Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hublot Big Bang "Calaveras"

On the occasion of Mexican festival of "El Día de los Muertos", Hublot is paying tribute to the celebration of life by creating a limited edition Big Bang Calaveras in 3 versions, with just 30 ceramic models, 20 steel models, and 10 red gold models being released. Embodying the positive attitude of the brand, the skull designed by Hublot is adorned with floral and carved motifs, engraved into the material like embroidery.
The popularity of the skull motif, celebrated in contemporary art, design, and fashion, extends beyond the realm of rockers and bad boys it bears a positive message of hope stands for change, rebirth, and life in all its guises.

As the 10th annual SIAR Mexico opens its doors, Hublot is paying tribute to one of the most popular holidays in Mexico, "El Día de los Muertos", which translates to Day of the Dead. This holiday is a celebration recognised as part of world cultural heritage (UNESCO) since 2008.
A tradition which focuses on gatherings of families and friends to pray for and remember people who have died and help support their spiritual journey. This celebration may seem morbid but is in actual fact, a true celebration of life. An Aztec tradition, dating back more than three centuries, later influenced by both Spanish and Christian customs.
A vibrant, joyful, and colourful celebration which, on the BIG BANG, takes the form of a "calavera" (the symbolic skull), the spirit of which imbues the watch from its dial to engraved bezel, all the way through to its stamped bracelet.

Technical details
Model: BIG BANG CALAVERAS CERAMIC
Reference: 316.CI.1410.RX.MEX17 – Limited edition to 30 pieces
Case
Diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 14.60 mm
Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100m)
Case: Micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel: Microblasted black ceramic, engraved MEX17 logo
With 6 H-shaped Titanium black PVD screws
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment with HUBLOT logo printed
Case back: Microblasted black ceramic engraved “SPECIAL EDITION” + “XX/30”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment

Dial
Black dial, embossed with MEX17 logo
Hands: Satin-finished black-plated hands

Movement
HUB1401 caliber, self-winding manufacture movement
N° of Components: 175 (23 rubies)
Frequency (Hz): 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power Reserve: 42 Hours

Strap
Black rubber engraved MEX17 logo
Buckle: Black-plated stainless steel deployant buckle clasp

Model: BIG BANG CALAVERAS Gold
Reference: 316.PX.4110.RX.MEX17 – Limited edition to 10 pieces
Case
Diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 14.60 mm
Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100m)
Case: Satin-finished 18k red gold
Bezel: Satin-finished 18k red gold, engraved MEX17 logo with 6 H-shaped polished 18k red gold screws
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment with HUBLOT logo printed
Case back: Satin-finished 18k red gold engraved “SPECIAL EDITION” + “N°XX/10”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment

Dial
Black and gold-plated dial, embossed with MEX17 logo

Movement
HUB1401 caliber, self-winding manufacture movement
N° of Components: 175 (23 rubies)
Frequency (Hz): 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power Reserve: 42 Hours

Strap
Black rubber engraved MEX17 logo
Buckle: 18k red gold deployant buckle clasp

Model: BIG BANG CALAVERAS Steel
Reference: 316.SX.4310.RX.MEX17 – Limited edition to 20 pieces
Case
Diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 14.60 mm
Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100m)
Case Satin-finished stainless steel
Bezel: Satin-finished stainless steel, engraved MEX17 logo with 6 H-shaped polished titanium screws
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment with HUBLOT logo printed
Case back: Satin-finished stainless steel engraved “SPECIAL EDITION” + “N°XX/20”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment

Dial
Black and rhodium-plated dial, embossed with MEX17 logo

Movement
HUB1401 caliber, self-winding manufacture movement
N° of Components: 175 (23 rubies)
Frequency (Hz): 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power Reserve: 42 Hours

Strap
Black rubber engraved MEX17 logo
Buckle: Stainless steel deployant buckle clasp

Hublot Welcomes Czech Tennis Player Karolína Plíšková as its new Friend of the Brand

On 11th October 2017, Hublot unveiled in its Prague Boutique its new Friend of the Brand, the Czech tennis player and current World n°3 Karolína Plíšková.

