Sunday, August 20, 2017

HALDIMANN - H11 & H12 Steel Editions

This year Switzerland based master watch maker Beat Haldimann presents new editions of his H11 and H12 wristwatches in steel, a metal never used before by Haldimann with a superb rich deep blue dial.  The H11 and H12 are available in Beat Haldimann’s preferred diameter of 39mm but are also available upon special order in a 42mm case.
The surprising sheen and grené effect of the dial is obtained by using a silver base on which the indexes and logo are first engraved and filled with lacquer. The frosted finish is then obtained by hand applying a silver powder on the dial, a daunting and painstaking task requiring skill, expertise and talent.
The hands found on the H11 and H12 are also hand finished and inspired by a pocket watch from Haldimann Frères from 1790.
First presented in 2013, the H11 (with no seconds hand) and H12 (with offset seconds hand) are both visually and technically stimulating.  The serene dial is a beautiful study in monochrome, turn the watch to reveal the movement and you will find a seductive technical challenge: the balance's central location in the movement. Not only is this a visually arresting element but the technical feat of having centrally mounted hands.
The Haldimann Calibers H11 and H12 have been fully developed, finished and assembled by hand within the Haldimann workshops in Thun, all with the use of dexterous hands and no CNC machines.

Beating at a frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour) and endowed with a 38-hour power reserve, the mechanical manual wind Calibre H11 drives displays of the hours and minutes and Caliber H12 drives displays of hours, minutes and offset seconds.
These two manufacture calibers also feature two of Haldimann’s innovations, a proprietary lever escapement enabling improved isochronism and consequently precision as well as Haldimann’s proprietary shock absorption system permitting the balance to adjust more rapidly following a shock.  All movements also feature hand finished frosted plates mirroring the finish of the dials.

Technical details
Models: H11 and H12 In Steel

Movements
Calibre H11
Mechanical hand-wound with 1 barrel
Functions: Central indication of hours and minutes with hands
Movement diameter: 31.58 mm (= 14-lignes)
Movement height: 3.70mm
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Power reserve: 38h
Number of rubies: 19
Number of components: 161
Escapement: Haldimann modified Swiss lever escapement with Haldimann shock absorbing system
Finishing: Hand-frosted gilt finishing
 
Calibre H12
Mechanical hand-wound with 1 barrel
Functions: Central indication of hours and minutes and small seconds at 4 o’clock with hands
Movement diameter: 31.58 mm (= 14-lignes)
Movement height: 3.70mm
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Power reserve: 38h
Number of rubies: 19
Number of components: 168
Escapement: Haldimann modified Swiss lever escapement with Haldimann shock absorbing system
Finishing: Hand-frosted gilt finishing

Case
Stainless Steel
Diameter: 39mm or 42mm on request
Thickness: 10.8mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
See-through back with sapphire crystal
Water resistance to 3 ATM
 
Dial
Solid 925 silver
Hand-frosted silver gilt finishing in midnight-blue (Baselworld 2017 novelty)
Engraved Roman numerals filled with one of the following colors: black, silver, gold, green, red 5N or blue
Handmade hands made of stainless steel

Strap
Hand-sewn, folded edges, alligator strap with Alligator lining. Size is 20/18 and available in black, brown, green, red or blue
Handmade pin buckle or folding clasp in stainless steel

Suggested retail prices in CHF excluding VAT

H11: CHF 30’000
H12: CHF 31’000   

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open

This novelty timepiece, aptly named as Zenith Chronomaster El Primero “Full Open”, provides a breathtaking full view of the legendary El Primero self winding chronograph movement thanks to its entirely open – and open-worked – dial.

To ensure a better understanding of the fundamentals governing its flagship Chronomaster collection, Zenith offers its legendary El Primero chronograph in three different versions: with an entirely solid (closed) dial, a half-open (Open) dial, and now an entirely open (Full Open) dial.
This complete opening enables clients to grasp and visually appreciate the high frequency of the movement, the signature of the legendary El Primero integrated automatic column-wheel chronograph calibre with its 326 components (including 31 jewels), beating at the swift pace of 5 Hz (36,000 VpH) and thus capable of measuring and displaying the time with tenth-of-a-second precision. These attributes are inherited from its illustrious predecessor, the world’s most accurate series-produced chronograph developed by Zenith in 1969.

While the mechanism is now entirely revealed, there are nonetheless a few subtle nods to the historical version of the El Primero 1969: the date window of the 38mm version has been placed between 4 and 5 o’clock just like the original; and the famous blue colour is perfectly identical to the historical version. Combined with the two other colours, anthracite and rhodium, the three galvanic tones make a perfect match serving to magnify the movement.
The 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock that notably serves to verify the smooth operation of the movement. A silver-toned inner bezel ring, a black and white minute circle, together with facetted luminescent hands, combine to ensure optimal legibility, without obstructing the view of these captivating inner workings, while the elegant transfer centred inside the sapphire crystal provides the Zenith signature touch.

