Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gnomon - Unique, Single Handed and Sundial Inspired Wristwatch by Solar Lab Co.

Canadian watch brand Solar Lab Co. presents Gnomon, an exceptional single handed automatic wristwatch that combines the aesthetics of ancient Roman sundials with a contemporary style.

The concept of Single handed watches is not a new thing in the horology industry however the Gnomon watch re-invents the way of telling time using a sundial inspired dial. Its centrally positioned hour hand takes inspiration from Gnomon, the part of a sundial that casts a shadow on a dial during sunny parts of a day and telling the actual time.
The Gnomon watch features a dual-layered dial design. Each of these two dial layers tells the time in different manner. They can be read simultaneously or separately. The inner dial has several indexes of different size and volume which divide it on small time segments, conventional for single hand watches. This dial also has a hand scratch pattern which makes each model a kind of unique timepiece. There's also an outer layer which is more authentic and similar to the layout of sundials. It's divided on XII hour zones and can be used as it was meant in the ancient times - watching how the gnomon's shadow is slowly crawling through the dial.
Each Gnomon watch comes dressed in a lightweight 316L stainless steel with polished or matt surface and colored PVD-coating. Front part of the watch is secured with a sapphire coated mineral crystal glass.
The highly reliable Citizen Miyota 8215 Automatic movement powers the Gnomon watch. The stainless steel caseback of the watch is fitted with a transparent glass that offers a great view on the automatic movement beating inside the watch. The dome shaped transparent crystal also features the brand logo in the center. The steel part of the caseback is engraved with zodiac signs matching hour areas of the dial as well month number in Julian calendar system.
Measuring 43mm diameter and 11mm thickness, the watch case is tested for a water resistance up to 50 meters. The watch is paired with a hand-crafted calf skin leather strap from Italy. Presently the Gnomon watch collection offers three models which are defined by the signature design as well as corresponding leather and coating palettes and a colour of the back lid mineral lens.

Solar Lab Co. has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the Gnomon watch collection. By backing this project, customers can buy the product in a discounted price. Price starts from US $ 243. Delivery from March 2018.

Please visit the Solar Lab Co. Gnomon watch Kickstarter Campaign for more details.

Friday, September 22, 2017

MB&F Octopod by L’Epée 1839

The unusual partnership between contemporary mechanical luxury watchmaking lab MB&F and Switzerland's premier clock maker, L’Epée 1839 now gives birth to an eight legged horology sculpture that in fact is an eight day mechanical clock inspired by cephalopods, marine chronometers and The Abyss.
Octopod stands on its eight articulated legs. Each leg can be individually adjusted to varying heights, enabling Octopod to rest securely on the most uneven of surfaces, just like a real octopus. However, the real horological magic and mystery take place in Octopod's completely transparent spherical 'head'.
The first thing to notice is that Octopod's transparent sphere is gimballed in a similar way to how traditional ship chronometers were gimballed – although on one axis rather than two – so that they remained flat despite the pitching and rolling of the ship. In Octopod's case, the gimbal ensures that no matter what angle or height it sits, it is easy to rotate the bubble so that the time display inside is at the ideal plane for maximum legibility.
The second thing the attentive eye will notice is that Octopod's pulsating escapement, which regulates the clock's precision, is located on its minute hand rather than the more usual (and mechanically simpler) position attached to stationary movement plates. While not technically a tourbillon according to Abraham-Louis Breguet's original patent, with its movement vertical, the 60-minute rotation of Octopod's regulator on the minute hand is closer to the primary aim of Breguet's invention. His intention was to rotate the escapement of a pocket watch sitting vertically in a fob pocket to average out positional errors, while wristwatch tourbillons are continually moving through all positions without requiring 360° rotations.
And thirdly there's the mystery of how Octopod's clockwork is suspended inside its crystalline sphere, so that it appears to be floating in space (or water). The baseplate of the movement is a transparent glass plate that has been treated with a film of anti-reflective coating on both sides so that it is virtually invisible. Like an octopus concealing parts of itself with camouflage, Octopod conceals parts of itself with visual tricks of its own.
Octopod’s eight-day movement is an entirely new development by L’Epée 1839, with both the glass baseplate and counterbalanced regulator posing particular challenges.
Along with its octopus and marine chronometer connections to the sea, Octopod also brings to mind the then futuristic glass bathysphere of James Cameron's 1989 film, The Abyss. Octopod is available in 3 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black PVD, blue PVD, and palladium (silver).

