Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Abingdon Co. Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The Abingdon Co., the United States based watchmaker that introduced the first aviation/traveler watch made exclusively for women, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017.

What began as an answer to an industry dominated by men, Chelsea Abingdon Welch created the first female pilot watch designed by aviatrices and launched Abingdon Watches on November 3, 2007. Now, celebrating its 10th year as a premium woman's watch, The Abingdon Co. company has expanded its products to provide durable and fashionable timepieces for women in scuba diving, travel, military, law enforcement, tactical, automotive, and the outdoors industries.
Beginning February 3, 2017, The Abingdon Co. will announce a new promotion for the full month along with the story of the first year of business for the company. March 3, 2017 will cover the second year of business for The Abingdon Co. and will feature the next promotion.  April 3, 2017 will cover the second year of business for The Abingdon Co. and will feature the next promotion. 
With a full year of celebration, November 3, 2017 will culminate the 10th year anniversary with a very special announcement.  The focus of each month's announcement will highlight the company's core values: Female Empowerment, Quality Products, and Customer Service.
2017 is gearing up to be the company's biggest year yet. With 27 trade shows scheduled, and new retailers signing up to carry the line, Welch expects to double its best year in revenue.
With the expected growth, new styles for the tactical and dive industries can be put into production and new Crew Members can be brought on to help service current and past customers.
The Abingdon Co produces high-end watches that marry function and fashion for women for an affordable price. Currently the brand offers five watch models: Amelia, Jackie, Marina, Katherine, and Elise.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-of-Pearl

As a Baselworld 2017 preview, Swiss luxury watch brand Jaquet Droz unveils a high complication timepiece for ladies. Based on the legendary Grande Seconde theme, the Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-Of-Pearl timepiece for women successfully merges the brand’s supreme mastery in the fields of traditional mechanical watchmaking and jewellery.

With a long standing tradition traces back to 18th century, Jaquet Droz is putting a new twist on the iconic Grande Seconde line to create a new standard in women's watches. Master craftsmen did this by choosing one of the most beautifully luminescent materials: mother-of-pearl. With an age-old tradition of mineral dials, Jaquet Droz has all the expertise it needs to once again achieve flawlessness.
The shimmering effects play off the gleam of red gold on the 39 mm case set with brilliant-cut diamonds plus the highlight on the dial and the folding clasp. Roman numeral indexes for hours and minutes are a touch of classicism in their own right, accentuating the blued-steel hands.

 Laid on a white satin strap, there is also a bit of mystery about the Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-of-Pearl, like the gold oscillating weight adorned with white mother-of-pearl and the movement's bridges with a fanned Côtes de Genève design.
The Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-of-Pearl houses a tourbillon frame and seconds at 12 o'clock. The self-winding tourbillon movement beats inside the case is equipped with silicon balance spring and pallet horns. Rust-proof as well as insensitive to magnetism, non-extreme temperature changes and atmospheric pressure, the balance spring of the movement offers high rates of accuracy to the timepiece.
With a 7-day power reserve, the Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-of-Pearl comes in a limited edition of 88 pieces. The silhouette of the number is reminiscent of the dial's design imbued with the light of mother-of-pearl and the shimmer of diamonds.

Technical details
Collection: Grande Seconde
Model: Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother-of-Pearl
Numerus Clausus of 88
Reference: J013013580

Jaquet Droz 25JD.Si, self-winding tourbillon movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight with white mother-of-pearl applique
Jewelling: 31 jewels
Power reserve: 7 days
Frequency: 21,600 v.p.h

Hours and minutes at 6 o'clock
Tourbillon frame and seconds at 12 o'clock

18-karat red gold, set with 260 diamonds (1.41 carats)
Diameter Ø 39 mm
Height 13.20 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

White mother-of-pearl
18-karat red gold applied ring set with 90 diamonds, total of 0.12 carat.
Hands: Blued steel

Rolled-edge handmade white satin strap
Buckle: 18-karat red gold folding clasp set with 32 diamonds (0.23 carat).

Total Carat Weight / Diamonds / Colored Gemstones
IF to VVSI, Full cut, D to G
Total carat weight: 382 diamonds, 1.76 carats

Christopher Ward - C3 Malvern Chronograph MK III & C5 Malvern Automatic MK III

British luxury watch brand Christopher Ward has launched a new, complete re-designed edition of bestselling Malvern Collection. Presently two new timepieces are being offered: the C3 Malvern Chronograph MK III and the C5 Malvern Automatic MK III.
Since its establishment in 2004 Christopher Ward has been committed to making fine Swiss-made watches more accessible to people by producing timepieces with exceptional quality and value. Staying true to this original aim, the brand made waves in the horological industry with the original Malvern MK I. Developed with exactly the same ideals; the two new watches take all of the best elements of the original Malvern but with a refreshed design to elevate the range.