In terms of the case, the design also reflects the famous historical case of the 1969 El Primero Chronograph. Redesigned and modernised in 2010, this case has become a staple, revisited in every diameter and embodying the quintessence of Zenith’s creativity and timeless classicism. The case-back is of course open with a sapphire crystal revealing a resolutely modern architecture.
Available in two 38mm and 42mm diameters, in steel or a two-tone version with steel topped by an 18K pink gold bezel, and fitted with an alligator leather strap (black for the steel variation and brown for the two-tone steel and pink gold version) or a metal bracelet, this imposing, sturdy and sophisticated chronograph catches the gaze and plunges it into a cutting-edge mechanism by Zenith. Over 50-hour power reserve. Water-resistant to 100 metres.

Technical details
Model: Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open

References
51.2081.400/78.C810 (42mm, steel and 18K pink gold bezel)
03.2081.400/78.C813 (42mm, steel)
03.2081.400/78.M2040 (42mm, steel with metal bracelet)
51.2151.400/78.C810 (38mm, steel with 18K pink gold bezel)
03.2153.400/78.C813 (38mm, steel)
03.2153.400/78.M2150 (38mm, steel with metal bracelet)

Movement
El Primero 400, automatic
Automatic column-wheel El Primero chronograph with date
Calibre 13½``` (Diameter: 30mm)
Movement thickness: 6.6mm
Components: 326
Jewels: 31
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: minimum 50 hours
Finishing: Oscillating weight adorned with “Côtes de Genève” motif

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph:
- central chronograph seconds hand
- 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
- 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Date window at 6 o’clock (42 mm version) and between 4 and 5 o’clock (38 mm version)

Case and dial
Diameters: 42mm& 38mm
Thickness: 12.75mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Material: Steel, and 18K pink gold for the bezel of the two-tone version
Water-resistance: 10 ATM, equivalent to 100 metres
Entirely open and skeleton-worked dial revealing the legendary movement
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated or gold-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated or gold-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1

Strap
Black or brown clean-cut alligator leather with rubber inner lining
Steel triple folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Black Ceramic Unique Piece - Only Watch 2017 (Reference: 26599CE.OO.1225CE.01)

Specially created for Only Watch Charity Auction 2017 edition, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in black ceramic - Only Watch piece unique – boasts a ‘skylight’ blue Grande Tapisserie dial, polished counters in solid grey gold and orange-tinted photo realistic moon. 
Juxtaposed against the entirely hand-finished black ceramic Royal Oak case, bezel and bracelet, the transition from the blue, orange and silver dusk to the pitch black of night is a powerful combination.
In addition to the unique dial, the Only Watch unique piece is the first black ceramic perpetual calendar wristwatch to feature a black ceramic caseback with sapphire display back revealing a unique hand-finished black oscillating mass.
Technical specifications
Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Only Watch, Unique Piece
Reference: 26599CE.OO.1225CE.01

Case
Hand finished black ceramic case, crown and bezel
Case width: 41 mm
Case thickness: 9.5 mm
Water resistance 20 m
Black through screws
Black perpetual calendar correctors
Black ceramic case back with sapphire display back

Dial
‘Skylight’ unique royal blue Grande Tapisserie dial
Black hour-markers and hands
Polished counters on the dial in solid grey gold
Orange–tinted photo realistic moon

Movement
Self-winding 5134
Unique hand-finished black oscillating mass

Bracelet
Black ceramic

Hublot Announces US Ryder Cup Star Patrick Reed as Newest Brand Ambassador

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot has appointed US golfing sensation, Patrick Reed, as its newest brand ambassador.

Reed, surged onto the world scene following heroic displays at the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups and famously defeated Europe’s leading player and world No. 4, Rory McIlroy, in an epic encounter at Hazletine National, helping Team USA seal a famous victory.
The 27-year-old is one of the most respected players in the world, and is much-celebrated as the USA’s leading points scorer in both Ryder Cups he has contested. Christened "Captain America" by his compatriots and peers, for his competitiveness, patriotism, and team spirit on the course, Reed has one of the most impressive records in world golf; the youngest winner of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2014 – a signature moment in his nascent career – and only the fifth player to win three PGA Tour titles before his 24th birthday.

