Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hermès ARCEAU Très Grand Modèle (New Dial Versions)

Hermès Arceau TGM is now available in 2 new dial colour versions. The dial is available in a choice of two new shades: blue lacquered or hazelnut brown. Fitted with an abyss blue or etoupe matt alligator strap, these new models pursue their own path, forged by the artisans’ skilled hands.
The model with hazelnut brown dial houses the proven Manufacture Hermès Calibre H1837 where as the blue lacquered dial version beats to the rhythm of a Swiss made quartz movement. Both timepieces feature stainless steel case measuring 40mm diameter.
Technical details
ARCEAU Très Grand Modèle, Hazelnut brown dial
Case
Designer: Henri d’Origny (1978)
316L stainless steel case
Round, 40 mm diameter, 20 mm inter-horn width
Size: very large model (TGM for Très Grand Modèle in French)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 3 bar

Dial
Hazelnut brown, raised black gold Arabic numerals, stamped chevron motif, sunburst chapter ring, black gold hands

Movement
Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
26 mm (11 ½’’’) in diameter
3.7 mm thick
193 components, 28 jewels
Frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz)
50-hour power reserve
Decoration: circular-grained and snailed mainplate. Satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight. “Sprinkling of Hs” motif

Functions
Hours, minutes, date

Strap
Etoupe matt alligator equipped with a 17 mm pin buckle in 316L stainless steel

ARCEAU Très Grand Modèle, Blue lacquered dial
Case
Designer: Henri d’Origny (1978)
316L stainless steel case
Round, 40 mm diameter
Size: very large model (TGM for Très Grand Modèle in French)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 3 bar

Dial
Blue lacquered, powdered and silvered transferred Arabic numerals, rhodium-plated hands

Movement
Quartz, Swiss made
23.3 mm (10 ½’’’) in diameter
1.95 mm thick
9 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, date at 6 o’clock

Strap
Abyss blue matt alligator equipped with a 17 mm pin buckle in 316L stainless steel

Patek Philippe Partners with Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club for the Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York

Prestigious Swiss watch manufacture Patek Philippe has collaborated with the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club for The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York, which will take place July 13th – 23rd, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The 11-day public exhibition will showcase Patek Philippe’s tradition of high-precision watch manufacturing, an insight into the company’s 178-year history as well as its heritage in the domain of Haute Horlogerie. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the world of the last privately family owned Geneva watch company from the inside.

For the first time, a two-story structure will be created within Cipriani to accommodate the square footage required for an exhibition of this scale. Ten specific rooms (including the Theater Room, Current Collection Room, Museum Room, US Historic Room, Rare Handcrafts Gallery and Grand Complications Room) have been created to showcase unique environments. Visitors will have access to exceptional pocket and wristwatches dating back to 1530 in a space of 13,218 square feet. Watchmaker and Artisan demonstrations are some of the interactive activities taking place during the exhibition as a way to educate visitors on the inner-workings of fine watchmaking. After visitors have concluded their tour they are welcome to rest and relax in the Patek Philippe Café.

Patek Philippe will offer a commemorative catalog, available for purchase at a nominal fee during the exhibition. This one-of-a-kind catalog will highlight the historical timepieces, current novelties, Rare Handcrafts, and Grand Complications that will be showcased throughout the exhibition. Patek Philippe will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the catalog to The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club offers innovative after-school and enrichment programs for more than 10,000 youth, ages 6 through 18, in ten locations throughout the Bronx, New York.

The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition will be open to the general public and free of admission July 13th -23rd, 2017 from 10:00am to 7:00pm.

About Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club
Since 1915, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has focused on improving and enhancing the lives of New York City’s children who are economically, socially or recreationally disadvantaged. Each year, Kips Bay offers innovative programs to more than 11,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 at ten locations throughout the Bronx, with essential afterschool programs aimed to help them recognize their potential for growth and success. Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a “flagship” of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