Technical details
Indications and complications
Hours, minutes and finely counter-balanced regulator mounted on minute hand

Body
Dimensions: 28 cm long x 28 cm high (standing), 45 cm long x 22 cm high (crouching)
Weight: 4.2 kg
Frame: Stainless steel, nickel and palladium plated brass
Components (body, legs and sphere): 309

Legs
8 legs each composed of 31 pieces
Articulation released by a button in each leg, can be locked in two positions (standing or extended)

Sphere
360° rotation in both vertical and horizontal planes with 3 sand-blasted and satin-finished brass rings
Two Polycarbonate hemispheres joined by a satin-finished three-piece band

Movement
L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured
Baseplate in transparent mineral glass, anti-reflective coating both sides
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
Power reserve: 8 days from single barrel
Components movement: 159
Jewels: 19
Incabloc shock protection system protected by mineral glass
Materials: palladium-plated brass, stainless steel and nickel-plated brass
Manual-winding: the double-depth square socket key sets time and winds movement

ARCHIMEDE - Pilot 42 BL New Fliegerwatch with Blue Dial

German watch brand ARCHIMEDE presents Pilot 42 BL featuring a blue dial. The proven ICKLER steel and bronze cases have a diameter of 42 mm.
Through the screw down case back you can see the reliable Swiss automatic Eta movement 2824-2. Time and date can be easily set with the catchy Pilot crown.
Together with the blue Pilot ARCHIMEDE offers two new leather straps: a black one with blue and a blue one with white stitching. They match perfectly with the blue dial. The leather straps are also separately available in the ARCHIMEDE shop.
ARCHIMEDE offers the Pilot 42 BL with bronze and steel case in two dial versions: A - with date and logo and H - without date and logo. The Pilot 42 BL starts at EUR 660 (incl. VAT), EUR 554, 62 (without VAT).
Technical details
Movement
Automatic movement Eta 2824-2, Swiss Made

Case
- Bronze Models: Bronze case (CuSn8), brushed, sapphire crystal with antireflective coating, screw down case back (stainless steel) with mineral crystal (optional: solid case back); Pilot's crown made of Bronze, water resistant to 5 ATM diameter 42 mm, thickness 9.9 mm, lug-to-lug length 51 mm
- Steel Models: Stainless steel case brushed, sapphire crystal with antireflective coating, screw down case back with mineral crystal (optional: solid case back), water resistant to 5 ATM, pilot's crown, diameter 42 mm, thickness 9.9 mm, lug-to-lug length 51 mm

Dial
Blue, with luminous numerals and indexes
- Without logo, no date, blue or black luminous hands, SL C
- With logo, date at 6, blue or black luminous hands

Band
Bronze models: Leather strap with white stitching and Bronze rivets and Bronze buckle (wrist size: 18,5 - 22cm)
Steel models: Leather strap with blue stitching and steel rivets and buckles (wrist size: 18,5 - 22cm) (optional: deployment clasp)

ARCHIMEDE Pilot 42 BL HandWound
For the lovers of handwound watches ARCHIMEDE offers the Pilot 42 BL HW with the Swiss hand-wound movement SW 215. The very flat - 6,65 mm - ICKLER steel case is especially manufactured for that movement. The Pilot 42 BL HW costs EUR 720 (incl. VAT), EUR 605,04 (without VAT).
Technical details
Movement
Handwound movement SW 215, Swiss Made

Case
ICKLER case
The high-quality case is manufactured by ICKLER in Pforzheim.
Stainless steel case brushed, sapphire crystal with antireflective coating, screw down case back with mineral crystal, water-resistant to 5 ATM, pilot's crown, diameter 42 mm, thickness 8,6 mm, lug-to-lug length 51 mm

Dial
Matt blue, with luminous numerals and indexes
Luminous blue hands (Superluminova C3)

Band
Blue leather strap with white stitching and rivets (wrist size: 18,5 - 22cm) (optional: deployment clasp)

HYT - H1 Antoine Griezmann & H4 Panis-Barthez Compétition

HYT presents H1 Antoine Griezmann and the H4 Panis-Barthez Compétition: two limited editions created in association with exceptional sport personalities.

Antoine Griezmann, the rising French international striker, is considered by his peers to be one of the best centre-forwards in world football. Racing team Panis-Barthez Compétition is represented by Olivier Panis and Fabien Barthez, two legendary sportsmen who have both risen to the top of their fields in careers which span more than two decades. To date, Olivier Panis is still the last French driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix (on the legendary Monaco race track back in 1996); Fabien Barthez is the most successful international goalkeeper in the history of French football, he was crowned best goalkeeper of the tournament in the 1998 World Cup, and then went on to launch his career in motorsport.

