Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold Limited Edition

This exclusive limited edition timepiece incorporates two innovations. Firstly, the watch case is made from Magic Gold, the first scratch-resistant gold and the hardest variety in the world, developed and patented by Hublot with the EPFL five years ago. The second innovation is its beating heart. Its innovatively constructed movement, the Hublot Manufacture calibre HUB1201 reveals its entire original interlocking power reserve on the dial side.
Certified by the Central Office for Precious Metals Control Magic Gold is the first scratch-resistant gold in the world and demonstrates a hardness of almost 1000 Vickers. Now produced in the high-tech foundry at the Nyon Manufacture, this patented material with magical properties was created by the revolutionary fusion of 24-carat gold and ceramic.
The HUB1201 Hublot Manufacture movement has two parallel barrels with a rack-driven power reserve indication system, two racks sliding on a 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock axis thanks to a rack and pinion system, a double power reserve display, and a Meccano-inspired architecture for an innovative construction. On the dial side, the Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold reveals the mechanics of the movement and the unusual architecture of its rack-driven 10-day power reserve. Its manually wound skeleton mechanism displays the regulating organ at 7 o'clock, paired with small seconds. Limited to 200 pieces.
Technical details
Model: BIG BANG MECA-10 MAGIC GOLD
Reference: 414.MX.1138.RX – Limited edition of 200 pieces

Case
Magic Gold, polished
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness:15.95 mm
Bezel: Magic Gold, polished
Lower bezel: Black composite resin
"H" screws Black-plated titanium screws (6)
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Case back: Microblasted black ceramic with sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM (100m)

Dial
Skeletonised, matt black
Bridges: Coated in black
Balance: Rhodium-plated, polished

Movement
Hublot HUB1201, Manufacture skeleton movement with manual winding and power reserve; Swiss lever escapement
No. of components: 223
Jewels: 24
Frequency (Hz): 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h)
Power reserve: 10 days

Strap
Black rubber straps with structured lines
Buckle: Black-plated titanium and black ceramic deployant buckle clasp

Rolex New Oyster Perpetual Explorer

The latest version of Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer boasts an updated dial design featuring the luminescent details for enhanced legibility. The model’s characteristic 3, 6 and 9 numerals are now filled with a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting blue glow, like the hour markers and hands. This exclusive Chromalight display offers exceptional legibility in any conditions. The hands are also broader and longer for enhanced visual comfort. In addition, as the assurance of its exceptional performance, the timepiece carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015.
The Explorer is emblematic of the privileged relationship that has always bound Rolex and exploration. A pioneering spirit prompted Rolex, in the 1930s, to equip numerous Himalayan expeditions with watches. Their observations had a direct impact on the development of the Oyster and the quest for greater precision, robustness and reliability. On 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach Everest’s 8,848-metre summit. This remarkable human adventure also served to reinforce the reputation of the Oyster watches that accompanied the expedition. The Oyster Perpetual Explorer, launched in 1953 in the wake of the successful ascent of the world’s highest mountain, soon achieved iconic status.

The Explorer’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion resistant 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. Fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, the winding crown screws down securely against the case. The crystal is made of virtually scratch-proof sapphire and the waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Explorer’s high-precision movement.
The Explorer is equipped with calibre 3132, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. It is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring its regularity in any position. The oscillator is held firmly in place by a height-adjustable traversing bridge and is fitted between high performance Paraflex shock absorbers, developed and patented by Rolex, that provide 50 per cent greater resistance to shocks. Calibre 3132 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 48 hours.
The Explorer is complemented with a solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel featuring an Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. It features the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm.