TAG Heuer Limited Edition Carrera Skipper Chronograph for HODINKEE

Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer presents the limited edition Heuer Carrera Skipper, co-designed and sold with HODINKEE, the world renowned horology portal.  This limited edition watch, sold exclusively online through the HODINKEE Shop, pays tribute to the Heuer Carrera Skipper reference 7754, one of the rarest vintage pieces with fewer than 20 watches known to exist today.
The iconic Heuer Carrera Skipper has been selected by HODINKEE and co-designed by HODINKEE and TAG Heuer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emil Mosbacher’s victory at America’s Cup. The original Heuer Carrera Skipper reference 7754 was commissioned in 1967 by Jack Heuer to celebrate Mosbacher’s triumph skippering The Intrepid. Moscbacher’s decision to use The Intrepid was risky as it was an uncommon racing model due to its unusual design: the famous yacht designer Olin Stephens separated the rudder from the keel to improve steering. Mosbacher’s daring choice was successful and he defeated his challenger Dame Pattie 4-0.
The reference 7754 was nicknamed the "Skipperera" as it is the only Skipper model with the original 35mm Carrera case (and its iconic faceted lugs). The design elements of the “Skipperara” are easily traced to vivid colors of The Intrepid and are most visible in the bold hues of its dials. The light green is characteristic of The Intrepid’s deck, which has been proven by research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be the most effective color to absorb sun reflections, which are often challenging for sailors during a race.  The daring orange and darker green colors can also be found on the boat’s ropes, which allow for the boat to move forward. The dark blue finish of the dial pays homage to the sea, the unpredictable race course that every boat must conquer to achieve victory.  

The Heuer Carrera Skipper reference 7754 relied on a manual-wind chronograph caliber Valjoux 7730, which had been modified to account for the 5-minute countdown of a regatta. A "standard" Valjoux 7730 offers a 30-minute chronograph register, which had been changed into a 15-minute duration for the Skipper in order to display the 3 even 5-minute segments on the dial, a crucial indication for a skipper. Heuer had supported maritime activities since the 1950s by crafting stopwatches and navigation watches, however, the Heuer Carrera Skipper was the first wrist chronograph specifically made for a regatta, and those remained produced for more than a decade.
The TAG Heuer Limited Edition Carrera Skipper for HODINKEE maintains the designs of the original reference 7754, displaying the distinctive tri-color regatta count-down, which is now calibrated on 10 minutes intervals, and the Carrera case, which boasts the vintage inspired 39mm Glassbox that shows the exact lugs of the 1960s models. The chronograph is powered through the automatic caliber 18 movement, which also offers a date complication and has been positioned opposite to the regatta count-down on the dial as a nod to the vintage Heuer Carrera ‘Dato 45’, the second execution of the iconic reference 3147.

Only 125 pieces of the TAG Heuer Skipper Limited Edition for HODINKEE were created and retail for $5,900. Each piece has the limited edition number noted on the ring of the sapphire caseback. The watch will be offered with three complementary straps including one TAG Heuer blue leather strap with Heuer-signed deployant clasp, one grey NATO strap and one orange NATO strap. A green aged leather strap will also be available for purchase at a discounted price and will be fitted with a Heuer-signed tang buckle.

Seiko - New Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 day Power Reserve (SBGD202)

Seiko Watch Corporation presents a new version of its Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 day power reserve launched at Baselworld 2016. The Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 day watch was developed by the Micro Artist Studio in Seiko’s facility in Shiojiri in central Japan, where the iconic Spring Drive Minute Repeater, Sonnerie and Eichi watches for Credor were also born.

Its new version houses the same Spring Drive caliber. This timepiece presents an entirely different view of the beauty of Japan, inspired by the night sky in the mountains that surround the Micro Artist Studio. The 18k rose gold case frames a black dial through which the stars twinkle just as they do on a clear dark night in central Japan, adding extra depth and richness to the dial.
As if sprinkled with stardust, the dial is at once mysterious and yet perfectly legible, thanks to the deep black of the background, the sparkles of the stars that shine out from it and the five-faceted profile of the hands and hour markers. The razor edge polishing of the hands and markers gives this creation the unique Grand Seiko signature, as does the exquisitely sharp mirror finish achieved by the new Zaratsu technique that was developed for the platinum version.
The sapphire case back reveals a remarkable movement with a one-piece bridge and the rubies and power reserve indicator catching the eye. The one-piece bridge ensures the precise positioning of each wheel in the gear train and maximizes the efficiency of the transmission of power from the barrels. Its rigidity and enhanced depth also minimize its distortion in the event of impact or other shock. Look closely and the outline of Mt. Fuji emerges from the shape of the bridge and the highly polished rubies and tempered blue screws evoke the lights of the city of Suwa below the Studio’s home. The beauty of the night is echoed both in the dial and through the case back. This remarkable watch will be available in September.

