Monday, February 29, 2016

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition

In 2007, the legendary Minerva watch manufactory was taken over by Montblanc, the prestigious brand well known for its high end writing instruments. This new timepiece pays tribute to the horology creations of Minerva manufacture from Villeret.

The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition takes inspiration from Villeret’s legendary Minerva chronographs. The prestigious Minerva manufacture was the reference in the field of chronographs and stopwatches during the 1920s and ‘30s. Calibres such as the reference 13.20, launched in the 1920s, were among the very first to be conceived specifically for wristwatches, while the Calibre 19.14, unveiled in 1936, could measure the hundredth of a second.

In 2016, Montblanc continues this passion for fine watchmaking by honoring Minerva’s emblematic chronographs of yesteryear with a new manufacture 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition 100. Inspired by a monopusher chronograph from the 1930s, this new limited edition of 100 pieces captures the innovative spirit of the decade by uniting a number of the original design features with one of Villeret’s most elegant manufacture, hand-wound chronographs— the Calibre MB M16.29 — featuring a column wheel and a horizontal disc clutch.
The fluted crown with a coaxial push-piece is reminiscent of the early crowns that were designed for easy grasp, while the elegant dial, with its large white luminescent Arabic numerals and a railway track, is also typical of the period. The small seconds at nine o’clock, the chronograph 30-minutes counter at three o’clock, the retro Montblanc logo, used from the beginning of the 21st century, and the large “cathedral” hands, with their cloisonné design filled with white Super-LumiNova®, all stay faithful to the original design.

The1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition 100 celebrates both traditional Swiss artisanal watchmaking and the rich heritage of Montblanc’s Villeret Manufacture, but offers a contemporary twist to the past with a large 44 mm stainless steel case with slightly enlarged lugs, to keep the proportions of the case the same. The addition of a deep blue dial with a tachymetric scale for measuring speeds over distance, along with a matching blue alligator strap, also contribute to reinforcing the vintage look of this historical timepiece.
 Montblanc has equipped the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition 100 with its monopusher chronograph with column wheel and horizontal disc clutch that fills the whole 44 mm case. This movement shares the same architecture as its predecessor, the Minerva pocket watch Calibre 17.29 from 1929.

The new movement that beats inside the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition has been re-designed extensively with hand-finishings, including Côtes de Genève motifs, extensive bevelling, angling and snailing, all respecting the finest codes of Haute Horlogerie. Looking through the caseback, it is possible to see the iconic engraved “V” chronograph bridge, which has been a feature of Minerva chronographs since 1912, as well as the Minerva arrow-shaped chronograph hammer that can be found in almost all the modern Montblanc/Minerva movements.

Other features include a large screw-regulated balance wheel and a swan-neck regulator. The calibre is comprised of 252 components and beats at a frequency of 2.5 Hertz with a power reserve of 50 hours.

HYT Skull Bad Boy Limited Edition

Skull Bad Boy is a new comer to HYT’s universe of hydro mechanical timepieces. This model incorporates a new black liquid which took almost 12 months for developing. Like the four other colours developed by HYT, the black version has its own chemical properties. These affect attributes such as viscosity, expansion coefficient and UV resistance. Whilst the other colours created by HYT are able to reflect all or some of the light they receive, black absorbs everything.

To go with this new black liquid, HYT wanted to create a skull with the distinctive appearance of Damascus steel, used for knives and Samurai swords. The dial comprises two half-moons decorated with the Clous de Paris stud pattern. Its indexes are created in a Gothic font, complementing the Skull Bad Boy’s hard rock look. Its matte black 51 mm case, made from fully microblasted DLC titanium, is attached to a brand new buffed alligator strap with hints of slate grey.
The Skull is coated with a new composite material, created to resemble Damascus steel. A foundry in the Neuchâtel region created the raw material: multiple layers of steel and carbon are folded in on themselves a total of 256 times! This material is cast in batches of five skulls, no two of which will ever be identical.

The result is an ever-changing interplay of its two component materials. The steel is an eye-catching grey, whilst the black colour of the carbon is revealed by a chemical abrasion process. In its unfinished state, the Skull has countless tiny crevasses, evidence of the intense exertions it has undergone in the foundry. HYT levels the surface then covers it with a translucent layer of varnish.

All the functionalities of the original Skull have been preserved. The power reserve indicator sits in the right eye socket, which gets darker as the piece reaches the end of its 65-hour power reserve. The left eye socket houses the seconds disc, permanently, imperceptibly, turning.

The Skull Bad Boy is available as a limited edition of 50 pieces.

Technical details
Skull Bad Boy
Ref. 151-DL-43-NF-AS, limited edition of 50 pieces

Case
Black DLC titanium with microblasted finish
Diameter: 51 mm
Height: 17.9 mm
Rubber coated screw-down crown
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
Black retrograde fluidic hours; seconds

Movement
Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT calibre
28,800 Vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
Bridges hand-bevelled and adorned with Côtes de Genève, rhodium-plated bellows
65-hour power reserve

Dial
Unstructured, rhodium-plated with Clous de Paris stud pattern, hours indicated by a black fluid
Skull made from Damascus steel
Black hour dial, grey numerals and offset black indices
Seconds disc (left eye)
Power reserve indicator (right eye)

Strap
Buffed slate grey alligator, velcro clasp with keeper

Golden Dreams Geneva - Hand Engraved Apple Watch

Having  recently  unveiled  the  bespoke Apple  Watch, Geneva based Golden  Dreams  has taken the luxury design to a whole new level and presents the entirely hand engraved Apple Watch by Golden Dreams
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Celebrating the union of Apple’s latest technology, quality craftsmanship and skill guaranteed by the Geneva based company, the sophisticated hand engraved Apple Watch by Golden Dreams exudes nothing less than priceless bespoke Swiss elegance.
Created  with  innovative  techniques,  the  hand  engraved  Golden  Dreams  Apple  Watch  is  the symbol of detailed beauty and luxury. Golden Dreams boasts a wide range of additional options for total customization including diamond and other precious stone setting as well as hot stamping the luxury leather bracelet with gold.
Every  Golden  Dreams Apple  Watch  is  complemented  with  a  handmade  luxury  exotic  leather bracelet, offered in alligator, python, shark and ostrich leathers in over 160 stylish colours. This stunning Golden Dreams design is realizable in both the 38mm and 42mm models of the Apple Watch. Each hand engraved watch and its buckles are gold plated with the highest quality of 24-karat yellow gold, 18-karat white or 18-karat rose gold. It comes with a 2-year warranty, and the watch is delivered in a luxurious box.

Founded in 2010, Golden Dreams strives to represent Swiss finesse and exclusivity in every one of its designs from smartphones to luxury leather goods. With retailers in over 12 countries worldwide, and 2 flagship stores, the bespoke designs by the Geneva Company are recognised globally for their high quality.

