Thursday, August 31, 2017

Longines Avigation BigEye

The Swiss watch brand Longines expands its Heritage collection by reissuing a legendary chronograph with a design inspired from the pilot watches of 1930s.

The Longines Avigation BigEye is inspired by a chronograph whose aesthetic is typical of the great age of aviation. True to the spirit of pilots’ watches, this model displays a very readable dial with a focus on the minute counter and impressive push buttons that enable the wearer to handle them while wearing gloves.
The 41 mm diameter case of The Longines Avigation BigEye houses a L688 column wheel chronograph movement produced exclusively for Longines. Its semi-glossy black dial is decorated with Arabic numerals coated with SuperLuminova©, and displays a small second hand at 9 o'clock as well as a 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock.
The oversized 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock adds a touch of aesthetic originality to this timepiece. The domed sapphire crystal front glass and brown leather watch strap add vintage elegance to the piece.

Technical details
The Longines Avigation BigEye
Reference number: L2.816.4.53.2/4

Calibre   
Self-winding mechanical movement with column wheel chronograph mechanism
Calibre L688.2 (ETA A08.L01)
13¼ lines, 27 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
54 hours of power reserve

Functions   
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o'clock
Chronograph: Central 60-second hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock
   
Case   
Round, 41 mm, steel
Domed sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective treatment
Special engraving on the caseback
Water resistance: To 3 bar (30 metres)  

Dial   
Semi-glossy black dial, 9 Arabic numerals coated with SuperLuminova©
Hands: Sand-blasted and rhodium-plated, hour and minutes hands coated with SuperLuminova®

Strap   
Brown leather (calf) with buckle

Hublot Big Bang Las Vegas Special Edition

On 25 August, Hublot hosted a one-of-a-kind experience and ribbon cutting ceremony with boxing legends to officially open its new Hublot Boutique in Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops – an enlarged store next to its previous location. To commemorate Hublot’s new boutique and renewed partnership with undefeated eleven-time, five-division professional boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., the brand released a limited-edition capsule collection of four Vegas boutique exclusive Big Bang Las Vegas Special Edition styles.
The new Hublot boutique features a one-of-a-kind King gold motif and includes its own VIP lounge and bar, which can only be found at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. To complement the location, the ceiling is covered in the same signature sky pattern for which the legendary arcade is known. The store carries a large assortment of rare and limited edition pieces, including the new limited edition capsule collection exclusive to Las Vegas.
The Big Bang Las Vegas Special Edition pieces, all in the signature Hublot “All Black” motif, are adorned with black diamonds in different cuts, a diamond “lucky number 7” on the dial, and a caseback featuring the “Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, with black alligator “Hornback” straps stitched to engraved black rubber that reads “High Roller” for Vegas bon vivants.
Technical details
BIG BANG LAS VEGAS LIMITED EDITION

References
301.CI.1110.HR.LVB17
301.CI.1110.HR.1100.LVB17
301.CI.1110.HR.1700.LVB17
301.CI.1110.HR.0900.LVB17

Limitation
SPECIAL EDITION XX/21
SPECIAL EDITION XX/07
SPECIAL EDITION XX/07
SPECIAL PIECE XX/01

Case
Diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 14.6mm
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100m)

Case material
- Microblasted black ceramic
- Polished aluminium black anodized set with 212 black diamonds for 1.74cts and
microblasted black ceramic
- Polished aluminium black anodized set with 212 black diamonds for 1.74cts and microblasted black ceramic
Bezel material
- Microblasted black ceramic
- Polished aluminium black anodized set with 114 black diamonds for 1.47cts
- Polished aluminium black anodized set with 114 black diamonds for 1.70cts
- Polished aluminium black anodized set with 48 baguette-cut black diamonds for 2.8cts

Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Black PVD Stainless steel
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Black PVD Stainless steel with black rubber insert
Pushers: Black PVD Stainless steel with black rubber insert
Case back
- Microblasted Black ceramic engraved with "SPECIAL" + "EDITION" + ”XX/21”
- Microblasted Black ceramic engraved with "SPECIAL" + "EDITION" + ”XX/07”
- Microblasted Black ceramic engraved with "SPECIAL" + "EDITION" + ”XX/07”
- Microblasted Black ceramic engraved with "SPECIAL" + "PIECE" + ”XX/01”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment + logo “LVB17”

Dial
Mat black dial
Satin-finished black plated appliques with black luminescent
Index n°7 set with 6 black diamonds
Hands: Satin-finished black plated hands with black luminescent

Movement
Caliber Hublot HUB4100
Type: Self-winding movement, chronograph
Dimensions: Diameter 30.40mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 8.40mm
No of Components: 252
Jewels: 27
Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power reserve: 42 Hours

Strap
Black alligator "Hornback" with black stitching
Black rubber engraved "High roller". Red lacquer on the engraving
Buckle: Micro-blasted black ceramic and stainless steel black PVD deployant buckle clasp

Presentation case
SM.BOXES.LASV.001

Friday, August 25, 2017

CASIO EDIFICE EQB800

Casio America, Inc. announces the EQB800 as the newest model in its EDIFICE collection of men’s watches. Inspired by elements found in motorsports, this high-performance timepiece offers a dynamic sporty look in a sophisticated package and features enhanced timekeeping capabilities through smartphone connectivity.