The Explorer is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

Technical details
Case
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 39 mm
Material: 904L steel, satin fnish
Bezel: Smooth
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Winding crown: Screw-down; Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Movement
Calibre 3132, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 48 hours

Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Rolex overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing balance bridge
High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers

Dial
Black, satin finish
Hour markers
Highly legible Chromalight 3, 6, 9 and appliques (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct white gold
Hands: 18 ct white gold, Chromalight

Bracelet
Type: Oyster, three-piece solid links
Material: 904L steel, satin finish, polished edges
Clasp: Oysterlock folding safety clasp; Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Raketa Watches – History and Brand info

Raketa is one of the most popular watch brands in Russia. The Raketa watches are manufactured by the Petrodvorets Watch Factory, Russia’s oldest watch factory. One of the oldest watch making companies in the world, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory was founded by Peter the Great in 1721. The Factory started producing wrist watches under the brand “Pobeda” (Victory) since the End of World War II and since 1961 under the brand “Raketa” in honor of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
Origins
The Petrodvorets Watch watch company’s origins trace back to 1721 when Peter the Great founded the Lapidary factory in Peterhof. It was the first specialized stone workshop in Russia and its craftsmen contributed their skills in the construction of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Hermitage, and the fountains of St. Petersburg. At the end of the XIX century the Peterhof factory began the production of pocket watches.

After the October Revolution of 1917 the Peterhof Lapidary Factory became the first Russian factory specialized in the production of technical stones for the precise instrument-making industry.  In 1930 the factory was renamed as the First state factory of precision technical stones (ТТК-№ 1) and began producing stones for the watch-making industry in the USSR.
In the 1940s, the factory started producing watches. During the Second World War, a major part of the building of the factory was destroyed yet Workers continued their work with limited resources despite daily bombardments. After the Second World War the factory started producing watches under the brands ‘Zvezda’ and ‘Pobeda’.Soon the factory started producing new generation mechanical watch movements including world renowned “Raketa 2609 НА movement. During this time, Russian watches were exported to 38 countries.

In the 80’s the factory expanded and became one of the most successful enterprises in the USSR. It used to produce 4.5 million items annually with a work force of 8000 people.
After the Perestroika (a political movement for reformation within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the 1980s) and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the factory had to rebuild completely the infrastructure. The factory turned out to be unadapted to the new economical environment, and the watch production drastically decreased.  However, the factory workers managed to keep the production going and saved its unique equipment. Watches were produced by special orders. Among their regular clients were military and state bodies that helped the factory to survive until 2009.

Re-organization of the Brand
To renew the legacy of Russia’s oldest watch factory, an investment fund was founded by Russian and foreign investors in 2009 and the reorganization of the factory started with the help of Russian and Swiss engineers including ex-director of the hair-spring and escapement department of “Rolex”, Jean-Claude Quenet.

In 2010, Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich Romanov, a member of the House of Romanov, the former ruling Russian Imperial dynasty, was appointed as a Director of the Board of Petrodvorets Watch Factory, founded by his ancestor Peter the Great. He is also advisor to the factory's Creative department. In the same year, Russian top model Natalia Vodianova joined the Petrodvorets Watch Factory team. In August 2010, the factory opened Petrodvorets watchmaker school, presently it is the only specialized horology institution in Russia.

“Raketa” created the new collection in March 2011 under the direction of Creative Director Jacques von Count Polier and David Henderson Stewart. After a few months Petrodvorets Watch Factory participated in the international exhibition Baselworld.

In 2013, Prince Rostislav Romanov created a special limited edition of Raketa watches in honor of the anniversary year of the royal house of the Romanov and Natalia Vodianova designed a new model of Raketa watch which is equipped with the new Raketa Avtomat mechanism.
In 2014, Raketa launched its new movement “Raketa Avtomat”, one of the most reliable movements in the world. The popular watch models equipped with this movement are Raketa “Petrodvorets Classic”, Raketa “Zvezda”, Raketa “Polar” and Raketa “Amphibia”.
Raketa Classic Avtomat
In 2015, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory launched an exclusive watch line offering the engraving of customer’s name and special messages on the dial.

Presently the brand’s operations are spread out at two locations: the Petrodvorets Watch Factory in Petergof and the Raketa Creative Studio in Moscow. Today, Petrodvorets Watch Factory is one of the rare watch factories in the world that fully manufactures its own movements from A to Z, including hairspring and escapement.

