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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

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

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

Arnold & Son Instrument Collection - Métiers d’Art TB Dragon Limited Edition

The latest addition to the Arnold & Son Instrument Collection combines the marine precision of the true-beat (TB) movement with aesthetic perfection. Featuring one of the instantly recognizable design cues of the Instrument Collection, the off-centre positioning of the time display at 9 o’clock leaves a generous open area and creates a perfect setting for the exquisite engraved and hand-painted depiction of a dragon. To underline its exclusivity, this fabulous example of high-precision technology and aesthetic perfection is available in a limited edition of just twenty-eight pieces.
The model comprising the Métiers d’Art TB Dragon Limited Edition from Arnold & Son was created to celebrate the most divine creature In Chinese mythology. The dominant feature of this fine-quality wristwatch is a hand-engraved appliqué of a dragon executed by Arnold & Son’s master engraver, which is then duplicated for the series. Hand engraving is a traditional art form that makes use of hardened steel tools called burins and other special implements. They create cuts, lines and texturing that build up entire images or, as in the case of the TB Dragon, a perfectly sculpted figure of a dragon in solid 22-karat rose gold. The breathtaking richness of detail is then duplicated in rose gold for the rest of the series. Once the appliqué is in place on the dial, the dragon’s textures and shades are emphasized by hand-painting, a process that accentuates its three-dimensional nature. Hand engraving and miniature painting both call for infinite patience and expertise and take many years of concentrated practice to fully master.
With its pure, timeless design, the Instrument Collection takes its inspiration from the chronometers produced by John Arnold’s son, John Roger, in the latter part of his career. These were specially designed to withstand the rigours of life on the high seas and to deliver the true-beat, down to-the-second precision needed by marine navigators to determine longitude. The true beat is a rare complication these days, and combining it with an automatic winding system calls for enormous technical expertise.
In the A&S6103, this was made possible by a patented system comprising a sophisticated double wheel, an oscillating pinion and a pallet mechanism. A solution of this complexity calls for microscopic precision (to tolerances of a micron, or one thousandth of a millimetre), and the key components are made using state-of-the-art LIGA manufacturing technology.

The case houses the rhodium-treated A&S6103 movement with Haute Horlogerie finishing. All the plates and bridges in the movement are hand-chamfered and decorated – a further indication of the traditional craftsmanship upheld by Arnold & Son.

The TB Dragon special edition is limited to just twenty-eight timepieces.

Technical details
Model: TB Dragon
Limited edition:  28 timepieces
Reference:   1ARAP.B04A.C120P/121P

Movement
Calibre:  A&S6103
Arnold & Son manufacture movement, self-winding, ceramic ball bearing, 30 jewels, diameter 30.40 mm, thickness 7.79 mm, power reserve 45 h, 28,800 vibrations/h, stop second device

Movement decoration:   Rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, brushed and skeletonised oscillating weight, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads

Functions
Hours, minutes, true beat seconds

Dial
Black, 22-karat solid rose gold engraved appliqué with hand-painted textures and shades

Case
18-karat rose gold, diameter 44 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap
Hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather


Ulysse Nardin Diver Black Sea

Ulysse Nardin enhances its divers’ watch line with the Diver Black Sea model. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Diver Black Sea is its stainless case coated with vulcanized rubber. Not only does this vulcanization process enhance the timepiece’s comfort and flexibility, it multiplies its ability to withstand extreme conditions. The rubber extends to the unidirectional turning bezel, with a rubberized screw crown for added water-resistance to depths of 200 meters.
Diver Black Sea adds sporting style to its chronometric precision: studding the bezel with white ceramic stones that offer a striking contrast to the black rubber. Due to the 3S technique - an exclusive stone setting process developed with a specialist - ceramic stones exhibit a brilliance never seen before.
On the open dial, function again fuses with form: a distinctive wave detail recalls the marine heritage of the Swiss watchmaker, while luminescent indexes and hands make for maximum legibility in the dark. The small seconds counter is positioned at 6 o'clock, as is the date, with its 42h power reserve indicator showing at 12 o'clock. The 1846 marking denotes the historic DNA of each Ulysse Nardin marine timepiece.

