Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CVSTOS Chrono II LB 76 Limited Edition - Tribute to the French MotoGP Pilot Loris Baz

Swiss luxury watch brand CVSTOS announces a limited edition timepiece dedicated to MotoGP pilot Loris Baz.

Back in force on the French market following the opening of several new outlets, CVSTOS chose to partner with GP motorcycle rider Loris Baz, born in 1993 in Sallanches near Geneva, to represent CVSTOS' collection. Taking advantage of the geographical proximity between the pilot and the Geneva-based brand, many synergies are being further developed to promote the sportive and trendsetting identity of the brand while maintaining the traditional values of Swiss watchmaking and its region.
With an experience of more than a dozen years in speed motorcycle race, Loris Baz is notably the youngest champion of the Superstock 600 European having recently achieved a 4th position on Brno MotoGP circuit in Czech Republic. Admirer of the famous pilot Loris Capirossi and bearing the same name, it took for himself and like him the number 65 until 2012 when entering Superbike. With this number being taken by another driver at the time, he decided to keep the number 6 and now sports the number 76.

CVSTOS dedicates an exclusive timepiece limited to 76 pieces worldwide to the Number 1 French MotoGP Pilot. The Chrono II draws inspiration from the competitive world of motorcycling by using Blue Carbon fiber inlay for increased lightness and aesthetically from the pilot's official colours - blue, white and red.

Technical details
Model: CHRONO II LB 76
Limited edition of 76

53.7mm x 41mm tonneau shaped case
Material: Steel with Blue Carbon inlay. Polished and satin-finished case
Caseback: Steel open back with sapphire crystal. None-reflecting coating.
Limited Edition individually numbered and "LB 76" engraving
Crystal: Sapphire, none-reflecting coating.
Water-resistance: 100 meters
Screws: Polished Grade 5 Titanium. Exclusive CVSTOS TECHNOLOGY pattern
Crown: Screw-down. Polished Grade 5 Titanium motorcycle flywheel inspired.
Push-pieces: Grade 5 Titanium with Blue Carbon inlay.

Layered open dial. White counters with black rims and black markers
Power Reserve Indicator with Red Gauge
White flange with tachymeter scale
Indexes: Black baton with dotted Red ends. Super Luminova treated

Pierced rodhiated baton hands with Super Luminova treatment
Central chronograph hand with blue end
Rhodiated counter and power-reserve indicator hands with blue end

Automatic winding chronograph CVSTOS 577 movement with Blue plasma treatment
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Jewels: 25
Frequency: 28'800 vibration per hour

Hour, minute
Small seconds
Chronograph with central hand
12 hours counter
30 minutes counter
Power-reserve indicator

White Nitril
Buckle: Steel folding clasp with Blue Steel CVSTOS decoration

Monday, August 29, 2016

Bell & Ross Watches: Brand Info

Bell and Ross a Swiss watch company which is specialised in the manufacturing watches for professionals like pilots, divers, astronauts, and even bomb disposal experts, whose jobs -and in some cases, even lives - may depend on their watches.

Each Bell & Ross timepiece is designed and built with four basic principles in mind: readability, performance, precision, and water-resistance.  Each watch is tested under varying conditions in various positions, monitored, and adjusted over a two week period until it is 0 to +10 seconds per day (for automatic watches) with a 40 hour reserve. Additionally, each watch is tested for its resistance to water, pressure, ultra violet radiation, heat, humidity, shock, magnetic fields, hostile chemicals, and substantial temperature variation.

The story of Bell & Ross began at the end of the 20th century. The French watch-making firm approached a German company specialized in the manufacture of aeronautical instruments. The rest is history. More than a simple project, Bell & Ross has a mission: to invent, design and manufacture exclusive and perfectly functional timepieces for professionals working under extreme conditions. This vocation places its creations in the purest Swiss military and watch-making tradition. It results in iconic timepieces and instruments that offer absolute performance and responding to the needs of the most demanding connoisseurs.

By coordinating the complementary talents of professional users (pilots, astronauts, bomb-disposal experts, etc.), master watchmakers,  engineers and designers, Bell & Ross assembles all the skills required  to design exceptional collections, without concessions or superfluous.

An emblem recognized and adopted by numerous elite fighting units, Bell & Ross is now the official supplier of:
- The Space lab mission (1994)
- The French civil security bomb-disposal unit (1997)
- The French National police intervention Group – RAiD (2005)
- The French Naval Aviation (2007)
- The French Air Force (2008)
- The National Gendarmerie intervention Group – GiGN (2011)

Bell & Ross’ reputation is built on the legibility, water-resistance, functionality and precision of its prestigious timepieces. They demonstrate unique watch-making expertise by satisfying the strictest military requirements.
In its la Chaux-de-Fonds manufacture in Switzerland, Bell & Ross perpetuates the Swiss art of luxury watchmaking that complies with age-old traditions. Bell & Ross’ timepieces are meticulously inspected at every stage of their creation and bear the mark “Swiss Made”, a symbol of unequalled excellence around the world.

