Saturday, October 31, 2015

HYT H4 Alinghi Limited Edition

This special edition timepiece from HYT H4 collection honours Switzerland based sailing team Alinghi.

The H4 Alinghi is equipped with a light source. Under the rider at 6 o’clock, HYT has concealed two LEDs. Once activated, they flood the entire dial with white light. At night, the red fluid is energised by this light source, becoming perfectly visible. At the same time, the wash of light flows into every nook and cranny of the calibre, literally bringing this skeleton architecture to life, and defying the laws of watchmaking.

The source of energy is purely mechanical. The generator has been nestled between 4 and 5 o'clock. It is invisible, and activated by the push-piece located opposite on the case middle. The process is broadly that of a dynamo: converting mechanical power into light energy. It is the rotation of the push-piece at 4:30 that winds the generator. Pressure on this same push-piece then activates the two LEDs which bathe the Alinghi in a soft white light.
This illumination is possible for a maximum of five seconds, after which the mechanism must be reinitialised. No battery is needed for this process, which is fully mechanical. Three factors made it so tricky to develop: the extreme miniaturisation, the curved shape, and the fact, once again, that no development of this type had ever been achieved before.

The H4 Alinghi, in honour of the eponymous team, will be released using the same base, with a carbon case, red liquid, white light, the team's logo on the seconds disc and a strap made from sail canvas, with just 25 pieces available.

Technical details
Model: H4 ALINGHI
Ref: 515-CB-03-RF-RV; 25-piece limited edition

Case
3DTP™ carbon
Diameter: 51 mm
Height: 17.9 mm
Rubber-clad screw-down black DLC titanium crown at 2:30 and a red crown at 4:30
Black DLC titanium and red numeral lacquered dome at 6 o'clock
Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
Screw-down sapphire case-back
Water resistant to 50 metres

Functions
Retrograde fluidic hours; minutes, seconds

Movement
Skeleton mechanical hand-wound movement, HYT exclusive calibre
28,800 vib/h, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
Bridges hand-bevelled and micro blasted, rhodium-plated bellows
65-hour power reserve

White light mechanical module
Rewinding and push-button system with a crown at 4:30
The dynamo works when the crown is compressed at 4:30. As soon as the button loosens the light stops working until the full decompression of the additional barrel spring

Dial
Unstructured, fluid hour display
Sapphire minute, seconds and power reserve dial
Black minute indexes and luminescent numerals
Black hour dial with white numerals
Luminescent black minute hand
Regulator at 12 o'clock
Small seconds wheel with the Alinghi logo at 9:30
Power reserve indicator at 2:30

Strap
Black rubber base with integrated silver canvas and red stiching. Black DLC titanium folding buckle

HYT H4 Gotham Limited Edition

HYT’s new creation, the H4 Gotham, explores a style unveiled by the H1 Dracula DLC and developed by the SKULL. The founding principle of this new house collection, the H4, follows the path forged by HYT since 2013: fluid mechanics, in the true sense of the word. With the new HYT exclusive calibre, the H4 Gotham represents the new generation of HYT skeleton watches.

This is also the first piece to have a case made entirely from diabolically rigid 3DTP™ carbon (3DTP™ carbon is a material used in aeronautic, sailing, and motoring industries because of its interesting resistance / mass ratio. It comprises carbon threads woven to a maximum diameter of 7 microns and with a thickness layer of 0.15 mm, which provides unprecedented rigidity). It is also the very first HYT to display the time off-centre on its bezel, rather than on the flange. And finally, it is the first time that HYT has equipped its creation with an all-new technical strap, combining rubber and Nomex™ technical fibre (a high-performance synthetic fibre trademark. It is an aramid fiber that can be used under extreme conditions, e.g. racing drivers' suits and helmets).
 HYT worked on both segments of the calibre. In the upper part, where the movement prevails, most of the components have been open-worked, and the dial eliminated. The entire gear train is visible, as well as part of the barrel. And so that all the parts are directly visible, without adornments, there is a sapphire disc, secured by three anchor points in particular at 4 and 8 o'clock, housing the minute indicator and the power reserve indicator at 3 o'clock.

The lower part of the calibre meanwhile houses the now famed bellows, also known as pistons. Their general vertical architecture remains unchanged however, the cage housing them has been completely redesigned: now, the two barrels are almost entirely visible thanks to a new cut in the 4–8 o'clock segment.
HYT has for the first time engraved the time indexes on the bezel. This frees up a large area of the dial from the indexes, further opening up the whole face for an unobstructed view. The case size of the H4 has been increased to 51 mm to reinforce this feeling of space and maximum openness.

The H4 is a genuine skeleton piece, but its plays of light are more complex than they appear and the Gotham sees a continuous fight between the shadows and the light. HYT has ended up orchestrating a genuine composition of colour on a theme of contrast, dazzling, profiled and suited to the twists of the H4 Gotham components, to bring out the finest details.

For example, HYT has equipped its H4 with a new sapphire case-back. With a chromium plated metallised finish, this has a double role: in contact with the skin, the metallised finish reproduces a smoky glass effect. On the movement side, inside the case, the chromium plated finish gives the illusion of a mirror. So the H4 is adorned with a complex play of lights and mirrors, which provides, depending on the angle, a view of the light penetrating the movement.

On the time indicator side, red has been chosen to inhabit the capillary of the H4 Gotham. It marks the progress of the hours, with the retrograde display, signature of the brand. This ‘bloody’ tone is also adopted by the seconds wheel at 9 o'clock, as well as the power reserve at 3 o'clock and the strap’s top stitching.

On the materials side, HYT has adorned its carbon case with a rubber sheathed screw down DLC titanium crown. The HYT exclusive skeleton mechanical hand-wound movement has hand-bevelled bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève and provides a power reserve of 65 hours.

The H4 Gotham is a 50-piece limited edition.

Technical details
Model: H4 GOTHAM
Ref: 151-CB-03-RF-RN; 50-piece limited edition

Case
3DTP™ carbon
Diameter: 51 mm
Height: 17.9 mm
Rubber sheathed screw-down DLC titanium crown
DLC titanium dome at 6 o'clock
Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
Screw-down sapphire case-back
Water resistant to 50 metres

Functions
Retrograde fluidic hour, minute and seconds

Movement
Skeleton mechanical hand-wound movement, HYT exclusive calibre
28,800 vib/h, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
Bridges hand-bevelled and adorned with Côtes de Genève, rhodium-plated bellows
65-hour power reserve

Dial
Unstructured, fluid hour display
Minute & seconds dial, and sapphire power reserve
Black minute indexes and numerals
Black hour dial, with grey numerals
Luminescent black minute hand
Regulator at 12 o'clock
Small seconds wheel at 9.30
Power reserve indicator at 2.30

Strap
Black rubber base with integrated NOMEX™ fabric centre, and black DLC titanium folding buckle

Price
Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): CHF 77’000.- / EUR 77’000.- / USD 79’000.-

HYT H4 Metropolis Limited Edition

The H4 line is based on the same movement architecture as the H1, HYT's inaugural piece, which has been completely skeletonised. With a 65-hour power reserve, it unveiled its sculptural mechanism for the very first time and opened up a new creative universe for HYT. The new H4 Metropolis follows the footsteps of its big brother by incorporating some innovations which were never employed in the field of watch making.

The H4 Metropolis is a piece equipped with a light source. Under the rider at 6o’clock, HYT has concealed two LEDs. Once activated, they flood the entire dial with blue light. At night, the green fluid is energised by this light source, becoming perfectly visible. At the same time, the wash of light flows into every nook and cranny of the calibre, literally bringing this skeleton architecture to life, and defying the laws of watchmaking.
The source of energy is purely mechanical. The generator has been nestled between 4 and 5 o'clock. It is invisible, and activated by the push-piece located opposite on the case middle. The process is broadly that of a dynamo: converting mechanical power into light energy. It is the rotation of the push-piece at 4:30 that winds the generator. Pressure on this same push-piece then activates the two LEDs which bathe the Metropolis in a soft blue light.