Golden Dreams Geneva
Quai du Mont-Blanc 19,
1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Backes & Strauss - The Princess Elizabeth

Backes & Strauss announces the Princess Elizabeth, the first of two very unique pieces which celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The main feature of the Princess Elizabeth is its extraordinary dial, depicting Princess Elizabeth’s youthful profile.
The gold dial has been hand-engraved by Backes & Strauss’ master engraver and enamelled using the Grand Feu technique with “XC” at twelve o’ clock. It is interesting to note that this process uses the English Blythe enamel, applied over various layers at 900 degrees Celsius. The temperature is rigorously controlled to achieve a royal purple hue, a skill for which the enameller requires decades of experience to perfect. The second piece, the Queen Elizabeth, will be unveiled at a special event in October to be held in Japan.
Technical details
Size: 37 mm
Case: 28 diamonds – 3.95 cts
Dial: XC at 12 o’ Clock, Portrait of Princess Elizabeth II: Grand Feu enamelling technique using English Blythe Enamel
Crown: One Ideal Cut diamond “The Jewel in the Crown” - 0.09 cts
Hands: Sword-shaped hands with superwhite luminova
Movement: Automatic movement
Display: Hours, minutes & seconds
Strap: Jewellery bracelet set with 136 diamonds – 18.57 cts
Total Carats: 165 diamonds – 22.61 cts

Sunday, February 28, 2016

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue Steel Limited Edition

Two hands, one arrow-shaped centre hand, a big date display and a star. These are the only embellishments found on the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue, the most minimalist perpetual calendar ever produced.

To mark the leap year, H. Moser & Cie. introduces its most understated watch to date, by putting the spotlight on the product and the people behind it, ensuring they are not forgotten. By focusing on the essential, H. Moser & Cie. invites you to rediscover its perpetual calendar in a Concept version that features neither indices nor logo, stripped of its small seconds dial and power reserve indicator, in an exceptional material for the Manufacture: steel.
Bridging the past and present, the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue by H. Moser & Cie. recalls the beginnings of watchmaking, to a time when only the movement would bear a maker's mark.

The beauty of a timepiece was expressed with few embellishments or additional elements. For the new version of its flagship model, H. Moser & Cie. has gone one step further: in addition to the indices, logo and small seconds dial, the power reserve indicator has also been removed.
The only elements remaining on the famous sky-blue fumé dial are the date display at three o'clock, the leaf-shaped hour and minute hands and an arrow-shaped centre hand. This final hand is an ingenious marvel that indicates the months. Standing for distinctively human luxury, H. Moser & Cie. places the emphasis on the product and the expertise behind it, leaving out the logo and marketing opportunism.
H. Moser & Cie. has chosen a beige kudu leather strap for this model, a combination of styles that results in an irreverent, unexpected look. Exquisitely understated and discreetly elegant: behind its apparent simplicity, this model hides a complex and incredibly ingenious movement. The hand-wound HMC 341 calibre has a minimum power reserve of 7 days and a mechanism to adjust the date forwards or backwards at any time of day. During this leap year, relive the rare experience of the date change from February 29thto March 1stagain and again.
Produced as a limited edition of only 10 pieces, the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue is available in steel, a never-before-seen material for H. Moser & Cie., and one which adds to the exceptional feel of this series, launched on February 29th 2016.

Technical details
Model: Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue
Reference 1341-1200, steel model, sky-blue fumé dial, kudu leather strap, limited edition of 10 timepieces

Case
Steel, three-part
Diameter: 40.8 mm
Height: 11.1 mm
Curved sapphire crystal
See-through curved sapphire crystal case-back
Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
Engraved on movement side of case with “LIMITED 10 PCS”

Dial
Sky-blue fumé with sunburst pattern
Leaf-shaped hands
Month indicated with a small arrow-shaped centre hand
Big date display
Movement
Mechanical hand-wound in-house calibre HMC 341
Diameter: 34.0 mm or 15 lignes
Height: 5.8 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
28 jewels
Power reserve: minimum 7 days
Double barrel
Interchangeable Moser escapement
Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil
Pallet fork and escapement wheel made from gold
Movement and components hand-finished and decorated

Functions
Perpetual calendar
Big date display
Month indicator via central hand
Hours and minutes
Leap year cycle indicator on movement side

Strap
Hand-stitched beige kudu leather strap
Steel folding clasp, engraved with the Moser logo

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Charmex CX Swiss Military Watch™ RALLYE GMT NERO EVO

Swiss watch brand CX Swiss Military Watch™ is best known for the flagship model, the ultimate diving watch 20’000 FEET. Launched in 2009 the 20’000 FEET won the world record for water resistance for automatic diving watches with a Guinness Book of World Records™ approved depth rating of 20’000 feet or 6’000 meters (ISO 6425).

With several other diving and pilots watches already in their collection Montres Charmex SA decided to use their experience in professional grade watches to branch out into the realm of MOTORSPORT timepieces

The RALLYE GMT NERO EVO sets a new standard in its class: the highly scratch resistant DLC plated case, inspired by the heavy duty wheels used in rallye motor sports houses the ETA Swiss Made GMT cal. G10.962 movement and offers a chronograph function in combination with a second time zone.  In addition to this the tachymeter on the dial can be used to compute a speed based on travel time or measure distance based on speed.
Form follows functionality - Montres Charmex SA was not satisfied by simply creating a watch looking like a motorsport timepiece but added several functions vital to both circuit and rallye racing:

The key feature is the leather SMARTSTRAP that sends vital data of its wearer as well as lap time data to a log function on the wearer's mobile phone. In addition the rallye enthusiast may create a roadmap on an app on his mobile phone with the Smart strap alerting the driver upon reaching the waypoints - the first such function seen in any watch.

The sapphire crystal protects an intricately designed dial with a small second hand resembling the spokes of a wheel. The RALLYE GMT NERO EVO is water resistant to 200 meters

The RALLYE GMT NERO EVO is available in five dial colours - silver, black, blue, Monza red and Dakar yellow (all with professional grade luminous Superluminova™ indices) and is sold in a luxurious wooden gift box.

The RALLYE series consists of the following models launched over a period of 12 months:
  • RALLYE GMT: Gun look finish, ETA G10.962, silicone strap
  • RALLYE GMT NERO: DLC, ETA G10.962, silicone strap
  • RALLYE GMT NERO EVO: DLC, ETA G10.962, leather Smart strap
  • RALLYE AUTO: Gun look finish, ETA 2824, silicone strap
  • RALLYE AUTO EVO: DLC, ETA 2824, Smart strap
Technical details
Movement
Swiss Made ETA G10.962 GMT

Functions
Hour; minute; small second at 6pm
12h chronograph (hours, min.) at 2pm
GMT - second 24h timezone at 10pm
Date at 4h

Case/bracelet
DLC plated stainless steel case, Ø 44.0mm, thickness 11.6mm, weight 180gr
Screw-down crown
Sapphire crystal
Leather Smartstrap
Screw-down caseback
Water-resistant to 200 meters

Hands

Superluminova™ coating
Color coordinated chronograph hands
Small second with rallyespoke design

Dials
Silver, black, blue, Monza red or Dakar yellow
Superluminova™ indices

Smartstrap functions
Waypoint alert
Lap time log
Emergency call function
Skin & ambient temperature, notifications, alarm
Pedometer, heart rate, calories burnt

Retail price
RALLYE GMT NERO EVO excl. VAT: CHF 1'645.-

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Singapore Grand Prix Chronograph

In 2008, in celebration of the first ever Grand Prix in SINGAPORE, Audemars Piguet presented a limited edition of a dream watch for speed-lovers: the Royal Oak Offshore Singapore Grand Prix Chronograph.

