Friday, March 31, 2017

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 25th Anniversary Edition - Master Control Date, Master Chronograph & Master Geographic

To mark the 25th anniversary of the iconic Master Control line, Jaeger-LeCoultre is presenting a new expression of the line’s three emblematic functions, drawing on Jaeger-LeCoultre’s rich legacy of round watches to inspire the Master Control Date, the Master Chronograph, and the Master Geographic. The date, chronograph, and geographic complication constitute functions of everyday utility that have made the Master Control line into a resounding success, and they are pleasingly integrated into this latest incarnation.

The classicism that characterises the collection is augmented by the vintage charm of these pieces, driven by automatic movements and enhanced with touches of blue. This navy shade echoes across the dial like a leitmotif, in the skeletonised baton hands and the blued stainless steel central seconds, as well as in the complications and the minute circle. As an elegant accompaniment to these three new faces, a strap of alligator leather takes up the shade of blue, intensifying it to a deeper hue.

A subtle play of light weaves across the surface of these models. The polished finish on the bezel and lugs forms a sophisticated contrast with the satin-brushed case-band, imbuing the case with additional charm. On the face of each watch, a circular satin-brushed finish in the outer section sets off the opaline finish at the heart of the dial. This makes light bounce off it at different angles, ensuring the indications are easier to read. The contrast is further heightened by black hour-markers at the centre of the watch.

Master Control Date
This watch exudes a genuine charm. Its clean, rounded lines reflect the essence of the Master Control collection, with its emblematic numerals 6, 9, and 12 retained, and the 3 making way for a date indication. With its automatic movement housed in a 39 mm case, this model is an elegant and reassuring presence on the wrist, ideal for active men who want a watch that looks just as fitting during the working day as for more dressed-up occasions. To prolong the pleasure of discovery, a sapphire crystal case-back reveals the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 899/1 with its 22-carat gold oscillating weight.
Technical details
Model: Master Control Date, Reference: Q1548530

Movement
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 899/1
28,800 vibrations per hour
38-hour power reserve
219 parts
3.30 mm in height

Functions
Hour, minute, central seconds
Date

Case
Stainless steel
39 mm in diameter
Height: 8.5 mm
Sapphire crystal case-back
Water resistance: 5 bar

Dial
Finish is opaline in the centre and circular satin-brushed around the perimeter
Hands: Skeletonised baton hands

Strap
Blue alligator leather
Pin buckle in stainless steel

Master Chronograph
This chronograph watch follows the Master Control collection’s distinctive aesthetic lines, featuring a contemporary design inspired by vintage styling. Its "casual chic" look will appeal to aficionados of this emblematic complication, seeking an original model. The two push-pieces housed on the case-band make the chronograph easy to use, with its two counters indicating hours and minutes set out harmoniously on the dial. Their invigorating blue colour is echoed in the blued stainless steel hands and the tachometer that runs discreetly around the outer perimeter. It is useful for measuring the speed of travel from one point to another with ease. There is a sporty feel to this automatic watch, and its 40-mm diameter case adds a real sense of distinction to the wrist.
Technical details
Master Chronograph, Reference: Q1538530

Movement
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 751G
28,800 vibrations per hour
65-hour power reserve
235 parts
5.72 mm in height

Function
Hour, minute, central seconds
2-counter chronograph
Tachometer

Case
Stainless steel
40 mm in diameter
Height: 11.7 mm
Water resistance: 5 bar

Dial
Finish is opaline in the centre and circular satin-brushed around the perimeter
Circular guilloché on the counters
Hands: Skeletonised baton hands

Strap
Blue alligator leather
Pin buckle in stainless steel

Master Geographic
The Master Geographic is the emblematic model of the Master Control collection, providing travellers with anovel way of reading the second time zone. The aperture in the lower section of the dial displays the names of 24 world cities, representing all the time zones. A crown set at 10 o’clock on the case makes adjusting the indicator of this second time zone simplicity itself. Patterned in a circular guilloché that catches light from a different slant, the indicator contrasts elegantly with the other finishes on the dial. With its signature blue colour, the design brings a fresh feel to this watch, without taking away from its classic sobriety.
Technical details
Model: Master Geographic, Reference: Q1428530

Movement
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 939A/1
28,800 vibrations per hour
43-hour power reserve

Function
Hour, minute, central seconds
Second time zone
24-city disc
24-hour indication

Case
Stainless steel
39 mm in diameter
Height: 11.7 mm
Sapphire crystal case-back
Water resistance: 5 bar

Dial
Finish is opaline in the centre and circular satin-brushed around the perimeter
Circular guilloché on the second time zone counter
Hands: Skeletonised baton hands