Monuments
In its 290 years of history, the Petrodvorets Watch factory has created numerous national symbols in Russia, such as precious stones for the court of the Russian Empire, for the House of Fabergé, ruby stars of the Moscow Kremlin, marble for Lenin`s Mausoleum, marble works for St.Isaac`s Cathedral, for the Malachite room. In 2014, the Petrodvorets Watch Factory was chosen to realise the biggest mechanical clock movement in the world in Dietskii Mir on Lubyanka. Today, some of the beautiful objects created by the Petrodvorets Factory can be discovered in the world’s most famous museums such as the Louvre, Versailles, Hermitage, Sanssouci and others.

Official website: http://www.raketa.com/

Louann - Handmade Luxury Watches, Proudly Crafted in Greece


The Greek luxury watch brand Louann is making a return with an online crowd funding campaign on indiegogo. Founded by Loukas Mainas, an industrial designer from Greece and his girlfriend Ann, the Louann (Lou + Ann) luxury watch brand started its operations in 2002. In 2004 the company introduced Louann Transparent, the first Greek, entirely hand-made, luxury watch. However due to the economic crisis in Greece, the brand suspended its operations in 2009. With their crowd funding campaign, the brand is planning to create limited quantities of luxury/bespoke watches especially for the connoisseurs of high end horology. On its indiegogo camapign, Louann is offering two exclusive watch models - Louann Transparent & Louann Balancier.

Louann Transparent
Entirely hand-made in the atelier, the Louann Transparent was the first Greek luxury watch. The watch crafted with solid 18K gold is available in three separate tones to choose from white, pink, or yellow gold. Louann Transparent is available in gem-set versions.
It houses a rhodium plated Swiss automatic mechanical movement ETA 2824-2, specially made for Louann. Open back and screw down crown, sapphire crystal front and back, golden dial with enamel, it is fitted with a hand-made alligator strap or hand-made bracelet at the same color as the case.
It is water resistant up to 5Atm. From the tone of the gold, the amount and type of precious stones, the insignia, the details of screws and dials, the type and color of the band, each watch is bespoke and entirely matched to the customer's desires.

Louann Balancier
The brand created the second model called Louann Balancier in November 2016. Louann Balancier is also hand-made, in solid 18K gold in two-tone combinations to choose from (white, pink, gold), with a Swiss automatic skeleton ETA 2892A2 or with non-skeleton with closed dial.
This timepiece comes fitted with a hand-made alligator watchband. From the color of the gold, the amount and type of precious stones, the insignia, the details of the screws, the type and color of the band, again each watch is entirely bespoke.
From the stock of 2009, nineteen (19) Transparent and eight (8) Balancier (skeleton) movements manufactured by ETA are left with the atelier. Since ETA SA stopped supplying movements to watchmakers, except to the Swatch Group, Louann has decided to build and offer these twenty-seven (27) watches, with these specific movements mentioned above and offer them at discounted price.

For backers the special price of Louann Transparent with alligator strap is 6,700 Euros (retail price is 13,300 Euros) and for Louann Balancier skeleton version with alligator strap as well, is 10,500 Euros (retail price 19,700 Euros). These watches will be called “The gratitude watch” and will be numbered from 1 to 27 with a special engraving “GRATITUDE WATCH 1/27” and so on. Also, the name or initials of the owner will be on every watch.

Indiegogo link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/louann-the-luxury-of-a-handmade-18k-gold-watch-watches#/

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

VALANI Glory Automatic

VALANI is a contemporary watch brand founded by Nik Verploegen and Laurens van der Smissen, two young entrepreneurs based in The Netherlands. Both Nik and Laurens have been associated with “Stuiterbeesten”, a company specialised in organising ultra-modern DJ events.

