Friday, June 30, 2017

Jaquet Droz New SW Models

Powerful, assertive lines and a resolutely contemporary, immediately recognizable silhouette embody the full spirit of the new SW models unveiled by Jaquet Droz. Imposing yet light, masculine yet refined, these new timepieces exude a subtly re-imagined allure, inspired by the contrasting vertical- and circular-brushed finishes of the dial and bezel, for a unique reflection of light.
With their meticulously architectured forms, their creative use of materials – featuring both polished and satin finishes on original bracelets – and their fluted bezels, these 45 mm diameter models play with power and balance. This equation is magnified by the perfect symmetry of the plates located at the center of the dial, connecting the claws on either side of the case. Finally, the dialog between Roman and Arabic numerals merges as the two counters meet to form a figure 8, the symbol of infinity so dear to the history of Jaquet Droz.
But Jaquet Droz has gone even further, dedicating particular attention to the design of these models. The SW adopts a two-tone aesthetic bringing together steel and red gold, as well as an all-steel version that tastefully cultivates monochromatic shine. Crafted with three partially openworked links evoking the lugs’ design, the steel bracelets feature screws that echo those of the case, while the materials exude a sporty look thanks to rubber, found on the overmolding of the winding crown, and a Super-LumiNova coating on the tips of the hands. These two models are also available with a hand-embroidered black fabric strap featuring a steel folding clasp.

Technical details
Movement
Jaquet Droz 2663A.Si-S, self-winding mechanical movement with ruthenium treatment, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, 18-karat white gold oscillating weight
30 jewels
Power reserve: 68 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h

Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial

Models
Reference: J029030148
 
Case
Stainless steel screw-down crown with rubber cast
Diameter: 45 mm
Height: 11.93 mm
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 5 bar (50 meters)

Dial
Satin-finished black dial
Indices and numerals 5, 6 and 7 in white Super-LumiNova
18-karat white gold applied ring and plates
Hands: Hours, minutes and seconds with rhodium treatment, tips in white Super-LumiNova

Strap
Steel
Buckle: Stainless steel built-in folding clasp

Reference: J029030548
Case
Stainless steel screw-down crown with rubber cast
Diameter: 45 mm
Height:  11.93 mm
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 5 bar (50 meters)

Dial
Satin-finished black dial
Indices and numerals 5, 6 and 7 in white Super-LumiNova
18-karat white gold applied ring and plates
Hands: Hours, minutes and seconds with rhodium treatment, tips in white Super-LumiNova

Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made black fabric
Buckle: Stainless steel folding clasp

Reference: J029037141
Case
Stainless steel, 18-karat red gold bezel, screw-down crown with rubber cast
Diameter: 45 mm
Height: 11.93 mm
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 5 bar (50 meters)

Dial
Satin-finished black dial
Indices and numerals 5, 6 and 7 in white Super-LumiNova
18-karat red gold applied ring and plates
Hands: Hours, minutes and seconds in 18-karat red gold, tips in white Super-LumiNova

Strap
Stainless steel and 18-karat red gold
Buckle: Stainless steel built-in folding clasp

Reference: J029037541
Case
Stainless steel, 18-karat red gold bezel, screw-down crown with rubber cast
Diameter: 45 mm
Height:  11.93 mm
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Water resistance: 5 bar (50 meters)

Dial
Satin-finished black dial
Indices and numerals 5, 6 and 7 in white Super-LumiNova
18-karat red gold applied ring and plates
Hands: Hours, minutes and seconds in 18-karat red gold, tips in white Super-LumiNova

Strap
Rolled-edge hand-made black fabric
Buckle: Stainless steel folding clasp

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur is a new generation chronometer, made for the modern era. Named for the small, fast ships of that earlier era, whose agility ensured they easily out manoeuvred bigger ships; this is a timepiece for contemporary explorers. A lighter, thinner version of the iconic Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer, the Marine Torpilleur is made for young luxury watch enthusiasts.
Like its inspiration, the Marine Chronometer, the Torpilleur is powered by the self-winding in-house UN-118 movement, and features the same 60-hour power reserve and proprietary Silicium anchor escapement. The Marine Torpilleur also comes C.O.S.C-certified, and meets the equally stringent standards that allow it to proudly bear the Ulysse Nardin Performance Certificate.
Outstanding design is visible on the dial too, where the iconic features of the Marine collection are in evidence: the Roman numeral indexes, and the emblematic logo with its flash of red in “1846”. While the graceful hands possess the instantly recognizable shape of a Marine timepiece, they too are redesigned for the Marine Torpilleur. The small seconds at 6 o’clock encircles the date window, while the 60-hour power reserve indicator is at 12 o’clock.
The new Marine Torpilleur is available in three different models, and two different dials, in stainless steel and 18 kt rose gold.
Technical details
References
1182-310/40: 18 kt rose gold Marine Torpilleur with a white dial and leather strap with folding buckle
1183-310/40: Stainless-steel Marine Torpilleur with a white dial and leather strap with folding buckle
1183-310-7M/43: Stainless steel case with a blue dial and stainless steel bracelet

Movement
Calibre UN-118, 13 ¾‘’’
In-house designed movement
Escapement, patented DIAMonSIL
Oscillator: patented inertial balance wheel I 10 with silicium hairspring
Power-Reserve: approximately 60 h
Winding: self-winding

Functions
Chronometer COSC with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Small direct seconds and round date window at 6 o’clock
Forward and backward date corrector

Case
18 kt rose gold or stainless steel
Bezel: fluted, 18 kt rose gold or stainless steel
Crown: screw down security crown
Diameter: 42 mm
Water-resistance: 50 m
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: open case-back with sapphire crystal

Dial
White or blue with roman numerals

Strap

Leather strap with folding buckle or stainless steel bracelet

Retail price
€ 6‘900.-, CHF 6‘900.- (ref 1183-310/40)
€ 7‘600.-, CHF 7‘600.- (ref 1183-310-7M/43)
€ 17‘900.-, CHF 17‘900.- (ref 1182-310/40)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 KINGSMAN Special Edition - Exclusive to MR PORTER

In May, TAG Heuer announced its global partnership with MARV films and 20th century Fox for the upcoming new film from acclaimed director Matthew Vaughn, 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle', in cinemas worldwide on September 22nd 2017. TAG Heuer’s Connected Watch is the official watch of the Kingsman.

The TAG Heuer Connected Kingsman Special Edition will be sold online exclusively through MR PORTER, the award-winning global retail destination for men’s style for one month starting July 6th. This is a first for the Swiss watch brand following its online sales in China earlier this year.

On 28th June 2017, during an exclusive preview of footage from the highly anticipated Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the special edition of the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 was unveiled in London by Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Group Watch Division, alongside Kingsman: The Golden CircleDirector, Writer and Producer Matthew Vaughn and Toby Bateman, Managing Director of MR PORTER.
The TAG Heuer Connected watch was personally chosen by Matthew to be the timepiece of choice for his Kingsman agents.  The watches worn by the characters play a decisive role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, pivotal to the success of the Kingsman agents' missions. They needed watches that could withstand anything, be it underwater shots, fight scenes or stunts. Film-goers will see the Kingsman agents wearing the TAG Heuer Connected.
The Kingsman Special Edition reproduces the aesthetic adopted by the agents in the movie: pink gold lugs and an elegant leather strap with Kingsman print. The watch comes with a second strap in orange velvet, inspired by the iconic orange velvet smoking jacket worn in the film by Taron Egerton. The key difference between the Kingsman Special Edition and the core collection is in its dial functions. Available in either midnight blue or grey, it bears the Kingsman inscription and logo at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock. At 10:10, the dial vibrates for 10 seconds and the K-shaped logo appears. In a final nod to the film, the original Android Wear lighting function is replaced by the film's logo on the dial, in gold on a white background.
Starting July 6th, the Kingsman Special Edition will be exclusively available for one month via MR PORTER. It will appear as the first part in the wider Kingsman: The Golden Circle “costume to collection”, a continued collaboration between Matthew Vaughn and MR PORTER.