Developed based on insights from motorsport racing professionals, the EQB800 features Casio’s new Time Attack Recording which enables the wearer to track their racing times, record target times as well as see a list of their best lap times through a helpful list and graph display. In addition to performance, the timepiece also exudes the style and sophistication of this exciting professional sport. The bold blue stainless steel bezel is set off by the thick, powerful-looking index and hands which also displays the watch’s smartphone connection status and battery level. A dual-coil motor drives retrograde hand movements that express speed like a tachometer while also displaying stopwatch measurement values in 1/20-second increments.
To provide enhanced timekeeping capabilities, the EQB800 can be paired with a smart phone with just a push of a button through Casio’s Mobile Link Technology. By downloading the CASIO WATCH+ app and connecting to a compatible smartphone via Bluetooth® SMART, the watch can access the correct time in its current location and for up to 300 cities worldwide, even updating with the latest time zone and Daylight Saving Time information. It also has improved accuracy by automatically syncing, via phone, to a time server on the internet four times a day or it can be synced by a one-push reset to ensure ultimate accuracy.

The EQB800 also features Casio’s Tough Solar Power, which consists of a solar panel system that converts light to electricity and eliminates the need for battery changes. It can even be charged in low or fluorescent light. After a full-charge and without further exposure to light, the timepiece has a battery life of approximately five months. A special power save feature conserves energy by enabling the timepiece to power down when not exposed to light, which can extend the battery life to nearly two years.

The timepiece is also water resistant up to 100 meters and protected with a scratch resistant mineral crystal. Additional features include a stopwatch, daily alarm, lap memory, Phone Finder, and more.

In the United States of America, Casio’s EDIFICE EQB800 will be available nationwide in September for a MSRP of $350 at select jewelry and watch retailers, G-SHOCK Soho Store as well as ShopCasio.

Carl F. Bucherer Opens Its First Boutique in Lucerne

Nearly 130 years ago, Swiss entrepreneur Carl F. Bucherer opened a specialty shop for watches and jewelry in Lucerne. Now, Carl F. Bucherer is proud to open an exclusive boutique here, where it all began in 1888 – and to launch an equally exclusive watch to mark the occasion. The Manero Peripheral Boutique Edition, limited to 188 watches, represents the traditional art of watchmaking and the brand’s commitment to embracing its heritage.

Carl F. Bucherer is one of the few remaining family-owned Swiss watch manufacturers, boasting a wide network of distribution partners around the world. Following the inauguration of its Shanghai boutique, the renowned watch brand has paid homage to its heritage by opening an exclusive boutique in Lucerne, where the company was founded.
With its latest boutique, the Swiss watch manufacturer offers visitors a new way to experience the world of Carl F. Bucherer. The interior exudes understated luxury, accentuated by the golden elements of the brand logo, launched in 2016, and the distinctive brand imagery that also reflects the cosmopolitan nature of the city of Lucerne. The new brand identity underlines the company’s ambition to continue growing while raising the profile of Lucerne as a cosmopolitan destination.
The famous Chinese actress Li Bingbing, Global Brand Ambassador of Carl F. Bucherer, traveled to Lucerne for the inauguration.

An exclusive timepiece was launched to mark the opening of the boutique: the Manero Peripheral Boutique Edition, created expressly in honor of the event. Limited to 188 models and driven by the in-house CFB A2050 caliber, this timepiece represents the traditional art of watchmaking and the brand’s commitment to embracing its heritage.
A particularly eye-catching feature is the peripheral rotor in stunning blue, seen through the watch’s transparent case back. This vibrant highlight complements the meticulously crafted blue-galvanized dial with a sunburst finish, reflecting the sparkling waters of Lake Lucerne.

