Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon Medium

Available in steel or rose gold, the Moon Medium model from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Collection 2017 includes a moon phase, with its finely worked geometric guilloché appearing both on the dial and on the disk that bears the moon phase itself. With a time lag of only one day every 985 years, the moon phase function boasts the ultimate precision. The glistening moon has a sandy finish, lending it a surprising sense of depth. For this timepiece, Manufacture’s craftsmen faithfully reproduced the varying faces of the moon with its reflections and changing colours as the hours pass. This very feminine model also enjoys the subtle addition of a hand indicating the seconds.
The first appearance of rose gold in this exceptional 36mm timepiece is enhanced with one of the signatures of the Métiers Rares™ of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture – the gem setting. Its golden dial, burning with the brightness of a thousand fires, is the backdrop for a tender pearl moon and a watch that is feminine in the extreme, its hue reminiscent of a dawning day, as the sun rises in a cloudless sky.

On this elaborate timepiece, the ultimate in femininity down to every last detail, including its pink satin strap, both the bezel and the rim of the case are entirely set with brilliant cut diamonds. To enhance the reflections of this radiant crown, a further 26 diamonds nestle discreetly in a semi circle above the hour numbers, which in turn make way to be replaced by an exquisite pearl moon in a sky filled with stars. With only a one day time lag every 985 years, the moon phase is a timekeeping function of rare precision. On the edge of the dial, the star, a signature of the Rendez-Vous line, offers a discreet reminder of the time of a future rendez-vous.

Technical details
Model: Rendez-Vous Moon Medium

References
Stainless, stainless steel bracelet: Q3578120
Stainless, alligator leather strap: Q3578420
Pink gold, pink gold bracelet: Q3572120
Pink gold, ostrich leather strap: Q3572420

Movement
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 935A, produced, assembled, and decorated by hand
28 800 vibrations per hour
40-hour power-reserve
267 parts
42 jewels
4.63 mm in height

Dial
Silvered guilloche and grained dial
Hands: Floral

Functions
Hours, minutes, second, moon phases

Case
Stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold
Bezel set with diamonds
34 mm in diameter
Height: 9.56 mm
Water-resistance: 3 bar

Strap
Ostrich or alligator leather strap with a folding buckle, interchangeable system strap
Stainless steel or pink gold bracelet

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large

As the part of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous collection 2017, which is to be unveiled at SIHH 2017, the Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large model comes equipped with a new function: It chimes at the appointed hour, thanks to the mysterious little star that has marked out certain models of the Rendez-Vous line since its inception, and that can be moved around the dial. The delicate tinkle of a single hammer strike is audible at the selected time. When it is set using the top crown, this innovative feature comes as a surprise to the ear and explains the name Sonatina, a musical term for a short melody.

On the dial, with its fine guilloché finish resembling raw silk, are blue steel hands, a design signature of traditional Swiss watchmaking. The elegant night and day indicator appears in a semi-circle at 6am, complementing the rendez-vous star at its side. In addition to a rose gold version, the Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large is also available in white gold with a dial of amethyst shades and brilliant cut diamonds adorning its bezel, lugs and the rim of its case. True to their reputation as virtuosos of colour, the Maison’s artists have embellished this sensual dial with captivating graduated hues. Inside each Sonatina Large model, beats a hand-decorated 735 Calibre automatic movement.

Technical details
Model: Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large

References
White gold: Q3593480
Pink gold: Q3592420

Movement
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 735, produced, assembled, and decorated by hand
28 800 vibrations per hour
40-hour power-reserve
286 parts
40 jewels
5.57 mm in height

Case and dial
White gold or pink gold
38.2 mm in diameter
Height: 10.59 mm
White gold model: Amethyst colour guilloche and grained dial. Bezel, horns, case side set with diamonds, inverted diamonds on the crowns
Pink gold model: Silvered guilloche dial. Bezel set with diamonds
Hands: Floral
Water-resistance: 5 bar
Crowns: 1 crown to move the star and set the desired rendez-vous time when the watch is due to chime. 1 crown to adjust the hours and minutes and the night and day indicator

Functions
Hours, minutes, second, night and day indicator
Alarm function and star indicating the rendezvous time

Strap
Alligator leather strap with a folding buckle, interchangeable system strap