Hublot continues to expand its family of exceptional, world famous athletes, from Usain Bolt, to footballing legends Pelé and Maradona. Patrick Reed joins the trailblazers of professional golf including number one in the world Dustin Johnson and Olympic Games gold medalist Justin Rose. The partnership with the golfing world is an obvious enterprise for Hublot when comparing the stamina, expertise, and precision of golf legends with the craftsmanship of Hublot's timepieces.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tissot Femini-T

Since its foundation, Tissot has created ladies’ watches. The Tissot Femini-T is inspired by one of its gold women’s models that date back to the sixties. This re-edition stays true to the original watch with its distinctive cushion-shaped case design, which is echoed in the indices set with Top Wesselton diamonds. This gives the piece a true jewellery allure.
Adding to the bracelet feel, is a beautiful pendant, composed of a chain and gorgeous natural water pearl, that can be found on the diamond-shaped lugs of certain models. This was a feature of the original watch’s case design. 
The Tissot Femini-T stands out with class thanks to its originality. The collection offers multiple versions from a steel or rose gold PVD coated case matched with either a crème, black or red leather bracelet, all the way to all steel bangle versions with Top Wesselton Diamonds around the dials. It’s time to let your personality express itself through the Tissot Femini-T. 

Technical features
Swiss Made
Quartz movement with battery end-of-life (EOL) indicator
316L stainless steel case
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to a pressure of 3 bar (30 m / 100 ft)
Top Wesselton Diamonds
Pendant with a natural water pearl depending on the model
Leather strap with standard buckle
All rose-gold execution is PVD coating
Dimensions : 24.80mm – 22.58mm

Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. V

The I.N.O.X. V from Victorinox Swiss Army is a modern, high-performance timepiece that precisely reflects contemporary women’s intrinsic decision-making powers related to how to spend and measure their time. As with all I.N.O.X. watches, it can handle everyday adventures with reliably and style.

This ladies’ timepiece has a 37 mm stainless steel case with a consciously curved, sculptural shape. The hands and markers stamped on the dial echo the same belief in constitutional femininity.
Four different models make up the I.N.O.X. V range, issuing an open invitation for individuality. A version with a black dial and matching rubber strap acts as the Little Black Dress of the collection, the feminine epitome of versatility.


The crisp white shirt girl will enjoy keeping track of time in the office or after work with a predominantly white interpretation, elegantly enhanced with rose-gold details.
Two pieces have an audacious Naimakka paracord attachment, geared to the female who appreciates the look and feel of textile. A dark blue design, with subtlered accents, ranks up there with that favorite pair of jeans that feels equally comfortable mixing with heels or loafers.
And for a sporty look, with an out-there twist, there is a soft grey option, hosting hot pink accents, which can hold its own with the hippest sneakers.
Technical Features
Model: I.N.O.X. V, Swiss Made

Case
37 mm stainless steel case
Scratch-resistant, triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 200 m (20 ATM / 660 ft)
Screw-in case back
Protected screw-down crown

Dial and strap
Super-LumiNova® hands and indexes
Black or white genuine rubber strap
Grey with pink marker or blue with red marker paracord strap

Movement
Ronda 715 Swiss-made quartz movement

Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition

When the Swiss Army Knife had the challenges of life on earth covered, it extended its reach to include space and the daily adventures of astronauts. With this inspiring parent on its radar, Victorinox Swiss Army headed for elevated heights with its I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition timepiece. Rocket scientist-approved parachute cordage and space-walk attire navigated the design process for the latest addition to the adventure-loving watch collection. The result is a trusted timekeeping tool that confirms the absence of any final frontiers from the ingrained I.N.O.X. pledge to function reliably under absolutely any circumstances.
The countdown to the launch of the new I.N.O.X. Titanium watch comprised 130 product-specific durability tests, an uncompromising pre-requisite for membership of the family. This impressive checklist embraced extreme resistance to the elements, from exposure to repeated thermal shocks, with temperature variations in excess of 60º C, to conditions endured at an altitude of 21,300 meters, twice the cruising height of an airliner.
The extraterrestrial inspiration behind the I.N.O.X. Sky High finds expression in an innovative Naimakka paracord attachment, in white and speckled black, with Technora® inner strings. This para-aramid fiber, eight times stronger than steel, contributes its own galactic endorsement of direct involvement in a robotic rover landing on Mars. Paracord has also been used to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

The combination of the white elements and matt grey sandblasted, highly resistant titanium is reminiscent of astronauts’ outfits. Then it’s time to “put your helmet on”, represented by a transparent, magnifying bumper. This shield-like cover is included with every piece and ensures that everyday adventures only leave behind ingrained memories and not scratches. Further aviation-triggered accents in the proudly function-driven design are red military time printed beneath the crystal, three easily legible, stamped numerals and a planet-earth blue second hand.
Each of the 2,000 pieces of the I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition comes in its own time capsule box. This shockproof, waterproof receptacle is a survival treasure chest. It contains a white rubber strap with a blue- and a red colored loop. This is an extremely attractive Plan B should the paracord one have been removed to create a supersonic parachute, or to make way for a different style statement. There is also a special edition white Swiss Army Knife with an astronaut metal inlay and paracord key-ring. This is a replica of the red knife that has served as astronaut’s standard equipment and is proudly displayed in the Victorinox museum. I.N.O.X. continues undaunted on its mission to make one giant watchmaking leap after another. Never losing contact with Ground Control of course.