This illumination is possible for a maximum of five seconds, after which the mechanism must be reinitialised. No battery is needed for this process, which is fully mechanical. Three factors made it so tricky to develop: the extreme miniaturisation, the curved shape, and the fact, once again, that no development of this type had ever been achieved before.

The H4 Metropolis will be released as a run of 100 pieces with a 51 mm titanium and DLC case, available worldwide from mid-November.

Technical details
Model: H4 METROPOLIS
Ref: 512-TD-45-GF-RN; 100-piece limited edition

Case
Titanium and titanium black DLC bezel with brushed, shot-peened and satin-finished surfaces
Diameter: 51 mm
Height: 17.9 mm
Rubber-clad screw-down black DLC titanium crown at 2:30 and at 4:30
Black DLC titanium dome at 6 o'clock
Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
Screw-down sapphire case-back
Water resistant to 50 metres

Functions
Retrograde fluidic hours; minutes, seconds

Movement
Skeleton mechanical hand-wound movement, HYT exclusive calibre
28,800 vib/h, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
Bridges hand-bevelled and micro blasted, rhodium-plated bellows
65-hour power reserve

Blue light mechanical module
Rewinding and push-button system with a crown at 4:30
The dynamo works when the crown is compressed at 4:30. As soon as the button loosens the light stops working until the full decompression of the additional barrel spring

Dial
Unstructured, fluid hour display
Sapphire minute, seconds and power reserve dial
White minute indexes and numerals
Black hour dial with white numerals
Luminescent grey minute hand and numerals
Regulator at 12 o'clock
Small seconds wheel at 9:30
Power reserve indicator at 2:30

Strap
Black rubber base with integrated NOMEX™ canvas and black DLC titanium folding buckle

Two Piaget timepieces, the Altiplano Chrono and the Extremely Piaget Manchette win awards at the Grand Prix De L’horlogerie De Genève

At the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève prize-giving ceremony held on October 29th 2015, at the Grand Théatre de Genève, the Altiplano Chrono watch and the Extremely Piaget manchette were awarded respectively the Chronograph and the revival prizes.

A contemporary embodiment of purity and elegance, the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph succeeds in conveying, through its apparent simplicity, the timeless understated elegance of the Altiplano collection. For the very first time, this signature line from the Manufacture welcomes a major complication: an ultra-thin hand-wound chronograph function.
And since good things often come in pairs, the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph represents a new double record in the field of ultra-thin watchmaking, a demanding art in which the Maison has consistently excelled since 1957. With its 4.65 mm movement and its 8.24 mm thick case, this newcomer to the Altiplano range enriches an already impressive list of Piaget timepieces distinguished by their legendary slenderness.

The 1960s and 1970s, which inspired the Extremely Piaget collection, witnessed a burst of colour along with new shapes. Piaget was the first to express this trend through its jewellery and watch collections. This creative freedom was made possible by the development in the late 1950s of the ultra-thin Manufacture Piaget movements, which enabled the introduction of hard stone dials on the watches made by the Maison, without compromising the slimness of the cases.
Gold is the benchmark metal used by the Maison. It gives a distinctive shimmering glow to the precious or hard stone dial used by Piaget in its jewellery and watches. Above all, it is crafted in the workshops of the Manufacture using methods similar to those of Haute Couture. Piaget has always been profoundly attached to preserving unique gold-smithing skills, notably by training new generations of artisans who acquire gestures passed on for decades at the workbenches. These workshops have thus become living “conservatories” where exceptional creations are still crafted today.

This cuff watch featuring the hammered gold technique, which endows the metal with a powerful character, is a fine example of these creations in which jewellery meets watchmaking.

Swiss watch manufacturer Oris appoints Rolf Studer and Claudine Gertiser-Herzog as Joint Executive Officers

Swiss watch manufacturer Oris has appointed Rolf Studer and Claudine Gertiser-Herzog as Joint Executive Officers. Ulrich W. Herzog will be focussed on the role of Chairman of the Oris Group.

Ulrich W. Herzog joined Oris in 1978 at the height of the Quartz Crisis. In 1982, he took part in the management buy-out and successfully led the company in its repositioning as a purely mechanical watch manufacturer. Today, Oris is active in over 75 countries. After 33 years at the helm, Mr Herzog has decided to concentrate on the role of Chairman of the Oris Group, focusing on strategic positioning and product development.
Subsequently, the Board has appointed Mr Rolf Studer, currently Oris Vice President, and Mrs Claudine Gertiser-Herzog, Member of the Oris Board, as Oris Joint Executive Officers. The new management structure is effective as of 1 January 2016.

Rolf Studer, who holds a masters degree in law, joined Oris nearly 10 years ago and has been instrumental in management of the Oris brand during that time. He has also successfully led a sales division, in which he was responsible for North American, European and Asian markets. In his new role, he will oversee global sales, international marketing and the product and supply chain division.

Claudine Gertiser-Herzog has built successfully her own international business in the last 20 years and has been a member of the Oris board since 2005. In her new role, Claudine will oversee group finance and accounting, human resources, administrative services and IT.

Louis Moinet UAE Falcon

The Louis Moinet UAE Falcon timepiece was unveiled as an exclusive feature at the Dubai Watch Week, which was held from 18 to 22 October 2015. In this very first edition of the Dubai Watch Week, Louis Moinet, as one of the first exhibitors, developed a unique timepiece made from platinum: the UAE Falcon.
The falcon is of major importance in both the history and the culture of the United Arab Emirates. Its name means “purebred bird” in Arabic, and it forms an integral part of the daily life of Emiratis – not least because it features on all their banknotes.

The same bird of prey also takes centre stage in this watch, sitting majestically atop the tourbillon, grasping the hours and minutes hands between its claws. In the 47mm case, an original Louis Moinet manual movement beats at a rhythm of 21,600 vibrations per hour, and boasts a guaranteed three-day power reserve. The dial of the UAE Falcon is emblazoned with the four iconic colours of the United Arab Emirates flag: black, symbolizing the country’s wealth of oil reserves; white, for its neutrality; green, for its rich potential; and red, symbolizing the unity of the State.

Louis Moinet’s 20-Second Tempograph “Deep Blue” Limited Edition

Decked in blue, the new edition of 20-Second Tempograph takes inspiration from Mr Louis Moinet’s (1768 – 1853) timepieces in his day. The watch is by no means blue all over, though. On the dial, blue has been used, sparingly, just on the time-telling components: the seconds hand at 9 o’clock, the legendary 20-second retrograde mechanism between 1 and 2 o’clock, and the hour dial.
On the back, the oscillating weight also offers up its guilloché design to receive this new, deep blue décor, resulting in a scintillating interplay of shapes and hues.
The new “Deep Blue” 20-Second Tempograph comes in a limited edition of 60 pieces, and was unveiled as an exclusive feature at the Dubai Watch Week that was held from 18th to 22nd October 2015 at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

RJ-Romain Jerome DeLorean-DNA Burnout

Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome pays tribute to the legendary DeLorean DMC-12 sports car by unveiling a new limited edition timepiece, the Delorean-DNA Burnout.

In order to attain maximum speed and reach the targeted date, the emblematic 80’s car acts as a Time Machine whilst spinning its wheels and hitting the brakes. This process is called a “burnout” and leaves a trace as a result of the fusion between the tire’s rubber and the asphalt.

The textured dial of the DeLorean-DNA Burnout was made from this exceptional fusion of materials and is housed in a 46 mm steel case. The timepiece also features a brushed steel bezel containing elements from the original bodywork of the DMC sports car and the small seconds counter recalling the car’s dashboard with bright orange indexes.This new model is limited to only 30 pieces.
Since its debut in 1981 DeLorean has earned its place in pop-culture iconography. The sport cars’ easily recognizable gull-wing doors, stainless steel body, and rear mounted engine has appeared in movies, video games, and television shows.

