Friday, April 28, 2017

ArtyA Son of a Gun “Target Classic”

An ultra-minimalist version has just been added to the Son of a Gun collection:  the Target Classic.

ArtyA has now taken up the universal association of time and targets with its Target Classic. The target is not merely a feature on the dial –it is the dial. And all around it, ArtyA has created a vacuum, as though there’s been an explosion. Once again, ArtyA gets right to the heart of things – and hits the bullseye.
At the centre of this target sit three hands showing hours, minutes and seconds. Beneath itlies an automatic Swiss Made movement – completely hidden away, so there’s nothing to distract from the primary aim, be it telling the time on a watch, or – in terms of marksmanship – hitting the bullseye. The Son of a Gun “Target Classic” allows for both.
The assembly comes in the firm’s 44-mm diameter Classic case, made of steel with or without different PVD treatment – and thus providing perfect visual harmony with the hands and targets, also made from the same metal, as are the case inserts. 
At three o’clock there is the firm’s iconic knurled crown, in exactly the same style as on a historic gun barrel. The Target Classic is designed to be a minimalist, highly coherent model, with just 99 watches produced.
Technical details
Case: High grade steel 316 L with or without pvd treatment
Target engraved on dial
Engraved and screwed back case
Open back
Double anti-reflection sapphire
ArtyA Automatic Swiss high end movement A17 in house modified
Hours, minutes, seconds
Size: 44 mm
Power reserve: 52 H
High hand sewn leather strap quality
Edition: Limited to 99 pieces
Price: 6'900 CHF to 7’900CHF

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Moon

Reverso Tribute Moon, the brand new model from the Reverso Tribute collection channels the spirit of 1931, its front drawing inspiration from the original Reverso watch. Its silvered dial, in a grained finish that accords beautifully with the stainless steel case, has blue-toned hour-markers applied by hand. Their intense hue is echoed in the blued hands, as well as on the collection’s emblematic railtrack minute circle that runs around the dial. At six o'clock, like a window onto the sky, a moon disc hammered into shape entirely by hand shows the progression of the lunar orb across the starry heavens.

The date is indicated by a crescent moon set on the end of a delicate hand at its rim. Another face is revealed when you turn it over. Like every watch in the Tribute collection, the reverse is endowed with a second time zone courtesy of the Duo concept. A trigger discreetly built into the top of the case allows the second time zone to be set, without compromising the aesthetics of the watch.

A Clous de Paris guilloché motif runs around the perimeter of this deep blue reverse dial, while baton hour-markers and Dauphine hands are set against the opaline finish of its centre. An eye-catching day/night indicator offers up the sun and the moon in an extension of the starry metaphorical conceit behind this inspiring watch.

Technical details
Model: Reverso Tribute Moon

Manually wound mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 853A
21,600 vibrations per hour
42-hour power reserve
223 parts
19 jewels
5.15 mm in height

Front: hours, minutes, date, moon phase
Reverse: second time-zone, 24-hour day/night indicator

Stainless steel
49.4 x 29.9 mm
Height: 10.9 mm
Water resistance: 3 atm

Hand-applied hour-markers
Front: silver-grained dial, blue hour-markers
Reverse: blue dial, clous de paris guilloché and opaline, silver-toned hour markers

Front: blued for the hours, minutes, date,
Reverse: silver-toned for the second time-zone, day/night indicator

Blue alligator leather
Folding clasp in stainless steel


Thursday, April 27, 2017

ArtyA Shining Star Tourbillon Set & ArtyA Sun Tourbillon (Unique Pieces 1/1)

Designed by Yvan Arpa and engineered by MHC, Manufacture d’Horlogerie Contemporaine, the two new Son of Sound Tourbillon models retain their unique aesthetic signature – a guitar-shaped case, patented by ArtyA. At six o’clock, these versions feature a flying tourbillon displaying the passing seconds.

Opposite it, at twelve, is the barrel, with a fully redesigned bridge. The assembly is housed in a fully open-work X-shaped structure, inspired by the X-bracing used to support guitar bodies.

This structure houses the entire movement, allowing the Son of Sound Tourbillon to be hollowed out between each arm of the X. The watch is therefore literally transfused with light, revealing all the intricate details of its polished and satin finishes, and blending subtle shades of grey, black and ArtyOr.

ArtyA Shining Star Tourbillon 1/1
Exclusive ArtyA flying tourbillon, designed by Yvan Arpa and engineered by MHC, manual winding
Exceptional, iconic patented shape featured in various museums as an emblematic timeless design
Tourbillon cage bridges recall the exclusive design of the watch hands
One crown for setting the time and winding, shaped like a guitar tuning peg
Design of the barrel balances the tourbillon cage
Multi level dial set with 64 VVSI Top Wesselton Diamonds 1,5 ct, hand polished, 4 different levels - Rear bridges with 2 levels
Upper& lower bridges: Fine polished top / polished angles
Going Train: Rhodium-plated / angle polished arm
Power reserve: 100 hrs
19 Jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Case dimensions: 37x49 mm, depth: 15mm
64 VVSI Top Wesselton Diamonds 1ct
Tourbillon diameter: 13.60mm
Hours, minutes, seconds on tourbillon
Case is humidity and dust protected only (not water resistant)
Two non-reflective sapphire crystals front and back
Open back
Crocodile strap
Price: 145'000 CHF

ArtyA Sun Tourbillon 1/1
Exclusive ArtyA flying tourbillon, designed by Yvan Arpa and engineered by MHC, manual winding
Exceptional, iconic patented shape featured in various museums as an emblematic timeless design
Back Bridges and dial entirely hand-engraved, Made by a master engraver Bram Ramon with the special prisma cut technique to look like the ray of the Sun
Tourbillon cage bridges recall the exclusive design of the watch hands
One crown for setting the time and winding, shaped like a guitar tuning peg
Design of the barrel balances the tourbillon cage
Bridges form an X shape, hand polished, 4 different levels - Rear bridges with 2 levels
Upper & lower bridges: Fine polished top / polished angles
Going Train: Rhodium-plated / angle polished arm
Power reserve: 100 hrs
19 Jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Case dimensions: 37x49 mm, depth: 15mm
Tourbillon diameter: 13.60mm
Hours, minutes, seconds on tourbillon
Case is humidity and dust protected only (not water resistant)
ArtyOr & black PVD case
Two non-reflective sapphire crystals front and back
Open back
Crocodile strap
Price: 170’000 CHF

ArtyA Butterfly Delicacy Tourbillon 1/1

In 2012, ArtyA’s CEO and designer YvanArpa created the Son of Earth collection – and endowed it with the most beautiful and living things the Earth has to offer. One of the first designs in the line was the Butterfly.  In January 2016 YvanArpa created ArtyA Complications. In 2017, ArtyA is bringing some change and combines his butterfly dials, with one of watchmaking’s most traditional complications, it’s own high end flying tourbillon.
ArtyA’s dial artist Dominique Arpa-Cirpka offers a new creative take each time; for this magnificent watch, the result is a high-flying artistic composition – featuring a whole real little butterfly. These miniature works of art draw your gaze into a dream world in which beauty reigns supreme. These watches don’t simply reproduce the design, style and colour of a butterfly. Under the strict control of the relevant authorities, and with their full consent, since 2010 artist D. Arpa-Cirpka successfully incorporated genuine butterfly wings within the dial. All of ArtyA’s DNA is distilled in these timepieces: unique, tailor made watches that are highly creative – and completely unprecedented in the field of watchmaking.

