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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Movement in Focus – Calibre OP 21/1-15 by Pecqueur Conceptuals

Developed by Switzerland based Noosphaire SA in 2014, this mechanical watch movement boasts a new GMT watch complication produced under the Pecqueur Conceptuals label.

Almost two centuries ago, watchmaker Onésiphore Pecqueur created a revolutionary Differential that was to lay the foundations of automotive development. The OP 21/1-15 movement thus represents a return to roots by providing an unprecedented interpretation of this mechanism providing a new take on the time-zone theme. As the key component of this patented horological complication, the differential heralds an exceptional approach to watchmaking, propelling mechanics into a whole new dimension.
The OP 21/1-15 movement with its differential device borrowed from that of watchmaker Onésiphore Pecqueur is a case of going back to roots. After laying the foundations of automotive development, this invention born almost 200 years ago now returns to its historical essence: horology.
While the principle of its differential goes a long way back, Caliber OP 21/1-15 from Pecqueur Conceptuals opens up whole new horizons in dealing with time zones. Rather than providing a 24-hour dual-time display with a central hand, it simultaneously indicates home time and that of an additional time zone on two dials – yet without involving a double mechanism. It also offers a rare and even unique watchmaking feature by displaying the GMT zone of the chosen second time zone.
The basic idea was simple: to perpetuate Pecqueur’s pioneering spirit through an innovative mechanism providing an intuitive dual-time reading, without needing to refer to a reference city nor to know how many hours need to be added to or subtracted from home time. The development team at Centagora was enlisted for this endeavor, because behind this apparent simplicity lies an impressive wealth of technical complexity involving no less than 118 parts including 20 jewels for the patented GMT module alone.
The differential is the core of this innovation. By means of a pinion, it effectively distributes the energy and the base movement information to the dual-time indications – GMT zone and hour display coupled with a day/night indication – via two entry wheels and a single exit wheel. The first of these two entry wheels serves to drive the function, while the second – a star-wheel placed at the base of the differential – enables adjustments in one-hour increments.

In keeping with Pecqueur’s original principle, the differential of the OP 21/1-15 caliber involves a layered construction rather than the flat version typical of classic horological differentials. This specific architecture based on a right-angle drive not only creates a light, airy aesthetic with elegant depth effects, but also offers appreciable functional advantages such as reducing friction and lowering energy consumption.
This remarkably functional patented GMT module enables users to make all adjustments themselves, without the help of a watchmaker. When initializing the watch, a corrector positioned at 10 o’clock on the side of the case serves to set the GMT zone indicator disk in relation to the owner’s place of residence. Using a push-button at 8 o’clock, the second time zone can then be adjusted, with each press corresponding to a one-hour increment. Since the GMT zone indicator disk and the display of the hour are perfectly synchronized, two different adjustment options are available, each of which automatically drives the other. If the user knows the time at a given destination, it can be directly set on the dial at 3 o’clock, while making any potential corrections relating to Daylight Saving Time (known as “summer” time) if it applies to that specific country. If the wearer knows only the GMT zone, the disk between 1 and 2 o’clock can be set and will in turn set the time of the destination. Thanks to the distinctive construction of the Pecqueur differential and contrary to classic GMT complications, the rate of the watch remains unperturbed during such adjustments.
As the key component in this unusual horological complication, the differential heralds an exceptional approach to watchmaking, propelling mechanics into a whole new artistic dimension. Its cleverly layered construction creates subtle depth effects that may be admired from the dial side. Right from the start of the project, the Centagora developers worked in close cooperation with the Peugeot Design Lab in order to define optimal volumes and ensure perfect harmony between the various displays of the future watch.

The differential bridge overlapping the local time subdial occupies a generous area, as if to invite the gaze to plunge into the very heart of the barely perceptible revolutions of this ingenious device. Along the same axis, an aperture reveals the disk indicating the GMT zone of the second time zone, of which the hour appears in an offset subdial at 3 o’clock, also bearing a day/night indicator. Meanwhile, the small seconds hand sweeps steadily around its own display at 6 o’clock.
An authentic mechanical symphony performed by no less than 311 parts, including 48 jewels, self-winding Caliber OP 21/1-15 embodies characteristically Swiss precision, with a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour). Developed on a VMF 3002 base movement, it is equipped with a twin barrel ensuring a comfortable 50-hour power reserve.

Technical details
Caliber OP 21/1-15
Mechanical self-winding, Caliber OP 21/1-15 on a VMF 3002 movement, with patented GMT module, 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour), twin barrel, Glucydur balance, flat balance-spring, Incabloc shock absorber, ceramic ball-bearing mechanism, 311 parts, 48 jewels, 37 mm in diameter, 8 mm thick, circular-grained baseplate, bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève, rhodiumed or engraved, beveled finish, circular satin-brushed wheels, 50-hour power reserve

Module
Patented GMT module, developed by Centagora, 118 parts, 20 jewels, 4.3 mm thick

Functions   
Hours, minutes, small seconds, dual-time display with day/night indication, GMT zone indicator
Display    home time between 10 and 11 o’clock
Dual-time display with day/night indication at 3 o’clock
GMT zone indicator between 1 and 2 o’clock
Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOVET Amadeo® Fleurier VIRTUOSO V (Jumping hours, retrograde minutes, reverse hand-fitting and double co-axial seconds)

In 2015, the BOVET Complications Collection is being completely renewed with the arrival of the Virtuoso II watchmaking specialties caliber, developed and manufactured by the Maison’s artisans to power a multitude of watchmaking complications useful to collectors. At the same time, the Virtuoso II caliber meets the specific and unique requirements that characterize BOVET timepieces, such as the reversibility offered by the Amadeo® convertible case system.

