Thursday, June 30, 2016

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue in Titanium

Launched in a limited edition of just 10 pieces, the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue in titanium is an exclusive timepiece model that embodies the very essence of H. Moser & Cie.: the creation of exceptional timepieces with a respect for tradition but with modern, unique designs.

Since the start of the year, H. Moser & Cie. has repeatedly revisited its perpetual calendar, with some surprising results. As a leap year, 2016 also marks the 10th anniversary of the legendary calibre HMC 341 that drives the H. Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar. Often described as the most streamlined and legible perpetual calendar on the market, this model is now available in an exquisite range of colour and material combinations.
H. Moser & Cie. has broken new ground with a brazenly bold version that combines the scintillating black of DLC-finished titanium with the electric blue of its sky-blue fumé dial. The result is an urban, contemporary piece with shifting tones, designed for an elegant clientele in search of a modern touch.
The very first owner of an Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue in titanium is none other than former German football star Karl-Heinz Riedle. A world champion in 1990 and bronze medallist in the 1988 Olympic Games, Karl-Heinz Riedle boasts an impressive record.
Technical details
Model: Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue
Reference 1341-0505, titanium model with DLC treatment, sky-blue fumé dial, alligator strap with carboneffect matte finish, limited edition of 10 pieces

Case
Titanium with DLC treatment, three-part
Diameter: 40.8 mm
Height: 11.1 mm
Curved sapphire crystal
See-through curved sapphire crystal case-back
Crown adorned with an "M"
Engraved on the movement side with the inscription "1/10" on the case

Dial
Sky-blue fumé with sunburst pattern
Appliqué indices and leaf-shaped hands
Month indicated with a small arrow-shaped centre hand
Sub-dial for seconds
Big date display

Movement
Mechanical hand-wound in-house calibre HMC 341
Diameter: 34.0 mm or 15 lignes
Height: 5.8 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
28 jewels
Power reserve: minimum 7 days
Stop seconds
Double barrel
Interchangeable Moser escapement, Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil
Pallet fork and escapement wheel made from gold
Movement and components hand-finished and decorated

Functions
Perpetual calendar
Big date display
Month indicator via central hand
Hours and minutes
Off-centre seconds dial
Power reserve indicator on dial
Leap year cycle indicator on movement side

Strap
Hand-stitched black alligator strap with carbon-effect matte finish
Solid titanium DLC-treated pin buckle, engraved with the Moser logo.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Collection: Re- editions of Cornes de vache 1955, American 1921 and Ultra-fine 1955

The Historiques collection, dedicated to Vacheron Constantin’s creative archetypes, highlights the wealth of the technical and aesthetic heritage of the Manufacture through contemporary reinterpretations.

New models are now reviving three icons much sought after among collectors. Inspired by a legendary 1955 chronograph, the Cornes de vache 1955 model is interpreted in pink gold, while the emblematic cushion-shaped American 1921 and the remarkable Ultra-fine 1955 with its 1.64 mm-thin gold caliber appears clothed in platinum. These models bearing the Hallmark of Geneva and issued in highly exclusive production runs are enriching an exceptional collection dedicated to connoisseurs and devotees of vintage watches.

Three legendary models much coveted by collectors are now reborn arrayed in new finery within the Vacheron Constantin Historiques collection. These pink gold or platinum modern reinterpretations of legendary models give new life to the iconic creations punctuating the history of the Geneva-based Manufacture since 1755.

Historiques Cornes de vache 1955
Embodying a singular blend of creative boldness and rigorous technical standards, this classic watch fitted with its distinctive ‘cow horn’ lugs is inspired by the first water-resistant chronograph designed by Vacheron Constantin in 1955. As one of the three references most sought-after by collectors, the vintage icon born amid the effervescence of the post-war period is reinterpreted here in pink gold, in keeping with the spirit of the era that sparked its creation.
Combining tradition, disruptive design and absolute technical sophistication, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 chronograph – named after its evocatively shaped lugs – embodies a stylistic originality typical of Vacheron Constantin. On the one hand, it expresses the unconventional creativity of the Manufacture in the 1950s through its stylised lugs creating an aesthetic tension with the traditional chronograph construction with two round pushbuttons. On the other, it also conveys Vacheron Constantin’s ancestral expertise in the measurement of short times.
Equipped with a column wheel shaped like a Maltese cross, the emblem of the Manufacture, Caliber 1142 powering the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 drives the hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions while ensuring a 48-hour power reserve. This entirely hand-decorated manual-winding movement is revealed through the transparent back of the 38.5 mm-diameter case that is water-resistant to 30 metres. The model’s silvered opaline dial is punctuated by applied numerals and hour-markers swept over by slender gold hands. The deep blue direct-drive seconds hand, 30-minute counter hand and tachymetric scale enhance the optimal legibility of this complex yet airy display.
Technical details
Historiques Cornes de vache 1955
Reference: 5000H/000R-B059
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Caliber 1142
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
27.50 mm (12’’’) diameter
5.57 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
164 components
21 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 9h
Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute counter)

Case
18K 4N pink gold
38.50 mm diameter, 10.90 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Silvered opaline center with sun-brushed external zone (minute-track and tachometer scale)
18K 4N gold applied hour-markers
18K gold hour, minutes and small seconds hands
Blued steel chronograph and 30-minute counter hands

Straps
Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Buckle: 18k 4N pink gold buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped


Historiques American 1921
Crafted in precious platinum, the Historiques American 1921 is inspired by an original cushionshaped model with a crown placed between 1 and 2 o’clock, created by Vacheron Constantin in the 1920s for the American market. Combining the daring style characterising the era of its birth and the rigorous technical standards of a Fine Watchmaking creation, this contemporary reinterpretation of an icon from the Roaring Twenties remains loyal to the original version through an imposing cambered case diagonal time read-off, offset ball-shaped crown and small seconds between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The classic yet original finely grained silvered dial bears 12 blue painted Arabic numerals and a black railway-type minute track, swept over by blued Breguet-type hands. Fitted with a lightly domed crystal, the 40 mm-diameter case water resistant to 30 metres houses Vacheron Constantin manual-winding Caliber 4400 AS.
This movement adorned with particularly finely hand-crafted finishing and endowed with a comfortable 65-hour autonomy drives hours, minutes and small seconds indications. The restrained and timeless elegance of this ‘dandy chic’ watch is complemented by a dark blue alligator leather strap fitted with a platinum buckle.
Historiques American 1921
Reference: 82035/000P-B168
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Caliber 4400 AS
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
28.60 mm (12 ½ ‘’’) diameter
2.80 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
127 components
21 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 4h30

Case
Platinum 950
40 x 40 mm, 8 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Silvered grain-finished
Blue painted Arabic numerals
Black painted minute-track
Blued steel hands

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Buckle: Platinum 950 buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped


Historiques Ultra-fine 1955
Testifying to Vacheron Constantin’s ancestral expertise in the making of ultra-thin watches, the Historiques Ultra-fine 1955 model is powered by the mechanical manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1003, presented in 1955. In its exclusive new interpretation, this pure, restrained timepiece accommodates its legendary movement inside a round 36 mm-diameter case made of platinum.
A micromechanical masterpiece comprising 117 components and yet measuring a mere 1.64 mm thick, it reveals its 18K gold bridges and plate adorned with exceptional hand-crafted finishes through the sapphire crystal back of the case that is water resistant to 30 metres. This classic watch with its 31-hour autonomy is one of the thinnest in the world, at just 4.13 mm thick. Its hours and minutes functions are displayed on a silvered opaline dial featuring a pure, minimalist style and bearing gold baton-type hands and painted blue hour-markers matching the dark shade of the strap with its platinum buckle. A slender bezel, distinctive lugs and a resolutely uncluttered dial display compose the refined personality of this timeless model.
Technical details

Model: Historiques Ultra-fine 1955
Reference: 33155/000P-B169
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Calibrer 1003
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
21.10 mm (9’’’1/4) diameter
1.64 mm thick
Approximately 31 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
117 components
18 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes

Case
Platinum 950
36 mm diameter, 4.13 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Silvered opaline
Blue painted hour-markers
18K gold baton hands

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, rolled-edged, large square scales, stitched tip
Buckle: Platinum 950 buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” – Special Edition to Celebrate the Opening of IWC Milan Boutique

On 29 June 2016, IWC Schaffhausen inaugurated its third Italian boutique at Via Montenapoleone 1, in the heart of Milan’s luxury shopping area. IWC Brand Ambassador Pierfrancesco Favino and television host and actress Alessia Marcuzzi were present to cut the ribbon in the exclusive setting of the fashion district. The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer used the occasion to introduce the exclusive Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” (Ref. IW371215), which is limited to 100 pieces. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by an exclusive gala dinner prepared by the Michelin-starred chef Andrea Berton

The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer chose Milan as the location for its third Italian boutique, after Rome and Venice, to present its mechanical masterpieces. Pierfrancesco  Favino,  IWC  Brand  Ambassador,  Alessia Marcuzzi, television host and actress, and the actress Anna Ferzetti, together with Beppe Ambrosini, Brand Manager IWC Italy, and Hannes Pantli, Board Member of IWC, cut the ribbon of the IWC boutique in Via Montenapoleone. The Swiss Maison celebrated the opening of its Milan boutique in the presence of some of the most important representatives of the Italian business world with an exclusive gala dinner at Ristorante Berton, one of the best-known locations in Porta Nuova, surrounded by the attractive setting of the new Milan skyline.

During the occasion, IWC Schaffhausen presented for the first time a limited and exclusive edition of 100 pieces of its most iconic watch: the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” (Ref. IW371215). This timepiece is the successor to the highly successful model that was proposed for the last time in 2006 and has attracted numerous admirers.
The Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” features the characteristic third button for the rattrapante mechanism and a red gold case, a blue dial with tachymetric scale and telemetric scale and a black alligator leather strap. The inscription of the limited edition “01/100” on the case back of the watch, together with the incision that evokes the “Biscione”, the grass snake, of the Milanese Visconti family, the symbol and emblem of the city, further seals the connection with Milan.
Boutique Address
Via Montenapoleone 1
20121 Milano

Technical details
Model: Portugieser Double Chronograph Edition “Milano” Ref. IW371215
Limited edition of 100 numbered watches

Functions
Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds
Minute counter in a totalizer at “12 o’clock”
Small hacking seconds

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 76240 Mechanical double-chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 31
Power reserve: 48 h
Winding: Hand-wound

Case, dial and strap
Red gold case, blue dial, black alligator strap, pin buckle
Glass: Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 12.5 mm