It is in her homeland that Karolína Plíšková entered the Hublot Family as Friend of the Brand, more precisely in Prague, a city where she won one of her first singles titles back in 2015. Born in 1992 in Louny, a small town forty miles outside of Prague, Karolína Plíšková started playing tennis at the age of four with her twin sister. She turned professional in 2009 and won the Junior Australian Open in 2010.

Her aggressive style of play is highlighted by her forceful ground strokes as well as her powerful and accurate serve. Karolína Plíšková is now on track for a third straight year on top of the WTA's ace leaderboard: she hit 517 aces in 2015, increasing that total up to 530 in 2016 and currently leads this year's tally with 419 aces.
Winner of 9 singles titles and 5 double titles since 2013, Karolína Plíšková has pursued her rise in the WTA Rankings over the years, ending World n°11 in 2015 and World n°6 in 2016. In 2017, she won 3 singles titles (Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne) and is now World n°3.

Karolína Plíšková has brilliantly qualified for the WTA Masters taking place in Singapore from 22nd to 29th of October. The Masters will gather the season’s 8 best players, among those being another Hublot Friend of the Brand, Simona Halep. Karolína Plíšková is also an accomplished woman as well as a generous and charitable individual. Last June, she launched the Karolína Plíšková Endowment Fund to help the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Department of Motol University Hospital in Prague. During the US Open this year, she relied on her great serve to launch the #AceQueen initiative to donate €200 to the Foundation for every ace she hit during the Tournament.

Benoit Lecigne, Hublot Brand Director for Eastern Europe, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Ireland and Scandinavia commented: « Talented, hard worker, ambitious and generous, Karolína Plíšková’s own personal values align with those of Hublot: First, Different and Unique.

She joins the brand’s portfolio of great international sports friends including, among others, the Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, the French golfer Alexander Levy, the Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma, and the French football player David Trézéguet. »

DAVOSA Aviator Quartz

The DAVOSA Aviator Quartz masters all the demands of a pilot watch. This pilot watch comes in two different versions: as a 3-hand timepiece or with a chronograph function, driven by tried and tested Swiss-made quartz movements. The chronograph distinguishes itself as a true pilot’s watch thanks to its fly-back function: pressing the pusher stops the current time measurement and the hand flies back to zero; on releasing the pusher a new stopwatch process begins.
The DAVOSA Aviator Quartz proves once again why pilot’s watches are the second most popular category of wristwatch after diver’s watches: they make a strong statement in high-quality, masculine design.

The satined, partially polished, stainless steel case with its 42 mm diameter,11 mm height and a water resistance of 5 ATM is contained by a fluted bezel and topped by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The clean design provides clear indices, large, easily readable figures and hands set against a black, blue or silvery white dial, depending on your choice.
The look is complemented by a robust blue, black or brown leather strap with contrasting stitching and a pin buckle. And finally, the seconds hand has a pleasing detail to offer: the outer part is red, thus increasing readability and underscoring the autonomous design of this stylish wristwatch.

The DAVOSA Aviator Quartz retails at 298 Euros for the 3-hand version and 398 Euros for the chronograph.

Technical details
  • Model: DAVOSA Aviator Quartz
  • References: 162.498.15 (silver), 162.498.45 (blue), 162.498.55 (black), 162.499.15 (silver, chronograph), 162.499.45 (blue, chronograph) and 162.499.55 (black, chronograph)
  • Swiss Ronda 515 and ETA G10 (fly-back chronograph) quality movements
  • Satined stainless steel case with polished details; Ø 42 mm, height 11 mm or 11.8 mm (chronograph)
  • Water resistance to 5 ATM; screwed back
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire glass
  • Hands and figures (blue and black dial versions) with Super-LumiNova
  • Robust leather strap with contrasting stitching and pin buckle
  • Prices: 298 € (3-hand version) and 398 € (chronograph)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1297 DLC Titanium