StrapBlue alligator leather
Pin buckle in stainless steel

Master Control was the first Jaeger-LeCoultre line to benefit from the “1000 Hours Control” in-house certification, which inspired its name. This series of radical tests to ensure that the watches are reliable has since been extended to all of the Grande Maison’s models. Watches are tested in six positions during the six week testing period, to reproduce the conditions they will be worn under. Temperature variations, accidental impacts, power reserve capacity, water resistance – nothing is left to chance, ensuring the future owner of the piece will be fully satisfied with it.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver

Bell & Ross presents the BR 03-92 DIVER, the first square shaped diving watch from the brand. The maritime expertise of the brand is born from the convergence of the knowledge and skills of designers, master watchmakers and underwater experts. The new BR 03-92 Diver watch is writing a brand new chapter in the story of the brand’s relationship with the oceanic world.
In 1997, Bell & Ross became the leader in professional diving watches with the launch of the HYDROMAX®, an iconic model which still holds one of the most impressive records in the history of diving watch production. Designed to response to the most extreme conditions encountered in professional diving, the HYDROMAX® can withstand a pressure of 1 110 bar, equivalent to a depth of 11,100 meters, thanks to a major technical innovation: a case entirely filled with a patented transparent fluorinated oil.
In 2007, Bell & Ross launched a new collection specifically designed for an underwater environment, the BR 02, which is instantly recognizable, thanks to its tonneau-shaped case; its helium decompression valve and its ultra-resilient domed sapphire crystal.

In 2017, with a wealth of experience in the aeronautical and military domains, master watchmakers, designers and seasoned divers joined forces to create a new professional diving instrument. Building on the strong links forged with the maritime world, Bell & Ross unveiled an all new diving watch featuring the brand’s iconic square case: the BR 03-92 Diver, the first square diving watch created by the brand that offers water resistance to 300 meters.
The BR 03-92 Diver is a professional diving instrument, water resistant to 300 meters and driven by a Swiss self-winding mechanical movement with proven robustness and accuracy. With ergonomics perfectly designed for underwater use, the iconic Bell & Ross square case is equipped with a 60-minute calibrated uni-directional rotating bezel, whose luminescent dot at 12 o’clock is used to set time references, both on the surface and at depth. The bezel, designed for professional use, allows immediate calculation of the time spent underwater. It is unidirectional to prevent the references from being lost. If it is moved accidentally, it automatically shortens the dive time to avoid any risk.
Screwed down to withstand the pressure at great depths, the crown of the BR 03-92 Diver is equipped with a guard that guarantees complete protection against impacts and optimal water resistance. The carefully designed crown is also fitted with a rubber insert for improved ergonomics.
With its sophisticated design and uncompromised functionality, the new Bell & Ross diving watch is protected by a steel exterior to withstand the rigors of underwater exploration. The case is reinforced with a very thick back (2.80 mm on the BR 03-92 Diver, compared to 1.80 mm on the BR 03-92 Steel), once again guaranteeing extreme water resistance. Invisible from the outside, yet crucial for its reliability, the case of the BR 03-92 Diver is also equipped with a soft iron cage to increase its resistance to magnetic fields.
A further guarantee of flawless water resistance, the sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating is an impressive 2.85 mm thick, compared to the 1.50 mm on the classic steel BR03-92. The deep black dial features indices in skeletonized metal appliqué filled with white Superluminova® for enhanced legibility, thanks to the maximum contrast between the black of the dial and the white of the time indications.
The hour hand is orange and the minute hand contains white Superluminova®, allowing them to be distinguished at a glance; the minute hand is also used to calculate the dive time. Finally, the second hand is also filled with white Superluminova® so that the watch’s correct operation is clearly visible, even underwater.
The BR 03-92 Diver comes in a water-resistant PELICAN® box, and is available with two straps: the first is made from woven black rubber with a steel pin buckle. The second is in ultraresilient black synthetic fabric, allowing the watch to be quickly and ergonomically adjusted over the suit thanks to a Velcro closure system.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.302
Automatic mechanical

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and date

Case
42 mm in diameter
Satin-polished steel
Unidirectional rotating steel bezel with 60-minute scale and black anodized aluminium insert
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 300 metres

Dial

Black
Metal applique skeleton Superluminova®-filled numerals and indices

Straps
Woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel

Bell & Ross BR-RS17 Collection - BR 03-94 RS17, BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph& BR X1 RS17 Tourbillon Chronograph

Since its foundation in 1994, Bell & Ross has been creating high grade aviation watches for fighter pilots and aviators all over the world. In February 2016, the watch brand made its first foray into the racetracks by joining the highly exclusive world of Formula 1 and becoming the official watch partner of the Renault Sport Formula One Team.

The collaboration with the French F1 team led to a first collection of watches named BR X1 RS16, in reference to the car unveiled that year. In 2017, Bell & Ross is strengthening its partnership by releasing a series of three new high-performance watches inspired by the steering wheel of the new Renault RS 17 F1 car:-
  • BR 03-94 RS17
  • BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph
  • BR X1 RS17 Tourbillon Chronograph
The design and color codes of these high-tech timepieces allow the time to be read quickly and accurately. The principle evokes that of an F1 steering wheel, on which each piece of information is paired with a different color. This enables the driver to recognize them instantly, without any risk of error. The materials used – Carbone Forgé®, titanium or ceramic – are identical to those used in Grand-Prix racing cars.