Technical Features
Model: I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition, Swiss Made

Case
43 mm case
Sandblasted titanium case
Scratch-resistant, triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 200 m (20 ATM / 660 ft)
Screw-in case back
Protected screw-down crown

Dial and strap
Super-LumiNova® hands, numerals and indexes
Military time printed in red beneath the crystal
Date calendar at 4:30
White paracord strap with Technora® inner strings and black marker
Additional white genuine rubber strap

Movement
Ronda 715 Swiss-made quartz movement

LUMINESCENT FUNCTION
Blue Super-LumiNova® for indicators specific to diving (minutes hand and bezel marker) and green
Super LumiNova® for the time indicators.

Available
September 2017

Delivered in a shockproof box with an exclusive astronaut knife, a paracord snap hook key ring and a special bumper

100 Things You Didn’t Know About Luxury Watches

For centuries, luxury watches have enticed us with their masterly craftsmanship and undeniably hefty price tag. And yet many of us wouldn’t know their historical origins or the high level of technical expertise that producing every luxury timepiece requires. You can, however, head over to ROX Diamonds & Thrills to read an exhaustive list of 100 things to know about luxury watches - we’ve listed some of our favourites below.

The first ‘modern’ wristwatch was made for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary in 1868 by Patek Philippe & Co. and thought to have been derived from the pocket watch, which first became popular in the 16th Century.
It’s from these origins that we have the Swiss watch as it’s known today. Although the underlying mechanical principles have barely changed in 200 years, we have seen significant changes in the technology behind luxury timepieces.

A pioneer of modern timepiece innovation is Hublot, especially when it comes to the materials used. Ranging from titanium to carbon fibre, Hublot isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and experiment with its watches.
Feeling inspired to buy your very own luxury watch after reading these fascinating facts? You might want to check out ROX’s watch buying guide which helps filter through the options so you can find your perfect timepiece.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Aviator Watches - Brand Info

Swiss watch brand Aviator pays tribute to the history of aviation, embodying watches within this amazing story. Each family of watches represents a different era in the development of aviation.

Aviator is a Swiss watch brand whose origins began in Russia in 2000 before moving to permanent home in Switzerland in 2010 to incorporate new technology and timepiece innovations. Aviator combines the art of timepieces with a passion for aviation.  The brand takes its heritage from proud aviation tradition and pays tribute to this spirit with each family of the brand’s watches representing a different era in the development of the aviation industry. 
Incorporating over five generations of aircraft technology, Aviator reflects the pilot lifestyle with the history of aviation, starting from ‘pioneer era’ to today’s ‘age of high-tech’:

The Vintage family is dedicated to the “Pioneer Era” and “Golden Age” of aviation. It includes the evolution from pocket watch style wristwatches to classical pilot watches of the Second World War

Inspired by the history of MIG aircrafts, Aviator created a family of watches named after these legendary fighter planes with the High-tech familyrange of watches built to meet the most rigorous requirements of contemporary aviators.
Aviator’s stylish and high-tech models are developed and manufactured in Switzerland and employ aviation industry professionals in the development process to garner insight around functionality, design and reliability.  Every Aviator watch thus combines the professional skills and experience of Swiss watchmakers with a passion for aviation and the artistic style of classic timepieces. 
Available through a variety of retail partners across Europe, America and Asia, Aviator has been the official timekeeper of the Russian aerobatic team, the “Swifts”, since 2006.
The company is led by Vice-President and Co-Founder Edgar Volodko who is now spearheading Aviator’s expansion in the UK and Europe in line with the brand’s philosophy of reliable watches that meet the rigorous standards of time instruments, whilst combining original aviation designs.

About Edgar Volodko
Edgar Volodko is from Vilnius, Lithuania and is Vice-President and Co-Founder of Aviator. Edgar is responsible for the marketing, sales and finance functions as well as strategic and operational planning and is spearheading Aviator’s expansion in the UK and Europe.

Edgar Volodko holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) as well as a Masters degree in Finance and Economics from London School of Economics.  Whilst studying in Moscow, he also worked part-time as a financial advisor to a number of private companies in Russia including Volmax LTD.  Edgar lives in Porrentruy, Switzerland with his wife and young child, just a ten minute walk from Aviator Watches manufacturing headquarters in the heart of the watchmaking industry of Jura Canton.

Edgar grew up in a family of entrepreneurs as his father has been involved in the distribution of watches in Eastern Europe for many years and thus he has been exposed to the industry from a young age.   It was in 2000 that Edgar’s father, Valentin Volodko, began to feel that watchmaking was lacking innovation and started producing his own watches.  Edgar’s father was fascinated by the early pioneers of aviation and five generations of aeronautics history and used this as the basis of his inspiration for the Aviator watch brand.