Launched last year, the Tourbillon Oculus 1297 collection from luxury Swiss watch brand Ateliers deMonaco welcomes two new sportier models in 2017. The Tourbillon Oculus 1297 line is recognisable by its dial composed of small lozenges in relief, this collection is inspired by Monaco’s coat of arms.
Dressed in DLC titanium case, the two new timepieces are equipped with the manufacture dMc-980calibre. Designed, developed, built and assembled in the Ateliers deMonaco manufacture, this patented tourbillon movement is called: Tourbillon XP1.It is one of the most precise in the world with a tolerance between 0 to 2 seconds per 24 hours.
These two automatic models have the Ateliers deMonaco signature rotor. The latest represents the Principality’s crown which is carefully hand-engraved in 22K gold. For the first time, the manufacturer envelops its movement with an ultra-light black DLC titanium case.
The dial is made with the use of a new technology: a five axis laser. This latest innovation does not burn the material but enhances it giving the sought-after form. In this case, it is the signature symbol of Ateliers deMonaco: the lozenge. The mention Ateliers deMonaco is also written on the rim of the dial. 
The two new models are recognizable by a small dial at 12 o’clock or in rose gold colour or in white gold colour. In order to be faithful to the Oculus model, an opening on the tourbillon’s cage at 6 o’clock allows us to see the heartbeat of the watch.
Further, the watch is mounted on a black alligator leather strap adorned with a hand-stitched and folding buckle in titanium black DLC for a more convenient use.

Technical details
References
dMc-TB-OCG-RLR-TIB & dMc-TB-OCG-RLW-TIB

Movement   
Automatic dMc-980 caliber
Patented “eXtreme Precision 1 minute” tourbillon
Alternances 28800 beats/hour (4 Hrz)
42 hours power reserve
29 jewels
Sapphire tourbillon bridge
Hand decoration on all bridges:
Chamfered, circular graining, circular satin-finishing
22K gold hand-engraved rotor
Silicium escape wheel and lever

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds (6 o’clock)

Case
Black DLC titanium
Ultralight titanium core
Diameter 44 MM
Height 13.1 MM
31 parts
Brushed, polished and assembled by hand
Multi-layered anti-reflection coating on front and back sapphire crystal
Case back secured with 4 screws
Water resistant up to 3 ATM

Dial
Multi-layer, de-centered dial with roman numerals
Dark grey PVD, lozenge pattern in relief
Tourbillon opening at 6 o'clock
Hands: Dauphine

Strap
Hand-stitched alligator leather
Titanium folding buckle

Edition
Limited edition 88 pieces

RJ-Romain Jerome X Hello Kitty

To mark RJ- Romain Jerome’s first women’s only collection, the luxury Swiss brand is paying tribute to an undeniable iconic figure, Hello Kitty.  RJ is offering the perfect setting for Hello Kitty through the brand’s most distinctive case, the Moon Invader. The more neutral steel case, unique to the 40 mm models, helps emphasize Hello Kitty placed at the center of the highly-crafted dial.
RJ X HELLO KITTY
Faithful to RJ’s Generational Icons collection, the new timepieces reproduce mid-70s aesthetics illustrated by a silver-finished pixel dial. The different finishes and pixel levels create a true sense of depth, increased by the black outline of the hand-filled applique placed on top.
RJ X HELLO KITTY SPARKLE
The RJ X Hello Kitty watch, featuring a Swiss Made mechanical self-winding movement, allows maximum comfort on the wrist thanks to the articulated lugs which are exclusive to RJ.
RJ X HELLO KITTY FULL SPARKLE
The collection showcases Hello Kitty’s personalities translating into different models: glossy with the lacquered applique and the polished bezel, sparkling with an added set bezel or glittery with the applique in diamonds and pink sapphires. Each model is limited to 76 pieces to celebrate the year of the rise of the Hello Kitty character.
About Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty was born in London in 1974. Over the years, she has become one of the most unique and fascinating characters ever created, a global icon with relevance to women of all ages, ethnicities and economic backgrounds as well as an inspiration to artists and designers. Her motto is: ‘you can never have too many friends.’