Crafted from high tech materials, this timepiece from the extreme sports collection cements the relationship between the automotive and watch industries. The same concern for detail, the same obsession with design and the tireless pursuit of mechanical perfection: such are the common denominators between these two worlds.
Forged carbon was a deliberate choice for the case middle of the Royal Oak Offshore Singapore Grand Prix Chronograph, inspired by the aerofoils, vents and other appendages of the gleaming Formula 1 cars, this sophisticated material stems from a lengthy and meticulous development process. It is composed of carbon fibres compressed at high temperature. The molecular structure thus obtained ensures a winning blend of lightness, resistance and hardness. Machining an extremely dense carbon also creates a distinctive appearance admirably highlighted by the steel bezel and its studs, while eight black PVD-coated steel screws underscore the legendary octagonal shape.
Highlights
  • Red and black are the ultra-sporty colour codes of the Royal Oak Offshore Singapore Grand Prix Chronograph.
  • Black forged carbon case middle enhanced by chronograph push-pieces and a red rubber moulded crown.
  • Black flange with a tachometric scale running around the red dial decorated with an exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif. Small seconds, black 30-minute counter (at 9 o’clock) and 12-hour counter (at 6 o’clock).
  • Perforated leather strap with red double stitching echoing the colour of the alcantara lining.
  • Picking up the Grand Prix logo, the caseback is engraved with the inscription Royal Oak Offshore – Limited Edition – Singapore GP 2008, serving as a discreet reminder that owning a watch from this strictly limited series of 250 is a rare privilege indeed.
While some truly impressive engines throb beneath the hood of Formula 1 cars, the movement powering the Royal Oak Offshore Singapore Grand Prix Chronograph is no less exceptional.
The exclusive self-winding Audemars Piguet Calibre 3126 combines sturdiness, reliability and rating precision:
  • Up to 60 hours’ power reserve thanks to the barrel spring which improves rating precision by supplying constant force for a longer period of time.
  • A cross-through balance-cock reinforcing the stability of the movement.
  • A balance-stop mechanism serving to immobilise the seconds hand and thus enable time setting to the nearest second.
  • A variable-inertia balance fitted with eight inertia-blocks guaranteeing accurate and stable setting.
  • Fast date adjustment equipped with an integrated security system avoiding any risk of blocking the date disc by inadvertently performing a correction at midnight.
  • A 22-carat gold rotor mounted on a ball-bearing mechanism ensuring bidirectional automatic winding of the barrel spring.
Chronograph 3840 is integrated within this high-performance movement. As soon as it is activated, the 30-minute counter (at 9 o’clock), the 12-hour counter (at 6 o’clock) and the central chronograph seconds hand spring into action and enable sixth-of-a-second timing.

Technical specifications
Model: Royal Oak Offshore Singapore Grand Prix Chronograph
Reference 26190OS.OO.D003CU.01
Limited edition of 250

Movement
Calibre: 3126/3840, self-winding
Total diameter: 29.94 mm (131/4 lignes)
Casing-diameter: 26 mm
Thickness: 7.16 mm
59 jewels
365 parts
Power reserve: up to 60 hours
Cadence of the balance:  21,600 vibrations per hour
Variable-inertia balance with eight inertia-blocks and flat balance-spring
Geneva-type mobile balance-spring stud holder
Three-position winding stem
Finishing: all parts decorated by hand; mainplate rhodium-plated, bevelled and circular-grained, bridges adorned with “côtes de Genève” motif

Functions
Hours and minutes
Small seconds
Chronograph with central seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Flange with tachometric scale
Date

Case
Forged carbon case with steel bezel and black PVD-coated steel screws
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 14.7 mm
Caseback engraved with the inscription Royal Oak Offshore – Limited Edition – Singapore GP 2008
Water-resistance: 100 m

Dial
Red, with exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif
Small seconds, black 30-minute counter (at 9 o’clock) and 12-hour counter (at 6 o’clock)
Luminescent numerals and hour and minute hands

Strap
Hand-sewn perforated black leather with stainless steel AP folding clasp

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Victorinox Swiss Army - I.N.O.X. Accessories

Unveiled in 2014, the Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. embodies the history of a pioneering brand that creates objects characterized by ultimate functionality and uncompromising quality.

It took three years to finalize the development of one of the most robust watches ever imagined. A demanding initiative, crowned with success. In just two years, I.N.O.X. has become the flagship of the Victorinox Swiss Army watch division.

Just like the famous Swiss Army Knife unfolds its blades to reveal successive layers of ingenious functions, I.N.O.X. further expands its adaptability. It is a modular and multidisciplinary toolbox featuring as many accessories as personalities. True to the brand’s pioneering spirit, they imbue the timepiece with genuine versatility.

Sold separately, a selection of 10 accessories—including paracord straps, compass bumpers and two smart bumpers known as the Cybertool—offers true freedom of expression. Thirty distinct combinations are available for each of the I.N.O.X. models.

The Cybertool
The Victorinox Swiss Army Cybertool is a smart wearable device in the strictest sense of the term. Worn on an I.N.O.X. watch, it multiplies the timepiece’s functions and opens up a world of possibilities.
Designed by the research and development center of leading computing and communications company, Acer, the Cybertool offers the best of both worlds. To ensure an optimal user experience, this smart device has been meticulously developed and simultaneously tested in the two brands’ laboratories. Produced in partnership with Acer, it gives lovers of wearable technology an exclusive solution.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Cybertool is equipped with a range of characteristics that echo the brand’s essence. Using two push buttons, the “Help” function triggers the smartphone to send three pre-set contacts a message with your GPS positionin the event of an emergency, “Find my Phone” activates your smartphone’s ringtone so you can locate it even in silent mode, and an LED backlight can be activated to improve the readability of the watch dial in the dark. In addition, the Cybertool offers all the functions expected on this type of smart device – incoming calls and messages notification, daily activity tracker, and multiple time zone display.

Compatible with iOS and Android, fitted with Gorilla Glass, and offering an average autonomy of five to seven days, it is a wrist-worn relay for your smartphone. All you need is an application, available for download. In deep black or indigo blue, at home on land or at sea, the Cybertool is the promise of adventure.