HYT H1 Antoine Griezmann
The H1 Antoine Griezmann is a sporty, elegant, and technically outstanding timepiece, which is kitted out in white and blue, the athlete's two favourite colours. The fluid time display system is a nod to his ‘energy gauge’. This limited series of 20 pieces features a central sapphire dial, flanked by a seconds counter and a power reserve with segmented display. The two-tone blue PVD and DLC titanium gives the timepiece a purity which Antoine Griezmann wanted to preserve, which is extended by a white Cordura strap with blue Top-stiching. The watch features Antoine Griezmann's logo on its sapphire case-back.
Technical details
H1 Antoine Griezmann
Ref.: 148-DB-07-BF-FW; 20-piece limited edition

Functions
Blue retrograde fluidic hours, minutes, seconds
HYT's exclusive patented micro-fluidic module:
- Two multi-layer metal bellows
- Capillary tube in medical grade glass, with interior nano-coating
- Two immiscible liquids; one transparent and the other coloured with a highly resistant dye
- Thermal compensator with dedicated bellows containing a special liquid
- Ceramic fluid restrictors

Movement
Mechanical with manual winding with NAC treatment, exclusive HYT calibre
- 28,800 Vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
- Bridges hand-bevelled and adorned with Côtes de Genève with NAC treatment, rhodium-plated bellows
- 65-hour power reserve

Case
Black DLC titanium and blue PVD with brushed, micro-blasted and satin finishes
- Diameter: 48.8 mm
- Height: 17.9 mm
- Black rubber-sheathed screw-down DLC titanium crown
- Crown protector in DLC titanium
- Screwed offset lugs in DLC titanium
- DLC titanium dome at 6 o'clock
- Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
- Screw-down sapphire case-back in blue PVD titanium with Antoine Griezmann logo
- Water resistant to 100 metres

Dial
Unstructured, fluid hour display
- White hour dial with hour chapter filled with Super-LumiNova®, white indices and numerals with black contour (numeral 7 with gilded contour)
- Minute dial in sapphire with decorative engraving and minute track varnished in blue and white
- Regulator at 12 o'clock
- Rhodium-plated minute hand with Super-LumiNova®
- Seconds bridge with NAC treatment and seconds transfer, rhodium-plated hand varnished in red at 9:30
- Power reserve indicator at 2:30
- Power reserve bridge with NAC treatment, rhodium-plated hand varnished in red at 2:30

Strap
Black rubber base with integrated white Cordura centre and blue topstitching, folding buckle in DLC titanium

HYT H4 Panis-Barthez Compétition
The H4 Panis-Barthez Compétition is a high-tech timekeeping instrument which delivers outstanding performance in all environments, both day and night. In this timepiece, a green fluid loaded with fluorescent nano-particles moves inside a jet black case, framed with a notched bezel in satin-finished titanium.

HYT and Panis-Barthez Compétition have designed the centre of the watch to express all the power of the endurance racing world, by picking up the colours of the steering wheels on their cars. The seconds indicator and the power reserve are therefore adorned with blue, red and green. The minute track is topped with a sapphire bridge, over which passes a red hand, guaranteeing the high level of legibility demanded of sports watches. Each bridge on the H4 is cut out to reduce its weight, just like a race car.
Finally, in a nod to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race which runs right through the night, the H4 Panis-Barthez Compétition is fitted with the HYT light module. When the pushbutton crown at 4:30 marked with the word "Flash" is pressed, the timepiece lights up mechanically, making the fluorescent green fluid which indicates the time glow spectacularly, like a gauge.

Technical details
H4 Panis-Barthez Compétition
Ref.: 151-DL-08-GF-RN; 20-piece limited edition

Functions
Retrograde fluidic hours, minutes, and seconds
HYT's exclusive patented micro-fluidic module:
- Two multi-layer metal bellows
- Capillary tube in medical grade glass, with interior nano-coating
- Two immiscible liquids; one transparent and the other coloured with a highly resistant dye
- Thermal compensator with dedicated bellows containing a special liquid
- Ceramic fluid restrictors

Movement
Skeleton mechanical hand-wound movement, HYT exclusive calibre
- 28,800 Vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
- Hand-bevelled bridges, rhodium-plated main plate and bellows
- 65-hour power reserve
Blue light mechanical module:
- System activation and winding function with push-button crown at 4:30
- Dynamo system activated when the crown at 4:30 is pressed. When this button is released, the light is deactivated until the additional barrel spring is completely decompressed