The first of the two new launches is the C5 Malvern Automatic MK III. The watch’s domed Opalin (or sunray) finish dial has circular dish detailing, with sharp, clean raised and machine-slanted indexes. The dial features a beveled date window at 3 and the Christopher Ward logo in its distinctive, now customary position at 9.
A Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1 movement, with its bespoke Colimaçoné-finished rotor engraved with the brand’s twin-flag motif, is visible through the exhibition case back.
The second timepiece is the C3 Malvern Chronograph MK III. A dress watch of classic good looks and superior finishing, this timepiece has been inspired by all things automotive. Beneath a double curved-top sapphire crystal, the Opalin (or Sunray) finish dial boasts two azzuré sub dials operated via the piston-inspired pushers, to track both small seconds and a dual 30 minute/ 12 hour counter.
Dashboard-like black minute markers and twin-flag engraved backplate give this exciting piece a contemporary racing feel; while a supremely accurate and reliable Swiss-made Ronda 3520.D movement keeps time.
Inspired from Christopher Ward’s flagship C1 collection, both the C3 and the C5 incorporate design elements from its premium dress case, created by Senior Designer Adrian Buchmann. With distinctive yet understated elegance and superb quality, the cases are polished with brushed sides to accentuate ‘light-catcher’ lines and present a slimmer profile.

Technical details

Quartz chronograph movement

Steel case with brushed and polished sides
Diameter: 39mm
Height: 10.8mm
Lug to lug: 45.8mm
Push-down crown with twin flag motif, two pushers to operate sub dials
Anti-reflective double curve top sapphire crystal
Snap case back with unique twin-flag engraving and serial number
Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 meters)

Domed Opalin white or Sunray finish black dial with azzuré sub-dial details
Date window revealing white or black date disc
Brushed and polished blued or steel hour, minute and central second hands

Oak leather quick-release strap with dress buckle, Shell Cordovan quick-release strap with Bader deployment, or ‘Milanese’ mesh bracelet

Luxurious presentation case and owner’s handbook

Retail Price


26 jewel Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with 38 hour power reserve
Unique twin-flag engraving over Colimaçoné’ finish on the rotor
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Timing Tolerance: +20/-20 seconds per day

Steel case with fully polished sides
Diameter: 39mm
Height: 9.9mm
Lug to lug: 45.8mm
Push-down crown with twin flag motif
Anti-reflective double curve top sapphire crystal
Snap open case back with engraved serial number
Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 metres)

Domed Opalin white or Sunray finish black dial
Date window revealing white or black date disc
Brushed and polished blued or steel hour, minute and central second hands

Oak leather quick-release strap with fress buckle, Shell Cordovan quick-release strap with Bader deployment or ‘Milanese’ mesh bracelet

Luxurious presentation case and owner’s handbook

Retail Price

Vincent Calabrese Watches: Brand Info

The creations of this self-taught, iconoclastic watchmaker-philosopher represent provocative challenges to mechanical traditions in general and to horological traditions in particular. The number, the diversity and the originality of his creations have earned him international fame as one of the most fertile creative minds in the watch business. Vincent Calabrese is one of the rare watchmakers capable of building movements by hand.
Inherently eclectic by taste and talent, he is capable of creating a diversity of models ranging from a popular watch such as the Commedia or a gold-plated quartz watch, to a specially commissioned, customised and entirely hand-crafted watch in 18-carat gold or even in 950 platinum. He is the father of mechanical poetry and playful watch making and was also the first one to construct a centrally jumping hour indicator.

The Regulus saw the light of day in 1997 based on his flying vortex created in 1985. The clockwork, completely handcrafted, is made of 18 karat gold, including the vortex cage. The casing, consisting entirely of sapphire, was produced without any gluing together and, thanks to the resourcefulness of its creator, makes it possible for the watch to remain waterproof at a depth of more than 30 metres.

The creations of his new brand [NHC] consist of some very exclusive pieces that are unique, innovative, ultra-modern and affordable. [NHC] is well on its way to becoming successful and its partners worldwide are looking forward to being allowed to advertise this timeless and unusual brand. All models come in stainless steel or 18 karat gold and their edition is not limited, nor is their time, for that matter ...
 »52« created in 2006, commemorates its creator’s 52nd birthday. The extensive calendar shows, in addition to the 52 weeks, the months, the days of the week, the date, the reserve power and a double time zone. Room for the seven mechanisms required for this is less than one millimetre thick and all corrections can be carried out quickly thanks to the wind-up crown and without any additional buttons to press.

Redesigned Website
Vincent Calabrese, the renowned watchmaker, is now making use of modern tools of communication such as websites and social media platforms to ensure a sound supply structure and efficient world-wide distribution of his horology creations.