Technical details
Case: High grade steel 316 L with Chocolate PVD treatment
Dial made with real butterfly wings and gold leaves
Exclusive ArtyA flying tourbillon manual winding
19 Jewels
Hours, minutes, seconds on tourbillon
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 100 hrs
Size: 44mm
Engraved and screwed back case
Steel lateral inserts
Double anti-reflection sapphire
Genuine handmade Crocodile strap
Unique Piece 1/1
Price: 137'000 CHF

Voutilainen 28 Aki-No-Kure

Kari Voutilainen has partnered with a famous lacquer studio in Japan to create the extra ordinary 28 Aki-No-Kure timepiece.

One of the greatest lacquer studios in the world is Unryuan in Wajima town in Japan. Under the guidance of Mr. T. Kitamura, they create works of lacquer art that stand at the pinnacle of Japanese tradition, bringing a craft that has existed for hundreds of years into the present, exemplifying the passion to preserve the soul, spirit and identity of traditional Japanese culture as expressed in the Edo period. This kind of work of art made hundreds of years ago is still here today, it can be restored and remains like new even we touch and manipulate lacquer with human hands. This superlative work engages us immediately on a physical level and one can only stand in awe at the commitment, patience and dedication required to create these works of art. This masterpiece shown here; using the techniques of lacquering which takes far more than thousand hours of work to complete the dial, bridges and cover of the case back. The raw materials for its creation are: Kinpun (gold dust), Jyunkin-itakane (gold leaf), Yakou-gai (shell of great green turban) and Awabi-gai (abalone shell from New Zealand).
This bespoke watch been inspired from late autumn scene with the spirit of circle of life. This symbiosis of Japanese tradition with the Swiss haute horlogerie creations of Kari Voutilainen represents an all-embracing mechanical and visual work of art that unites the East and West in perfect harmony.

The theme selected for this watch is Aki-No-Kure that means “the scene in late autumn” and there is a notion hidden behind the theme, “the circle of life”. Late autumn represents the wheel of life [regeneration] takes place for spring. UNRYUAN (Tatsuo Kitamura).

The stunning watch dial describes ears of Japanese pampas grass [miscanthus sinensis] are forming full ears in the autumn breeze. Also, it reminds of the fantastic effects to move in ripple or surging waves. It is depicted using the technique, TOGIDASHI-MAKIE [burnished MAKIE], TAKA-MAKIE [raised MAKIE] embossed gilt lacquer work in gold, and RADEN [mother-of-pearl inlay work] on the top of surface. The materials are black lacquer, gold powder, turban shell and abalone shell.

On the inside part of case back, a dragonfly and ripples on water nearby a field of pampas grass. The decorating techniques used here are SAIEI-MAKIE, TOGIDASHI-MAKIE, TAKA-MAKIE, ARADASHI-MAKIE [rough-finishing MAKIE], and RADEN. The materials are gold powder, gold leaf, turban shell (wing), abalone shell (ripple), black lacquer, vermilion-lacquer (body).In Japan the dragonfly is known as the victory insect (kachimushi) because of its hunting prowess and also it is known to never retreat.
Opening the case back, you can admire a meticulously decorated, in house movement. This manual winding movement crafted in German silver and titanium is decorated with utilizing the technique of SAIEI-MAKIE. The materials are gold leaf, abalone shell, black lacquer, “glass-particle”.
Outside part of the case back features a spider, which considered as auspicious, a good omen. This decoration incorporates an ancient technique of inlaying gold, KINZOUGAN (by a Japanese Metal & Tosogu artist, Koshiro Izumi). The web is carved on white gold and inlaid with different gold. The spider is made of a Japanese alloy of copper and inlaid with gold. The materials are gold, Shakudō.

Technical details
Model: Voutilainen 28 Aki-No-Kure

Unique, in house designed movement with hours and minutes
New direct impulse escapement with two escapement wheels
Dimensions: 30mm x 5.60mm with pure German silver main plate and bridges made from
German silver and titanium with Art decoration made by the legendary Japanese lacquer studio Unryuan
Wheels in gold
Jewels: 21
Free sprung balance (wheel diameter 13.60mm) with Grossman interior curve and Philips exterior curve, beating at 18,000 vph

Unique art piece created by the legendary Japanese lacquer studio Unryuan
Hands: gold and steel, hand made
All manufacturing, construction, fabrication, hand finishing and assembly in the Voutilainen workshop

Made from 18ct high palladium gold , diameter of the case is 39.00mm
Sapphire glass front and back, with anti reflection treatment

Buckle and strap
18K white gold tang buckle and alligator strap

Limited to 1 unique example

MAKIE is lacquer work, the decoration technique, in which designs or patterns are drawn in lacquer (urushi), over which gold powder is sprinkled [scattered] while the lacquer is wet to secure the design on the surface.
RADEN is mother-of-pearl inlay work, the decoration technique in which designs or patterns are drawn in lacquer (urushi), gold powder, pieces of cut gold leaf, turban and abalone shell.
Shakudō is a billon of gold and copper (typically 4–10% gold, 96–90% copper) which can be treated to form an indigo/black
KINZOUGAN is a technique used to decorate sword (katana) fittings, particularly sword hand guard (tsuba).

Edox Chronorally Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team

The new Edox Chronorally Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team is a dazzling timepiece born from the caudron of elite motor racing. Sporting the official Sauber colors, the timepiece also shares the high-tech DNA of a Sauber Formula One racing car that includes a light, ultra-tough black titanium case measuring 48mm diameter and spectacular black carbon fibre dial featuring blue details and tachymeter scale.
The movement that powers this timepiece is a Swiss made quartz chronograph caliber. Edox has been creating exceptional timepieces since 1884 and is the Premium Partner of the Sauber F1 Team. Fitted with Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass the timepiece has a water resistance up to 100 meters.
Technical Features
Calibre: Edox calibre 38 (Swiss-made quartz chronograph)
Case: 48mm Titanium
Finishes: Blue oversized pusher with Sauber F1 Team logo, special side plate, limited numbering on the caseback
Dial: Black carbon fibre, blue details, tachymeter scale
Water resistance: 100 meters / 10 ATM
Glass: Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Strap: Genuine black rubber strap with tyre imprint
Limited Edition of 555 pieces worldwide
Available July 2017

Mother’s Day Special - The élégante by F.P.Journe

For this Mother’s day, we suggest two new models from outstanding ladies watch, the élégante by F.P.Journe: The new Powder Rose élégante with diamond-set Titanium case and rubber strap, or the diamond set red Gold élégante with black dial and new karung snake strap.
The revolutionary electro mechanical movement of the élégante is providing an unheard of long autonomy of 8 to 10 years and up to 18 years with standby mode. After 30 minutes motionless, the watch goes into sleeping mode and the hands stop turning to save energy. The micro-processor continues to measure time. As soon as the watch is moved again, and thanks to its movement detector at 4h30, it automatically sets itself to the correct time, the hands turning fast taking the shortest path, clockwise or counter clockwise.
With its Titanium case (35 x 40mm) set with 38 round diamonds and ceramic inserts, its entirely luminescent dial and ergonomic Powder Rose rubber strap that perfectly embraces any wrist, the new Powder Rose élégante combines sensuality and horological performance.