Technical details
Collection: Generational Icons I Universe: COLLABORATIONS

References
RJ X HELLO KITTY: Reference RJ.M.AU.IN.023.01
RJ X HELLO KITTY SPARKLE: Reference RJ.M.AU.IN.023.03
RJ X HELLO KITTY FULL SPARKLE: Reference RJ.M.AU.IN.023.02

Movement
RJ003-A – Mechanical self-winding
Frequency rate: 28,800 vph
Jewelling: 30 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Central hours and minutes

RJ X HELLO KITTY
Case
Ø 40mm, steel
Case back: Grainy-textured stellar pattern with Hello Kitty medallion
Bezel: Polished steel
Lugs: Fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints for optimal wrist adjustment
Crown: Steel screw-lock with white rubber insert
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Dial
Silver-finished 3D dial with sand-blasted and satin-brushed pixel levels Hand-lacquered Hello Kitty central applique
Hands Rhodiumed and satin-brushed hour and minute hands with Superluminova C1 “blue emission” on the tips

Strap
White vulcanized rubber with grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned and steel pin buckle
Additional: pink rubber strap

Limited edition
76 pieces

Retail price
CHF 8’888.-* / EUR 9’950.-* / USD 9’950.-* GBP 8’500.-* / HKD 76’950.-* / YEN 1’328’400.-*

RJ X HELLO KITTY SPARKLE

Case
Ø 40mm, steel
Case back: Grainy-textured stellar pattern with Hello Kitty medallion
Bezel: Steel set with 70 diamonds (0.71 cts)
Lugs: Fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints for optimal wrist adjustment
Crown: Steel screw-lock with white rubber insert
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Dial
Silver-finished 3D dial with sand-blasted and satin-brushed pixel levels
Hand-lacquered Hello Kitty central applique
Hands Rhodiumed and satin-brushed hour and minute hands with Superluminova C1 “blue emission” on the tips

Strap
White vulcanized rubber with grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned and steel pin buckle
Additional: pink rubber strap

Limited edition
76 pieces

Retail price
CHF 12’222.-* / EUR 13’500.-* / USD 12’950.-* GBP 10’950.-* / HKD 105’950.-* / YEN 1’825’200.-*

RJ X HELLO KITTY FULL SPARKLE
Case
Ø 40mm, steel
Case back: Grainy-textured stellar pattern with Hello Kitty medallion
Bezel: Steel set with 70 diamonds (0.71 cts)
Lugs: Fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints for optimal wrist adjustment
Crown: Steel screw-lock with white rubber insert
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Dial
Silver-finished 3D dial with sand-blasted and satin-brushed pixel levels
Rhodiumed Hello Kitty applique set with 112 diamonds (0.343 cts) and 45 pink sapphires (0.14 cts)

Hands
Rhodiumed and satin-brushed hour and minute hands with Superluminova C1 “blue emission” on the tips

Strap
White vulcanized rubber with grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned and steel pin buckle
Additional: pink rubber strap

Limited edition
76 pieces

Retail price
CHF 15’555.-* / EUR 17’500.-* / USD 16’500.-* GBP 14’500.-* / HKD 134’500.-* / YEN 2’311’200.-*

Mido Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition (Ref. M034.408.16.261.00) – Inspired By the Revolutionary Architecture of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)

Swiss watch brand Mido presents new timepiece directly inspired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Designed by the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this revolutionary building was chosen by the public following the interactive #BeInspiredByArchitecture campaign, which drew over 100,000 participants from around the world.

True to the brand’s identity, the new Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition presents a captivating contemporary design supported by clean lines. The profile of its round case in satin-finished and polished stainless steel and its crown take their shape from the elegant exterior curves of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Its superb eggshell-coloured and grained dial is inspired by the impressive glass dome that crowns the monument.
Produced in a limited edition of just 500 pieces, this unique timepiece is fitted with an exceptional COSC-certified automatic movement: the Caliber 80 Si, which gives it a power reserve of up to 80 hours, and whose impeccable accuracy is ensured by a silicon balance-spring.
In August 2016, Mido launched the #BeInspiredByArchitecture interactive campaign, a 12-week round-the-world trip to discover 12 cities and visit 60 iconic monuments in order to single out the monument that would inspire the design of its new timepiece. This extraordinary operation inspired over 100,000 participants worldwide, Mido fans and architecture enthusiasts alike. Ultimately it was New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, that won the favour of both the general public and Mido.

