Saturday, April 30, 2016

T F Est. 1968 Automatic Belt

The playful spirit of T F Est. 1968 Genève Suisse, a global brand from Geneva, is making the rounds once again with accessories inspired from the world of mechanical watchmaking. The 2016 novelty is a belt created for the Automatic collection that features a variety of cufflinks.

For those with a sense of style, be they watch collectors, aficionados, or merely influencers with a passion for a “killer detail,” the brand has now designed a tonneau-shaped item for the waist. The T F Est. 1968 Automatic belt was presented at Basel, Switzerland, in the spring of 2016 during the world’s greatest watchmaking trade fair.
The new belt is a bold eye-catcher in its own right. It has a buckle that allows one to see every mechanical detail through the open back. All those gear wheels that are silently set in motion when the owner moves. The person wearing it will be showing an affiliation with the world of watchmaking, with its meshing wheels, its complications, and references to the craft's quintessential symbols.

This T F Est. 1968Automatic belt is more than just a reference to automatically wound mechanical watches and high-end watchmaking. It also adopts its essential codes: Blued screws draw the eye and suggest a realm in which special finishing gives esthetic meaning to the most discreet pieces. The combination of golden brass and steel also underline this affiliation with the fundamentals of watchmaking.

On the decoration side, the buckle takes the form of a tonneau case. All angles are polished, their shininess contrasts with the brushed finishing of the middle case. The balance wheel is engraved « Côte de Genève ». And there is a surprise for those who could magically look at the back of the buckle: You can also see the caliber moving from there. The open case back, which has become a general trend for the high-end watchmaker, is also a symbol of the industry and testimony of craftsmanship quality.

The natural premium leather is opulent; the clasp is solid, reliable, and straight forward. The sewing and stitching testify to the excellence in manufacturing of the T F Est. 1968 Genève Suisse belts. Like the references of the other models in the brand’s collections, the novel Automatic 2016 is reversible. The one side is smooth black leather with stitching, hue in hue, while the reverse side is brown grainy leather sewn with beige thread. It reflects a truly stylish combination.

The brand from Geneva seeks quality right down to each detail of its creations. A simple pair of scissors is all that’s needed to cut the belts to the right size from one of three size options: 110, 120 or 140 centimeters.

RGM 151-COE Corps of Engineers Watch

Following on the success of their 801-COE Corps of Engineers Watch, US based watch maker RGM has introduced a smaller automatic version of the Corps of Engineers design. A perfect complement to its big brother, the 151-COE incorporates many of the same design features that make the 801-COE so desirable, like the real glass Grand Feu enamel dial and classic style blued steel hands. The 151-COE also boasts a beautiful RGM-made solid gold rotor, specifically designed for this model. Like all RGM 151 models, the case is made in the USA of either surgical quality 316L stainless steel or aircraft quality titanium.
Similar to the original from which RGM drew its inspiration, the dial on the Corps of Engineers 151 is a work of art. The General Railroad Timepiece Standards of 1893 required that the watches have bold Arabic numerals on a white dial with dark hands. RGM’s model features an easily readable deep white glass enamel dial with large luminous numbers. The hands are also classically made of luminous blued steel in a period style that perfectly match the dial and design of the complete watch. The luminous material on the dial and hands is non-radioactive SuperLumiNova.
Under this extraordinary dial and hands is a Swiss automatic movement modified by RGM, including the RGM-made solid 14 karat gold winding rotor.

Technical details
Model: 151-COE

Movement
RGM/Swiss automatic
23 jewels
28,800 vph
Rhodium Plated
Côtes de Genève
Perlage
RGM-made solid 14k gold winding rotor
Power reserve: 38-42 hours

Case
American-made 316L stainless steel, or CP2 titanium brushed
Diameter: 38.5mm
Height: 10.5mm
Width between lugs: 20mm
Curved sapphire crystal front
Flat sapphire crystal back
Water-resistant to 5ATM
Crown: Stainless steel

Dial
Grand Feu (“Great Fire”) white enamel
Super-LumiNova Arabic numerals
Blued-steel hands with Super-LumiNova

Strap    
Brown Tuscan calf skin
RGM Buckle

Price
Stainless steel - US$6,950
Titanium - US$7,950

Oris El Hierro Limited Edition

Oris’ latest diver’s watch is inspired by a submarine volcano located off the coast of El Hierro, the most south-western of the Spanish-owned Canary Islands.

The independent Swiss watchmaker Oris has partnered with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) to support three student scholarships at the Faculty of Marine Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). The travel scholarships will be open to those studying for a Master’s degree in oceanography and will include internships which will be framed to the Master thesis project in relation to the El Hierro volcano. Despite being a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2000, the volcanic El Hierro is the least studied of the Canary Islands.
Funds for Oris’s contribution to the scholarship will be raised through sales of the Oris El Hierro Limited Edition watch, a black DLC-coated version of the Oris Aquis. The back of the watch will feature an engraving of the volcano and its coordinates. The new El Hierro Limited Edition watch mimics the volcanic rock with its black and grey colour scheme, while the red used on the bezel minutes scale, dial and central seconds hand represent molten lava.
The watch is powered by an automatic movement and has all the features common to Oris’s collection of Aquis diver’s watches, including a unidirectional rotating bezel with a ceramic inlay; a crown protection device; water-resistance to 30 bar/300m, and a black rubber strap with the Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust sliding-sledge folding clasp.
The Oris El Hierro Limited Edition joins an exclusive list of limited edition diving watches made by the independent Swiss brand. Like each of its predecessors, it’s a high-functioning tool that contributes to the work of an environmentally focused organisation. It will be limited to 2,000 pieces, is available from May, and will be priced CHF 1,950.
Technical details
Model: Oris El Hierro Limited Edition
Ref. No. 01 733 7653 4783 Set RS, Ø 43.00mm
Limited to 2,000 pieces