A. Lange & Söhne SAXONIA AUTOMATIC Terra Brown Dial

A. Lange & Söhne is presenting two new models of the SAXONIA AUTOMATIC with terra-brown dials. They are the first members of the SAXONIA family to feature this elegant hue. The pink-gold and white-gold versions are being launched to celebrate the reopening of the Lange Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo.
The tastefully renovated Boutique in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district is being festively reopened on 30 June 2016. To mark the occasion, A. Lange & Söhne has endowed two models of the SAXONIA AUTOMATIC with terra-brown solid-silver dials. The timeless earthen hue is flexibly combinable and always looks natural.
Both elegant self-winding models have 38.5-millimetre cases. Colour coordinated, hand stitched alligator leather straps in red brown and dark brown emphasise the graceful overall personality of these watches. The solid-gold hands and hour markers match the case colours and underscore their prominent design.
The Lange L086.1 self-winding calibre, merely 3.7 millimetres high, beats inside these models. It has a maximum power reserve of 72 hours and features brand-typical quality hallmarks such as the balance cock with free-hand decorative engraving. A central rotor suspended in ball bearings and a platinum centrifugal mass are among the assets of the manufactory-made movement. As all other Lange models, the SAXONIA AUTOMATIC is assembled a second time, after the individual calibre components have been lavishly decorated and polished by hand. This makes each SAXONIA AUTOMATIC a one-of-a kind work of art.

Technical details
SAXONIA AUTOMATIC

Movement 
Lange manufacture calibre L086.1; self-winding, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
Movement parts: 209
Jewels: 31
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillation system: Shock-resistant screw balance; balance spring manufactured in-house with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
Power reserve: 72 hours when fully wound
Diameter: 30.4 millimetres; height: 3.7 millimetres

Functions 
Time display with hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds
Operating elements: Crown for winding the watch and setting the time

Case 
Pink gold (380.042) or White gold (380.044)
Diameter: 38.5 millimetres; height: 7.8 millimetres
Glass and caseback: Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness of 9)

Dial 
Solid silver, terra brown 
Hands: Pink gold or Rhodiumed gold

Strap 
Hand-stitched alligator leather strap, red brown or dark brown
Buckle: Lange prong buckle in pink gold or white gold

Bremont DH-88 Comet Limited Edition Chronometer

The Bremont 2016 Limited edition celebrates the astonishing DE HAVILLAND DH-88 comet, Grosvenor House, the aircraft that captured the world’s imagination with a phenomenal record-breaking flight in 1934. Fighting exhaustion and significant mechanical challenges, whilst barely stopping for over three days, two men in their pioneering British racing aircraft won the incredible air-race from England to Australia.
During the golden age of flight, the England to Australia record became the goal of many legendary aviators. The Smith brothers first completed the hazardous journey in 1919, taking 27 days and 20 hours. There would be many failures, but repeated attempts saw the time gradually reduced to just over seven days by 1934. The infamous Macrobertson air race aimed to, and succeeded in, shrinking that record further and in doing so, encourage the operation of a fast and safe commercial air route to Australia.
To commemorate this feat and to raise funds for the Shuttleworth collection, Bremont introduces the ‘Limited edition Bremont DH-88’ chronometer, a special timepiece which has been painstakingly handcrafted in the company’s workshops in England and in an elegant style reminiscent of that wonderful 1930s era.
The 282 stainless steel and 82 rose gold cases house the beautifully finished Be-54aechronometer rated chronograph movement with GMT functionality. Constructed ensuring the durability and precision Bremont is renowned for, the timepieces also incorporate original spruce plywood from the undercarriage assembly of this winning aircraft.
Technical details

Movement
Calibre 13 ¼’’’ BE-54AE automatic chronometer, 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800 bph, 42-hour power reserve. Each Bremont DH-88 Limited Edition rotor features some of the spruce plywood used in the original 1934 de Havilland Comet ‘Grosvenor House’.

Functions
Hour, minute, second, date at 6H, chronograph small counters with seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours, 24 hour GMT hand

Case
Available in hardened polished stainless steel or 18 carat rose gold. Bremont Trip-Tick® case construction with scratch-resistant DLC treated case barrel with vintage style crown
Case diameter 43mm, height 16.2mm, lug width 22mm
Exhibition type with integrated flat crystal, secured with5 polished headed screws
Engraved markings with specific limited edition serial number
Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres

Dial
Metal dial with fine opalin matt black base colour decorated with period Arabic numerals, opalin silver white sub-dials with DH-88 designation
Flat polished nickel (stainless steel version) and solid 18 carat rose gold (rose gold version) rounded hands with SuperLumiNova® centre fill

Certification
C.O.S.C chronometer tested. Individually serial  numbered with accompanying C.O.S.C certification

Strap
Alligator strap with pin buckle to complement case material

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Junghans Meister Driver Handaufzug

Drawing its inspiration from the classic cars of the 1930s, the Meister Driver Handaufzug delivers an accomplished expression of their charm and aestheticism.

The strong emotional link between Junghans and the motor car was first established at the end of the 19th century. Arthur Junghans, son of the company founder Erhard Junghans, was an early automobile enthusiast: in
1892 he bought one of the first Daimler test cars, which was driven to him in Schramberg by Wilhelm Maybach in person. A close friendship existed between the technically-minded Swabians Arthur Junghans, Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler. As a result, Schramberg regularly played host to the technical elite of the era, from Robert Bosch to Ferdinand von Zeppelin. These meetings at the villa of Arthur Junghans served to generate ideas, with these in turn producing numerous significant inventions.