This is TAG Heuer's first global online launch, following its partnerships with Chinese online retailers JD.com and Tmall.com. The Kingsman program is part of the Swiss watch company's strategy to connect with a millennial audience and to build its e-commerce business.
The Swiss Made TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 was designed, developed and assembled in Switzerland by TAG Heuer, and features an original concept, which is brand new in the field of connected watches: the connected module is interchangeable with an Haute Horlogerie mechanical module — a 3-hands or COSC-certified Chronograph Tourbillon. The modular concept also applies to the lugs, the strap and the buckle. This is a genuine luxury watch, developed in collaboration with Intel: water-resistant to 50 metres, it features GPS, an NFC payment sensor, a stunning high-definition AMOLED display and a selection of infinitely customisable TAG Heuer dials, with Android Wear 2.0 and a new Companion App to enhance the software experience.

Hublot Big Bang Blue Limited Edition

On 27th June 2017, on the opening ceremony of the re-designed boutiques in Cannes and Saint-Tropez, Hublot presented the new Big Bang Blue watch collection.

After having reimagined its boutiques in Zermatt and Courchevel as Alpine huts, Hublot is lending a nautical air to its summer boutiques. Azure blue façades reflect the Mediterranean, while the interior walls panelled in aged oak suggest pontoons, with rope handles featuring sailor's knot, display cases combining wood and fabric in nautical colours, natural jute carpeting, and sand-coloured soft seating.
Ambassador Lapo Elkann – designer and style icon – accompanied by Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, has weighed anchor in the port of Saint-Tropez. Official Ribbon-cutting was replaced with a traditional ship launch ceremony, with rigging and a bottle of champagne broken across the "hull" ensuring fair winds blow for these two new vessels.
To celebrate summer a new watch is being released to showcase the blue of the sky and the sea. Housed in blue ceramic, the Big Bang Blue comes beach-ready with a blue and white natural rubber strap, or blue alligator strap, perfect for summer evenings. Under its cerulean skeleton dial, the UNICO manufacture movement, and its self-winding flyback chronograph with column wheel. Just 100 Big Bang Blue pieces are being released, initially available from the brand's summer boutiques in Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Porto Cervo, Capri and Mykonos – before calling at all Hublot boutiques across the world.
Ten years ago, Hublot set up one of its first boutiques within the walls of the legendary Hôtel Byblos in Saint-Tropez. In 2011, it took to the iconic heart of the village, Place de la Garonne. In 2017, the Hublot boutique in Saint-Tropez is adopting a nautical theme, along with its sister store, which opens its doors at 31 La Croisette in Cannes.
Technical details
Model: BIG BANG BLUE
Reference: 411.EX.5129.RX – Limited to 100 pieces

Case
Microblasted and polished blue ceramic
Diameter: 45mm
Thickness: 16.30mm
Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100m)
Bezel: Microblasted and polished blue ceramic
Bezel Lug: White composite resin
Lateral inserts: White composite resin
Screws « H »: Titanium, polished and microblasted
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment and HUBLOT logo printed on the inner side
Crown: Satin-finished and microblasted titanium
Pushers: Titanium, satin-finished
Case back: Microblasted blue ceramic engraved "LIMITED EDITION 100NUM" + “BOUTIQUE EXCLUSIVE”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment

Dial
Skeleton blue dial
Satin-finished rhodium-plated appliques with white luminescent
Hands: Satin-finished rhodium-plated with white luminescent

Movement
Hublot MHUB1242
Type: UNICO Manufacture Self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel
Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm; Thickness 8.05mm
No of Components: 330
Jewels: 38
Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power reserve: 72 Hours

Straps
Strap 1: White and Blue rubber
Strap 2: White rubber with blue alligator and blue stitching
Buckle: Titanium deployant buckle clasp

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI” (Ref. IW327007)

Swiss luxury watch manufacture IWC Schaffhausen is presenting a special version of the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII featuring the original design of the historic Pilot’s Watch Mark 11. In reference to the year in which the first Mark 11 was produced, this special edition is limited to 1,948 watches.

The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI” (Ref. IW327007) incorporates aspects of the iconic design of the historic Mark 11 such as the yellow “Balkenkreuz” insignia and baton hands. The small triangles at “3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock” and the hands are coated with luminescent material to ensure optimal legibility, even at night.
The model differs from the Mark XVIII from the current collection in that the indices are thinner and the triangular index at “12 o’clock” is not flanked by two dots. Like the original from 1948, the functional sports watch is worn on a green textile strap, also known as a Nato strap. A softiron cage protects the automatic calibre from magnetic fields and the sapphire glass is secured against sudden drops in pressure in the cockpit.
The Pilot’s Watch Mark 11 with a black dial and luminescent white Arabic numerals was produced in Schaffhausen from 1948 until the early 1980s. It was primarily supplied to the Royal Air Force but was also used by other Commonwealth armed forces. In 1994, a subsequent civilian model – the Mark XII – started the enduring tradition of Mark Pilot’s Watches, which have long since been among the most popular watches manufactured by IWC Schaffhausen. This special edition will be available exclusively from Harrods in London for three months starting in July 2017. After this, it will be available for purchase in all IWC boutiques and authorized retailers.

Technical details
Model: Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI” Ref. IW327007
Limited to 1,948 watches

Functions
Date display
Central hacking seconds

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

Case, dial and strap
Stainless-steel case
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 10.8 mm
Black dial, rhodium-plated hands
Green textile strap

Matthias Naeschke Table clock NT 10

The skeleton clock NT 10 by Matthias Naeschke is the second clock model from the German clockmaker using a glass dome for protection. Its base takes inspiration from ship floors and ship hulls. A highly polished and gilded 6mm brass plate with cut-outs and four levelling screws form the base.The upper base is made of finely grained Sapele wood and with its concave profile, it is reminiscent of the hull of a ship.
 
Fine inlays of maple further emphasize the maritime evocation. In the color spectrum of the woods, the radiant yellow gold as well as the silver accents of the clockwork blend together harmoniously. It rests on four classic shaped columns above the wooden base, showing the time on a chapter ring of hand-engraved sterling silver. All wheels of the clockwork run either in precision ball bearings or in ruby bearings.
The power reserve of one month is exceptional in this size of skeleton clock. The energy for this long running of the clockwork is provided by a barrel, which is concealed in the wooden base. It transmits its energy to a fusee via a very fine flexible 1mm steel cable. Due to its precisely designed shape, the fusee has the task of balancing declining mainspring forces as it unwinds, thus eliminating the resulting torque differences between fully wound and unwound.
The NT 10 table clock is provided with a proved and tested half-second compensation pendulum with regulation nut above the pendulum bob. Due to the one-month running time, this clock requires very little attention. Its luminescent transparency creates soothing ease and its fascinating mechanics, which can be observed from all angles, is highly engaging. It complements any living ambiance and is also an exquisite functional accessory.