The DeLorean Motor Company (DMC), based in Humble, TX, USA, acquired the original company’s name in 1995 and now owns the largest remaining original parts stock from the factory, US stock and original suppliers. DMC assembles services, appraises, restores and sells DeLorean automobiles, parts, accessories and merchandise to customers around the world. DMC custom-assembles cars to order, featuring parts or designs from the original DeLorean automobile, with modern engine and suspension technology. A variety of DeLorean products have been developed through licensing relationships with manufacturers in footwear, apparel, toys, collectibles, gaming and other product categories.

Technical details
Model: DeLorean-DNA Burnout
Reference: RJ.M.CH.DE.001.02
Collection: Generational Icons
Universe: Collaborations

Movement
Caliber RJ001-CH
Mechanical self-winding movement - Chronograph
Frequency: 28,800 v/h
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and central seconds

Case
Ø46mm
DMC medallion engraved on the case back
Bezel: Brushed stainless steel containing elements from the original bodywork of a DeLorean sports car
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Dial
Asphalt effect with orange and white indexes
Rhodiumed and satin-brushed chronograph counters. Small seconds counter recalls the car’s dashboard
Hands: Rhodiumed, satin-brushed and bead-blasted hours and minutes hands with superluminova "blue emission". Rhodiumed chronograph second and counters’ hand inspired by automobile dashboards

Strap
Upholstery black leather with anthracite grey stitching
Buckle: Polished stainless steel with folding claps

Limited edition
30 pieces

Retail price
CHF 14,990.- / EUR 16,950.- / USD 17,500.-

Audemars Piguet’s Diamond Punk Wins at the Grand Prix D’horlogerie De Genève 2015 in the “Montre Joaillerie” category

Audemars Piguet’s Haute Joaillerie timepiece, the Diamond Punk,  has won in the “Montre Joaillerie” category at this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) award ceremony.
The Diamond Punk timepiece disrupts traditional ideas of gem-set watches and displays a true desire to break the rules, technically and creatively. Taking inspiration from the graphic design codes of the punk era, a rhythmical pattern of pyramid studs constructs a new Haute Joaillerie design language that resonates with creative energy. The Diamond Punk’s aesthetic is expertly considered and refined, in keeping with Audemars Piguet’s rich heritage of crafting exceptional jewelled timepieces.
The awards ceremony took place on 29 Oct 2015 in Geneva, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. The international watchmaking industry gathered for an exciting evening to discover the winners of the 12 existing categories featured at the GPHG. The jury of 26 professionals from the watchmaking world and media was headed by the Haute Horlogerie specialist and auctioneer Aurel Bacs. 193 watches were submitted and the judges had pre-selected 72 finalists, which were running for a total of 18 awards.

After Hong Kong,Seoul and Dubai, the exhibition of the watches pre-selected by the jury is still on show in Geneva until November 4th at the Cité du Temps. As the last stage of this road show, the prize-winning watches in this 2015 edition will be presented in Londonat the SalonQP from November 12th to 14th.

Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon wins Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) 2015 Award in the Tourbillon category

During the 15th ceremony of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), the international jury of recognized experts, collectors and watchmaking journalists crowned Ulysse Nardin with the Tourbillon Watch Prize for again its Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon timepiece.
Patrik Hoffmann, CEO of Ulysse Nardin holding the Tourbillon Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève
The Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon is the quintessence of avant-garde mechanical technology. The outcome of eight years of research and development, the constant Ulysse Anchor escapement, made entirely of silicium, displays hitherto unknown architecture based on the principle of flexible mechanisms exploiting the elasticity of flat springs. This astonishing construction is housed in a 60-seconds tourbillon.
Visible through a large opening in the dial at 6 o'clock, it is encircled by the indication of its power reserve of at least 7 days on a 140° arc. The caliber UN-178 is housed in a rose gold or white gold case. Available in a limited edition. In tribute to innovation, each jury has honored the technological advancement of the Ulysse Nardin timepiece with its constant force escapement in silicium that revolutionizes the power transmission to the regulating system and improves the accuracy of the timepiece.

During the week of October 19th, the Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon timepiece of Ulysse Nardin was also awarded by the International Salon of Haute Horology (SIAR) in Mexico with the Prize of the Year and won simultaneously the Prix Orologio dell’ Anno 2015 assigned by the Italian magazine L’Orologio.
The Watch of the Year Prize given by the hands of Carlo Pedrosa, publishing director of Ediciones Tourbillon to José Carlos Garcia (Grupo Mondi) of Ulysse Nardin.
As Ulysse Nardin enters its 170th year, it does so as an imaginative futurist, uniting its exploratory nature with its expertise to clear the path for more inventiveness; innovative elements once reserved for milestone pieces are making their way into core collections. The beholder of six exquisite families of watches and the greatest number of patents in mechanical watchmaking, Ulysse Nardin will flow forward, stretching the limits of design, engineering and technology, and, of course, surprising watch enthusiasts around the globe.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Indian Ocean Limited Edition (Ref. 265-10LE-3/93-IND)

World renowned for its legendary marine chronometers, Swiss luxury watch watchmaker Ulysse Nardin unveils a new limited edition Marine Diver to pay tributes to the Indian Ocean which is the third largest ocean in the world.

The Indian Ocean covers approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface. It is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south by Antarctica. It is named after India. The Indian Ocean is known as “Ratnakara” -the mine of gems, in ancient Sanskrit literature. The history of the Indian Ocean is marked by maritime trade; cultural and commercial exchange probably dates back at least seven thousand years.
The especially created timepiece is powered by the self-winding caliber UN-26 and with a power reserve of 42 hours, the Marine Diver displays, in addition to its time functions, the date in an aperture at 6 o’clock and the power reserve in a counter at 12 o’clock. Available in a bi-color case in steel and in 18 ct rose gold mounted on a rubber strap with mention “Indian Ocean” engraved, the Marine Diver timepiece is both a highly reliable diving instrument and a fine sports watch that can be worn on every occasion.

Everything about the Marine Diver evokes the marine world in which the Le Locle watchmaker is steeped, starting with Ulysse Nardin’s anchor emblem, proudly displayed at 2 o’clock. The dial, in blue is decorated with a wave-like motif. The same ornamentation can be seen on the bezel. The solid case-back reveals an engraving of a boat surrounded by the inscription: “Conquer the ocean.” This embellishes a new case designed for extreme conditions, extended by the lugs with their taut, sleek lines.
In terms of performance, this watch has all the attributes required of a diving watch. Boasting exceptional water resistance to 300 meters, made possible thanks to the screw-locked crown and case-back, it also features a unidirectional rotating bezel, which prevents any accidental adjustment to the dive time. For the same safety reasons, every aspect of the new Marine Diver has been designed to facilitate the reading of its precious indications: The impressive 44 mm face displays large hour-markers and hands with a white luminescent coating and a red stripe, for perfect visibility. The small seconds at 6 o'clock are also oversized, offering a reassuring sign that the watch is functioning as it should, even in the water’s murky depths. Lastly, the claw-shaped rubber molding over the crown ensures it is easy to grip.

Limited to 250 pieces, each timepiece is individually numerated.