The élégante in red Gold (35 x 40mm) set with 38 round diamonds, its black dial and new glittery karung snake strap combine elegance and the precision of an electro-mechanical watch. The élégante is available in the 11 F.P.Journe Boutiques, 9 Espaces and authorized retailers around the world.

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition

Born in 1927, the Mille Miglia race turns 90 in 2017. Chopard is celebrating this event by issuing a 90-piece Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition. Attired in a rose gold case, this sporty and elegant collector’s model pays tribute to the spirit of this vintage race that has endured for 90 years. Its unmistakable presence on the wrist, its L.U.C chronograph movement and its wealth of details make it the most prestigious Mille Miglia watch ever introduced by Chopard.

The elegance of the Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary recalls that of the legendary cars that have competed in this fabled race. The curved design of a Ferrari 250 GTO, the taut lines of an Alfa Romeo 6C, the sensuality of an Aston Martin, the construction quality of a Porsche 550 RS: all the ingredients of sophisticated, masculine and opulent style converge in this chronograph exuding a casual chic aura. Its vintage calfskin strap has been given a special treatment that will ensure it ages gracefully while acquiring a pleasing patina. It is a tip of the hat to the bonnet straps on the finest vintage cars.
This tribute extends far beyond mere design inspiration. The Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition is the most exclusive watch of the Mille Miglia collection. Its gleaming ‘bodywork’ is a generous yet perfectly proportioned 46 mm-diameter, 13 mm-thick rose gold case. The softness of its polished bezel and the precision of its virile curves demonstrate the extreme care devoted to details, as confirmed by the short dipping lugs that ensure an ideal fit on any wrist.

The piston-inspired chronograph pushers are a must-have vintage detail, as is the large notched dial reminiscent of petrol tank caps and ensuring easy handling even with leather driver’s gloves.
The pristine porcelain-like white dial is punctuated by Arabic numerals and snailed counters such as were typically seen on vintage dashboards. It is surrounded by a tachymetric scale that plays a key role in the driver’s activity. It can be used at any time to measure real speed as well as average speed – a key piece of data when it comes to regularity trials.

The legend of the great classic cars is not based exclusively on their outer beauty, but is above all a matter of mechanics. Chopard reflects this reality by equipping the Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition with L.U.C Calibre 03.07-L. This hand-wound flyback chronograph entirely designed, developed and produced in the Chopard workshops, has been borrowed for this tribute piece from Chopard’s haute horlogerie L.U.C collection. It features extremely refined finishing and is made of nickel silver, an alloy enabling precision machining and exceptional chamfering. The lowermost parts of the movement have been circular-grained and gilded, while the uppermost parts driving the chronograph are in steel or rhodium-plated. This play on colours echoes that of the finest racing cars that also harbour an abundance of mechanical treasures.

The architecture and shapes of a movement comply with certain functional and aesthetic rules, like the lines of a car’s bodywork. L.U.C Calibre 03.07-L obeys the laws of high-precision Haute Horlogerie and its standards of beauty. This approach is also expressed through the top-level precision that Chopard masters to perfection and indeed, for the very first time, a Mille Miglia watch has been awarded the Poinçon de Genève. 
This two-fold aesthetic and technical certification is approved by an independent authority and governed by a law promulgated by the Canton of Geneva. It dictates the peerless criteria of excellence pertaining to the case and the movement, its structure, its appearance, its precision, as well as the omnipresence of finely crafted surface finishing.
During the Mille Miglia, a vehicle is judged by its results and its regularity. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has applied the same logic to Chopard watchmaking. The movement of each of the 90 timepieces composing the Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition has successfully undergone the tests conducted by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, the COSC, which certifies its precision.

Technical details
Model: Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition
Ref. 161299-5001 – in 18-carat rose gold – 90-piece limited edition

18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 46.00 mm
Thickness: 13.12 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
18-carat rose gold crown: 8.50 mm
18-carat rose gold pushers
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back with engraved Mille Miglia logo

Hand-wound movement L.U.C 03.07-L
Number of components: 300
Total diameter: 28.60 mm
Number of jewels: 38
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 60 hours
Nickel silver bridges, adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif
Chronometer certified (COSC)
Poinçon de Genève

Porcelain-like white dial bearing Arabic numerals painted with Superluminova
Black transferred minute track and tachymeter scale
Red Mille Miglia logo
Finely snailed white chronograph counters
Superluminova-gilded and painted Dauphine-type hands
Triangular-shaped gilded counter pointers
Red-tipped gilded central sweep-seconds hand

Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph
Hours and minutes counters at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively, seconds by a central sweep-seconds hand
Flyback function

Brown Barenia calfskin strap, vintage treatment acquiring a patina over time
Polished 18-carat rose gold folding clasp

Caran d’Ache – Introduction

With a priceless heritage of expertise, the Maison Caran d’Ache has been designing and producing exceptional products in its Geneva workshops for more than 100 years, faithful to the reputation of the ‘Swiss Made’ label.
Caran d’Ache’s writing implements, as well as its art and drawing materials are recognised around the world for their outstanding quality. Combining technical knowhow, innovation and aesthetic appeal, these very personal objects experiment with original materials and superb design to add refinement to every new page of writing.

Each creation is a synthesis of the spirit, rigour, determination and expertise of specialists in more than 90 skills working exclusively in Geneva, in the great tradition of Swiss manufacturing and in line with the sense of social and environmental responsibility, which the brand holds dear.

Caran d’Ache draws on all its expertise to design products that foster creativity in every one of its customers. It designs and manufactures art supplies and writing implements for all types of user, from budding creatives to the most renowned professionals. 

Caran d’Ache’s origins
Founded as the “Fabrique Genevoise de Crayons” in Geneva in 1915, the Maison Caran d’Ache adopted its current name in 1924 when Arnold Schweitzer took the reins. The new name of “Caran d’Ache” went hand in hand with its increasing international success, and is at once a reference to “karandash”, the Russian word for “pencil”, and, with the spelling “Caran d’Ache”, the pseudonym used by Emmanuel Poiré, one of the most renowned cartoonists of the Belle Époque.