The brand is planning to launch has launched a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign on 15 December 2016 to collect a sum of €34.000 in order to produce the first batch of watches at the factory.
Created with passion and love, VALANI Glory is a sportive, luxury and well priced automatic watch that strikes a perfect aesthetical balance thanks to the prefect selection of colours suited for each version. Each Glory watch is topped with a very fine bezel on its unique case featuring a magnificent screw-in crown.
Dressed in a Stainless steel case measuring 45mm diameter and finished in brushed pattern, Glory is available in three different case versions - Gold, matte black and silver – all featuring a delicious chocolate brown dial highlighted with a large brand logo. Face of the watch is protected with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass.
When it comes to functionality, Glory displays basic time indication with its centrally positioned hour, minute and second hands. The 24 hour sub dial at 9’o clock can be utilised as a second time zone indicator. A window at 3’o clock of the dial indicates date.
Each VALANI Glory automatic watch is equipped with the popular Miyota Movement. Also equipped with hand winding function, this 21 jewels automatic movement offers 40 hours power reserve when fully wound. The intrinsic details of this self winding mechanical watch movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback.
The brand has also partnered with the War Child foundation to assist the organisation’s mission to save the lives of children in war zones so they have a fair chance of building a new life. For each watch sold, the brand will donate €5 (around 6 dollar) to War Child.
The brand has also developed a world premier and completely unique authenticity system to protect the VALANI trademark and to guarantee the authenticity of every VALANI watch to its customers. With every order of VALANI watch, the customer will get 2 serial codes. The first code can be found on the backside of the watch and the second one will be created during the ordering process. With these two codes the customer can login on the website and see all kinds of statistics about his or her watch.

Kickstarter link:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/valaniwatch/valani-watch-when-time-means-everything?token=4e0b8d2f

Technical details
Movement
Automatic Japanese Miyota Movement
21 Jewels, hand winding
40 hours power reserve
21600 vibrations every hour

Case
316L Brushed Stainless Steel
Gold, black and silver model
Diameter: Case including crown: 45,0mm
Front & back case made of scratch-resistant
Sapphire Crystal Glass
Water resistance: 10 ATM / 100 meters / 330 ft

Dial
Colour: Chocolate brown
Dial size: 36,5mm

CrownsGold: gold colored
Matte Black: black colored
Silver: silver colored

Straps
Gold: black genuine leather + gold safe buckle
Matte Black: black genuine leather + black safe buckle
Silver: white genuine leather + silver safe buckle

Arvione BV Series

Sydney based watch brand Arvione has launched a crowd funding campaign for its first line of watches on Indiegogo. The company was founded in 2016 by Blake Doyle and Valery Sun with the aim of producing reasonably priced luxury watches. The current series of watches is called BV series and it is the first in line among many series that will be launched in the future.

The quality and price combination of Arvione is phenomenal as the premium quality luxury watches are being offered at very reasonable rate of $69 USD with free international shipping, exclusively to Indiegogo.
Measuring 40mm diameter, the stainless steel case houses a reliable Japanese 2115 Miyota Quartz movement that powers the classic 3-hand time indication and date function. The glass is coated with supreme quality Sapphire Crystal and the bezel is curved and polished stainless steel.
Arvione watches are tested for water resistance up to 5 ATM. The case is 7mm thick and the lug is 20 mm in width. Each Arvione timepiece comes fitted with a genuine leather strap with engraved buckle. In addition, the watch has quick release pins and ion color plated case back that matches the color of each model.
The variety in colors is another amazing feature offered by the company as there is a wide range of color combinations for both men and women to choose. The case comes in shades of Gold, Rose Gold, Black and Silver, which are complimented by Black, Blue, Brown and Tan leather.
Technical details
Model: Arvione BV Signature Watch Series

Case
Case Size: 40 mm
Case Thickness: 7mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Glass: Sapphire Coated Crystal
Water Resistant: 5 ATM/50M
Ion color plated case back to match watch color

Movement
Japanese Miyota 2115 Movement by Citizen
Battery Powered Quartz
3 hand dial with date function
Frequency: 32,768 Hz
Accuracy: ±20 seconds/month
Battery Brand: Sony
Battery Life: 2.5 years from the factory

Strap
Genuine leather
20mm width
Quick release pins

Watch Variations
Black x Gunmetal with Black leather
Rose gold x White with Brown leather
Gold x Blue with Blue leather
Gold x Black with Black leather
Silver x White with Tan leather

Indiegogo Link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/arvione-the-best-watch-under-70-watches-fashion#/