Three Legendary Collections, One Unique Dial
The five types of cases, with their historical references and their clearly defined functionality, are divided into three collections. A constant theme running through the different cases, the dial of Bell & Ross watches offers optimal legibility
  • Aviation: A very simple starting point: to turn a cockpit instrument panel clock, the absolute benchmark in terms of legibility and reliability, into a wristwatch. This iconic model, honored by numerous elite fighting units, gave rise to three instruments with complementary dimensions and functionalities: the BR 01 (46mm), the BR 03 (42mm) and the BR S (39mm).
  • Vintage: The collection pays tribute to the military, and particularly aviators, who were the first professionals to consider the wristwatch a functional tool for their missions. These ontemporary, round and traditional timepieces testify to three key periods in the history of watch design, from its origins to the 1960s.
  • Marine: Bell & Ross created the Marine BR 02 collection in order to fully satisfy the reliability requirements of professional divers. Water-resistance to 1000m, optimal legibility, presence of a decompression valve and a unidirectional bezel make the BR 02 an outstanding professional instrument for deep-sea divers.
Watchmaking Innovation and Performance
Bell & Ross is now a leading company in the field of innovative watch-making. By combining professional label with Swiss high Watchmaking, Bell & Ross is constantly pushing the boundaries with its visionary design and with its complications tailored to the professional field.
  • Hydromax 11100 m: The performance of this world-record winner for water resistance in 1998 is based on a major technical innovation: the complete filling of the case with a transparent liquid. This masterpiece with incomparable legibility is resistant to a pressure of 1110 bar – a depth of 11,100m.
  • Vintage Heure Sautante: A classic traditional timepiece with jumping hour, this masterpiece of ingenuity incorporates a movement designed by Swiss master watchmaker Vincent Calabrese. It combines the complexity of a mechanical movement with the simplicity of a completely new reading system.
  • BR 01 Red Radar: This non-conformist instrument offers a new and unique way of  reading time inspired by the radars of air traffic control towers.  Driven by boundless creativity and inventiveness, Bell & Ross’ master watchmakers have developed an ingenious system reproducing the red sweeping effect of a light beam on a radar screen. This concept is unprecedented in watchmaking and makes the BR 01 RED RADAR a Bell & Ross exclusive timepiece.
  • BR 01 Tourbillon: Loyal to Bell & Ross’ design principles, this high-tech instrument features four additional large complications: a tourbillon, a Regulator, a power Reserve indicator and a pressure indicator. It incorporates all Bell & Ross watch-making expertise, expressed through exclusive performance, and is distinguished by the specific layout of its counters. The absolute reliability of this timepiece responds perfectly to aeronautical requirements in terms of legibility and precision.
When the Passion for Watchmaking Meets Military History
Bell & Ross has always been passionate about military history and values. To go even further in its quest for excellence, Bell & Ross has made aviation, especially aeronautical instruments, a main source of inspiration.
Many of its present collections pay tribute to the timekeepers that the military have used throughout history on land, sea or in the air, including First World War pocket watches, Second World War flight instruments with special functions and 1960s instrument panels.

Sharing the army’s values of performance and excellence, Bell & Ross regularly supports elite units by designing watches that perform particular functions or celebrate special occasions.

Professional Instruments for Extreme Professions
Some professions require absolute precision. When success depends on perfect timing and when every second counts, having a watch capable of meeting the highest and most rigorous standards becomes absolutely imperative.  Reliability, performance and resistance are essential for these special timekeeping instruments. Military watches are the finest examples of the successful combination of readability and functionality.

Meeting the Strictest Specifications
The armed forces have always been the most demanding users of watches. They are the ones who, during the First World War, urged watchmakers to take watches out of their pockets and put them on their wrists, redefining them as a tool to help them accomplish their mission. During the Second World War they started asking for specific parts and complications with special functions, such as oversized crowns, notched bezels and the flyback device.  The armed forces’ requirements and specific demands pushed manufacturers to go even further regarding reliability, accuracy and functionality.
Each parameter —case diameter, special functions, water resistance, day and night readability, luminous indexes,  oversized numerals, precision, autonomy, shock and temperature  resistance, anti-magnetic cases, rotating bezels— becomes a key  factor when a military institution chooses a watch.
Special Watches for Elite Units
The professional instruments that Bell & Ross has designed for the Special Forces prove its ability to meet very specific needs.  For example, the anti-magnetic case of the Type Démineur makes it safe to wear during mine-clearing operations.  The Pilot Type Aéronavale, with its chronometer and notched bidirectional rotating bezel graduated for 60 minutes, is ideal for fighter pilots in flight. The luminous indexes and oversized numerals of the BR 03-92 GIGN, BR 01 RAID and BR 03 TORNADO echo the need for day and night readability, expressed by the GIGN, France’s Special Weapons and Tactics Force.  With its multifunction movement, the BR 03 Type Aviation fulfills the requirements of French fighter pilots.
Bell & Ross, which has always blazed its trail in the light of military history, is proud to see members of the fighting forces and cutting-edge institutions wearing its watches today. Being chosen over the years by many air, land and naval forces is an incomparable recognition of the brands technical expertise and the quality of its watches, which are perfect for professional use. By reflecting the forward march of military watches through its different collections, and by serving the most prestigious army corps, Bell & Ross makes a contribution to history.
  • VINTAGE - ECOLE DE GUERRE: At the request of the students from the French war school (institution for military higher education), Bell & Ross produces a special edition of the Vintage 123 Heritage proudly displaying the insignia of Ecole de Guerre.
  • BR 03 TORNADO - ITALIAN AIR FORCE: At the occasion of the Tornado airplane 30th anniversary, Bell & Ross produces a limited edition of 50 pieces
  • VINTAGE FALCON: Driven by their shared passions and values, Bell & Ross and Dassault Falcon associated to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Falcon by creating two limited editions of 500 pieces each.
  • BR 03 TYPE AVIATION - Armée de l’Air française:  At the request of the French Air Force, Bell & Ross has created both an emblematic and functional watch that meets  the specific requirements of Air Force fighter pilots: the  INSTRUMENT BR 03 TYPE AVIATION.
  • BR 01-92 RAID: On the occasion of RAID’s 20th birthday, Bell & Ross was chosen to design the commemorative and symbolic watch for this elite body of the French National Police Force.
  • BR 03-92 GIGN: Produced in a limited edition of 200 units and engraved with a three-letter acronym or certification number of each recipient, the BR 03-92 GIGN instrument is exclusively available to members of the Gendarmerie Nationale’s elite unit.
  • SPACE 1: Re-issue of the first automatic chronograph worn in space by the German astronaut Reinhart Fürrer during the Spacelab mission.
  • TYPE DEMINEUR: Upon request from the French Civil Defence and according to operational specifications, Bell & Ross developed the Demineur Type. With an anti-magnetic and non-magnetic watchcase, this watch meets the requirements of bomb disposal operations thanks to its qualities of readability, reliability and precision
  • TYPE AERONAVALE: At the pilots of the French Naval Air Force request, Bell & Ross is producing two limited series of 150 pieces of the Pilot chronograph specially designed for aerial navigation. Military aviation elite have chosen this watch to use as a tool and wear as its emblem.
The Military Know-How Geared To Civilian Life
Bell & Ross has always been passionate about aviation and its legacy.  In 1963, a new jet, the Falcon, soared into aeronautical legend and revolutionized business flying. To celebrate the aircraft’s 50th anniversary, and commemorate a period of creativity and innovation, Bell & Ross designed two “Falcon” limited series with the same high standards as the professional instruments for military use. Two special versions in limited editions of 500 copies, the BR 123 automatic and BR 126 chronograph, pay tribute to the Falcon legend.  A brown dial and brown leather wristband enhance their vintage look.  They sport the plane’s outline, and the words «50 years of passion and innovation, Dassault-Falcon» appear on a sapphire background on the back of the case.