The Maison is a true family business. Today it is headed by Carole Hubscher, representing the fourth generation of a family that has been involved in decision-making at the highest level since 1930.

The company has been located in the canton of Geneva since its beginnings, and is the only one in the world to manufacture a comprehensive range of artistic and writing implements in a single location. Its coloured pencils, wax pastels, outstanding pens and exclusive inks all act as an extension of the hand in its desire to create, mimicking its movements as it experiments with new techniques and explores new shades of meaning.

The Maison Caran d’Ache hones a business culture that revolves around excellence, sustainable development and social responsibility. It exports to more than 90 countries, where it is a proud international ambassador for Switzerland and the Swiss Made label, which are closely intertwined with the values of quality and innovation that are so dear to the company.

Caran d’Ache’s inventions
With their elegant design, original choice of materials, strong pigments and technical excellence, Caran d’Ache products are an invitation to discover and explore. They bear witness to the great freedom of creativity.
  • 1915: The first Caran d’Ache cedar-wood graphite pencils are designed for all types of work and daily uses.
  • 1929: The Fixpencil is invented; it is the world’s first propelling pencil with a patented gripping mechanism.
  • 1931: The Prismalo, the world’s first water-soluble pencil, revolutionises the world of colour.
  • 1952: The Maison invents the Neocolor, a wax pastel that wins over the biggest names in the art world.
  • 1953: The first ballpoint pen in the Ecridor collection is launched, one of Caran d’Ache’s most iconic writing instruments.
  • 1969: The 849 ballpoint pen, carrying the famous Goliath giant cartridge, which can fill up to 600 A4 pages, becomes one of the Geneva-based company’s flagship products.
  • 1970: Caran d’Ache unveils the new Madison collection, its first fine-writing range to include a fountain pen.
  • 2008: The Luminance 6901 range of outstanding permanent pencils is launched, offering the best lightfastness in the world today.
  • 2012: For the first time ever, a writing implement allows you to observe the constellations: the limited edition Caelograph.
  • 2014: Stretching the limits of research, the company’s craftsmen develop Museum Aquarelle. The pencils’ lead contains highly concentrated pigments in a formula that is completely water-soluble, transparent and lightfast.
  • 2014: Caran d’Ache launches a pen made from innovative materials that eliminate 99.9% of all bacteria present on its surface.
Caran d’Ache’s style
Caran d’Ache is there every step of the way: more than a brand, it is both a devoted work colleague and an inspiring friend.

Its culture of handwriting is based on the permanent values that have been at the heart of the company since it was founded. Caran d’Ache links the past to the present and makes tradition a part of contemporary life. Making products that have a soul, that are timeless and yet deeply rooted in the spirit of our time: that is the vocation of a company devoted to excellence. The excellence of the Swiss Made label underpins the service and customer focus which Caran d’Ache is proud to provide.

Caran d’Ache is a family business and a complete manufacturing facility. All its products are designed and produced in Geneva. To this day, the Maison preserves and develops its own precious knowhow as a hallmark of longevity, continuity and trust.

The company has an unmistakable family feel and recognises its people as one of its most important assets. Its shared ethical values, its lasting partnerships and its close links to its immediate environment all illustrate the sense of loyalty and affection that has been fundamental to its development.

Proof of this can be found in the fact that some of Caran d’Ache’s employees have been with the company for over 40 years, while on average they stay there for around 14 years. At Caran d’Ache, it is not uncommon to see two or even three generations of a single family follow each other into the same workshop.

Innovation and creativity
The originality of the materials and technology of Caran d’Ache’s creations is due to the efforts of two integrated R&D departments, one devoted to colours and the other to writing. The results can be seen in numerous patented inventions, such as Fixpencil and Neocolor, which revolutionised writing and drawing. The company brings together traditional craftsmanship and advanced technology in pursuit of such achievements. Partnerships with artists and Swiss universities also actively help the company to come up with such exceptional products.

Swiss Made
The Maison Caran d’Ache attaches a great deal of importance to its Swiss identity. As the country’s only manufacturer of art supplies and writing implements, Caran d’Ache proudly exhibits its values of quality and innovation around the globe. The rigorous promise inherent in the Swiss Made label, which appears on all Caran d’Ache products, attests to this firm commitment to designing and producing Swiss products on Swiss soil.

Ongoing quality control of both materials and manufacturing processes, which are certified for ISO 9001, is a key concern, and is based on research and development carried out by two integrated laboratories. Its selection of raw materials, its design processes and its never-ending search for new sources of inspiration are the cornerstones of Caran d’Ache’s international success. For its customers around the world, this commitment is borne out in the lifetime guarantee that comes with all products bearing its name.

Social responsibility and engagement
From its very beginnings in 1915, Caran d’Ache has placed the quality of its products and respect for the environment and human beings at the heart of its development. This commitment to sustainable development can be seen at every stage of production, as well as in the Maison’s business culture.

Reusing wood shavings to heat the workshops, installing solar panels on the roof and placing beehives in the factory grounds are just three of the ways in which the company has contributed to environmental conservation. All Caran d’Ache pencils are FSC- or PEFC-certified, which guarantees that the wood used in them is sourced from sustainably managed forests. Caran d’Ache is also a pioneer for having developed a water-based varnish for its pencils, which has allowed it to reduce its use of solvents significantly.

The Geneva-based manufacturer has also hostedan integration workshop for several years, another example of its commitment to social responsibility.

The Magic of Caran d’Ache

Colour and art
Powerful. Long-lasting. Pure. Shimmering. Caran d’Ache masters pigments to create colours that bring the most beautiful inspiration to the blank page. Its exceptional prism of 300 shades is a remarkable fusion of outstanding materials and expert craftsmanship.

From imperial purple to royal blue, from flamboyant coral to cherry red, the symphony of colours flourishes with different materials – pencil leads, felt tips, pastels, gouaches, coloured inks, water colours and acrylics all offer a brilliant finish and outstanding lightfastness. Since 1915, Caran d’Ache has inspired and enabled generations of artists, from the newly fledged to the internationally renowned.

In fact, the Maison joined forces with one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century for a remarkable event that took place in 2015. Exhibiting works by Pablo Picasso produced using the famous Swiss coloured pencils and pastels, the exhibition “Les Caran d’Ache de Picasso”, the first of its kind, was held at Kunsthaus Interlaken in close collaboration with the Archives Claude Picasso.

Caran d’Ache’s Office products are designed to help face all the challenges of the working day. Their original designs often make them trendsetters, yet they are superbly functional too. Among the many successes in the Office range, the Fixpencil, 849, 825, 888 Infinite and Alchemix collections are particularly recognisable.