All of the timepieces in the collection provide information on both sides of the movement. One face displays hours, minutes, and seconds as well as the power reserve and allows the movement’s characteristic architecture to be admired. The other side repeats hours, minutes, and seconds and adds information related to the specific complications of the timepiece, which are jumping hours with retrograde minutes in the instance of the Amadeo® Fleurier Virtuoso V.
The single barrel of the Virtuoso V’s movement enables the oscillations of the balance wheel to be maintained at a frequency of 21,600 vib/hour for a full five days. One side of the timepiece presents an off-centered traditional display at 12 o’clock, which accommodates the hour and minute hands and allows the movement’s atypical structure to be admired. The various bridges present voluptuous shapes and the concentric curves of the dial that they seem to embrace. Once again, balance and symmetry bring graceful harmony to the whole timepiece. The seconds cage positioned at 6 o’clock completes the vertical axis with a triple hand, each arm of which successively covers 120° of the scale on its dial. The center wheel and its bridge, visible at 4 o’clock, mirror the balance wheel-hairspring and balance cock, while the power reserve indicator is located at 10 o’clock.
The other side of the timepiece presents a complication that is quite literally on show. Here too, the seconds are displayed at 6 o’clock and reveal the transparency of their cage. Patent No. 0169-DI-CH refers to this precise double co-axial seconds display mechanism. The seconds are shown on both sides of the movement and share the same axis, even though their direction of rotation is reversed. The true merits of this technical feat are revealed when it is applied to an Amadeo®convertible case.

The movement’s architecture displayed on the other side of the timepiece is evoked by plates that are alternately lacquered and hand-engraved, then harmoniously staggered in a series of layers until they reach the top dial indicating the hours and minutes. The jumping hour display appears in an aperture in the center of the timepiece. This complication enables quick and intuitive reading of the time in complete simplicity and creates a privileged place for the expression of watchmaking decorative arts.
To further refine the space attributed to the time on the Virtuoso V, the minute hand points towards the center of the dial and repeatedly covers a segment of 160° before retreating in a semi-instantaneous leap each hour. The combination of these two types of displays is particularly rare, as it requires perfect synchronization between the jump of the hour disk and that of the retrograde minute hand. The artisans of the DIMIER 1738 Manufacture have mastered this technical feat to perfection.

Pascal Raffy designed Virtuoso V to offer a space that artisan dial-makers, hand engravers or miniature painters could personalize to meet the desires expressed by collectors. Be it the dial displaying the timepiece’s various indications or the different decorative plates, there are no fewer than eight dials each requiring more than 10 hours of work, carried out on each timepiece by the artisans of the DIMIER 1738 Dial Manufacture. Elegant, delicately hand-engraved surfaces are inserted between the dial and the lacquered or painted plates.
The perfect symbiosis of technical watchmaking expertise and decorative arts makes the Amadeo ®Fleurier Virtuoso V a true masterpiece. The two sides of the timepiece and the convertibility of its Amadeo®system enables it to be transformed into a reversible wristwatch, a desk clock or a pocket watch without the need for any tools. For even greater ease of use, a corrector enables the hour disk to be adjusted independently of the reverse hand-fitting positioned on the other side of the movement.

Technical details

Case
Type: Amadeo® convertible
Diameter 43.5mm
Thickness (With Glasses): 15.70mm
Thickness (Without Glasses): 11.80mm
Gold Weight: 83.06gr (red gold) / 86.05gr (white gold)
Case Material: 18K red or white gold
Bracelet Full skin alligator
Buckle 18K red or white gold ardillon
Chain Rhodium-plated silver chain
Water Resistance: 30m

Movement
Calibre Virtuoso II à spécialités horlogères DIMIER 1738
13BM11AIHSMR
Type: Hand-wound
Diameter: 13 ¾’’’
Frequency: 21’600v/h
Power reserve: 5 days

Dials
Black or white polished lacquered with Roman applied numerals

Functions
Jumping hours, minutes retrograde, sub-seconds (patented co-axial seconds), power reserve indicator, reversed hand-fitting (hours, minutes and seconds)

Edition
Limited edition of 100 Timepieces per color of dial and of case

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bovet - Amadeo® Fleurier Lady BOVET for Only Watch 2015

To support Only Watch charity auction, luxury watch manufacture BOVET 1822 has created Amadeo® Fleurier Lady BOVET for Only Watch 2015 edition, a unique timepiece based on a previously unreleased model that will appear for the first time in 2016.