Sunday, December 25, 2016

WARLD Apollo Series

Bay Area, California based watch brand WARLD has launched a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter to promote its debut watch collection. Christened as Apollo Series, the very first line of watches from the brand comprises of unisex watches incorporating Swiss Quartz Movement and premium materials such as Sapphire Crystal Glass, Premium Stainless Steel, & Genuine Leather.
Dressed in a stainless steel case (Also available with IP treated version) measuring 40mm diameter and 8mm thickness, this minimalistic looking watch boasts a puristic dial layout based on classic 3 hands theme.
Front glass is sapphire crystal and rear side of the watch is secured with screw-in stainless steel case back with trademark engraving. Water resistance of the watch is 5 ATM. The watch is equipped with a Ronda Quartz 763 Calibre. Every WARLD Apollo series watch is complemented with a genuine leather strap with 18mm width and fitted with standard link buckle.
During Kickstarter campaign, the Apollo series watch can be pre-ordered at price staring from $79. Please visit the WARLD Apollo series Kickstarter page for more details.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust

Unveiled at Basel world 2016, the new generation Oyster Perpetual Datejust timepiece features an updated design in a 41 mm case and the new Rolex calibre 3235, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology. The new Datejust 41 is offered in yellow or Everose Rolesor versions – a combination of 904L steel and either 18 ct yellow or Everose gold – with a wide selection of dials. The new Datejust 41 carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.
Rolex’s Datejust is the archetype of the classic watch thanks to functions and aesthetics that never go out of fashion. Launched in 1945, it was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window at 3 o’clock on the dial, and consolidated all the major innovations that Rolex had contributed to the modern wristwatch until then. Aesthetically, the Datejust has spanned eras while retaining the enduring codes that today still make it one of the most recognized and recognizable of watches.
Rolesor, the combination of gold and steel on a Rolex watch, has been a signature feature of the brand since 1933, when the name was registered. It is an auspicious meeting of two metals: one, noble and precious, attractive for its lustre and stability; the other, highly resistant, known for its strength and reliability. All of these qualities perfectly mirror the elegance and performance that come together in a Rolex watch. The Rolesor concept is simple: the bezel, the winding crown, as well as the centre bracelet links are made of 18 ct yellow or Everose (Rolex’s exclusive patented pink gold alloy) gold; the middle case and the outer links of the bracelet are made of 904L steel. Introduced on the Datejust in 1948, Rolesor contributed largely to the legendary status of this wristwatch.
The Oyster case of the Datejust 41, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness, proportion and elegance. The characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. Fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, the winding crown screws down securely against the case. The crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof case provides optimum protection for the Datejust 41’s high-precision movement.

The Datejust 41 is equipped with calibre 3235, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. This self-winding mechanical movement is at the forefront of watchmaking.

A consummate demonstration of Rolex technology, with 14 patents, it offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetism, convenience and reliability. It incorporates the new Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic interference.

An optimized blue Parachrom hairspring is fitted to the oscillator, the true heart of the watch. Patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy, it is also up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. A Rolex overcoil ensures its regularity in any position. Calibre 3235 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor. Thanks to a new barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the power reserve of calibre 3235 extends to approximately 70 hours.
The new Rolesor Datejust 41 is available on an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet. Both bracelets, combining 904L steel and 18 ct gold, benefit from the new concealed attachment beneath the bezel, which ensures seamless visual continuity between the bracelet and case. They are equipped with a folding Oysterclasp and also feature the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

The Datejust 41 is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.
The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

Technical details
Ref. Case 126333/ Ref. Bracelet 62613

Case
Type: Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 41 mm
Material: Yellow Rolesor (combination of 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold), polished finish
Bezel: Fluted
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Winding crown: Screw-down; Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Movement
Calibre 3235, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 70 hours

Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid setting
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Rolex overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing balance bridge
High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers

Escapement
Chronergy with optimized energy efficiency
Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus pallet fork and escape wheel

Dial
Colour: Champagne, sunray finish
Hour markers
18 ct yellow gold appliques, Chromalight
Hands: 18 ct yellow gold, Chromalight

Bracelet
Type: Jubilee, five-piece solid links
Material: Yellow Rolesor (combination of 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold), polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Clasp: Folding Oyster clasp; Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Ref. Case 126301 Ref. Bracelet 72611
Case
Type: Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 41 mm
Material: Everose Rolesor (combination of 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold), polished finish
Bezel: Smooth
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Winding crown: Screw-down; Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Movement
Calibre 3235, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 70 hours

Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid setting
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Rolex overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing Balance Bridge
High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers

Escapement
Chronergy with optimized energy efficiency
Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus pallet fork and escape wheel

Dial
Colour: Sundust, sunray finish
Hour markers: 10 diamonds in 18 ct pink gold settings
Hands: 18 ct pink gold

Bracelet
Type: Oyster, three-piece solid links
Material: Everose Rolesor (combination of 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold), polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Clasp: Folding Oyster clasp; Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Thursday, December 22, 2016

ArtyA Race Blue BBS

ArtyA Race is the rebellious Swiss watch maker’s first timepiece to draw inspiration from the world of NASCAR auto racing, the legendary contest that began in the 1950s in the United States. Responding to popular demand on the part of its clients with a keen interest in the sport, ArtyA has produced various limited editions of 99 watches. Now the brand unveils a new version, the Race Blue BBS.

With a diameter of 44.5 mm, ArtyA Race Blue BBS echoes the style of ArtyA’s mythical Russian Roulette in blue highlights with the addition of an aluminium rim above the carbon fibre dial. The piece even allows itself the luxury of a world first: the time is only visible when the watch is moving, thanks to the optical effect of transparency when the rim is spinning at full speed.
Another innovation is that the hub of the rim runs right through the dial and the sapphire crystal.  This is a fully exclusive ArtyA feature, and indeed a watchmaking first. It makes it possible not only to watch the rim spinning, but also to actually touch it as it does – without the piece being any less waterproof as a result.

To the rear, the Race Blue BBS celebrates the birth of a brand new oscillating weight. This sports a carbon fiber tachometer, complete with a needle in the middle and markers engraved directly onto the sapphire back. The assembly is free to rotate, in a striking mirror image of the animation on the dial side. Lateral inserts in fiber carbon.

Technical details
Case: High-grade 316 IL steel, with ArtyA black PVD treatment
ArtyA Automatic Movement
Fast-spinning dial resembles a BBS wheel rim (Titanium )
Open back with moving tachometer on carbon fiber dial
Carbon fiber lateral inserts
Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 52 hours
Size: 44.5mm
Engraved and screwed back case
Double, non-reflective sapphire crystal
Calfskin or crocodile strap (Steel bracelet available)
Edition: Limited to 99 Pieces
Price: From7’900 to 12’900CHF

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40 in Everose Rolesor Case with Chocolate Dial

Introduced in 2016, the new version of the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master comes in Everose Rolesor (a combination of 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold) case with a chocolate dial. Its unmatched performance is assured by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015.

Waterproof, precise and reliable, this watch of the open seas is distinctive for its bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel in 18 ct Everose gold. The polished raised numerals and graduations stand out clearly against a matt, sand-blasted background.
Rolesor, the combination of gold and steel on a Rolex watch, has been a signature feature of the brand since 1933, when the name was registered. It is an auspicious meeting of two metals: one, noble and precious, attractive for its lustre and stability; the other, highly resistant, known for its strength and reliability. All of these qualities perfectly mirror the elegance and performance that come together in a Rolex watch.
On the Yacht-Master, the bezel as well as the centre bracelet links are made of 18 ct Everose gold (Rolex’s exclusive patented pink gold alloy); the winding crown, the middle case and the outer bracelet links are made of 904L steel.

The Yacht-Master’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. The characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The winding crown, fitted with the Triplock triple waterproofness system and protected by a crown guard that is an integral part of the middle case, screws down securely against the case, offering watertight security akin to a submarine’s hatch. The crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Yacht-Master’s high-precision movement.
The Yacht-Master 40 is equipped with calibre 3135, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. It is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring its regularity in any position. Calibre 3135 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 48 hours.