The various collections are affordable for all and strike a balance between aesthetic appeal and writing comfort. They are designed for use with the quality ballpoint cartridges produced in the Geneva workshops, including the famous Goliath.

Haute Ecriture
Just like handwriting itself, Caran d’Ache writing instruments convey personality, movement and heritage. They are the fruit of a century of constantly evolving knowhow. Since the 1930s, the Maison has been honing its unique methods in order to design writing instruments that bring together aesthetic appeal, comfort and high-quality materials. With their masterful craftsmanship, inspired design and flawless technical precision, the fine-writing collections are the embodiment of a passion for superb manufacturing.

The Varius, Léman and Ecridor collections showcase the talents of specialists in engraving, lacquering and polishing who dare to push the boundaries of material and form, working with chain mail, wood, precious stones, ceramics and Chinese lacquer. Some even become works of art.

The Maison Caran d’Ache is one of the very few manufacturers in Europe to master the age-old art of Chinese lacquer. It took years of research and development to apply this expertise to luxury writing implements. Chinese lacquer is used in its raw form or with blue, black or red pigment and requires several lengthy stages of preparation and application. Writing implements enhanced with Chinese lacquer are prized the world over for their durability, shine and smoothness to the touch.

For a personal touch: Caran d’Ache writing instruments and colour boxes can be personalised in various ways, ensuring that they remain forever faithful to their owners.

With a range of more than 260 leading products in the fields of high-end writing implements, office pens andart and drawing materials, Caran d’Ache supplies personalised gifts to both businesses and individuals,  giving them the opportunity to add a personal touch by engraving a name or a message to a pen or fountain pen.

The World of Caran d’Ache

International standing
Today, Caran d’Ache products are sold in more than 90 countries. Since 2011, the Caran d’Ache experience has also been on offer in its dedicated boutiques in Switzerland (two in Geneva and one in Zurich) and abroad (in cities including Berlin, Bucharest and Tokyo).

Caran d’Ache has also opened a new online shop, available in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, allowing its customers to explore and buy its products via the web.

Partners and ambassadors
Over the years, the Maison Caran d’Ache has been privileged to work with many renowned names to produce special or limited editions. Sir Paul Smith and Mario Botta have both recently designed Caran d’Ache writing instruments, for example.

In line with its focus on sustainability, Caran d’Ache climbed aboard the Solar Impulse project, the first round-the-world flight on an exclusively solar-powered plane. As a specialist partner, Caran d’Ache supplied the very special pens used by the pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, to write up their historic logbooks.

Caran d’Ache is also fully committed to developing young talent, particularly in the field of art and design, and has broadened its mission through a number of partnerships. It became a sporting sponsor for the first time in 2014, concluding a five-year agreement to support the talented young tennis player Belinda Bencic.

The company also seeks to defend freedom of expression around the world, and supports Cartooning for Peace, which helps press cartoonists advocating for peace and human rights.

Carole Hubscher, President
Carole Hubscher graduated from the École Hotelière de Genève and completed a Management Development Program at Harvard Business School. She then held various sales and marketing positions with Caran d’Ache’s US distributor in New York before heading up its international sales department in Geneva until 1997. She was subsequently International Marketing Manager for the Calvin Klein brand within the Swatch Group. In 2003, she became a partner at brandstorm, an agency which builds premium and luxury brands. She joined Caran d’Ache’s Board in 2002, which she began chairing in 2012.

Jean-François de Saussure, CEO
A chief executive with more than 20 years’ experience in multinational settings, Jean-François de Saussure has served as Business Development Director and CEO both in Switzerland and internationally, for major services and security technology companies (SGS and SICPA respectively). He was born in 1966 and holds a Master’s in International Economics from the Institut des Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva. He has been the CEO of Caran d’Ache since 1 January 2013.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


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Bulgari New Octo Ultranero

Modernity is the keynote of the new Octo Ultranero models attired in an intense black. Totally or almost so, since Bulgari provides a precious interpretation of this contemporary masculine watch with two new versions of the Ultranero, which is steadily gaining in both strength and character year by year. In these new variations, the watch may be total black or else offer red accents on its hands and hour-markers, thus creating a striking contrast with its mostly jet black surface.

Octo Ultranero asserts its sheer force of character with this powerful livery. The cleverly structured case with its black Diamond Like Carbon (D.L.C,) treatment thus acquires a new and very Italian aura of strength. It immediately conjures up various creations in the field of architecture or contemporary furniture design, and even carries a hint of stealth aircraft, as if to endow it with an additional touch of mystery.

Technical details

Movement with automatic winding, mounted on ceramic ball bearings, Caliber BVL 191Solotempo, 28,800 V/H; indication of the hours, minutes and seconds, date window at 3 o’clock; decorated with Côtes de Genève, circular-graining and chamfered finishing, 42h power reserve

Case and dial
41mm steel case treated with black Diamond Like Carbon (D.L.C.), transparent case-back, screwed-in crown with D.L.C treatment and ceramic insert; water-resistant to 50m (tested to 100m); integrated rubber strap and steel buckle treated with black D.L.C.; lacquered and polished black dial, black and red faceted skeleton hands, black or red hour-markers

Integrated rubber strap and steel pin buckle treated with black D.L.C

Bulgari New Serpenti

After interpreting the figure of the reptile in countless different ways, consistently at the crossroads between goldsmithing and High Jewellery, Bulgari now reaches beyond its customary universe to propel the eternally youthful Serpenti towards a new field of expression, as the icon adopts double wrap-around straps made from multicolour exotic leathers.
A natural and legitimate continuation of the Serpenti saga, these new straps are made from Karung, a non-venomous water snake whose particularly thin and supple skin features scales mid-way between those of a lizard or the more customary snake variation. Precious, more original and more exclusive, it calls for a meticulous tanning process, after which the leather is extremely pleasant to wear, soft and smooth. On the surface, the colouring with natural pigments, in vivid, luminous shades and beautifully matching the dial colours, is further enhanced by a varnish lending a subtle gloss.
This new contemporary version boldly flaunts its polyvalent nature. Serpenti can be transformed in a heartbeat thanks to an extremely practical fastening system making the straps easily interchangeable by the wearer on all models, those with a steel or pink gold case, with or without diamonds. While each watch comes with two straps – in Karung or calfskin – in the client’s choice of colours, a wide range of additional shades is available on Bulgari boutiques, where the new Serpenti will be available as of May.
The nuances will be perfectly coordinated with the colours – black, red, green or white – of the mother-of-pearl, finely lacquered and sunburst guilloché 27mm dials. In a subtle jewellery detail setting a Bulgari signature,a cabochon-cut rubellite adorns the winding crown of these watchesdriven by quartz Calibre B033.
In an ultimate touch of refinement, the client will also be able to choose her favourite case and dial, so as to entirely personalise her Serpenti. Bulgari has developed an app designed to facilitate the customisation process. Available in a selected number of brand boutiques, it will enable an enthusiast to literally “compose” her personal Serpenti by means of this app installed on a tablet, by choosing the case, dial, the gemsetting and potentially the strap. The client will also be able to have an engraving of her choice on the caseback.
In all, the palette of combinations and colour variations comprises a total of 312 variations, providing plenty of scope to enable each woman to define her own Serpenti and make it virtually unique and always madly desirable.