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 6 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case with black DLC coating
Stainless steel screw-in security crown and crown protection with black DLC coating
Water-resistant to 30 bar/300 metres
Diver’s unidirectional rotating bezel with red and grey minute scale on black ceramic inlay
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with black DLC coating and embossing of the submarine volcano at El Hierro Island and its coordinates

Dial
Black dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®
Black nickel hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova ® inserts
Red nickel central second hand with Super-LumiNova® ‘lollipop’ insert

Strap
Black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust sliding-sledge folding clasp coated in black DLC

Retail Price
Swiss retail price: CHF 1,950

KERBEDANZ Polvs Arcticus, Double Tourbillon GMT

A singular novelty at Baselworld in 2016, the Polvs Arcticus, an exceptional timekeeper, is powered by a double tourbillon GMT caliber. Two miniature spheres celebrate the scientists and explorers of the past and offer a view of astronomy, maritime horizons and technical feats.

Homage to the great maritime exploits KERBEDANZ has always been always enamored with collective symbols and has always found a way to slip them into each of its watches, turning them into initiation paths ideal for ultra-personalization. And now, the brand is taking its aficionados on a journey to the days of the great explorers. The Polvs Arcticus, a Latin name that reminds one of the makers of maritime instruments of old, does carry an emotional and artistic charge dedicated to the mythical days of global adventures. And once again, through references and discreet allusions, the brand goes beyond its motto "giving sense to beauty."
This watch's incredible feats of miniaturization turn it into a genuine work of art. At the micromechanical level, it represents a very thoroughly thought-out bit of chronometric science, because inside beats the double tourbillon GMT KRB-07 caliber. It's a manually-wound movement composed of 341 parts, conceived, manufactured and decorated by KERBEDANZ in collaboration with the watch movement maker Concepto. It boasts a northern and southern tourbillon with microscopic cages made up of 80 components each and covered by two hemispheres. The beauty of the finishing, particularly the beveling and the different polishes that master watchmakers are so fond of, can be admired through the sapphire crystal at the back of the pure 18-karat white-gold, 50 millimeter case.

On the dial, the decorations and finishing includes motifs related to seafaring. One can make out the subtle contours of a navigation compass of an ancient galleon. The two hemispheres provide support for very meticulously worked reliefs. In fact and this is an incredible technical prowess – the one covering the northern tourbillon is a mere 0.1 millimeters thick.
The northern hemisphere of Earth seen from the pole emerges from a blue, translucent backdrop in grand feu enamel, with the visible parts of the continents carved out of gold. The total thickness, including the reliefs, does not surpass 0.3 millimeters.

On the southern hemisphere, we see an astrolabe made of pure gold and representing the celestial sphere. The key to this particular achievement lies in the faithful representation of the astrolabe, an ancient instrument that had a number of different functions, notably to determine precisely the time the sun would rise and set, or when a celestial body would pass over the meridian. These data were very handy for determining one’s position at sea. Ancient Greek navigators already knew how to use this instrument. Islamic scientists of the 15th and 16th centuries went on to perfect its functionality.

Technical details
Polvs Arcticus
Limited edition: Unique piece

Movement
Double tourbillon GMT, manually-wound KRB-07 mechanical caliber, conceived, manufactured and decorated by KERBEDANZ and Concepto.
46 jewels, 21,600 vph (3Hz), 72 hours power reserve. 341 components, each tourbillon cage weighs 0.42 grams and is made up of 80 parts.

Functions
Hours, minutes, GMT with hours and minutes, double tourbillon

Case
18-karat white gold, 50 millimeters' diameter, set with 80 diamonds totaling 6.72 carats
Designed and manufactured by KERBEDANZ
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal on front and back
Water-resistant to 5 atmospheres (50 meters)
Crown located at the east, at 3 o’clock

Dial
Sculpted gold
Technical feat: the northern hemisphere was conceived on a backdrop of translucent grand feu enamel with a thickness of 0.1 millimeters and features the northern hemisphere in gold relief for a total thickness of 0.3 millimeters. The southern hemisphere represents an astrolabe in pure gold. Exclusively conceived, manufactured, enameled, hand set and decorated by KERBEDANZ

Strap
Alligator mississipiensis leather, double folding clasp with KERBEDANZ personalization in 18-karat gold

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Limited Edition

To create this exceptional timepiece, Hublot has partnered with Sang Bleu, a multidisciplinary artistic platform founded by Maxime Büchi.

Its construction is reminiscent of the symbolism in the geometric shapes so dear to Sang Bleu. It evokes the harmonious and proportional relationships derived from Leonard de Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Symmetric effects that have guided Humanity since the dawn of time and that have created the greatest architectural projects in the world. Shapes that characterize Maxime Büchi’s tattoo designs and echo the quest for perfection and the worship of symbols that bring his work to life.
Celebrated during Fashion Week in London in February, the collaboration between Hublot and Sang Bleu takes the form of a glass and metal sculpture. A work made of singular shapes spatially transposing the visual codes that create the watch’s architecture. A unique motif, drawn out by the subtle play and superposition of rings and squares, not only evokes the quadrature of the circle but also tells the time in an audacious manner.
A brand-new, totally redesigned Big Bang, which sees its lines beveled, cut by the geometric effect. The bezel of the Big Bang sees its roundness shaped into a hexagon. These facets confer a three-dimensional effect upon it. The matt black dial presents a wide black satinfinish circular flange stamped with the hours.