Technical details
Model: Manero Peripheral Boutique Edition
Reference number: 00.10917.08.53.88
Movement: Automatic, CFB A2050 caliber, chronometer, power reserve 55 hours
Functions: Date, hour, minute, small seconds
Case: Stainless steel, water-resistant to 30 m (30 atm), diameter 40.6 mm, height 11.2 mm
Strap: Louisiana alligator leather, folding pin buckle in stainless steel
Dial: Blue galvanized with red-gold-plated appliquéd indices
Limited edition: 188 watches

Tutima Watches – Brand Info

The history of the Tutima brand began in 1927 in Glashütte, a legendary town with a global reputation and a name that is synonymous with high-quality timepieces and with a historical highlight from Tutima. It was in the Saxon Mecca of artistic watchmaking that Tutima’s Flieger chronograph first took off on its high flight in 1941 – and went on to become a ticking legend.
The father of the brand’s success is Dr. Ernst Kurtz, a pioneer and a visionary. The director of the Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik(UROFA) and the Uhrenfabrik Glashütte AG (UFAG),ennobled his best models with the epithet “Tutima”, which is derived from the Latin word tutus, i.e. “safe” or “secure”.
Dr. Ernst Kurtz, a visionary and a pioneer of industrial watch fabrication in Germany, re-served the “Tutima” signature exclusively for his best-quality timepieces
This name is a promise of quality that would steadfastly accompany the brand throughout its eventful history. Completely destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in Lower Saxony in 1951, the company continued its tradition of fabricating mechanical timepieces that set new standards for functionality, robustness and precision. Thanks to their superior technology, these sporty watches with instrument character soon earned an outstanding reputation – on land, at sea and in the air.
The former Uhrenfabrik Glashütte AG (UFAG) watch factory is in the background. The Dr. Ernst Kurtz administrative building is in the foreground
The story came full circle in 2011 when, after decades in exile, Tutima returned to its original hometown. The family-run business celebrated the resumption of manufacturing at the place of its founding by releasing the “Hommage”, the first authentic made-in-Glashütte minute repeater. This was soon followed by the debut of a whole new watch family: with the current Glashütte Collection, Tutima demonstrates the perfect fusion of traditional values and horological visions.

Saxon One, M2, Grand Flieger and Patria embody a dynamic generation of German watches that proudly continue a ninety-year-young success story.

Contact details
TUTIMA UHRENFABRIK GMBH NDL. GLASHÜTTE
Altenberger Straße 6
01768 Glashütte/Sa
Deutschland
www.tutima.com




Kees Engelbarts Bronze Tourbillon

Crafted from bronze, this one-of-a-kind high horology masterpiece by Kees Engelbarts houses a skeletonised manual winding double barrel movement featuring a tourbillon at 9ó clock. Beating at 28,800 vph this 27 jewels organic Skelton movement is decorated, hand-finished and red gold plated.
Its skeletonised dial features blued hour and minute hands. Measuring 43.mm diameter, its bronze case features brushed matt finish. The case is fitted with sapphire crystal glass on both front and rear side. The Bronze Tourbillon is worn on a brown alligator leather strap with solid bronze buckle. Price on request.
Technical details
Model: Organic Skeleton Bronze Tourbillon, Pièce Unique

Case   
Bronze
Brushed Matte Finish
Diameter: 43, 5 mm
Glass: Sapphire Crystal Both Sides with Double Anti-Reflection Treatment 

Movement   
Manual-Wound Twin Barrel Tourbillon (9 o'clock position)
27 Jewels
28'800 Bph
Organic Skeleton
Red Gold Plated
Decorated and Finished by Hand

Dial   
Organic skeleton
Hands: blued steel

Strap   
Brown alligator leather both sides
Solid bronze buckle

Price   
On request

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tutima Tempostopp

Tutima, the Glashütte based watch manufactory that celebrates its ninetieth anniversary this year, has created Tempostopp, a high end mechanical chronograph equipped with the latest in-house caliber T659. A highly complex interplay of diverse mechanisms: Tutima Calibre T659 is one of very few “made in Glashütte” chronograph calibres.
Back in 2011, Tutima unveiled HOMMAGE, the first German wristwatch calibre with minute repeater, which cemented the brand’s reputation in developing high end mechanical watch movements. After the successful construction of the Tutima Patria in gold, a three-handed model encasing the HOMMAGE’s basic caliber, this family business now celebrates its ninetieth anniversary with the premiere of Calibre T659, another movement which was developed entirely by the Glashütte based manufactory.
Three years in the making, this latest masterpiece from Tutima revives a grand tradition. Tutima’s new Caliber T659 is a reminiscence of the Glashütte UROFA Calibre 59 from the 1940s, which was developed for the historic Tutima Flieger chronograph and which made that watch into the first German chronograph with Tempostopp and additive stopping. The legendary pilot’s watch came to epitomize sturdy robustness, reliability and precision.
Now this success story continues at Tutima’s original location with the debut of Calibre T659. Uniting the latest technologies and the virtues of the watchmaker’s art as traditionally practiced in Glashütte, all 236 parts of this exquisite movement are specially engineered, fabricated and finished on Tutima’s premises.
 Thanks to the complex additional flyback function, which was known by its German name “Tempostopp” when it first debuted in the 1940s, the chronograph’s elapsed seconds hand can be started, stopped, and returned to zero with only one push of a button. This lets the user measure immediately successive intervals and makes numerous repetitive commands superfluous.