This unique piece is animated by the Virtuoso II watchmaking specialty caliber developed by Manufacturer DIMIER 1738.The exemplary chronometry of this movement is glorified by irreproachable finishings and seven days of power reserve for absolute comfort.
This timepiece is beautifully set in a convertible Amadeo® case, allowing the timepiece to be easily transformed from a reversible wristwatch to a table clock to a pendant necklace without the need for a single tool. By virtue of its reversibility, this piece boasts two very distinctive faces. One of the faces features pink-hued mother-of-pearl guilloché dials, whilst the other offers a miniature painting of a pair of doves. This painting is a reproduction of the grand feu enamel case back of a BOVET pocket watch that was manufactured at the turn of the 19th century.
Technical details
Model: Amadeo® Fleurier Lady BOVET for Only Watch 2015
Unique Piece

Case
Type: Amadeo® convertible system
Diameter 39mm
Thickness (With Glasses): 11.80mm
Thickness (Without Glasses): 9.25mm
Gold Weight (Case only) : 67.76gr
Case Material: 18K white gold
Setting: Case-side, bezel, bow and lug set with 236 diamonds for ~3.92 cts
Crown: and strap-bolts set with 5 briolettes diamonds for ~1.00 ct
Water Resistance 30m

Movement
Caliber Virtuoso II à spécialités horlogères DIMIER 1738 - 13BM08AI
Type Hand-wound
Diameter 13 3/4 ‘’’
Frequency 21’600 vph
Power reserve 7 days

Dials
Front dial: Pink-hued mother-of-pearl guilloché with 12 diamond indexes for ~0.22 ct
Back dial: Pink-hued mother-of-pearl with a miniature painting of a pair of Doves

Functions
Hours, minutes, sub-seconds, power reserve indicator, reversed hand-fitting

Bracelet
Full skin alligator
Buckle: 18K white gold ardillon
Chain: Rhodium-plated silver

Friday, July 24, 2015

AkriviA Tourbillon Regulator

Crafted by Swiss watch maker Rexhep Rexhepi, the AkriviA Tourbillon Regulator successfully alliances minimalist exteriors with an haute horlogerie complication. The broad lugs are chamfered in a manner reflecting the bevelling on the calibre; the grey dial features a “polished-matt” finish that is both vintage and innovative. While it recalls the sandblasted bridges of pocket watches, the AkriviA “polished-matt” effect differs from habitual sandblasting in terms of its means of application: the crushed stone is mixed with vegetable oil and applied using a new handcrafted technique.

The only fanciful aspect of the dial is the regulator-type arrangement of its indication, with the hours counter at 12 o’clock, the central axis bearing the minutes hand only, and the seconds hand fixed to the tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The latter is indeed the only clue to the exceptional nature of this timepiece: the austerity of the exterior finishes highlights the wealth of finishes lavished on the movement. This simple dial opening reveals a bridge featuring eight inward angles and which bears the escapement block.
The latter is composed of a 13.7mm carriage revolving in one minute and housing a Breguet balance-spring connected to the “AkriviA” balance wheel oscillating at the rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour. The 100 hours of autonomy is supplied by a single barrel. The 11.6mm “AkriviA” balance wheel features four spokes forming a “Quadriskell”, with four fine-adjustment inertia-blocks at the end of each. The purpose of putting in place these various devices is to have the Tourbillon Regulator certified by two institutions: the COSC and the Poinçon de Genève.
With this in mind, the elaborate nature of the movement finishes is the exact opposite of the outward austerity: the movement features 50 inward angles and is entirely decorated on both visible and hidden parts: domed chamfering, handcrafted Côtes de Genève, circular graining, straight graining. This AK-04 calibre was both developed and finished entirely by Rexhep Rexhepi and his team.

One of its major characteristics is its complete symmetry: it nobly comprises two third wheels so as to ensure optimal visual balance. This rare construction, combined with a high level of finishing, reflects Rexhep Rexhepi’s perfectionism: nothing is left to chance and nothing is done just because it has to be.

Technical details

Movement 
Manually wound movement
Diameter: 30.00mm
Thickness: 7.60mm
Power Reserve 100 hours
Nb of components 229
Nb of jewels 22
Balance Wheel Diameter: 11.60mm
Frequency 21’600 vph
Tourbillon Diameter: 13.70mm - Weight: 0.36g – Swiss anchor escapement – 60 seconds rotation
Decoration: Inward angles, black polish, côtes de Genève, hand graining, hand polishing, rhodium finishing, manual circular graining, hand engraved

Functions
Hours located in the small dial at 12h, central minutes hand, small second at 6h
Chiming at every hour and silence function on/off by 3h monopusher

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
Grey steel «mat-polish» dial
Hand Steel bleui hands - “AkriviA” special design

Strap
Hand-sewn leather blue strap
Clasp: Clasp/deployment with hand-engraved AkriviA logo

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain

Hublot and Paris Saint-Germain, the world-renowned French Football Club, debuted the Official Watch of Paris Saint-Germain, Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain, in celebration of the team’s North America summer tour. Hoton the heels of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, where Hublot served as the Official Timekeeper, this partnership and timepiece are another example of Hublot’s love for global “football” and ongoing support of the “Hublot Loves Football” campaign launched during FIFA World Cup Brazil™ last summer.
Hublot’s U.S. Managing Director, Jean-Francois Sberro, hosted an exclusive cocktail event with the team at a private rooftop garden atop the historic Rockefeller Center to launch the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain timepiece. Star players in attendance included Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Silva, as well as Kevin Trapp who officially joined the Parisian Club last week.
The timepiece unveiling was hosted by former New York Giants’ Quarterback and Friend of Hublot, Jesse Palmer, and included VIP attendees, including New York Giants’ star Victor Cruz, New York Knicks’ basketball player Lance Thomas, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ champion Kelley O’Hara, and LVMH USA CEO, Pauline Brown.
The Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain – Hublot’s second timepiece with the French football champion – is limited to 100 pieces and features a 45.5mm titanium case with a sapphire anti-reflective treatment and the Paris Saint-Germain logo printed on the case back glass. Inspired by the iconic team colors, embellishments of red, white and blue are reflected throughout the dial, hands and strap. Manufactured with Hublot’s in-house UNICO self-winding bi-retrograde movement and designed to time two halves of a soccer match, the sleek and sporty timepiece will be available exclusively at Hublot boutiques around the world.
As the first luxury watch brand to become involved with European football in 2006, Hublot has since built a strong presence in the world of football. Hublot’s relationship with the French Club began in 2013 when it became the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the team and introduced the first timepiece known as the King Power Paris Saint-Germain.
Technical details
Model: BIG BANG UNICO BI-RETROGRADE PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Reference: 413.NX.1129.LR.PSG15 - Limited to 100 numbered pieces