Designed for racing drivers, the new Bell & Ross BR-RS17 collection is made up of truly exceptional watches. Their design, inspired by Formula 1, brings together the latest technological advances and the most innovative materials used in the racing world. These quintessential sports timepieces also take the lead in terms of legibility and finishes.
BR 03-94 RS17
This series includes only chronograph models. The new Bell & Ross BR-RS17 collection features a wide range of color shades. These vivid hues are found on the steering wheel of the Renault F1 single-seater. For example, the flange on the two BR X1 chronographs features the same shimmering tones as the dial wheel at the center of the F1 RS17 steering wheel. These complementary primary colors, rarely used in high-end watches, allow functions to be identified and prioritized. The time, chronograph, date, seconds and power reserve (where applicable) have each their own color. This ensures the display is exceptionally clear and easy to decipher, and read reliably at a glance.
BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph
On the three watches, the elements relating to the chronograph complication are partially coated in “Renault” yellow. Ever since the French constructor entered F1 in 1977, its single-seaters have sported this shade.

Aviation and motor racing have many points in common: both rely on innovative materials, just as the latest Bell & Ross’ collection. The case of the BR X1 is made of Carbone Forgé® and the dial of the BR03-94 is crafted of carbon fiber, both of the models being inspired on the steering wheel of the Renault F1 RS17. This lightweight and highly resilient composite material is used in aircraft fuselages and in bodies of racing cars. It is perfectly suited for the structural components subject to extreme mechanical stress.
BR X1 RS17 Tourbillon Chronograph

The engineers at Bell & Ross have reworked this material in order to meet the quality criteria of watchmaking. They redesigned its fibers, the resin that holds them in place, and the tooling needed to create its finish. The results are perfectly watertight cases for the X1 models of impeccable quality. Both the aviation and automotive industries use ceramic, which is mostly used in the brakes of racing cars because it does not heat easily. The case of the BR 03 is made from this very hard material used to create components that are resistant to high temperatures.

Racing car tires are made from rubber. This material, with a very powerful grip, is used on the rim of the case and the push buttons of the BR X1 ensuring an excellent handling of the timekeeping function and a greater accuracy. The straps are also made from innovative materials. On the BR X1, rubber is paired with carbon fiber for a very sporty look.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 RS17
This timepiece features a ceramic case designed to withstand shock and a sporty carbon fiber dial that makes it exceptionally well suited to the motor racing world. This lightweight, resilient material evokes the steering wheel of the Renault F1 car. The Start & Stop push-button of the chronograph features yellow anodized aluminum. This iconic color has been used since Renault first entered Formula 1. It is also found on the internal bezel that features a tachymeter scale used to calculate the speed of a car: an indispensable function for a racing driver’s watch.
Technical details
Model: BR 03-94 R.S.17

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.301
Automatic mechanical

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date
Chronograph for short time periods: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds
Tachymeter scale on the flange

Case
42 mm in diameter
Matt black ceramic
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Carbon fibre
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals
Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Straps
Woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: Pin. Black PVD coated steel

Edition
Limited edition of 500 pieces

Bell & Ross BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph
This is an extreme variation of Bell & Ross’ iconic watch, the BR 03. It boasts all the elements that are essential to a chronograph watch designed for race drivers. Highly sophisticated, its skeleton mechanism allows its gears to be admired through the grey-tinted sapphire crystal. The “rocker” type push buttons activate the chronograph function with great accuracy. They are made from high-tech ceramic and capped with yellow rubber for an improved grip.
The bezel features a tachymeter scale designed for calculating racing speeds. Lastly, the dial flange is split into several hour segments, each of which has a corresponding color. This color segmentation makes the measured time easier to read. The chronograph hands are yellow, the date is red, the small seconds hand is green and the hour hand, white. The latter is coated in SuperLuminova that guarantees excellent legibility, both day and night.