Vincent Calabrese has responded by offering an attractive, classic collection, featuring some of his most celebrated complications. Certain distinctive models will continue to be available by special order.

His new web-site, which will facilitate the purchase of all of his models and their delivery throughout the world, can be viewed at this address: www.vincent-calabrese.com. There will be constant updates on the social media providing clear information, along with the opportunity for a one-on-one chat that will answer all your questions.

One of Vincent Calabrese’s notable achievements was the founding of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) in 1985, which includes among its members, past and present, such figures as Frank Muller, F.P. Journe, George Daniels and many others. Mr. Calabrese is known throughout the world for his extraordinary creations—for example, Corum’s Golden Bridge and Blancpain’s Tourbillon-Carousel—and he was also the first to produce (in 1985) a wristwatch with a flying tourbillon.

Official website: http://www.vincent-calabrese.ch/

Perrelet Turbine Rooster Limited Edition

With the new limited edition "Turbine Rooster" timepiece, Swiss luxury watch maker Perrelet pays tribute to the Chinese New Year that begins on 28 January 2017 under the sign of the Rooster.

The major highlight of this new timepiece is the turbine with its 12 anodised aluminium blades, finely decorated with the twelve signs of the Chinese horoscope. These are engraved - in matching tones - either figuratively or in Chinese characters. 2017 is the year of the Rooster, and the Rooster stands out in a brilliant red on the 6 o’clock blade.
The Turbine, which requires a perfect balance during its assembly to ensure optimal operation, features 5 tungsten counterpoises positioned under the blades. These ensure the oscillation of the Turbine with the slightest movement of the wrist and allow the systematic repositioning of the Rooster sign at 6 o’clock.

The rotation of the Turbine reveals a red sub-dial livened up by the Rooster Zodiac sign in Chinese characters, made out of 5N rose gold PVD with a profile outlined in black.
The last component of the dial is the black flange on which are indicated the hours, the minutes and the seconds. The Arabic numerals indicating minutes stand out at every 15 minutes and the indexes, arranged on a scale of 5, are covered with black SuperLuminova, as well as the hours and minutes hands. In perfect harmony with the style of the dial, the central seconds hand is red. This gorgeous dial protected by a sapphire glass presents a fascinating show in its round 44mm case and 13mm in thickness, in black PVD treated steel, with vertical grooves on the middle and the integrated crown at 3 o’clock.
The heart of this new Turbine Rooster, with its P-331 Manufacture Calibre, which guarantees a power reserve of 42 hours and a water resistance of up to 5 ATM, will offer mechanical watchmaking enthusiasts the pleasure of owning a timepiece that is not only reliable but also unique in its style. The elegant decoration of the movement, with bridges adorned with a "Côtes de Genève" motif, is visible through the sapphire crystal case-back.

Produced in a limited edition of 100 timepieces, the individual serial number is engraved on the case-back of each Turbine Rooster. The watch comes with a black rubber bracelet and a steel folding clasp with black PVD coating and Perrelet logo.

Technical details
Model: Turbine Rooster Ref. A1097/2

P-331 on a P 321 base Perrelet Manufacture Calibre
Mechanical, self-winding
Vibrations per hour: 28,800 (4 Hz)
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 hours
"Côtes de Genève" decorated bridges

Round, in 3 parts, stainless steel, black PVD coating, integrated crown at 3 o’clock
Diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Water resistance up to 5 ATM
Sapphire crystal case-back, anti-reflection coating

Turbine Technology: turbine with 12 black anodised aluminium blades with the signs of the Zodiac engraved on each blade
5 tungsten counterpoises positioned under the blades
Symbol of the Rooster engraved in red on the 6 o’clock blade
Red sub-dial with the marking of the Zodiac sign of the Rooster in Chinese characters in 5N rose gold PVD with the profiles outlined in black at 6 o’clock
Black flange with indication of hours and minutes in black Arabic numerals, at intervals of 15, covered with SuperLuminova
Black central hours and minutes hands covered with black SuperLuminova and red central seconds hand

Hours, minutes, seconds

In rubber with black PVD treated steel folding clasp and Perrelet logo

Limited Edition
Limited edition of 100 timepieces, each engraved with the individual serial number

Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire – New Versions

The Horological Brothers, Bart and Tim Grönefeld announce bespoke dials and a new case material for their award winning Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire timepiece. Netherlands based Grönefeld brothers have partnered with renowned master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen to realise these new editions of high-end, technical timepieces under 1941 Remontoire line.

Grönefeld is able to offer a vast choice of coloured and patterned dials. The dials are engine-turned, sometimes referred to as guilloché dials. This process confers each dial with its own unique appearance. To augment the allure of the engine-turned patterns, another even more exclusive technique can be applied, enamelling. The colourful and transparent enamel is applied to the dial surface to bestow a profound depth and lustre to the guilloché patterns.
The ‘engine turned’ dials are actually made on a century old machine. Every decorative line is made at very slow speed by deft hand and the skilful precision of a well-trained eye. It actually takes a few days of painstaking and patient effort to produce just one guilloché dial.