Sapphire crystal on the case front and back reveal the workings of the movement. Boasting two logo elements, the rubber strap has a folding clasp to enhance the sturdiness of this timepiece.
Technical details
Reference: 263-92B00-3C/920

Movement
Caliber UN-26, dimension: 11 ½ ’’
28 jewels
Power-Reserve: approximately 42 h
Winding: self-winding

Functions
Chronometer with power-reserve indicator at 12’occlock
Small seconds counter and date at 6 o’clock

Case
Stainless steel with a matte-black rubber coating
Diameter: 45,8 mm
Water-resistance: 200 m
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: sapphire crystal Bezel: rubberized bezel set with colored ceramic baguettes
Crown: screw down security crown, covered with rubber

Dial
Open dial in black with colored wave grid
Luminescent indexes and hands

Strap
Rubber strap with two ceramic elements and folding clasp

Monday, June 27, 2016

SINN watches (Models 103 Ti IFR, 103 Ti UTC IFR and 857 UTC VFR) pass the world’s first test in accordance with the new DIN 8330 Horology - Aviator watches

For the first time in decades, a new German watch standard was published in March 2016: DIN 8330 Horology - Aviator watches. In June, the first watches in the world were tested and certified by Hamburg-based SEACOTEC. In this first run, the models 103 Ti IFR, 103 Ti UTC IFR and 857 UTC VFR from Sinn Spezialuhren GmbH successfully fulfilled the strict test criteria. Special confirmation was received from Dr Robert Surma, Managing Director of SEACOTEC, on 24 June at Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

In the run-up to this certification process, Sinn Spezialuhren reconfigured these three timepieces with regard to the requirements of the DIN 8330 Horology - Aviator watches. This primarily involved ensuring compliance with the functional and design guidelines. One of the aims was also to further enhance readability of the dial in order to help the wearer focus even better on the features critical for flight manoeuvres.
SINN 103 Ti IFR
The basis for the DIN 8330 Horology - Aviator watches is the TESTAF (technical standard for pilot watches) released in 2012. TESTAF ensures that a pilot watch meets all modern-day requirements during flight operations in accordance with visual and instrument flight rules and is qualified for professional use to the highest level. It was developed on the initiative of Sinn Spezialuhren and the Faculty of Aerospace Technology at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences (FH).

In 2013, the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), again at the request of Sinn Spezialuhren, resolved to establish a working group for pilot watches to develop a new standard for pilot watches based on the TESTAF standard. In addition to Sinn Spezialuhren, other members of the working group included Aachen University of Applied Sciences and DNV GL (formerly Germanischer Lloyd), Lufthansa Cargo, Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter), Stowa, Laco and Glashütte Original. The draft version of the new DIN 8330 Horology - Aviator watches was passed in October 2015 and it came into force in March 2016.
SINN 103 Ti UTC IFR
German industrial standards command a high level of respect both nationally and internationally, and represent the very highest level of quality. Thanks to the DIN 8330 Horology - Aviator watches, we hope that pilot watches will once again be defined as watches offering special functional and technical features. The DIN-certified watches are geared towards fully assuming the functions of the instruments for time measurement in aircraft and helicopters in the event of outages or suspected failures. After all, the DIN standard takes the uncompromisingly high demands placed on aircraft and helicopter equipment and applies them to wristwatches.

The DIN 8330 Horology - Aviator watches means that the tests already devised for TESTAF are standardised, precise, systematic and up to date. In the same way as the DIN 8306 standard for diver’s watches, it defines the requirements and test criteria for reliable, functional and safe pilot watches and highlights what a pilot watch needs to be able to do and the strains it has to be able to withstand.
SINN 857 UTC VFR
This includes fast, clear readability of the dial both during the day and at night, the ability to operate the watch even while wearing pilot gloves, temperature changes, impact load and centrifugal force, as well as accuracy not only at room temperature but also at ranges of between –15°C and +55°C. In addition, the DIN standard also defines more precise criteria, including for vibration resistance, magnetic field protection, resistance to liquids commonly encountered in the aviation industry (fuel, lubricants, cleaning fluids and de-icer) and compatibility with night-vision equipment. It also serves to expand the range of watches that are able to adhere to it in line with TESTAF – for example, by incorporating quartz or distinctly practice-oriented requirements in terms of the permissible magnetic signature of a pilot watch. As a result, the DIN-certified watches not only mean increased safety in the air but also increased suitability for everyday use, going far beyond the shock-resistant and waterproof characteristics of standard watches.

With its support for the TESTAF and DIN 8330 Horology - Aviator watches initiatives; Sinn Spezialuhren underlines its aspiration to create functional, high-quality and high-tech watches. For the German watchmaking industry, the new standard for pilot watches provides major impetus to maintain and expand on its leading role in this segment among the international competition.