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Basse Broye Chronographe

Launched this year by Swiss watch atelier Basse Broye, this Skelton Chronograph is a stunning masterpiece. Equipped with a full skeleton movement beating at 28,800 beats per hour, this high complication mechanical wristwatch offers the chronograph functions in an elegant style.
Dressed in a classic stainless steel case measuring 43.50mm diameter, this masterpiece redefines modern chronographs in terms of precision and elegance of dress watches.
This classical timepiece boasts a black partial dial featuring chronograph 30 minute counter at 12’o clock and small seconds counter at 9’o clock. This timepiece comes with an innovative and unique carbonated black alligator strap.
Technical details
Skeleton Self-winding mechanical automatic movement, 25 jewels and black ruthenium bridges
44 hours power reserve, 28’000 A/h
Date on bordeaux hand
Stainless case, diameter 43.50 mm, transparent case back
Sapphire crystal glass
Water-resistant at 50 meters
Unique black carbonated alligator leather band with engraved folding clasp

Swiss Watchmaker Carl F. Bucherer Presents the Brand’s Birthplace with a New Advertising Campaign and a Digital Lucerne Guide

The new brand identity is now at the center of Carl F. Bucherer’s current advertising campaign. It presents the birthplace of the brand with golden imagery, as a testimony to Carl F. Bucherer’s pride in its roots at the heart of Switzerland.

Carl F. Bucherer, the Swiss Luxury Watch Manufacturer has consistently implemented the new brand identity, which was launched at the Baselworld fair in early 2016 with a new advertising campaign. The campaign demonstrates the company’s origins – Made of Lucerne - together with a Digital Lucerne Guide – which Carl F. Bucherer has specially designed. The company has grown steadily over the past five years, quadrupling the number of watches sold from 6’500 to 25’000.
Launching the new brand identity early 2016 was a natural consequence of this growth. The company was launched by Carl Friedrich Bucherer in 1888. His personality and free spirit led the company from success to success. The first mechanically produced clock movement with a peripheral rotor was one of the many milestones in the heritage of the company, which meanwhile spans over 125 years. The new brand identity visualises the company’s roots at the heart of Switzerland with images in minimalistic gold that tell the story of the baroque influences of the cosmopolitan city of its home town Lucerne. The campaign was developed in close collaboration with the London Agency Havas.

The digital interpretation of the campaign theme “Made of Lucerne” was conjointly implemented with the Geneva Agency, Digital Luxury Group with the development of an exclusive Lucerne City Guide. Travellers can experience Lucerne as a “true luxury destination” under the mobile-optimized URL lucerne.carl-f-bucherer.com. This includes regularly updated insider tips from Carl F. Bucherer CEO Sascha Moeri, global brand ambassador Li Bingbing and diverse leading bloggers who have discovered Lucerne together with Carl F. Bucherer.

deLaCour City M Tourbillon

Swiss luxury watch brand deLaCour offers a high end Complication timepiece for Women, the City M Tourbillon, in a limited edition of only 3 watches.

Finely set with diamonds, this deLaCour watch with flying tourbillon offers women the opportunity to enter the world of Haute Complication.

Its flying tourbillon, taken from the Tourbillon Reflect, devoid of upper deck, preserving the mechanical hand-wound movement, is the result of close collaboration between deLaCour and Master Swiss Watchmakers.
The manufacture caliber with contemporary design and unusual cylindrical construction, extremely complex in its implementation, ensures a perfect visual harmony of the timepiece.

Placed in the iconic elliptical case of the brand, this tourbillon movement seems to be floating. The four rigid corundum columns, which make up its structure, release masterfully the interior space of the watch and reveal the gear train in all its purity.

The delicate insertion of these cylinders, fitting perfectly in a perpendicular axis structure, acts as bridges and grant maximum rigidity to the movement. deLaCour has opted for a pure dial, leaving only the two baguette-shaped hands to read the time. No index or number has been added on this gem, allowing it to show its sparkling diamond dressing and the purity of its flying tourbillon.

The hand-wound timepiece has a power reserve of 95 hours, controllable through a discrete indicator positioned at 11 o'clock. A hand-stitched crocodile strap completes the elegant dressing of this timepiece.

LIMES Neptun - New, Redesigned Version

Neptun, the popular diving watch from German watch brand LIMES now comes in a new, re-designed version.