Technical details

Case, dial and strap
Curved 27mm case in steel and pink gold, brilliant-cut diamonds set on the bezel according to the versions, dials in various colour variations, black lacquered, mother-of-pearl or sunburst guilloché depending on the versions, water-resistant to 50m.

Double wrap-around strap in Karung leather available in five different colours (black, red, white, green, chestnut brown), easily interchangeable and fitted with a pin buckle;
Double wrap-around calfskin strap available in six different colours (sapphire blue, agate white, ruby red, sandy beige, black, emerald green).

Bulgari personalised B033 quartz movement.

Bulgari Serpenti Seduttori

This High Jewellery bracelet and ‘secret’ watch is a truly unique creation testifying to Bulgari’s total mastery when it comes to creating the most daring models by combining its two fields of expertise: jewellery and watchmaking.
The pink or white bracelet, a first for Bulgari, coils smoothly around the wrist while transcending formal geometry, extending to the head of the reptile from whose emerald or ruby eyes darts a gaze that literally transfixes the observer.
Dangerously beautiful with its tourmaline, tanzanite or sapphire cabochon, it opens to reveal the finest sting of time: the hours and minutes hands sweeping around a dial paved with brilliant-cut diamonds echoing the setting on the bracelet, paved with brilliant- or baguette-cut diamonds.
Technical details
Case, dial and bracelet
High Jewellery secret watch, 18kt white gold case set with baguette-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds, with a cabochon-cut sapphire and two pear-shape rubies; 18kt white gold dial and bracelet set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
High Jewellery secret watch, 18kt white gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds, with a cabochon-cut tanzanite and two pear-shape emeralds; 18kt white gold dial and bracelet set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
High Jewellery secret watch, 18kt pink gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds, with a cabochon-cut tourmaline and two pear-shape emeralds; 18kt pink gold dial and bracelet set with brilliant-cut diamonds and baguette-cut tourmalines.

Caliber B033 quartz movement customised for Bulgari

Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas, Edition 2017

In 2017, Serpenti Tubogas is up to new tricks. The first is that of materials. The new executions adopt a new finishing in steel or gold and steel, accompanied by new faces. The double-coil steel version features a new dial in a powerful ruby red, while the steel and gold version – available in single or double-coil versions – is distinguished by its elegant and sophisticated grey dial. The big surprise of these new editions is of course the new and spectacular quintuple wrap-around interpretation.
Its five voluptuous coils around the arm transform this precious adornment that is also a watch into an incredibly contemporary, unexpected and impressive statement. This five-coil steel version is immediately recognisable by its extremely chic black dial. Serpenti Tubogas is a decidedly avant-garde timepiece.
Technical details
Case, dial and bracelet
Single-coil or double-coil steel and 18kt pink gold bracelets, steel and 18kt pink gold case, grey dials; water-resistant to 30m
Double-coil steel bracelet, steel case, ruby red dial; water-resistant to 30m
Five-coil bracelet in steel, steel case, black dial; water-resistant to 30m

Caliber B033 quartz movement customised for Bulgari

Bulgari Serpenti Spiga

With is model, Bulgari gives a new and highly contemporary twist to one of its signature models: Serpenti. The sensuality of black clothes the skin of this horological serpent expressed in two variations graced with an all-black or a pink gold bezel. The other surprise is that Spiga is free of any gem-setting.

Today’s active and urban, audacious and modern woman may indeed have other desires for her jewellery watch. Snaking around her arm, this black ceramic Serpenti watch asserts its difference from noon to midnight – in any moment or situation, with a constant and almost impertinent blend of beauty and casual charm, mysterious allure and compelling sensuality. The strength of the design rejuvenates and energises an essential model among the precious adornments from Bulgari.

Technical details
Case, dial and bracelet
Black ceramic single-coil bracelet with 18kt pink gold inserts; case in black ceramic or black ceramic with 18kt pink gold bezel, black dials; water-resistant to 30m.

Caliber B033 quartz movement customised for Bulgari.

Bulgari Serpenti Incantati New Versions 2017 - Serpenti Incantati Jewellery & Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumière

Launched in 2016 and embodying the reptile symbol flirting with the borders of High Jewellery and Haute Horlogerie, Serpenti Incantati testifies to the intensely adaptable nature of this design icon.

Through four new 2017 versions, the powerful fascination of this watch – that is exceptional in so many ways – shines and sparkles through its tourbillon movement and its jewellery settings. Since its recent introduction, Serpenti Incantati has exercised an ever-growing appeal. This highly exclusive and very rare Haute Horlogerie model is a precious watch that remains as appealing as ever. Its impeccable stone-settings naturally make it a gem of time bearing the inimitable touch of the Roman jeweller. Elegant and sensual, imbued with that touch of fanciful sophistication one expects from Italian chic, it also charms observers by its fascinating construction.

Bulgari Serpenti Incantati Jewellery
By coiling around the watch dial, rather than forming the case itself, the reptile displays a particularly supple facet of its nature. For the fully jewelled version, Bulgari has specifically devised for it a cleverly articulated system ensuring a superbly smooth flow.
Visually, this creates the impression that the diamond-studded serpent is actually in motion. In concrete terms, it ensures perfect comfort and a delightfully sensual feel for the woman who slides it onto her wrist.
In its jewellery version set with brilliant-cut diamonds, the snow-set dial and bezel create a particularly refined and dainty aesthetic effect. The entire watch is naturally made of gold. It embraces the wrist with a discreet, perfectly elegant and refined satin strap, or with a diamond-set bracelet graced with a pure design – and which is in itself a jewellery creation bearing the inimitable Bulgari signature.