The Partner in Major Aeronautical Events
Present at the centennial of the SPA3 «Guynemer» of airbase 133 in Saint-Dizier, the 70th anniversary 3.3 Ardennes fighter squadron and the 30th anniversary of the Aeronautica Militare Tornado, Bell and Ross is also a partner of the Air Force Academy, Light Aviation School, Air Cadet School, Ailes Brisées (Broken Wings) organization, Le Bourget Air and Space Museum, and major aeronautical events, including the Le Bourget Air Show, Dubai Air Show and Ferté-Alais. Over the years, Bell & Ross has forged long-term partnerships and participated in many highly symbolic commemorative events.  Bell & Ross is not only committed to aeronautical heritage and to sharing its values of excellence and authenticity; it is also a part of History.

Bell & Ross Head Quarters, Paris
After 13 years operating at rue Saint-Honoré, Bell & Ross opened its new HQ in 2011 in the 16th district of Paris at 8 rue Copernic. A town house of more than 1,000 m is now home to all of the brand’s departments, while still retaining its manufacturing operations in Switzerland. Consistent with the company’s maturation, Bell & Ross is continuing to pursue its international development strategy and assert its confidence in the future.

Constructed in a former residence, the workspaces are very much on a human scale, favouring comprehensive, quality exchanges among employees. Workspaces are distributed throughout the building’s six floors including the basement, and offer a pleasant well-lit, functional and adaptable working environment. In order to promote efficiency, complementary business functions are grouped together on each floor:
  • The Creative Studio, where Bruno Belamich, brand designer and co-founder, oversees the creation of new watch models and supervises the brand’s visual communication.
  • The Communications Department that includes press relations, advertising as well as the internet, with a unit dedicated to the Bell & Ross website and its e-Boutique.
  • The Sales Department and Logistics Department, responsible for distribution and overseeing the shipping of watches to locations throughout the world.
  • The Watchmaking Workshop,in charge of the after-sales service for Europe and watch quality control
Official website:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

ManchesterWatchWorks Iconik 3 Automatic Dive Watch

ManchesterWatchWorks announces the pre-launch of Iconik 3 diving watch, the third watch from the brand’s vintage era inspired Iconik series watch collection.

Tested for water resistance up to 200 meters, the Iconik 3 dive watch comes in - bead blasted 316L steel case measuring 42.5 mm diameter and fitted with double domed sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating. The watch houses a finely finished Seiko NE15 automatic movement which provides a power reserve up to 50 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
The 120 click unidirectional bezel with matte finished aluminum bezel insert and lumed 12:00 marker assures the wearer to calculate dive timings. The Iconik 3 diving watch is available in two dial versions: black or white. The old radium styled Superluminova on markers and hands provides a vintage look to the watch. The screwed down caseback and crown ensures protection to the inner mechanisms by ensuring the rated water resistance during the extreme atmospheric pressures under the water.

The Iconik3 is worn on a vintage inspired textured olive military style canvas strap with leather backing.

Like all Iconik series watches, the Iconik3 will be produced in a Limited edition of 100 total pieces. Pre-orders will run in 2 tiers for 2 weeks each. If all 100 sell out in the first 2 weeks, then there will be no other tiers and pre-orders will be closed thereafter. The first tier pre-orders will be priced at $390 +$10 USA shipping or +$36 int'l shipping. The second tier will be priced at $440 + shipping. Webstore pricing will be $510 + shipping.

First 2 week pre-order tier will open 8/29/2016 at 11:00 EST on website and will close on 9/12/2016 11:00EST (which is also when the second 2 week pre-order tier will open).