Available in 18 karat rose gold case version, the Tutima Tempostopp is limited to 90 pieces.
Technical details
Movement
Mechanical hand-wound movement, Calibre T659
Diameter: 33.7 mm
Height: 6.6 mm
No. of jewels: 28
No. of individual components: 236
Escapement: Screw balance with gold weighted screws and four regulating screws in slotted, threaded holes; free-sprung Breguet hairspring
Balance’s frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hertz)
Power reserve: 65hours when fully wound

Special features
Chronograph with column-wheel; cocks and main-plates matte and gold plated; hand-engraved balance-cock; cocks for wheels and balance are decorated with a finely striped pattern and polished bevels; surfaces of steel parts have a finely striped pattern polished on tin to a high gloss; springs for switching lever and seconds rocker are polished on tin; all setting and positioning pins are polished

Functions
Hour and minute; small second; chronograph with additive stopping, flyback function, jumping counter for up to 30 elapsed-minutes

Case
18 karat rose gold 4N; diameter  43 mm; height 12.95 mm; sapphire crystals with antireflective coating, sapphire case back

Strap
Alligator leather, pin buckle in 18 karat rose gold 4N

Edition
Limited to 90 pieces

Tutima Saxon One Royal Blue

Unveiled at Baselworld 2017 the new Saxon One Royal Blue, which is available in chronograph or a three-handed watch version, boasts a nobly sporty blue dial.

The new colour joins opaline-silver-white and opaline-anthracite as basic colours of the other wristwatches in the line and coolly contrasts with the steely architecture. All models share the same outstanding styling: the case’s three-dimensional pyramidal structure guarantees an unmistakable and distinctive aesthetic.
The chronograph module that Tutima developed for self-winding Calibre 521 differs from most other chronographs because it indicates the elapsed minutes from the dial’s centre. This is an important advantage in situations where better legibility is necessary.
The case protects the movement against shocks and remains watertight to 20 atm. A screwed back with a sapphire crystal seals the case from the rear. The domed sapphire crystal above the dial is anti-reflective on both surfaces and offers a clearly detailed view of the applied index markers and the finely calibrated scales.
The three-handed watch encases self-winding Calibre Tutima 330, which is ennobled by the Tutima rotor with an 18 karat gold seal. Alongside the date display, the movement also indicates the day of the week.
The new Saxon One Royal Blue is a wristwatch highlight that proudly continues the tradition of elegant and robust timepieces from Glashütte. In quintessentially Tutima manner, a red marking point accentuates the rotatable bezel.

Technical details
Ref. 6420-05: Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue: stainless steel case; self-winding chronograph Calibre Tutima 521; sweep minute stop; power reserve when fully wound 48 hours; water-resistant to 20 atm; 43 mm in diameter.

Ref. 6120-05: Saxon One Automatic Royal Blue: stainless steel case; self-winding Calibre Tutima 330; day/date display; hours, minutes and seconds shown from the dial’s centre; power reserve when fully wound 38 hours; water-resistant to 20 atm; 42 mm in diameter

Christopher Ward C50 Malvern Chronometer Limited Edition

Launch in a 50 piece limited edition collection, the C50 Malvern Chronometer from Anglo-Swiss watchmaker Christopher Ward celebrates the Mk II Malvern design, one of the brand’s most well-known dress watch designs.
The C50 Malvern Chronometer Limited Edition has been created as the archetypal Malvern and this edition is the last in a well-loved lineage. Priced at £850, the watch is available on a shell cordovan strap with a bader buckle deployment.
Its 39mm diameter stainless steel houses a COSC-certified ETA 2836 movement, which features a highly detailed rotor, finished with Christopher Ward’s ‘twin flag’ pattern. The movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.
Within a curved steel bezel, which will be familiar to fans of the ‘Mk II Malvern’ aesthetic, a single curve top sapphire crystal reveals a domed sunray finish blue dial. With a distinctive character and an applied, polished window the dial reveals white day and date discs marked in black.
Detailed round its circumference with a full minute ring and individually-applied polished steel baton markers at 5-minute intervals, the dial highlights its use as a supremely accurate timekeeping tool. Hour minute and second hands, in distinguishing Malvern style, are refined yet legible in a polished finish.
Technical features
Model: C50 Malvern Chronometer
Swiss made, 50-piece limited edition

Case
316L stainless steel case
Diameter: 39mm
Height: 10.80mm
Lug to lug: 47mm
Push-down crown
Anti-reflective curved sapphire crystal
Screw-in exhibition case-back with engraved serial number
Water resistance: 5 ATM

Movement
ETA 2836 COSC
25 jewel COSC-certified chronometer
Power reserve: 38 hours
Tolerance: -4/+6 seconds/day

Dial
Sunray finish dial
Polished day date window
Applied polished indexes

Straps
Shell Cordovan strap with Bader Buckle
Strap width: 18mm
Available combinations: Camel shell cordovan with bader buckle, brown shell cordovan with bader buckle, black shell cordovan with bader buckle, blue shell cordovan with bader buckle.