Case
“Big Bang Unico” – Diameter 45.5mm
Polished and satin-finished titanium
Bezel: Polished and satin-finished titanium with 6 H-shaped titanium screws
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lug: Blue composite resin
Crown: Black rubber and satin-finished Titanium
Pushers: Titanium with red and black rubber
Case back: Titanium, satin-finished and “100 NUM” engraved
Case back: Glass Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment and Paris Saint-Germain logo printed
Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100m)

Dial
Metallic blue multilayer dial
Red retrograde minute hand
White retrograde second hand
Satin-finished and micro-blasted rhodium-plated minute, hour and small second hands with white luminescent

Movement
HUB1261 UNICO Manufacture self-winding Bi-retrograde movement with central chronograph and column wheel
Components: 385
Power Reserve: 72 Hours

Strap
Black rubber and blue alligator strap with white stitching
Buckle: Titanium deployant buckle clasp

HUBLOT Classic Fusion House of Mandela

In collaboration with the House of Mandela foundation created by the family of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Hublot has decided to pay tribute to him by unveiling the Classic Fusion House of Mandela. It is a homage both to his exceptional character, and to the legacy that he has left to not only his family, but humanity as a whole.

The House of Mandela aims to commemorate the life and philosophy of Nelson Mandela. Amongst its many charity projects, the Mandela family contributes to the education of South African children. A portion of the profits generated by the sale of these timepieces will also be donated to help the foundation achieve this goal.
Crafted in 18K King Gold, the Classic Fusion House of Mandela is available in two models: a 45 mm diameter men's model and a 42 mm diameter women's model with a bezel set with 35 diamonds (totalling 1.15 carats). This special edition is limited to 95 pieces – a reference to Nelson Mandela's age at the time of his death. The dial bears the totem of the Mandela family, a bee with outstretched, branched wings which symbolise the various branches of the Mandela family tree.
This insect was not chosen at random: it is inspired by Nelson Mandela's Xhosa name, Rolihlahla, which translates as "he who is brave enough to fetch the honey from the honeycomb" or "challenge the status quo". The bee also represents courage, sharing, and compassion, which are values shared by the family. The piece is completed by a black alligator strap.

Technical details
Model: Classic Fusion House of Mandela

References
511.OX.0200.LR.MDL15 (45 mm version)
542.OX.0200.LR.1204.MDL15 (42 mm version with diamonds)
Special editions limited to a total of 95 pieces

Case
"Classic Fusion" - 45 or 42 mm diameter
18K King Gold, polished and satin-finished
Bezel: 18K King Gold engraved with the “Mandela” signature, 6 polished and locked titanium screws, and 35 diamonds (1.15 carats) for the 42 mm version
Crown: Polished 18K King Gold with Hublot logo
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior antireflective coating
Case-back: Satin-finished 18K King Gold engraved with the words “Special Edition, 1 OF 95” and the African continent, as well as “It’s in our hands” on the sapphire crystal with an interior antireflective coating
Water resistance: 5 ATM or approximately 50 metres

Dial
Satin-finished 18K King Gold engraved with the “House of Mandela” logo

Indexes and hands: 18K King Gold and polished and faceted 5N Gold

Movement
HUB 1112 Self-winding mechanical movement (45 mm)
HUB 1110 Self-winding mechanical movement (42 mm)
Date: Date situated at 3 o'clock
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Strap
Semi-matt black alligator leather with black stitching and black rubber
Polished and satin-finished 5N gold
Clasp in polished and satin-finished 5N gold with deployant buckle in black PVD coated steel

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch Unique Piece for Only Watch 2015

For Only Watch 2015, Frederique Constant has created a totally unique Horological Smartwatch. After three years of research and development, Frederique Constant was the first Swiss watchmaker in the industry to unveil to the world the first model of its Horological Smartwatch model powered by MotionX-365® end-to-end solution, created by Silicon Valley’s Full power Technologies, Inc. This incredible timepiece possesses the precise style and finesse of a classical luxury watch, added to its ability to record activity and sleep.
The Only Watch unique model is displaying central hours and minutes hands, with a smart counter positioned at 6 O’clock.  Equipped with activity and sleep patterns, the watch will become an integral part of your life. As you wear the watch, the data accumulated in the model is synchronized to the app on your handheld device.
The “Only Watch 2015” model, created in unique piece, is a Horological Smartwatch with an elegant 18 carat rose gold case, combined to a unique dark green dial and with a delicate hand-engraved reminder of the reason of the watch on its caseback. The watch is delivered into a unique luxury gift box, together with an Apple Iphone 6.
Technical details
Model: HOROLOGICAL SMARTWATCH FOR ONLY WATCH
Reference: FC-285DG5B9
   
Case           
Polished 18K rose gold 2-parts case, diameter of 42 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Movement   
MMT- 285 quartz caliber
+2years battery life