Technical details
Model: BR X1 R.S.17

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.313
Automatic mechanical
‘X’-shaped upper bridge
56 jewels, 28,800 vph
Skeleton chronograph

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Skeleton date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds

Case
45 mm in diameter
Carbon Forgé® and ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker push-buttons
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Case-back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centered on the balance
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Grey-tinted sapphire crystal
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Bi-material: rubber and carbon fibre
Buckle: pin. Black PVD* steel finish and rubber insert

Edition
Limited edition of 250 pieces

Bell & Ross BR X1 TOURBILLON R.S.17
The hand-wound chronograph of the highest level of complication and a tourbillon make this watch an outstanding piece. It is incredibly complex, built with miniscule pieces and housed inside a “floating” cage that is fitted on a hub but appears to float in the air. The chronograph function is activated by a paddle-style mono-pusher positioned to the right of the case. The key component of the system, the column wheel, coordinates the starting and stopping of the chronograph. The timer indications are red and yellow. The 4-day power reserve is shown in green, and white hands coated in SuperLuminova indicate the time. This special coating guarantees legibility, even at night.
Technical details
Model: BR X1 Tourbillon R.S.17

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.283
Hand-wound Flying tourbillon
Mono-pusher column wheel chronograph
282 components, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph
4-day power reserve

Functions
Hours and minutes
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 11 o’clock, chronograph 60-sec timer at 1 o’clock
Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Case
45 mm in diameter
Carbon Forgé® and ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker mono-pusher
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Sapphire case-back with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Grey-tinted sapphire crystal
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled indices
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Bi-material: rubber and carbon fiber
Buckle: pin. Black PVD steel finish and rubber insert

Edition
Limited edition of 20 pieces

SINN 356 Sa PILOT III

SINN presents 356 Sa PILOT III, a traditional chronograph dressed in a classic 38.5 mm case made of satin finished stainless steel  and exudes outstanding, sophisticated functionality. Particularly noteworthy is not only the guilloché, silver electroplated dial, but also the highly curved sapphire crystal glass, which is ground out and carefully polished using a complex process involving an approximately 5 mm solid blank with five different curvature radii. This not only enhances the classic look of the glass, it also makes it stronger and more resilient than flat-ground glass. The antireflective coating on both sides facilitates accurate reading of the distinctively designed dial even under extreme lighting conditions.
The transparent case back made of sapphire glass offers a fascinating insight into the fine mechanical movement, which has been decorated with an exquisite finish and blued screws.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical Movement SW 500
Self-winding mechanism
25 bearing jewels
28,800 semi-oscillations per hour
Seconds stop function
Shock resistant as per DIN 8308
Anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309

Case
Case made of stainless steel, satinized
Sapphire crystal glass in front, anti-reflective on both sides
Transparent case back made of sapphire crystal glass, anti-reflective on the interior
Case back screw-fastened
Crown screwable
Meet the technical requirements for waterproofness, as set out in standard DIN 8310
Pressure-resistant up to 10 bar
Low pressure resistant

Functions
Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds
Date display
Day of the week display
Chronograph

Dimensions and Weight
Case diameter: 38,5 mm
Band lug width: 20 mm
Case thickness: 15 mm
Weight without strap: 75 gramme

Dial and Hands
Guilloché, silver electroplated dial
Indices coated with luminescent colour
Hour, minute and stopwatch second hand coated with luminescent colour

Warranty
2 years

SINN EZM 12

Incorporating some of the innovative SINN technologies, the EZM 12 is a specifically designed life saving watch that can assist the medial professionals of air rescue service thanks to its special features. A count-up inner rotating bezel allows emergency doctors to constantly keep an eye on the specified time frames, while a countdown outer rotating bezel enables e.g. the exact times for administering medication to be monitored. The seconds hand – designed in the shape of a rotor – features an integrated pulse scale which enables easy recording of the heart rate every 15 seconds. The EZM 12 ensures emergency personnel are equipped with a high-performing tool that will contribute significantly to saving lives.
Another special feature of the EZM 12 is the easy-clean watch and strap. The silicone strap can also be removed without the use of tools. The rotating bezel is removed using the large screwdriver on the pocketknife provided.
Technical details
Movement
Mechanical Movement
ETA 2836-2
Self-winding mechanism
25 bearing jewels
28,800 semi-oscillations per hour
Seconds stop function
Shock resistant as per DIN 8308
Anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309

Case
Case made of stainless steel, bead-blasted
Sapphire crystal glass in front, anti-reflective on both sides
Case back screw-fastened, nickel-free
Meet the technical requirements for waterproofness, as set out in standard DIN 8310
Pressure-resistant up to 20 bar
Low pressure resistant

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Date display
Day of the week display
Count-up inner rotating bezel for quick and easy reading of the platinum ten and golden hour
Countdown outer rotating bezel
Pulse rotor with pulse rotor scale for measuring heart rate

SINN Technologies
Case made with TEGIMENT Technology and therefore especially scratch-resistant
Bezel with Black Hard Coating on a TEGIMENT Technology basis
Ar-Dehumidifying Technology enhances functional reliability and freedom from fogging
Temperature resistance technology, therefore functionally reliable at temperatures from minus 45 °C up to 80 °C
Magnetic Field Protection up to 80,000 A/m

Dimensions and Weight
Case diameter: 44 mm
Band lug width: 22 mm
Case thickness: 14 mm
Weight without strap: 122 gramme

Dial and Hands
Matte black dial
Indices coated with luminescent colour
Hour- and minute hand coated with luminescent colour

Warranty
3 years

Hermès Slim d’Hermes GRRR!