Case
Black DLC titanium (bezel and dome)
- Diameter: 51 mm
- Height: 17.9 mm
- Two crowns in DLC titanium; black rubber-sheathed screw-down crown at 2:30 and at 4:30
- Dome in DLC titanium
- Hour bezel in DLC titanium with numerals varnished in black satin-finished (“start” and “return” varnished in matte white)
- Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
- Metallic screw-down sapphire case-back with Panis-Barthez Compétition transfer
- Water-resistant to 50 metres

Dial
Unstructured, fluid hour display
- Sapphire power reserve and minute & seconds dial
- Regulator at 12 o'clock
- Minute numerals and indices engraved and varnished in white
- Minute hand in black PVD with red varnish; luminescent at the centre
- Small seconds wheel at 9.30 with green, blue and red transfer; white numerals
- Power reserve indicator at 2:30 engraved and varnished in red, blue and green with white transfer

Strap
Black rubber base with integrated NOMEX™ centre and black stitching, black DLC titanium folding buckle

CORUM Heritage Sublissima Limited Edition

CORUM updates its Heritage Line by presenting Sublissima, a beautiful, sparkling timepiece dedicates to elegant women. Adorned with 25 shimmering diamonds on its 38 mm diameter case, this new jewellery watch boasts a stunning mother-of-pearl heart dial.
Crafted from 18K pink or white gold, the two Sublissima models are issued as 8 and 18 pieces respectively. Its precious case is paired with a black alligator-skin strap with a gold pin buckle. Delivering a power reserve of 50 hours, the self winding mechanical movement beats inside the watch offers an hour and minute function with gold hands.
Technical details
Model: HERITAGE 38 SUBLISSIMA

Movement
Movement number: CO 058
Functions: Hour & Minute
Power reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 2.5 Hz, 18'000 vph
Dimension: 12''
Rubies: 35

Dial
Colours: White
Material: Mother-of-pearl

Pink Gold Version
Z058/03286 - 058.100.85/0001 PN01, Limited Edition: 8 piece(s)
Case
Shape: Round
Dimension: 38 mm
Thickness: 7.70 mm
Case material: 5N 18kt rose gold
Crown material: 5N 18kt rose gold
Bezel material: 5N 18kt rose gold • 25 Round diamonds • ~6.16 ct
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back type: Open back cover in 5N 18kt rose gold
Water-resistance: 30 meters / 3 ATM

Hands
Baton: 5N gold-toned

Bracelet
Material: Alligator leather
Colours: Black
Interhorn/Buckle: 16/16 mm
Buckle type: Tongue buckle
Buckle material: 5N 18kt rose gold

White Gold Version
Z058/03285 - 058.100.69/0001 PN02, Limited Edition: 18 piece(s)
Case
Shape: Round
Dimension: 38 mm
Thickness: 7.70 mm
Case material: 18kt white gold
Crown material: 18kt white gold
Bezel material: 18kt white gold • 25 Round diamonds • ~6.16 ct
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back type: Screwed in open back cover in 18kt white gold with glare proof sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 30 meters / 3 ATM

Hands
Hour and minute: Baton • Rhodium-coated

Bracelet
Material: Alligator leather
Colours: Black
Interhorn/Buckle: 16/16 mm
Buckle type: Tongue buckle
Buckle material: 18kt white gold

Bell & Ross BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor Limited Edition

Since 2014, the letter “X” has been accompanying the range of experimental watches produced by Bell & Ross when the Swiss watch brand released the BR-X1 featuring stunning and resolutely masculine design. The technical characteristics, typical of sports models, were joined by a bold streak of creativity, characterized by the adoption of a skeleton chronograph movement inside a high-tech square case that combined titanium, ceramic and rubber.

Two years later, Bell & Ross presented the BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire model featuring a square case cut directly from a block of sapphire. This precious timepiece established a direct link between Haute Horlogerie and hyper-sophistication. And now, with the new BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro- Rotor, the second generation of its X Collection, Bell & Ross is adding another chapter to the BR saga.
Thanks to its revolutionary design and production methods, the BR-X2 implies wearing the movement directly on the wrist. The square BR-CAL.380 manufacture caliber, designed and developed entirely by Bell & Ross, is set between two sapphire crystal plates, joined at the sides by a narrow band of steel machined as a single piece, ensuring unrestricted visibility. This makes the case virtually invisible, and the skeleton dial does the same, showcasing the movement.
To highlight the aesthetic purity and the technical expertise, the designers of the BR-X2 have opted for both simplicity and performance. This two-hand watch displays the hours and minutes with exceptional precision thanks to a flying tourbillon that compensates for the gravitational pull of the earth.
Simplicity, yes; but also elegance and restraint, thanks to its modest dimensions (42.5 mm square) and delicacy, made possible by the extra-thin 4.05 mm movement, with automatic winding provided by a micro-rotor. This highly exclusive watch will only be available to 99 cultivated connoisseurs.
Technical details
Model: BR-X2 TOURBILLON MICRO-ROTOR
BRX2-MRTB-ST
Limited edition of 99 pieces
Movement: calibre BR-CAL.380. Automatic mechanical
Functions: hours and minutes. Flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock
Case: 42.5 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 50 metres
Dial: skeletonised. Metal applique Superluminova®-filled indices
Hands: Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands
Strap: grey alligator.
Buckle: folding. Steel