The Paracord Strap
Already present in the Victorinox Swiss Army watch collection, the paracord strap is now available as an accessory. The ideal I.N.O.X. companion, it was developed in close partnership with Swedish brand Naimakka. Hand-woven from nylon cord originally used for parachute suspension lines, its uncompromising strength is equaled only by its multifunctional nature.
The strands of this survival tool can be unravelled to cope with the most unexpected situations to improvise a shelter, secure a pack or weave a fishing net. Available with an exclusive Swiss Army Knife featuring a special blade for attaching the strap to the watch case, the unique and versatile paracord is useful everywhere and anywhere.

The Compass Bumper
Highly inspired by cellphone cases, the removable I.N.O.X. bumper adopts its fundamental features: protective and distinctive. Easily adjusted to the case of the I.N.O.X. watch, it perfectly hugs its contours.
In red, blue, black or translucent gray, it transforms the timepiece as much as it prevents your watch from the scratches of daily wear. The four cardinal points make it a compass. The four colors give it multiple identities.

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand GRAHAM continues its watchmaking prowess by launching another remarkable technological timepiece; which completes the Superlight Carbon collection trilogy. The Chronofighter Superlight Carbon is a carbon-fibre Chronofighter watch combining complex, high-performance machining processes.

The total weight of the watch is less than 100g. Four different high-technology forms in high-strength carbon processing, innovative and not unusual in watch making, have been used to create the Chronofighter Superlight Carbon. The watch is enhanced by a superlight black carbon composite case, carbon trigger, bezel, dial and buckle. Light, soft and comfortable to wear, the Chronofighter Superlight Carbon will survive rough treatment and the passage of time.
By combining carbon fibre and a strong polymer matrix, carbon fibre composites are simply reshaping the world of high performances. All the conditions are there to create the most resistant and lightest time machine.

That led GRAHAM to develop the carbon-fibre-made Chronofighter Superlight Carbon with improved properties. The case is made of carbon speckled composite which has a high capacity of shock absorption. The carbon matrix of the middle part of the case is directly cut into the solid material with high frequency tools made of Cubic Boron Nitrid (CBN – super abrasive material).
The start and stop lever on the left of the case, the renowned GRAHAM signature, is made of plain carbon fibre –multi layers- and results from a very specific machining process. This means that the lever is a unique piece of carbon which provides the watch with more stiffness and enhanced usability.

Thanks to the instinctive and precise use of the carbon fibre trigger, the chronograph facilitates the measurement of speed thanks to a tachymeter scale and a reversed minute’s counter with a white painted indicator to show the starting point. This function emphasizes the intuitive use of the chronograph and immediate reading.
Allergic free case back made of IXEF® Polyarylamide composite with fibreglass, approved by FDA and smoked sapphire crystal. The shiny carbon bezel and dial perfectly finish the watch’s design and enable an optimum lightweight and shockproof use in all situations.
Dedicated to adrenaline and advanced technology, the watch is held by a grey integrated “Clous de Paris” strap and plain carbon fibre buckle resulting from an inventive assembly process. The result is a super-resistant lightweight watch. The strength of material is due to the homogenous carbon nanostructure equally dispersed throughout the matrix of the polymer.

Technical details
Model: CHRONOFIGHTER SUPERLIGHT CARBON
Ref. 2CCBK.B21A
Limited edition: 50

Functions
Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter)
Date at 8 o'clock
Hours, minutes, seconds

Movement
Calibre G1747, automatic chronograph
28'800 A/h (4Hz)
Incabloc shock absorber
25 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours

Case
47 mm superlight black carbon composite case
Total weight of the watch is lighter than 100g
Black carbon fast-action start/stop trigger (3K carbon frame) and black rubber reset pusher with "Clous de Paris" high grip pattern
Black carbon (3K) bezel
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
Smoked sapphire crystal case back with orange "superlight carbon" inscription and limited edition serial number
Water resistance: 330 feet / 100 m /10 bar

Dial
Black carbon (3K), snailed seconds and minutes counters with grey graduation
Grey Super-LumiNova coated hands and numerals, orange chrono, minutes and
seconds counters' hands
Tachymeter scale with orange graduation
Reversed minutes counter with grey"Start" inscription

Strap
Integrated grey rubber strap with "Clous de Paris"
Black carbon (3K) pin buckle

Piaget to Display Curated Collection of its Extraordinary Time Pieces and Jewellery at Art Dubai Exhibition

Like the most skilled and visionary of artists, Piaget has made an art of boldly transforming watch and jewellery creations into artistic masterpieces, constantly rewriting the rules by experimenting and exploring potential new avenues both in terms of technique and aesthetics. For over 140 years, Piaget has been guided by this pioneering spirit and an unrelenting desire to push boundaries with ground-breaking innovations and the audacious creativity that has come to define the Piaget style.

From March 16-19, 2016 during Art Dubai, Piaget invites visitors on a journey of discovery into its world, revealing the captivating association between audacity, celebrity, creativity, and fine craftsmanship through a specially curated collection of extraordinary pieces from both its patrimony and new creations.
Throughout the exhibit staged in partnership with the leading art fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, the Maison will highlight the savoir-faire and the vision that propelled it from its humble beginnings in the Swiss Jura to becoming an unstoppable creative pioneer all over the world, including the Middle-East, a region that mirrors Piaget’s passion for the finest aesthetics and exceptional pieces.

The exhibition shines a light on the important themes in Piaget’s history of creativity, and its role as an arbiter of style internationally. Flamboyant creations from the 1960s and 1970s illustrate the establishment of the uniquely Piaget “look” when the Maison captured the carefree spirit and the glamour of the era by reimagining jewellery and watchmaking in an unprecedented explosion of daring colours and unexpected shapes.

The exceptional designs on display shattered the conventions of the time, boldly exploring the marriage of brilliant stones, unconventional materials and textures, and asymmetric lines. It was also during this time that Piaget took its art to a whole new level by being the first to fuse watchmaking and jewellery.

Through the mastery of ultra thin movements, the Maison’s specialty, Piaget watchmakers and jewellers worked hand in hand to give free reign to the unrestricted creativity, producing incomparable fantasy pieces, as the distinction between jewel and watch completely disappeared in a tapestry of colourful gems, hard stones and intricate gold work.

Highlighting Piaget’s cultural and style influence on the international stage from this period onwards, rare masterpieces from Piaget’s patrimony collection will be on display for the first time. Among the pieces on display, watches that used to belong to iconic personalities such as Alain Delon, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Andy Warhol, as well as regionally owned creations that perfectly illustrate the way the distinctive Piaget style has been welcomed into in the Arab world.

With the preservation of the skills linked to the rare metiers d’arts, the Piaget style continues to evolve today as its distinctive legacy design codes are reimagined through expert goldsmithing and gem-setting.  Silk-like shimmering fabrics and intricate lacework are woven from the finest gold and masterfully embroidered with a profusion of diamonds and other colourful stones to create the lavish necklaces, cuffs and earrings from the new Extremely Piaget collection. 