The Yacht-Master is ftted on a solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold with an Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. It features the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.
The Yacht-Master is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

Technical details
Case
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 40 mm
Material: Everose Rolesor (combination of 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold), polished finish
Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated in 18 ct Everose gold; Polished raised numerals and graduations
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Winding crown: Screw-down; Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crown guard: Integral part of the middle case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Movement
Calibre 3135, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 48 hours

Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid setting
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Rolex overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing balance bridge

Dial
Chocolate, sunray finish
Hour markers: Highly legible Chromalight appliques (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct pink gold
Hands: 18 ct pink gold, Chromalight

Bracelet
Oyster, three-piece solid links
Material: Everose Rolesor (combination of 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold), polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Clasp: Oysterlock folding safety clasp; Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona (New Version)

Launched this year, the new version of Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona comes in a 904L steel case fitted with a monobloc Cerachrom bezel, developed and patented by Rolex, in black ceramic. This latest evolution is a blend of high technology and sleek aesthetics, and pays tribute to the heritage of this legendary chronograph. The black bezel is reminiscent of the 1965 model that was fitted with a black Plexiglas bezel insert. The new Cosmograph Daytona carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.
The new monobloc Cerachrom bezel in high-tech ceramic offers a number of advantages: it is corrosion resistant, virtually scratchproof and the colour is unaffected by UV rays. This extremely durable bezel also offers an exceptionally legible tachymetric scale, thanks to the deposition of a thin layer of platinum in the numerals and graduations via a PVD process. The monobloc Cerachrom bezel is made in a single piece and holds the crystal firmly in place on the middle case, ensuring waterproofness.
The robust Oyster case guarantees waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The winding crown fitted with the Triplock triple waterproofness system as well as the chronograph pushers are screwed down securely against the case. Its crown guard is an integral part of the middle case. The crystal is made of scratchproof sapphire.
The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, a composite of Rolex technology, was completely re-engineered: the number of components for the chronograph function was reduced significantly, thereby enhancing its reliability. The robust chronograph is engaged by a mechanism with a column wheel and vertical clutch, allowing an instantaneous and extremely precise start. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. It is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring its regularity in any position. Calibre 4130 is equipped with a self-winding module featuring a Perpetual rotor and boasts a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
The new Cosmograph Daytona is available on a solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel, with an Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. It features the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm.
The Cosmograph Daytona is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing its superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

Technical details
Case
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back, winding crown and chronograph pushers)
Diameter: 40 mm
Material: 904L steel, polished finish
Bezel: Black monobloc Cerachrom in ceramic with an engraved tachymetric scale; Numerals and graduations coated with platinum via magnetron sputtering
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Winding crown: Screw-down; Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crown guard: Integral part of the middle case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Movement
Calibre 4130, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical clutch
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor on ball bearing
Precision: −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Jewelling: 44 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours

Functions
Centre hour and minute hands, small seconds hand at 6 o’clock
Chronograph (centre hand) accurate to within 1/8 of a second
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Rolex overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing balance bridge

Dial
White lacquer, black snailed counters or Black lacquer, grey snailed counters
Hour markers: 18 ct white gold appliques, Chromalight
Hands: 18 ct white gold, Chromalight

Bracelet
Oyster, three-piece solid links
904L steel, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Clasp: Oysterlock folding safety clasp; Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

ZINVO- Blade Venom & Blade Nemesis

ZINVO adds two new models to their Blade collection—the Blade Venom and the Blade Nemesis. While both watches feature all-black 42mm stainless steel cases and a patent-pending dial design that includes a rotating turbine disc instead of a traditional seconds hand, each wristwatch also boasts its own unique design details.

Carbon fiber is the name of the game on the Blade Venom. Not only is the distinct pattern found on the black dial, but also on the black leather strap. The use of this particular material emphasizes the brand’s affection for epic supercars.
On the other hand, the Blade Nemesis flawlessly combines an edgy aesthetic with a touch of luxuriousness thanks to the 18k yellow gold chapter ring. The gleaming precious metal is a striking contrast to the rest of the watch’s all-black look.
Just like other Blade models, the Blade Venom and the Blade Nemesis are powered by automatic mechanical movements that provide up to 42 hours of power reserve. Furthermore, the exhibition caseback allows a glimpse of the watch movement working within.
For less than $350, the Blade Venom and Blade Nemesis wristwatches present a solid value proposition. Luxurious details such as an automatic movement, the sapphire crystal, a large steel watchcase, 18k yellow gold elements, genuine Italian leather straps, and so on, carry much heftier price tags on comparable models.