Technical details
Bead blasted 316L steel case, 42.5 mm diameter and 47mm lug to lug, 22mm strap width at lugs
200m water resistance
Double domed sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating
120 click unidirectional bezel with matte finished aluminum bezel insert and lumed 12:00 marker
Screwed down caseback and crown

Finely finished Seiko NE15 automatic movement with 24 jewels, 21,600 mph and 50+ hour power reserve

Two dial choices - black or white - both with old radium look Superluminova

Textured olive military style canvas strap with leather backing

Friday, August 26, 2016

TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300 M (43 mm) Black Titanium & Nylon Strap, Automatic Calibre 5 with Date

Robust and water-resistant to 300 metres, this TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch features a ceramic uni-directional rotary bezel, with its twelve sides and six studs, screw-down crown, large luminous indications on the indexes and hands for improved visibility and screw-down case back engraved with a diver's helmet.
New for 2016, the Aquaracer Black Titanium version features Grade 2 titanium with black titanium carbide coating, a strap made from blue nylon with a rubber inner, and a case measuring 43 mm in diameter. The ceramic bezel has a sophisticated new design featuring engraved numerals with blue lacquer. The crystal of the date window also features a magnifier, reintroduced last year. At its heart beats the Calibre 5 automatic mechanical movement, offering proven accuracy and reliability.
This model is available in three colourways: blue, black-and-red, and sand-coloured.

Technical details
WAY208B.FC6382 (blue details and blue nylon strap)
WAY208A.FC6381 (red details and black strap with red topstitching)
WAY208C.FC6383 (sand-coloured details with sand-coloured strap)

TAG Heuer Automatic Calibre 5 with date

Diameter 43 mm
Grade 2 titanium with black titanium carbide coating
Uni-directional rotating bezel in matt black ceramic
Engraved numerals with blue, red or sand-coloured lacquer and a SuperLuminova™ dot at 12 o'clock
Sapphire crystal with antireflective, scratch-resistant coating
Screw-down crown in sand-blasted black titanium carbide
Screw-on case back in sand-blasted black titanium carbide engraved with a diving bell
Water-resistance: 300 metres

Matt black dial with striations
Blue, red or sand-coloured faceted, polished, hand-applied indices with luminous grey markers
Blue, red or sand-coloured faceted and polished hour and minute hands, with luminous grey markers
"TAG Heuer" logo & "Aquaracer" printed in blue, red or sand colour at 12 o'clock,
Inscription at 6 o'clock reads "CALIBRE 5 – AUTOMATIC – 300M/1000FT" (in blue, red or sand colour)
Timers printed in grey
Date window at 3 o'clock with magnifier

Made from nylon, in blue with black topstitching, or black with red topstitching or sand colour with white topstitching
Black titanium folding buckle with black titanium carbide coating and push-piece safety mechanism
Rubber inner

The Bundesliga Watch by Tag Heuer

The partnership initiated in August 2015 between the German Football League (DFL) and Swiss luxury watch manufacturer TAG Heuer, the official timekeeper and partner of Germany’s Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga (first and second divisions), is now being taken to the next level.
This collaboration is not only the Bundesliga’s first ever partnership with a watch manufacturer, but also the first official Bundesliga watch that TAG Heuer has presented and launched onto the market. Football fans can now display the Bundesliga’s success story on their wrists and express their passion by proudly wearing the colours of their favourite club 24/7.
TAG Heuer’s Bundesliga timepiece is a three-hand quartz watch with a satin-finished and polished stainless-steel casing. It features a stylised football on a black dial, the exclusive Bundesliga lettering on a fixed bezel with 45-minute scale, and the Bundesliga logo engraved on the back.
Presented in a leather-covered box, the basic version of the Bundesliga watch by TAG Heuer comes fitted with a black Nato strap with a satin-finished stainless steel pin clasp.
If you purchase the watch, you can also choose an additional Nato strap in the colours of your favourite Bundesliga club, of which there are 18 in total. The retail price of the watch with two Nato straps is €990.

DAVOSA Speedline TX

DAVOSA extends its Speedline series with the sporty yet elegant TX model.  The new DAVOSA chronograph with a textile strap continues the success story of the Speedline series. It is robust, powerful, high-quality, elegant, precise, water-resistant and now available in an even faster look.

A day only has 24 hours, even for the chronograph. Yet the striped textile strap and matching striped and coloured dial give the new model its own completely new dynamic. And the satined or alternatively black-plated PVD stainless steel case ensures a perfect balance between sportiness and elegance.

The new model is unmistakably part of the Speedline series: The accustomed dial design with its three sub-dials, lightly offset date display, the tachymeter scale on the bezel, two pushers and a protected crown all spring to the eye immediately. But also the accustomed case diameter of 42 millimetres and height of 12 millimetres were used in this latest model.
The textile strap with its belt buckle uses a special nylon mix that combines robustness and comfort. The strap is tear-resistant yet ultralight, waterproof, pleasant on the skin, easy to exchange, but integrated into the design of the watch.
In the interior of the stainless steel case beats a trusted Swiss chronograph Ronda 5030 movement. The analogue calibre guarantees high precision, long run times and can be repaired if necessary. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on top and a stainless steel back below plus water resistance of 10 ATM ensure that the movement is well-protected on all sides.
The DAVOSA star on the screwed crown is not the only thing that shows the new Speedline model comes from a good family. The chronograph with its hand-applied, Super-LumiNova coated hands is available in three versions: with a grey/black striped strap and satined case, with a red/black strap and satined or black-plated case. The satined models are priced at 348 Euros; the plated model retails at 378 Euros.