The proven, robust construction of the ICKLER diver case remains unchanged. Design wise the Endurance II has got new polished hands with a large superluminova area giving a great contrast to the mat black dial.
The brushed case got some polished elements which underline the sporty design of the watch. With the new, polished luminous hands readability is perfectly given. The construction of the reliable Ickler diver case has not changed. Water resistance of the watch is 1000 meters.
The Neptun divers watch can be ordered with black rubberized leather strap or steel bracelet directly from LIMES. The price starts at EUR 960 (incl. VAT), EUR 806,72 (without VAT).
Technical details
Movement    
Decorated Swiss automatic movement Sellita SW 200-1

Case    
Diver's case made by Ickler, stainless steel, satin finish
Sapphire crystal
Unidirectional rotating bezel (120 clicks) with 60 min. scale and luminous point
Solid screw down case back
Screw down crown
Water resistant to 100 ATM
Diameter 41,2mm, thickness 12,6mm

Dial    
Black/white or black/orange with white luminous indices
Hands: White or orange hands, luminous

Strap
Black rubberized leather strap or stainless steel bracelet with safety clasp and fold-out extension
Width 20mm, wrist sizes: 18,5 - 22mm (leather strap) / 17 - 22mm (steel bracelet)

Holthinrichs - 3D Printed Mechanical Wrist Watches, Made in DELFT

Specialised in the production of 3D printed wristwatches, Holthinrichs brand was established by architecture turned horology enthusiast Michiel Holthinrichs. Merging his experience in designing beautiful buildings with the passion for the art of watchmaking, Michiel has created his own watch brand classic wristwatches inspired from the world of architecture.
3D- printing is the latest sensation in the field of industrial production. With his new watch brand based in the Dutch city of DELFT, Michiel brings this futuristic technology into the traditional watchmaking. He has collaborated with 3D printing specialist Materialise and a precision engineering company in order to realise his dream. It took two-years for the testing and prototyping of the watchcase that in fact is very difficult to manufacture using traditional techniques.
While having a classic design, the watch shows the current state of the technology, emphasised by skeleton shapes and the contrast between hand-polished and coarse 3D printed surfaces.  After the parts are post-processed, and all fittings are secured, Michiel had to finish the watches by hand; smoothing, filing and polishing each part so that they fit together in one unique masterpiece.
The Ruthenium dials for the watch were produced by a specialist dial manufacturing company based in Germany. The material is very rare but durable, and it gives the dial a beautiful deep anthracite colour, changing to brown and green according to the light.
The hands are made out of thin sheets of stainless steel 316L, the same material as the printed case, so no colour differences will occur. They are micro laser cut and etched, and then given hand polished bevels along the edges to make them truly stand out.
The movement beats inside each Holthinrichs watch is the classic Swiss ETA 7001 Elaboré, and apart from the (made to order) option of having it fully hand engraved. Its architecture refers to the movements from the early and mid-20th century, and it has a sub-second hand, which has got to be one of the most classical and stylish features a watch can have.

All watches feature their unique production number integrated onto the 3D printed case of the watch. According to the client wishes this can be changed into a personal text with a maximum of 10 digits or letters.
Customers can buy Holthinrichs Watches using a pre-sale / pre-fund method in which watches are produced after a limited amount of time (two months). The pre-sale price is 3499 € including VAT (excluding VAT outside Europe), a little more than 10% below the eventual retail price. Clients will have to pay 50% in advance in order for the brand to start the production. The remaining 50% may be deposited just before the delivery of the watch. It will take about three months for the watches to be manufactured, finished and to be ready for delivery.

Technical details
Case material: 3D printed stainless steel 316L
Case diameter: 38mm
Case thickness: 10mm
Movement calibre:     ETA 7001 Elaboré, engraved movement made to order.
Dial Material: Matte finished Ruthenium with recessed subdial.
Hands: Stainless steel 316L
Crystal front: Classic domed acryl
Crystal back: Sapphire
Strap:     selected to clients specifications

Website: www.holthinrichswatches.com

Grayton Origin: The Mechanical Smart Watch

Grayton introduces the Origin Mechanical watch: a classic self-winding timepiece with open-heart design plus a smart strap for activity tracking, phone notifications, music control and more.
The Origin is finely crafted to exacting standards in a brushed 316L stainless steel case with polished accents. The open-heart dial and see-through back cover puts Origin’s intricate self-winding mechanism on display, and keeps Origin infinitely wound. Its Japanese movement has 26,100 beats per hour and 24 jewels for superior timekeeping accuracy and a power reserve of 41 hours.
What makes Origin special, among other things, is the independent strap which instantly adds smart features. Designed to perfectly complement the Origin, the strap is refined, comfortable and slim. The smart strap is virtually indistinguishable from the best traditional leather straps of other fine watchmakers.
This revolutionary watch connects to a smartphone for the most convenient features such as calendar reminder, alarms, phone notifications and more. The built-in battery allows up to 10days of autonomy between charges. It’s ideal for receiving notification alerts in the office or recording workout fitness data at the gym. The Origin and the accompanying Grayton app are compatible with both iPhone and Android phones.
Origin is exclusively available for pre-sale on Indiegogo.com from November 28st, 2016. Wholesale packages for distributors and retailers are also available during the campaign.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five with Silver Dial

Swiss watch brand Oris welcomes a silver dial version to its hugely successful Divers Sixty-Five collection launched in 2015.