The name Sinn Spezialuhren represents functionally robust, mechanical timepieces, which are used not only by pilots, divers and the maritime GSG 9 unit. In particular, it is with technologies like DIAPAL, Ar-Dehumidifying Technology, HYDRO, TEGIMENT and Magnetic Field Protection that SINN watches continually show their durability, longevity, quality and precision both in everyday life and in extreme situations. During the development process, SINN Spezialuhren bases the design of its watches firmly on the required functionality. 

Chronoswiss Timemaster Chronograph Skeleton (CH-9045RS)

This new version of Chronoswiss Timemaster Chronograph Skeleton adds further elegance to its black stainless steel DLC case by incorporating 18 carat red gold bezel, crown and pushers. Crafted in 18 carat red gold, the bezel features 5-minutes-scale in Super-LumiNova. Onion-style crown in red gold and pushers offers an eye catching look to this new version. Dial is available in either galvanic matte black or silver version.
Technical details
Reference Number
CH-9045RS: Stainless steel with DLC-coating; bezel, crown and pushers in 18-karat red gold

Displays 
Sweep hours and minutes, date window at 3 o’clock, sweep chronograph seconds, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter

Case 
Polished solid 52-part case, polished bezel with 5-minutes-scale in Super-LumiNova and anti-reflective sapphire crystal, screw-down case back with full thread and embossing, onion-style crown, screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System, water-resistant to 10 atm
Measures: Ø 44 mm, height 15,30 mm

Movement 
C. 741 S
Diameter: Ø 30 mm (13 1/4´´´)
Height: 7,90 mm
Jewels: 25
Balance: Glucydur, three-legged
Balance spring: Nivarox I
Fine adjustment: Via excenter cam
Shock protection: Incabloc shock protection
Frequency: 4 Hz., 28,800 vph (semi-oscillations)
Power reserve: Approx. 46 hours

Special features 
Skeletonized rotor with côtes de Genève, ball bearings, polished pallet lever and escape wheel, bridges and base plate with perlage, parts blackened

Dial 
Metal dial, either galvanic matte black or silver, details in SuperLumiNova
Hands: Metal hands coated with Super-LumiNova, gold-plated depending on model; Modern-style

Strap 
Rubber

Other versions
CH 9043 SB bk: Stainless steel with DLC-coated bezel, dial galvanic black
CH 9043 SB si: Stainless steel with DLC-coated bezel, dial galvanic silver

Chronoswiss Timemaster 150 (CH-2735)

In 2016, Chronoswiss welcomes two new references to Timemaster 150 collection. Dressed in a stainless steel with PVD-coating case, first model features a galvanic anthracite dial and second version is available with galvanic blue dial.
Technical details
Reference numbers
CH-2735-AZ: Stainless steel with PVD-coating, dial galvanic anthracite
CH-2735-BL: Stainless steel with PVD-coating, dial galvanic blue

Displays 
Central hours, minutes and seconds, triple date window at 6:00

Case 
Solid case in stainless steel or stainless steel with PVD-coating; bezel with satin finish or polished, with 12-hours-scale and anti-reflective sapphire crystal; screw-down case back with full thread and embossing; screw-in onion-style crown; water-resistant to 15 bar; screw-in lugs with patented Autobloc System
Measurements: Ø 41 mm, height 13 mm

Movement 
Chronoswiss Caliber C.287, automatic
Diameter: Ø 25.60 mm
Height: 4.60 mm
Jewels: 26
Balance: Glucydur, three-legged
Balance spring: Anachron
Fine adjustment: Via excenter cam
Shock protection: Incabloc
Frequency: 4 Hz., 28,800 vph (semi-oscillations)
Power reserve: Approx. 38 hours

Special features 
Rotor with embossing and côtes de Genève, ball bearing; polished pallet lever and escape wheel; bridges and plates with perlage

Dial 
Metal dial, galvanic silver, anthracite or blue with sunburst finish; ring with satin finish
Hands: Metal hands with Super-LumiNova inlay, shape Modern-style

Strap 
Calf leather or stainless steel bracelet

EBEL Wave Blue Lady and Gent

Swiss watch brand EBEL presents two new Wave Quartz timepieces, which offer a full-immersion experience with deep blue dials.