Technical details
Case, dial and bracelet
30mm case in 18kt pink gold set with 112 diamonds, dial set with 116 diamonds
Water-resistant to 30m
18kt pink gold bracelet set with 139 diamonds or satin strap fitted with an 18kt pink gold pin buckle set with 20 diamonds:
Total number of diamonds: 367 (~8.95 cts) for the pink gold bracelet version
Total number of diamonds: 248 (~2.97 cts) for the satin strap version

Caliber B033 quartz movement customised for Bulgari

Bulgari Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumière
Taking the collection into a whole new dimension, the Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumière watches bring the magic of two enhancements cherished by Haute Horlogerie: the tourbillon regulator and skeleton-working.
The mechanical hand-wound movement crafted in gold has been finely sculpted and open-worked to allow light to pour into the heart of the watch through its sapphire crystals. It is enlivened by the central activity of the tourbillon, while its distinctive luminosity gives it a spectacular and unique sparkle that makes this precious watch truly incandescent.
Technical details
Caliber BVL 208, Manufacture mechanical manual winding skeleton movement in 18kt pink gold or 18kt white gold serving as a dial, segment in 18kt pink gold with brown PVD treatment or in 18kt white gold with purple PVD treatment; tourbillon and power-reserve indication (64h); all the metal –gold and steel – movement components are finished and decorated by hand by multiple operations: chamfering and polishing, circular graining, snailing; 21,600 V/H

Case and dial
41mm case in 18kt pink gold or in 18kt white gold
Pink gold: set with 225 diamonds (~ 2.61 cts) or with 1 ruby (~0.14ct)
White gold: set with 237 brilliant-cut diamonds (~ 2.37cts) and 2 tanzanites (~ 1.7ct).
Water-resistant to 30m

Bracelet with folding clasp in 18kt pink gold or in 18kt white gold;
Pink gold: buckle set with 28 brilliant-cut diamonds (~ 0.28 ct) ;
White gold: buckle set with 28 brilliant-cut diamonds (~ 0.28 ct).


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Destination Moon by MB&F and L’Epée 1839

Conceived by MB&F and built by L’Epée 1839, Switzerland's premier clock maker, Destination Moon is the quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket of childhood dreams. Hours and minutes are displayed on large diameter stainless steel discs with stamped numerals. While the legibility of the time display is not in question, focusing on the time rather than the spectacular, vertically-structured, open movement is likely to require deep concentration.
Developed specifically for Destination Moon, the architecture of L’Epée’s eight-day movement follows the basic design of a real spaceship. Power in a rocket comes from its base; the power for Destination Moon comes from the oversized winding crown in its base. The management and control systems of a rocket are above the power source; the same holds true for Destination Moon, which has a vertical regulator controlling precision below the time display, as well as a time-setting knob at the top of the movement. That eye-catching regulator with its animated balance is protected from cosmic radiation (and curious fingers) by a small panel of virtually invisible mineral glass.
In a further tip of the hat to childhood toys and fantasies, the horizontal circular plates in Destination Moon's movement are perforated like Meccano components. Despite its ethereal openwork construction, at four kilograms (nine pounds) Destination Moon is no lightweight: its solid landing pods ensure that it will not easily be knocked off course (or knocked over).
And then there's Neil: a smile-inducing, space-suited figurine forged in solid silver and stainless steel, magnetically attached to the ladder connecting the crown to the movement. Neil is the astronaut flying Destination Moon to exotic worlds, but more importantly, Neil imparts a childlike sense of wonder by putting man into the machine.

Destination Moon is available in 4 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black, green, and blue PVD, plus palladium (silver).
Destination Moon is a true collaboration between L’Epée 1839 and MB&F; the base concept originated with L’Epée movement designer and sci-fi rocket fan Nicolas Bringuet, who came up with the idea for the movement's distinctive vertical architecture. Driven by passion, Bringuet designed the movement over one long, largely sleep-free, weekend. L’Epée then contacted MB&F wondering if some type of spacecraft might be designed around the movement and the project blasted off.
MB&F intern-designer Stefano Panterotto came up with the basic shape, however it initially looked too realistically rocket-like and that something magical was missing. Paradoxically, the answer to adding magic was in removing the skin of the rocket so it both looked more technical − helped by the perforated Meccano-like movement plates−and acted as a framework for the viewer's imagination.

The real magic of Destination Moon is space; not the space of the cosmos above our heads, but the largely empty space that is Destination Moon. If the body of the rocket was completely covered, observers would see the rocket of somebody else's youth, but because the rocket-themed desktop clock is in reality a largely empty, perforated frame, those viewing Destination Moon are each likely to see a slightly different spacecraft.

The concentric vertical construction of the eight-day movement was developed especially for Destination Moon, but it also draws strong parallels with MB&F's recently launched Horological Machine No.7 Aquapod: while one is a spacecraft-inspired table clock and the other a jellyfish-inspired aquatic wristwatch, both feature movements comprising concentric vertical architecture and both are powered from their base.
Perhaps the crowning jewel of Destination Moon is the small figure on the ladder at its base: Neil. Constructed of solid sterling silver with a stainless steel helmet and wearing a 1960s-style spacesuit, Neil brings a playful human element to the engineering of the Meccano-style openwork of the spaceship and its clockwork. Neil magnetically attaches anywhere along Destination Moon's boarding ladder. Whether he is embarking to take off for an adventure in space, or disembarking for an adventure on the moon's surface is up to the individual viewer's imagination.

Power for Destination Moon comes from the massive crown in its base, which transfers power to the mainspring barrel via the boarding ladder. The eye-catching regulator is vertically positioned to allow for maximum appreciation and protected from curious fingers behind a panel of mineral glass.
Two stainless steel discs with stamped white numerals respectively indicate the hours (top) and minutes as they line up with the streamlined double-ended pointer above the regulator. The time is set by a central knob in at the very top of the movement. The stability of the clock is ensured by the substantial weight of Destination Moon's three highly polished landing pods.

Destination Moon is available in 4 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black, green, and blue PVD, plus palladium (silver).

Technical details
Hour and minute indications stamped on rotating stainless steel discs

Dimensions: 41.4 cm (height) x 23.3 cm (diameter)
Weight: 4.0 kg
Frame: satin-finished stainless steel
Landing pods: palladium-plated brass, with PVD coating for the blue, green and black editions
Total components (including movement): 237

Neil (astronaut figurine)
Solid polished silver with stainless steel helmet; attached magnetically to boarding ladder.

Designed and manufactured in-house by L’Epée1839
Multi-stage vertical architecture
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
Power reserve: 8 days from single barrel
Movement components: 164
Jewels: 17
Incabloc shock protection system protected by mineral glass
Materials: palladium-plated brass, stainless steel and nickel-plated stainless steel
Movement finishing: polishing, bead-blasting and satin finishing
Winding: manual winding by rotating the propulsion wheel at the base of the rocket
Setting: time-setting knob at the top of the movement, above the indication rings