This passion for cars is also shared by Dr. Hans-Jochem Steim and Hannes Steim, owners of the Schramberg based company, whose enthusiasm is manifested in their own collection of vehicles. The result is an impressive cross-section from 110 years of automobile history, including items closely associated with the history of Junghans, such as car clocks from the Schramberg factory and a "speed measuring device" developed and patented by Dr. Oskar Junghans in 1905. Selected vehicles from this collection served as models for the design of the new Meister Driver Handaufzug.
One design muse for the new model from Junghans is the Maybach DS 8 Zeppelin, built in 1932 – of which just 25 examples exist worldwide, finding favour with more than just car lovers. As with many vehicles from the 1930s, the car stands for highest quality finishing down to the tiniest detail, coupled with pure passion: it was a comfortable expression of exquisite luxury. Selected features of the instruments of these icons served as inspiration for the new Meister Driver Handaufzug. Both the design and the lacquer of the dial incorporate the aesthetic appearance of the original. For example, the model displays a colour combination based upon the paintwork of the classic car, already highly popular at that time: dark anthracite, cream and light grey.

The dial of the Meister Driver Handaufzug is reminiscent of a dashboard speedometer. As with the car, the harmonious proportions that characterise the appearance of the timepiece include great attention to detail. A distinctivelacquer scheme underscores the three-dimensional aspect of the domed dial and the nostalgic charm of the timepiece. In darkness in particular the large numerals and bold hands with luminous applique ensure optimal readability. Characteristic of the Junghans Meister range are the bowl-shaped inserts, in this case the small second.
The discreetly-padded leather strap and contrasting stitching also reflect the affinity to the car: not only do they incorporate the interior colours of the classic vehicle, the lining leather also features the typical perforations of classic car seats.

The historic parallels are also evident in the hand-winding movement: the first car clocks were also hand wound, initially with a separate key, later using the bezel, in some models.

The longstanding connection between watch manufacturer Junghans and the motor car is stylishly expressed in the elegant Meister Driver Handaufzug, making it a worthy addition to the Meister collection.

Technical details
Model: Meister Driver Handaufzug
References: 027/3607.00 & 027/3608.00

Movement
J815.1 hand-winding movement with small second at 6 o'clock
Basic calibre ETA 7001 Peseux
Finishing: Rhodium plating, blued screws,engraved Junghans logo on the wheel train bridge, bridges with stripe finishing

Case
Stainless steel Ø 37.7 mm, height 7.3 mm, domed hard plexiglass with SICRALAN coating, 5-times screwed back with mineral crystal
Water resistance: Up to 3 bar

Dial/hands
Polished lacquer dial with "sunburst" effect finish, dial markings and hands with environmentally-friendly Super Luminova luminous substance

Strap
Calfskin strap with stainless steel buckle

Finn Watches - The Causeway and Fingal’s Cave

This new watch brand, established by Richard Dunlop, takes its inspiration from Irish mythology. Based in Northern Ireland, Finn has recently announced its debut timepiece that boasts a unique hexagonal watch case fused with minimalistic design principles.

Made up of thousands of massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea, Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is a UNESCO world heritage site and a popular hot spot for tourists from all over the world. According to Irish mythology, Giant’s Causeway was built by Irish giant Finn McCool. The unique shape of the hexagonal rocks of the Giant’s Causeway was the inspiration behind Finn’s first watch collection.
Two versions will be offered from the debut collection: The Causeway and Fingal’s Cave. Both timepieces are powered with Swiss made quartz movement. Finn has chosen Ronda 713 calibre which is known for its reliability and accuracy.
The hexagonal shaped case measures 44mm from 9 to 3’o clock, and 41mm from 10 to 4’o clock. The watch case of Causeway model is made of brushed stainless steel with polished sides and back.
Available in white and black versions, dial of this model features embossed hexagon design matching its exterior aesthetics. The dial boasts printed Arabic numerals for 12, 3, 9 & 6 hour markers, black or silver minute & hour hands with luminous and green seconds hands. 
The Fingal’s Cave version has a black Ion plated case. Fingal’s Cave version is inspired by the dark black stones of Fingal’s Cave on the Island of Staffa, just off the West coast of Scotland.
These timepieces are paired with Chocolate, Tan or Black Crazy Horse leather strap with green stitching. With of the strap is 22mm, also they are comfortable, durable and unique look to the timepieces. The beautiful combination of green second hand, markers and strap stitching pays tribute to Ireland’s colour.
Finn has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production run of its debut collection. By backing this online crowd funding campaign, supporters can order the timepiece with a discounted price starting from £ 90. Delivery of the product is planned in Dec 2016.

Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/finnwatches/finn-watches-irish-design-swiss-movement/

Technical details
Model: The Causeway
Brushed Stainless Steel 316L – polished sides and back
Ronda 713 Quartz movement
5ATM (50m waterproof)

Dimensions
44mm from 9-3
41mm from 10-4 (wears like a 41mm watch)
7mm thick
22mm lug width
49mm lug to lug

Dial
White and Black versions
Embossed hexagon design on dial with printed numbers and markers
Mineral glass (AR coating on the underside)
Green second hand and strap thread

Strap
Light Brown/Dark Brown/Black Crazy horse leather strap with green sticking

Model: Fingal’s Cave
Black Ion plated brushed Stainless Steel 316L – polished sides and back.
Ronda 713 Quartz movement (swiss made not swiss parts)
5ATM (50m waterproof)

Dimensions
44mm from 9-3
41mm from 10-4 (wears like a 41mm watch)
7mm thick
22mm lug width
49mm lug to lug

Dial
White and Black versions
Embossed hexagon design on dial with printed numbers and markers
Mineral glass (AR coating on the underside)
Green second hand and strap thread

Strap
Light Brown/Dark Brown/Black Crazy horse leather strap with green sticking

ZANNETTI will exhibit at Singapore International Jewelry Expo 2016 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

From the 21nd to the 24th of July 2016 Zannetti will exhibit at the SIJE -Singapore International Jewelry Expo 2016. After USA, China, France, Hong Kong, and Switzerland the extraordinary journey of the most innovative and original Italian Maestro’s watch brand continues.