Technical features
Movement
Matthias Naeschke Cal. 10
Power reserve 31 days
Barrel, fusee with fine steel cable
Skeletonized main plates of 4 mm brass and 3 solid pillars
All brass parts are mirror polished and gilded
Pinions and arbors hardened and polished
Dead-beat “Naeschke” escapement with round ruby pallets
Compensation pendulum beating 120/minute
4 precision ball bearings, 7 ruby bearings

Dial and Hands
Hand-engraved chapter ring of 1.5mm sterling silver
Roman or Arabic numerals possible
Flame-blued hands
A gilded bezel is fitted

Clock Case
Base of the case made of gilded brass, Sapele wood, Maple wood inlays and polished clear varnish
A hand-blown glass dome protects the clockwork from dust
Clockwork mounting on four solid metal columns
Four adjuster levelling screws

Dimensions
Height x width x depth: 50 x 32 x 25 cms

Variations
Matthias Naeschke offers different possibilities for customisation. The movement and parts can be finished in yellow gold, rose gold or rhodium. The wooden cases can be adapted to harmonize with existing interior decor.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BOVET Amadeo® Fleurier 43 “Two Bald Eagles” Grand Feu Enamel

Swiss luxury watch maker BOVET presents a unique timepiece born under the partnership between Ilgiz F. Equipped with a self winding mechanical movement, this timepiece comes dressed in a 43mm Amadeo® convertible case made with18 carat red gold. Special highlight of this timepiece is an enamel miniature painting of ”Two Bald Eagles” on 18k gold base plate of dial.
Technical details
Case
Type: Amadeo® convertible
Diameter: 43mm
Case Material: 18K red gold
Water Resistance: 30m

Movement
Caliber 11BA12
Type: Self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28’800 Vph
Power reserve: 72 hours

Dial
Fired enamel miniature painting of ”Two Bald Eagles” on 18k gold base plate

Functions
Hours and minutes

Bracelet
Full skin alligator
Buckle 18K red gold ardillon
Chain Gold-plated silver

Edition
Unique Piece

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jean Marcel Somnium Manual Winding (Ref.297.60.55.25)

Swiss watch brand Jean Marcel updates its SOMNIUM Collection by presenting an extremely thin mechanical watch. With a total height of 6.8mm only, the Jean Marcel SOMNIUM is one of the thinnest watches in the world without compromising on quality and longevity.
The JM H05 calibre based on a Swiss Made ETA Peseux 7001 movement with glucydur balance guarantees precision and reliability. Therefore a special certificate of accuracy is delivered with every single watch. Dials are protected by a non-reflective sapphire crystal -the company logo becomes visible by breathing on the crystal (Mystery effect). The eye catching movement is visible through a sapphire caseback. The SOMNIUM is limited to 300 pieces worldwide. The steel case is water-resistant up to 10 ATM.

Technical details
Model: Somnium manual-winding
Reference No. 297.60.55.25

Case
Stainless steel, Sapphire crystal, Sapphire case back
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 6,8 mm
Waterproof: 10 ATM
Anti reflective sapphire crystal
Sapphire case back

Movement
JM H05, manual-winding
Basic Caliber
Peseux 7001 Glucydur

Limitation300 pieces

Retail price
995,00 €

Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Super Sport in Rose Gold Black

The first Bugatti Super Sport (in White Gold) was presented in 2010. After two years, Parmigiani Fleurier created a Rose Gold version of this highly exclusive wrist watch.

The manually wound Calibre Parmigiani 372 (power reserve of 10 days) was designed in two planes in order to match the contours of this Bugatti watch. On the wrist, the movement of the watch is presented at a 90° angle. On the upside, the balance and escape wheel bridges form an arc, reminiscent of the Bugatti oval. The balance is entirely visible, as is the circular bridge of the power reserve, calibrated to 10 days and placed in the centre.
As striking aesthetic characteristics, the train wheels are once again cut in the form of car wheels, the plate and its 10 bridges, designed and decorated in line with Parmigiani Fleurier’s exclusive codes, adopt the pillar system already used on the Calibre 370 to support the assembly. Six sapphire crystals reveal the 333 components of the Bugatti Super Sport, which is water resistant to 10 metres.
The dial, made from black opaline with a gold base, a testimony to the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, has transparent sections in the centre which allow a glimpse of the hour wheel.

The exceptionally slender profile of the Bugatti Super Sport may evoke the fuselage of a wing, but was in fact designed to reference the emblematic form of the case lugs of a Parmigiani Fleurier watch. Bugatti hence becomes the unmistakable signature of the Parmigiani Fleurier style, adorned with the symbolic curves of the brand. Extremely ergonomic on the wrist, the two articulated lugs on the front of the Bugatti Super Sport ensure wearer comfort. The case of the new Bugatti’s 18 carat rose gold case is designed to reflect the tension lines of the Bugatti Veyron’s wings.
Brushed or polished, the tapered surfaces and chamfers come to life in the light, enhancing the generous volumes of the piece. The watch’s aerodynamic curves, which are reminiscent of those on the 1200 bhp Bugatti Veyron, are matched with an integral Hermès strap specially created for the occasion.

Technical details
Model: Bugatti Super Sport Rose Gold
Limited edition of 30 pieces

Movement
PF 372
Hand-wound movement
10-day power reserve
Two-plane calibre: height 15.96 mm, width 25 mm, length 37.01 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h 40 jewels. Two series-coupled barrels
Number of components: 333
“Côtes de Genève“decoration, circular-grained, sand-blasted and hand-bevelled main plates

Functions
Hour
Minute
Power reserve indicator

Case
Shaped case: 36.0 x 50.7 mm, height 22.7 mm
Material: rose gold 18 ct. Polished and satin-finished
Water resistance: 10 m
Six anti-reflective sapphire crystals
Front and topside crystals metallised around the outer rim
Unique dynamometric crown for time-setting and winding
Individual number engraved on the case-back and “Edition limitée XX/30”

Dial
Black opaline, polished EB applique, ovale applique black-gold, Delta-shaped hands with luminescent coating

Strap
Hermès alligator strap, rose gold folding buckle 18 ct with polished finish

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Diamond-set Mother of Pearl

This Tonda 1950 timepiece boasts an exquisitely precious and delicate Tahitian mother of pearl dial (Also available with white mother of pearl) inside the extra-flat stone-set case. These stone-set timepieces in rose or white gold will appeal to discerning women with a keen eye for detail. The Tonda 1950 stone-set model features no fewer than 84 brilliant cut diamonds, perfectly integrated in the bezel. Equipped with an extra-flat automatic movement with 29 jewels, housed inside a 39-millimetre case, the Manufacture model is a marvel of scaled-down elegance.  Its iconic tear-drop horns and sleek, feminine profile are guaranteed to turn heads.
However, its most striking feature is its dial, which is made from a fine layer of mother of pearl. Unlike the reflective properties of more common materials, mother of pearl is characterised by its iridescent sheen and its ability to breathe life into any surface it adorns. Synonymous with prestige, this noble material is obtained from the most beautiful pearls carefully selected by the manufacture.
The dial is available in two very different shades: Tahitian grey mother of pearl or white mother of pearl. The dial of the Tonda 1950 stone-set mother of pearl perfectly matches the rose or white gold of the watch’s case. Its delicacy is further underlined by its restrained delta hands and the applique indexes which reflect the silvery tones of the dial and ensure excellent readability.