Technical details
Reference: 265-10LE-3/93-IND

Movement
Caliber UN-26
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Winding: Self-winding

Functions
Power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Small seconds and round date window at 6 o’clock

Case
Steel and 18 ctrose gold
Diameter: 44 mm
Bezel: Unidirectional rotating bezel
Crown: Screw-down security crown
Water-resistance: 300 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Bracelet
Exclusive rubber strap with titanium elements engraved “Indian Ocean” and deployant clasp

Congrats to the winners of Grand Prix D’horlogerie De Genève 2015

  • “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Greubel Forsey, Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision
  • Ladies’ Watch Prize: Hublot, Big Bang Broderie
  • Ladies’ High-Mech Watch Prize: Fabergé, Lady Compliquée Peacock
  • Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen, Voutilainen GMR
  • Chronograph Watch Prize: Piaget, Altiplano Chrono
  • Tourbillon Watch Prize: Ulysse Nardin, Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon
  • Calendar Watch Prize: Hermès, Slim d'Hermès QP
  • Striking Watch Prize: Girard-Perregaux, Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges
  • Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Jaquet Droz, The Charming Bird
  • “Petite Aiguille” Prize: Habring2, FelixS
  • Sports Watch Prize: Tudor, Pelagos
  • Jewellery Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Diamond Punk
  • Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Blancpain, Villeret, cadran Shakudō
  • Revival Watch Prize: Piaget, Extremely Piaget Double Sided Cuff Watch
  • Innovation Watch Prize: Antoine Preziuso, Tourbillon of Tourbillons
  • “Horological Revelation” Prize: Laurent Ferrier, Galet Square
  • Special Jury Prize: Micke Pintus, Yannick Pintus, Jean-Luc Perrin. The three Vacheron Constantin watchmakers who developed the Reference 57260 watch.
  • Public Prize: Antoine Preziuso, Tourbillon of Tourbillons

Friday, October 30, 2015

HUBLOT officially launches the special edition Big Bang timepiece created in collaboration with Italian creative lifestyle brand Italia Independent

On 28th Oct 15, Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot officially launched the Big Bang UNICO Italia Independent, designed in collaboration with the Italian creative lifestyle brand. The new addition to the iconic Big Bang collection is a true representation of Hublot’s “Art of Fusion” philosophy, combining creative lifestyle and innovative technology.
Hublot General Manger of Greater China Loic Biver and Chairman and Co-founder of Italia Independent, Lapo Elkann, were present for this monumental watch launch which underlined five key themes, PASSION, INSPIRATION, CREATIVITY, INNOVATION, BIG BANG MOMENT, in the interpretation of the “Art of Fusion”. In 2007, Lapo Elkann, a creative entrepreneur, designer and style icon, established Italia Independent through his unique taste in fashion and business entrepreneurship.
The Big Bang Unico Italia Independent, designed and created by both brands, boasts Hublot’s manufacture UNICO movement and features a brand new material, Texalium®, whose design is exclusive to Hublot. The colours achieved by the Texalium® have a remarkable brilliance which are flawlessly matched by the titanium studded, denim strap. This new Big Bang Unico Italia Independent is available in two colors – grey or blue – and is guaranteed to electrify the wrist of anyone wearing it. The strap also benefits from the interchangeable "One Click" system, which enables its wearers to choose from a wide range of straps according to their preference. 500 limited edition pieces of both versions will be produced.
Each watch will also come complete with a pair of matching Italia Independent sunglasses for the Big Bang Unico Italia Independent customers, designed with a frame also made from Texalium®. The luxury watch and sunglasses fuse personality, technology and modernism in one design and thusly create a powerful piece of art.
Technical details
Model: BIG BANG UNICO Italia Independent

References
411. YT.1110.NR.ITI15 – 500-piece limited edition
411. YL.5190.NR.ITI15 – 500-piece limited edition

Case
Diameter 45 mm in Texalium®
Bezel : Grey or blue Texalium®; 6H-shaped screws countersunk, polished and locked, in titanium (blue) or black PVD-coated titanium (grey)
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating and the Hublot & Italia Independent logos in grey or blue
Bezel lugs: Black or blue composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black or blue composite resin
Crown: Titanium (blue) or black PVD-coated titanium (grey) with black overmoulded rubber Hublot logo
Push-pieces: Titanium (blue) or black PVD-coated titanium (grey)
Case-back: Sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment; Grey or blue Texalium®
Water resistance: 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 metres

Dial
Skeleton with varnish in matt black (grey) or anthracite grey (blue)
Black or blue indices with black or blue Super Luminova™, depending on the version
Hands: Black or blue with Super Luminova™ in a matching colour

Movement
HUB 1242 UNICO movement with PVD treatment in black (grey) or anthracite grey (blue), developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot Automatic flyback chronograph with column wheel and double clutch visible on the dial side
Date: Grey window at 3 o'clock
Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours

Strap

Denim (grey or blue) on black rubber with countersunk studs in titanium (blue) or black PVD-coated titanium (grey). Interchangeable system with Carbon fibre deployant buckle

Hublot Big Bang Broderie wins the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève “Ladies’ Watch” prize

On 29th October 2015 in Geneva, in front of an audience of VIPs and Swiss watchmaking industry representatives, the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève 2015 unveiled its prize winners. Hublot was declared the winner in the prestigious ―Ladies’‖ watches category with the Big Bang Broderie.
With the Big Bang Broderie, and the principle of fusion so dear to the brand: Hublot connects the past to the future, and draws a respect for Swiss tradition into the creativity and technology of the 21st century. Its attractive fine embroidery, a feminine material par excellence, sits next to the skin and is synonymous with intimacy…Romantic, sexy, and as delicate as it is playful, this expertise masters the fine art of teasing without showing. Paying tribute traditional craft of needlework , with fine Saint Gall embroidery—a 100% Swiss-made ancestral art—produced by the Swiss flagship company Bischoff, Hublot continues to revisit craftsmanship in its own style.
Together, the creative teams of the two houses thus developed an exclusive pattern that could join with the Big Bang’s iconic design. A rebel spirit featuring a skull design on a dial framed with 11 diamonds, with soft arabesques for the bezel and the strap, the technical execution alone required several months of research and development.

This is the 5th time that Hublot has been recognised by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève:

This year, three Hublot watches were nominated by the Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie de Genève:

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Mexico Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot celebrates once again Mexico with an exclusive Ferrari-dedicated Big Bang watch, making it an immediate collector’s item. After the success of the first Big Bang Ferrari Mexico created in 2013, Hublot unveils the 2015 version with green carbon on the bezel, a nod to Mexico’s national flag.

the limited edition BIG BANG FERRARI MEXICO fuses design, materials and mechanics in way that uniquely addresses the respective DNA of Hublot and Ferrari: innovation, performance, technology and exclusivity. The launch of this exclusive piece coincides with the Grand Prix‘s return to Mexico.

Exceptional sports watches in honour of exceptional racing cars. In 2015, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Big Bang, Mexico will receive its very own set of exclusive limited edition Big Bang Ferrari timepieces fashioned with aesthetical nuances that is unique and distinctive to our local shores.

In November 2011, Hublot and Ferrari announced their partnership, with Hublot becoming the exclusive watchmaker of Ferrari. A comprehensive agreement covering the full branding, marketing and communication spectrum, including Official Watch of Ferrari, Official Timekeeper of Ferrari, Official Watch of Scuderia Ferrari and Official Timekeeper of the Ferrari Challenge.

One of the strongest and most noticeable features of the timepiece is the bezel made of green carbon fiber – creating a link with Mexico‘s national flag. Clad in a shade of distinctive Green & Red, housed in a 18K King Gold or black ceramic case with a cylindrical green carbon fiber bezel, and black rubber and Schedoni leather strap with green stitching – it is a nod to not just the Mexican colours but also an homage to the Ferrari prestigious signature. The Big Bang Ferrari Mexico Limited Edition (45.5 mm in diameter) showcase the in-house flyback chronograph UNICO movement visible through the sapphire dial.
With just a rarity of 25 numbered timepieces available in 18K King Gold, and 50 numbered timepieces in Ceramic, the case back of the watch also features the discreet legendary Prancing Horse surrounded by the National Mexican colors.