Packaging
Luxurious presentation case and owner’s handbook

Retail price
RRP £850

Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer

Swiss luxury watch manufacture presents Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer, the only watch to depict the movements of the moon and sun in relation to the Earth, as well as a map of the tides.

In its purest definition, the Moonstruck Worldtimer recreates the moon’s orbit and the apparent movement of the sun around the globe. Its celestial ballet, just as it is seen from the Earth, is unlike anything an astronomical watch has previously offered. This intuitive display hides a sophisticated mechanism that provides an unusually accurate indication of the phases of the moon.
In the center of the dial, the Northern Hemisphere is depicted as seen from above the North Pole. Six o’clock in London represents the Greenwich meridian, marking Greenwich Mean Time. Three concentric discs turn around this fixed map of the world. The outermost circle features a symbol representing the sun. This solar disc, which completes one revolution in 24 hours, also sweeps over a display of 24 time zones and is equipped with a day/night indicator. These markings control the Worldtimer function, allowing the wearer to simultaneously display the time in the 24 cities inscribed on the internal flange.
As for the moon, this appears on a lower orbit. Two discs work together here: on top, the first functions as a circular window showing the position of the Earth’s satellite; below, the second disc, in gold, shows the changing phases of the moon. By separating this unique display into two rotating parts, Ulysse Nardin has accomplished such a high level of precision that the time lag for each lunar month is just 5.7 seconds per day, or one day in 40 years.
The Moonstruck Worldtimer remains the only astronomical wristwatch with the bright part of the moon always facing the sun, as happens in real life. The dial also displays a particularly easy-to-read map of the tides, which is the result of the gravitational forces of these two celestial bodies, as well as of the centrifugal force exerted by the rotation of the Earth.
Equipped with silicium technology, and entirely designed and produced in-house, the self-winding calibre UN-106 housed in the Moonstruck Worldtimer once again offers a date function, on a track encircling the world map. Push buttons at 8 and 10 o’clock enable the wearer to quickly move the time forward or backward by one hour – a very handy feature while travelling or when switching to summer time.

Technical details
References: 1069-113/01 & 1062-113/01
Limited Edition to 100 pieces

Movement
Caliber UN-106
In-house designed movement
Silicium escapement and spring, 28’800 v/h
Power-Reserve: approximately 50 h
Winding: self-winding

Functions
Astronomical timepiece
Indication of position of Sun and Moon in relation to Earth
Indication of Moon phases
Indication of tides
Worldtimer function for 24 cities
Hours, minutes, date
Instant time zone adjuster with patented quick setting device

Case
Platinum or rose-gold 18 kt
Crown: screw down security crown
Diameter: 46 mm
Water-resistance: 100 m
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: sapphire crystal

Dial
Blue, motif: Earth, concentric discs

Strap
Leather strap with folding clasp

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

OMW Elementor Watch Collection

Hong Kong based micro-watch brand OMW has launched an online crowd-funding campaign to fund the mass production of their OMW Elementor watch range. Designed to resemble parts from luxury sports cars, this is an affordable watch series offering unique, lightweight and functional timepieces.
OMW Elementor watches are available in colored forged carbon, silver metal shard, rose gold and charcoal marble forged carbon. The case measures 42mm wide x 11mm height, 22mm strap made from premium Horween leather, black carbon fiber dials, stainless steel buckle with black PVD coating, water resistant to 10 ATM, super luminous hands, sapphire crystal lens and Swiss Ronda 3 movement. Each watch has the OMW logo on the front and 1 year international warranty.
The OMW Elementor is crafted from a colored forged composite carbon—a tough, lightweight material used in the production of super-cars and aircraft parts. The process means that no two Elementors are ever the same and each limited-edition sports watch is a one-off work of art.
The sporty design owes as much to the super-car as the carbon forged chassis, and the rim-inspired dial with its super luminous hour and minute hands are as easy to read as they are on the eye. Inside the OWM Elementor beats an ever-reliable Swiss Quartz movement and everything is cradled inside a sapphire lens. To finish, the watch is secured with a premium Horween leather strap.
The OMW launched a Kickstarter campaign on Aug-23- 2017, aiming to raise HK$ 270,000 (Approx $34,600 USD) by 26 Sep 22017. Perks include a super early bird price from HK$ 3,800 (Approx $490 USD) which includes an Elementor EL-101 watch and a choice of color, saving 50% from the RRP. All watches deliver free worldwide.
Technical details
Movement: Swiss Ronda 3 Hands Date
Case: Forged Carbon on EL-101
Colored Forged Carbon on EL-201, EL-301 and EL-401
Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Thickness: 11mm
Dial: Black Carbon Fiber
Band: Premium Horween leather (Black/Brown/Crison Red)
Band Width: 22mm
Buckle: Strap Solid Stainless Steel Buckle with Black PVD Coating
Water Resistance: 10 ATM
Warranty: 1-year International