This mischievous timepiece from the watch making house of Hermès captures the image of a gruff bear on a stunning watch dial on white gold base with the use of delicate technique of miniature enamel painting. The design originates from a Hermès silk scarf designed by the artist Alice Shirley.
Measuring 39.5mm diameter, its white gold case houses a Swiss Made, Manufacture Hermès ultra-thin movement featuring hand-chamfered bridges, Micro-rotor and bridges adorned with the signature H pattern. Powering the basic time indications of Hour and minutes, this movement can deliver a power reserve of 50 hours. The timepiece is fitted with a smooth burgundy alligator strap.
Technical details
Dial
White gold base (≈ 7 g) enamelled using the miniature painting technique
“Grrrrr !” motif taken from a Hermès silk scarf designed by Alice Shirley

Case
Round, 39.5 mm in diameter
750 white gold (≈ 34 g)
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar
20 mm interhorn width

Movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
Manufacture Hermès ultra-thin H1950 movement
30 mm in diameter, 2.6 mm thick
160 components, 29 jewels
21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve of 50 hours
Hand-chamfered bridges
Micro-rotor and bridges adorned with the signature H pattern

Functions
Hours, minutes

Strap
Smooth burgundy alligator
Pin buckle in 750 white gold (≈ 5.34 g), 17 mm

Hermès Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

The Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente is endowed with a complication that invites us to look forward to an upcoming moment. The effervescence of the wait is entirely summed up in a module measuring just 2.2 mm thick, powered by the Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement.
This compact caliber housed in a spacious case, the use of thinner than usual crystals, and finally the 1 mm dial that resonates with the vibration of the striking mechanism: everything contributes to optimising the volume of air within this watch distinguished by its blend of aesthetic and technical finesse.

The jubilant ritual consists of setting the counter of the watch to the time of the eagerly awaited event that will take place in less than 12 hours. An hour before it occurs, the mechanical hourglass is set in motion and its progress can be followed at 6 o’clock on the dial.
This complication that stirs our feelings and heightens our sense of pleasurable expectation is an exquisite torture that culminates when the note rings out. The striking mechanism has been designed to ensure a lasting, velvety-smooth sound that is also delightfully modulated for the wearer’s ears only. The playful and quirky ‘Impatient Hour’ complication is based on this companionable rapport.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement
23.9 mm in diameter, 3.7 mm thick
193 components, 28 jewels
28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve of 42 hours
Circular-grained and snailed mainplate, bridges and oscillating weight satin-brushed and adorned with the signature H pattern

Module
“Impatient Hour” module
31.96 mm in diameter, 2.2 mm thick
131 components, 8 jewels
Mainplate and bridges adorned with “Côtes de Genève”

Functions
Hours, minutes, “Impatient Hour” function

Dial
Opaline silvered
Black transferred Arabic numerals and minute circle
Sunburst chapter ring, snailed centre and counter
4N-gilded sandblasted or blue lacquered baton-type hands

Case
Round, 40.5 mm in diameter
Material: 5N 750 rose gold (≈ 38.1 g)
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar
20 mm interhorn width

Strap
Abyss blue matt alligator
Pin buckle in 5N 750 rose gold (≈ 4.89 g), 17 mm

Alpina New Startimer Pilot Automatic

Alpina, one of the pioneers in professional pilot watches, introduces its new Startimer Pilot Automatic.

In the first 50 years of the past century, Alpina was a renowned manufacturer and official supplier of military aviation watches to continental air forces. Early aviation pioneers had strict requirements: their instruments had to be extremely precise and provide ultimate shock resistance. In addition, Alpina’s pilot watches were mostly equipped with an anti-magnetic case, highly contrasting dials with oversized luminous numerals and luminous hands for instant readability. Since its initial launch in 2011, the Startimer Pilot Collection has become the most successful collection of the Brand and one of the most recognizable professional pilot watches on the market.
The new Startimer Pilot Automatic maintains all the pilot features the Startimer Collection is known for. The combination of the excellent and qualitative finishing details and very straight functions offer pilot watch aficionados the perfect balance between functionality and elegance on the wrist.
Alpina introduces 4 new models to the Startimer Automatic Collection bearing different styles. The highlighted AL-525G4TS6 features a titanium-colored stainless steel 44 mm case contrasting with a matte dark grey dial displaying the typical oversized luminous hand-applied indexes and hands with a date window at 3 o’clock. The iconic red Alpina triangle is featured at 12 o’clock and on the seconds hand.
The other three versions come in either stainless steel or rose gold-plated stainless steel featuring a matte dark blue or a matte white dial. The AL-525 automatic movement boasts a 38h power reserve and the timepiece is water-resistant up to 10 ATM/ 100m/ 330ft. The back case shows off the engraved logo of the brand.
By positioning the new Startimer Pilot Automatic Collection under 900€ retail price, the red triangle Brand offers a new optimal design and quality Collection at a very decent entry-level price point.
Technical details
Movement   
AL-525, automatic movement
26 jewels, 38 hours power reserve, 28,800 vph