The numerals created for this piece by Maxime's typeface-design agency SwissTypefaces SARL. As for the seconds counter, it appears discreetly on the metal sculpture that dresses the dial. Curves that contrast with the piece as a whole. As if to reinforce its mysterious spirit and give time another dimension, no hand appears on the dial. The time is displayed through the superposition of three rhodium plated octagonal-shaped discs. The largest disc indicates the hours, while the small one marks the minutes. To make it easier to tell the time, one of the tips of the hours and minutes octagons is in white Superluminova. As for the seconds, these tick by in the center on a black disc stamped with the H of Hublot and the stylised hourglass of Sang Bleu.
Available in a run of 200 pieces, the titanium Big Bang Sang Bleu follows the rhythm of the Unico manufacture movement, which has been entirely remodeled without a chronograph and redesigned in order to tell the time through three discs. As for the oscillating weight, its silhouette features the triangular codes of the Sang Bleu logo.
The motifs of the dial are extended to the 45-mm titanium case which is engraved to resemble the geometry of the sculpture. The Big Bang Sang Bleu is held on a black calfskin strap. Sewn onto rubber, it is hot stamped in a gradient from black to gray. As a reminder of the collaboration, the Sang Bleu logo is engraved on the back of the strap.

Technical details
Model: BIG BANG SANG BLEU
Reference 415.NX.1112.VR.MXM16 — Limited edition of 200 pieces

Case
Satin-finish and polished Titanium with engraved geometric Maxime Büchi design
Diameter: 45 mm
Bezel: Hexagonal bezel, satin-finish and polished Titanium with 6 Titanium H shaped screws
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Glass: Sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Black rubber and satin-finish Titanium
Back: Satin-finish Titanium with "Limited Edition 200NUM" engraving ; Sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Dial
Black dial with Maxime Büchi design
Hands: Octagonal skeleton hands, rhodium-plated

Movement
UNICO HUB1213 mechanical movement with automatic winding
No. Components: 255 (28 rubies)
Power reserve: 72 Hours
Oscillating weight: Geometric design by Maxime Büchi

Strap
Calfskin with grey gradient and black rubber with geometric inscriptions by Maxime Büchi, and Titanium folding clasp

Ace Indian Cricketer Rohit Sharma becomes the Brand Ambassador of Hublot

Joining Michael Clarke, the Australian team captain, in the Hublot family, Rohit Sharma, the explosive Indian Cricketer Batsman who opens the batting for India, is the latest Friend of the Brand and admirer for Hublot.

Ranked amongst the top 10 batsman in the world in the limited overs Cricket and having the world record of scoring maximum runs in the 50 over format of the game, Hublot is proud to be associated with this explosive Cricketer.
To celebrate this sport and this competition, Hublot has created the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph edition dedicated to cricket. Several subtle details make this watch unique since, on its dial, it features four distinctive signs making direct reference to cricket: the hands of the two counters in the shape of a bat (the accessory made of willow and cane designed like a short blade that cricket players handle) and, at 12 o’clock, a triple applique referring to the stumps that are placed on the wicket, which designates one of the two sets of 3 wooden posts defended by the batsmen on the pitch. On the back is affixed the ICC World Twenty20 symbol in a decal on the sapphire glass.
The ensemble is completed by a strap in blue calfskin stitched onto black rubber with triple saddle stitching in the style of a cricket ball.

Technical details
Model: Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph 2016 ICC World Twenty20

References
525.NX.0129.ICC16 (Titanium) — Limited edition of 250 pieces
525.OX.0129.VR.ICC16 (King Gold) — Limited edition of 100 pieces

Case
45-mm diameter in satin-finish polished Titanium (Titanium) or satin-finish polished 18K King Gold (King Gold)
Bezel: Satin-finish polished Titanium or satin-finish polished 18K King Gold
6 Titanium H-shaped screws
Glass: Sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Satin-finish polished Titanium or satin-finish polished King Gold
Back: Satin-finish Titanium or 18K King Gold with sapphire glass and “ICC” logo
Water resistance: 5 ATM or around 50 metres

Dial
Sapphire dial with cricket bat shaped hands

Movement
HUB1155 automatic chronograph, skeleton
Date at 6 o’clock
No. Components: 207 (60 rubies)
Power Reserve: Around 42 hours

Strap
Black runner and blue calfskin with blue and white stitching
Clasp: Folding buckle in stainless steel or 18K Gold and black treated stainless steel

Arnold & Son Métiers d’Art Dragon Unique Pieces - The HM Dragon Unique Piece and the UTTE Dragon Unique Piece

The Métiers d’Art Dragon Unique Pieces from Arnold & Son will appeal to watch connoisseurs who appreciate finest-quality watchmaking combined with beautiful arts and crafts. Each of the two unique pieces depicts a hand-painted dragon miniature, the rich, deep colours set off to perfection by the understatement of the dial in white mother-of-pearl. The exclusive nature of these two wonderful references is underscored by their limitation to just one example of each model.

In Chinese mythology the dragon is a divine creature signifying power and good fortune, and is the free spirit of the zodiac. The models comprising the Métiers d’Art Dragon Editions from Arnold & Son were created to celebrate this divine creature. Each dragon is depicted in a hand-painted miniature, executed with exquisite delicacy of touch and featuring fine details that evoke the depth and texture of the dragon.
The HM Dragon Unique Piece
The expertly applied layers of paint and nuances of colour create a breathtaking sense of three-dimensional depth. The sumptuousness of the dragon is a counterpoint to the simplicity of the white mother-of-pearl dial, which shimmers entrancingly with the play of light.

The UTTE Dragon Unique Piece
Métiers d’Art Dragon Unique Pieces Collection is available in two distinctive references, the HM Dragon Unique Piece and the UTTE Dragon Unique Piece. Each unique piece boasts a different Arnold & Son in-house movement: the HM Dragon, with the ultra-thin A&S1001 movement with over 90 hours of power reserve; and the UTTE, featuring the ultra-thin tourbillon calibre A&S 8200 with a one-minute flying tourbillon and over 90 hours of power reserve. The movements are housed in 18-karat rose gold and 18-karat red gold cases, respectively, with black alligator straps.