Functions       
Always on time & date
MotionX® activity tracking
Sleeptracker® sleep monitoring
Sleep cycle alarms
Get-Active alerts
Dynamic coaching
MotionX® cloud backup and restore

Dial       
Green dial with hand-applied rose gold plated indexes   
Rose gold plated hands

Bracelet       
Green alligator with white stitches
Folding buckle 18k rose gold

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Star of Infinity

Manufacture Roger Dubuis has announced its third consecutive participation in Asia’s most prestigious Haute Horlogerie Exhibition, running from September 30th to October 3rd in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Roger Dubuis will display its latest creations centred around the Astral Skeleton theme, as well as its inimitable theatrical brand-setting talent embodied in its cutting-edge World of Roger Dubuis. It will also be premiering the Excalibur Star of Infinity. Like several of this year’s releases, this latest jewellery timepiece to be exclusively unveiled at Watches& Wonders 2015 from Roger Dubuis reflects the Astral Skeleton principle.
The concept is based on the unique star-shaped design of Roger Dubuis contemporary skeleton movements, borrowed from nature and its heavenly constellations. In the Excalibur Star of Infinity, formal aesthetics meets functionality, since the tips of the RD01SQ skeleton double flying tourbillon ‘star’ point to several hour-markers and thus enhance clarity. This luminous interpretation glows with the fire of 312 baguette-cut diamonds totalling approximately 14.93 carats and adorning the full-pavé white gold case, the flange – as well as the star itself, which sparkles with 34 of these gems (0.96 cts).
The pristine radiance of the precious stones admirably complements the rhodium-plated charcoal grey of the calibre with its finely circular- grained plate and illuminates the twin Celtic cross-shaped tourbillon carriages.

This shining example of the two-fold jewellery and watchmaking expertise cultivated by Manufacture Roger Dubuis bears the Poinçon de Genève certification and is fitted with a hand-stitched black alligator strap creating a striking contrast, secured by an adjustable folding buckle also glittering with 32 baguette- cut diamonds (approx. 1.33 cts).

Technical details
Model: Excalibur Star of Infinity
Production: 28 pieces
Certification: Poinçon de Genève.

Case
Ø 45mm, white gold, fully paved with baguette-cut diamonds
Thickness: 15.50 mm
Water Resistance: 3 BAR (30 m)

Dial
Skeleton, flange and star set with baguette-cut diamonds

Diamonds
312 baguette-cut diamonds in total, 34 baguette-cut diamonds in the star shape, 246 baguette cut diamonds on the case, 32 baguette-cut diamonds on the buckle
Carats: 14.93 carats approx. in total, 0.96 carat approx in the star shape, 12.64 carats approx on the case, 1.33 carats approx on the buckle

Movement
RD01SQ Calibre: Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon
Features: Double Flying Tourbillon with differentialat 4.30 and 7.30 (one rotation per minute for each),Hand-wound mechanical calibre, Finely adjusted in six positions
Functions: Hours and minutes
Decorations: Skeleton calibre, charcoal grey rhodium plated, circular-grained plate, tourbillon carriages in the shape of a Celtic cross, “Poinçon de Genève” finishings
Number of parts: 301 components
Jewels: 28
Diameter: 16 3/4’’’
Thickness: 7.67mm
Frequency: 2x3Hz (21,600 vph)
Power-reserve: 50 hours

Strap
Black strap, genuine alligator, hand-stitched
Clasp: White gold adjustable folding buckle set with baguette-cut diamonds

Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Chronograph in Stainless Steel

With its sporting spirit and refined lines, the Excalibur 42 Chronograph is a standout example of beautiful watchmaking designed for increased comfort and performance. Powered by the RD681 chronograph movement with a Roger Dubuis iconic micro-rotor, this stunning chronograph is a fine example of the sporting and decorative aspect of the new Excalibur 42 collection.
The Excalibur 42 Chronograph brings a hitherto unseen touch of elegance to the exacting world of the chronograph. The generous 42 mm diameter and svelte design proclaims its watchmaking pedigree whilst underlining its special identity. Its dynamic personality as well as its mechanism respects the codes of the Excalibur line: the triple horns attaching the bracelet, the immediately identifiable fluted bezel and the slender Roman numerals. It has the character and the hint of extravagance that distinguish it from comparable watches in the universe of Fine Watchmaking. The chronograph makes an immediate impression of robustness, with a touch of daring that becomes a recognisable sign. Its firmly masculine, sporting appeal is reinforced by a straight-line design.

Technical details
Model: Excalibur 42 Chronograph in Stainless Steel
Reference: RDDBEX0389
Production: No limitation
Certification: Poinçon de Genève

Case
42 mm, stainless steel
Water resistance: 3 BAR (30 m)

Dial
Blue satin-finish, sunburst motif, grey Roman numeral transfers, date at 6 o’clock, snailed chronograph counters at 9 and 3 o’clock, blue background, grey transfers, blue flange, grey transfers, rhodium-plated appliques

Functions
Double-pusher column-heel chronograph, central chronograph hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock, hours and minutes

Movement
RD681 calibre: Chronograph
Self-winding mechanical movement by micro-rotor, finely adjusted in five positions
Decorations: Rhodium-plated, “Côtes de Genève” decoration, “Poinçon de Genève” finishing
Number of Parts: 280 components
Jewels: 44
Diameter: 13 3/4'''
Thickness: 6.3 mm
Frequency: 4.0 Hz
Power: 52.0 hr