Technical details
Model: Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve: SBGD202

Movement
Caliber 9R01
Driving system: Manual winding
Power reserve: 8 days (192 hours)
Accuracy: ±0.5 second per day (±10 seconds per month)
Power reserve indicator
Independent hour hand adjustment
Number of jewels: 56 jewels
Number of parts: 307
Outer diameter: 37.0mm, Thickness: 7.1mm

Case
18k rose gold case
High definition box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 43.0mm, Thickness: 13.2mm

Strap
Crocodile strap with 18k rose gold buckle with three-fold clasp with push button release

Retail Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 52,800 Euro

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mido Multifort Escape (M032.607.36.050.09)

In 1947, American pilot Milton Reynolds broke the record for an around-the-world flight with a Multifort on his wrist. Seventy years later, the Multifort Escape pays tribute to this historical Mido timepiece.

Mido’s largest three-hand model, the Multifort Escape features a robust 44 mm stainless steel case with an aged and sandblasted black PVD treatment, a finish which makes each model unique. Protected by a domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides, the black dial is decorated with vertical Geneva stripes that create a subtle and entrancing play on shadow and light, and adorned with several orange touches, a nod to Mido’s identity and to the model of the 1940s. Touches of green Super-LumiNova® on the numerals and the hands give it a vintage look and ensure perfect legibility in any circumstances. These hands are directly inspired by the earlier model, as are the dial and the crown. A window at 6 o’clock indicates the day and date.
The Multifort Escape is fitted with a latest generation automatic movement, the Caliber 80, which gives it exceptional autonomy: up to 80 hours of power reserve. This finely decorated Elaboré-grade movement, with its oscillating weight decorated with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo, can be viewed through the transparent case back. Water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft), the Multifort Escape comes with a magnificent, natural-looking black strap made from genuine calfskin. It is decorated with ecru stitching and features a stainless steel pin buckle with an aged and sandblasted black PVD treatment, the ultimate vintage touches to this model.
Three other versions of the Multifort Escape are also available, including a special edition set to be released this autumn.

Technical details
Movement
Automatic Mido Caliber 80 (ETA C07.611 base), 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 4.74 mm, 25 jewels, 21,600 vph, NIVAFLEX NM mainspring, ELINCHRON II balance-spring. Finely decorated Elaboré-grade movement, oscillating weight decorated with Geneva stripes and Mido logo. Functions: HMSD. Adjusted on 3 different positions for high accuracy. Up to 80 hours of power reserve

Case
316L stainless steel with aged and sandblasted black PVD treatment, Ø44 mm, 3 pieces, domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides, screwed case back, transparent case back revealing the finely decorated Elaboré-grade movement, engraved serial number, water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bars (100 m / 330 ft)

Dial
Black, vertical Geneva stripes, orange minute-circle, green Super-LumiNova® on the numerals, date at 6 o'clock
Hands Varnished matt black skeleton hour, minute and second hands with green Super-LumiNova® for easy readability at night

Strap
Genuine natural-looking black calfskin, ecru stitching, stainless steel pin buckle with aged and sandblasted black PVD treatment

Krayon Everywhere – Automatic Watch with Sunrise and Sunset Time Calculating Mechanism

Neuchâtel (Switzerland) based mechanical watch movement developer Krayon Sàrl has created a world premier wristwatch featuring a truly unique and ingenious horological complication that indicates sunrise and sunset times at any point on the globe. Christened as ‘Everywhere’ this watch houses the USS calibre (Universal Sunrise Sunset) equipped with the sunrise and sunset time calculating mechanism that can be adjusted simply by the crown.

The watch dial indicates the number of day light hours on a lighter coloured circle, yellow or pink depending on the version. A darker circle symbolises night. The point at which the two circles meet corresponds to sunrise and sunset. As the seasons change, or at different locations, the number of daylight hours lengthens or shortens. A blue arrow on the edge of the dial materialises the path of the sun as it travels through the sky.
The mechanical calculator of the watch combines the five parameters that influence sunrise and sunset calculations. First longitude and latitude, which geographically define a point on Earth, then the UTC time zone, and lastly the date and month. The watch's wearer sets each one as required to then see the precise hour at which the sun will appear and disappear, in the place of his choice and on the day he wishes.