Each model of the Métiers d’Art Dragon is limited to just one example. If desired, the watch is available with or without a diamond-set bezel.

HM Dragon Unique Piece
Reference: 1LCAP.M01A.C110A/111A
Movement
Calibre: A&S1001
Arnold & Son manufacture movement, hand-wound, 21 jewels, diameter 30 mm, thickness 2.7 mm, power reserve 90 h, double barrel, 21,600 vibrations/h
Functions: Hours, minutes
Movement decoration: Nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads

Dial
Hand-painted miniature on white mother-of-pearl

Case
18-karat rose gold, diameter 40 mm, with or without diamond-set bezel available, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap
Hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather

Limited edition
Unique piece

UTTE Dragon Unique Piece
Reference: 1UTAR.M01P.C320A 
Movement
Calibre: A&S8200
Arnold & Son ultra-thin tourbillon manufacture movement, one minute flying tourbillon, hand-wound, 29 jewels, diameter 32 mm, thickness 2.97 mm, tourbillon cage diameter 14 mm, power reserve over 90 h, 21,600 vibrations/h
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon
Movement decoration: Nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: unique hand-engraved tourbillon bridge, handchamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, circular satin-finished wheels with hand-chamfered and polished edges, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. Tourbillon cage: satin-finish with chamfered and polished edges.

Dial
Hand-painted miniature on white mother-of-pearl

Case
18-karat red gold, diamond-set bezel available, diameter 42 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap
Hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather

Limited edition
Unique piece

ArtyA WOOD Son of Sound Tourbillon

Designed by Yvan Arpa and engineered by MHC, Manufacture Hautes Complications, the new ArtyA WOOD Son of Sound Tourbillon 1/1 retain their unique aesthetic signature – a guitar-shaped case, patented by ArtyA. At six o’clock, these versions feature a flying tourbillon displaying the passing seconds. Opposite it, at twelve, is the barrel, with a fully redesigned bridge. The assembly is housed in a fully open-work X-shaped structure, inspired by the X-bracing used to support guitar bodies.

This structure houses the entire movement, allowing the Son of Sound Tourbillon to be hollowed out between each arm of the X. The watch is therefore literally transfused with light, revealing all the intricate details of its polished and satin finishes, and blending subtle shades of grey, black and ArtyOr.
The Amboina Wood used on the dial is from the Padouk tree, native to eastern India. The wood is sliced in seven layers, all in different colors and different wood (Amboina on the top then Maple and Tulip Tree), which you can see on the sides of the wood put delicately on this masterpiece. This work of Marquetry Art has been done by a close friend of the house, wood marquetry expert Bastien Chevalier.

Technical details
- Exclusive ArtyA flying tourbillon, designed by Yvan Arpa and engineered by MHC, manual winding
- Exceptional, iconic patented shape featured in various museums as an emblematic timeless design
- The wood on the X Bridges on the front are made by  superimposing layers of rare Amboina wood, Maple and Tulip Tree resulting in a very special and unique coloration. At the back the only wood use is Amboina
- Tourbillon cage bridges recall the exclusive design of the watch hands
- One crown for setting the time and winding, shaped like a guitar tuning peg
- Design of the barrel balances the tourbillon cage
- Bridges form an X shape, hand polished, 4 different levels - Rear bridges with 2 levels
- Upper& lower bridges: Fine polished top / polished angles
- Going Train: Rhodium-plated / angle polished arm

Power reserve: 100 hrs
19 Jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Case dimensions: 37x49 mm, depth: 15mm
Tourbillon diameter: 13.60mm
Hours, minutes, seconds on tourbillon
Case is humidity and dust protected only (not water resistant)
ArtyOr & black PVD case
Two non-reflective sapphire crystals, front and back
Open back
Crocodile strap
Price: 170'000.- CHF

Jaeger-LeCoultre opens its boutiques in Vancouver and Toronto

Prestigious Swiss luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre announces the opening of its first two boutiques in Canada -Vancouver and Toronto - offering new meeting places for Fine Watchmaking lovers.

In the heart of thriving Alberni Street, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutique in Vancouver will offer a unique 82-square-meter area devoted to the Manufacture’s timepieces, amidst a revamped interior design pervaded by a sense of discreet luxury, serene intimacy and modern refinement.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutique Vancouver
The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutique in Toronto located in Canada’s premier shopping destination, Yorkdale, will also highlight the horological icons and latest collections of the Brand, such as the Reverso, the RendezVous, the Master, the Geophysic, the Duomètre, and the Deep Sea lines in a 60-square-meter area.

Both Vancouver and Toronto boutiques will turn the spotlight on the creativity and inventive spirit of the Manufacture, two themes that have been part of the Brand since 1833. A true place of hospitality, of encounters and of discoveries thanks to its lounge intended for collectors, Brand devotees and for all connoisseurs who want to experience a true authentic horological experience, with refinement and quietness.

Jaeger-LeCoultre has now 11 boutiques in North America: Beverly Hills, Boca Raton, Encore at the Wynn Las Vegas, Costa Mesa, Palm Beach, Aventura, New York, Miami Design District, The Forum Shops Las Vegas, Vancouver and Toronto.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Vancouver Boutique is open Monday through Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address
Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutique
1012 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3
CANADA
Tel +1 (604) 266-8333
Fax +1 (604) 681-8333

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Toronto Boutique is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Address
Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutique
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
3401 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6A 2T9
CANADA
Tel +1 (416) 789-2334
Fax +1 (416) 789-0028

Frederique Constant Classics Art of Porcelain

Frederique Constant is introducing new model to its successful Classics collection: the Classics Art of Porcelain, a limited edition timepiece that proudly features a handmade and elegant porcelain dial highlighted with accentuated black roman numerals.