This comfortable, feminine line is available with a choice of four elegant Hermès straps, depending on the colour of the mother of pearl and the case. For the white gold version, the purity of the mother of pearl is beautifully complemented by a sultry ember-red Hermès strap, while the Tahitian grey mother of pearl provides a stunning contrast with the chic white calfskin strap. The stone-set rose gold version boasts a fresh look, twinning an elephant-grey strap with the Tahitian mother of pearl, while the white mother of pearl version is matched with a Hermès crocodile strap in “ficelle”, a stylish beige which is a signature of the Brand.
With an autonomy of 42 hours, the PF 701 automatic movement is driven by a micro-oscillating weight in intricately decorated platinum. With 145 components, this movement features some of the finest Haute Horlogerie finishes, masterfully accomplished by Parmigiani Fleurier thanks to its independent, verticalised watchmaking centre. The exquisite Côtes de Genève is instantly recognisable on the back of the movement, where the bridges are decorated and bevelled in line with the purest horological traditions. Parmigiani Fleurier brings together technical skill and artistry in a timepiece which is both classic and contemporary.

Technical details
Tonda 1950 Diamond-set Mother-of-pearl Dial

Movement
PF 701
Self-winding. 42-hour power reserve
Calibre 13 ¼’’’– Ø 30 mm, thickness 2.6 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h
29 jewels, 1 barrel
Number of components: 145
“Côtes de Genève” decoration
Oscillating micro-weight made from 950 platinum

Functions
Hour
Minute
Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
3-part round case: Ø 39 mm
Thickness: 7.80 mm
Material: 18 ct rose gold or white gold. Polished finish
Bezel set with 84 «Brilliant» cut diamonds, Ø 1.20 mm (Top Wesselton, VVS, ~ 0.65 ct)
Water resistance: 30 m
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crowns: Ø 5 mm
Case-back with sapphire crystal
Individual number engraved on the case-back

Dials
Extra-white mother-of-pearl and Tahiti mother-of-pearl dials
Diamond-polished appliqués
Delta-shaped hands with luminescent coating

Straps
Hermès strap with 18 ct rose or white gold ardillon buckle, polished finish
Strap versions according to the color of watch dial and case:
Extra-white mother-of-pearl dial
- Hermès alligator strap “Rouge Braise” (White gold case)
- Hermès alligator strap “Ficelle” (Rose gold case)
Tahiti mother-of-pearl dial
- Hermès white calf leather strap (White gold case)
- Hermès alligator strap “Gris Elephant” (Rose gold case)

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Clarity

This high-jewellery interpretation of the Tonda 1950 boasts a sparkling gem-set dial inside the diamond studded gold case.

Five different sizes were chosen for the round diamonds that adorn the dial. Their dimensions and position are the result of meticulous calculation. The framework design evolved through a series of sketches to achieve the perfect softness in the transition between the stones, with the smallest at the centre, followed by larger ones, and smaller ones outside bordering the indices.
Each diamond has been carefully considered in order to play its part in a spectacular ensemble, in which the dial appears domed thanks to a beguiling trompe l’oeil effect. The stones shimmer in a unique, almost violent way; such is the brilliance of the light reflected from them. This complex and intensely vibrant structural concept is yet another example of Parmigiani Fleurier’s innovative might. 620 diamonds (totalling 2.495 carats) were used to decorate the dial and 84 (totalling 0.6460 carats) for the bezel.

The Tonda 1950 Clarity with rose gold case is available with a bracelet with links of the same metal, for a highly sophisticated ensemble. Parmigiani Fleurier has paired the white gold version with a mother of pearl calfskin strap.

Technical details
Model: TONDA 1950 CLARITY

Movement
PF701
Winding: Automatic
Power-reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21’600 A/h
Dimensions: 13 ¼’’’ – Ø 30.0 mm
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Components: 145
Jewels: 29
Barrel(s): 1
Decoration: “Côtes de Genève”, bevelled bridges

Functions
Hours, Minutes

Case
Shape: 3-part round case
Dimensions: Ø 39 mm
Thickness: 8.4 mm
Material: 18 ct rose gold/white gold
Diamonds: 84
Carats: 0.6460
Finishing: Polished
Water-resistance: 30 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 4.3 mm
Back: Sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number

Dial
Set with 620 diamonds for 2.495 cts
Colour: Full set
Index: Rose gold plated diamond-polished appliques
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Bracelet
18 ct rose gold bracelet with 18 ct rose gold folding buckle
White calf leather strap with 18 ct white gold Ardillon buckle

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire

The Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, Parmigiani Fleurier’s first Integrated Chronograph, was presented in 2016 to mark the 20th anniversary of the luxury watch manufacture.
An integrated chronograph is one of the complications requiring the most skill to create on an industrial scale. The chronograph relies on kinematics with a chain of actions, each one determining and triggering the next, and each sequence precisely synchronised and adjusted. Even the tiniest imperfection has a knock-on effect disrupting the entire movement.

Each element had to be integrated to the movement and restricted to a single main plate. The creators started with a blank sheet and after a careful research and development stage, they drew up and optimized the first integrated chronograph of the Parmigiani manufacture. This manually wound movement includes a chronograph, a split second function and a large date, all on the same main plate.

The PF361 movement encloses many cutting edge developments designed to increase its reliability:-
  • A 5 Hertz movement – 36,000 vibrations per hour: The higher the oscillation frequency, the more accurate the chronograph. A frequency of 5 Hertz, very rare for such a calibre, means that the chronograph’s seconds hand makes ten jumps or steps per second, thus enabling a precision to the 10th of second. Its rate is influenced by external factors, such as gravity or impacts, to a lesser degree and the hand moves with a gentle fluidity, unlike the more staccato movements of a chronograph with a lower frequency.
  • Column wheels instead of a cam: The movement is organised around a central column wheel which is the nerve centre of the chronograph, the part which synchronises all its elements. This component is more difficult to create and more precious than a simple cam, and lends the movement an elegance that can only come from this level of expertise. The column wheel is also perceptibly smoother when operating. This is referred to as a chronograph’s activation ergonomics. This movement has two column wheels, one to govern the chronograph, the other to drive the split second function in perfect synchronism.
  • A vertical clutch instead of a horizontal clutch: The vertical clutch is very difficult to create, but technically more accurate than the horizontal clutch. The action of this device boosts the accuracy of measurements by enabling the chronograph to start up both immediately and without the slightest initial jolt.
  • A balance secured by a cross-through bridge instead of a single attachment point, known as the ”cock“:  With the double attachment point on the cross-through bridge, the component regulating the movement, the balance, is more stable and robust. Its operation is not disrupted following an impact, a desirable attribute since the chronograph is, above all, a piece of sports equipment. On the other hand, this cross-through bridge has been designed so that its height can be adjusted, to adapt it very precisely to the rest of the movement. The precision of the assembly is thus complete.
 