It was in 2011, after graduating from university in Moscow, that Edgar moved to Switzerland and took a lead role in the company.  He also completed his Masters degree in Finance and Economics from London School of Economics during this time. Six years later, Edgar now wants to focus the expansion of the Aviator Watch brand in the UK market.  This involves collaborating with the British engineers who rebuilt the infamous Bristol Scout aircraft, including live air shows and participating at aviation events. 

Official website: http://aviatorwatch.ch/

Aviator Airacobra P45 Chrono

The Airacobra P45 Chrono is a logical evolution of this collection dedicated to the pilots of 1940s. Its dial has both hour numerals and hour markers giving the watch a tool-like feel and easy readability. The date window is at 4 o’clock position and smartly highlighted by striped yellow-black hour index.
Furthermore, the time is visible in any lighting conditions from sunny day to the total darkness of night, thanks to the anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal and luminous material on indexes and hands.
Technical details
RRP: £345-395
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, 1/10 seconds counter, ADD & SPLIT functions
Movement: Quartz, Ronda 5040.D
Case material: Fine Brushed Steel/PVD coating
Case dimensions: 45 mm diameter – 14.2mm height
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Glass type: Anti-reflective Sapphire crystal
Indexes materials: SuperLuminova
Bracelet: Leather/Stainless Steel
Bracelet dimensions: 22 mm x 18 mm

Aviator Airacobra P42

Presented at Baselworld 2017, Aviator Airacobra P42’s dial retains a simple classic cockpit-style design with high contrast numerals and hands, providing outstanding clarity and readability. Furthermore, the time is legible in any lighting conditions from sunny day to the total darkness of night, thanks to anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal and the luminous material on numerals and hands. Another striking feature is the oversized calendar window at 3 o’clock, which enforces the instrumental look and provides perfect legibility of the date.
Technical details
RRP: £245-295
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, big date
Movement: Quartz, Ronda 519
Case material: Fine Brushed Steel/PVD coating
Case dimensions: 42 mm diameter – 13.3 mm height
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Glass type: Anti-reflective Sapphire crystal
Indexes materials: SuperLuminova
Bracelet: Leather/Stainless Steel
Bracelet dimensions: 20 mm x 18 mm

Aviator Douglas Day-date Automatic

The Douglas pays homage to the famous American passenger aircraft of the same name, the Douglas DC-3, which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s and was universally recognised as the greatest aircraft of its time.
In creating the Douglas, Aviator’s Swiss craftsmen have combined the art-deco style of the period with a vintage pocket watch design. 
Taking inspiration from the hallmarks of the Douglas DC-3’s architecture, the Douglas watch is both modern and elegant – a perfect symbol of a glorious era of civil aviation.  The Douglas is available in eight editions.
Technical details
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, Day- date
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2824-2 or SELLITA SW200-1
Case material: Polished Steel with Rose Gold plating
Case dimensions: 45 mm diameter - 11,50 mm height - 120g
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Glass: Anti-reflective Sapphire crystal
Dial: Black (also available in other colours)
Indexes materials: SuperLuminova
Bracelet: Leather
Bracelet dimensions: 22 mm x 20 mm
Retail price: £695-795

Rebel Time Co. AQUAFIN Diver Limited Edition

Brooklyn based watch company Rebel Time Co. has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the mass production of its Limited Edition AQUAFIN, a new range of high quality, Swiss­ made diving timepieces on Kickstarter. Starting at the super early bird price of $449 (retail value $799), the new Aquafin diver watch from Rebel combines timeless heritage with a modern take on masculine style.
Rebel Time Co. creates bold, premium men’s luxury watches without the hefty price tag. The Aquafin watch is the newest edition to the Rebel Time Co. watch line ­ a follow up to the successfully crowd-funded Aviator Pilot Watch.
Boasting high end details such as sandblasted stainless steel, water resistant up to 300m/1,000 feet, screwed down crown and caseback, and intricate dial designs ­ the Aquafin watch is designed with the rebel man in mind.
The solid case of Aquafin diver watch is made from 316L stainless steel and offering high strength, durability and long­ lasting visual appearance. An internal rotating bezel, which can be operated by the crown positioned at 2ó clock, is used for measuring dive timings.
The Aquafin design also boasts a domed sapphire crystal front with an anti­reflective coating, and a sapphire crystal back, for a luxury and high­ end look. As its mechanical engine, the brand has chosen the Sellita SW200­1 self winding movement.
Rebel Time Co. was founded by Schneur Lakein in 2015 to craft top of the line watches with a bold unique look that won't break the bank, and to bring the watchmaking traditions back into their family.

Please visit Rebel Time Co. AQUAFIN Diver Kickstarter campaign for more details.
 