The beauty, depth and subtle texture of the handmade porcelain dial speaks for itself, but what makes this model so special is the fact that each dial is made by skilled craftsmen from the Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture, who ensure that the colour of the porcelain will last for decades.
The Classics Art of Porcelain is presented with a highly polished, 3-parts stainless steel case of 40mm. The porcelain dial features the words “Swiss Made” at 6 o’clock to pay tribute to its Swiss origins, and the Roman numeral indexes give this model a classic appearance.
Driven by the FC-302 automatic calibre, with 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve, this watch features the hours and minutes functions. The sapphire crystal case back enables to admire the FC-302 in action and is water-resistant up to 3 ATM. Finally, this elegant timepiece is finished with a black leather strap and will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 188 pieces.
Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture was founded by Miklós Zsolnay (1800–1880) in Pécs, Hungary in1853.Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture has produced outstanding works of art. Zsolnay is still headquartered in Pécs, where it also has a museum located in the Zsolnay family's former home. Zsolnay has gained worldwide recognition at world fairs and international exhibitions, including the 1873 World Fair in Vienna and the 1878 World Fair in Paris, where Zsolnay received a Grand Prix.The history of Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture is intertwined not only with those of a city rich in historical and cultural tradition and of an exceptionally talented family, but also of the whole of Hungary. The name of the Zsolnay Family and the depiction of the five towers after which the city was named in the Middle Ages have become known and recognized all across Europe and around the world during the periods when industry and commerce were not restrained by borders, and social and economic development were inspired by a desire for progress, and the uninhibited blossoming of culture and the arts.

Technical details
Model: Classics Art of Porcelain
Reference: FC-302P4S6

Case           
Stainless steel 3-parts case 
Diameter of 40mm
Sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 3 ATM

Movement   
FC-302 Automatic movement, 28’800 alt/h, 25 jewels, 42h power reserve
Hours, minutes

Dial   
White porcelain dial with printed black Roman numeral

Strap           
Black crococalf strap

Limited Edition       
188 pieces

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile Stainless Steel Edition

The Quai de l’Île collection, launched in 2008, welcomes a new stainless steel model, providing a contemporary expression of the proud Fine Watchmaking traditions upheld by the Maison Vacheron Constantin. A spirit evidenced in a comfortably sized 41 mm-diameter case mingling three iconic shapes from the aesthetic heritage of the Manufacture, enhanced by a subtle array of finishes. The Hallmark of Geneva-certified Quai de l’ìle stainless steel model is equipped with the new Manufacture self-winding Caliber 5100,displaying the hours, minutes, seconds and date on a silver-toned or black dial punctuated by luminescent indications ensuring optimal legibility.
With its contemporary design, its distinctive character and its excellence attested by the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the Quai de l’Île collection embodies an avant-garde aesthetic vision of watchmaking traditions. The name refers to the historical site of Vacheron Constantin.

A symbol of Geneva’s watchmaking excellence and home to the famous 19th century master cabinotiers, this centre of outstanding craftsmanship spread the fame of the Manufacture far and wide. Located at the heart of Geneva, this crossing place between the left and right banks of the Rhone has been transformed into a bustling urban hub. Imbued with this same spirit of innovation pervaded by history, the Quai de l’Île collection vividly reflects the art with which Vacheron Constantin reinterprets a technical and aesthetic legacy enriched by 260 years of uninterrupted history.

At once sturdy, comfortable and light, stainless steel makes a noteworthy entry into the collection. Enhanced with alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes, the 41mm-diameter case associates three iconic shapes from the aesthetic heritage of Vacheron Constantin: a round bezel, a cushion-type case and a tonneau (barrel) caseband.  This harmoniously embedded "shape in shape" design creates an original aesthetic, accentuated by the light playing across the finishes. Intended to ensure optimal comfort, the split-level lugs reinforce the dynamics of this case with its transparent back and endow it with an authentic identity, the signature touch of Vacheron Constantin.
This stainless steel exterior houses a state-of-the-art mechanical self-winding movement comprising 172 components. Caliber 5100, entirely designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin, drives the hours, minutes, central seconds and date functions. Steadily beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and designed for an active lifestyle, this movement features excellent resistance to impacts as well as a comfortable over 60-hour power reserve guaranteed by its twin barrels. The oscillating weight is made of tungsten, a material rarely used in watchmaking and which ensures improved inertia of the rotor along with optimal winding performance due to its hardness and its weight. Visible through the sapphire crystal case-back, it is distinguished by its modern Quai de l’Île decor adorned with five raised decorative fillets. The particularly meticulous finishing of Caliber 5100 – chamfering, polishing, circular graining, Côtes de Genève – meets the demanding Hallmark of Geneva standards.

Designed to achieve the best possible results in terms of both reliability and aesthetics, these hand-crafted finishes entail an up to 40% longer production time compared with a non-certified movement.

The dial of the new stainless steel Quai de l’Île model is distinguished by a multi-level construction interpreted in two versions –  silver-toned or black –  with an opaline finish.

Composed of three distinct parts, this display with its innovative depth effects ensures remarkable legibility thanks to its hour-markers and Arabic numerals entirely made of white luminescent material. Another distinctive feature is the replacement of the traditional aperture type date by a two-level date indication. The dial construction includes a transparent mineral glass disc on which the dates of the month are inked. Beneath this glass, the date disc of Caliber 5100 appears and displays an indicator which points towards the correct date.

This new stainless steel Quai de l’Île model, water-resistant to 30 metres, is delivered with two straps – one in brown alligator leather and the other in black rubber – with a steel folding clasp.