Technical details
DAVOSA Speedline TX series

References: 162.488.15 (steel, silver), 162.488.65 (steel, red), 162.488.55 (black-plated)
Stainless steel case (316L - surgical steel) and black-plated
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Screwed back
Screwed crown
Hand applied hands with Spuer-luminova
Nato textile strap with steel pin buckle
Swiss quality movement: Ronda 5030D
Weight: 82 g
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 12 mm
Water resistant to a depth of 100 metres (10 ATM)
Prices: 378 Euros (stainless steel), 398 Euros (black-plated)

DAVOSA Gentlemen Automatic (New Versions)

DAVOSA Watches’ newly reissued Gentleman Automatic series from 2012 is subtle, masculine and the ideal wristwatch for business occasions.
With its 9.8 mm height and 40 mm diameter, it disappears easily under any cuff. And when its bearer stretches out an arm and the Gentleman Automatic appears, it complements his overall appearance.
This is certainly helped by its almost entirely understated, tastefully balanced design: three straight hands, four satined statement figures and linear indices for the remaining hours, a classically round case and a simple yet elegant leather strap with a butterfly buckle.
Behind the elegant, understated design of this wristwatch is a masculine muscle pack: a particularly flat, Swiss quality mechanical SW300 movement –  known for being reliable, long-lived and low maintenance.
The Gentleman Automatic also has much to offer in terms of craftsmanship. On one hand there is the dress watch version with a silver or blue dial and steel case or a rosé plated version with a silver dial and rosé plated figures. The case has a satined middle section and a polished bezel; the crocodile grain straps are completely seamless.
On the other hand there are two new, sporty versions with a fully satined case. With a coloured seconds hand in red or blue, and colour coordinated calendar discs, this duo has been given a sporty twist, which is further underscored by the red or blue seams of the smooth leather matching straps.
The dials are decorated with a sunray finish, which lets the light move through a circle depending on the angle of incidence. The impressive water resistance of 5 ATM and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal makes the Gentleman Automatic dress watches eminently suitable for all leisure activities.
Its innovative strap changing system allows the Gentleman Automatic to be adapted to another occasion in a matter of seconds, instead of looking out of place after a change of dress. An additional strap comes with the wristwatch, which retails at 998 Euros.
Technical details
DAVOSA Gentleman Automatic

161.566.14 (white), 161.566.44 (blue), 161.566.94 (grey), 161.566.54 (black) and 161.566.64 (white, rose plated)

Flat Swiss quality automatic movement SW300

Elaborately crafted, three-part case of stainless steel (316L) with polished bezel, back and satined mid-section; Ø 40mm; watertight up to 5ATM
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal; six-fold, screwed glass back

Dial and strap
Dial with subtle sunray finish; brushed, matt hands with fine Super-LumiNova insert for good night-time readability; hand-applied, satined figures and indices 
Classic date position at 3 o’clock
Flat and seamless calf leather strap with crocodile graining and strap changing system
Sporty versions: grey dial with blue accents, black dial with red accents; matching straps with contrasting stitching

998,- €, 1.098,-€ (rose plated)

Thursday, August 25, 2016


DeWitt’s new Academia Skeleton watch is the latest addition to the Geneva Manufacture’s series of emblematic watch creations.

The watchmaker returns to its roots by developing a new movement with a strong character that embodies DeWitt both in its aesthetics and in its functions.

For the manually wound skeleton movement, Jérôme de Witt has chosen a highly complex mathematical structure. The power reserve system is based on the satellite principle already created for the Tourbillon Differentiel model, which won an award in the innovation category at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève in 2005. The power reserve is indicated by an arrow located on this differential, which is in constant rotation.
The power reserve, with its indicator at 1 o’clock, has been expanded to over 100 hours thanks to the use of a double barrel. The three-dimensional bridge in which it is housed is itself crafted in the form of a car wheel-rim, a field of inspiration that has often been explored by the brand. The most distinctive particularity of the movement, however, lies in its bi-directional seconds at 7 o’clock.
The seconds hand changes direction after 30 seconds thanks to a disconnecting gear system, and performs an instantaneous jump that sends it in the opposite direction to mark the following 30 seconds. The seconds are therefore indicated in two different directions, which gives the seconds hand a totally new way of moving. The principle is that of windscreen-wipers of certain sophisticated cars, constantly moving backwards and forwards to clear the entire windscreen surface.
So as to highlight these disparate elements, each of which is marked out in its own way by a distinctive design and construction, the “black gold” colour tone skeleton displays a harmonious aesthetic that inspires a sense of purity. Great care and attention has been paid to the quality of the hand-crafted finishes and the bridges with their indented angles.

This manually wound movement is made up of 263 parts. It is housed in the new Academia case, with a diameter of 42.5 mm. The alternating rose gold and rubber serve to recreate the famous imperial columns that are a characteristic feature of the watchmaker. The total thickness of the case is only 10.3 mm.

On the case back, the sapphire crystal reveals the wheels sculptured in relief, giving the movement a sense of volume and perspective.

Like all DeWitt timepieces, the Academia Skeleton watch meets the very highest standards of finishing adopted by the Manufacture right from its origins: hand-crafted finishes, satin-brushed finishes, circular graining, polished chamfering and indented angles.

Technical details
Reference DW1105S
Mechanical manually-wound movement with a double barrel, manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 36.6 mm
Power reserve: Over 100 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Balance with screws
Balance spring: Flat
Escapement: Swiss lever, 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 50 jewels
Number of components: 263

Hours, minutes, bi-retrograde seconds

Round case with Dewitt imperial columns on sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold and black rubber
Diameter: 42.5 mm
Total thickness: 10.25 mm
Crown: 18-carat gold, “W” signature
Case back: Open back, sapphire crystal
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Dial bridge in “black gold” colour tone, satin-finished, with indented angles
Seconds and power reserve indications in rose gold colour tone/ Seconds and power reserve indications in silver colour tone
Satin-finished bezel flange in “black gold” colour tone, with indication of the hours by index appliques in rose gold

Hours and minutes: open-worked hands in the shape of double edged swords, 18-carat rose gold
Seconds: open-worked hands in the shape of double-edged swords, rose gold colour tone

Mat brown alligator leather
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, « W » signature

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Oris Artelier Skeleton

Oris’s brand new creation, the Artelier Skeleton showcases not just the inner workings of a watch movement, but also the skill of the craftsman. Despite the extra work required in skeletonisation, the new watch still conforms to Oris’s philosophy of making the best possible watch at the best possible price.