The Divers Sixty-Five collection was first revived in 2015, picking up on a diver’s watch design Oris first introduced in 1965. During the 1960s, many significant improvements were made to underwater diving apparatus by the likes of Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Christian J. Lambertsen. Just as important were the reliable underwater timing instruments they used to keep track of dive times as they ventured into the silent world. Oris was one of the decade’s pioneering diver’s watch manufacturers.
The revival watch bears many hallmarks of the 1960s original. From its slim-line case and bezel to its trapezoid date window, the Divers Sixty-Five is a faithful tribute to the innovations of the decade. Oris has updated the materials and given it a modern, high-performance automatic movement, in keeping with the company’s exacting 21stcentury industrial watchmaking standards.
Its 42mm case is made of high-grade stainless steel; the unidirectional bezel has a lightweight black aluminium inlay; the bubble-curved glass is made of sapphire crystal and has an anti-reflective coating on the inside; and the hands and hour markers are filled with SuperLumiNova® in place of the tritium used in the 1960s.
That original 1960s collection included a silver-dialled version, a colour Oris has now returned to, adding a touch of coastal glamour to the Divers Sixty-Five’s robust, utilitarian aesthetic.
This latest Divers Sixty-Five comes with three strap and bracelet options. The black rubber strap with its weave effect is lifted from the 1960s; the brushed stainless steel bracelet is styled like its 1960s forebear, including the round-headed pins that hold the links together; and the distressed vintage leather strap gives it a versatile quality that proves the watch is at home on land as at sea. Completing the vintage look is the engraved shield on the case back, an historic Oris emblem from the 1960s.
The new Oris Divers Sixty-Five with a silver dial gives a sleek, almost louche appeal to one of the watch industry’s most talked about diver’s watches of the last two years. It is available now, priced CHF 1,900 on a strap and CHF 2,100 on a bracelet.

Technical details
Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7720 4051 RS, Ø 42.00mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 3 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black aluminium inlay with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back engraved with historic Oris shield emblem

Dial
Silver, curved dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®
Hour, minute and seconds hands filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Available on a black rubber strap, a brown vintage leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet

Retail Price
Swiss retail price: CHF 1,900 on a strap, CHF 2,100on metal bracelet

Monday, November 28, 2016

Largest Hublot Boutique Opens in Al-Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hublot and Attar United Company have launched the latest Hublot boutique in the Middle East, in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The 300 square meters boutique, the largest one for Hublot worldwide, is located on Al-Sheikh Avenue, one of the newest landmarks in the city, home to the most luxurious brands including Hublot and its most recent watch collections.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted by Ricardo Guadalupe Hublot’s CEO, Marco Tedeschi, Hublot Regional Director Middle East & Africa, Mohammed Saddik Attar, CEO Attar United Company, and with special guest Eng. Fahad bin Mohammed bin Othman Al-Jubeir, Mayor of the Eastern province.
On November 23, members of the local press visited the boutique on King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz Road and discovered the latest Hublot watches, from the lovely Big Bang Broderie for ladies to the impressive Big Bang Unico Sapphire All Black for gents. Interesting discussions with Mr. Guadalupe and Mr. Tedeschi allowed journalists to learn more about Hublot’s identity and its Art of Fusion concept.
Hublot collectors, VIPs and local personalities gathered at the boutique for the second part of the opening event. Guests tried their favorite Hublot timepieces and exchanged ideas with both Hublot management and members of the Attar group about their preferences when it comes to watch designs and functionality.
The new Hublot boutique in Saudi Arabia reflects the brand’s characteristics: graceful design, elegant colors and perfect finishing. In line with Hublot’s ‘Art of Fusion, the fantastic interiors combine several materials such as natural bauxite and ebony wood, creating a lavish yet warm environment. The boutique’s opulent black marble façade stands as a gateway into a world of absolute luxury and refinement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox Boutique Edition

The Master Memovox, Jaeger-LeCoultre's iconic alarm watch, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its automatic movement this year. To mark the occasion, the Grand Maison has created an exclusive boutique edition. Available from Jaeger LeCoultre boutiques, the Master Memovox Boutique Edition, is a contemporary interpretation of an enduring 1970s design.