Masterfully embodying the brand’s core values, these new timepieces (EBEL Wave Blue Lady and Gent) are graced with fascinating blue depths offset by gleaming stainless steel cases.
The 40 mm EBEL Wave is a symphony of elegant simplicity with hours, minutes and seconds hands, EBEL symbol, ten hour indexes and a date window at 3 o’clock. A luxurious black calf leather strap provides an uncompromisingly silky smooth feel and comfortable finish that is a cornerstone of EBEL’s reputation and signature designs, and of the Wave line in particular.
With eight of the finest diamonds glittering from its luxuriously cerulean depths, the smaller 30 mm interpretation glides smoothly into the legendary trademark EBEL wave bracelet with its distinctive brushed and polished stainless steel links, creating an incomparably subtle finish to a perfect.
The hours, minutes and seconds hands sail smoothly and reliably across the shimmering blue dial. The EBEL Wave Blue Lady and Gent are water-resistant to 50 meters.
Ebel Wave Gent
SKU 1216329
Market Launch: May 2016

Movement
Quartz Ronda 715

Case
Material: stainless steel
Finishing: alternated brushed/polished
Crystal: sapphire antireflective underneath
Dimensions: 40.00mm
Thickness: 10.40mm
Water-resistance: 50 meters

Dial
Blue galvanic with EBEL symbol at 12:00 and 11 indexes
Date window at 3:00

Hands
Hour - Minute - Sweep seconds
Domed, diamond-polished rhodium-plated hands
Flat, diamond-polished rhodium-plated sweep seconds hand

Strap
Black calf strap with tone-on-tone stitching
Folding clasp

Ebel Wave Lady
SKU: 1216315
Market Launch: April 2016

Movement
Quartz Ronda 773

Case
Material: stainless steel
Finishing: alternated brushed/polished
Crystal: sapphire antireflective underneath
Dimensions: 30.00mm
Thickness: 8.30mm
Water-resistance: 50 meters

Dial
Blue galvanic with EBEL symbol at 12:00 and 8 diamonds (0.052cts)

Hands
Hour - Minute - Sweep seconds
Domed, diamond-polished rhodium-plated hands
Flat, diamond-polished rhodium-plated sweep seconds hand

Bracelet
Brushed stainless steel with polished waves
EBEL folding clasp

EBEL Wave Grande Duo Set

Swiss watch brand EBEL presents two diamond set timepieces as a tribute to the breath taking beauty of winter season. Both EBEL Wave Grande watches perfectly encapsulate the duality of the winter season. The diametrically opposed elements, the light and dark, the cold and warmth, blended by nature, create harmonious partnerships. These watches of absolute contrast are also perfect partners.

One calm, one lively, both boldly feminine with oversized 35mm stainless steel cases, each housing a fine Quartz Ronda 773 movement, and set with a glittering array of 72 diamonds. Each dial is further complemented by the applied EBEL symbol at 12 o’clock, and 8 more diamonds.
These precious stones perfectly reflect the twinkling snow and frost. The stainless steel classic signature wave bracelets are interspersed with red gold PVD treatment. But the clearest contrast is in the color of the dials, one pure galvanic silver, suggesting the bright pure elements of snow, the other a cool galvanic grey, evoking low silvery clouds in the sky, both capturing the essence of winter. The warmth of the red gold in the bracelet cleverly and sympathetically provides a visual counterpoint to the cool dial.

EBEL WAVE Lady 35mm – Ref. 1216319
Movement
Quartz Ronda 773

Case
Material: stainless steel & 18K 5N red gold
Finish: alternating brushed/polished
Setting: bezel set with 72 diamonds diameter 1.20 = 0.468cts, VS quality
Crystal: sapphire antireflective underneath
Dimensions: 35.00mm
Thickness: 9.85mm
Water-resistance: 50 meters / 5 bar

Dial
Silver galvanic with Ebel symbol at 12:00, 3 indexes and 8 diamonds (0.052cts)

Hands
Hour - Minute - Sweep seconds
Domed, diamond-polished 4N rose gold-plated hands
Flat, diamond-polished 4N rose gold-plated sweep seconds hand

Bracelet
Brushed stainless steel with polished 5N red gold PVD waves
EBEL folding clasp

Available
May 2016

EBEL WAVE Lady 35mm – Ref. 1216320
Movement
Quartz Ronda 773

Case
Material: stainless steel & 18K 5N red gold
Finish: alternating brushed/polished
Setting: bezel set with 72 diamonds diameter 1.20 = 0.468cts, VS quality
Crystal: sapphire antireflective underneath
Dimensions: 35.00mm
Thickness: 9.85mm
Water-resistance: 50 meters / 5 bar

Dial
Grey galvanic with Ebel symbol at 12:00, 3 indexes and 8 diamonds (0.052cts)

Hands
Hour - Minute - Sweep seconds
Domed, diamond-polished 4N rose gold-plated hands
Flat, diamond-polished 4N rose gold-plated sweep seconds hand

Bracelet
Brushed stainless steel with polished 5N red gold PVD waves
EBEL folding clasp

Available
May 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

EBEL Wave Lady Automatic

Unveiled at Baselworld 2016, the EBEL Wave Lady Automatic unfurls in a sensuous explosion of delicate pink.