The hands and indicators in daily use – date and time – are in blue to visually stand out for maximum legibility. Contrasting with them, the hands corresponding to the settings have a softer colour which can be white gold or pink gold, depending on the version.
Hours are read from the contour of the dial thanks to a blue arrow on a 24-hour scale, which also shows how many hours have passed since the last sunrise. Minutes are shown by a large central hand. A subsidiary dial in the upper part of the main dial displays longitude between +180° and -180°, shown by the longer of the two hands. The shorter hand points to the UTC time zone and advances in half increments to take into account every time zone in use around the world. When required, the DST (Daylight Saving Time) indication adjusts for summer time. Two hands occupy the centre of the main dial: the one on the left covers latitude between +60° and -60° while the hand on the right shows the chosen parameter: date, latitude, longitude or UTC. A subdial in the lower portion of the dial presents date and month.
Despite combining and displaying multiple parameters, the engineers at Krayon have ensured that setting these parameters is simplicity itself. The - date, latitude, longitude and UTC – is selected using the pusher on the left side of the case, then set from the crown. The default setting is the date as this corresponds to the most frequently used function. Furthermore, adjustments can be made by turning the crown forwards or backwards, thereby protecting the mechanism against damage caused by mishandling.
The USS calibre comprises of 595 components and each of them has been designed and manufactured specifically for it. In addition to sunrise and sunset time indication, this ingenious mechanical calibre also incorporates an equation of time, a secret function that is not shown on the dial, in order to calculate the different parameters. The USS calibre is fitted with four differentials, 84 gear assemblies and a total of 145 gear parts. Three patents have been filed to protect these inventions. Automatically wound by a white gold micro-rotor, the USS calibre delivers a 72-hour power reserve and beats at a frequency of 3 Hz.

The finishing and decoration of Everywhere are entirely by hand, in keeping with Swiss traditional haute horlogerie techniques. Two versions are proposed, both with a 42mm case size, in pink gold or in white gold, and can be fully personalised on request.

Technical details
Movement
Universal Sunrise& Sunset
Total diameter: 35.40 mm
Movement height: 6.50mm
Power reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz
Quick setting mechanism
Automatic winding with 22k gold micro-rotor
595 components, including 85 jewels

Functions
Hours, 24-hour display
Minutes
Date
Month
Calculation and display of sunrise and sunset times based on latitude, longitude and tine zone
Daylight duration

Case
White gold case
Optional baguette diamond bezel
Sapphire crystal and caseback
Case diameter: 42 mm
Total case thickness: 11.70 mm
Hand-polished chamfers
Sapphire display discs with micro-painting

Dial
White gold dial
Central minutes
Hours
Sunrise and sunset times on peripheral discs
Date at 6 o’clock
Longitude and UTC at 12 o’clock
Latitude at 9 o’clock
Function indicator at 3 o’clock

Strap
Hand-stitched black alligator strap
White gold pin buckle

About KRAYON
Based in Neuchâtel, KRAYON is a design engineering studio specialising in watch mechanisms. A talented design engineer, Rémi Maillat set up KRAYON in 2013, serving prestigious clients as well as his own creations. Because thanks to KRAYON, this gifted young inventor can finally give free rein to his passion for and conception of watchmaking. In addition to his own experience and complete command of the foremost mechanical complications, Rémi Maillat also calls on seasoned professionals: digital simulation engineers or experts in tribology (the study of friction and wear of interacting surfaces). Their out-of-the-box thinking overcomes watch-making's every challenge to invent unprecedented horological functions and mechanisms.

About Rémi Maillat
Rémi Maillat has the very special power to take mathematical calculations and transform them into fabulous horological creations. As a student of micromechanical engineering at Le Locle University of Applied Sciences, Rémi Maillat sensed the possibilities that lay with watchmaking. Born to a family that lives and breathes mathematics – his father is an engineer in tribology (the study of friction and wear of interacting surfaces), his mother a maths professor – Rémi Maillat always dreamed of making his own mechanisms.

Since then, multiple new calibres have taken shape in his imagination, commissioned by clients or, since 2013, for Krayon, his design engineering studio in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Rémi Maillat invents and develops watchmaking's most revered complications - perpetual calendar, minute repeater, chronograph or tourbillon – sometimes with additional constraints such as form or extra-thin calibres. Indeed, he is constantly attentive to movement height, as this influences the thickness of the watch itself and therefore comfort on the wrist.

Over the course of his career, Rémi Maillat has led the development of timepieces in the finest watchmaking tradition, amassing expertise in the different stages that contribute to the creation of a haute horlogerie watch, from initial concept to final production.