The new watch adds further depth to the redesigned Artelier line, which was re-launched earlier this year with a slimmer, more fluid case shape, in keeping with contemporary tastes.
In this timepiece, Oris has removed much of the dial to reveal the delicate architecture of the automatic Oris Calibre 734. At the base of this is Oris’s signature Red Rotor, which appears fleetingly through apertures in the dial as it rotates.

The new watch is available on a grey, dark brown or black leather strap, each with a folding clasp. Alternatively, it also comes on the Artelier collection’s stainless steel bracelet, which has also been redesigned this year to match the watch’s slimmer, more streamlined feel.

Classical, dressy and designed for watch aficionados looking for a reasonably priced Swiss Made mechanical watch, the new Artelier Skeleton is available now, priced CHF 2,450.

Technical details
Model: Oris Artelier Skeleton
Ref. No. 01 734 7721 4051 LS, Ø 40.00mm

Automatic skeleton movement Oris Cal. 734, based on SW 200-1

Multi-piece stainless steel case and stainless steel crown
Water-resistant to 5 bar
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with see-through mineral crystal

Silver dial ring with guilloché pattern
Applied polished nickel indices
Nickel hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
Nickel second hand

Grey, black or dark brown leather strap with a stainless folding clasp
Also available with a stainless steel bracelet with butterfly-folding clasp

Swiss retail price: CHF 2,450

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hublot Classic Fusion Chukker Limited Edition

On the 8th edition of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup, Gstaad, the luxury Swiss watch brand launched has marks launched the limited edition Classic Fusion "Chukker" to celebrate the watchmaker’s association with the legendary polo tournament.
Dressed in "Earth" shades, its 45 mm case in micro-blasted titanium houses the HUB 1141 chronograph movement. A bi-compax chronograph whose counter at 9 o'clock measures the 7-and-a-half-minute duration of each chukker.
It features a grey-brown dial with subtle central sunray satin finish, black counters and luminous beige appliqués and hands. With a beige stitched calfskin strap sewn onto rubber, the Classic Fusion "Chukker" is available in an edition of 200 numbered pieces.
Technical details
Reference: 537.NI.7417.VR – Limited to 200 pieces

Micro-blasted titanium
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13.05mm
Water Resistant: 5 ATM (50m)
Bezel: Micro-blasted titanium
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Polished titanium
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Micro-blasted titanium with Hublot logo on the crown
Pushers: Micro-blasted titanium
Case back: Micro-blasted titanium engraved "LIMITED EDITION 200NUM"
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment

Grey sunray satin-finish, counters black satin circular
Satin-finished rhodium plated appliques with beige luminescent

Polished rhodium-plated hands with beige luminescent
Polished rhodium-plated chronograph second hand

Caliber Hublot HUB1141, automatic chronograph
Date: Window at 6.00
No of Components: 280 (59 Jewels)
Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power reserve: 42 Hours

Black rubber and beige calf with beige stitching
Buckle: Micro-blasted titanium deployant buckle clasp

Saturday, August 20, 2016


The PANZERA Breuer watch range captures all the key Bauhaus functional and design influences. The PANZERA Breuer B44-02D ARCTIC has a 44mm diameter (excluding crown) and 9mm thick 316L stainless steel case, with a high polished finish.

The movement is an accurate and reliable Miyota 821A self-winding mechanical with 21 jewels and 40 hour power reserve, that can be admired through the exhibition display case back.
The anti reflective coated hardened mineral glass highlight a crisp white dial with luxurious metallic index markers, a central sweeping seconds hand and date display at the 3 o’clock position. Hour and minutes hands as well as the index markers at 12,3,6 and 9 o’clock positions are luminous, making the watch easy to read at night or in low light.

A minimalist crown design located at the 3 o’clock position has a screw down function that helps provide water resistance of 50 Meters/ 5 ATM. The black 22mm strap is soft genuine calfskin leather with subtle gloss finish and has a high quality polished pushbutton butterfly clasp, engraved with the PANZERA logo. Each Panzera watch is individually serial numbered on its case back and comes with a user manual and 2 year international warranty card in a high-quality presentation box.

Technical details
Self-winding Mechanical (Miyota821A)
21 Jewels
Power reserve: 40 hrs

Stainless Steel (316L)
Diameter: 44mm
Weight: 83 gr.
Thickness: 9mm
Glass: Hardened mineral crystal with anti-reflective coating
Case back: Screwed in with exhibition display
Crown:  Screw-in
Water resistance: 5 ATM (50 meters)

Soft hand-made black leather with push-button deployment clasp

2yr International Warranty

Also available
PANZERA Breuer B44-02D ARCTIC Mesh

Raúl Pagès Soberly Onyx Limited Edition

Young watch maker Raúl Pagès launches his first watch “Soberly Onyx”- a contemporary horology creation crafted using traditional watchmaking methods and tools. Handmade in Switzerland and equipped with a historic mechanical calibre, this timepiece is available in a limited edition of ten pieces.
Cased in 18k white gold, this timepiece combines simplicity, purity and an exceptional standard of decoration on all parts of the movement. This piece possesses a handmade in house movement based on a vintage Cyma calibre from the 1950’s that is entirely reworked and decorated by hand.
Through making his own balance wheel and bridge by hand from scratch (diameter 13.30 mm), Raúl Pagès aspires to rediscover the elegance of the large balance wheels found in high end pocket watches from the 19th century.
The black onyx dial with refined, handmade 18k white gold indexes and hardened steel hands gives the timepiece a contemporary, elegant look, inspired by the sophisticated style of the Art Deco era.
The black frosted finish of the main plate contrasts beautifully with the hand polished angles, marrying tradition and modernity.