The UNICO movement that powers this watch was designed and developed by Hublot. With no fewer than 330 components, the column wheel and dual horizontal coupling appear on the dial. Frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The movement has 72 hours of power reserve, and is water resistant to 100 metres. An indexed crown (with Hublot‘s ‗H‘ logo automatically positioning itself to remain in line) features elongated push buttons, fixed along a rotating axis like the pedals in a car whilst carbon inserts give the case a distinctive look.
Each timepiece will come with two interchangeable straps – Schedoni leather or black carbon fiber sewn onto black rubber - with an innovative quick-change system inspired by the safety seatbelt mechanism. The absence of superfluous accessories brings out the fusional and rational aspects of the Big Bang Ferrari Mexico‘s unique design, a pure expression of the values that characterize the sports spirit of Ferrari and at the same time the inimitable Hublot style.

Technical details
Model: BIG BANG FERRARI MEXICO

References
401. CQ.0123.VR.FMX15 – Limited edition of 50 pieces (Ceramic)
401. OQ.0123.VR.FMX15 – Limited edition of 25 pieces(King Gold)

Case
Diameter: 45-mm diameter
Polished black satin-finish ceramic or satin-finish 18K King Gold
Bezel: Green carbon with 6 black PVD titanium H-shaped screws — sunken, polished and blocked
Glass: Sapphire with interior / exterior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin and carbon inserts on the middle
Crown: Black PVD-treated, polished titanium, or satin-finish 18K King Gold with black rubber insert
Push pieces: Black polished PVD titanium, black rubber insert at 2 o‘clock; Red lacquered; Ferrari‖ engraving at 4o‘clock
Back: Micro-blasted polished ceramic or satin-finish 18K King Gold; SPECIAL EDITION engraving; Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 10 ATM or around 100 metres

Dial
Sapphire with white Hublot decal logo
Ferrari prancing horse applique treated in rhodium (Ceramic) or 5N gold (King
Gold) at 9.00
Black lacquered indexes (Ceramic) or satin-finish 5N gold (King Gold)
Hands: Lacquered in black(Ceramic)
Satin-finish, 5N-treated (King Gold)
Green and white superluminova™ – Red and black lacquer

Movement
HUB 1241 Unico movement developed and manufactured by Hublot
Automatic flyback chronograph
Date: Yellow aperture at 3o‘clock
Power reserve: Around 72 hours

Strap
Black rubber, Schedoni leather with green stitching or black carbon with green stitching
Clasp: Black PVD treated satin-finish titanium and black ceramic or 18K5N gold; Black PVD titanium folding buckle

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Piaget celebrates the achievements of its artistic collaborators Anita Porchet, master enameller and Hervé Obligi, lapidary sculptor

As part of its mission to deepen its Metiers d’Art capabilities, Piaget has been collaborating with the best artisans and artists in their respective fields to create exceptional pieces that bring together the finest watchmaking with the virtuosity of extraordinary craftsmanship. With creativity at its core, Piaget evolves the art of watchmaking through the skills of these artisans, inserting surprising art forms into the creation of unique watches.

Two of the artists that have contributed their Metiers d’Art expertise have been recognized for their outstanding work. Anita Porchet, master enameller, received the prestigious Gaia prize at the International Museum of Horology in la Chaux-de-Fonds. Often referred to as the Nobel Prize of watchmaking, the award acknowledges the individuals who have contributed to elevating the notoriety of horology on an international stage. Renowned for mastering every single enamelling technique, she has successfully applied her art through her collaborations with Piaget since 2006, creating miniatures on the dial of watches, by layering colours one after the other to achieve exquisite nuances. On the Piaget Altiplano rose miniature(G0A37147), with the most subtle details and delicate technique, Anita Porchet has created a radiant Yves Piaget rose in full bloom, with intense and vigorous petals.
Reference G0A37147. Piaget Altiplano38mmwatch in 18K white gold with bezel set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.7 ct).  Miniature-painted enamel dial depicting the Yves Piaget rose. Manufacture Piaget 430P ultra-thin hand-wound movement. Function: hours/minutes.Frequency:  21,600 vph. White satin strap with 18K white gold pin buckle. A single exclusive timepiece.
Lapidary sculptor Hervé Obligi will be presented in November with the great honour of “Maître d’Art, marqueteur de pierresdures” by the French Ministry of Culture in recognition for his dedication to his art and commitment to sharing his remarkable skills with a new generation of artisans, ensuring his rare art can continue to flourish. One of the great masters of this rare art form, Obligi masterfully and patiently carves away at the hardest of stones, breathing life into them with his tools, transforming them into works of refined beauty.  Earlier this year, during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, the Maison unveiled the Piaget Altiplano hard stone marquetry watch (G0A40249), featuring an interpretation of the Yves Piaget rose on its dial meticulously crafted by Hervé Obligi who cut and assembled Mexican Imperial jasper and cachalong in graded shades of purple to pale pink to create a sumptuous three dimensional effect against a backdrop of white gold.
Reference G0A40249. Piaget Altiplano 38mm watch in 18K white gold with bezel set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.7 ct).Dial in white gold with Mexican Royal Imperial Jasper and cachalong depicting the Yves Piaget rose. Manufacture Piaget 430P ultra-thin hand-wound movement. Function: hours/minutes. Frequency: 21,600 vph. White satin strap with 18K white gold pin buckle. 8 limited edition and numbered pieces.
Anita Porchet, Enameller
Overlooking the idyllic and serene Vaudois countryside in Switzerland, Anita Porchet painstakingly perfects the ancient art of enamelling with patience and passion.  In the intimate surroundings of her atelier, surrounded by hundreds of small bottles containing precious powders in every shade imaginable, she experiments like an alchemist mixing them together to create her perfect colour. Armed with her tools, she masterfully applies her paints before firing the enamels in one of her ovens. As the colour sets, her artistic vision turns into a reality.

Anita Porchet did not choose the art of enamelling; it chose her. When she was just 12 years old, her godfather, a self-taught enameller and engraver initiated her to the art form that was to become her lifelong passion. She furthered her training at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, honing her skills with miniatures, and spending the early part of her career working with enamel in jewellery before focusing on creating enamel pieces for the watchmaking industry.
Anita Porchet is renowned for mastering every enamelling technique, from the most complicated miniature, through cloisonné, champlevé, grisaille or even “paillonné” for example. She has even been known to seamlessly mix them to create the most artistic effects. Whatever the technique, she is a master at playing with light, shades, transparency, creating minuscule tapestries, layering colours one after the other to achieve exquisite nuances.  

While the world beyond the walls of her atelier is fast paced and reliant on technology, Anita Porchet’s world is one of absolute calm and focus. Enamelling is an art of perfection that requires the artist to slow down and be patient.  Working on a miniature scale is demanding, and unforgiving. If she leaves her art in the fire for a few additional seconds, her work may be ruined, but she knows that for an enameller, only perfection is good enough.

Despite the many challenges that come with this decorative art, Anita Porchet thrives on being tasked with achieving the impossible, to push boundaries, to create new colour mixes or new artistic effects. The possibilities are endless. Apart from her trusted microscope that allows her to achieve the level of detail required from a master enameller, she works entirely by hand with her paintbrushes, her chisel, her scraper and her compass. Fire brings the finishing touch to her miniature masterpiece, lighting it up with a magnificent colourful hue.  With her own unique style and her flawless technique, she gives every watch dial luminosity, brilliance and incomparable beauty, expressing herself through an infinite palette of colours.

Anita Porchet has been collaborating with Piaget since 2006, a long-term relationship that has given the artist the opportunity to hone her skills on watches, and given her permission to push the boundaries of her art, taking bold risks to bring her artistic vision to life. In her latest collaboration for the Secrets and Lights– A Mythical Journey by Piaget collection, Anita has worked on a number of pieces including the creation of miniatures on four one-of-a-kind timepieces. On a gold base, Anita Porchet has meticulously applied layer after layer of paint to create quasi-photographic scenes in enamel. In black and white or sepia, the extraordinary realistic effect is achieved through the absolute mastery of the subtlest shades of grey and brick colours.