The profile of the Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition’s round case in satin-finished and polished stainless steel and its crown, with its rubber insert, take their shape from the museum’s elegant exterior curves. Its superb eggshell-coloured and grained dial is inspired by the impressive glass dome that crowns the monument. It is also protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
Long satin-finished and polished indexes mark each of the 12 hours while an aperture at 3 o’clock indicates the date. The diamond-cut hands feature green Super-LumiNova® for easy readability at night. In a subtle detail that is only discovered on attentive examination of the timepiece, Mido’s slogan “Inspired by Architecture” is engraved on the flange of the case. Its 40 mm diameter ensures that the Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition will appeal to both men and women.

But the Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition does not just have a unique, resolutely contemporary design. It also incorporates the Caliber 80 Si, an exceptional automatic movement at the cutting edge of watchmaking innovation. This chronometer-certified movement is fitted with a silicon balance-spring, an essential component in luxury watchmaking.
In addition to its anti-magnetic properties, this component offers greater long-term accuracy than a standard balance-spring, and better shock-resistance. The Caliber 80, Mido’s flagship movement, also gives it exceptional autonomy, with up to 80 hours of power reserve. Thanks to the transparent case back, enthusiasts of fine watchmaking mechanics can admire the finely decorated movement featuring blued screws and an oscillating weight adorned with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo.

The Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition is fitted with a smooth black genuine calfskin strap, integrated into the case, with a stainless steel pin buckle. This timepiece is water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m / 165 ft).
A special presentation box houses the timepiece, which is produced in a limited edition of just 500 pieces. This exceptional model will be officially launched in New York on 26 October at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Technical details
Movement
Automatic Mido Caliber 80 Si (ETA C07.811 base), COSC-certified chronometer, 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.22 mm, 25 jewels, 21,600 vph, ELINFLEX mainspring, silicon balance-spring, decorative disc with transferred Si logo on the balance bridge. Finely decorated chronometer movement with blued screws, oscillating weight decorated with Geneva stripes and Mido logo. Functions: HMSD. Adjusted on 5 different positions for high accuracy. Up to 80 hours of power reserve.

Case
Satin-finished and polished 316L stainless steel, Ø40 mm, 3 pieces, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment on both sides, flange with “INSPIRED BY ARCHITECTURE” engraving, crown with black rubber insert, screwed transparent case back revealing the finely decorated chronometer movement, Limited Edition XXX/500 and serial number engraved on the case back, water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m / 165 ft).

Strap
Smooth black genuine calfskin, integrated into the case, 316L stainless steel pin buckle.

Dial
Eggshell-coloured, grained, applied satin-finished and polished indexes, date at 3 o'clock.

Hands
Faceted diamond-cut hour and minute hands, flat diamond-cut seconds hand, green Super-LumiNova® for easy readability at night.

The F.P.Journe élégante in the colours of Riva Aquarama sold for CHF 20'700 at auction during the Riva charity evening in Monaco

During the charity evening organized by Riva for the reconstruction of the de G.Lucatelli scholar Institute in Tolentino, Marche (Italy),after the earthquake, the élégante by F.P.Journe in Titanium 40 mm set with diamonds, realized in the specific colours of the Riva Aquarama, gathered the amount CHF 20'700.- at auction, CHF 6'000 above the public price without TVA.
This colour will be available in all the F.P.Journe Boutiques and Espaces, as well as from authorized retailers.

Jaquet-Droz Tropical Bird Repeater

The new Bird Repeater timepiece from Jaquet-Droz automaton watch line takes inspiration from a tropical landscape.