Because enamel is glass, not paint, it does not fade under ultraviolet light and will keep its lustre for years, decades or even centuries to come. Specialist Inès Hamaguchi is responsible for the delicate enamelling of the Grönefeld dials.
Besides the existing versions in 18-carat red and white gold, the 1941 Remontoire is now also offered in stainless steel. Bart and Tim believe the 1941 Remontoire looks spectacular in a stainless steel case owing to the combination of the case material and the distinctively arranged, hand decorated, stainless steel bridges. For this case, the 316L stainless steel alloy has been specially treated to obtain a very fine molecular structure. This treatment results in a brighter colour and glossier finish than a non-treated stainless steel alloy.
A maximum of 25 Remontoire watches in a stainless steel case will be made. These will be offered with the existing collection of dials as well as the new, bespoke engine turned and enamel dials.

Technical details
Model: Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire

Hand-wound Mechanical Movement, Calibre G-05
8 Seconds Remontoire Mechanism
Diameter: 32,0 mm
Thickness: 5,5 mm
Number of parts: 258 parts
Number of jewels: 36 jewels, partially set in solid gold chatons
Power reserve: 36 hours with constant force (stop system)
Remontoire: To optimize time keeping a small hairspring is wound every 8 seconds to guarantee a constant force for the escapement. A complex satellite gearing mechanism with hypocycloidal gears, twin ball bearings, pinions and jewelled levers, achieve this.
Balance wheel: Variable-inertia balance wheel with four white gold timing screws (diameter 10 mm)
Frequency: 21.600 vibrations/hour
Balance spring: Free sprung with Phillips terminal over coil curve with triangle hairspring stud
Escapement: Jewelled Swiss lever
Main Plate: Spotted and ruthenium electroplated brass main plate
Bridges: Stainless steel, bevels polished by hand, micro-blasted centre; Circular grain on the top to highlight the bridges shapes and engravings; Relief engraved Grönefeld logo, number of jewels and eight seconds remontoire
Hacking seconds: In setting mode the hacking seconds mechanism will be activated

Central Hours and Minutes
Small Seconds at 6 o’clock
Governor speed regulator at 9 o’clock

Stainless Steel 916L, White Gold Au750/Pd150 (Non Rhodium plated) or Red Gold Au750 5N
Domed sapphire crystal on the front with hard antireflective coating on both sides
Flat sapphire crystal on the back with hard antireflective coating on both sides
Engraving: Grönefeld and the individual number
8 gold or stainless steel security screws
Diameter: 39,5 mm
Thickness: 10,5 mm
Water resistance: 3 atmospheres – 30 meters – 100 feet
Crown: Stainless steel, White gold Au750/Pd150 (Non Rhodium plated) or Red gold Au750 5N engraved    with logo

Sterling Silver 925, Guilloché dials are handmade.
Hands: Extended Lancette hands. Flame-blued steel and mirror polished centres. Small poised seconds    hand

Hand-sewn ostrich leather with Stainless steel, White Gold Au750/Pd150 or Red Gold Au750 5N buckle Engraved with Grönefeld logo

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz

In 2017, Audemars Piguet presents a new women’s Royal Oak with a uniquely gem-set look defined by a swirling diamond relief pattern that glides beyond the dial and bezel to the bracelet. Though rooted in the skilled techniques of the expert jeweller’s craft, where the bezel, dial or crown might be set with precious gems to glamorous effect, this new piece presents a different proposition.
At first seemingly random, the wave-like pattern of diamonds is precisely considered and set within the Royal Oak’s distinct design in the same way that an abstract painter might approach a canvas.
True to Audemars Piguet’s history of creating its own gem-setting techniques within horological craft, the diamonds chosen for the Royal Oak are not simply a decorative touch, they are also considered from a designer’s perspective and fully integrated into the bracelet, dial and bezel, creating design continuity throughout the entire piece.

This newly introduced 33mm Royal Oak is available in either 18-carat pink gold or 18-carat white gold and demonstrates the typical Audemars Piguet blend of craftsmanship, originality and elegance.