The Memovox line has been a continuous element in the Manufacture's history since 1950s, and has a story that resonates with both aficionados and collectors of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches.
Featuring a double crown and a mobile disc with desires alarm time shown by a triangular indicator, the Memovox watch made its mark on Fine Watchmaking the minute it was released. Its legendary movement, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 815, was the first automatic movement to boast an alarm function designed by the Grand Maison and has inspired many others since its introduction in 1956.The Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre that powers the Master Memovox Boutique Edition is direct descendant of the original.
There are two crowns on this watch. The bottom crown is used for winding as well as setting the time. Setting the alarm function is simple: shift the top crown into neutral position. Then, in position 2, turn this crown in anti-clockwise direction until the desired ring time. In doing so, the mobile disc with its little retro-style and famous Memovox indicator triangle turns around the dial to the alarm time. Turing the crown clockwise allows the wearer to set the date, displayed in an aperture at 3'o clock.
To create this special edition Jaeger-LeCoultre's designers sought inspiration in a watch dating back to the 1970s, the Memovox Snowdrop. This rare model with its tranquil greyish-blue dial has lost none of its allure. Blue is quite emblematic of the Memovox collection and has always been a very popular colour for this watch throughout its history.
The dial has kept all the characteristics of the Memovox Snowdrop. Baton hands with luminescent coating move around a white rail track minute circle, which delineates the outer rim of the sunray finish blue inner disc. Here is ensconced the little triangle that acts as a hallmark of the alarm function, and glows in the dark. Moving across an opaline blue surface, the triple faceted hour-markers are also coated in luminescent material and overlaid by a grey blue rail track minute circle - just like the original watch. As a crowning touch, the twelfth hour-marker is replaced with Jaeger-LeCoultre logo. This watch constitutes a fine homage to its ancestor, giving a modern retro-style look and feel.
The timepiece comes dressed in a contemporary styled stainless steel case with brushed finishing. On the case-back you can find the engravings of limited edition numbers and the '1000 Hours Control' symbol. The material selected for the strap is deep blue braided cotton known as Trieste, with a contemporary light blue stitching.

Technical details
Model: Master Memovox Boutique Edition
Reference: Q141848J

Movement
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 956, produced, assembled and decorated by hand
28,800 vibrations per hour
45 hour power reserve
288 parts
23 jewels
7.45 mm in height

Dial
Inner dial blue sun burst
Outer dial Opaline blue
Hands: Baton, polished, Super-Luminova

Functions
Hours, minutes, second
Date
Alarm

Case
Stainless steel, polished finish
40mm in diameter
Height: 14mm
Solid case-back with the Master Control logo and the legend 'Limited to 500 piese' engraves
Water resistance: 5 bar

Strap
Calfskin in Trieste black, blur top-stitching

Availability
Limited edition of 500 pieces
Exclusive to Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques

MONTANDON & Co – Seven Seas Chronometers

MONTANDON & Co is a young Swiss watch brand established by Daniel M. Montandon in order to create innovative and highly demanding Haute Horlogerie timepieces in service to those who are seriously involved in the world of international yachting, from Lake Geneva to the world’s oceans. To realize this project, Daniel has created a partnership with David Candaux, a master watchmaker renowned for his contemporary haute horlogerie creations.
MONTANDON & Co creates superlative marine chronometers destined for conquering the aquatic firmament, utilizing the best traditions of marine timekeeping wedded with 21st century innovation for the ‘masters and commanders’ who view the Seven Seas as their domain. These timepieces represent the epitome of synthesis between the avant-garde and tradition, entirely manufactured in Switzerland in the famed watchmaking area of the Vallée de Joux, with the purest respect for the local craft skills and canons of Haute Horlogerie.
MONTANDON & Co’ s ambition and challenge is to create original and sophisticated timepieces in terms of movement and case, united with a holistic view of the design elements of both. For this reason the Company controls the design and manufacture all of all components closely, starting from the initial designs to final finishing, with exact demands applied to every detail.
MONTANDON &Co watches are entirely manufactured in the heart of the Vallée de Joux. It is in this historically inspirational environment that a small team of specialized craftsmen watchmakers manufacture, finish and assemble components for the timepieces to the highest standards of Haute Horlogerie.
The choice of the finest materials is also fundamental to this approach. Everywhere possible, the use of noble metals and innovative materials are combined with matchless finishing in order ensuring the rarity, authenticity and quality of the movements and all their individual components. MONTANDON &Co has expressly engraved the ‘Vallée de Joux’ label on the watch dials to recall that it is in this privileged valley that all MONTANDON & Co watches are created.
In order to maintain and guarantee the high levels of rarity and quality, MONTANDON & Co designs, develops and manufactures its own movements. Based on the automatic flying tourbillon caliber with unusual annular rotor construction, these mechanical watch movements integrate new solutions and features. These were specifically invented and developed in the spirit of creating an ultimate 21st century sea-faring chronometer worthy of the exceptional marine chronometers from sailing’s golden history.
Inspired by a map’s compass rose, the movement’s style and finishing characterize a complete and original identity uniquely identifiable as MONTANDON & Co, setting a new aesthetic canon, never seen before.