Technical details
Model: Handcrafted manual winding Soberly Onyx timepiece based on the robust vintage 1950’s Cyma 586k caliber. Limited edition of 10 pieces with handmade four arms balance wheel system and bridge

In 18k White Gold with synthetic sapphire crystal
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 9.30mm
Transparent display back with synthetic sapphire crystal
Polished bezel
Straight-grained case band
Gold hand-polished screws
Water resistance of the case: 3 atm (30m/100 ft)
Crown: Handmade in 18k white gold; Onyx cabochon inset

Modified Cyma 586k caliber
Diameter: 33.80mm
Thickness: 3.65mm
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 18’000 vibration/hours
Number of parts: 112parts
Number of jewels: 17; Olived-domed jewels in gold chatons

Onyx dial
Mysterious small second display at 6 o’clock
Handmade 18k white gold frosted indexes with straight-grained flanks and polished bevelling

Handmade straight-grained hardened steel hands with polished bevelling
Black polished and bevelled small second hand

Strap and buckle
Hand Sewn Genuine Leather
18k white gold pin buckle with engraved Pagès logo

ochs und junior Perpetual Calendar Watch

Designed by Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, the new ochs und junior perpetual calendar is an easy to handle, innovative contemporary complication timepiece designed for everyday use.

A traditional perpetual calendar houses a highly complicated mechanism to display the basic time, calendar functions and leap year indication. The large number of displays makes the dial more complicated and some times less legible. Also it needs large number of components to construct the mechanical movement of a perpetual calendar watch.
Dr. Ludwig Oechslin has more than 4 decades of experience in the watchmaking industry. Successfully fusing the innovative techniques and traditional watch making, he has created one of the most simplified perpetual calendar watches of modern era.

He used only 9 additional parts to create the perpetual calendar function for this new timepiece. Less number of components and controls makes this watch more easy to use and high reliable. Traditional perpetual calendars need more laborious effort to set its functions. Most require a complex system of pushers, and the date cannot be adjusted backwards. Oechslin’s perpetual calendar can be set simply using the crown, and the date is adjustable both forwards and backwards.

Dial of Oechslin’s perpetual calendar watch features two central hands and 31 holes around the perimeter of the dial. It also features an inner disc with four holes and two small discs at 6’o clock and 12’o clock respectively.
Oechslin’s perpetual calendar indicates following functions:-
  • Date: The 30+1 holes around the perimeter of the dial display the date.
  • Month: The 4 perforations in the month disk indicate the month. When the outermost perforation points to 1 o’clock, it is January. When the outermost perforation points to 2 o’clock, it is February. The month disk rotates clockwise.
  • Leap year: The 4 perforations in the month disk also show whether it is a leap year or a common year. When the outermost dot is orange, it is a leap year (366 days). When it is dark, it is a common year (365 days). The leap year disk rotates clockwise beneath the month disk.
  • Power reserve: The small circle beneath 12 o’clock is the power reserve indicator. Full power (60 hours) is when the dot is beneath the rightmost 12 o’clock marker. Empty is when the dot is beneath the leftmost 12 o’clock marker. The disk rotates counter clockwise.
  • Hour and minute: The exact minute can be read using the date holes, which are spaced at 2 minute intervals. Holes mark even minutes and gaps odd minutes.
  • Second: Just above the 6 o’clock marker is a seconds disk with a milled excentric dot. This disk shows the watch is running.
The grade 5 titanium case of the watch is manufactured by Peter Cantieni in Hinwil, Switzerland, while the gear system, dial, hands, buckle and crown are manufactured by Helfenstein in Alpnach, Switzerland. Each perpetual calendar is hand-assembled and hand-regulated by Sandra Flück at the ochs und junior workshop in Lucerne.
The Perpetual calendar model designed by Ludwig Oechslin comes in a 42mm case with a patina dial, platinum PT950 hands, rhodium markers, and orange dots. Production will be limited to 20 perpetual calendar watches this year. The export price (excluding 8% Swiss VAT) is CHF 20’240.

Technical details
Model: Perpetual calendar
42mm grade 5 titanium case with screw-down crown
Dial, date disk, month disk, leap year wheel, seconds disk, power reserve indicator in gray patina
Markers in rhodium
Hour and minute hands in brushed platinum PT950
Date and leap year dots in orange
Waterproof sturgeon leather strap handmade in Switzerland
Ludwig's special buckle in Grade 5 titanium

Magrette Manaia Limited Edition

New Zealand based watch brand Magrette takes inspiration for its timepieces from myths and stories of the great Maori culture. In this new creation, the brand highlights ‘Manaia’, a bird like creature that appears regularly in traditional and contemporary Maori wood carving.
Offered in a limited edition of just 25 pieces, the Magrette Manaia is a professional dive watch that is tested for withstanding extreme atmospheric pressures up to the depth of 500 meters. A functional pressure escape valve at 9’o clock protects the watch against pressure differences that can occur below 300 meters of depth. Finished with PVD coating, its solid stainless steel case measures 44mm diameter.
At the case back you can find the engraving of Manaia, which is also considered as a symbolic guardian angel according to Maori tradition. Engraved by Andrew Biggs, the design at the caseback features two manaia facing in opposite directions above and below each other. They are supported by a tiki at the shoulder representing mans connection with the spiritual world around us.
Magrette has chosen the Miyota 9015 self winding calibre to equip this timepiece. Beating at the rate of 28,800 bph, this 24 jewels movement manufactured in Japan provides a power reserve up to 42 hours when fully wound.