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Chronograph Gennady Golovkin Limited Edition

On 17 Sep 2017, Hublot celebrated the opening of its second Las Vegas boutique – at The Shops at Crystals – with a ribbon cutting ceremony, cocktail reception, and special appearance by brand ambassador Gennady “GGG” Golovkin following this weekend’s match versus Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena.

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, professional Kazakh boxer is currently the middleweight world champion in four different federations: WBA, WBC, IBO, and IBF. Hublot also launched the limited-edition Classic Fusion 45mm Chronograph “Gennady Golovkin” created in honor the middleweight world champion and brand ambassador.
The new Hublot boutique at Crystals showcases a more modern, luxurious design with private lounge seating throughout and a full bar in the back of the store to be enjoyed by customers. The Crystals store will also house the limited-edition All Black and black diamond Big Bang Las Vegas special edition pieces, exclusive to the Las Vegas market, launched last month.

The CLASSIC FUSION 45MM CHRONOGRAPH “GENNADY GOLOVKIN was created in a limited run of 100 pieces to commemorate the partnership with the great boxer and Hublot.
The watch is housed in a polished black ceramic 45mm case and contains a self-winding movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. Yellow gold subdials, hands, and screws pop against the black background, with Gennady Golovkin’s initials standing proudly at 12 o’clock and his logo – two gloves banging together – positioned at 3 o’clock. The straps are black alligator stitched to black rubber – an Hublot signature – and feature yellow and blue stitching symbolic of both GGG’s native Kazakhstan and the colors he uses in his uniform.

Technical details
Model: CLASSIC FUSION 45MM CHRONOGRAPH SPECIAL EDITION “GENNADY GOLOVKIN”
Reference: 525.CM.0189.LR.GGO17
Limitation: SPECIAL EDITION N°XXX/100

Case
Satin-finished and polished black ceramic
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13.40 mm
Water Resistant: 5 ATM (50m)
Bezel: Satin-finished and polished black ceramic
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: Polished yellow gold 3N
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Polished black ceramic
Pushers: Polished black ceramic
Case back: Polished black ceramic engraved "SPECIAL EDITION" + “N°XXX/100”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment + "GGO17" logo

Dial
Sapphire dial
Polished gold-plated appliques + “GGO17” logo at 3.00
Hands: Polished gold-plated hands; Polished gold-plated and blue lacquered chronograph second hand

Movement
Caliber Hublot HUB1155
Type: Self-winding Chronograph movement
Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 6.9 mm
Date: Window at 6.00
No of Components: 207
Jewels: 60
Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power reserve: 42 Hours

Strap
Black rubber and black alligator with yellow and blue stitching
Buckle: Black PVD stainless steel deployant buckle clasp

Hublot Big Bang Bavaria Limited Edition

To create this exclusive Bing Bang timepiece released during Oktoberfest this year, Hublot has partnered with Bavaria based boot-manufacturer MEINDL (Lukas Meindl GmbH & Co.KG), the traditional German company known for its high-quality leather boots, including popular hiking boots. A fuse of innovation and tradition, the Big Bang Bavaria celebrates Bavarian craftsmanship.