An incredible opportunity where watch specialists, amateurs and collectors will meet Riccardo Zannetti, wear the watches and discover more about these amazing creations. Likewise, the fair will be an incredible opportunity for the brand to present new watches and to plan new customised collections or unique pieces.

Zannetti Regent Full Sky Chronograph Mk.II Steel case, engraved bezel. Full Sky has been reproduced on the watch dial, first by hand engraving it on a base of Corozo and then hand-painting it with the miniature technique. Automatic chronograph Swiss movement. Limited edition. Ref. R3FSII.C1S.A
The place to be is the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore, Zannetti will expose together with Castaldi, another famous Roman jeweler.

SIJE 2016 will continue to be the affluent hub to showcase fine collections of luxury gem pieces to the well-heeled in Singapore as well as traders and high net worth buyers from China and India; the two most competitive markets in Asia.

Exhibition details
STAND:  J08 Zannetti
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Halls A & B
Singapore 018956
Dates: 21 - 24 July 2016 (Thursday to Sunday)
Times: 11:30am to 8:30pm (Thursday - Saturday) & 11:30am to 7:30pm (Sunday)

PRODUCT GALLERY : Maîtres du Temps

Novelties 2015
Maîtres Du Temps Fine Arts Pocket Watch Collection

Novelties 2015
Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three Midnight Blue

Novelties 2014
Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two Tonneau Classique   
Maîtres du Temps Chapter One Tonneau Transparence Titanium (C1-3T)


Novelties 2013
Maîtres du Temps - Chapter One Round Transparence - Limited Edition
Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two TCR


Novelties 2012
Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two Diamonds Big Date Triple Calendar
Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three Reveal


Novelties 2010
Maîtres du Temps Chapter One Red Gold Black Dial
Maîtres du Temps Chapter One Round

Novelties 2009
Maîtres du Temps Chapter One Black Dial,White Case
Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two Big Date Triple Calendar
Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two Big Date Triple Calendar-New Variations

Novelties 2008
Maîtres du Temps Chapter One 


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Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two Tonneau Classique

This exceptional timepiece by Maîtres du Temps was launched in 2014 on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the launch of the Chapter Two OriginalThis new model underlines even stronger the architectural aspect of the collection through its Art Deco inspired dial on which the bold indices majestically indicate the hours.

The Chapter Two collection features an instantaneous triple calendar displayed in large format thanks to the innovative high precision cylinders that in fact makes it the most legible mechanical calendar wristwatch in the world. Its outstanding movement is imbedded in a shaped case that expresses the strength and character of this collection. 
The technically revolutionary movement of the Chapter Two is the result of the unique know-how of Maîtres du Temps – Atelier d’Horlogerie and meets the highest requirement in terms of precision and performance. In particular, the driving mechanism of the cylinders required important cognitive development and innovative techniques. The performance of the instantaneous change of the big date and the displays positioned on the two cylinders at 6 o’clock (day) and at 12 o’clock (month) proves the quality of this innovative concept.
Chapter Two features elegant central hour and minute hands in solid gold with diamond-cut facets finishing and a small second at 6 o’clock, the big date at 12 o’clock and the day and month indication in full words on their respective cylinders. The combination of the big date and the displayed days and months in full letters gives the Chapter Two a legibility never seen before on a triple calendar wristwatch.

The Cylinders represent the essential DNA of Maîtres du Temps. They are manufactured in Anticorodal, an alloy of manganese, aluminum and magnesium which is resistant to oxidation and corrosion. The artisanal process of decoration of the cylinders requires several weeks of precise work, from the individual engraving of the day and month to the handmade coloring. Each step of the process needs a specific know-how and unique care.
Inspired by the architectural codes of the Art Deco style the dial reflects a supreme purity of the shapes. Everything is done to facilitate the legibility of time. Long indices in solid gold set on a smart Opalin finished surface clearly indicate the hours. This original dial strengthens the character of the timepiece and makes it look elegant and classic.

The fluidity of the design of the distinctive tonneau shaped case hides its complex architecture and sophisticated design. Every single aspect of this timepiece is the result of refined and meticulous work:the inner lines of the lugs follow the wavy curves of the case giving it a unique harmony, while the day, date and month correctors have their functions engraved to facilitate their simple use.
Six specially shaped sapphire crystals with anti-reflective surface treatment – three on top of the case and three on the case back – offer a unique visual access on the cylinders and the movement mechanism.

Looking through the octagon-shaped sapphire crystal of the display back into the beautifully decorated movement within, the eye is immediately drawn to the richly engraved symbolically goblet-shaped rotor of the automatic winding system. The intricate pannier guilloche decorating the rotor’s center provides a noble counterpoint to the text around the rotor’s periphery that reads Masters and Their Craft—A Lifelong Pursuit of Excellence.

The richly hand-decorated movement features a veritable melody of harmonious fine finishing, from the sunray Côtes de Genève on the bridges with their perfectly beveled edges, to the helical spirals and perlage on the mainplate, to the mirror-polished screw heads.