Functions   
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Models
Startimer Pilot Automatic, Reference: AL-525G4TS6 
Case   
Titanium-colored stainless steel, 44 mm diameter, 10.70mm thickness
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
10 ATM/100m/ 3300ft water-resistant
Engraved case-back
Screw-in crown

Dial   
Matte dark greydial with applied silver indexes with white luminous indexes
Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap   
Black genuine leather strap

Startimer Pilot Automatic, Reference: AL-525NN4S6 
Case   
Stainless steel, 44 mm diameter, 10.70mm thickness
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
10 ATM/100m/ 3300ft water-resistant
Engraved case-back
Screw-in crown

Dial   
Matte dark blue dial with applied silver indexes with white luminous indexes
Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap   
Black genuine leather strap

Startimer Pilot Automatic, Reference: AL-525S4S4 
Case   
Rose gold-plated stainless steel, 44 mm diameter, 10.70mm thickness
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
10 ATM/ 100m/ 3300ft water-resistant
Engraved case-back
Screw-in crown

Dial   
Matte white with applied rose gold-plated indexes with white luminous indexes
Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap   
Brown genuine leather strap

Startimer Pilot Automatic, Reference: AL-525S4S6
Case   
Stainless steel, 44 mm diameter, 10.70mm thickness
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
10 ATM/100m/ 3300ft water-resistant
Engraved case-back
Screw-in crown

Dial   
Matte white dial with applied pearl black indexes with white luminous indexes
Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap   
Black genuine leather strap

MIDO BELLUNA BLUERAY (M024.630.36.041.00)

The new Belluna Blueray is a perfect expression of Mido's watch making expertise. Its harmonious lines and rounded design make it a resolutely timeless watch. It features a satin-finished and polished stainless steel case with rose PVD treatment, which gives it a remarkable shine.
Measuring 42.5 mm in diameter, this elegant round case presents a magnificent contrast with the deep blue dial. Finely worked with a sunray guilloché-style pattern, it was inspired by the splendid glass dome roof of London's Royal Albert Hall. A faceted, domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides protects this sumptuous dial and allows the wearer to freely admire its fine design, hands and applied polished and sandblasted indexes. The day and date can be read through an aperture at 3 o’clock.
The Belluna Blueray houses a latest-generation automatic movement: the Caliber 80, which gives it up to 80 hours of power reserve. Thanks to the transparent case back, enthusiasts of fine watchmaking mechanics can admire the finely decorated Elaboré-grade movement, which features an oscillating weight adorned with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo.
Water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m / 165 ft), this model is equipped with a brown crocodile-look calfskin strap. It is integrated into the case for superior comfort and features a folding clasp in stainless steel with rose PVD treatment.

Other versions of this model are also available.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic Mido Caliber 80 (ETA C07.621 base), 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.22 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+Day. Adjusted on 3 different positions for high accuracy. Up to 80 hours of power reserve.

Case
Satin-finished and polished 316L stainless steel with rose PVD treatment, Ø42.5 mm, 3 pieces, faceted and domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides, screwed transparent case back revealing the finely decorated Elaboré-grade movement, engraved serial number, water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m / 165 ft).

Dial
Blue, sunray guilloché-style pattern, applied polished and sandblasted indexes, day and date at 3 o’clock.
Hands: Faceted diamond-cut and sandblasted hour and minute hands, faceted diamond-cut seconds hand.

Strap
Brown calfskin with crocodile look, integrated into the case, folding clasp in 316L stainless steel with rose PVD treatment.

Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

Geneva based Swiss luxury watch manufacture Frederique Constant presents its first in house developed Flyback Chronograph timepiece.