Technical details
Quartz Calibre 2713
Total diameter: 18.39 mm(81/4lignes)
Total thickness: 2.2 mm
Number of jewels: 7
Frequency of the quartz: 32,768 Hz

Hours, minutes and date

Diamond-set 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Diamond-set 18-carat pink gold dial, pink gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Diamond-set 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

429 brilliant-cut diamonds: ~2.56 carats (case and bracelet)
112 brilliant-cut diamonds: ~0.67 carats (dial)

Also available in white gold, reference 67654BC.ZZ.1264BC.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Following the success of the2016 launch of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph in a range of fizzing bright and vibrant dial colours, Audemars Piguet now introduces the non-chronograph model in similarly exciting hues.
Proposed in white, dark blue, acid yellow, lime green and bright orange, the new Royal Oak Offshore Diver models are fitted with rubber straps in matching colours and an additional blue rubber strap for each version.
The watch features a 42mm stainless steel case with glare-proof sapphire crystal and caseback, and blue screw-locked crowns. Like all Audemars Piguet Diver watches, the Funky Colour editions are water-resistant to 300m, and feature a rotating inner bezel with diving scale and zone from 60 to 15 minutes. 
The “Mega Tapisserie” dials feature white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating for great visibility in or out of the water.

Technical details
Self-winding Calibre3120
Total diameter: 26.60 mm (11 3/4lignes)
Total thickness: 4.26 mm
Number of jewels:  40   
Number of parts: 280
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 60h
Frequency of balance wheel: (Hz)    3 (=21,600 vibrations /h)

Stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, blue rubber-clad screw-locked crowns, water-resistant to 300 m

Blue dial with “MégaTapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands (yellow minutes hand) with luminescent coating, blue rotating inner bezel with diving scale and zone from 60 to 15 minutes in yellow

Blue rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle
Additional yellow rubber strap

Dive-time measurement, date, hours, minutes and seconds

15710ST.OO.A027CA.01: Blue dial
Also available with a white dial, ref. 15710ST.OO.A010CA.01, a yellow dial, ref. 15710ST.OO.A051CA.01, an orange dial, ref. 15710ST.OO.A070CA.01, and green dial, ref.15710ST.OO.A038CA.01.

IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Automatic (Ref. IW356601/ IW356602)

The Da Vinci Automatic wristwatch from this year’s Da Vinci edition, is a classically simple watch with three hands in a 40-millimetre round case featuring distinctive horns. Designed for both women and men, the elegant timepiece is available either with a slate-coloured dial and stainless-steel bracelet or with a silver-plated dial and black alligator leather strap.
Thanks to its moving horns, the watch fits perfectly around a slim wrist and is therefore particularly attractive for women. Holding it securely in place on Reference IW356601 is a pin buckle, while Reference IW356602 features the new folding butterfly clasp. The clear-cut dial design with the date at “6 o’clock” sets off the striking Arabic numerals and lancet-shaped leaf hands to their best advantage. The crown discreetly takes up the contours of the case and blends harmoniously into the overall picture. Both models are water-resistant to 3 bar and powered by the tried-and tested 35111 calibre with automatic winding and 42-hour power reserve.
Reference IW356602 features a stainless-steel case and a slate-coloured dial together with rhodium-plated hands and appliqués. The timepiece comes with a polished stainless steel bracelet.
Reference IW356601, which has a silver plated dial as well as gold-plated hour and minute hands and appliqués, is a worthy counterpart to the model in pure stainless steel. A blue seconds hand provides a colourful contrast. The elegance of the watch’s appearance is rounded off by a hand-dyed black alligator leather strap by Santoni.
With a steel case, moving horns and a twin-frame bezel encircled by a peripheral groove, the new Da Vinci Automatic is a tribute to and a modern interpretation of the Da Vinci SL Automatic (Ref. 3528) from the late 1990s. The SL Collection was initially launched in 1976. The fact that the watches were produced in only limited numbers has ensured that the models in the SL Collection remain much sought-after collector’s pieces to this day.

Technical details
Model: Da Vinci Automatic
Ref. IW356601 • IW356602

Date display
Central hacking seconds

Calibre 35111
Mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: Automatic

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW356601: Stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, black alligator leather strap by Santoni, stainless-steel pin buckle
Ref. IW356602: Stainless-steel case, slate-coloured dial, stainless-steel bracelet, stainless-steel butterfly clasp
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 10 mm

Girard-Perregaux Neo-Bridges

A futuristic extrapolation of a 19th century movement architecture now considered to be the historical signature of the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux, the Neo-Bridges automatic titanium watch heralds a construction approach aimed at bringing a dramatic theatrical touch to tomorrow’s mechanical horology.