Technical details
Authentically Swiss Made and Limited Edition
Domed Sapphire Crystal Front with AR Coating and Sapphire Crystal Back
Water Resistant Up To 300m/1000ft
High Grade Rubber Strap
316L Stainless Steel Case
42mm Case Diameter and 13.5 MM Thickness
Automatic Movement Sellita SW200­1
3D Wave Pattern Dial
Internal Rotating Bezel
Swiss Superluminova

West End Watch Co. Impermeable

In the 1880s, St Imier, Switzerland based Alcide Droz Company, who launched the West End Watch Co. brand, had developed the first water proof pocket watch, the Impermeable. Based on this heritage West End Watch Co. has launched a stylish diver's watch named after the historic pocket watch.
This modern day diver’s watch comes in a 42mm stainless steel case that can withstand water pressures up to 20 atm. It is secured with stainless steel bracelet featuring double security clasp.
Other exterior features of the watch include scratch proof sapphire crystal front glass, screwed down crown and aluminum rotating bezel.
The watch houses a Swiss automatic movement with date calendar. The Impermeable is series is available in several versions with different colours of dials and bezels.

Urban Jϋrgensen Reference 1140 PT L Blue Limited Edition

Urban Jϋrgensen presents a new limited edition of 30 pieces - 1140 PT L Blue for 2017.

At first glance, the 1140 PT L Blue exhibits a simplicity that conceals the complexity of its creation. The construction method and craftsmanship used are deliberately intended to appeal to connoisseurs of fine watchmaking. While some design elements and finishing are clear to see, others are virtually hidden. This new model complements the Jurgensen 1745 collection as a blend of the most precious examples of craftsmanship, Urban Jurgensen Hands, Guilloche and white gold appliqués with an in-house P4 movement.
The 40mm classic case design used in this reference, has a round form, teardrop shaped lugs and stepped bezel combined with exquisitely finished dials and hands. Urban Jürgensen hands are very much hand-made. They comprise a significant number of components that are individually honed, assembled and finished.
This naturally implies numerous hours of highly skilled workmanship which is a key feature of Urban Jürgensen timepieces. The white gold arms of Urban Jürgensen hands are cut from solid white gold and manually finished to ensure a perfect shape and fit.

Numerous hours of diligent polishing with increasingly fine grained diamond paper are followed by mirror polishing using secret types of polishing paste applied using a variety of wooden pegs specially shaped for the task. Its asymmetrical design, gently tapered towards the tip, ensures a unique elegance. This unwavering commitment to excellence is further exemplified at the very centre of the dial, in the precision-turned and mirror-polished solid gold hand pipes (also known as bushes), around which the arms are riveted to ensure a perfect ft.

Urban Jürgensen are considered masters of the art of the hand finished guilloche dials. In the new model, it can be appreciated in the vast attention to detail in the dial layout and pattern selections Grains d’orges and Guilloché Damier. Each dial requires up to 700 operations and takes two full days of hand work to complete on a guilloche lathe. After engine-turning, the dial is repeatedly brought to Rose heat and treated with acid to produce the unique warm colour by developing a fine layer of pure silver on the surface finally the dial is imbued with the proprietary Urban Jurgensen blue.

The White Gold Urban Jürgensen Arabic numeral appliqués are inspired by the hand painted enamel and grand feu dials of our historic pocket watches – an inspiration that imparts almost impossible challenges in crafting them in solid gold. Transferring the long extremely thin lines painted in a “1” or a “2”, or the small “+” on a “4”, is a challenge very few masters today. It is simply very difficult and delicate work.

The Urban Jürgensen numerals cannot be stamped out. They are cut in several cutting processes from a solid gold sheet to arrive at the final shape, followed by an extremely delicate polishing process finished by hand to arrive at the fine “bombé” pillow shaped profile. And because they are so fine in the details, no two sets on two dials are identical.

Technical details
REFERENCE 1140 PT BLUE
Limited Edition – 30 Pieces

Movement
Urban Jürgensen Movement P4
Swiss Lever Escapement
Manual winding
Hours, minutes, small seconds
Adjusted to temperature, isochronism in five (5) positions
Stop seconds
Twin barrels
Autonomy: 72 hours
Frequency: 21’600 V/h (3 Hz)
Twenty-three (23) jewels
Diameter: 32.00 mm
Thickness: 5.20 mm

Case
Platinum 40 mm Round 3-piece case, with a convex bezel
Individually soldered teardrop lugs
Domed sapphire crystal
Open back with flat sapphire crystal
Water resistant 3 ATM

Dial
Circular brushed chapter ring
Hand finished guilloché dial on one piece solid silver
Urban Jürgensen domed platinum Arabic numerals
Blue coloured Silver dial

Hands
Hand made solid White Gold
Diamond polished eye in White Gold

Strap
Alligator skin
Length 115/75mm, width 20/16
Custom made sizes available on request
Semi-matt blue
Other colours are available on request
Delivered exclusively with solid platinum folding buckle and clasp

Andreas Strehler Sauterelle à Heure Mondiale

Presented at Baselworld 2017, Andreas Strehler‘s Sauterelle à heure mondiale follows the footsteps of the master watchmaker’s complication watches such as Sauterelle à lune perpétuelle and Lune exacte.

