women’s watch design.

Three years in the making, its elegant shape is a salute to the balance achieved when old-world artisanship meets new-world design. The new Millenary collection, which is offered in three different versions, features a new hand-wound Manufacture calibre 5201 that has been conceived to perfectly fit the intriguing oval case shape that follows ergonomically the curves of the wrist. The open-design movement reveals the balance wheel.

To accompany this launch, a new advertising campaign consisting of both print and campaign film, will make its debut in July 2015.
Further to the success of the current “There are Exceptions to Every Rule” campaign, model Anouck Lepère, styled by Jerry Stafford, has once again been chosen by Audemars Piguet to front its ads. Shot by world famous photographer David Bailey who pioneered a visceral style in fashion photography over the past decades, the new campaign reflects the strength and spirit of independence cherished by the brand and its customers.

Thanks to his unique craft of film making, renowned British film director Baillie Walsh played a large part in creating an enigmatic world interconnecting complexity, horology and style through the campaign movie imagined for Audemars Piguet.

During the shoot, Jerry Stafford, stylist and creative consultant to artists such as Tilda Swinton, worked on the different notions of fashion as a celebration to timeless strong women. While progressively revealing the complexity of the Audemars Piguet woman, the new campaign incarnates the bold spirit of independence and female empowerment of the brand, values that Jasmine Audemars, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Audemars Piguet and the only woman heading a major watch manufacturer today, has always championed during her career, both as a journalist and as the head of Audemars Piguet.

Ulysse Nardin Classico Lady Luna

A traditionally styled timepiece, the Classico Luna draws inspiration from the moon in a different way. Similar in principle to the limited-edition Moonstruck’s indication of the moon’s phases and based on a development with Ludwig Oechslin DNA, the Classico Luna precisely depicts the moon’s rotation in a realistic representation.
The moon reflects the light of the sun as it rotates clockwise around the earth, and the Classico Luna depicts its angle of illumination as its moon rotates around the center of the timepiece – a portrayal of earth – making one rotation in 12 hours. In its speed to fulfill its moon phase circle in 29.5 days, the color of the moon phase disc will change, increasing and decreasing as the moon wanes or waxes.
A self-winding watch, the Classico Luna makes reading the moon’s phases simple. The moon phase is set over a corrector at the 4 to 5 o’clock position.  Classic and slim dress watch, the mother-of-pearl dial features straight indexes as well as an hour hand representing the sun. The Classico Lady Luna is expressive, honoring the moon’s powerfully feminine mystique through its glamorous aesthetic, particularly when set with diamonds on the aventurine disc of the dial and on the bezel.
Technical details
References  
8296-123-2/91
8296-123BC-2/91-AV

Movement 
Calibre UN-829
Power-Reserve: Approximately 42 h
Winding: Self-winding

Functions 
Hours, minutes, seconds
Date at 6 o’clock
Moon phase

Case 
18ct rose gold without or set with 76 diamonds 0.88 ct
Diameter: 35 mm
Water-resistance: 50 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Sapphire fixed with screws

Dial
White mother of pearl with 7 diamonds or White mother of pearl and blue aventurine set with 72 diamonds 0.13 ct

Bracelet  
Leather with tang buckle in18ct rose gold

PIERRE LANNIER: Autumn - Winter Collection 2015-2016

For the next autumn-winter 2015-2016 season, Pierre Lannier offers many new products, from the trendiest to the most sophisticated. Men and women can discover a wide range of materials, styles, shapes and mechanisms.

"Les Céramiques"
Omnipresent in the collections, the "ceramic" models always enjoy great success with women. The brand is extending its range with new models that are even more feminine, designed with a very refined fashion edge.

Black or white ceramic for this model with its fun bezel in gold rose steel on a black or white ceramic bracelet matching the colour of the dial with small strass punctuating the hours. Also available with a grey steel bezel. Surprising, this oblong watch with a pearl dial and very original bracelet combines steel and ceramic links as a reference to the shape of the case.
"Les Céramiques": Steel case, bezel and hands in rose golden steel, strass indices on a black dial, black ceramic bracelet, quartz movement, water-resistant to 3 bar (30m) - Women's oblong watch, pearl dial, ceramic and steel bracelet, quartz movement, water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres).
 "Les Flashy" – "Les Pastelles"
Very innovative, this season the brand offers a range of "Flashy" colourful watches. The cases adopt round and soft or surprising elongated shapes. The bracelets are in pink or grey steel Milanese mesh. A note of freshness: the gentle and subtle pastel colours for this line with a steel case, a pearl dial to match the croco-style pastel leather strap.
"Flashy": Oval steel case, oval sunray turquoise dial, steel Milanese mesh bracelet, quartz movement, water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres) - "Pastelles": Steel case, pink pearl dial, croco-style leather strap, quartz movement, water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres).
 "Les Contemporaines"
Pure lines, a bright dial, easy shapes to wear and an innovative design will delight the most refined of gentlemen. Golden, white or black steel cases, bracelets in Milanese mesh or croco-style leather, a simple style for this exclusively masculine line.
"Les Contemporaines": Steel case, steel Milanese mesh bracelet, quartz movement, waterproof to 5 bar (50 metres) - Gold steel case, croco-style leather strap, quartz movement, water-resistant to 5 bar (50 metres).

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