Hervé Obligi: The Lapidary Sculptor
With a firm hand, and armed with the utmost confidence and passion, the lapidary sculptor carves away at the hardest of stones, transforming them into works of refined beauty. Hervé Obligi has spent decades perfecting the many techniques of glyptic art and stone marquetry. According to this inspired artist, one of the great masters of this rare art form, patience, perseverance, precision and humility are the qualities required of a lapidary sculptor.  Unlike other art forms, where materials can be removed then added back again, like a canvas painted over or a piece of clay added to the work in progress, there is never any going back for the artisan who works with stone.  Indeed, this craft is unforgiving because of the hard and irreversible nature of the stone.
It was in the world of carpentry and fine cabinetmaking that French-born Hervé Obligibegan his training in 1976. Following an apprenticeship in Tours, he was awarded a scholarship by the Sociétéd’Encouragement aux Métiers des Arts to work in the atelier of one of the great master craftsmen in Paris. There, he acquired the technical skills needed to restore the finest 18th century French furniture, and the ability to truly appreciate the aesthetics of the works around him, as he mastered the notion of volume and space.

During a trip to Florence in 1981, his passion for hard stone was unexpectedly ignited as he discovered the great works of art of the Renaissance sculptors. On his return to Paris, as a recipient of a special scholarship by the French Ministry of Culture, he embraced the demanding techniques of glyptic art and stone marquetry at a prestigious atelier, where he fine-tuned his skills by working on restoration projects for the Louvre Museum’s Apollo Gallery, as well as being trained in the specialised techniques of Asian art.

In the atelier he established in Montreuil in 1985, Hervé Obligigave free rein to his creativity, exploring new possibilities, while taking on the constant challenge of magnifying the perfect beauty of stones. In parallel, he continued dedicating his skills to restoring works of art and heritage projects, for which he received many awards and distinctions. From the Palace of Versailles and the French Senate to the Princely Palace of Monaco, Hervé Obligi, the magician of stone, brings fine objects back to their former glory.

While he recognises that his art is becoming increasingly rare as the years go by, he knows that there will always be individuals who truly appreciate the aesthetics of glyptic art and stone marquetry, and new artisans keen to discover the passion of stone. Determined to keep his craft alive, Hervé Obligi dedicates time and effort to training a new generation of artisans.

Despite having mastered all the techniques his art requires, he never ceases to be surprised by the stones he sets out to transform and the ideas they inspire in him. While some would say a stone is an inanimate and inalterable material, Hervé Obligi always sees the potential to alter it, and enhance its mysterious beauty. With his tools, his creative vision and his determination, he continues to breathe life into the hardest stone.

Arnold & Son exhibits at SIAR luxury watch exhibition in Mexico

The Salón Internacional Alta Relojeria (SIAR) debuted in Mexico in 2007 and is a gateway to the major markets of Central and South America. The brainchild of a group of passionate watch journalists and devotees, it attracts some of Switzerland’s biggest watch brands and has established itself as the most important venue for presenting, promoting and selling fine timepieces in the region. After making a splash at the 2014 show, Arnold & Son was back in Mexico City last week to showcase its complete collection.
The SIAR was held at the Mexico City St. Regis Hotel from 20 to 22 October 2015. The ninth edition of this premium international event attracted 36 of the world’s biggest brands, among them Arnold & Son.
 The “must‐attend” show attracts thousands of Central and South American watch aficionados with a penchant for Swiss watches as well as several hundred media representatives.
After taking the coveted award for "Best Ascending Brand" in 2014, Arnold & Son this week presented its entire collection of outstanding timepieces at SIAR 2015, among them the TimePyramid guilloché. Visitors to the show, who tend to be passionately interested in traditional craftsmanship, were impressed by the high standard of watchmaking as well as the depth and breadth of the company’s range.

Mido Belluna Small Seconds (Ref. M024.428.36.031.00)

A new addition to the collection, the Belluna Small Seconds immediately impresses with its subtle lines and harmonious forms. Its elegant curves stem from its polished rose PVD-treated steel case. Subtly inspired by the dome towering over London’s Royal Albert Hall, it reveals a magnificent silvered dial decorated with a wave pattern, while the small seconds located at 7 o’clock add a touch of superb sophistication. With its petite complication automatic movement, the Belluna Small Seconds is a timepiece intended for men who love classic, timeless watches.

Inaugurated in 1871 to promote the arts and science, London's Royal Albert Hall is now one of the most renowned concert halls in the United Kingdom. Built in the inimitable Victorian style, this vast red-brick monument is comprised of several concentric circles and an impressive glass dome, which towers over the centre of this curved, resolutely rounded structure. Just like this magnificent building, the Belluna range displays perfectly harmonious forms and embodies classic, timeless elegance.
The Belluna Small Seconds is best admired at close range. This exceptionally elegant model is fitted with a polished rose PVD-treated steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter, extended by subtly faceted horns. Recalling the dome of the Royal Albert Hall, the silver dial is decorated with a wave pattern that fans out from the small seconds counter. The extreme finesse of these motifs reinforces the exclusive nature of the model, which perfectly combines classicism and originality, with its off-centred seconds counter at 7 o’clock. The date, meanwhile, is displayed in an aperture at 3 o'clock. Fitted with an automatic movement featuring a petite complication (off-centred seconds hand at 7 o’clock), this resolutely timeless timepiece is sure to appeal to fine watchmaking enthusiasts.

The delicately worked dial of the Belluna Small Seconds is protected by a sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The slender leaf-shaped hands are golden-rose in colour, as is the border surrounding the snailed seconds counter – both subtle details that add to the superb sophistication of the model. The Belluna Small Seconds is fitted with a transparent case back, enabling the wearer to admire its finely decorated automatic movement, as well as its oscillating weight adorned with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo. Water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft), the Belluna Small Seconds comes with a brown crocodile-look leather strap integrated into the case, and a folding clasp.

An all-steel version of this model is also available.

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

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

Strap   
Brown genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look and stainless steel folding clasp with rose PVD treatment.

Dial   
Silver, wave pattern from the small seconds counter, snailed counter, date at 3 o’clock
Hands: Leaf-shaped.

Mido - New Multifort Chronograph Caliber 60 (Ref. M025.627.36.061.00)

Designed for sporting performance, the new Multifort Chronograph Caliber 60 unites technical innovation and precision. Its sandblasted black PVD-treated steel case houses the Caliber 60, a next-generation automatic chronograph movement that guarantees up to 60 hours of power reserve. Lovers of high-speed sports can count on the tachymeter incorporated into the bezel – a first for the Multifort collection. The black dial, meanwhile, offers perfect readability and is decorated with vertical Geneva stripes that evoke the suspension cables of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its remarkable design and black and red colours define the Multifort Chronograph Caliber 60 as a model steeped in character and shaped for motor sports.

Launched in 1934, two years after the Sydney Harbour Bridge was completed, the Multifort collection shares the structure’s remarkable qualities – a perfect blend of functionality and beauty. A truth that has stood the test of time, as Mido celebrated the 80th anniversary of Multifort production in 2014, making this emblematic collection one of the longest-produced series in the history of Swiss watchmaking.