Split Second and Large Date
The Split Second: Perfectly integrated into the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire’s PF361 movement, this complication enhances the chronograph with its potential to measure split times. Its principle rests on an additional hand known as the ”split second hand“ which sits on top of the central chronograph seconds hand, or ”trotteuse“, and is permanently linked to it (when started, stopped and reset). However, once the central seconds hand is running, if the additional push-piece for the split second on the crown is activated, the hand comes out of the shadows: it stops, while the central seconds hand continues to run. After reading this split time, pressing the push-piece on the crown again will bring the split second hand back in line with the central seconds hand, to continue running alongside it. This manoeuvre can be repeated as many times as is necessary.
The split second hand is driven by the movement’s second column wheel, using a mechanism which indexes it to the chronograph’s central seconds hand and releases it for the split timing measurements. This complication requires a second kinematic chain, in addition to that of the chronograph, which presents a major challenge for adjustment.

The Large Date: Lastly, this movement comprises a Large Date which is also integrated into the movement, rather than added to an additional module. The purpose of this development is to keep the movement as slim as possible, whilst retaining technical reliability. Managing to insert a large date into a calibre with an integrated chronograph is a logistical challenge, considering the spatial constraints involved. The creators of the watch therefore maximised the usable surface to create the perfect space to house the 13 mm discs. The large date appears at 12 o’clock, behind a double counter with gold appliques.
The Special Anniversary Gold Movement
The launch of this first integrated chronograph coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Parmigiani Fleurier brand. Christened ”Tonda Chronor Anniversaire“, this first model in a long future line comprises a gold movement to highlight its prestige. Every aspect of working with gold during a manufacture process was complicated. Gold sticks to the tools; it is malleable and easily deforms; all the machines must be completely recalibrated and each cutting parameter needs changing.
Successfully manufacturing a movement this complex from gold demonstrates an imposing level of expertise. Its decoration, no less technical, required more than 50 hours of work for each unit. Each movement has bridges which are cut concentrically from the balance, with the latter framed as the epicentre of the fresco. These bridges are openworked to reveal the mechanism which beats at its surface, and the two symmetrical column wheels parallel to the crown’s staff. This assembly is enhanced by the sandblasted satin finish, while the internal angles on the bridges play with the light, accentuated by the gold’s reflections.

Dials and Signature
The Tonda Chronor Anniversaire with gold movement is available with either a white gold or rose gold case, each of which will be produced in a limited run of 25 pieces to mark this anniversary. The dials feature ”grand feu“ enamel in two shades to match the choice of case. The first is white, one of Parmigiani Fleurier’s specialities, with the flawless, luminous texture that only enamel can bestow. The second is a deep blue which changes with the angle, turning a dark purple in some lights. This colour, called ”Bleu Roi“ (royal blue) is a new addition to Parmigiani Fleurier’s very rich palette of colours, and has been specially developed for the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire. Another special design feature, the ardillon buckle takes the shape of Parmigiani Fleurier’s iconic lug. This development celebrates the Anniversary piece with an aesthetical wink to the brand’s origins and will be pursued on many other models to come.
Finally, as a grand exclusivity for this Anniversary model, Michel Parmigiani’s signature is featured on the barrel’s drum and surrounded by a myriad of lug shapes, representative of Parmigiani Fleurier’s watch profile. This signature and the elements surrounding it were not engraved but on the contrary brought out, meaning that the whole surface surrounding them was lowered with a laser, allowing the emblems to stand emphasized. This constellation of symbols is unveiled gradually behind the open-worked gold movement, as the barrel spins gently on its axis.
Technical details
Model: TONDA CHRONOR ANNIVERSAIRE

Movement
PF361 – 18 ct rose gold
Winding: Manual
Power-reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 5 Hz – 36’000 A/h
Dimensions: 13 ½’’’ – Ø 30.6 mm
Thickness: 8.5 mm
Components: 317
Jewels: 35
Barrel(s): 1
Decoration: Pierced, drawn hand-bevelled main plates

Functions
Hours, Minutes
Small second at 6 o’clock
Large date
Chrono 1/10 sec – large second – 12h et 30 min counters
Split second rattrapante function

Case
Shape: 3-part round case
Dimensions: 42.10 mm
Thickness: 14.6 mm
Material: 18 ct white gold/18 ct rose gold
Finishing: Polished
Water-resistance: 30 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 7.2 mm
Back: Sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number “EDITION LIMITEE XX/25“ ”1996-2016“

Dial
Colour: Blue or white
Index: 18-ct rose gold/ White gold appliques
Finishing:”Grand feu“ enamel coating
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Material: Alligator
Colour: Black or Etruscan
Brand: Hermès
Buckle Type: Ardillon

Parmigiani Fleurier Tecnica Ombre Blanche

Introduced in 2014, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tecnica Ombre Blanche is one of the most complex timepieces in haute horlogerie as its mechanism houses a Minute Repeater, Tourbillon and Perpetual Calendar - three complications integrated into a single complete movement.

Tecnica Ombre Blanche features a stunning Grand Feu enamelled dial, created using the champlevé technique. The process in this case consists of engraving a gold base by creating a hollow which corresponds to the dial area. The enamel is then applied to this bas-relief with a paintbrush and the whole piece is exposed to very high temperatures so that the vitreous enamel melts and fuses. Several layers of enamel are successively applied, then fired, until the hollow is filled. The result is a dazzling white dial whose myriad enamel layers create an interplay of light which brings it to life; a perfectly flat, satin-finished dial, which nevertheless gives an exquisite impression of depth.
This interplay of light extends to the design of the case on the Tecnica Ombre Blanche and, more specifically, to its lugs. The side of its iconic lugs, traditionally straight and elongated, has been bevelled on this model, making it ever so slightly rounded. Although this is a tiny and almost imperceptible change, it makes a subtle difference to the appearance of the lug; it is no longer delineated by the concrete line of the material, but rather is discreetly highlighted.

On looking at it, the lug appears unchanged; however it is its softness and sophistication which catches the eye. The rose gold case is very slender for a timepiece which includes a minute repeater. The Tecnica Ombre Blanche is characterised by the quest for refinement which drives many creations by Parmigiani Fleurier. This is why the minute repeater is activated by pivoting a knurled bezel  which is delicately integrated into the profile, as a traditional side bolt would have disrupted the harmony of the timepiece.

The precious finishing touch made to the timepiece is a unique decoration on the bridges of the movement. It uses a very intricate guilloché technique, formed of thousands of ribbed lines which are parallel, but without creating a rigid geometric pattern. This decorative work is significantly more complex than a classic “Côte de Genève”; it generates a wave effect which animates the bridges and brings the fresco to life, reflecting light in all directions.

The minute repeater is wound elegantly by rotating a knurled ring under the bezel a quarter turn clockwise. This sophisticated activation mechanism represents a challenge in terms of water resistance, as the surface area to be protected from water is much larger than a traditional side bolt.

The rose gold case has been designed to ensure that the minute repeater chime has the best possible resonance in an optimal space. The chimes on the Tecnica Ombre Blanche are called “cathedral” chimes as they form two sets of gongs around the case; this greatly amplifies the acoustic quality compared with a single set, but the watchmaker’s work on the housing is considerably more difficult. The minute repeater chimes the hours, quarter hours and minutes with an exceptional chime, immediately signalling the Tecnica Ombre Blanche’s eligibility for a place in the watchmaking Hall of Fame.