Technical Specifications
Model: Chapter Two Tonneau Classique - Instantaneous triple calendar, big date, day indication on high-precision cylinder, month indication on high-precision cylinder, small seconds, automatic winding mechanical movement

Displays
Central hands indicating hours and minutes
Sub-seconds at 6 o’clock
Big date at 12 o’clock
Day indication on high-precision cylinder at 6 o’clock
Month indication on high-precision cylinder at 12 o’clock

Functions
Time: hours, minutes, seconds
Instantaneous triple calendar: big date, day, and month

Movement
Caliber SHC01
Automatic winding mechanical movement
Symbolic goblet-shaped rotor in 22K gold, panier guilloche, and relief text
Dimensions: 45 mm x 32 mm x 9 mm
Number of components: 338
Number of jewels: 32
Power reserve: 50 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Finishing: sun-ray Côtes de Genève, perlage, beveling, colimaçonnage, and polished screw heads

Case
18K gold
Number of components: 49
Dimensions: 58 mm x 42 mm x 16 mm
Six sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating
High polish and brushed finishes on compound-curve surfaces

Correctors
Day corrector on caseback bottom
Month corrector on caseback top
Big date corrector on side of case at 2 o’clock

Dial
Number of dial components: 16
Smart Opalin surface finishing
Diamond-cut applied hour indices in 18K gold
Big date opening frame in 18K gold

Hands
18K gold hands
Diamond-cut facets finishing

Day and Month high-precision cylinders
Black anodized Anticorodal aluminum

Strap and Buckle
Genuine hand-sewn alligator leather strap with 18K gold deployant buckle

Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two TCR– Big Date Instantaneous Triple Calendar

Introduced in 2013, Chapter Two TCR—Triple Calendar Round—confirms Chapter Two’s status as the world’s most legible triple calendar wristwatch while showing that Maîtres du Temps is the horological master of the sporty and casual as well as the elegant and complex.

Two of the world’s greatest living watchmakers, Daniel Roth and Peter Speake-Marin, have pushed the boundaries of haute horlogerie by creating a timepiece in which every single aspect—aesthetic and horological—has been meticulously refined to perfection.
Chapter Two TCR sees Maîtres du Temps’ distinctive day and month roller indications seamlessly integrated into a complex circular case of high-tech Grade 5 titanium, available with either a high-polish finish or with sleek, black PVD.  The curved lines of the case are accentuated by eye-and light-catching 45° bevels along the case band that flow around the round, matte-black ceramic bezel to focus attention on the high-contrast, high-legibility dial.
Central hour and minute hands are complemented by bold over-sized hour indices—with Roman numerals at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock—all filled with brightwhite Super-LumiNova that glows a vivid green in the dark. Arabic numerals mark five-minute intervals around the chapter ring, while small secondsat 6 o’clock are indicated by a visually arresting bright red handthat complements the 15-minute markers.

While this ensemble of clear, clean indications makes for the most readable of time-telling experiences, the big date window at 12 o’clock and the month and day-of-the-week indications—spelled out in full on their respective rollers in engaging Serpentine font—offer unprecedented legibility in a triple calendar wristwatch.
As you might expect from the superstar lineup that developed Chapter Two, every single detail has been carefully considered, both visually and functionally. To ensure unmatched visual access to the dial-side indications, three anti-reflective sapphire crystals are utilized: one over the main dial and two curved crystals over the rollers, which are metalized to frame the month and date. For ease of operation, there are two ergonomic, paddle-shaped pushers, each engraved with their respective functions, and located on the caseback to adjust the month and day rollers.  Similarly, the engraving on the big-date pusher in the case band at 2:00 identifies its function.
The octagonal sapphire crystal display back provides a window to Chapter Two’s groundbreaking movement, which was developed by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier in close collaboration with Peter Speake-Marin and Daniel Roth and was extensively tested, refined, and beautifully decorated until it satisfied the master watchmakers’ most exigent standards. Through the display back, the eye is immediately drawn to the richly engraved and symbolically goblet-shaped rotor of the automatic winding system. The intricate panier guilloche decorating the rotor’s center provides a noble counterpoint to the text engraved around the rotor’s periphery: Maîtres de Temps’ motto, Masters and Their Craft—A Lifelong Pursuit of Excellence. The richly hand-decorated movement features a veritable melody of harmonious fine finishing, from the sun-ray Côtes de Genève on the polished hand-beveled bridges, to the helical spirals and perlage on the mainplate, to the mirror-polished screw heads.
Finally, the cool, casual aura of Chapter Two TCR is perfectly completed by a black, natural rubber strap with titanium folding buckle.

Technical Specifications

Displays
Central hands indicating hours and minutes
Sub-seconds at 6 o’clock
Big date at 12 o’clock
Day indication on roller at 6 o’clock
Month indication on roller at 12 o’clock

Functions
Time: hours, minutes, seconds
Instantaneous triple calendar: big date, day, and month

Movement
Caliber SHC01
Automatic winding mechanical movement
Symbolically goblet-shaped rotor in 22K gold, panier guilloche, and relief text
Dimensions: 45 mm x 32 mm x 9 mm
Number of components: 332
Number of jewels: 32
Power reserve: 50 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Finishing: sun-ray Côtes de Genève, perlage, beveling, colimaçonnage, and polished screw heads

Case
Grade 5 titanium or combination Grade 5 titanium and black PVD
Number of components: 47
Dimensions: 56 mm x 44 mm x 15 mm
Dial and octagonal display-back sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating
Two curved,metalized sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating over rollers
High polish and brushed finishes on compound-curve surfaces
Bezel matte ceramic
Crown, screws, and pushers: 18K white or red gold

Correctors
Day corrector on caseback bottom
Month corrector on caseback top
Big date corrector on side of case at 2 o’clock

Dial and Hands
Number of dial components: 23
Multi-faceted and beveled
Diamond-cut applied Roman numerals with Super-LumiNova
High finishing with diamond cut and circular grain satin surfaces
Hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova
Small second hand with partial red painting

Day and Month Rollers
Black anodized aluminum

Strap and Buckle
Natural rubber with adjustable two-position titanium deployant buckle

Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three Midnight Blue

For this new execution of the Chapter Three, special attention was given to the color of the dial. The deep black color emphasizes the classical esthetic of the watch and the beauty of the guilloche finish. This new dial complements the choice of the existing silver and anthracite versions.