With its robust yet sporty look, remarkable design and unswerving precision, the new Multifort Chronograph Caliber 60 is a spirited timepiece full of character. It is perfectly suited to all sports lovers, and motor sports enthusiasts in particular. The latter can depend on both the tachymeter incorporated into the bezel – a first in the Multifort collection – and the Caliber 60, an automatic chronograph featuring the latest in watchmaking innovation and guaranteeing up to 60 hours of power reserve. It is enough to win over even the most seasoned sports fans! The Multifort Chronograph Caliber 60 is fitted with a robust 44 mm-diameter case in black PVD-treated steel. Its sandblasted finish complements the matt black bezel perfectly. The central seconds hand and the snailed counter at 3 o’clock are dedicated to the chronograph function, as indicated by the colour red. The snailed counter at 9 o’clock indicates the seconds, while the date appears in an aperture at 6 o’clock. The latter can be easily changed thanks to a quick corrector located on the side of the case at 10 o’clock.
The combination of red and black gives the Multifort Chronograph Caliber 60 a resolutely sporty look, which is further reinforced by the black dial decorated with vertical Geneva stripes evoking the suspension cables of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The touches of white Super-LumiNova® on the indexes and hours and minutes hands guarantee perfect readability, both underwater and at night. Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bars (100 m/330 ft), the Multifort Chronograph Caliber 60 is protected by a sapphire crystal treated with anti reflective coating on both sides. It is also equipped with a transparent case back, enabling the wearer to admire its finely decorated automatic chronograph movement, and its oscillating weight adorned with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo.

The Multifort Chronograph Caliber 60 comes with a stylish strap in matt black leather with red stitching, which is integrated into the case. It is equipped with a new, highly ergonomic Mido folding clasp featuring two safety pushers that secure its opening.

Two other versions of this model are also available.

Technical details
Movement   
Automatic chronograph Mido Caliber 60 (ETA A05H31 base), 13¼’’’ 30.00 mm, height  7.90 mm, 27 jewels, 28,800 A/H, NIVACHOC A3 shock-absorber, ANACHRON-ETASTABLE balance-spring, NIVAFLEX NM mainspring. Finely decorated TOP movement with blued screws, decorated oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and Mido logo. Adjusted on 5 different positions for a high accuracy. Up to 60 hours of power reserve.

Functions   
HMS + Chrono + Date
Time: hour and minute hands. Small second indicator at 9 o’clock.
Chrono: 60 second counter from centre, 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock.
Date at 6 o’clock.

Case   
Sandblasted stainless steel 316L with black PVD treatment, Ø44 mm, 3 pieces, sapphire crystal with an anti-reflecting treatment on both sides, screwed crown and case back, rapid date corrector at 10 o’clock, transparent case back to see the finely decorated movement, engraved serial number, water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft).

Strap   
Matt black genuine calf leather strap, perforated, red stitching, highly ergonomic Mido folding clasp (stainless steel with black PVD treatment) featuring two safety pushers to secure its opening.

Dial   
Black, vertical Geneva stripes, snailed counters, with white Super-LumiNova®, date at 6 o’clock.

Hands   
Satin-finished and polished skeleton hour and minute hands, with white Super-LumiNova® for easy readability at night, red chronograph hands

Christophe Claret Mecca

Christophe Claret unveils a timepiece whose symbolic power is highlighted by the ingenious optical phenomenon of the mirascope. At the center of this limited edition conveying a message of peace, the iconic Kaaba monument symbolizing the Muslim faith appears to literally burst out of the dial.

Exactly like the effigy of Emperor Marcus Aurelius enthroned at the heart of the Aventicum model unveiled in 2015, the micro-engraving of the Kaaba is highlighted by the mirascope, a process invented about thirty years ago at the University of California. The mirascope is composed of two identical parabolic mirrors arranged one on top of the other, creating an elliptical shape. The convex mirror on top has a hole in the middle. When an object is placed in the center of the concave bottom mirror, the reflection from the top mirror creates a hologram of the object, which appears nearly two times larger than it actually is. In implementing this optical effect in the Mecca model, the Kaaba looks as if it is thrusting out of the middle of the watch and offers a 360-degree view of the famous cube-shaped building erected at the center of the sacred mosque in the Holy City of Mecca.
Mecca, like all Christophe Claret signature timepieces, epitomizes the highest standards of fine watchmaking embodied by the brand. Developing the technically demanding mirascope to function perfectly took extreme dedication and focus. Two months of research and several prototypes were integral to obtaining the desired optical effect. The next critical step was designing and crafting the hour and minute hands, which had to be reconfigured, as the mirascope was now the centerpiece of the watch. The hands became pointers revolving on an invisible ring around the perimeter of the dial, each equipped with a counterweight to optimize stability. The challenge of creating the hands was to find a material light enough to compensate for the relatively larger – though mainly concealed – size of the display mechanism. The solution was to use anticorodal (aluminum), which has an excellent rigidity/weight coefficient.
The Mecca timepiece features a wealth of emblematic elements and references to the Muslim faith. First, the dial which opens on to the micro-engraving of the Kaaba is decorated with an oriental-inspired engraved motif lacquered in gray and green, the color of the Muslim faith. To accentuate the symbolism of the piece, the Arabic hour numerals were then replaced at 5 o’clock by a white ceramic stone and at 7 o’clock by a black spinel. The latter symbolizes the black stone located at the South-East angle of the Kaaba through which Muslims start the seven rounds of the Tawaf in a counter clockwise direction. The white ceramic represents this same stone, as described in the Koran before it became black due to repeated touching by pilgrims.
The ball-bearing cover is adorned with a transfer depicting the Kaaba, with the movement’s self-winding oscillating weight rotating around it. It should be noted that Christophe Claret has obtained a patent for the sapphire element connecting the ball bearings to the oscillating weight concealed behind a circle Crafted in sapphire so as to reveal the meticulous movement finishing, the oscillating weight bears a transferred world map featuring white dots symbolizing Muslims turning around the Kaaba.
Three Arabic expressions set the final touch to this new invitation to experience spirituality. At 12 o’clock, Masjid al-Haram means “The sacred mosque”. At 4 o’clock, the word “Tawaf” evokes the seven turns that the pilgrims must perform around the Kaaba. Finally, at 8 o’clock, Makkah al-Mukarramah means “The Holy City of Mecca”.

Technical details
Movement
Caliber: AVE15, self-winding
Diameter: 26.20 mm
Thickness: 3.37 mm (without hands)
Number of parts: 186
Number of jewels: 28
Barrels: Twin barrels
Power reserve: 72 hours
Escapement:    
- Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
- Swiss lever
Features: ‘Mystery’ oscillating weight with sapphire crystal segment and transferred motifs

Functions
Hours and minutes display

Case
Dimensions: Ø 44 x 18.49 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft

MTR.AVE15.200-263
Case: Grade 5 titanium and anthracite gray grade 5 PVD titanium; Hands in anticorodal, anodized black, 3N yellow gold
Crown: Grade 5 titanium and anthracite gray grade 5 PVD titanium
Strap: Black alligator leather with black stitching

MTR.AVE15.300-363
Case: Grade 5 titanium ; Hands in anticorodal, anodized black, 3N yellow gold
Crown: Grade 5 titanium
Strap: Black alligator leather with black stitching


Distinctive features:
Front:
The Mecca timepiece is inspired by the Aventicum model: the dial center features a mirascope with a micro-engraving of the Kaaba, the cube-shaped “sacred mosque” (Masjid al-Haram) in Mecca, around which Muslims turn seven times in an anti-clockwise direction as part of the Tawaf ritual.

At 7 o’clock, a black spinel symbolizing the black stone located in the South-East angle of the Kaaba, where the Tawaf begins. At 5 o’clock, a white ceramic represents the black stone that the pilgrims touch with each turn and which was initially white in the Koran. The Kaaba is surrounded by an engraved Oriental-inspired motif lacquered in green and grey.

Back:
The ball-bearing cover bears a transfer depicting the Kaaba, considered to be the center of the world. On the sapphire oscillating weight revealing the movement, a transferred world map depicted with white dots symbolizes Muslims turning around the Kaaba, when the oscillating weight turns. The circumference of the oscillating weight bears an Oriental-inspired pink transferred motif.

A decorative plate bears a green transfer bearing three inscriptions in Arabic:
At 12 o’clock: Masjid al-Haram, which means “The sacred mosque”;
At 4 o’clock: Tawaf, which refers to the ritual of seven turns around the Kaaba that Pilgrims must perform;
At 8 o’clock: Makkah al-Mukarramah, the name of “The Holy City of Mecca”.