Fundamentally retro-futurist in terms of its aesthetic approach, the Neo-Bridges automatic titanium adopts a certain vision of forward-looking horology, while remaining entirely in harmony with the history of the brand founded in 1791.
At the crossroads between two worlds associating tradition and innovation, this visionary time-measuring instrument showcases one of the key directions being taken by the new image of the Manufacture, which remains consistently ahead of its time. The rich vitality of this new expression of Manufacture Girard-Perregaux’s mechanical vision takes firm root in the past in order to propel itself firmly towards the future. The Neo-Bridges Automatic Titanium picks up the architectural construction design codes cherished by Constant Girard, creator of the Esmeralda pocket watch that was honoured in 1889 by a first prize at the Paris Universal Exhibition. It also echoes the theatrical nature of the creations by Jean-François Bautte who, in the late 18th century, designed horological instruments employing a playful approach to displaying the passing hours in order to demystify the flow of time and thus transform watches into pure kinetic works of art. 
Within this magnificently staged watchmaking show, the new GP08400 self-winding 14 ¼-ligne movement with micro-rotor forms an inseparable whole with the 45 mm-diameter titanium case that is water-resistant to 30 metres, fitted with a black alligator leather strap secured by a titanium triple folding clasp. This captivating movement featuring perfect symmetry – thanks to the judicious positioning of the micro-rotor along the same axis as the barrel drum ensuring a 50-hour power reserve – is first and foremost designed to draw the eye. The architecture does indeed capture the gaze, especially since it is reinforced by contemporary finishing including sandblasting, NAC treatment of the mainplate, and a PVD coating on the delicately curved bridges. This ensemble with its sophisticated graphic design is endowed with an infinitely hypnotic charm thanks to the presence at 6 o’clock of a large 10.15 mm-diameter variable-inertia balance wheel oscillating at a frequency of 3 Hertz (21,600 vibrations per hour). The generous size of the balance makes it less subject to disturbances and therefore more accurate.
The Neo-Bridges watch was designed by the style department as a contemporary transcription of the aesthetic codes dear to the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux. To magnify these design principles, the engineers and watchmakers have endowed the finely crafted titanium case measuring 45 mm in diameter and 12.17 mm thick with alternately polished and satin-brushed finishing. This coherent ensemble is fitted with a “Box” sapphire crystal and a minimalist dial, as well as a transparent sapphire crystal caseback – thereby providing ample space in which to read the time, as well as to discover this fascinating 208-part mechanism. The latter epitomises the art of harnessing and propelling towards the future the full stylistic power of the historical timepieces that have been forging the renown of the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux for more than 225 years.  

Technical Specifications
Model: Neo-Bridges

Case and dial
Material: titanium
Diameter: 45.00 mm
Height: 12.18 mm
Glass: sapphire anti-reflective
Case-back: sapphire crystal
Dial: no dial, ring with suspended indexes
Hands: skeleton with luminescent material
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Reference: GP08400-0001, mechanical with automatic winding
Diameter: 32.00 mm (14¼’’’)
Height: 5.45 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Number of components: 208
Jewels: 29
Power reserve: min. 48 hours
Functions: hours, minutes

Material: dark-grey alligator with stitching
Buckle: titanium triple folding buckle

Atokalpa Celebrates its 15th Anniversary with the Sandoz Family Foundation

Switzerland based micromechanical company Atokalpa, a leading supplier of watch components to premium brands is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The company is owned by Sandoz Family Foundation. Atokalpa joined the group fifteen years ago with 26 employees, now they have 120 employees.
At the heart of the Ajoie (Jura), Atokalpa , Alle branch SFF Clocks SA Components, produced a set of watch components thanks to the expertise of 120 employees working in more than twenty different trades. Atokalpa is now recognized by major watch brands for development, industrialization and manufacturing of the complete oscillator.

Atokalpa undertakes specific developments: study, design, production to the needs of watch brands, producing the balance, the spiral or the mobile anchor and escape wheel. Further, Atokalpa reproduces traditional decorations identical to those of the past, such as diamond polishing, lapping over, polishing wings to the wheel of wood, snailing the sunburst, strapping, the softening, etc.

Mo Eden MK1

British jeweller and watch maker Mo Eden presents his first men’s wristwatch: the MK1. Hand made in London’s Hatton Garden, the watch is bespoke to ensure exclusivity.
The 18 carat gold, diamond set Driver’s watch is designed in Mo’s signature Art Deco/Modernist style. Angled for ease of reading whilst driving the watch design incorporates perspective which is used to draw the eye in and evoke movement.
The Swiss ETA 2678 automatic movement is visible through the sapphire crystal window. As the MK1 is a bespoke watch the options are limitless and you may prefer Sapphires, black diamonds or no diamonds at all. Production currently takes 8-10 weeks and the model shown will retail for around fifteen thousand pounds not including taxes and duties.
Technical details
18 carat gold diamond set.
Case width 34mm at widest point
Case length 40mm
Case height 18mm at highest point
Water resistant
Sapphire crystals

Carbon fibre dial

ETA 2678 Swiss movement
Hours, minutes, sweep second
Self-winding mechanism with ball bearing
Date and day corrector
Stop second device
Regulator system ETACHRON and regulator corrector
28.800 vibrations per hour; 4 Hz
25 Jewels