Please visit OMW Elementor Watch Kickstarter Campaign for more details

HAUTLENCE PINBALL, BALL-E – Only Watch 2017 Unique Piece

To support the prestigious Only Watch Charity event, Independent luxury Swiss watch brand HAUTLENCE has created a one-off-a kind version of its PINBALL model from the Playground mechanical games collection.
This unique piece is called BALL-e. Made with grade 5 titanium with DLC treatment, the watch case features satin and polished finish. Its titanium dial features the mechanical pin ball mechanism that takes the owner into the world of an iconic game. This timepiece also houses a built in minute repeater mechanism.
One special aesthetic highlight of this timepiece can be admired when lights go off. Thanks to the specific treatment with Superluminova©, BALL-e reveals the head of a small robot on its dial, as a protective talisman in the darkness. 
Technical details
Case
Grade 5 titanium with DLC treatment, satin-finish and polished finish, faceted sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Dimensions: 37 x 43.5 x 13 mm

Dial
Grade 5 titanium, laser decorated and cut, sand-blasted, drawn strokes, hand bevelling, bumpers with rubber rings
Specific treatment with Superluminova© on the dial displaying the head of a small robot
DLC treatment on the dial
Sapphire crystal, laser cut over the entire surface of the dial, topside and underside transfers
3 blued steel balls

Movement
Minute repeater regulation mechanism, variable inertia regulator, rack winding, 15-seconds power reserve, hand bevelling, 18 carat gold settings, grade 5 titanium bridges, 14 jewels, double flat stones with olive hole, black PVD main plate and barrel bridge, 110 components.

Bracelet
Grade 5 titanium folding buckle, hand-stitched alligator strap

Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono

Launched at Baselworld 2013, the Epic X line from Jacob & Co. became synonymous with a sportive and active lifestyle. Now in 2017, it has been integrated into a new collection: The Epic X Chrono.

This new timepieces feature a 47mm case and a skeletonized automatic bi-compax chronograph. Boasting a column-wheel, the Epic X Chrono sets itself as a part of the most sophisticated high-end chronograph watches.
At the heart of the new Epic X Chrono models lies the Jacob & Co. JCAA05 skeletonized self-winding chronograph movement. This high-end chronograph caliber is equipped with a column wheel to launch the chronograph functions. Its counters are arranged in the so-called “bi-compax” format, with the small seconds of the running time on the left (at nine o’clock) and the elapsed minutes counter on the right (at three o’clock).
The elapsed seconds are read off of the central red chronograph second-hand once the red rubber pusher (at two o’clock) has activated the chronograph. As a practical additional function, the Epic X Chrono was created with a rotating inner bezel that can be controlled by pushing and turning a red rubber crown in the ten o’clock position, which will set a countdown timer. The movement has a self-winding mechanism and a power reserve of 48 hours. Its high-end finish can be admired through a transparent sapphire crystal case back.
The four models are distinguished by the use of high tech materials. The two models made in 18K rose gold have a white ceramic bezel and a choice of red or black rotating inner ring and chronograph counters.

A grade five DLC titanium version displays the sporty credentials of this chronograph, which comes with a red interior bezel to match the red rubber pushers. The all-black model with DLC-coated titanium, black ceramic bezel and contrasting red counters and pushers provides a motor sport look.
In all models, the open-worked movement can be seen through the red mineral crystal. For a customizable look, there is a range of colors in which the natural rubber straps are available: white, red and black with a honeycomb pattern.

A screw-down crown ensures water resistance up to 200 meters combined with the rubber elements qualifies the Jacob & Co. Chronograph for sport usage.

Technical specifications
Movement
Caliber: JCAA05 self-winding skeleton column-wheel chronograph
Diameter: 30.40mm
Height: 8.40mm
Components: 260
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v/h (4 Hz)
Jewels: 27

Functions
Hours, Minutes
Minute, Seconds Chronograph
Small-Second Indicator at 9 o’clock
Minute Counter at 3 o’clock
Rotating Inner Bezel Ring Timer
Centered Chronograph Hand

Models
Rose Gold Version
Case
Diameter: 47mm
Thickness: 14mm
Material: 18K Rose Gold Case; White Ceramic Bezel; Red Rubber Push Downs Pushers and Screw Down Crowns
Case back: Sapphire glass
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 200 meters

Dial and hands
Dial: Red Mineral Crystal; Red/Black Satin-Finished Aluminium Inner Ring;
Subdial ring: Red/Black chronograph
Hands: Skeleton with White SuperLuminova; Red Chronograph Hand.