Oceanrider TMA01 V1
By combining specific elements of style and sophistication found on modern Super Yachts together with the culture of Haute Horlogerie, the Oceanrider line redefines the codes at the heart of the 21stcentury’s marine timekeeping.
Chosen as a flagship model for the brand’s launch, the Oceanrider TMA01 V1 is the first model within the Oceanrider collection. This line of exceptional timepieces was designed to be worn both on land or sea. Under all conditions it still retains the prime predicate "adventurer of the seas."
The tight lines of the Oceanrider TMA01 V1 cleverly conceal its resistance to the elements, and its elegant visual codes allow it to be worn befitting all times and occasions. Every detail of the Oceanrider TMA01 V1 timepiece refers to its sea faring credentials, such as its helm’s inspired crown, the pushers and their protectors evoking the superstructures of great modern yachts, the wind rose on the secondary crown, the starfish lying on one of the movement bridge or the asymmetrical hand outlines inspired by the shapes of sails. Every Oceanrider TMA01 V1 represents the apex where the avant-garde and tradition simultaneously meet.
The case that houses the TMA01 V1 movement was also completely developed and manufactured in house. Fully conceived and designed in the spirit of the brand, it comprises a high degree of sophistication with over 35 components required to assemble it. From each of the uniquely shaped case screws that seal the anti-glare treated sapphire glass with the watch’s casing to its special crown, everything has been designed with extreme attention to detail and quality. Water resistance is guaranteed down to 50 meters.
With the launch of their first timepiece, the Oceanrider TMAO1 V1, upsetting all the existing codes, MONTANDON & Co pioneers in using Bronze for the execution of a horological complication. This nod to a historical material from marine history is possible thanks to a specially developed alloy guaranteeing total electrochemical stability, further complemented with a bezel, pushers and guards in grade-5 titanium.
A particular secret for the owner of an Oceanrider TMA01 V1 is its specially designed ‘iris’, which mechanism that permits its adjustable opening, controlled via the secondary crown. When opened, the magnificent Flying Tourbillon at the heart of the movement is unveiled, and when closed, this watchmaking complication becomes a secret only known to the owner, perfectly protected from magnetic fields and hidden from view.
Technical details
Functions
Hours
Minutes
Seconds at 6 o’clock
60 second flying tourbillon
Iris with adjustable opening
Main crown for winding and setting the time
Secondary crown for adjusting the iris aperture

Case
Bronze Special A-HP with bezel and pushers in grade-5 titanium
Or
White gold 150PD 18K with bezel and pushers in grade-5 titanium
Number of components: 36
Diameter of the case: 44 mm
Dial opening: 37 mm
Overall thickness: 11 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters
Crowns: 2
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Additional holes drilled into the luggs to mount straps with regular pins.

Movement
Automatic flying tourbillon
Caliber: Montandon & Co - TMA01 V1
Diameter: 34 mm
Number of components: more than 250
Balance frequency: 21,600 oscillations - 3Hz
Number of Jewels: 26
Power reserve: 72 hours
Spiral: Breguet overcoil
Annular peripheral rotor allowing clear view of the movement

Dial
Composed of 2 18K gold parts, mechanically assembled
7 appliques in 18K white gold
Guilloche center ‘wave pattern’
Available in 3 basic colors: blue, snow and slate
Hands: 3 hands in 18K white gold, with Super-Luminova treatment