Stingray 22mm

IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW393402)

Unveiled at SIHH 2017 as a part of Da Vinci collection, this timepiece belongs to the line of special edition timepieces created in association with Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

The Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW393402) has a blue dial and a diameter of 42 millimetres. Newly developed moving horns with curved lugs ensure that the black alligator leather strap by Santoni fits wrists perfectly. The stainless-steel chronograph shows elapsed minutes and hours on a subdial, so that the stopped times can be read off as if on an analogue watch. As usual, the timepiece has a central chronograph hand to show seconds.
The in-house 89361 chronograph calibre has a 68-hour power reserve and draws its energy via the automatic IWC double-pawl winding system, which has four pawls to transmit energy to the pawl wheel. The watch is water resistant to 3 bar and has a flyback function: pressing the push-button stops, resets and restarts the chronograph instantaneously.
Every year since 2006, IWC Schaffhausen has launched an exclusive special edition for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these timepieces goes directly to the Laureus Foundation and contributes to the funding of its projects. Like its predecessors, the 11th in the series of IWC special editions is a symbol of hope for children and young people who are socially disadvantaged because they have mental or physical handicaps or live in difficult family circumstances.
One of the hallmarks of all Laureus special editions is an engraving on the case back. Traditionally, IWC Schaffhausen organizes an annual children’s drawing competition within all the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation projects worldwide.
The motto this year was “Time Well Spent”, and the jury singled out a drawing by 12-year-old Hou Ye from Shanghai. Despite a mental handicap and limited motor abilities, Hou Ye is a passionate participant in the Special Olympics East Asia. His winning picture shows himself on skis, laughing happily as he sets his own personal best time.

Technical details
Model: Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good Foundation” Ref. IW393402

Date display
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at “12 o’clock”
Flyback function
Small hacking seconds

IWC-manufactured calibre 89361
Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency; 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Glucydur® beryllium alloy indexless balance with high-precision adjustment screws on balance rim
Jewels: 38
Power reserve: 68 h
Winding: Automatic

Case, dial and strap
Stainless-steel case
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 14.5 mm
Glass: Sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant:3 bar
Blue dial
Black alligator leather strap by Santoni, stainless-steel folding clasp

Oris New Aquis Date

Swiss watch brand Oris announces the new Oris Aquis Date, fresh interpretation of the independent Swiss company’s high-performance diver’s watch. As well as offering superlative build quality, the new Aquis Date is a stylish accessory, designed to give divers confidence both in the depths and on dry land.
Oris has been making diver’s watches since the 1960s. The vintage-inspired Divers Sixty-Five collection serves as a reminder of the company’s pioneering spirit and innovative approach to watchmaking. The Oris Full Steel of the late 1990s was a high-performance sports watch. It demonstrated the inventive ethos of Oris and sowed the seeds of the iconic Aquis collection, which became rapidly synonymous with diving watches. The new Aquis Date presents the next chapter in a story that began over 50 years ago.
The first Aquis was characterised by the design of its muscular horns and uni-directional rotating bezel. While the horns were designed so the metal bracelet or rubber strap would pivot to fit a wide range of wrist sizes, the broad bezel and its oversized numerals delivered outstanding underwater legibility. Both features delivered practical benefits that have made the Aquis a design icon and one of the first names in diver’s watches.
The new Aquis Date continues both the spirit and design DNA of its predecessor. Oris’s designers have added a touch of elegance to the tool watch so that it can be worn as a sporty dress watch. The horns and the bracelet are now thinner, giving the case and the whole watch a more slender profile.
The hands and indices have been redesigned to look bolder and sharper, and the screw-in security crown and crown protectors have been refined to give the watch a sleeker silhouette. The bezel inlay is made of black, scratch- and fade resistant ceramic, and the dial now proudly carries the Aquis name.
As well as aesthetic improvements, the new Aquis Date also delivers practical enhancements. The uni-directional bezel is now easier to grip, thanks to a small gap introduced between the case and the body, allowing greater purchase. The Aquis Date is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres), making it ideal for experienced scuba divers.
Technical details
Model: Oris Aquis Date

Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, with date at 6 o’clock

Multi-piece stainless steel case with screw-in security crown and crown protection
Diameter: 43.50mm
Water-resistant to 30 bar/300m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black ceramic inlay with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed case back with see-through mineral crystal

- Ref. No. 01 733 7730 4135 MB: Blue dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®
- Ref. No. 01 733 7730 4154 RS: Black dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®.
Nickel hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
Nickel second hand with ‘lollipop’ insert filled with Super-LumiNova®

Blue or black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick adjust, sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension, or dark brown leather strap with sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension. Alternatively available with stainless steel bracelet with extension

Swiss retail price
CHF 1,750 on a strap, CHF 1,950 on stainless steel Bracelet

Graham Chronofighter Vintage GMT

Following the launch of the Chronofighter Vintage which celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Chronofighter series, Graham presents a new addition: Graham Chronofighter Vintage GMT.