Technical details
Blade Venom
Case: 44mm x 12mm. Black stainless steel case
Dial: Carbon Fiber. Hour and minute hands. Rotating disc that replaces the seconds hand (patent-pending design). Date window.
Strap: Black carbon fiber leather.
Glass: Scratchproof sapphire crystal above the dial.
Movement: Miyota 8215 automatic movement. Hours, minutes, seconds, date. 42 hours power reserve.
Water resistance: 330 feet.
Price: $349.00

Blade Nemesis
Case: 44mm x 12mm. Black stainless steel case
Dial: 18k yellow gold chapter ring Hour and minute hands. Rotating disc that replaces the seconds hand (patent-pending design). Date window.
Strap: Genuine black Italian leather.
Glass: Scratchproof sapphire crystal above the dial.
Movement: Miyota 8215 automatic movement. Hours, minutes, seconds, date. 42 hours power reserve.
Water resistance: 330 feet.
Price: $349.00

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39

Introduced this year, the new gem-set version of the Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39 highlights Rolex’s expertise in gem-setting. Dressed in a 39 mm case in 18 ct Everose gold and adorned with rarest diamonds, this precious watch houses the new-generation calibre 3235, backed by 14 patents, incorporating the Chronergy escapement developed by Rolex. The new Pearlmaster 39 carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.
Renowned for its robustness and elegance, the Oyster case is waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet. The characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct Everose gold, cast by Rolex in its own foundry. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. Its screwed down winding crown is fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system. The crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of scratchproof sapphire.
The calibre 3235 is a new-generation self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.  A consummate demonstration of Rolex technology, with 14 patents, it offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetism, convenience and reliability. It incorporates the new Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic interference. An optimized blue Parachrom hairspring is fitted to the oscillator, the true heart of the watch. Patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy, it is also up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. A Rolex ovecoil ensures its regularity in any position. Calibre 3235 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor. Thanks to a new barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the power reserve of calibre 3235 extends to approximately 70 hours.
With delightfully rounded solid links in 18 ct gold, the Pearlmaster bracelet contributes to the watch’s distinctive character and offers the wearer maximum comfort. It is fitted with a concealed Crown clasp that is both elegant and functional. An alternative version of the bracelet is available with intermediate links in 18 ct white gold sublimely set with diamonds.

The Pearlmaster 39 is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watch-making norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.
The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre 3235, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 70 hours

Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid setting
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Rolex overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing balance bridge
High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers

Escapement
Chronergy with optimized energy efficiency
Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus pallet fork and escape wheel

Models
Ref. Case 86285 - Ref. Bracelet 44745 
Case
Type: Oyster (mono-bloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 39 mm
Material: 18 ct Everose gold, polished finish
Bezel: 18 ct white gold set with 36 brilliant cut diamonds
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Winding crown: Screw-down; Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Dial
18 ct pink gold, paved with 713 diamonds
Hour markers: Roman numeral appliqués in 18 ct pink gold
Hands: 18 ct pink gold

Bracelet
Pearlmaster, five-piece solid links
Centre and outer links in 18 ct Everose gold, polished finish; intermediate links in 18 ct white gold set with 144 brilliant-cut diamonds
Ceramic inserts
Clasp: Concealed folding Crown clasp

Ref. Case 86285 - Ref. Bracelet 42745 
Case
Type: Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 39 mm
Material: 18 ct Everose gold, polished finish
Bezel: 18 ct white gold set with 36 brilliant cut diamonds
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Winding crown: Screw-down; Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Dial
Aubergine, sunray finish
Hour markers: 8 diamonds in 18 ct pink gold settings, 6 and 9 in 18 ct pink gold each set with 16 diamonds
Hands: 18 ct pink gold

Bracelet
Pearlmaster, five-piece solid links
18 ct Everose gold, polished finish
Ceramic inserts
Clasp: Concealed folding Crown clasp

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