MB&F Legacy Machine N°1 Final Edition

Back in 2011, MB&F launched the Legacy Machine N°1 (LM1) series, a collection of tradition-inflected Legacy Machines alongside the envelope-pushing Horological Machines. Six years after the debut of LM1, the Legacy Machine N°1 Final Edition brings the LM1 series to a close, and does so with the signature MB&F flair for the unexpected.
The Legacy Machine N°1 has three unique technical features, two of which continue to set the LM1 series apart to this day. The cinematic balance, suspended from an arched bridge, is now an icon of the Legacy Machine collection. The two time displays, indicated on subtly convex dials of stretched lacquer, are based on a single movement and allow autonomous setting without reference to fixed time zones. Then there is the vertical power-reserve indicator, offering a strongly intuitive and legible reading of barrel wind.
These innovations, when coupled with the technical expertise of watchmaking veteran Jean-François Mojon and the peerless levels of finish specified by Kari Voutilainen, provided the framework for a fresh form of independent watchmaking. Traditional mechanisms were placed in modern configurations. Legacy Machine N°1 was a different way to be different.
In choosing a material to house this celebratory last outing of Legacy Machine N°1, MB&F picked steel over precious metals such as gold or platinum. The recent elevation of steel as a worthy case material for high-end watchmaking has a twofold outcome for the LM1 Final Edition — it echoes the strength and enduring appeal of the series, and it takes the value focus off the exterior elements to better highlight the beauty of the LM1 Engine.
The dark chocolate-tonedface of the LM1 Final Edition is not the first instance of this colour appearing in an MB&F creation. Wherever and whenever it occurs in the MB&F collections, the deep brown hue signals a special occasion, a reason to break out the treats, and the Legacy Machine N°1 Final Edition is no exception to this rule.
The launch of the last LM1 may be a bittersweet celebration for some — MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser pinpoints it at 85-percent dark chocolate — since the edition is limited to 18 pieces.

The LM1 Final Edition is limited to 18 pieces in stainless steel, with a dark chocolate-brown face.

The Legacy Machine N° 1 Series
In 2011, MB&F was in its sixth year and had by then established the Horological Machines as a cornerstone of the modern independent watchmaking movement. Audacious design and a willingness to pursue unconventional forms, sparked by 1970s science fiction — these elements wrote the genome of the Horological Machines, from the twin intersecting lobes of Horological Machine N°1 to the sky-cleaving symmetries of Horological Machine N°4, nicknamed “Thunderbolt”.

Legacy Machine N°1 was launched that year, opening up the second collection of MB&F, with its own distinct design philosophy. A round case, white lacquer dials with an enamel-like gloss, Roman numerals, classically finished movement plates and bridges decorated with Geneva stripes and mirror-bright polished chamfers.

MB&F took the familiar codes of traditional high watchmaking and used them to frame the disruptive new features of Legacy Machine N°1. The suspended balance, the independent time displays and the vertical power reserve were horological world firsts when they appeared in the LM1. Iconoclasts don’t always have to come in denim and black motorcycle jackets. The LM1 subverted conventions in a novel way — a rebel in a three-piece suit.

Over the last six years, MB&F will have produced a total of approximately 435 pieces of the Legacy Machine N°1, making it the most prolific ambassador of MB&F besides the emblematic Horological Machine N°3.The LM1 has appeared in red gold, white gold, platinum and titanium, in faces of blue, grey and green. As testament to its versatility of expression, it has spawned two Performance Art pieces, the term that MB&F reserves for its collaborations with artists.

The 2014 Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang replaced the vertical power reserve indicator with a micro-sculpture and simultaneously injected a shot of otherworldly whimsy into the collection. Alain Silberstein, who previously worked with MB&F in 2009 on their Horological Machine N°2.2‘Black Box’, returned to the scene for 2016’s LM1 Silberstein, with its electrifying play on colours and textures.

The Legacy Machine N°1 Final Edition makes the last outing of the series in steel, with a dark chocolate face, wearing the white lacquer dials, suspended balance and gracefully arched power reserve indication in their well-known configuration. A new balance bridge, cambered and tapered in the style MB&F introduced to audiences in the Legacy Machine 101, is the one departure from the original design and acknowledges the evolution and maturation of the Legacy Machine collection.
While Legacy Machine N°1 may be giving way to make room for a new generation of MB&F creations, its presence will continue to be felt throughout the collection for as long as the Legacy Machine story is told.

The MB&F Final Editions
Legacy Machine N°1 was the first series of the Legacy Machine collection and is now also the first in the collection to have a Final Edition. Prior to this, HM2, HM3, HM4 and HM5 received an edition that formally marked the end of series production.

Completing an MB&F series is a major strategic decision and is central to the belief in continual exploration and development that is held by everyone at MB&F. Only by ending production of existing pieces are Maximilian Büsser and his team able to go on to future challenges while keeping the creative spark and momentum that comes with a compact organisation. Steel was chosen to house the Legacy Machine N°1 Final Edition, a precedent that may well distinguish any future MB&F Final Edition.

Evolutionary Bridge
The balance bridge of the Legacy Machine N°1 Final Edition is new in the LM1 series. It follows the aesthetic code premiered in the Legacy Machine 101, which has since been propagated in the LM2 series via its titanium incarnation, and in the Legacy Machine Perpetual.

The original LM1 came about as a reanimation of 19th-century design, particularly in association with technological advances. The open-worked balance bridge, with its sharply defined angles, echoed the girders and crossbeams of industrial structures showcased at the famous World’s Fairs of that era.

As the Legacy Machine collection grew into its own, its focus naturally shifted away from specific historical design references. A smoothly curved balance bridge with an elliptical cross section, milled from a single steel block and demonstrative of a high level of machining sophistication, was designed to fit the smaller proportions of the Legacy Machine 101.

Thereafter, it made its second appearance in the 2015 Legacy Machine Perpetual and again in the 2017 LM2 Titanium. The lithe, mirror polished arms of the redesigned balance bridge set it apart from the satin-finished bridge of the original LM1 — a small detail, seemingly, but one that magnifies the impact of the floating balance. The polished balance bridge clearly stands out against the sunray-finished base, cinematically emphasizing the aerial poise and height of the balance.

Legacy Machine No.1 is available in 18k red gold, 18k white gold, a limited edition of 33 pieces in platinum, a limited edition of 13 pieces for the M.A.D.Gallery Dubai in titanium and the final edition limited to 18 pieces in stainless steel. The LM1 was also the base for two Performance Art editions with artists Xia Hang and Alain Silberstein.

Technical details
Three-dimensional horological movement developed exclusively for MB&F by Chronode with bridge design and finishing specified by Kari Voutilainen
Manual winding with single mainspring barrel
Power reserve: 45 hours
Balance wheel: bespoke 14mm balance wheel with four traditional regulating screws floating above the movement and dials
Balance spring: traditional Breguet curve terminating in mobile stud holder
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
Number of components: 279
Number of jewels: 23
Superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th century style; polished internal bevel angles highlighting handcraft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; gold chatons with polished countersinks; hand-made engravings

FunctionsHours and minutes; completely independent dual time zones displayed on two dials; unique vertical power reserve
Left crown at 8 o'clock for setting time of left dial; right crown at 4 o'clock for setting time of right dial and winding

18k red gold or white gold, platinum 950, grade 5 titanium or stainless steel
Dimensions: 44mm diameter x 16mm height
Number of components: 65
High domed sapphire crystal on top and sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective coating on both sides

Black or brown hand-stitched alligator strap with 18k gold, platinum, titanium or stainless steel buckle matching the case

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