The ingenious mechanism of the opening of the dial becomes the DNA of the Chapter Three. A pusher on the center of the crown allows to lower two concealed dial panels of the dial in order to reveal two additional and hidden time indications: a second time zone indication (also known as GMT) and a Day/Night indicator, both displayed on cylinders, the signature feature of Maîtres du Temps – Atelier d’Horlogerie.
Starting from scratch in designing the movement has allowed integrating the cylinders within the caliber rather than just adding a module needing much more space. The high precision conical gears improve the distribution of power and the reliability of the different mechanisms. The tailor made architecture of the movement also includes the opening and closing mechanism of the revealing dial panels. Incorporating this mechanism into the movement rather than the case allows for the complete optimization of reliability without increasing its. But a rich display associated with a distinguished elegance is not sufficient: an outstanding watch must also be a precise timepiece. For this purpose the movement is regulated by a Straumann escapement which is equipped with a low mass and energy efficient escape lever and a balance spring with Breguet overcoil improving the isochronism.
The Chapter Three is a timepiece displaying hours, minutes, seconds, date and moon phase all set on a sumptuous guilloche dial in an elegant round 18K gold case.
When the concealed panels are positioned flush on the dial, the hour and minute hands are completed by a small second counter at 8hoursharmoniously counterpoised by a date counter at 2hours and at 4hours by a moon phase indicator representing the shadow of the Earth passing over a photo realistic moon. The small counters of the second and date indicators are subtly enhanced by a guilloche “Clous de Paris” and are identified by small and neat name plates.

The opening and closing mechanism is a complication in itself. When the dial is closed a light pressure on the pusher in the crown lowers the panels below the level of the dial, and then releasing the pusher the same disappears below the dial unveiling the cylinders of the second time zone and the Day/Night indicator. A new pressure of the pusher creates an inverted rotation of the panels and resets them in the initial position before making them rise flush with the dial when releasing the pusher.
The hands in 18K solid gold and large Roman Indices are placed on the magnificent dial which is finely guilloche with a sunray design.
The high precision cylinders are the esthetical and technical signature of all timepieces of Maîtres du Temps – Atelier d’Horlogerie. They have to be very resistant and extremely light in weight so as to optimise the functioning of the movement.
In order to maximize the readability the second time indicator positioned in the lower part of the dial is displayed on two separate cylinders: the hours 1 to 6 on one and 7 to 12 on the other one. In the transition of the cylinders (forward and backward) between 6 and 7 and 12 and 1, the cylinder which is not used moves horizontally out of view giving space to the other cylinder.
This innovative and unique mechanism is patented. Using two cylinders instead of just one means that only 6 figures have to be engraved on the circumference of the cylinder and this offers the possibility for the figures to be twice as large and therefore twice as easy to read.
The cylinder for the Day/Night indication, which is positioned on the upper part of the dial, requires a 30 days manufacturing cycle. This very demanding manufacturing process goes through high precision machining, lining of hybrid ceramic, polishing, colouring of the sunrays and the stars through a galvanic process and finally hand painting of the faces of the Sun and the Moon.

Technical Specifications

Displays
Central hour and minute hands
Small seconds at 8 o’clock
Date on sub-dial at 2 o’clock
Moon phase at 4 o’clock
Concealed Day/Night on cylinder at 12 o’clock
Concealed second time zone on cylinder at 6 o’clock

Movement
Caliber SHC03
Manual winding mechanical movement
Dimensions: 35.6 mm x 8.2 mm (inclusive of dial opening mechanism)
Number of components: 319
Number of jewels: 39
Power reserve: 36 hours
Dual mainspring barrels in series 
Balance frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Straumann balance spring with Breguet overcoil and low-mass escape lever
Finishing: Côtes de Genève, perlage, beveling, and polished screw heads

Case
18K gold
Number of components: 49
Dimension: 42mm
Sapphire crystals on top and display back with anti-reflective coating
Shaped pusher: desynchronizes cylinders from time indication when setting second time zone
Crown: 3 positions plus pusher
Position 0: Winding
Position 1: Setting date and moon phase
Position 2: Setting time
Pusher: Open/close dial panels
Water resistance: 30 meters/100 feet/3 ATM

Dial
Roman numerals
Sunray guilloche, Clous de Paris guilloche
Hands: 18K gold

Hands
18 K gold hands
Rounded stamped with hand bevelled and polished heads
Bent minute hand

Day and Month High Precision Cylinders
Concealed time zone: dual sliding embossed, aluminum Anticorodal cylinders
Concealed Day/Night: engraved and hand painted

Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn alligator strap with 18K gold tang buckle

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day Date

The latest addition to Oris’s critically acclaimed Big Crown ProPilot line looks every bit at home on the ground as it does at altitude. The new Big Crown ProPilot Day Date is a style-conscious piece that comes on a range of straps so it can be tailored to match a favourite suit, whether of the flight or three-piece variety.

Oris has been making pilot’s watches since 1938 when it introduced the first of its Big Crown family. That watch’s crown was far larger than on a conventional wristwatch, designed so pilots in ice-cold cockpits could wind or adjust the watch without having to take their gloves off.