Unveiled at Baselworld 2017, this FC-760 complication is inspired by 1930’s Flyback Chronographs. Whereas the regular chronograph function is used as a stopwatch to measure time during a specific elapsed interval, with a Flyback, a user is able to operate the chronograph without resetting it to zero every time. With the flyback, the chronograph’s hand can be stopped, reset to zero, and restarted with one push of a button. This function is essential for timing an elapsed interval of events during races.
An unmistakable characteristic of high-quality chronographs is a column wheel rotating on bearings to control the three “start, stop and reset” functions. In conventional mechanisms, this component has several columns. In contrast, the caliber FC-760 has no standard-type column wheel, but a star-shaped one. Together with the operating lever, which is controlled by the start/stop push-piece, this component is responsible for the exceptionally smooth operation of the mechanism.
Frederique Constant’s team of watch experts have relentlessly worked to take Frederique Constant innovative ambition to groundbreaking new heights with the launch of one of the most difficult watchmaking complications; due in part by the specific expertise needed to create it as well as the required skilled watchmakers to assemble it. After a long process involving drawing, designing, prototyping, and ultimately creating the timepiece, they defied all odds struggling with the necessary geometry, forces and meticulous adjustments to create the new reliable in-house FC-760 movement.
For the new FC-760, Frederique Constant decided to adopt a modular construction. This powerful movement, comprising 233 components (of which only 96 components are dedicated to the Flyback module) with a rotor operating in both directions and a 38-hour power reserve. The ingenious construction of the chronograph mechanism is apparent from the fact that Frederique Constant was able to create it from only 96 parts. Critically minded contemporaries may suggest that such a small number of parts must imply loss of quality. This is by no means the case. On the contrary, releasing the chronograph push-piece above the crown for the first time demonstrates how thoroughly the functional relationships have been thought through. Protection against errors of manipulation is clearly perceptible in the resistance felt on starting. Nevertheless, the pressing action is extremely smooth. Of course, the same is true of the subsequent stopping and resetting operations.

The absolutely essential part in all chronographs is the clutch. Its function is to establish the connection between the power source that is the watch movement, and the gearing, or under-dial work, when required. To achieve this end, watchmakers are acquainted with three different designs: the classic horizontal wheel coupling, the oscillating pinion, also traditional, and lastly the modern vertical friction clutch. Symbolic of the ingenuity of the FC-760's designers is a new type of swiveling component with two toothed pinions. When the button is pressed, it connects the two “stories” together. At the lower level, in the watch movement proper, it takes up the rotation of the center seconds and conveys this, via the corresponding upper component, to the actuating mechanism to turn the chronograph hands. At the same time, the lower central seconds also drives the seconds hand at 9 o'clock, which turns continuously in unison. The rotations of the chronograph hand are “recorded” by the 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock.
Repeating pressing of the start/stop push-piece causes slight pivoting of the clutch lever. The chronograph stops. At the same moment, for perfect legibility, a small locking lever ensures that the two stopping hands pause exactly at the last position chosen. If desired, this stop operation can be repeated as often as wished with the upper push-piece. The chronograph will not be reset to zero until the push-piece at 4 o'clock is activated.
Pressing the push-piece just once starts the timer again from zero. In this case, the push-piece at 4 o'clock and its associated mechanism cause three tasks to be performed very quickly one after the other: first, the clutch is disengaged; secondly, the chronograph is reset to zero by means of the single-piece hammer, whose sloping surfaces turn the two zero reset hearts so that the hands position themselves vertically again; and thirdly, the clutch engages once more as soon as the push-piece is released. The highly complex sequence of movements involved in this case proceeds directly from the push-piece to the clutch lever. This instant type of flyback is another instance of the unique details of construction of the new caliber FC-760.
And last, but not least noteworthy, are the carefully designed shape and the mode of attachment, not by a force-fit method, of the chronograph module to the basic watch movement. It achieves a reliable and, above all, energy-saving connection between the two mechanisms, both of them produced in-house.
The Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture features the iconic traits that make a Frederique Constant so recognizable. This collection introduces two main versions, one that is essentially casual looking with a silver or dark grey smooth dial; and another more classical looking with a silver dial, featuring a refined “Clou de Paris” guilloché decoration, black printed roman numerals and Breguet-style hands.
Both these versions are available in stainless steel or in rose gold-plated stainless steel. Three counters are placed at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock displaying the 30 minute counter, date by hand, and small seconds respectively. As part of the already recognizable characteristics of a Manufacture movement, the new FC-760 is decorated with Perlage and Côtes de Genève which are visible by through the transparent back case.

This in-house Flyback Chronograph Manufacture model is available at retail price of Euro 3695/-

Technical details

Movement
Designation: FC-760
FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH MANUFACTURE CALIBER
Base movement FC-710 automatic small date
Automatic Mechanical Chronograph: central chronograph seconds, 30 minutes
Chronograph totalizer at 3h
Start-Stop pusher at 2h
Return to zero pusher at 4h
Hours, minutes, seconds at 9, Date by hand at 6h
13 ¼ line (30.5 mm diameter)
4 Hz, 28.800 Bph
38-hour Power Reserve
IncablocAntichoc  (x2)
Côtes de Genève&Perlage decoration
Anglage and Rhodium-treatment on all bridges
Rose gold-plated rotor

Number of movement components
Main plate and bridges:  10
Automatic wheels:  4
Tirette systems:  8
Regulating systems:  7
Assortments: 10
Jewels: 32
Screws: 45
Rotor: 1
Other parts: 51
Complete Flyback chronograph module: 96
Total: 233

Functions   
Hours, minutes, small seconds, flyback chronograph, date by hand

Models
Flyback Chronograph Manufacture, Reference: FC-760DG4H6
Case       
Polished and satin-finish stainless steel 3-parts case
Diameter 42 mm
Glass box sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Dial       
Dark grey dial with applied silver indexes
Hand-polished silver hands
Date at 6 o’clock