Monday, June 19, 2017

ARCHIMEDE Pilot 42 GMT - New Fliegerwatch with Dual Timezone

For Pilots, frequent flyers, globetrotters and business travelers ARCHIMEDE presents the all new Pilot 42 GMT. This instrument watch with the clear dial and reliable Swiss automatic movement 2893-2 (version Elaboré) displays an optional second time-zone with the red additional hand.
The proven ICKLER steel case has a diameter of 42 mm and offers a thickness of only 9.5 mm. Through the screw down case back you can see the reserved decorated movement with the ARCHIMEDE logo on the rotor. You can easily set both time-zones with the catchy crown. The Pilot 42 GMT starts at EUR 1080 (incl. VAT), EUR 907.56 (without VAT).


Technical details
Movement
Automatic movement Eta 2893-2, Swiss Made

Case
Manufactured by ICKLER in Pforzheim
Stainless steel case brushed, sapphire crystal with antireflective coating, screw down case back with mineral crystal (optional: solid case back), water resistant to 5 ATM, pilot's crown, diameter 42 mm, thickness 9.5 mm, lug-to-lug length 51 mm

Dial
Black dial with luminous numerals and indexes, black hands with white luminous, date at 6 o'clock, 2nd Timezone

Bracelet
Black/Dark brown/light brown leather strap with rivets (wrist size: 18,5 - 22cm) (optional: deployment clasp)
Stainless Steel bracelet: brushed stainless steel with deployment clasp (wrist size: 16 - 22cm)
Milanaise mesh bracelet: brushed stainless steel with deployment clasp (wrist size: 16 - 20cm)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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DeLaneau Moonlight Dragonfly

DeLaneau, the Swiss luxury watch atelier specialised in manufacturing exclusive ladies’ watches, presents Moonlight Dragonfly, an exquisitely delicate creation that boasts feminine soft colours as well as the two motifs that are united on the dial.

The feminine nature of this creation is conveyed by the moon, which is set with diamonds of various sizes and cuts. Women have always been compared to the moon because they are changeable and multifaceted, constantly in transformation. The woman is also represented by the dragonfly, which symbolizes the power of feelings and the wisdom of transformation, according to its spirit and totem. And, as the life of the dragonfly is short, this glittering insect knows that it has to live its life to the fullest – a beautiful carpe diem message.
The dragonfly had never been depicted on a DeLaneau timepiece before. The brand’s artisan enamellist decided to use a cloisonné with gold filament to portray the delicacy and lightness of the insect’s wings and twinkling body. Such a creation requires extremely meticulous work, and the risk of altering the shape of the animal is present during every step of the process. The magic of this creation is emphasized by its muted colours. Each section of the dragonfly’s body and wings contains three different enamel colours. The delicate balance between harmony, softness and intensity allows this creature of the wind to stand out vividly on the semi-opaque enamel base while keeping its lightness within the surrounding design.

This delicate timepiece portrays a dragonfly realized with a gold cloisonné, resting on a semi-opaque enamel base. The moon in champlevé is decorated with a “snow setting”, allowing this shimmering effect achieved by having set 7 different size diamonds in a random pattern. The vibrant dial is enclosed in a 36 mm red gold case set with 78 diamonds and a diamond encrusted crown. The timepiece features an automatic movement and a fabric strap equipped with a red gold ardillon buckle set with 2 diamonds. The creation totals 2.4 cts.

G. Gerlach PZL P23 Karaś

With this new classic styled pilot chronograph, Poland based watch brand G. Gerlach pays tribute to PZL P23 Karaś, a classic light bomber plane made in early '30s by Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze (State Aviation Works) in Warsaw. It was presented at Paris Air Show 1936 and gained attention. More than 50 P23 were exported to Bulgaria.
It became obsolete when WWII started. Still, the fact that Poland resurrected only in 1918 was able to create it and over 250pcs was produced in a relative short period of 1937-1939. During the Invasion of Poland (1939) it remained Poland's primary light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. PZL P23 Karaś was the first airplane that bombed German Third Reich on 2nd September 1939. Remaining airplanes served whole WWII in Bulgaria and Romania, removed from service in 1946.
This timepiece comes dressed in a 43 mm stainless steel case in sand blasted finish and fitted with a coin edge bezel. Its houses a Seagull ST1902 hand wound movement for a classic feel. Made to withstand harsh, daily usage the watch has a water resistant up to 100 meters. The PZL P23 Karaś is delivered with a military styled, solid leather strap.
Technical details
Case size: 43x52x13 mm
Case made from surgical stainless steel 316L sandblasted
Waterproof: WR100
Movement: Seagull ST1902
Strap: genuine leather strap
Box: solid wood
Warranty: 24 months