As the design codes that are so distinctively Piaget are reimagined, Georges-Édouard Piaget’s original motto to “always do better than necessary” lives on. While in the world of art, imagination, creativity and flawless technique give birth to great masterpieces, in the world of Piaget audacious creativity paired with the finest craftsmanship make the impossible possible.

BOVET Grand Feu Enamel Timepieces In Association with Ilgiz F.

At the dawn of the 19th century, Edouard Bovet took the decorative arts – and miniature enameling in particular – to new heights, establishing the standards of Swiss watchmaking in the process. In accordance with the conventions of the time, he employed the best watchmakers in the Val-de-Travers and entrusted the case decoration to the enamellers whose workshops were located in Geneva. The greatest artists of this golden age continue to contribute today to the reputation of BOVET 1822 timepieces.

Today, Pascal Raffy, the owner of BOVET 1822 and the Dimier 1738 Manufacture, is once again asserting his desire to safeguard and perpetuate the traditional decorative arts of watchmaking consistent with the noblest expression of time. He has naturally insisted on employing the same working methods, the same techniques and the same rigor as his illustrious predecessors in this new collection, which has undeniably redefined the very concept of excellence.
This feat is all the more impressive given that today’s timepieces diameters are smaller than those of 19th century pocket watches. It is thus the shared values for uniqueness and passion for fine art that has brought together Mr. Raffy and Ilgiz Fazulzyanov.
The specialists designate him as the heir of the most illustrious enameller of history as Lissignol, Richter, Liotard or even Huaut. Many on this list of non-exhaustive artists that made the reputation of the enamels from Geneva have moreover collaborated with the House of BOVET in the 19th century.
But on top of a mind-blowing technical and artistic know-how of miniature painting in « grand feu » enamel, Ilgiz Fazulzyanov is one of the most well-known creative jewellers of his generation.

The exclusive collection of true pieces that BOVET 1822 and Ilgiz F. is unveiling will therefore not take the specialists and collectors of 19th century by surprise since it puts itself in the direct line of the historical pocket watches made by the BOVET brothers.
The first accomplishments of this collection focus around 2 themes. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse for the men’s timepieces while for women the inspiration comes from nature with mainly floral themes. Ilgiz F.‘s exceptional talent in all disciplines and techniques of jewellery combined with the excellency that characterises the BOVET timepieces reaches such heights that the Kremlin has decided to open its doors for a unique exhibit. He is therefore the first jeweller to be invited at the Kremlin Museum since Pierre- Karl Fabergé in 1917 and some of the BOVET timepieces arising from this partnership will be exhibited.
Happening from March 31stto July 31st2016, this unique exhibit shows how much the watchmaking arts are present in the history of art as well as their universal characters. The first page of history of the House of BOVET starts when in 1818 Edouard BOVET sold 4 pocket watches to the Emperor of China who became a devoted collector. It is the extraordinary heritage that links the rooms of the Forbidden City to the vastness of the Kremlin which summarises this exhibit. An open view on the future ensures a unrivalled know-how for the most noble expression of time.

Amadeo® Fleurier 39 “Poppies” Grand Feu Enamel, Unique Piece
Case
Type: Amadeo®convertible
Diameter: 39mm
Case Material: 18K white gold
Setting: Bow and lug set with 165 diamonds (∼1.35cts); Crown and strap-bolt set with 5 briolette diamonds
Water Resistance 30m

Movement
Caliber 11BA13
Type: Self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28’800 Vph
Power reserve: 72 hours

Dial
Fired enamel miniature painting of “Poppies”on 18K gold base plate

Functions
Hours and minutes

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

Amadeo® Fleurier 43 “Rider of the apocalypse” Grand Feu Enamel, Unique Piece
Case
Type: Amadeo® convertible
Diameter: 43mm
Case Material: 18K red gold
Water Resistance: 30m

Other versions
18ct white gold case
18ct white gold case with bow, bezel, lug, case side and case back fully hand-chiseled

Movement
Caliber 11BA12
Type: Self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28’800 Vph
Power reserve: 72 hours

Dial
Fired enamel miniature painting of a ”Rider of the  Apocalypse” on 18k gold base plate

Functions
Hours and minutes

Bracelet
Full skin alligator
Buckle 18K red gold ardillon
Chain Gold-plated silver

Amadeo® Fleurier 39 “Burdocks” Grand Feu Enamel
Case
Type: Amadeo® convertible
Diameter: 39mm
Case Material: 18K red gold
Setting: Bow set with 43 diamonds (∼0.21ct)
Water Resistance: 30m

Movement
Caliber 11BA13
Type: Self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28’800 Vph
Power reserve: 72 hours

Dial
Fired enamel miniature painting of “Burdocks” on 18K gold base plate

Functions
Hours and minutes

Bracelet

Full skin alligator
Buckle: 18K red gold ardillon
Chain Gold-plated silver

Amadeo® Fleurier 39 “Blue Thistles” Grand Feu Enamel
Case
Type: Amadeo® convertible
Diameter: 39mm
Case Material: 18K white gold
Setting: Bow, bezel and lug set with 94 diamonds (∼2.11cts)
Water Resistance 30m

Movement
Caliber 11BA13
Type: Self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28’800 Vph
Power reserve: 72 hours

Dial
Fired enamel miniature painting of “Blue Thistles” on 18K gold base plate

Functions
Hours and minutes

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

About Ilgiz F.
Ilgiz F. was born in Kazan, graduated from Kazan’s Feshin Art School and continued to master the art of jewellery on his own. In 1994 Ilgiz F. discovered the art of stone enamelling and in a matter of several months he mastered this technique to such an extent that his new works brought to France drew the highest praise from the experts, while the Madame Figaro magazine published an article about Ilgiz titled “The champion of enamel”. From this moment on, the stoving enamel became his trademark and favourite technique.

In 1999 Ilgiz F. and his jewellery workshop moved to Moscow and this marked a new phase in his work and a growing international recognition. Ilgiz F. began to receive clients and collectors from all over the world. In 2008 he became the first living jeweller whose work was sold at the Christie’s jewellery auctions. Several years later the venerable British auction house was joined by New York auction house Bonham’s, which also began selling Ilgiz’s work. In 2011 the “Bullfinches” pendant won Ilgiz F. the main prize of the International Jewellery Design Excellence Award in Hong Kong. The pendant resembles a beam of a street lamp illuminating a branch with three birds that came to symbolize the Russian winter.

In 2013 Ilgiz F. confirmed his “Champion of the Champions” title with the “Butterflies” set that conveys the state of nature at the moment of the solar eclipse. In this set the master jeweller used faceted black pearls. Today Ilgiz F. is the only jeweller in the world that holds two top awards of this competition. In 2014 Ilgiz F. received the top prize at the competition organized by Russia’s State Precious Metals and Gems Repository for his “Crows” pendant.