Today’s Big Crown ProPilot line, introduced in 2014, is the latest expression of that rich tradition. Each watch in the collection features an oversized crown, as well as a coin-edged bezel inspired by jet-engine turbines, open dials with printed, clearly legible Arabic numerals, and Swiss Made mechanical movements.
This new Day Date model becomes the first ProPilot designed as much for life on terra firma as in the air. It’s been carefully modified to feel more stylish and urbane, while still capturing the spirit of a tool watch made for pilots.

The difference is in the details. Its bezel is topped by a polished stainless steel ring; its hands are edged in polished nickel; and the anthracite dial has an elegant sunray finish. Combined, these give it a touch of sophistication where most pilot’s watches opt for a more utilitarian look.

The new watch also comes with the choice of straps:a vintage brown leather option with beige stitching; a grey leather strap with a crocodile imprint; a more traditional black leather strap; a grey textile strap; or a brushed stainless steel metal bracelet.

Inside its 45mm brushed stainless steel case is an automatic mechanical movement with day and date functions. The watch has a mineral crystal case back, through which the wearer can see the signature Oris Red Rotor.

The Big Crown ProPilot Day Date will be available from May 2016, priced CHF 1,650.

Technical details
Model: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day Date
Ref. No. 01 752 7698 4063 LS, Ø 45.00mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 752, based on SellitaSW 220-1, with day and date at 3 o’clock

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

Dial
Anthracite dial with printed numerals filled with Super-LumiNova®
Polished nickel hour and minute hands, filled with Super-LumiNova®.
Polished nickel second hand

Strap
Dark brown, grey and black leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp
Also available with a grey textile strap or a metal bracelet with stainless steel folding clasp

Retail Price
Swiss retail price CHF 1,650

Oris’s Eagerly Awaited Big Crown Propilot Calibre 111 Is Available Since May In Showrooms

Swiss watch brand Oris has announced that the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111 is available to purchase in Oris- approved watch showrooms all over the world.

Announced in 2015, the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111 integrates Oris’s much-heralded in-house Calibre 111 movement into a stylish, 44mm stainless steel pilot’s watch that subtly reflects the design of a jet engine turbine. This is the first time Calibre 111 has appeared in the ProPilot collection, and the only watch in the ProPilot collection to come on a genuine Louisiana crocodile leather strap.
Calibre 111 features a 10-day power reserve, a non-linear power reserve indicator and a date, a unique combination of complications in a Swiss Made mechanical watch. It was designed entirely in-house by Oris engineers and makes its debut in the industrialised version of Calibre 110,introduced for the company’s 110th anniversary in 2014. Both signify Oris’s ambition to take back watchmaking and to reignite the company’s long-standing watchmaking tradition.

As with its predecessor, its 10-day power reserve is fuelled by a single barrel, the standout feature of the movement’s architecture. Its other landmark function, the Oris-patented nonlinear power reserve indicator, shows the remaining power reserve in ever-greater detail as the time to rewind the watch approaches.

Oris only makes mechanical watches. Each watch is produced according to a philosophy born with the company’s founders in 1904 – to make the best possible watch at the best possible price. As such, the company works with Switzerland’s finest manufacturers to produce parts, and with expert watchmakers and craftsmen for finishing and assembly. Oris has control over every step of the process and guarantees the quality of every watch that leaves its Hölstein factory.

The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111 is a landmark watch powered by an historic calibre, and a symbol of Oris’s ‘real watches for real people’ mantra. It is on sale now, priced CHF 5,400.

Rado True Taipei Limited Edition

Swiss watchmaker Rado presents an exclusive timepiece in honour of its partnership with World Design Capital® Taipei 2016. The Rado True Taipei Limited Edition, created jointly with renowned Taiwanese designer Leslie Chan, is a pure white high-tech ceramic timepiece inspired by lightness, minimalism, and the dynamic city that is its namesake.

Rado invited Chan, one of ten Taiwanese designers selected to act as a WDC® 2016 Design Ambassador, to collaborate on a special edition of the Rado True, the brand’s family of classically round, high-tech ceramic timepieces. Working within the themes of lightness and minimalism – the hallmarks of Rado's latest collection – he developed a new dial for the Rado True that takes its inspiration from the art of origami.
Chan’s texturized, origami-inspired dial is housed in a polished white high-tech ceramic case, a material which is valued among high-end watchmakers for its exceptional hardness and lightness. According to Chan, the aesthetics of minimalist paper folding were used to communicate the different aspects of form and to symbolize the diverse and cosmopolitan approach employed by World Design Capital®. The timepiece features an engraved caseback with Leslie Chan's signature and is limited to just 101 pieces – a nod to the Taipei 101, an iconic skyscraper and one of the world's tallest buildings.
Rado has long been known for its engagement with the world of design: as a supporter of design initiatives, a promoter of young talent through its Rado Star Prize competitions, and as a winner of over 30 international design awards. With its unique take on east-meets-west aesthetics, the Rado True Taipei Limited Edition further underscores the brand's commitment to the field of design.

Technical details
Rado True Taipei Limited Edition
763.0058.3.003

Movement
11 ½ ETA C07.611, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o’clock, up to 80 hours power reserve

Case
Polished white high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Sandblasted titanium case back with sapphire crystal and Leslie Chan signature
Polished white high-tech ceramic crown 
Curved sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 5 bar (5m)
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION ONE OUT OF 101
Dimensions: 40.1 x 47.3 x 10.4 (WxLxH in mm)

Dial
White dial
White flange
White printed Rado logo and Automatic logos

Hands
White with white veneer   white second hand

Bracelet
3-row polished white high-tech ceramic 
Titanium 3-fold buckle

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