Technical details
Model: Manaia

9015 Miyota with hacking seconds
Automatic winding and hand winding
28.800 BPH
24 Jewels
Hour, minute and sweeping second hands
Date function
Second stop mode (hacking function) when setting time
Shock absorber for balance staff
Running time of more than 42 hours when fully wound

Diameter: 44mm excluding the crown
Case: Stainless Steel, PVD
Bezel: Hand engraved
Crown: Screw down crown
Crystal: Sapphire (double domed), AR coating
Dial and hands: Super Luminova C3
Pressure valve: functional pressure escape valve, protecting the watch against pressure differences that can occur below 300 meters of depth
Water-resistance: 500m/1650ft

All new black PU rubber strap with logo, name and customized deployment buckle Plus Black leather strap

Limited edition of 25 pieces

$1875.00 USD

Friday, August 19, 2016


The PANZERA Breuer B44 and BC47 watch ranges are based on classic German Bauhaus designed time pieces that first became famous in the 1950s and 60s. This minimalistic and timeless design is as contemporary and popular today as it was then.

The PANZERA Breuer watch ranges capture all the key Bauhaus functional and design influences:
• Minimalist design with no superfluous features or text
• Symmetrical and harmonious dial and index markers
• Slim line smooth curved case
• A contemporary large size diameter
The PANZERA Breuer B44-01D CELTIC has a 44mm diameter (excluding crown) and 9mm thick 316L stainless steel case, with a high polished finish. The movement is an accurate and reliable Miyota 821A self-winding mechanical with 21 jewels and 40 hour power reserve, that can be admired through the exhibition display case back. The anti reflective coated hardened mineral glass highlight a crisp black dial with luxurious metallic index markers, a central sweeping seconds hand and date display at the 3 o’clock position. Hour and minutes hands as well as the index markers at 12,3,6 and 9 o’clock positions are luminous, making the watch easy to read at night or in low light.

A minimalist crown design located at the 3 o’clock position has a screw down function, that helps provide water resistance of 50 Meters/ 5 ATM. The black 22mm strap is soft genuine calfskin leather with subtle gloss finish and has a high quality polished pushbutton butterfly clasp, engraved with the PANZERA logo. Each Panzera watch is individually serial numbered on it’s case back and comes with a user manual and 2 year international warranty card in a high-quality presentation box.

Technical details
Self-winding Mechanical (Miyota821A)
21 Jewels
Power reserve: 40 hrs

Stainless Steel (316L)
Diameter: 44mm
Thickness: 9mm

Case back: Screwed in with exhibition display
Crown: Screw-in
Water resistance: 5 ATM (50 meters)
Hardened mineral crystal with anti-reflective coating

Soft hand-made black leather with push-button deployment clasp

2yr International Warranty* (*Register online to activate 2nd year)

Other Versions
PANZERA Breuer B44-01DM CELTIC Mesh: with Shark Mesh 316L Stainless Steel Strap with Double Fold-over safety clasp

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Swiss Independent Watchmaking Pavilion to Display Watch Collections from its Member Brands at the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair

Independent brands of watches, SWISS MADE, will participate in a joint pavilion at the Hong Kong Exhibition from 6thto 10th September 2016 at the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair Salon de TE, Hall 3E , Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Hong Kong will host for the second time the "Swiss Independent Watchmaking Pavilion” for the promotion of independent watchmakers based in Switzerland, to present a different face of watchmaking from the one displayed by the industry’s giants.
SIWP is a concept which offers independent Swiss brands, the ability to pool their resources to develop synergies that will enable them to thrive in this highly competitive field. The banner of "Swiss Pavilion" has also already flown in Geneva, Beijing and Shenzhen since 2012, to promote the work, know-how and creative spirit of independent Swiss watchmakers.

The participating brands are:-
Greco Geneva
Kendall L. 1742
Ollivier Savéo
Pilo & Co Genève
Saint Honoré

Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America Limited Edition

With the brand new Classico America limited edition watch collection, Swiss luxury watch manufacture Ulysse Nardin pays tribute to the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sporting as well as the most important yachting competition of all time.

In August 1851, members of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) raced the “America” schooner to victory in England’s Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup. After this triumph, the trophy was renamed the America’s Cup in honor of the winning vessel.
Celebrating this landmark moment in yachting history and showing support of the 35th America’s Cup as an official partner of Team Artemis Racing, Ulysse Nardin introduces Classico America, a limited-edition watch collection of 30 pieces, each in 18-karat-white and rose-gold with enamel cloisonné dial featuring « Schooner America» motif.
Set within a 40mm-diameter dial is an authentic depiction of the America in all its glory. The ocean seems to brace for the schooner’s cutting-edge hull to slice through the surface. The daunting terrain of the Isle of Wight is its backdrop and pales in comparison to the ship’s colossal masts and sails. It’s as if one can feel its speed and is transported back in time to partake in the excitement of the America getting ready to secure the trophy. Its seafaring force is undeniable and brought to life through the enamel cloisonné technique.
Technical details
Ref. 8150-111-2/AMERICA: 18ct white gold
Ref. 8152-111-2/ AMERICA: 18ct rose gold
Limited Edition to 30 pieces

UN-815, COSC certified
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Winding: Self-winding movement


Diameter: 40 mm
Material: 18 carat rose or white gold
Crown: Water-resistant
Water-resistance: 50 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case back: Open case back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws

Enamel cloisonné, « Schooner America» motif


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