Technical details
Model: TECNICA OMBRE BLANCHE

Movement
Calibre: PF351
Winding: Manual
Minute repeater, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, & power reserve movement
Sounds the hours, quarter-hours and minutes on 2 cathedral gongs
Power-reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21.600 A/h
Dimensions: 13’’’ – Ø 29.90 mm
Thickness: 7.7 mm
Components: 504
Jewels: 39
Barrel(s): 1
Decoration: Hand-bevelled main plate and bridges

Functions
Hours and minutes
Tourbillon
Minute repeater wound by the bezel
Perpetual Calendar
Power reserve indication

Case
Shape: 3-part round case
Dimensions: Ø 45.00 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Material: 18 ct rose gold
Finishing: Polished
Water-resistance: 10 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 7 mm
Back: Sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number

Dial
Material: 18 ct rose gold
Colour: White
Index: 18-ct rose gold appliqués

Bracelet
Material: Alligator – Colour: Havana
Brand: Hermès
Buckle type: Ardillon

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Quaestor Ripple

The aesthetics of the Toric Quaestor Ripple are inspired by a Japanese garden. These idyllic settings sometimes contain small islands of fine sand which is sculpted into concentric waves and scrolls reminiscent of tranquil waters. This is the pattern reproduced on the dial of the Toric Quaestor Ripple, a unique piece that pays tribute to the Zen philosophy at the heart of Japanese culture.

The dial of the Toric Quaestor Ripple is made from solid gold. It is hand engraved to create the waves of the pattern at various depths, creating a captivating sense of perspective. Each ripple has been engraved and hammered by hand to ensure that the boundary with the adjacent ripple is perfectly clear, yet very fine and subtle. The white gold of the case appears to extend the engraving, with the gadroons and knurling typical of the Toric middle. A ruby cabochon set on the crown completes the picture. This unique piece features a Havana Hermès strap in alligator leather.
The Minute Repeater on the Toric Quaestor Ripple has a Flywheel which replaces the traditional pallet fork, and represents an innovation in Parmigiani Fleurier’s haute horlogerie collection.

In addition to ensuring a constant supply of energy to the spring to regulate the speed of the percussions, this device improves the function of the minute repeater by eliminating its mechanical hum. While its counterpart, the pallet fork, operates with the jerky motion of a toothed wheel, the flywheel ensures complete mechanical silence, preserving only the melodious sound of the cathedral chimes.

The case in white gold has been forged to ensure perfect acoustics for the minute repeater chime, which means the sound wave oscillates at the optimal frequencies inside the case. The Toric Quaestor Ripple features “cathedral” chimes, a watchmaking term which means they form two sets of gongs around the case. This amplifies the acoustic quality compared with a single set, but the watchmaker’s work on the housing is considerably more difficult. The minute repeater chimes the hours, quarter- hours and minutes with a unique melody, marking the Toric Quaestor Ripple as a genuine horological masterpiece.

Technical details
Movement
PF349
Minute repeater movement, power reserve indication, sounding the hours, quarter-hours and minutes
Cathedral chimes with two gongs
Device for disengaging time-setting while the chime is sounding
H-Q-M sequence uninterrupted thanks to a regulator flywheel
Winding: Manual
Power-reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21.600 A/h
Dimensions: 13’’’ – Ø 30.00 mm
Thickness: 6.55 mm
Components: 394
Jewels: 35
Barrel(s): 1
Decoration: Hand-bevelled main plate and bridges

Functions
Hours, Minutes
Minute repeater

Case
Shape: 3-part round case
Dimensions: Ø 46 mm
Thickness: 13.2 mm
Material: 18 ct white gold
Finishing: Polished
Water-resistance: 10 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 7 mm
Back: Sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number and “MODELE UNIQUE”

Dial
Material: 18 ct gold
Colour: Rose gold
Finishing: Hand-engraved by theme
Hands: Javelin-shaped with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Material: Alligator
Colour: Havana
Brand: Hermès
BUCKLE Type : Ardillon

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Quaestor Labyrinthe

Under its subtle shades of jade green, the Toric Quaestor Labyrinthe contains a minute repeater which uses several special design features to produce an exceptionally pure melody.

Firstly, the movement is integrated into the case with greater stability thanks to an additional fixing point. Located just below the chime, a small piece links the pawl of the chime to the case, thereby ensuring that it is perfectly fixed and allowing the sound to reverberate without any interference from the vibrations.

Secondly, this movement has a flywheel, which is a major innovation. Apart from ensuring a constant supply of energy to the spring, this device allows the minute repeater to operate without any mechanical humming. While previous devices functioned with the jerks of a toothed wheel, the flywheel ensures total mechanical silence, leaving only the sound of the melodious chime each time it is struck. Finally, the generously- sized platinum case is specially designed to provide perfect acoustics which allow the sound waves to oscillate at the best frequencies.
The dial on this piece consists of two layers which make up the labyrinth. The bottom layer is a disc of extremely precious Burmese jade, onto which an open-worked white gold plate is superimposed to form the branching passages of the labyrinth. This plate is first machined using CNC machines, before undergoing a finishing process, which itself represents more than 35 hours of work. Each segment length or contour in the labyrinth is bevelled by hand. Fifty-two internal angles further emphasise the depth and beauty of the maze.

Technical details
Model: Toric Quaestor

Movement
PF 357
Hand-wound
72-hour power reserve
Calibre 13’’’– Ø 29.30 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h
35 jewels, minute repeater on 2 “cathedral” gongs with chime rhythm regulator flywheel, device for disconnecting time-setting while the chime is operating
Rhodium-plated bridges with Côtes de Genève, hand-polished bevelling and backing, steel parts circular-grained lengthwise

Functions
Hour
Minute
Small seconds
Minute repeater
Power reserve

Case
Round case: Ø 46.00 mm
Thickness: 13.20 mm
Material: 950 platinum. Polished finish
Double knurled bezel
Water resistance: 10 m
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crown: Ø 7.00 mm, sapphire cabochon
Case-back with sapphire crystal
Individual number engraved on the case-back

Dial
Material: Burma jade and 18 ct gold
Javelin-shaped hands with Superluminova

Strap
Leather Hermès alligator strap with knurled 18 ct gold ardillon buckle, polished finish

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Capitole (The Toric Minute Repeater Wristwatch with Sector Display)

Inspired by the Perrin Frères signed pocket watch (Neuchatel) dating from the early 19th Century, and now owned by the EMSF, the Toric reprises the special sector time display function, but in a movement made entirely by the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture.

Initially restored by its restoration workshop, the pocket watch had already revealed quite a lot of secrets. In complete synergy, the Parmigiani Fleurier restoration workshop and the department dedicated to grand complication development pooled their knowledge to develop this new movement.
The Calibre PF 321 features a Minute Repeater with cathedral chimes, plus an additional module dedicated to the sector time display. The time is displayed in a half-moon aperture, comprising 60-minute indexes with each quarter-hour sector in 5-minute subdivisions. The hour (1 to 12) has an Arabic numeral display, whose progress can be tracked from the first to sixtieth minute, before the next hour appears. The module incorporates a rotary system comprising three planetary gears with four arms, each end of which bears a number. Directly meshed with the hour wheel, the set of discs is driven via a cam system, which brings up the next hour as soon as the previous one has run its course.
On the dial side, a large bezel surrounding the perimeter of the double-knurled case and the central part of the watch acts as the main decoration. Made from white gold, and hand-engraved with geometric patterns, then covered with translucent enamel, it highlights the sector aperture, and therefore the hour and minute display. This portion of the dial, made from white mother-of-pearl, is applique indexed.
On the back of the calibre, the blued steel cathedral gongs come in the highly original form of a snake coiling round the movement, perfectly visible through the sapphire crystal case-back.