Bracelets
Crocodile, inside and outside, with rolled-edges, hand-stitched
Supplied with an integrated pin pusher, allowing its quick and easy change
Deployment clasp
2 blade folding deployment buckles in polished stainless steel 316L
End piece in Special A-HP Bronze or 18K 150PD white gold

Price
Bronze Special A-HP: from CHF 128’000,00
White gold 150PD 18K: from CHF 146’000,00

About Daniel M. Montandon
The horological knowledge and passion that flows in the veins of MONTANDON & Co’s identity can be traced to the generations of Daniel M. Montandon’s background. He grew up in a world fully infused with all the traditions and values that form the heart and soul of Swiss watchmaking within a renowned family that marked the watchmaking industry with their footprint. André, his paternal grandfather, was an independent watchmaker in Le Locle and the well-known manufacture Eberhard & Co was founded in 1887 by Georges Eberhard, his great grandfather. Following a spirit of adventure during the mid-1940, André his father, became one of the first official representatives of the Swiss Watch Federation in South America at that time. André Heiniger his uncle was the President of Rolex for over 40 years during its period of incredible worldwide expansion.

With a personal history such as this, it was only natural that Daniel M. Montandon would be drawn to follow his family’s footsteps, and in this capacity he worked for many years with several major brands. The fall of the Berlin Wall launched him as a pioneer of Haute Horlogerie in the Russian Federation as well as other East European countries, where he was responsible for the introduction and promotion of prestigious high-end brands.

Daniel M. Montandon’s passion for the nautical world was evident at an early age when he participated in his first regattas at the age of 12. Later, this passion would draw him into establishing a career in naval architecture during which he received international acclaim. During this period he collaborated with leading shipyards specialized in the construction of large modern yachts such as Perini Navi, inventing and developing numerous devices to improve the performance, safety and maneuverability of these tall ships. His fascination with the marine world extended his interests to include scuba diving, a sport in which he still participates during free moments in his busy schedule.

About David Candaux
Coming from generations of watchmaking background and a child of the famed watchmaking area Vallée de Joux, David Candaux is a master watchmaker and constructer of movements. He is the author of famed contemporary masterpieces of watchmaking. With the idea of taking ‘solo flight’, he decided to establish a Ferme Horlogère (historical watchmakers’ farm) encapsulating the heritage of the Vallée de Joux, to apply his numerous talents for prestigious brands.

Impressed by the philosophy behind the MONTANDON & Co project, he became the ideal partner to provide a mechanical life force with innovative ideas for the brand. The universe of David Candaux and his team thus engage in perfect harmony together with that of MONTANDON &Co, providing a pioneering mechanical spirit infused with the watchmaking traditions of the Vallée de Joux.

Website : http://montandonandco.ch/

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Favre-Leuba - Raider and Chief Collections

The legendary Swiss watch brand Favre-Leuba is now back. After taking over by Tata Group in 2011, Swiss watch brand Favre-Leuba, which traces its origins back to 1737, is making a comeback this year by launching new watch collections: the Raider and Chief.

Inspired by their legendary forefathers, the timepieces from the Raider and Chief lines boast technical as well as aesthetic brilliance. Like their role models, the new watches are characterized by innovation and functionality. They are dependable companions for those who are not held back by seemingly insurmountable limits but rather pave their own way.
Identifying and pursuing new targets and adventures, constantly challenging the status quo, changing perspectives  to  find  creative solutions,  redefining  obstacles as opportunities to surpass  instead of limits to bow down to  –  this mindset was and  continues to be the foundation  of  Favre-Leuba,  and which is best expressed through their watches that narrate the glorious history. With its striking aesthetics and ingenious functionality, The Bivouac, which, in 1962, was the first mechanical watch equipped with an aneroid barometer for altimetry and air pressure measurement, and The Bathy of 1968, which for the first time displayed not only dive time but also dive depth, are worthy torchbearers.  Time and time again, they have always been reliable companions to their wearers - in every situation where they were conquering frontiers be it at great heights or depths, in heat, high humidity, or freezing cold.

It would hence only be apt to take a leaf out of the old book and design the contemporary line of watches based on these successes. The thread that runs common with the past well into the present, across the two new lines of Raider and Chief, is the perseverance of excellence in both functionality and design.