In accordance with craftsmanship and age-old materials, the watchmaker and the tanner have fused their expertise to create the Big Bang Bavaria. Cut from bronze, it is strapped onto two robust, hand-embroidered bracelets in deer leather.
For the first time, Hublot has cut its Big Bang case out of bronze that has the advantages of non-magnetism, resistance to corrosion and a unique appearance. While it is not stainless, bronze is covered with a natural patina that protects it and gives it an unparalleled finish. The case back is in black ceramic whereas the screws are in 3N gold. Tanned and burnished by hand, each strap and case are different and unique. Time will add distinction and character to the Big Bang Bavaria Just like leather, the Hublot bronze, with its yellow pink tones, becomes enhanced over time.
Crafted by MEINDL, the Bavarian company that boats expertise and tradition in tanning industry since 1683, the Big Bang Bavaria strap is reminiscent of the “Lederhosen”, the short leather breeches that originated in Bavaria and have been the traditional clothing of the mountain people since the 18th century. Just like the garment from which the strap draws inspiration, it is cut in deer leather and hand-embroidered with a pattern only possible to create on deer leather. Traditional sewing gives a 3D effect to the leather tanned using the Meindl tradition.
It takes 3 to 4 months to tan the hide using an age-old technique. The hides are salted then plunged into a limestone-based liquid before being washed, then treated by hand with cod-liver oil and dried. The last two steps are repeated several times until the leather is entirely soaked with the oil. The hide is left to dry in the sun to develop a light brown colour. To bring out the velvet character of the leather is then rubber with sandpaper. Meindl then applies and brushes the leather with several tropical wood bark colorants, a procedure repeated up to 5 times. The products used are all without preservatives or chemicals to respect nature.
Delivered with two “One Click” straps, the Big Bang Bavaria easily changes its look thanks to its patented attachment system. There’s a version with a cuff in natural light brown deer leather, enhanced by two leather tabs embroidered with a deer head. The second version comes in “altsalzburg” (black-brown)- coloured deer leather, embroidered with oak leaves.
The Big Bang Bavaria beats to the rhythm of Unico, the Hublot manufacture movement, with 330 components for a 72-hour power reserve—a self-winding bidirectional movement with a flyback chronograph and a column wheel on the side of the dial.

Technical details
Model: BIG BANG UNICO "BAVARIA"
Reference 411.BZ.1149.VR.MDL17 – Limited to 100 pieces

Case
Material: Brushed Bronze
Diameter: 45mm
Thickness: 16.30mm
Bezel: Brushed Bronze
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: 18k Yellow Gold, polished
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment and HUBLOT logo printed on the inner side
Case back: Micro-blasted black ceramic engraved "LIMITED EDITION 100NUM"
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100m)

Dial

Mat black skeleton
Yellow Gold -plated indexes with beige luminescent
Hands: Yellow Gold -plated hands with beige luminescent

Movement
Caliber Hublot MHUB1242, UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel
No of Components: 330 (38 jewels)
Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power reserve: 72 Hours

Straps
Strap 1: Cuff in deer leather with embroidered deer head
Strap 2: Black rubber and brown leather deer strap with embroidered oak leaf
Buckle: Black PVD titanium with brushed bronze insert deployant buckle clasp

Armand Nicolet Launches The Trade In

Traditional Swiss watch maker Armand Nicolet has launched its new service, the Trade In, which offers customers a new and exciting way to access Armand Nicolet watches.This concept is based on a part exchange principal, in that a customer can trade-in an existing watch to receive an excellent price on a new Armand Nicolet watch, direct from the atelier. This service is open to all brands of watches, and all types of watches.
Armand Nicolet, a Swiss watch brand that has been in business for nearly 150 years is once again innovating within the industry.

Who may make use of this service?
The collector with a full box, and a one in one out policy, but hates the prolonged agony of selling watches. That single watch owner who is longing for an Armand Nicolet. That bargain hunter that likes to get the best deals around. Or even those with a few forgotten about watches that have been stowed away in the drawer.
Whatever the motive, this service provides a new way to access Armand Nicolet watches whilst in turn, making these watches more accessible to the wider audience.

How it Works?
All customers need to do is visit the trade in page (http://www.armandnicolet.com/tradein/), fill out and submit the form, including two clear photos of the watch that they would like to Trade In. It’s as easy as that. Then Armand Nicolet will assess the customers’ offer and get back in touch. One requirement, of course, is that the customer is able to provide legitimate proof of ownership of the watch.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RGM Watch Company Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Open House and Releases New Watch Models

Traditional US watch maker RGM celebrated its 25th year of making watches with an open house at its workshop in Mount Joy, PA, USA, on September 15 and 16, 2017. They unveiled 3 new models and a new movement caliber at the NAWCC Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, PA, USA.

The open house gave a glimpse of how RGM makes its watches. Another highlight was seeing the hand-operated Engine-Turning (Guilloché) machines that decorate many of RGM’s models in action.