In 2014, Andreas Strehler presented the Sauterelle à lune perpétuelle with phase of the moon indication with a precision of one day in 14,189 years. This is by far the most precise phase of the moon. In 2015, Andreas Strehler launched the Sauterelle à lune perpétuelle 2M with a phase of the moon indication with a deviation of one day in two million years (to be precise: 2,066,757 years), a Guinness World Record. Last year, Andreas Strehler gave us the Lune exacte with its patent pending high precision moon age indication, indicating the age of the moon correct to three hours. This indication was combined with the two million years' moon phase. After having said the final word on precise moon phase indications, Andreas Strehler this year returns to the earth with the new Sauterelle à heure mondiale.
The Sauterelle à heure mondiale, being a Sauterelle, has the patented Andreas Strehler remontoir  d'égalité at 10 o'clock.  At 8 o'clock on the dial, there is a three-dimensional view of the northern hemisphere as seen from above the North Pole, rotating counter clockwise once in 24 hours, as the earth does. This is where the phase of the moon indication used to be. This earth on the dial rotates under Andreas Strehler's familiar sapphire crystal minute ring which here indicates night on earth.

On the movement side of the watch, there is a ring with 24 names of individual cities, representing the 24 time zones. In the centre of this ring, there is a blue steel arrow.

Winding an Andreas Strehler watch is a very pleasing experience thanks to true conical gear wheels in the winding mechanism. The movement starts to work and the remontoir d'égalité coming into action, charging the escapement every second with the exact same amount of energy and indicating the seconds. Continue winding the watch until the twin mainspring barrels, linked by a differential gear, are fully wound. Due to the special Andreas Strehler stop works, limiting the mainsprings to their sector of linear energy discharge, this moment is distinctly felt.

Before your journey begins and to synchronise the watch, just turn the watch around and pull the crown to the first position. You then set the blue arrow to London/GMT. Then, while looking at the dial again, pull the crown to the second position and set the hands and the earth to the correct time for GMT, the earth serving as 24 hour and day/night indicator. GMT is now your reference time and you are ready for take-off.  With the crown pulled to the first position, the hour hand can be set in one hour-steps independently from the minute hand and without stopping the movement. 

Simultaneously, the hand in the middle of the destination-disk at the back of the movement is moved to the correct time zone, also indicating the relevant GMT offset. GMT and day/night at Greenwich always remains visible at a glance on the dial.

Technical Specifications
Caliber
Sauterelle à heure mondiale
Impulse: Double main spring barrel, energy regulated by a patented remontoir d’égalité
Plates and bridges: Central Main Plate and bridges are decorated to the highest standards; edges bevelled and polished by hand, fully decorated movement
Escapement: Andreas Strehler escapement
Regulating system: Free-Sprung balance with Breguet overcoil and four adjustment screws
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21’600 A/h Number of jewels: 25
Number of individual parts: 206
Size: 32.0 x 30.0 mm Height: 7.20 mm
Power reserve: 78 h, limited by a differential stop works

Case
Stainless steel, 41.00 x 37.30 mm (43.40 x 47.20 mm including the crown and lugs)

Dial
Silver, sapphire chapter ring
Hands: Polished blued steel

Functions
Hour, minute, small second, GMT, Destination Time
Optional: phase of the moon indication with a deviation of one day in 2 million years (blued steel disk, Moons: 18K Gold)
Winding-mechanism: Hand winding with conical gear wheels
Crown: Tree positions, 0=winding, 1=destination time (local time), 2=hand setting

Ulysse Nardin Zheng He Treasure Boat

Saluting the fascinating world of Chinese maritime history, Ulysse Nardin honors the Zheng He Treasure Boat in its new Classic Collection limited-edition enamel cloisonné timepiece.

The Chinese Treasure Boat (or Bao-Chuan) was a type of large wooden ship in the fleet of admiral Zheng He, the renowned explorer and mariner, who led seven incredible voyages during the early 15th-century Ming Dynasty.

These massive ships were 137m long and 55m wide, with nine masts and four decks for up to 500 crew as well as cargo. While they were few in number, Zheng He’s voyages covered extensive territory, traveling through Southeast Asia to faraway Africa and Arabia. With a fleet numbering hundreds of ships, and crews of around 30,000 men, his was easily the biggest maritime expedition of that time. Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng made a total of seven voyages, visiting 37 countries, an incredible achievement.
To accurately portray the appearance of the Zheng He Treasure Boat, Ulysse Nardin called upon its enamel specialists Donzé Cadrans for the intricate enamel cloisonné technique so valued by collectors. In this very ancient art form, which dates back to the early 4th century, craftsmen employ fine gold wire to create the compartments, within which the enamel is carefully deposited. Every cloisonné dial involves immense effort and patience, requiring 50 hours of artisanal expertise and 26 separate processes to bring a scene to vivid life.