Strap and clasp
Strap: Rubber or alligator leather
Clasp: 18K Rose Gold and Titanium Deployment Clasp

Titanium Version
Case
Diameter: 47mm
Thickness: 14mm
Material: Grade 5 Titanium; Black Ceramic Bezel; Red Rubber Push Downs Pushers and Screw Down Crowns;
Case back: Sapphire glass
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 200 meters

Dial and hands
Dial: Red Mineral Crystal; Red Satin-Finished Aluminium Inner Ring
Hands: Skeleton with Red SuperLuminova; Red Chronograph Hand

Strap and clasp
Strap: Rubber or alligator leather
Clasp: Titanium Deployment Clasp

Black Version
Case
Diameter: 47mm
Thickness: 14mm
Material: Black DLC Grade 5 Titanium; Black Ceramic Bezel; Red Rubber Push
Downs Pushers and Screw Down Crowns
Case back: Sapphire glass
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 200 meters

Dial and hands
Dial: Red Mineral Crystal; Red Satin-Finished Aluminium Inner Ring;
Hands: Skeleton with White SuperLuminova; Red Chronograph Hand.

Strap and clasp
Strap: Rubber or alligator leather
Clasp: Titanium Deployment Clasp

Jacob & Co. Opera

The JACOB & CO. OPERA Musical Watch proudly houses two traditional Swiss crafts: a mechanical music box basting two cylinders and combs, and an exclusive Jacob & Co. JCFM02 manual-winding caliber.

In this new complication, the two cylinders and combs are mounted on the movement and rotate around the dial each time they play their melody. This works together with a triple-axis tourbillon and the subsidiary hour and minute dial.

The making of music boxes has been a traditional Swiss craft for hundreds of years. In the Opera Musical Watch, Jacob & Co. has combined this artisanal work with high watchmaking for the very first time, incorporating two cylinders and combs. The watch is able to play a 120-note melody never-before-heard in a musical watch.
Using a sophisticated one-piece sapphire crystal that encircles the whole timepiece, the mechanics of the Opera are put on display for all to see and allows the movement to deliver the purest sound.

A central flywheel drives the two cylinders, which is a real challenge for the movement due to the weight of the cylinders. A pusher located at two o’clock activates the rotation of the entire movement and simultaneously plays the 120-note melody. Each note is played as the tiny pins on the cylinder make contact with the individual teeth of the comb. As the cylinders turn to play the melody the entire assembly on which they are fixed, including the triple axis tourbillon and the hour and minute dial, rotates 120 degrees around the dial. The tourbillon rotates around its inner cage once in 40 seconds while its intermediates cage rotates in three minutes and its outer cage in eight minutes.
Finally, in order to display the time with 12 o’clock always in its correct position, a patented differential gear system is used; both the dial and the hands have to turn counter-clockwise. The manually wound caliber JCFM02 has been developed specifically for this complication, using titanium components for excellent sound propagation. The movement, which comprises 650 components, fits into a diameter of just 43mm. A pusher based at two o’clock on the middle of the case triggers the melody and thus the rotation of the movement. Regardless of whether or not the melody is playing, the triple axis tourbillon dances its round-the-clock mechanical ballet.

The Jacob & Co. Opera Musical Watch comes in two different versions: one 18-piece limited edition that is minimalist in its presentation with black and gold high end finishes showing the mechanical workings. The other is a unique version, which allows decorations on the cylinders. These decorations depict a romantic gala night with an orchestra.

Technical details
Movement
Caliber: Exclusive Jacob & Co. manual-winding JCFM02
Diameter: 43mm;
Height: 17.2mm (maximum height at center of movement);
Material: Steel, brass, platinum and titanium
Components: 646
Power Reserve: 72-Hours;
Frequency: 21’600 vib/h (3 Hz);
Jewels: 52
System: Triple Axis Tourbillon with Carillon
Finishing: Bridges and plates: Black PVD fnish; Barrels: Circular graining; Cylinders: rose gold plated; Pin-barrel

Functions
Subsidiary hour and minute dial;
Triple-axis gravitational tourbillon cage rotating about
• Its own axis once in 40 seconds,
• Its second axis every 3 minutes
• Its third axis every 8 minute.
Music upon demand with musical melody activated by pusher at 2 o’clock by means of two rotating cylinders. 120° movement rotation in 20 seconds

Case
Diameter: 47mm;
Thickness: 20mm;
Material: Titanium Black PVD and Sapphire;
Case Back: Black PVD and Rose gold 18K;
Bows: Winding and Time-Setting via two Bows in the Case Back;
Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective Treatment;
Water resistance: 3 atm

Dial & Hands
Dial: 18K Rose gold
Hands: Finished Blue

Strap & Clasp
Strap: Black Alligator Leather
Clasp: Folding Clasp

Limited Edition
18 pieces

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar

Unveiled at Baselworld 2017, the Astronomia Solar wristwatch from Jacob & Co. displays eight planets of our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Made from 18 carat red gold, 44.5mm diameter case of the Astronomia Solar houses a movement of 34.55mm diameter and 439 components in constant bi-directional rotation and a representation of the solar system, enhancing even more the celestial reality.