Strap
Black, genuine alligator, hand-stitched
Clasp: Stainless steel adjustable folding buckle

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II

A stunning reiteration of the famed Excalibur Knights of the Round Table created in 2013, the 2015 reprise presents this masterful creation in a fresh new light. Designed exclusively for Roger Dubuis boutiques, the Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II is presented in a stunning new 28-piece iteration that features the 12 exquisitely engraved and sculpted bronze knights positioned around a precious black jade dial.
Masterfully engraved and laden with symbolism, this fresh expression of the Round Table legend adds even further weight to the evocative power of the piece. Here, in a stunning display of miniaturisation and precision, the 12 figures representing the legendary Knights of the Round Table with their swords form a perfect circle replacing traditional hour-markers. The satin white gold circular flange surrounding the centre of the dial is engraved and patinated. Great skill and patience were needed to obtain the cobblestone paving effect.
Nestled inside the 45mm white gold case beats the same valiant heart as the first edition of this masterwork, mechanical self-winding Calibre RD821 with its comfortable 48-hour power reserve. Like all Roger Dubuis timepieces, all 168 components of this calibre are hand-finished and stamped with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève, a guarantee of exclusivity, origin, expertise, performance and durability.

Technical details
Model: Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II
Reference: RDDBEX0495
Production: 28 pieces
Certification: Poinçon de Genève

Case
Ø 45 mm, white gold
Plain gold case back with engraved inscriptions and blue lacquer
Thickness: 15.70 mm
Water resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)

Dial
Black engraved Jade table
Bronze engraved and sculpted knights
White gold ring around the centre of dial with cobblestone engraving
White gold satin circular flange
Inscriptions Roger Dubuis and indexes varnished

Movement
Self-winding calibre, RD821
Self-winding mechanical calibre, finely adjusted in five positions
Functions: Hours and minutes
Decorations: Rhodium-plated, “Côtes de Genève” decoration, “Poinçon de Genève” finishing
Number of parts: 168 components
Jewels: 33
Diameter: 111/2’’’
Thickness: 3.43 mm
Frequency: 4Hz (28,800 vph)
Power-reserve: 48 hours

Strap
Black strap, genuine alligator, hand-stitched
Clasp: White gold adjustable folding clasp

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Angelo Del Mare - Royal Master Collection

Belgium based Swiss watch brand Angelo Del Mare introduces Royal Master Collection, a new line of diving watches in three references (Ref. 6541, 6542 & 6543). Hand crafted and engineered by Angelo Del Mare's workshops in Switzerland, these timepieces reflects highest traditions of Swiss watchmaking and craftsmanship.
Available in limited editions of 100 pieces per reference, the Angelo Del Mare Royal Master dive watch is tested for a water resistance up to 30 atm, equal to 300 meters (1000 ft). Its solid stainless steel case measuring 46 mm diameter houses a Swiss made ADM automatic movement (base movement-ETA 2824-2) that looks after the basic timekeeping functions.
The Angelo Del Mare Royal Master is equipped with a unidirectional bezel for measuring dive timings. The Screw-down stainless steel case back and screw-down crown featuring unique triple-lock system protects the inner mechanisms of the watch from extreme atmospheric pressures.
The scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal front glass is applied with 5 layers of transparent anti-reflective coating from the inside. Adding further sportiness to this watch is an elegant 316L stainless steel mesh bracelet featuring adjustable folding lock safety clasp. The Angelo Del Mare Royal Master is also available with a personalized black shark strap and steel buckle.
Available in 3 models (Same watch but different dials, references 6541 / 6542 / 6543),each Angelo Del Mare Royal Master dive watch is delivered with American Walnut Luxury Box and Mesh Bracelet and also with 26mm Shark Strap and 26mm Buckle.
Each timepiece is one in a limited edition, with a guarantee of the highest standards of quality and precision and many years of exceptional service and durability. Every Angelo Del Mare timepiece is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity, testifying to its uniqueness, and the meticulous care and countless hours invested in the making of this extraordinary creation and each of its components. Angelo Del Mare offers guarantee up to 2 years from the date of purchase, against any manufacturing defects, provided that the Guarantee Certificate has been presented duly completed, dated, stamped and signed by an authorized Angelo Del Mare retailer.
The Angelo Del Mare Royal Master dive watch is now available for a special introductory price of 1250 Euros.

Technical details
Movement   
ADM calibre 6022(base ETA 2824 -2)
Automatic self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 26mm
Height: 4.60mm
Jewels: 25
Frequency: 28,200 beats/hour
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions   
Hours, minutes, sweep seconds

Case   
46mm diameter, 316L Stainless steel
Bezel: Anti-clockwise unidirectional 60-minute graduated rotating bezel
Back: Screw-down, steel
Crown: 8mm, screw-down, unique triple-lock system
Crystal: Sapphire, scratch-resistant; 5mm thick, highly raised vintage style; 5 layers of transparent anti-reflective coating from the inside
Water resistance: 300 meters / 1000 feet

Dial   
Black
Available in three designs

Bracelet   
Mesh, 26mm, 316L stainless steel, adjustable folding lock safety clasp

Strap   
26mm, ADM personalized black shark strap and 26mm ADM steel buckle

Website : http://www.angelodelmare.com

CITIZEN PROMASTER Eco-Drive Racing Chronograph

The new Eco-Drive Racing Chronograph models in the PROMASTER LAND line from CITIZEN will make an ideal gift for outdoors and motorsport loving man.