At the NAWCC Museum, RGM’s founder Roland Murphy gave a tour of the museum highlighting some of his favorite clocks and watches in the collection. Several display cases stood covered in the lobby. One by one, they were unveiled, introducing the new models for everyone to see.
The new movement is caliber 801SW, a sweep second (center second) version of the original 801 movement. This is the fourth in-house movement from RGM. The 801SW has a very classic build. Though similar to the original 801 movement, the sweep second version has many new and unique parts, including a new main-plate to achieve the center second function. Most center second movements have a wheel that is friction fit onto a pivot from the third wheel coming thru the bridge. To service the watch this wheel must be pulled off and pressed back on. The 801SW movement has the third wheel and the sweep drive wheel on the third wheel arbor. This double wheel sits under the bridge, eliminating the friction wheel system. This system requires more parts but is a more reliable construction.
The first model to use the new 801SW caliber is in the Corps of Engineers family. The 801SW-COE looks very much like the popular 801-COE, except for the large blued steel center second hand stepping around the Grand Feu enamel dial. Both watches are very similar but have a very different feel.
The second watch introduced is Model 222-RR (Railroad). Like other models in the 222 line, the Railroad model features restored Hamilton 921 or 923 movements. This model employs a case with the crown at the 1:30 position and a real Grand Feu enamel dial.
The dial has a railroad theme, and is modeled after American railroad watches from the past with its Box car style dial. The blued steel hands are true to the classic form. The placement of the crown at 1:30 is reminiscent of watches from the early part of the 20th century. It’s also very natural to read the time when worn on the left wrist.
Model 25 is the third watch that was unveiled. This beautifully classic model is very similar to the Pennsylvania Series watches RGM already makes with its coin edge case and hand cut Engine-Turned dials.
The 40mm cases are made in the USA and the movements are the reliable Swiss ETA 2892-A2, top quality version. The American-made dials are available in different guilloché patterns and galvanic colors.
The previously introduced Chess Watch was also on display at the Watch and Clock Museum. It was the first model RGM introduced for their 25th anniversary.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bell & Ross Vintage Bellytanker Limited Edition

For its latest timepiece collection, Swiss watch brand Bell & Ross draws inspiration from the retro-influenced Bellytanker race car. Issued in two variations each in limited edition of 500 pieces, the Vintage Bellytanker collection proudly showcases the Swiss watch brand’s passion for engineering and extreme machines.
Featuring missile-like aerodynamics, the Bellytanker racecar is built using a fuel tank from a fighter plane. Fitted with an engine and four wheels, this tank is transformed into a streamlined racer. The Bellytanker is best known for taking part in speed trials on the huge salt lake flats of the North American West. These gigantic open stretches of desert, where most of the water has evaporated, are particularly well suited to motor racing competitions. The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah are the most famous example.

Originating in the forties and fifties, the term «Bellytank» initially referred to the emergency drop tank fitted in the belly of fighter planes. «Bellytanker» is now mainly used for the high-speed race cars manufactured directly from these spare tanks.

Their history dates back to the end of the war. Bill Burke, an American speed freak, wanted to build an ultra-fast car to take part in the races being held on the salt flats. He had fought in the South Pacific, and had grown to love the elegance of these fighter plane drop tanks, with their aerodynamic lines as if sculpted by the wind. To his eyes, they looked like the perfect foundations on which to build his speed machine. He was not wrong: their droplet shape ensured exceptional performance. At the end of the war many military components were sold off cheap. In 1946, he bought a drop tank from a North American P-51 Mustang for $35. He used it to build a bright yellow mini hot-rod. He fitted the tank that formed the bodywork, on a chassis, powering it with a powerful V8 engine. He took his prototype to the Bonneville salt lake races to test it.

Without realizing it, he had created the world’s first Bellytanker. The shape and design of this aerodynamic vehicle have ensured its place in the great aeronautical history of North America in the forties and fifties. It is also enshrined in the annals of motor racing with the Hot Rod and the Streamliner. In the automotive world, it also rapidly acquired iconic status.

Bill Burke went on to develop vehicles based on tanks from a lighter plane, the Lockheed P-38 fighter. Bell & Ross has designed its own vehicle, taking these later versions of the Bellytanker as its inspiration. Being part of a plane on wheels, this new vehicle is perfectly aligned with the spirit of the watch brand, which has aviation and the military in its DNA. This retro-futuristic racer is the latest in a line of extreme machines developed by the firm. It combines both aeronautical influences and numerous nods to the watchmaking world. So, the metal of its bodywork is like the case of a watch. The glass covering its cockpit echoes an ultra-curved crystal. The copper-cultured trim evokes the dials of timepieces from this era. Its tail fin, designed to stabilize the vehicle, is a reference to the aviation codes, as is the matte black of its “nose”. This color is used on certain stealth fighters to avoid reflections.
BR V1-92 BELLYTANKER
This classic model comes in a small 38.5 mm, brushed steel case that harks back to the watches of the forties and fifties, with a nod to the cockpit of the P-51 Mustang. Flat and thin, it imbues the watch with elegance. The solid case back features an engraved profile of the Bellytanker. Lastly, the ultra-curved sapphire crystal, with its vintage overtones, recalls the round windows in classic plane cockpits.
The watch houses a self-winding movement that powers three hands; it displays the hours, minutes and seconds. The date is at 4.30.
The color scheme of the dial matches the Bell & Ross racer. The metallic copper of the dial echoes the color of its wheel rims. The black seen on the details of the minute track recalls the car’s nose. Finally, the steel used for the case, numerals, indices and hands pays tribute to its sculpted bodywork. The metal indices and numerals are appliques. The metal skeleton hands are filled with Superluminova, so that they remain visible at night. The aircraft-shaped counterweight on the seconds’ hand is one of the new Bell & Ross stylistic signatures. The watch comes with an exceedingly soft and supple dark brown leather strap aged for a vintage look.