Favre-Leuba Raider Line
Timepieces from the Raider line are ideal companions for anyone who revels in rising above the defined boundaries.  The  Deep Blue, waterproof to 300  m, accompanies divers  to  discover  the mysterious worlds  underwater, while  the  Sea Sky  combines the functionality of a chronograph with the  practical benefit  of  a  rotating  bezel,  which  allows  the  wearer  to  define  new  benchmarks.  With  this  year’s collection highlight, Favre-Leuba offers further proof of its values such as defiance, ingenuity and the pioneering spirit,  that have defined the brand for over the rich 279 years. With its innovative and unique way of displaying the time, the Harpoon demonstrates that, especially in this case, less is surely more.

Bundled with all that is essential to an explorer, Harpoon is indeed the ultimate diving watch. What it lets one see, is what is needed the most, the minutes of precision to complete a successful dive.

RAIDER HARPOON
Movement
Automatic, patented mechanism for hour display

Functions
Time display by minute hand and hour indicator, running seconds disk at the center for function control, helium valve

Case
Stainless steel or Stainless steel with Gun metal PVD coating
Unidirectional rotating bezel made of anodized aluminium
Screw-in crown
Sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on both sides
Screwed and aligned case back
Diameter: 46 mm, height: 16.5 mm
Water-resistant up to 50 bar/500 m

Dial
Black or Blue
Appliquéd index marks; luminous (blue emission) index marks and hour indicator, minute and second hands, markings under seconds disk

Strap
Rubber strap or Black/Brown calf skin strap, pin buckle

RAIDER DEEP BLUE
Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, running seconds disk at the center for function control, date display

Case
Stainless steel or stainless steel with Gun Metal PVD coating
Unidirectional rotating bezel made of anodized aluminum; screw-in crown; sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on both sides; screwed and aligned case back; diameter 44 mm, height 13.5 mm, water-resistant up to 30 bar/300 m

Dial
Blue or Black dial
Appliquéd index marks; luminous (blue emission) index marks, hour, minute and second hands, markings under seconds disk

Strap
Black/Brown calfskin strap, pin buckle or
Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp with safety bracket and diving extension system or
Rubber strap with pin buckle

RAIDER SEA SKY
Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters, date display

Case
Stainless steel or stainless steel with Gun Metal PVD coating
Unidirectional rotating bezel made of anodized aluminum; screw-in crown; sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on both sides; screwed and aligned case back; diameter 44 mm, height 15.7 mm, water-resistant up to 20 bar/200 m

Dial
Black/white or Blue/white
Appliquéd index marks; luminous (blue emission) index marks, hour and minute hands

Strap
Black/Brown calfskin, pin buckle or
Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp with safety bracket or
Rubber strap with pin buckle

Favre-Leuba Chief Line
Timepieces from the Chief line boast a succinct style alliance with timeless aesthetics.  The line presently offers two models: the Sky Chief Date and the Sky Chief Chronograph.

SKY CHIEF DATE
Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date display

Case
Stainless steel or Stainless steel with rose gold bezel
Screw-in crown; curved sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on one side; screwed and aligned case back; diameter 43 mm, height 12.8 mm, water-resistant up to 10 bar/100 m

Dial
Black or Anthracite
Appliquéd index marks; luminous index marks, hour and minute hands

Strap
Black or Brown calfskin, pin buckle

SKY CHIEF CHRONOGRAPH
Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute counter, date display

Case
Stainless steel or Stainless steel with rose gold bezel
Screw-in crown; curved sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on one side; screwed and aligned case back; diameter 43 mm, height 16.1 mm, water-resistant up to 10 bar/100 m

Dial
Black or anthracite
Appliquéd index marks; luminous index marks, hour and minute hands

Strap
Black or Brown calfskin, pin buckle

The  unmistakable  shapes  and  bold  elements  confirm  that  the  DNA  of  the  new  Raider  and  Chief collection belong to the Favre-Leuba brand and have been skillfully translated  into the design of today.

The Favre-Leuba design language – clear, expressive lines – characterizes all products. The case –a bow drawn from lug to lug, just like a bridge running over time, shares the enthralling contrast of the brushed and polished surfaces.  The bezel  –  this  seemingly simple  design component also boasts a special detail  when observed:  it’s not  just another  circular functional element but rather a finely wrought Tetradecagon,  which creates a strong and distinctive look of the new  Favre-Leuba  collection.
The case back – made with precision that conveys no detail is ever too small at Favre-Leuba, is screwed in place to ensure that it’s always perfectly aligned.

The striking hands and the conspicuous appliquéd index marks, pronounce a mark of boldness on an otherwise minimalistic dial. Not only are these the distinguishing feature of an unpretentious timepiece but also prove to be a functional element in the dark as the Super-LumiNova coating comes to light.

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