CITIZEN’s PROMASTER brand has long enjoyed high regard among professionals for durability, functionality, and ultimately a capacity to capture the imagination of users around the globe. These new models are full-fledged chronograph watches combining analog and digital functions.  This new Eco-Drive Racing Chronograph features both analog and digital displays. The analog display makes it easy to read time, while the digital display delivers a number of advanced functions. The most exciting function of this watch is its ability to measure up to 1/1,000 of a second (displayed digitally), which is an important unit of measure in motor sports. Once the course distance has been input in Racing Mode, the watch can measure average speed and top speed for circuit use.
Measurements of 1/10 and 1/100 of a second are shown in analog style. Users will be fascinated watching the 1/10 and 1/100 second chronograph hands turn with lightning speed and the futuristic functions on the digital display. World Time function also shows the time in 43 cities quickly on the digital display. All these various functions are controlled by the “U700” movement, CITIZEN’s industry-leading chronograph movement that manages both analog and digital technologies with the highest performance. The watch design is inspired by the aggressiveness of motor sports and the exquisite toughness of a racing car.
CITIZEN’s proprietary Eco-Drive technology can generate power from any light source— artificial, natural and even dim light—to keep watches running without ever replacing batteries. CITIZEN Eco-Drive products are the first in the watch industry in Japan to be certified by the Eco Mark environmental program.
The CITIZEN PROMASTER Eco-Drive Racing Chronograph is a full-featured chronograph watch capable of measuring 1/1,000 second—a standard unit of measurement for professional motor sports. The 1/1,000 second measurement is shown as a digital readout on the LCD at the bottom right of the watch face. With prior entry of course distance in Racing Mode, average speed and top speed are displayed instantly for the use on the race circuit. LAP mode memorizes data for up to 20 measurements, which is convenient for keeping track of lap times. These modes enable the Eco-Drive Racing Chronograph to serve as professional measurement tool for motor sports. The sub dial at 12 o’clock shows 1/10 and 1/100 second chronograph measurements in analogue. The lightning fast rotation of the hand displaying the 1/100 chronograph is not only a fun to see but also evidence of the watch’s high performance and precision.
The watch’s digital area shows 1/1,000 second chronographic measurements in Racing and LAP Modes (such as average speed, etc.), as well as World Time in 43 cities and a Dual Time function. Analog displays are available for 1, 1/10 and 1/100 second chronographs, making this watch capable of any type of time measurement. Large hour and minute hands ensure users can easily read the time, while luminous paint on the hands and indexes provides higher visibility even in the dark.
The design of watch face betrays the spirit of racing. Sub dials for 1/10 and 1/100 second chronographs at 12 o’clock and sub dials for second chronograph at 10 o’clock in separate frames add depth for enhanced visibility.  The watch case is hard and robust with an edgy streamline design that evokes a sporty feel. Elliptical push buttons attach to the case on a slant for easier operation. The leather band model features double-layered calf hide with a punched treatment on the surface that simulates car steering components.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL, Large Date, Moon-Phases, Only Watch 2015

Girard-Perregaux unveils a unique piece of Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date and Moon Phases in order to support the 6th edition of ONLY WATCH charity auction for the benefit of research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Authentic artistic icon, worthy successor of Girard-Perregaux's history, the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date and Moon Phases Only Watch reveals for the first time a case in titanium DLC and a transparent dial carved in blue polycrystalline, a hint to the color of the Foundation's logo.
In terms of technical specifications, all the indications of time are harmoniously arranged and readable at a glance. At 12 o'clock, the large jumping date displays the date on a pair of discs one of which is transparent in an exclusive patented system of the brand. The moon phase indicator at 6 o'clock provides a perfect visual balance while the hands and the applied Arabic numerals indicates the hours in a sheer simplicity. The case-back side, open on the visible movement, features the emblematic signature of Only Watch.
Designed in the purest Art Deco style, the rectangular "1945" case - named for the year of its creation forms part of the repertoire of iconic Girard-Perregaux classics, and the GP 03300-0105 manufactured caliber match its dimensions, which is highly unusual for watches with distinctive shapes. With 282 components, the frequency of the self-winding caliber is fixed at 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Preciously decorated in line with the highest standards of fine watchmaking, the list of its high-end finishes is like an anthology of decorative traditions.

Technical details
Vintage 1945 XXL, LARGE DATE AND MOON PHASES, ONLY WATCH
Reference: 25882-21-1544BH4A
Unique piece

Case
Material: Titanium DLC
Shape: Rectangular
Dimensions: 36.10 x 35.25 mm
Thickness:  11.74 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: Sapphire with ONLY WATCH logo

Dial
Material: Blue polycrystalline
Index: Applied Arabic numerals at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock
Hands: Dauphine type

Movement
Mechanical Self- Winding
Reference: GP03300-0105
Number of components: 282
Functions: Hour, minute, small second, large date and moon phases
Dimensions: 25.60 mm (11½’’’ mm)
Height: 4.90 mm
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)
Power reserve:  min. 46 hours
Jewels: 32 jewels

Strap
Black alligator with blue stitching
Strap buckle:  DLC Steel folding buckle

CITIZEN L Sunrise series

With soft gradient dials draped with seven diamonds and three additional diamonds floating along the bezel, the Sunrise series by CITIZEN sets the standard for timeless women's fashion. The stainless steel case and bracelet, white Mother-of-Pearl dial with blue gradation, features sapphire crystal, deployment clasp and water resistance up to 50 meters, makes this a special timepiece.