Made to mark the”Mechanical Wonders“exhibition in 2011 in New York, the Toric Minute Repeater model bears its individual number and the name of the exhibition engraved on the case-back, made from white gold.

Technical details
Model: Toric Minute Repeater Watch with Sector Display

Movement

PF321
Sector display and minute repeater
Hand-wound movement
45-hour power reserve
Calibre 12 ¼’’’– Ø 28 mm
Total thickness 8.55 mm
Frequency: 2.5 Hz – 18,000 vib/h. 33 jewels
Hand-bevelled main plate and bridges
Fluted cathedral chimes

Functions
Display of the hour and minutes per sector
Minute Repeater

Case
Round 3-part case: Ø 45 mm. Thickness: 12.9 mm
Material: 18 ct white gold. Polished finish
Water resistance: 10 m
Hand engraved and knurled bezel
Shaped anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crown: Ø 7 mm
Case-back with sapphire crystal

Dial
White mother-of-pearl, applique indices

Strap
Leather Hermes alligator strap with 18 carat white gold ardillon buckle, polished finish

CYRUS Watches : Brand Info

CYRUS is a young and dynamic luxury watch brand founded by Julien and Laurent Lecamp. This Swiss watch brand is named after the conqueror Cyrus the Great, who 2,500 years ago was considered the king of the "four corners of the world". The headquarters of CYRUS WATCHES are located in Versoix, in the State of Geneva, Switzerland. The brand introduced its first two watch collections KUROS and KLEPCYS, at Geneva Time Exhibition 2011.

The CYRUS watch brand is closely related to two important figures of watchmaking region : Jean-François Mojon & Thomas Borer. Jean-François Mojon, winner of the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève in 2010, and designer of the De Grisogono’s Meccanico and Harry Winston’s Opus X - has co-operated with CYRUS to produce the Klpecys timepiece Collection . Thomas Borer, the renowned businessman and former Swiss ambassador to Germany is the Brand ambassador for CYRUS Watches.
Origin of CYRUS Watch brand
Laurent and Julien are driven by the spirits of inventiveness and competitiveness, as well as the constant search for quality. Through their joint efforts and knowledge, they have given life to CYRUS.

Their unity and strength originate from their close family ties. They are double cousins; their fathers are brothers and their mothers are twins. They have been working on their ever accompanying project non-stop for several years. During the course of their studies, it seemed that their paths might separate for good. Lauren graduated at a business school in France while Julien became an architect and dreamed of realizing his plan of constructing a tower in Dubai.

Their professional experience has contributed greatly to the joint project while their abilities and knowledge complement each other, thanks to their distinctive characters. Being part of the international life has enriched their knowledge of people, their desires and needs. As an architect, Julien has undertaken the design and development of products. He is the person responsible for 3D animations as well as the complete graphic image of the trademark.

In close cooperation with Laurent, Julien, the architect and engineer, is responsible for the design, materials, and new trends. Laurent has been marketing and selling watch-making products in more than 60 countries for several years, and can therefore take advantage of his excellent knowledge of different markets and their requirements. Field work has provided him with even more benefits. He is a professor in the field of luxury products at business schools in France (EDHEC, SKEMA), and the University of Geneva (UNIGE). His global and integrated vision of the luxury product trade has guided him in taking over the company management. He also designed the marketing strategy and introduced the application of marketing and commercial tools.

Even though some people believe they like to play with ideas and turn things upside down, Julien and Laurent have decided to combine their knowledge in the realization of a watch-making project. This is how they began conquering wrists around the world. A Swiss investor, a visionary, who wishes to remain anonymous, has provided exceptional help to CYRUS. Without hesitation, the patron has shown confidence in the young cousins and decided to actively participate in the development and shaping the focus of the trademark. The headquarters of CYRUS WATCHES are located in Versoix, in the State of Geneva. The production and the after-sales service department are located in Le Locle, along with the research and development centre.

Historical importance of CYRUS brand Name
The name of the brand should reflect its values. The choice of name may often be difficult – unless the choice is evident in itself. As a name and personality, CYRUS matches the philosophy of the homonymous company perfectly.

CYRUS’s (or more accurately, CYRUS THE GREAT’s) talents did not include those which would designate him for the watch-making trade. Nevertheless, he became one of the key historic figures who inspired entire nations and altered their destinies – a harbinger of historic change from over 2,500 years ago. Historians describe CYRUS as a powerful, gifted, open-minded, and noble warrior. While respecting religious pluralism, he liberated conquered nations and treated his enemies as his friends. He embodied values which are scarce nowadays. Some consider CYRUS to be the precursor of the founders of human rights.

The famous Cyrus Cylinder is considered the first charter on human rights. In 1971, it was translated by the UN into all official languages. With this charter, Cyrus wished to extend his empire, institute religious tolerance, abolish slavery, and provide a free choice of profession. All of the events mentioned above occurred over 2,500 years ago.

Laurent and Julien have chosen the name CYRUS without hesitation due to the perfect harmony of his triumphant spirit and respect for human values with the spirit of their newly-founded trademark. Upon the first glance of a CYRUS watch you will notice the new and triumphant design that makes them unique and recognizable at first sight. Due to the extraordinary quality of their mechanisms, the watches, especially those of the KLEPCYS collection (a tribute to BABYLON, the scientific and intellectual centre, which was conquered by CYRUS), have been awarded two unique global patents.

A reminder of the CYRUS era: all precious metal watch collections are available in an 18-carat red gold medallion. It represents a replica of an antique coin now owned by CYRUS. The coin was fashioned in the kingdom of Lydia. Lydia was ruled by a rich king, Croesus, who CYRUS defeated. Later, Croesus became his advisor and faithful friend. Initially, the coin was made from alluvial golden sand deposited by the river Pactolus which flows through the territory once ruled by King Croesus.

The Logo
The logo is the result of long and careful deliberation. The trademark logo reflects its energy and inspiration. The impression of roundness and perfection is reflected in the logo – in its graphic design and font type. The roundness which leaves nothing to chance is reflected by the watch cases, designed in accordance with the trademark’s principles. A similar inspiration can also be found in the company’s visual message (a sphere in the centre) and the store product display (a three-dimensional sphere is the centre of the display).

The three parts (circular sectors) are in perpetual motion. Their tops are open so that the energy can pass through them all the way to the core – the heart of the trademark. In it, all the energy of the trademark is concentrated. Three (rounded) sectors in perpetual motion represent the three main collections which comprise the trademark.

The name CYRUS is written in a special font in perfect synergy with the three-sector circle. The three parts may also be recognized visually in the name; the letters CY represent the first element in the form of a semicircle, the middle letter R creates balance, and the letters US conclude the word and mirror the first semicircular element. The name also forms a complete circle which symbolizes the energetic integrity. And lastly, the final detail: the name “Geneva” denotes the company’s headquarters. They are located in one of the best known Swiss cantons, alongside the headquarters of numerous other watch-making companies.