Strap       
Black alligator strap

Flyback Chronograph Manufacture, Reference: FC-760DG4H4

 
Case       
Rose gold-plated polished and satin-finish stainless steel 3-parts case
Diameter of 42 mm
Glass Box sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Dial       
Dark grey dial with applied rose gold indexes
Hand-polished rose gold-plated hands
Date at 6 o’clock

Strap       
Brown alligator strap

Flyback Chronograph Manufacture, Reference: FC-760V4H4
Case       
Rose gold-plated polished and satin-finishstainless steel 3-parts case
Diameter of 42 mm
Glass Box sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Dial       
Silver-colored dial with applied rose gold indexes
Hand-polished rose gold plated hour and minute hands
Pearl black flyback hand and on the small counters
Date at 6 o’clock

Strap       
Brown alligator strap

Flyback Chronograph Manufacture, Reference: FC-760MC4H4
Case       
Rose gold-plated polished and satin-finish stainless steel 3-parts case
Diameter of 42 mm
Glass Box sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Dial       
Silver-colored dial with black printed Roman numeral indexes
Hand-polished black hands
Date at 6 o’clock

Strap       
Brown alligator strap

Flyback Chronograph Manufacture, Reference: FC-760MC4H6
Case       
Polished and satin-finish stainless steel 3-parts case
Diameter of 42 mm
Glass Box sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Dial       
Silver-colored dial with black printed Roman numeral indexes
Hand-polished black hands
Date at 6 o’clock

Strap       
Brown alligator strap

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open

With its powerful build framing a clear view of its legendary mechanism, the new Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open unveils the heart of performance and precision in the inimitable Zenith style. This self-winding skeleton-worked chronograph, equipped with a column wheel and a silicon escapement, is highlighted by a dial carved in sapphire. This modern architecture with its striking red accents is designed to be admired from both sides.  
Framing fascinating glimpses of its sophisticated technical nature, this sturdy stainless steel chronograph catches the gaze in order to draw it into the very heart of a cutting-edge Zenith mechanism. The crystal-clear sapphire dial features two transparent blue- and grey-tinted counters – the aesthetic signature of the original 1969 model – and shows the moon &sun-phases on twin discs at 6 o’clock.
A silver-toned inner bezel ring surrounded by a blue ring, a black and white minute scale, along with luminescent facetted hands and hour-markers, all contribute to ensuring optimal legibility, yet without obscuring the view of the fascinating inner workings. The large date at 2 o’clock – shown by two concentric discs with cut-out numerals – is read off against a bright red background in an engraved aperture, while the slim red-tipped central sweep-seconds hand adorned with the emblematic Zenith star sweeps over this perfectly clear display.
Topped by a domed crystal and fitted with a sapphire crystal case-back, the 45 mm-diameter case – water-resistant to 100 metres – reveals on both sides the outlines of an in-house ‘engine’ with legendary origins. The El Primero integrated automatic column-wheel chronograph beats at the fiery pace of 5 Hz, thereby ensuring and displaying 1/10th second precision. These sterling attributes are inherited from its illustrious predecessor, the world’s most accurate series-made chronograph developed by Zenith and presented in 1969.
Equipped with a silicon lever and escape-wheel, the 332-part El Primero Calibre 4047B  movement drives central hours and minutes hands, along with small seconds, chronograph, large date, moon &sunphase functions, while maintaining an over 50-hour power reserve.
The celestial kinetic ballet is shown on two superimposed discs, with the moon disc rotating every 59 days (two lunar cycles) and the day/night disc making one full turn in 24 hours.
The impressive stature of the Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open, complete with its fluted crown and double round pushers, is further enhanced by a steel bracelet or a black leather rubber-lined strap. Another version is available with a two-tone exterior (stainless steel case with a pink gold bezel), teamed with a chestnut leather strap.
Technical details
Model: Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open

References
03.2530.4047/78.C813
03.2530.4047/78.M2530
51.2530.4047/78.C810

Movement
El Primero 4047B, Automatic
Calibre 13¼``` (Diameter: 30 mm)
Movement thickness: 9.05 mm
Components: 332
Jewels: 32
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve min. 50 hours
Finishing: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o'clock
Chronograph:
- Central chronograph hand
- 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock
Large date indication at 2 o’clock
Moon &Sunphase indication at 6 o’clock

Case
Diameter: 45 mm
Diameter opening: 38.5 mm
Thickness: 15.6 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal 
Material: Stainless Steel or Bicolor
Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Sapphire dial
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

Straps
Brown calfskin leather strap with protective rubber lining (27.00.2218.813)
Black calfskin leather strap with protective rubber lining (27.00.2218.810)
Metal bracelet (27.02.2530.4047)
Stainless steel triple folding clasp (27.03.0208.940)

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