The Kremlin Museum bought another six pieces for its own collection. The works of Ilgiz F. can be found in museums and private collections in Russia, United States, Italy, France, Great Britain, Japan and other countries.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

BOVET Amadeo® Fleurier VIRTUOSO VII (Retrograde Perpetual Calendar, Reverse Hand-Fitting And Double Coaxial Seconds)

The VIRTUOSO VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar symbolizes the coherence and culmination of the unparalleled expertise that has driven BOVET 1822 and DIMIER 1738 workshops for almost two centuries.

The Virtuoso II Specialty Caliber that equips this new timepiece first appeared in the BOVET 1822 collections in 2014. After Monsieur BOVET and VIRTUOSO V, presented at the BOVET salon in January 2015, the VIRTUOSO VII takes its place as the third timepiece in the Complications collection imagined and redesigned around this exceptional new caliber. This movement is adapted to the functionalities of the AMADEO® case and is capable of displaying the hours, minutes, seconds and any conceivable complication simultaneously on its two faces.
Traditionally, calendar information is presented centrally on the dial, leaving the hours and minutes to be displayed on the perimeter. Pascal Raffy decided to do quite the opposite. The hours and minutes are therefore displayed on a central dial. Since the human eye is accustomed to interpreting this type of analog display intuitively, reading the hours and minutes poses no problem despite the reduced size.

This left the periphery of the dial free to accommodate the day and month indicators. Their exceptional size and diametrically opposed position allowed for the use of larger inscriptions. To further enhance legibility, the names of the days and months have been printed in white or black (depending on the color of the dial) on sapphire discs. This transparency allows the subtleties of the mechanism to be admired without cluttering the space. In place of jaded apertures, black or white plates now distinctly reveal the name of the current day and month.

The retrograde calendar display is positioned outside, yet concentric to the hours and minutes dial. For aesthetic reasons and to further enhance legibility, the calendar hand is placed beneath the hours and minutes dial. Only its arrow is visible, appearing mysteriously on a graduated scale. Finally, the leap year cycle disk, positioned at 12 o’clock, completes the calendar information, mirroring the seconds hand positioned at 6 o’clock.

This atypical construction enables the complexity of the perpetual calendar mechanism to be admired together with the exceptional talent of the artisan-engravers who have attentively decorated the tiniest of surfaces.The second face of the VIRTUOSO VII transports us to an entirely different universe. The hours and minutes dial, off-centered at 12 o’clock, gives prominence once again to the movement, decorated here with circular Côtes de Genève centered on the seconds chassis. The seconds chassis is a patented mechanism developed by BOVET, which allows the seconds to be displayed on the same axis and on both sides of the movement, all the while inversing their direction of rotation. This side of the movement also features a seconds hand elegantly positioned at 6 o’clock.

Finally, a power reserve indicator displays the energy amassed by the barrel spring, which alone provides five days of autonomy.

Available in red or white gold, the VIRTUOSO VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar offers a black or white lacquered dial. Masters of personalization, the BOVET artisans can also use the full extent of their talent to meet the specific requests of each collector, if he or she so wishes.

Technical details
Model: Amadeo® Fleurier VIRTUOSO VII
Retrograde perpetual calendar, reverse hand-fitting and double coaxial seconds

Case
Type: Amadeo® convertible system
Diameter: 43.3mm
Thickness (With Glasses): 15.80mm
Thickness (Without Glasses): 11.25mm
Gold Weight: 76.74gr (red gold) / 79.50gr (white gold)
Case Material: 18K red or white gold
Water Resistance: 30m

Movement
Caliber Calibre Virtuoso II à spécialités horlogères DIMIER 1738
13BM12-AIQPR
Type: Hand-wound
Diameter: 13 ¾’’’
Frequency: 21’600 vph
Power reserve: 5 days

Dials
Black or white polished lacquered with Roman applied numerals

Functions
Hours, minutes, sub-seconds (patented double coaxial seconds), day, retrograde date, month, leap year, power reserve indicator, reversed hand-fitting (hours, minutes and seconds)

Bracelet
Full skin alligator
Buckle 18K red or white gold ardillon
Chain Gold or rhodium-plated silver

ArtyA Moorish Chrono Tourbillon Monopusher 1/1

This year, a new masterpiece – the Moorish Chrono Tourbillon Monopusher 1/1- joins ArtyA’s Complications collection. Completed made in Geneva, this tourbillon wristwatch features an extra-large calendar on the rear of the watch.

The Moorish Chrono Tourbillon Monopusher is an attention-grabber, with a dizzying succession of circular shapes.  The oval movement is housed in ArtyA’s master worked case, hand-made engraved, and PVD treated bezel with 24cts gold inlay, made by master engraver Bram Ramon. The movement features inserts made from the ArtyOr ally – exclusive to ArtyA, consisting of gold and legendary bullet cartridges.  In its turn, the oval-shaped movement within the case holds the perfect circles of the chronograph and tourbillon counters.
On the dial side, the Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph showcases goldsmiths’ craftsmanship. The skeletonization is painstakingly cut out around each bridge and counter, featuring alternating shades of grey, and satin and polished finishes. The piece has symmetrical 30-minute and 60-second counters to the left and right respectively, whilst leaving plenty of room for the other components within this mechanical composition with a difference: the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, column wheel at 12 o’clock, and power reserve at 9 o’clock. The power reserve lasts a very generous five days.
On the rear side: an extra-large Calendar with a centrally positioned hand. This is a first for ArtyA – and probably for watchmaking as a whole. Like a conspiratorial wink, reserved for the owner of this unique timepiece alone, the extra-large Calendar is a genuine complication developed especially for the Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph.

Technical details
Movement
Oval-shaped manual winding mechanical movement
Number of parts: Full movement: 304; Tourbillon cage: 63
Number of jewels: 33 / Olive hole jewels, flat jewels
Power Reserve: 110 hours (With chronograph engaged: 75 hours)
Chronograph: Tourbillon cage toothed rim drives the seconds counter; Column wheel
Tourbillon: Swiss anchor escapement; Cage rotates once a minute; Cage weight: 0.45g
Balance wheel: Balance wheel balanced by gold screws; Diameter: 9.60 mm
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations per hour

Indications
Hours, minutes
Power reserve
Timed minutes and seconds
Giant date on rear

Case
Hand-made engraved, pvd treated bezel with 24cts gold inlay, by a master engraver,
Non-reflective, transparent sapphire crystal glass and back
Diameter: 44mm
Thickness: 16mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Price
CHF 235,000

Edition
Unique Piece 1/1

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Oris Artix Skeleton

The latest skeletonised watch from traditional Swiss watch brand Oris brings elements of both classical and contemporary watchmaking together, combining a skeletonised movement with the best of 21st century watch design and finishing techniques. Oris has black-plated the skeletonised parts of the movement in various shades of black and grey, giving it an intriguing three-dimensional finish.