Watch Collections
Klepcys Collection
An imposing case with a diameter of 48 mm (including the crowns) boasts four walls in the shape of horns with a high quality finish, and encompasses the main watch mechanism. The slanting lugs for a black crocodile leather strap fit the wrist perfectly. The visible screws remind one of the three-part Cyrus brand logo. The retrograde hand moves along the 180° axis and changes colour (while rotating across 180 degrees) depending on the time of day (day or night).
Regardless of the hand’s position, minutes and seconds discs are always aligned and accurate during the linear reading of time. This patented alignment is based on a one-of-a-kind mechanism which controls the speed of the (retrograde and rotating) hours, minutes, and seconds wheels. As far as the date display is concerned the units digits (from 0 to 9) rest one on top of the other, while the tens digits change before the units digits. Once the tens digit reaches the figure 9, the figure moves in a retrograde manner and rotates by 90 degrees. It simultaneously makes way for the space for the next tens digit which is placed before the units digit 0.

Finally, the tribute to the famous Tower of Babel, “which towered to the heavens“, takes the form of a full moon with realistic crater images which links the watch to the sky. The lunar phases are represented by a black patch which gradually covers the full moon. When the moon is fully covered, the three-section Cyrus brand logo becomes visible. Time eventually conquers the waning moon. Three exceptional functions were developed in cooperation with Jean-François Mojon, the renowned developer who received the Best Watchmaker award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

Kambys Collection
The name Kambys comes from Cambyses which was the name of Cyrus The Great’s son and successor. The first letter has been changed to match the first letter of the other collections: Kuros and Klepcys. The ‘K’ stands for King, a reminder of Cyrus The Great. Cyrus has dared to launch a timepiece with manual twin-barrel winding and a seven-day power reserve.
The movement (290 components, 50 jewels) is a 100% in-house Manufacture movement, created under the aegis of renowned, award-winning Swiss watchmaker Jean-François Mojon. The design of the watch is not round like most watches, but instead the tonneau-shaped (with a 50 mm, including the crowns) modified to fit most wrists. This timepiece features three different functions. The eye-catching power reserve (between 2 and 4 o’clock) will captivate you with its three barrels sliding progressively along a vertical axis as the seven days unfold...Each barrel has a power reserve of two days, apart from the final barrel (three days). The seconds function is truly original and technically advanced, with its three bevelled hands, each of which counts 20 seconds before passing the baton to the next hand.

Then there is the secret animation (between 9 and 12 o’clock), which is activated by simply pressing the crown at 9 o’clock. The text ‘limited edition’ then appears. Press it again, and the Cyrus Coin (the first coin in the history of humanity, produced under the reign of Cyrus the Great) appears to replace the previous inscription. Press one last time and... give flight to your imagination. The Cyrus logo appears, but if you so desire, we can personalize this animation according to your wishes. The design of the bracelet has also been carefully thought out. A perfect continuation of the curve of the timepiece, the strap also has at its centre an opening, at the heart of which there are three barrels in a mechanism which recalls the ‘abacus’ design of the power reserve.

Kuros Collection
The name Kuros comes from the Greek for Cyrus, the founder of Achaemenid Empire. The design of the Kuros collection does not aim to mimic or reinvent. Instead it represents the necessity of evolving in a departure from the conformism of the current era.

A case with a diameter of 44 mm (including the crowns) boasts four walls in the shape of horns with high-quality finish, and encompasses the main watch mechanism. The slanting lugs designed to hold a spare rubber strap fit the wrist perfectly.
Its original design makes one long for the future and is the result of years of work and research. The watch displays hours, minutes, seconds, and the date (in the Cyrus font), and it is also equipped with a chronograph function. The face is fitted with three-dimensional hands (3D) and an easy-read function. In a single glance, you can read the time at night or during the day (the hands are treated with Super-LumiNova), while a special hand, which can measure time up to or down from 4 hours and 30 minutes, enables the exact reading of hours and minutes in the chronograph function. An attentive observer is sure to notice the crown next to the figure 9 and ponder on its purpose. In the end, the crown was added with the purpose of creating balance, and especially to remind the user of the limited series, and reveal the watch number. By moving the crown to the left, the serial number of your watch is disclosed mysteriously on the plate fitted at the base. An individual series is limited to only 188 watches.

The case back of every Kuros collection watch made of a gold and titanium alloy contains an identical copy of a more than 2,500-year-old coin, fashioned during the reign of Cyrus. Every titanium product from the Kuros collection is engraved with a special message for the owner, either on the coin or around the trademark logo: “Share the values of Cyrus the Great, the powerful conqueror, considered as the precursor of human rights. His spirit of conquest is still living in this timepiece.



Official website : http://www.cyrus-watches.ch/

Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraphe (Edition 2013)

Introduced in 2009 as the part of Parmigiani Fleurier’s Haute Horlogerie collection the Tondagraphe celebrated two major new features: a grand complication combining a chronograph and a tourbillon at six o’clock, housed in an elegant white gold case. In 2013, Parmigiani Fleurier re-issued this model in two editions limited to ten pieces.
Combining the hypnotic beauty of the tourbillon with the technical prowess of the chronograph, this model is brought to life by the manufacture calibre PF 354 which boasts a 72-hour power reserve and comprises 295 components.
The bevelling of the two tourbillon bridges alone requires 20 hours of work to achieve the required quality of finish, and the cage will take almost 40 hours. But the tourbillon is the horological complication that requires the greatest skill; its mechanism is the personification of time itself. Standing out perfectly on the dial at 6 o’clock, the cage that encloses the regulating organ turns on its axis at a rate of one rotation a minute: the heart of the watch seems to beat and breathe life into the assembly.
The main aesthetic developments for this model are seen in the style of the dial, which offers a new balance. While it has retained its organisation and the original combination of materials, it demonstrates a desire for clarity and a return to the essential. The inclusion of new understated and elegant Parmigiani numerals makes it easy to read, while the two second and minute chronometer counters stand opposite each other in the centre of the dial. At 12 o’clock, the power reserve also boasts this same spirit and echoes the decorations on the tourbillon. The wearer can admire the bevelling of its bridge, and the perlage work on the barrel. True to the same style codes and quality of finish, these functions are showcased by a snailed circular dial, which is both fresh and dynamic.

Technical details

Model: Tondagraphe Tourbillon – Chronograph

Movement
PF 354
Tourbillon movement – hand-wound chronograph
72-hour power reserve
Calibre 13 ¼’’’– Ø 29.90 mm
Thickness: 7.6 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h
29 jewels
Number of components: 295
Hand-bevelled main plate and bridges

Functions
Hour
Minute
Power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
¼ second chronograph (large central seconds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock)

Case
3-part round case: Ø 43 mm. Thickness: 13.3 mm
Material: 18 ct white gold. Polished finish
Water resistance: 30 m
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crown: Ø 7 mm
Case-back with sapphire crystal
10-piece numbered edition
Individual numbering on the case-back

Dial
Opaline dial outer and counters, circular snailed inner, applique indexes
Delta-shaped hands with luminescent coating

Strap
Hermès alligator leather strap with 18 carat gold ardillon buckle, polished finish