Technical details
Quai de l’Ile

References   
4500S/000A-B195 – silver-toned dial
4500S/000A-B196 – black dial
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Calibre 5100/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
30.60 mm (13’’’ ¼) diameter, 4.70 mm thick
Approximately 60 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
172 components
37 jewels

Indications 
Hours and minutes
Central seconds
Date

Case     
Stainless steel
41 mm diameter, 11.75 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial   
Silver-toned/black opaline
Mineral glass disc with date indication
Arabic numerals and indexes crafted in white luminescent material
18K gold hour & minute hands and date highlighted with white luminescent material

Strap    
Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, black alsavel lining, hand-stitched, large square scales
Delivered with a second strap in black rubber

Clasp
Stainless steel triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces
Polished half Maltese cross-shapedQuai De L’île

Sunday, April 24, 2016

IWC Schaffhausen: Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” (Ref. IW380703), Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola”(Ref. IW380702) & Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125”(Ref. IW380701)

At the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, IWC Schaffhausen unveiled three special editions from the Ingenieur watch family. Available in a limited edition of just 74 watches, the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” is a tribute to this legendary motorsport event in the south of England. But the Ingenieur Chronograph Editions “Rudolf Caracciola” and “W 125”, both available in a limited edition of 750, likewise bring the fascination of classic motorsport to the wearer’s wrist. And the new IWC manufactured 69370 calibre makes its debut appearance in all three models.

Since 1955, the name Ingenieur has stood for uncompromising engineering, ultimate performance and technical innovation. Now, IWC Schaffhausen continues the success story, which has run for over 60 years, with three special editions.

The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood”(Ref. IW380703) alludes to this year’s legendary historic motorsport event near the south coast of England. The most conspicuous feature of the timepiece, which is limited to 74 watches, is the solid red gold case measuring 42 millimetres in diameter.
Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood”(Ref. IW380703)
With its elegant simplicity, it is distinctly different from Gérald  Genta’s technically inspired case design, as previously used for the Ingenieur, and gives the watch its classic appeal. The black dial with its two totalizers, small seconds and tachymeter scale running round the outer edge clearly takes its cue from the dashboard of a gutsy sports car. The beautifully worked brown calfskin strap likewise recalls the luxurious interior of classic motor cars.
Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood”(Ref. IW380703)
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola”(Ref. IW380702) is dedicated to racing driver Rudolf Caracciola, who took three European Drivers’ Championship crowns in the 1930s. The stainless-steel case, rhodiumplated hands and slate-coloured dial give the watch a technical appeal without forgoing any of its elegance.
Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola”(Ref. IW380702)
The dial imitates the instrument look of the historic racing cars which, at the height of Caracciola’s career, took him from one victory to the next. This sporty, yet   elegant, timepiece likewise features a luxurious brown calfskin strap, and the fact that it is limited to 750 watches makes it a tad more exclusive.

The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125”(Ref. IW380701) takes up the theme of the Mercedes-  Benz W 125 Silver Arrow. Back in the late 1930s, the racing car designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut dominated the competition as emphatically as the current version of the Mercedes Silver Arrow heads up motorsport’s premier competition today. The titanium case, silver-plated dial and striking black hands and appliqués, together with the black calfskin strap, transport the owner directly to the controls of a W 125. This timepiece is also limited to 750 watches.
Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125”(Ref. IW380701)
All the special editions are powered by the new IWC-manufactured 69370 calibre. The column-wheel chronograph movement comprises more than 200 components. It is 30 millimetres in diameter and 7.9 millimetres high. After 1,123 revolutions of the rotor, the bidirectional pawl-winding system has built up a power reserve of 46 hours. The balance oscillates at a rate of 4 Hz and guarantees a high level of precision. The movement has 33 jewels, and decorations consisting of Geneva stripes and circular graining.

Technical details
Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 69370
Mechanical chronograph movement
Automatic pawl winding
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 33
Power reserve: 46 h

Functions
Date display
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Small hacking seconds

Models
Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” (Ref. IW380703)
Red gold case, red gold hands and appliqués, black dial, brown calfskin strap, red gold pin buckle
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant   6 bar
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 15 mm

Screw-in crown
See-through sapphire glass back
Limited to 750 watches worldwide

Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” Ref. IW380702
Stainless-steel case, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, slate-coloured dial, brown calfskin strap, stainless-steel pin buckle
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 15 mm
Screw-in crown
See-through sapphire glass back
Limited to 74 watches worldwide

Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125”Ref. IW380701
Titanium case, black hands and appliqués, silver-plated dial, black calfskin strap, titanium pin buckle
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 15 mm
Screw-in crown
See-through sapphire glass back
Limited to 750 watches worldwide

IWC Schaffhausen Opens Its Third Italian Boutique in Milan’s High-Fashion District

After putting down roots in Rome and Venice, IWC Schaffhausen is now opening its third boutique in Italy. Underlining the importance of the Italian market, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has extended its retail network to Milan’s Via Montenapoleone, the beating heart of the celebrated fashion district in one of the world’s most famous cities.
The new boutique extends over a surface of 70 square metres across three floors. It features a new and exclusive design concept, with a blend of art deco architecture and classic modernism which altogether fits the brand heritage and the local architectural context perfectly.
The interiors of the boutique feature elements such as Macassar wood, polished steel, Nero Seta marble and luxury carpeting. With two floors dedicated to retail space, the new boutique is characterized by an exceptional collection of IWC watches of all product families – Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser, Portofino, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Ingenieur.

Boutique Address
IWC Schaffhausen Boutique
Via Montenapoleone 1
20121 Milano

MeisterSinger - Circularis Automatic & Second-Generation Circularis Manual

This year, Münster-based watch manufacturer MeisterSinger has unveiled a brand new automatic movement MSA01, a further development of its manual wind movement MSH01 that equips Circularis watches.