Historically, watchmakers practiced skeletonisation so they could showcase their talents and reveal the intricacies of a movement. While that’s still true today, it’s now also seen by watch enthusiasts as an opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation for the watchmaking tradition. Oris is a passionate believer in perpetuating the watchmaker’s craft and has been at the forefront of the movement to promote the intrinsic, long-lasting value of a mechanical watch.
The Oris Artix Skeleton has a number of considered touches beyond its blackened movement parts. The company logo has been elegantly and discreetly milled into a bridge of the dial at 3 o’clock, while openings right through the movement give the wearer occasional, poetic glimpses of Oris’ signature Red Rotor as it rotates.
Oris has also given careful consideration to the Artix Skeleton’s size. The original Artix was 42mm in diameter, but the new watch is a more contemporary 39mm in diameter.
The new Oris Artix Skeleton will be available from March, 2016, and in keeping with Oris’s commitment to creating accessibly priced luxury mechanical watches, it will retail for CHF 2,600.00.

Technical details
Model: Oris Artix Skeleton
Ref. No. 01 734 7714 4054 LS, Ø 39.00mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 734, based on Sellita SW 200-1, black-plated

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case with stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with mineral crystal

Dial
Dark grey/black skeleton dial and applied indices filled with SuperLumiNova®
Nickel hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Black leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp
Also available with a stainless steel bracelet with butterfly folding clasp

Retail price
Swiss retail price CHF 2,600

Northrop & Johnson and Arnold & Son renews their Strategic Global Partnership

Luxury yacht specialist Northrop & Johnson and Swiss luxury watch brand Arnold & Son began a Strategic Global Partnership in 2015 in order to enhance the luxury lifestyle experiences of both respective sets of clients. This partnership was received with great success. Now both companies are looking at the relationship as a long-term affiliation and are looking forward to continued success in 2016.
Arnold & Son will join Northrop & Johnson at all 2016 yacht shows throughout the year, including the Yachts Miami Beach show, the Palm Beach International Boat Show, the Monaco Yacht Show, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and more.
At the Singapore Yacht Show, which will take place April 7 to 10, 2016, Northrop & Johnson clients will have the privilege of being the first to see the Arnold & Son novelties recently launched at the 2016 edition of Baselworld (March 17 to 24).
“The synergy between Northrop & Johnson and Arnold & Son has allowed us to create new projects and initiatives. This year will be no different. We are excited to announce a variety of rich of appointments throughout 2016. The reputation of this manufacture, its long history in the Haute Horlogerie and its strong link with the sea all have proven to better its alliance with Northrop & Johnson. We are looking forward to 2016 with great hopes of strengthening our relationship with one another and with our clients through continued strategic efforts,” says Strategic Partnership Director Ottaviano Iacono.

Zannetti Magnificum “Compass Rose” Jade Edition

The Magnificum collection from Zannetti is characterised by a personalized extra large watch case and an engraved dial, which exhibits a handmade finish. this dazzling piece is the result of the best traditional expertise, since it has been quite entirely hand crafted. It is only due to the mastery of the engraver and the craftsmanship of the enameller that it has been possible to achieve such an important and amazing result. Technique, experience, style, personality and a sprinkle of audacity: all of these features combine to create an absolutely incomparable timepiece, unique among its kind.
Technical details
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
The stainless steel watch case (also available PDV bronze) measures 47 mm diameter and has a thickness of 12,5 mm
Watch case finish: shiny and satin finished
Designed lugs featuring external decorations
Stainless steel back, crystal sapphire glass, closed by 6 screws

Dial
Genuine Jade, engraved and hand-painted for compass rose
Luminescent Super-Luminova alpha hands

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement, cal. 2824 ETA Swiss Made
The finishing details are remarkably prestigious, featuring bridges embellished by Côtes de Genève decorations, subsequently engraved and personalized

Strap
Black or brown leather
Steel clasp, Zannetti personalized

References
Ref. MRV.A2SM-JF.A: Zannetti Magnificum “Compass Rose” Jade Edition, Steel case PVD bronze. Natural green jade dial, handmade engraved and enamelled. Automatic Swiss movement. Limited edition.

Ref. MRV.A2S-JW.2D.A: Zannetti Magnificum “Compass Rose” Jade Edition, Steel case. Bezel full set with diamonds. Natural jade dial, handmade engraved and enamelled. Automatic Swiss movement. Limited edition.

Claude Bernard Automatic Open Heart

Boutique Swiss watchmaker Claude Bernard gives presents a stunning new Automatic Open Heart model.

The 40.5mm Open Heart, water-resistant to 50m, is a vivid re-imagining of a model first introduced for the Baselworld watch show in 2013 - this time presented in stunning silver stainless steel. The silver case, dial, “dauphine’’ hands, crown and indices are perfectly matched to a steel-link bracelet, to create a striking, flowing design for a thoroughly modern dress watch but one which also acknowledges the grand Swiss watchmaking traditions.
Through two openings on the sleek, uncluttered dial the Automatic Open Heart’s wearer can observe the endlessly fascinating mechanical dance of the beating “heart” of the watch’s automatic CB85 movement.

However the Open Heart display shows off more than just mere engineering prowess; it is also literally a window into Claude Bernard’s passion and commitment to Swiss watchmaking excellence that stretch back hundreds of years. The Automatic Open Heart is eye-catching, classy, wrist wear from the Les Genevez-based watchmaker that since its founding in 1973 has been proudly making timepieces of the highest quality but at a price that won’t break the bank.

Technical details
Claude Bernard caliber 85 (based on SW200)
Display of hours, minutes, seconds
Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Stainless steel case 316L
Dial: Silver
Water resistance 50 meters / 150 feet / 5 ATM
Diameter 40,5 mm
Genuine leather strap stainless steel buckle

Claude Bernard Lady Mini Powder

The Lady Mini Powder models are a dainty 24mm in diameter - dazzling creations that perfectly embody joie de vivre, with an ultra-accurate quartz movement beating at their heart.

With a range of case designs (circular, oblong and tonneau), the Lady Mini Powder collection’s golden hues reflect the timeless elegance that graces all of Claude Bernard’s range of expertly crafted watches.
That craftsmanship is evident in the tiny details, from the sweeping sun-dial pattern at the heart of the dial, or the sparkling stones set around the bezel that seem to make the watch “dance” in the light. The subtle sizing, too, makes a Lady Mini watch the ultimate, affordable fashion accessory.

Technical details
Quartz and mechanical Swiss-made movements
Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Genuine structured leather strap
Diameter 24mm, 21 x 30.5mm, 21 x 24.5mm
Water resistance: 30 meters

Claude Bernard Lady Mini Turquoise

Switzerland based watchmaker Claude Bernard presents an entire brand new collection of spectacular, feminine, cute-as-a-button watches.

The Lady Mini Turquoise models are a dainty 24mm in diameter - dazzling creations that perfectly embody joie de vivre, with an ultra-accurate quartz movement beating at their heart.
With a range of case designs (silver or gold-accented and circular, oblong or tonneau), the Lady Mini Turquoise collection’s hues reflect the timeless elegance that graces all of Claude Bernard’s range of expertly crafted watches. That craftsmanship is evident in the tiny details, from the sweeping sun-dial pattern at the heart of their soothing blue dials, or the sparkling stones set around the bezel that seem to make the watch “dance” in the light.