Edition
Limited edition of 63 pieces

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ateliers deMonaco Admiral Flyback Chronograph Top Cars Rally 2015 Special Edition

This special edition timepiece from Luxury watch maker Ateliers deMonaco celebrates their partnership with the second edition of the Top Cars Rally that was held in Italy on September 30th 2015.

Launched in 2014 by Steve Domenioz, the Top Cars Rally is a friendly sports car event created by an enthusiast for enthusiasts of fast cars.  This year's rally started in the port of Gênes on Wednesday 30th. After taking the ferry to Olbia in Sardinia they drove to Porto Cervo and spent three fabulous days. During this rally, the racers had the opportunity to try out their talents at the Autodromo "Franco Di Suni" Mores. Other activities included a gala organised by Ateliers deMonaco and the last day was highlighted by a yacht trip along the costa Smeralda to the island of Maddalena. The atmosphere throughout the rally was extremely friendly, a small group of people sharing the same interests for classical cars. The fleet included a Ferrari 599 GTB, Ferrari 458, Ferrari 599 GTO, Audi R8, Mercedes GT and many more. These passionate mechanics share the same love as Ateliers deMonaco for good quality design and technical perfection.
As the official partner of this event, Ateliers deMonaco created specifically for the Top Cars Rally 2015 a unique edition of the Admiral Flyback Chronograph limited to 8 pieces in white gold and 8 pieces in rose gold.
This elegant timepiece features a patented manufacture flyback chronograph, which measures a succession of elapsed times, eliminates many superfluous repetitive operations. On ordinary chronographs, the button must be pressed three times in succession to measure successive intervals: once to stop the chronograph, once to reset it to zero, once to start again. With the flyback function, pressing the flyback button once stops timing the first interval and resets the hand to zero. The chronograph hand starts again the instant the button is released.
Technical details
Model: Admiral Flyback Chronograph Top Cars Rally 2015 Special Edition
References: dMc-CHR-SBR-WG & dMc-CHR-SBR-RG

Movement
Patented, Flyback Chronograph
Automatic bi-directional winding
Hand decoration on bridges:
Perlage, Satinage circulaire on automatic bridge
22K Gold hand engraved Rotor
Patented ‘’Return to Zero’’ mechanism
Frequency: 28800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
38 hours power reserve

Functions
Hour, minutes, small seconds (9 o’clock), chronograph seconds counter (center), chronograph minutes counter (3 o’clock), Flyback

Case
Diameter 42 MM
Height 13.3 MM
18K gold 3 piece case
Full polished and assembled by hand
See through case back
Front and back sapphire crystal
Multi-layered anti-reflection coating on sapphire crystal
Case back, secured with 6 gold screws
Water resistant up to 3 ATM

Dial
Silver plated, curved PVD and RGP plated roman indexes
Hands: Dauphine shaped

Strap
ATELIERS DEMONACO personalized hand stitched alligator strap
18K ardillon buckle

Edition
Limited edition 16 pieces: 8 in white gold and 8 in red gold

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

ArtyA Halloween Edition No.3 - Son of Sound Skull « ArtyA Arabesque Skull» Unique Piece 1/1

Swiss luxury watch maker ArtyA has started getting into the Halloween spirit well ahead of time. Once again, the Geneva brand has pulled off another coup, with an all-new model. And this time, following a spate of copycats, the firm has decided to register the motif as a trademark.

This latest creation is an all-new – and copyrighted – skull, encompassing the arabesques so synonymous with ArtyA’s identity, as seen most recently on the titanium Tourbillon Arabesque.
The piece depicts a skull: complete with teeth engraved with the ArtyA name, sporting sunglasses, and draped with arabesques and rinceauxin a nod to rifle butt decorations from back when the Wild West was won. The imposing baroque timepiece is housed in a 47 mm case, the bezel covered with engraved motifs that characterize this universe: revolvers, skulls, barbed wire, crosses, and more. ArtyA has chosen its Dance of Skulls strap to bear the watch – it too is a wholly original creation, featuring a series of jointed skulls, as its name suggests.

The dial is emblazoned with an exciting new colour, in sandy hues, made from a specific silver alloy and redolent with hints of grey, gold and silver. This watch is a unique piece 1/1 and retails for 11’900 CHF on a leather strap and 15’900 CHF on a skull handmade strap.

Technical details
Model: Son of Sound Skull « ArtyA Arabesque Skull» Unique Piece 1/1:
Case: High grade steel 316 IL
Very special engraved bezel with crosses, skulls, guns, wires and mediator& guitars inspired by the history of Rock &Riding…
ArtyA automatic Swiss high end movement A17
Dial with ArtyA arabesque Skull engraved on a special ArtyA alloy of Silver and ArtyOr ©
Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 52h
Size: 47mm
Engraved and screwed back case
Double anti-reflection sapphire
Silver skulls strap (crocodile and leather straps available)
Edition: Unique 1/1
Price: 15’900CHF

Frederique Constant new Classics Index Automatic GMT

Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant adds four new good looking and full functioning GMT watches to its successful Classic Index collection.  All sharing the main characteristics, the dial of the new Classics Index is classical and simple, it has applied indexes and numbers displayed in roman numeral that give the watch an elegant touch of luxury.

The Classics Index GMT is available in four different variants. One combines a steel case with an intense black dial on a classical metal bracelet. The stainless steel models, with a silver dial are paired either with a black leather strap or a metal bracelet to match the case. The last distinguishes itself with a rose gold plated case and hand applied rose gold plated indexes, combined with an elegant brown leather strap.
The Classics index GMT provides an alternate time zone reference at a glance. The GMT hand with it’s unmistakable red triangle, makes one rotation every 24-hours and can be used to read off a second time zone on the 24 hour scale placed beneath the hour markers.
 In addition to the GMT, all the watches feature hours, minutes, seconds and date. These reliable functions adjustable through the single crown are powered by the FC-350 automatic movement, which has a power reserve of 38-hour and 26 jewels. You can observe the precision movement in action through the sapphire crystal case back, which is water resistant to 5 atm.

Classic index GMT, Reference: FC-350B5B6B

Case           
Stainless steel, diameter of 42 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Movement   
FC-350, Automatic GMT with date (in-house GMT module)
38-hours power reserve, 26 jewels, 28'800 alt/h   

Dial       
Black dial, applied silvered indexes
Date display at 3 o’clock
Hand polished nickel hours and minutes hands and pearl black GMT hand
Easy set up of the local time via the hour hand

Bracelet       
Polished and satined 5 links stainless steel bracelet

Functions   
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, GMT 24H (all functions adjustable with the crown only)

Classic index GMT, Reference: FC-350S5B6 – FC-350S5B6B

Case           
Stainless steel, diameter of 42 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Movement   
FC-350, Automatic GMT with date (in-house GMT module)
38-hours power reserve, 26 jewels, 28'800 alt/h   

Dial   
Silvered dial, applied silvered indexes
Date display at 3 o’clock
Hand polished nickel hours and minutes hands and pearl black GMT hand
Easy set up of the local time via the hour hand

Bracelet    
Black leather strap or Polished and satined 5 links stainless steel   bracelet

Functions   
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, GMT 24H (all functions adjustable with the crown only)

Classic index GMT, Reference: FC-350V5B4

Case           
Stainless steel rose gold plated, diameter of 42 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Movement   
FC-350, Automatic GMT with date (in-house GMT module)
38-hours power reserve, 26 jewels, 28'800 alt/h   

Dial   
Silvered dial, applied silvered indexes
Date display at 3 o’clock
Hand polished rose gold plated hours, minutes and GMT hands
Easy set up of the local time via the hour hand

Bracelet       
Brown leather strap

Functions   
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, GMT 24H  (all functions adjustable with the crown only)