The MSA01 calibre has a rotor winding mechanism with a circling tungsten weight that supplies the two barrels with energy while at the same time offering a clear view of the unique movement geometry. This unimpeded view is also safeguarded by delicate skeletonizing of the rotor, which resembles the fermata in the manufacturer's logo.
The new automatic represents a key step for MeisterSinger towards a whole movement  family  designed  specifically  for  its  single-hand  watches  with  a  variety  of  purposes and different characteristics. For example, in contrast to the hand-wound variant, the new automatic movement displays the date as well as the time.

Circularis Automatic
The first model powered by the MSA01 is the Circularis Automatic. Its classic MeisterSinger face has been enhanced with a number of unique features. The hour digits have been mounted on the face as applications. Like the white and red hour hand, the small metal-plated index markers have been coated with superluminova, making it possible to read the time even in the dark. The recess of the round date window has been meticulously metallized as well.
The stainless steel case of the Circularis Automatic has a sturdy diameter of 43 millimeters.  This  leaves  ample  room  for  the  expressive  dial  colors  available  for  this model:  The  MeisterSinger  classic,  an  even  ivory  tone,  has  been  joined  by  dials  in dark sapphire blue, anthracite and, for the first time, a burgundy red  – each with a delicate sunburst finish that shimmers when it catches the light.
Those who choose the benefits of an automatic but miss the beautiful ritual of winding their timepiece each day can invent a new one, circling the rotor over the beautifully shaped movement, generating energy almost as an afterthought.

Circularis Manual
In expanding the Circularis premium line, MeisterSinger has also reworked the handwind model that created such an impression at Baselworld two years ago by uniting the watchmaker’s high technical standards and design ideals. The Circularis is powered by the MSH01, the first movement developed for MeisterSinger by Swiss specialists. Because a single, long hour hand must be especially precise, it requires a design with a dual minute wheel that minimizes the play of the hand. The robust caliber collects energy for 120 hours of power reserve in two barrels for this purpose.

The MSH01 became the first watch movement to win the Red Dot Design Award, in good  part  because  of  the  uniquely  shaped  gear  bridge  that  MeisterSinger  founder and designer Manfred Brassler added to this technical masterpiece as the crowning aesthetic touch.

The second generation of the Circularis Manual has a more streamlined typography than  the  first  models,  with  galvanized  hour  digits  and  sophisticated  index  markers that give it a higher quality appearance as well. Like the single hour hand, they are coated in superluminova, making it possible to read the time even at night.
For daytime effect, MeisterSinger is adding two additional, striking dial colors.  The ivory and deep sapphire blue dials are now being joined by variants in anthracite and a deep “Rensing green,” each with a refined sunburst finish.

It takes some time until the two large barrels of the MSH01 have collected enough energy and the balance wheel begins to oscillate. This is precisely what makes the hand-wind a micromechanical event and a small, beautiful ritual.

MeisterSinger Paleograph with Gray Dial

The new Paleograph Gray Dial version separates the two very different tasks of the watch by color:  only the large white hour hand indicates the time. The central stop-second, the minute hand on the totalizer at the 6 o’clock position and the small running second counter at 9 o’clock have been painted a vibrant red – should the wearer be interested in short and, indeed, the shortest time increments. 

Even  at  second  glance,  the Paleograph is never a typical chronograph, as it has dispensed with a telemeter and tachymeter  scale  and  there  are  no  push  knobs  on  the  watch  case .  Short-term measurements are started, stopped, and reset by pressing the crown. Such a discrete construction was widespread decades ago, but can only be rarely found today.
For the Paleograph, the high-quality Swiss hand-wound movement was extensively redesigned and supplemented by a chronograph module with classic column-wheel. The owner can observe this mechanism through the glass base. The stainless steel case has a diameter of 43 millimeters.

The gray dial features a fine sunburst finish, which allows the gray to shimmer in the light. The striking combination of white contrasted with three red hands against the gray dial looks very sporty – and is also an expression of the Paleograph’s technical ambition.

MeisterSinger Singulator With Gray Dial, Limited Edition

Germany based watch brand MeisterSinger presents a gray dial variation of its Singulator timepiece.

At first glance, the Singulator, with its dial geometry, is reminiscent of classic regulators: historical timepieces whose specifications were once indispensable for science and transport. But while they had a central minute hand and presented hour and second on auxiliary dials, the hour hand dominates the Singulator in typical MeisterSinger fashion.
The minute hand can be found at 12 o’clock, while the second hand is at 6 o’clock. In terms of color, the smaller units of time are also offset from the larger whole – the smaller hands are bright red, while the hour hand stands out in pure white from the gray of the dial, whose fine sunburst finish shimmers in the light.

For this particular three-part time display, the clockwork of Swiss hand-wound movement that drives the Singulator had to be significantly redesigned. The caliber MS0109 (base unitas) can be seen through the bolted glass base of the sturdy stainless steel case, which has a diameter of 43 milimeters.

The striking color combination of gray, red and white also pays honor to the technical character of the watch.

MeisterSinger Salthora Meta Transparent

German watch brand MeisterSinger welcomes a new, transparent version to its popular Salthora line of watches.

With a single hour hand, MeisterSinger watches show the time to the nearest five minutes at a glance. The Salthora Meta is also fitted with just one single hand. But instead of an hour hand, this model features a minute hand. The hour is displayed in digits – in a circular window in place of the usual “12 o’clock.” The new transparent version of the successful Salthora Meta model transforms its precise jumping hour into a visual delight.
 “Digital” displays are nothing new in the world of watchmaking. Usually, a disk slowly rotates behind the aperture in the dial; the hour digits gradually rotate into the window and back out again, but the Salthora models have a great deal more mechanical sophistication to offer. Every 60 minutes, the next hour digit jumps into the window – punctually, at lightning speed and with great accuracy – and remains clearly visible there until the next hour change. Perfectly implementing the principle of the “jumping hour” requires a great deal of technical complexity. That’s why MeisterSinger has had a module designed, in which meticulously balanced mechanics ensure a precise jump.