The vertically built Jacob & Co. manufacture caliber JCAM19 has 3 arms. The first arm holds the hour & minute dial made of sapphire, it rotates counter-clockwise to ensure that 12 o’clock is always in the correct position, regardless of where the subdial is thanks to a patented differential system. The second arm holds two axes (10 min/60seconds) gravitational flying tourbillon decorated with a Jacob & Co. logo on its cage. The third arm holds an hand-engraved globe of the Earth rotating around its own axis in 60 seconds and completing one full revolution of the dial in 10 minutes.
The center of the movement is adorned with a Citrine Jacob cut® of approx. 1.5ct. The bi-directional movement rotates clockwise to complete a full 360 degree revolution in just ten minutes, the aventurine base rotates in the opposite direction at exactly the same speed, creating an accelerated, stylized view of the solar system.

The idea behind the Jacob & Co. Astronomia collection has always been to highlight, in a playful and suitably gem-set environment, the place of the Earth in our solar system.
In the Astronomia Solar, all eight planets in the solar system are given a place on the dial for the first time, with the sun at the center in the form of a 1.5ct Citrine with the unmistakable Jacob Cut® and its 288 facets.

The hand-engraved globe of the Earth rotates about its own axis once every 60 seconds and completes one full revolution of the dial in 10 minutes, as part of an assembly that also houses the subsidiary hour and minute dial and a one-minute flying tourbillon.

The reduced case size, new functions and faster rotation speed are all made possible by an entirely new in-house movement. The hand-wound Jacob & Co. calibre JCAM19 beats at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), which is faster than any of the other Astronomia models. Yet in spite of its smaller diameter, at just 34.55mm, it actually comprises 439 components, excluding the precious and semi-precious stones, which is more than in the other Astronomia models.

Technical details
Case
Diameter: 44.5mm
Material: 18-carat rose gold
Case back: 18-carat rose gold
Case middle: single-piece sapphire crystal
Bows: Winding and time-setting via two 18-carat rose gold bows
Crystal: Unique domed sapphire with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 30 metres

Movement
Caliber: Jacob & Co. in-house manually-wound calibre JCAM19
Diameter: 34.55mm
Height: 16.50mm (11.70mm excluding garnet)
Components: 447 excluding the precious stones
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 28,800 v/h (4 Hz)
Jewels: 43

Functions

Hours and minutes on subsidiary dial
60-seconds flying tourbillon bi-axial
60-seconds rotating Earth
Bi-directional movement rotating clockwise 360 degrees in 10 minutes while the aventurine base rotates counter-clockwise 360 degrees in 10 minutes

Dial and hands
Dial: Sapphire crystal with rose-gold metallization
Hands: Gun Blue
Strap and clasp

Strap
Crocodile leather
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold folding clasp

Monday, August 21, 2017

Von Doren Jotunheim Lady

Norwegian watch brand Von Doren presents Jotunheim Lady, an elegantly designed wrist watch collection dedicated to women. Designed by Filmmaker Øyvind VonDoren Asbjornsen, founder of the brand, these classic ladies’ wristwatches take inspiration from Norwegian nature and Viking Art Nouveau.
This watch series takes its name from Jotunheimen, a beautiful Norwegian National park and mountainous area. Incorporating the Viking good luck charm rune No. 12 into the main dial and a flower decoration engraved on the back case, Jotunheim Lady is a timepiece collection with clean lines and a hint of vintage flair. One eye-catching element on the watch dial is Grade-A ruby stone with its own unique cut and glow.
The Jotunheim Lady watches are available three different color combinations: Champagne dial - Rosegold plated case with Beige leather strap, Snow white dial - Yellow gold case with Brown leather strap and Frost white dial - Brushed steel case with Black leather strap.
Made from 316L surgical stainless steel, the watch case measures 36mm diameter x 8 mm thickness. Rated for a water resistance of 50 meters, the watch is fitted with a double dome sapphire glass. Inside each timepiece beats a Ronda Swiss Powertech 7 series quartz movement, which powers basic timekeeping functions without seconds hand. The watch is secured with the Italian handcrafted leather band with quick release function.
On August 11th,  Von Doren brand launched a Kickstarter campaign for this collection, and achieved the goal of NOK100, 000 (Approx €10,900 EUR) within the first 24 hours. The campaign ends on September 10th, 2017. The brand offers a special Kickstarter price of NOK2, 200 (Approx €230EUR) which includes a Von Doren watch and a luxury leather box. All watches will be delivered for free worldwide and will be shipped out in September 2017.

Please visit Von Doren Jotunheim Lady Kickstarter campaign for more details.

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