Model: Citizen L Sunrise
References: EM0327-50D & EM0328-57P
Movement: Eco-Drive E031
Functions: 3 hand
Band: silver-tone stainless steel bracelet, deployment clasp with push button
Case size: 30mm
Case material: silver-tone stainless steel, diamond bezel
Dial: diamond accented dial
Crystal: sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 50meters/5bar/166ft

Reference: FC0015-51A
Case material: stainless steel with rose gold plating
Strap material: stainless steel   
Case size: 39mm
Water resistant: 10bar
Glass material: sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating
Clasp type: deployment clasp with push button
Movement: eco-drive
Power reserve: 8 months
Functions
- Regular automatic reception function
- 5 bands global radio controlled watch
- World time in 26 cities
- Perpetual calendar
- Alarm
- 24 hrs display
- Day and date display
- Eco-drive (recharged by any light source , no need to change battery)

Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Small-Second Chronometer

British luxury watch maker Christopher Ward further develop their range of models incorporating their proven in-house Calibre SH21 movement with the launch of the C9 5 Day Small-Second Chronometer – a classically styled, hand-wound execution with a small second display at the 6 O’clock position, housed in the stylish C9 dress case.

A year on from the stunning summer arrival of Christopher Ward’s first in-house movement, developed over 4 years by Johannes Jahnke, the brand presents the C9 5 Day Small-Second Chronometer (40mm).
With Calibre SH21, Johannes Jahnke’s innovative use of the Baukasten system design approach unleashed a powerful and versatile movement that Christopher Ward has now incorporated across aseries of models, including the C9 Dress collection, the Trident Dive/Sports collection and the stunning limited edition C8 P7350.

This new C9 hand-wound execution carries a small second display at 6 O’clock, housed in the classic C9 dress case that is used across the brand’s flagship range of Dress models.  Blued hands in elegant curved forms flatter the optic white dial and roman indexes, bringing enhanced elements of clean elegance and refinement to the C9 Collection. Backed by Calibre SH21’s twin barrel construction in series connection, providing 120 hours power reserve, the new model also features a hacking central second hand and a date function (positioned at 3 O’clock).
The robust nature of the Calibre SH21 movement provides a stable foundation to the reliability of the C9 Small-Second and, with each movement given the accolade of chronometer status by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), precision and accuracy is guaranteed.

Each watch is hand crafted by Christopher Ward’s own Swiss watchmakers at their atelier in Biel, perfectly blending Swiss mechanical precision with a quintessentially English design aesthetic. The C9 5 Day Small-Second Chronometer is presented with an embossed alligator-pattern Italian leather strap (in black, brown or blue) with Bader Deployment or integrated bracelet option and is available now from £1295.
Technical details
Movement
In-house calibre SH21 hand-wound movement (100% Swiss made) by Johannes Jahnke
COSC certified chronometer
Twin barrel construction in a series connection
120 hour power reserve
27 jewels
Vibrations: 28.800 vph
Date display at 3 o’clock
Continuous small second at 6 O’clock
Stop-second hacking mechanism

Case
316L stainless steel
Diameter: 40mm
Height: 12.2mm
Stainless steel crown
Museum-grade sapphire crystal with AR08 anti-reflective coating
Screw-down transparent case back with full diameter AR08 anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5 bar

Dial
One-piece metal dial with Roman numeral indexes and blued steel hands

Strap
Embossed alligator pattern Italian leather strap with Bader Deployment  
Strap width: 20mm
Strap length: 110mm x 90mm

Packaging
Luxury presentation case and owner’s handbook

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Goldeman Brandt Ref. GB001

Goldeman Brandt is a young luxury watch brand that incorporates world renowned Danish design concepts and Swiss craftsmanship in timepieces. Established by Simon Goldeman Andersen (CEO) and Anders Brandt (CCO), the company has its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

All Goldeman Brandt watches are designed in Denmark and manufactured at company’s workshop in Bienne incorporating state of the art Swiss techniques. These stunning high-end timepieces will offer aesthetics elegance, quality, wearer comfort and superior readability.
The first timepiece from Goldeman Brandt brand is Ref. GB001. Crafted in solid stainless steel, the Goldeman Brandt Ref. GB001 will be offered in two dial versions: off white dial & black dial. A third model, is also available in  black DLC stainless steel case, black dial, black genuine crocodile strap with black DLC folding clasp.
Equipped with a COSC certified Soprod SOP 9326/A10-2 movement that beats at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the Goldeman Brandt Ref. GB001 displays basic timekeeping functions along with a small seconds dial at 9’o clock.
The Goldeman Brandt Ref. GB001 will be unveiled in the fall of 2015 with sales beginning in the first quarter of 2016. Prices will start at €4,700 + VAT.

Technical details
Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 43mm not including horns or crown
Double domed sapphire crystal with antiglare treatment
Height: 17mm

Dial
Off white or black dial
Diameter: 35mm

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds (sub dial at 9 position)

Movement
COSC certified modified Soprod Calibre SOP 9326/A10-2 with highest level of finish
28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)

Versions
Stainless steel body, off white dial, brown genuine crocodile strap with folding clasp
Stainless steel body, black dial, black genuine crocodile strap with folding clasp
Black DLC Stainless steel body, black dial, black genuine crocodile strap with black DLC folding clasp

Other features
3 year international warranty
30 days free return
Free international delivery

Website: www.goldemanbrandt.com