The tension required for the actuating lever of the hour disk is built up by a screw attached to the minute wheel in the course of 60 minutes. Hence, power is not withdrawn suddenly from the mainspring barrel, but continually, which only influences the workings to a minimal degree. The result is convincing – and the Salthora and the Salthora Meta, which emphasize the powerful character of this watch concept with their distinctive case and functional typography, are among the most successful models of the company.

The new Salthora Meta Transparent model provides a clear view into the module and the mechanical secret of the punctual, accurate jumping hour. To this end, the watch dispenses with the dial; a transparent hour ring rotates within the deep blue minute scale. Its imprinted, prominent hour digits and the meticulously polished plate in the background add to the technical character of this model.

Equipped with a Swiss automatic movement, the Salthora Meta transparent comes in a stainless steel case with a diameter of 43 mm. The watch has a cognac-colored calfskin watchstrap with crocodile embossing.

Graham Graham Chronofighter Vintage

GRAHAM celebrates the 15th anniversary of its emblematic Chronofighter collection (2001-2016) by unveiling the Chronofighter Vintage collection that offers four new additions.

With their signature trigger on the left-hand side of the case, these Swiss made timepieces, integrating quirky British roots, are right on target to propel nostalgia confidently into the future. The colour palette for the dials and straps embraces navy blue, brown or black.
Sophisticated high-performance is the domain of a G1747 automatic chronograph movement, visible through the case back, with an Incabloc shock absorber and a power reserve of 48 hours. All of the Chronofighter watches are water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres) and their domed sapphire crystals have anti-reflective coating.
The 44 mm case of the 2016 Graham Chronofighter pieces presents a dynamic cockpit of Swiss precision timekeeping. The chronograph functionality consists of two easily legible counters, one to track seconds and the other to count 30 -minute periods.
The passing of the hours, minutes and seconds is masterminded on the main dial, which also has a clearly visible date display at 9 o’clock. Elements such as fine stitching on the leather and fire-red tips on the second hands punctuate the extrovert look.
Technical details
Functions
Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counters). Day-date at 9 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
44 mm steel case
Steel fast-action start/stop trigger and reset pusher
Steel bezel
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through sapphire crystal case back
Water resistance: 100 meters

Models
Ref. 2CVAS.B02A
Black grained dial, black snailed minutes and seconds counters
White Super-LumiNova hands, numerals and indexes
Hand-sewn black leather strap with beige stitches, Steel pin buckle

Ref. 2CVAS.B01A
Black grained dial, black snailed minutes and seconds counters
Beige Super-LumiNova hands, numerals and indexes
Hand-sewn brown leather strap with beige stitches, Steel pin buckle

Ref. 2CVAS.B03A
Black grained dial, black snailed minutes and seconds counters
Beige Super-LumiNova central hands, numerals and indexes. Red minute counter's hand
Hand-sewn camel leather strap with black stitches, Steel pin buckle

Ref. 2CVAS.U01A
Blue sunray-decorated dial, blue snailed minutes and seconds counters
White Super-LumiNova hands, numerals and indexes
Hand-sewn blue leather strap with beige stitches, Steel pin buckle

Ref. 2CVAS.B04A
Limited edition: 15
Black flinqué dial, black snailed seconds counters
Snailed minutes counter representing the USA 1942-43 Military Aircraft Insignia.
Black counter's graduation except 15, written in letter and in red to recall the
Chronofighter 15th Anniversary
White Super-LumiNova hands, numerals and indexes
Hand-sewn black leather strap with beige stitches, Steel pin buckle

Ref. 2CVAS.B05A
Limited edition: 15
Black flinqué dial, black snailed seconds counters
Snailed minutes counter representing the UK 1942-47 Royal Air Force Military
Aircraft Insignia. Black counter's graduation except 15, written in letter and in red to recall the Chronofighter 15th Anniversary
White Super-LumiNova hands, numerals and indexes
Hand-sewn camel leather strap with black stitches, Steel pin buckle

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Balticus Grey Seal

Balticus is a small watch company based in Poland. The brand has recently unveiled its first model, Grey Seal automatic diving watch.
Found on both shores of the North Atlantic Ocean, Grey Seals are known for their excellent diving abilities. In order to highlight its connection with the world of diving, the debut collection from Balticus watch brand takes its name from Grey Seals.
Equipped with the popular Miyota 9015 self winding movement, the Balticus Grey Seal is a compressor style diving watch crafted in stainless steel. Case size is 44mm without crown and 47,5mm with crown. Inner rotating bezel enables the wearer to calculate dive timings. The screw-in crowns further enhance the water resistance.
Balticus Grey Seal is available in 7 dial colour versions. The timepiece comes fitted with stainless steel mesh bracelet or leather strap with stitches matching dial colour. Available dial versions are: Grey, Navy Blue, Red, Yellow, White, Black and Mint.
This timepiece is fitted with a sapphire crystal front glass with anti-reflective treatment on inner side. Sapphire crystal caseback of the timepiece features a printed grey seal. The movement is also visible through the transparent case back.
Dial of the timepiece boasts a captivating ocean wave pattern. Luminescent hands and indices enhance the legibility during dark conditions. A date window is positioned at 3’o clock.
Water resistance of the watch is 300meters, making it suitable for recreational and scuba diving. Presently, retail price of Grey Seal model is 320USD. Payment can be done via PayPal and shipping worldwide by DHL.

For more info please visit: http://balticus-watches.com/

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