Handcrafted from 18-karat rose gold and powered by the self-winding UN-815 COSC-certified movement, this Classic Collection timepiece boasts the characteristic accuracy of every Ulysse Nardin mechanical watch. It reveals reliability too, with a 42-hour power reserve and a 40mm dial that is water resistant to 50 meters.

Technical details
Ref. 8152-111-2/ZHENGHE
Limited Edition: 30 pieces
Movement: UN-815, COSC certified
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Winding: Self-winding movement
Functions: H/M/s
Case: 18 ct rose gold
Diameter: 40 mm
Dial: Enamel cloisonné, «Zheng He Treasure Boat » motif
Crown: Water-resistant
Water-resistance: 50 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case –back: Open case-back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws
Bracelet: Leather strap
Price: € 39’800.-, CHF 39’800.-

Chopard Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Chopard announces the Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017, a unique chronometer for the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, signed by Jacky Ickx.

For the sixth time, Chopard commits to supporting the Only Watch charity auction by donating an exceptional creation in tribute to the world of motorsports: the Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017. This one-of-a-kind model equipped with a high-frequency movement has been specially created for Only Watch. It honours an exceptional driver: Jacky Ickx. Chopard has chosen this motor-racing legend and ambassador of the Geneva-based Maisonto collaborate in creating this watch which aims at raising funds for muscular dystrophy research. This timepiece reflects the values shared by Jacky Ickx, Porsche Motorsports and Chopard: a passion for racing, backed by excellence and precision.
The Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017embodies the alliance between Chopard’s watchmaking excellence and the expertise of Porsche Motorsport. This competition-friendly timepiece picks up the DNA of the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Its 45 mm case provides ample space for impeccable readability, while the use of titanium delivers outstanding results in terms of both resistance and weight – two key issues shared by the racing world. Its resistance to shocks and scratches makes it an ideal material for timepieces subjected to the stresses and strains of endurance racing.
On the dial side, the hour-markers flaunting a racing-style design are swept over by facetted cut-out hands featuring tips enhanced with Super-LumiNova®, thus enabling swift and intuitive read-off by day or night. The seconds hand also carries a slim red tip standing out perfectly against the midnight blue dial.

A champion with a big heart and multi-facetted personality, Jacky Ickx is a well-known figure in motor-racing and great friend of Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has a rich and varied track record. His six victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans earned him the nickname “Monsieur Le Mans”. The dial of the Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017 is midnight blue, the legendary colour of his racing helmet, and bears his signature, visible at 6 o’clock along his favouritenumber 20: the one painted on the Porsche 936 with which the champion won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1976.
The Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017 is powered by a Manufacture movement: Calibre 01.11-M, visible through a sapphire crystal dial and delivering a 60-hour power reserve. It picks up the characteristic engine-type finishing of the Superfast collection with its openworked oscillating weight. The bridges are worked out like the air vents of a high-performance engine. This calibre operates at 8 Hz instead of the traditional 4 Hz.

This particularly high frequency enables greater precision as well as faster running resumption in case of shocks or disturbances that are frequent in motorsports. Calibre 01.11-M is equipped with a silicon escapement. It is also an authentic chronometer certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), a particularly rare achievement for an 8 Hz movement and which testifies to Chopard’s ongoing dedication to maintaining the most demanding levels of precision.

Technical Details
Model: Superfast 8 Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017
Ref. 168593-3002–Unique piece

Case
Titanium
Total diameter: 45.00 mm
Thickness: 12.4 mm
Water resistance: 100 meters
Matt black rubber-moulded steel screw-lock crown with steering wheel motif
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back with transferred “Only Watch” inscription
Engraved and lacquered titanium bezel, secured by 8 blackened PVD-coated stainless steel screws

Movement
Self-winding Chopard 01.11-M
Number of components: 254
Total diameter: 28.8 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Power reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 57,600 vph (8 Hz)
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Matt blue dial with red and white transfers on the inner bezel ring
Transferred seconds and quarter-seconds markings
Rhodium-plated cut-out hours and minutes hands enhanced with Super-LumiNova®
Red-tipped rhodium-plated sweep-seconds hand
Rhodium-plated baton-shaped power-reserve display pointer
Rhodium-plated hour-markers enhanced with SuperLumiNova®

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours, minutes and seconds
Quarter-second indication
Date window at 3 o’clock
Power-reserve display at 9 o’clock

Strap and clasp
Blue leather strap with light beige stitching
Titanium folding clasp