The subtle sizing, too, makes a Lady Mini watch the ultimate, affordable fashion accessory, whatever the setting - whether you’re out for the evening for a romantic date or catching up with girlfriends for a leisurely lunch.

Technical details 
Quartz and mechanical Swiss-made movements
Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Genuine structured leather straps
Diameter 24mm, 21 x 30.5mm, 21 x 24.5mm
Water resistance: 30 meters

EDOX Chronoffshore-1 Chronograph Automatic

Forged from the DNA of watches designed to withstand the rigours of offshore powerboat racing, the world’s toughest water sport, boutique Swiss watchmaker Edox introduces a new range of Chronoffshore-1 timepieces.

The powerful, clean lines of the 45mm Chronoffshore-1 Chronograph Automatic perfectly complement a sports watch that is rugged, reliable, affordable and packed full of functionality. Powered by an ultra-reliable automatic chronograph movement, the watch features a striking ceramic bezel that frames a “chequerboard” patterned dial.
With hours, minutes and seconds chronograph sub-dials, day-date display and a red inner tachymeter scale, it’s the perfect timekeeping companion for those who want a lot of functionality in a watch but with a design that’s modern, cool and uncluttered.

The strong steel case, thick sapphire glass and brilliant water resistance (500m) make the Chronograph Automatic an exceptional timepiece for th ose who love extreme water sports and adventures. The distinctive propeller design on the caseback and natural rubber strap add to the nautical feel of the Chronoffshore-1 Chronograph Automatic and bear testament to Edox’s long association in producing technically excellent watches designed especially for water sports.

Technical details
Model: CHRONOFFSHORE-1 REF. 01122

Movement
Calibre Edox 011 (mechanical chronograph movement)

Case
Stainless steel case 316L
Diameter: 45mm
Finishes: Black ceramic bezel, caseback with offshore boat propeller detail
Glass: Scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 500 meters

Dial
Black carbon fibre

Strap
Genuine black rubber strap
Also available with stainless steel bracelet

Hong Kong Based Watch Group Time2U to Unveil Its New Brands at Basel 2016

Based in Hong Kong, the watchmaking group Time2U, which presently owns Time2U Color and Jonquet watch brands, was founded in 2010 and is firmly rooted in the company’s fascinating ability to discover, create and innovate. At Baselworld the company will present their new watch brands -: EXTREME, M.O.D. and Nordic Design. In addition, new models from the existing watch brand will be showcased.

In 2015, Time2U group was successfully listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange Hong Kong (Stock code: 1327). Repeated investments in the research and development are the key points of the successful creation of appealing products. In a short span of time, Time2U has expanded its qualitative distribution in all regions and increased market share further by implementing a strong marketing strategy and increased visibility.

CONFIDENCE, FRIENDLINESS and ACCESSIBILITY are the DNA of Time2U watches. Their exceptional price-performance ratio steadily developed a customer base. Media and users from their key markets have greeted Time2U watches with great enthusiasm. This clearly demonstrates the company’s strong expertise and potential.

The diversity of the Time2U management team’s background enables them to envision and implement their works with international standards, without compromise. They are committed to combine knowledge, insight and techniques of both East and West in their planning and approaches. Their global market senses form the backbone of their strategic thinking.

The Time2U designers are committed to their customers for the most wearable and functional watches. Subtleness, minimalism and chic are the key design elements. The stunning designs of the watches connect the wearers to joy and positivity, while expressing self-confidence and enthusiasm. With the in-house design team based in one of the most dynamic cities in the world - Hong Kong, the innovative minds transform trends into durable and tangible wearing experiences.

At BaselWorld 2016, together with the media and clients, Time2U will celebrate the 6th anniversary of its establishment. At this special occasion, the company proudly presents its new brands: EXTREME, M.O.D. and Nordic Design, as well as new line enhancements to their existing brands: Time2U Color and Jonquet.

Time2U is endeavoured to establish a creative platform for design talents across the world to express the same passion they have as Time2U. Alongside its current development, Time2U will connect with designers from different parts of the world to extend its boundaries of creativity and innovation, integrating the essence of different cultures. The new Cross-over collections will be the result of absorbing and integrating inspiration from different dimensions.

The heart of all Time2U timepieces is the perfect fusion between fine quality and modern design. Each Time2U product represents strength and reliability with beautiful iconic design, providing profound pleasures to the wearers in any occasions.

Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Series – New Models (GST-200CP-2A/GST-200CP-9A/GST-210B-1A/GST-210B-4A)

Casio releases new additions to the G-STEEL series of watches which feature layered faces with a metallic finish. The G-STEEL series, part of the G-SHOCK line of shock-resistant watches, is popular for its range of colours that makes the most of a layered guard structure, which boasts a double-layer bezel combining different materials.

The release includes the GST-210D, GST-210B, and GST-200CP watches, all featuring the double-layer bezel unique to the G-STEEL line. The latest models also feature watch faces with stacked components that add depth and power to the watch design.
The watch faces have a metal base that is built upon using components with a metallic finish to give added depth, including large numerals, a stylish bar separating the LCD areas, and a disk-shaped mode indicator for instant recognition. The impressive, lustrous design gives the watches both a luxurious feel and a street smart look. The practical, high-luminance LED light helps the wearer to tell the time in dimly lit environments such as nightclubs.
The wealth of variations include the shiny metal-banded GST-210D, the GST-210B with a resin band that contrasts with its metal case, and the GST-200CP, which also has a metal case, but with a resin band featuring a metal crystal grain pattern.

Technical details
Models
GST-210D-1A: Black dial, Metal band
GST-210D-9A: Gold dial, Metal band
GST-210B-1A: Black dial, Resin band
GST-210B-4A: Gold dial, Resin band
GST-200CP-2A: Blue dial, Resin (Metal Crystal Grain Boundary Pattern) band
GST-200CP-9A: Gold dial, Resin (Metal Crystal Grain Boundary Pattern) band

Specifications
Construction: Shock-resistant
Performance: 200-meter water resistance

Functions
World Time: 31 time zones (48 cities and Coordinated Universal Time), daylight saving on/off
Stopwatch: 1/100 second; measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99”; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st and 2nd place times
Countdown Timer: Measuring unit: 1 second; countdown range: 60 minutes; countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 60 minutes (1-second increments, 1-minute increments)
Alarm: 5 independent daily alarms (with 1 snooze alarm); hourly time signal
Other Functions: Full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; button operation tone on/off; LED light (auto light switch and afterglow, selectable illumination duration of 1.5 or 3.0 seconds, Super Illuminator)
Continuous Operation: Approx. 2 years on SR927W×2

Dimensions
Size of Case: Approx. 59.1 × 52.4 × 16.1 mm

Total Weight
- Approx. 195g (GST-210D)
- Approx. 111g (GST-210B)
- Approx. 100g (GST-200CP)