The Chronofighter Vintage GMT integrates a second time zone in a design that takes inspirations from different eras elegantly in its stride. Parented by the series launched at the dawn of the new millennium, this model combines sophisticated contemporary horology with visible vintage flashbacks.
A G1733 automatic chronograph movement makes the two worlds of this Swiss made timepiece go round –simultaneously. Dark sun-brushed dials with a radial gradient capture a wide range of shades to show off Superluminova detail, snailed counters and a rhodiated ring.

The mono-directional rotation bezel, with 24 positions and a large double-disk date at 12 o’clock, are travel essentials in modern timekeeping terms. A boxlock mechanism adds an appealing, slow, tick-tock sound to the ceramic bezel’s motion. Underlining the statement of technical complexity is the construction of the trigger, combining a co-axial crown and push button. The instrument character of the overall look is signed off by a see-through case back to reveal the movement’s most intimate secrets.

Technical details
Model: Chronofighter Vintage GMT 2CVBC.G01A

Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter)
Big date with double disc at 12 o’clock
Hours, minutes, seconds

Calibre: G1733, automatic chronograph
28’800 A/h (4Hz)
Incabloc shock absorber
Power reserve: 48 hours

44 mm steel
Steel fast-action start/ stop trigger and reset pusher
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating
See-through sapphire crystal case back
Bezel: Ceramic (ZrO2) with GMT scale
Unidirectionalrotatingbezelwith24 positions and lateral helical toothing decoration
Water resistance: 330 feet/ 100 m / 10 bar

Green / brown/ black / blues un-brushed with radial gradient
White Super-LumiNova hands, numerals and indexes (Grade A. highly luminescent)
GMT hand with red tip and white SuperlumiNova

Hand-sewn green/brown/black/blue calf leather
Steel pin buckle

H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Tourbillon

Paying tribute to the exceptional artisan watchmaking, the Heritage Tourbillon, like all creations by H. Moser & Cie., links tradition of 187 years old Swiss watch brand and modernity.

The inspiration behind the Heritage Tourbillon Skeleton came from an H. Moser pocket watch dating from the late 19th century in the H. Moser & Cie. collection. The case on this model, made from a striking blue, engraved enamel and studded with diamonds, inspired the watchmakers at the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture to reinterpret this watch, calling on the best craftsmen to work on the case.
Featuring stunning blue enamel on a case with two covers, a "Grand Feu" enamel dial, guilloché engraving and diamond setting techniques, in association with a modern in house, automatic calibre with a minute-tourbillon: the Heritage Tourbillon is the synthesis of the greatest arts in watchmaking craftsmanship. It also symbolises the link between the past and the present for H. Moser & Cie., founded in 1828, through a reinterpretation of an historic watch which retains its original features, now in a larger dimension and fitted with a strap.

The red gold case with two covers has therefore been enlarged and features extremely fine lugs, while respecting its original design. On either side of the watch is a cover with hand-engraved, guilloché decoration, extending up the side of the case. These have then been enamelled, demonstrating the highest level of craftsmanship, and set with diamonds on the dial side. Paired with an alligator leather strap, this beautifully rounded case is as smooth as a pebble. In reference to the historic timepiece, the H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Tourbillon has a notched crown fitted with a push-button mechanism for opening the upper case cover.
The dial, which is also enamelled, is decorated with Roman numerals. The scales of the track showing minutes and small seconds are a further reference to tradition, as is the dovetail shape of the hour and minute hands, which are flame-blued.
The beating heart of this exceptional timepiece is the high-performance HMC 802, with a unique design that includes an interchangeable tourbillon module. It guarantees the Heritage Tourbillon a minimum 3-day power reserve.

Technical details
Model: Heritage Tourbillon
Reference 8802-0400, 5N red gold model, pocket watch-type case, blue alligator leather strap, limited edition of 10 Pieces

Pocket watch-type case in 5N red gold, diamond-set (32 diamonds, 0.31 carat) and enamelled
Diameter: 46.0 mm, height: 15.1 mm
Sapphire crystal

White "Grand Feu" enamel dial
Hand-painted Roman numerals
Dovetail-shaped blued hands

In-house automatic tourbillon calibre HMC 802
Diameter 34.0 mm or 15 lignes, height 6.5 mm
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
Solid 18-carat red gold skeletonised rotor engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. company hallmark
Power reserve: minimum 3 days
Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
Original Straumann Double Hairspring®
Interchangeable Moser minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock with skeletonised bridges

Hours and minutes

Hand-stitched blue alligator leather strap
18-carat solid 5N red gold folding clasp with Moser logo