The iconic Wave line dates back to 1977 when the launch of the original Wave bracelet and fully integrated case introduced a design with which EBEL has become definitively associated. This incomparable EBEL spirit, where beauty marries function, speaks directly to women’s hearts in a language suffused with luxury, elegance, suppleness and sensuality.
The rippling tide of the 21st century Wave now brings to shore a new EBEL Wave Lady Automatic, graced with a signature flowing design epitomizing EBEL’s inimitable flair for femininity and romance, for aesthetic beauty and technical perfection.
A design of smooth, sophisticated elegance, the EBEL Wave Lady Automatic features a 30 mm stainless steel case with 18K red gold bezel and crown, sapphire crystal case-back, and glowing rosy pink dial detailed by eight eye-catching diamonds and a date window. True to the Wave tradition, the case flows seamlessly into the stainless steel and red gold-toned waves of the iconic Wave link bracelet, ensuring a perfect fit and the ultimate in comfort.
The EBEL Wave Lady Automatic is powered by an automatic ETA 2671 movement, with a 38-hour power reserve, and offers hours, minutes and seconds functions. And to enchant the prettiest mermaids with a penchant for pink, this masterpiece of rosy elegance is water-resistant to 50 meters.

Technical details
Model: EBEL Wave Lady
SKU 1216328
Market Launch: May 2016

Movement
Automatic ETA 2671, power reserve: 38 hours

Case
Material: stainless steel & 18K 5N red gold
Finishing: alternated brushed/polished
Crystal: sapphire antireflective underneath
Sapphire crystal case-back
Dimensions: 30.00mm
Thickness: 10.05mm
Water-resistance: 50 meters

Dial
Pink galvanic with EBEL symbol at 12:00 and 8 diamonds (0.052cts)
Date window at 3:00

Hands
Hour - Minute - Sweep seconds
Domed, diamond-polished 4N rose gold-plated hands
Flat, diamond-polished 4N rose gold-plated sweep seconds hand

Bracelet
Brushed stainless steel with polished 5N red gold PVD waves
EBEL folding clasp

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Namfleg Watches - Introduction

Namfleg manufacture has been creating enamel jewelry for10 years. All jewelry is made in the best traditions of the famous jeweler Carl Faberge.

Carefully preserving secrets of handmade cloisonné enamel, talented artisans of the company have mastered the process of making exclusive jewelry from the sketch to final finish. Namfleg is a subdivision of Swiss company Gelfman S.A. specializing in non-conventional timepieces.

At Baselworld 2016, for the first time, Namfleg has presented a collection of watches with vibrant and bold enamel dials.
Combining the art of guilloché and translucent enamel, the artisans created beautiful 3D images depicting flowers, tropical birds and butterflies. Rich enamel colors and romantic motifs are inspired by Mother Nature itself.
These delightful timepieces are designed specially for women and would certainly be highly appreciated by women of all ages. Namfleg offers diversity of dials, straps and cases so that every woman could choose a watch that suits her personal style.
Further exploring the field of decorative arts, Namfleg presents the second, «Stone collection». For this collection Namfleg revived another ancient and honorable technique – stone marquetry. Also known as pietre dure in Italy and Florentine mosaic in England, the hard stone carving is quite new to watchmaking industry as opposed to enamel.
Numerous multi-colored pieces of different shapes were meticulously carved out of marble, mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones by the artisans, forming miniature mosaics.

39 mm-diameter stainless steel case of Namfleg watches feature either gold PVD-coating or bezel set with cubic zirconia. Elegant crown is adorned with a moonstone cabochon. Each timepiece is enhanced by a strap made of ostrich, lizard or crocodile leather. At the heart of Namfleg watches beats Swiss Ronda 762 movement.

Namfleg watches belong to affordable luxury segment with suggested retail prices starting fom CHF 999-.

Website: www.namfleg-watches.com