Technical details
BR V1-92 BELLYTANKER
Limited edition of 500 pieces

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.302
Automatic mechanical

Functions
Hours, minutes, central seconds and date

Case
Diameter 38.5 mm
Satin-polished steel
Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Gilt
Metal applique numerals and indices
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Brown calfskin
Buckle: pin. Steel.

BR V2-94 BELLYTANKER
This variant houses a chronograph with two counters: a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock and a central 60-second counter. The date sits between 4 and 5 o’clock.
This version comes dressed in a satin-finished polished steel case measuring 41 mm case which hints at the P-51 Mustang’s tanks. The sapphire case-back allows glimpses of the chronograph mechanism’s gear train. The version with a solid case back features an engraved profile of the B&R Bellytanker. The crown and push buttons are screw-down for improved water-resistance. The fixed bezel features a tachymeter scale, enabling the speed of a racecar to be calculated at any time.
The watch boasts a so called «Panda» dial, because of the contrast between the black counters and gold dial. The color scheme used matches that of the Bellytanker. The metallic copper of the dial echoes the color of the racer’s wheel rims. The black of the detailed line on the minute track is also found on the car’s nose. Finally, the steel used for the case, numerals, indices and hands is a nod to the vehicle’s sculpted bodywork. The metal indices and numerals are appliques. The metal skeleton hands are filled with Superluminova, so that they remain visible at night. The aircraft-shaped counterweight on the second’s hand is one of the new Bell & Ross stylistic signatures. Two straps are available: Retro-inspired dark brown leather or sporty metal bracelet.
Technical details
BR V2-94 BELLYTANKER
Limited edition of 500 pieces

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.301
Automatic mechanical

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o'clock
Date
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o'clock, central chronograph seconds

Case
41 mm in diameter
Satin-polished steel
Steel bezel with tachymeter scale
Screw-down crown and push-buttons
Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Sapphire case-back
Water-resistance: 100 metres.

Dial
Gilt
Metal applique numerals and indices
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Straps
Satin-polished steel or brown calfskin
Buckle: Folding; Satin-polished steel

Bell & Ross loves to take its passion for extreme machines to the limits. Its new Bellytanker car naturally continues the line of vehicles that precede it: the B-Rocket motorbike and the Aero GT supercar. Comprised of two timepieces, the new Bellytanker collection adopts the round case of the Vintage model, whilst remaining resolutely modern. It is designed to evoke the legendary era of record-breaking races in the North America of the fifties. Participants sped across the salt lakes, most notably at Bonneville, in their super-fast homemade hot rods. This collection is aimed at contemporary and enthusiastic drivers, with a love for vintage.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Karl-Leimon Moonphase Watch Collection

Created by a group of watch lovers living in Japan, micro-watch brand Karl-Leimon announces the launch of its Moonphase Watch collection. The young time-wear brand aims to manufacture high quality timepieces that manage to capture the elegance of classic watches without breaking the bank balance of the buyer.
Inspired by the good old classic wrist watches, Karl-Leimon watches feature a sleek, elegant design that incorporates high quality Italian calf leather, fine silver casing, and Anti Reflective sapphire glass. Additionally, the face of the watch itself follows the sizing conventions of classic watches, making it much smaller and easier to wear, and features a moon-phase display, a much sought after feature found in many premium watches.
Thanks to slender 38mm case, this classic dress watch is comfortable to wear. This watch featuring moon-phase and calendar functions (Day, date and month) is equipped with the Miyota 6P00 quartz movement.

The retail price of Karl-Leimon watch is $285. In addition, you can get a discounted price of up to $179 by pre-order from Kickstarter.

For more information, visit the Karl-Leimon Watch Kickstarter campaign.

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