The Tropical Bird Repeater watch brings together all the watchmaking and decorative expertise of Jaquet-Droz. A piece destined for discerning collectors, the Tropical Bird Repeater is part of a long history at Jaquet Droz, honoring the Enlightenment-era passion for nature and animals of founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz. Automatons, along with the Ateliers d’Art, represent two of the eight codes of the La Chaux-de-Fonds manufacture, hand-decorated here by engravers and miniaturist painters. These codes are indispensable to the creation of this scene with its flamboyant colors that emerge like a lush oasis on a mother-of-pearl dial, itself enclosed in a red gold case adorned on the sides of its lugs and on the middle band with an animal motif hand-engraved by the brand’s craftsmen.
A true source of life, the waterfall offers serenity to the blooming tropical flora and fauna. At the heart of this Garden of Eden, its water flows eternally in perfect realistic fashion. In the center, a hummingbird hand-carved and hand-engraved by the Maison’s artists moves towards a shrub of bright orange birds of paradise. A one-of-a-kind animation in watchmaking history, its wings beat up to forty times a second, adding incredible realism to the scene. To the right, a peacock with intense blue feathers veritably opens and closes its tail, while a toucan emerges from the palm leaves at 3 o’clock to open its beak.
The dancing flight of three elegant dragonflies, located at 9 o'clock, adds to the magic by day or by night as their tiny SuperLuminova®-coated wings glow in the dark. In all, seven animations that may exceed twelve seconds allow for up to 4 different scenarios, all the more striking as they contrast with the suspended background of the scene.
Alongside this prowess comes a grand horological complication, the minute repeater, which enables the marking on demand of the hours, quarter hours and minutes via the vibration of cathedral gongs struck by hammers inside the case. A push-piece activates this complex mechanism, which to this day remains the privilege of a handful of brands and collectors who will surely appreciate the innovations of the new Jaquet Droz RMA89 movement.
The latter is equipped with a virtually silent wheel regulator, as the regulation of the minute repeater’s speed is operated by the friction between small outer spring blades. New rack springs, an extended pause between the quarter hours and minutes, and the striking of the quarter hours at major third (spanning four semitones) are also part of the complication’s innovations. The power reserve has been increased to 60 hours with an oscillating frequency of 3 Hz.
This high complex micro-mechanical movement can be admired through the pared-down case back, engraved simply with the Numerus Clausus. Limited to 8 unique pieces, the Tropical Bird Repeater plays on the contrasts between the exuberant dial and the green alligator strap, as well as the onyx dial displaying hours and minutes, magnified by the smooth reflections of the red gold case.

Technical details
Collection: Automata Collection
Model: Tropical Bird Repeater
Edition: Numerus Clausus of 8
Reference: J033033200


Movement
Jaquet Droz RMA89, minute repeater hand-winding mechanical movement, single barrel
Automaton animation with peacock, tropical leaves, hummingbird, toucan, dragonflies and waterfall.
Jewelling: 86 jewels
Power reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 21,600 v.p.h

Indications
Off-centered hours and minutes

Case
Hand-engraved 18-karat red gold case
Diameter: 47 mm
Height: 18.95 mm
Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back
Water Resistance: No

Dial
Hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother-of-pearl dial
Black onyx subdial
Hand-engraved and hand-painted 18-karat red gold decoration
Hand-engraved and hand-painted peacock, hummingbird and toucan
Hand-painted dragonflies with Super-LumiNova®
Hands: 18-karat red gold

Bracelet
Rolled-edge hand-made dark green alligator strap
Buckle: Luxury folding clasp in 18-karat red gold

Friday, October 27, 2017

H. Moser & Cie. Venturer XL Stoletniy Krasniy Limited Edition

With this new creation, H. Moser & Cie. pays tribute to its origins. Founded in Saint Petersburg in 1828, the origins of H. Moser & Cie. are deeply rooted in Russian culture. To mark the centenary of the October Revolution, which led to the nationalisation of the Swiss watchmaker, H. Moser & Cie. has created a limited edition, the Venturer XL Stoletniy Krasniy (Centennial Red).

This timepiece showcases the iconic red of Russia, "krasniy", a word which shares its roots with "beautiful" ("krasiviy"). This model acts as a link between H. Moser & Cie. as it was in the past and as it is now. It brings together the style of 1917 Russia with the inimitable aesthetic codes of today’s H. Moser watches.
Heinrich Moser founded his eponymous company in Saint Petersburg in 1828 to create exceptional watches by showcasing high-quality craftsmanship and premium components. In a few short years, Heinrich Moser was selling his prestigious watches, known for their quality and elegance, in his own stores in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Kiev, and also via a network of independent retailers within the Russian Empire and along the Silk Road.
He supplied the Imperial Court and the Russian army. Heinrich Moser was hugely successful, with almost 500,000 watches sold in his lifetime. More than simply a name, at this time H. Moser & Cie. was a byword for quality and elegance, and for the exceptional watches it manufactured. The company's reputation was such that "Moser" became the generic Russian term for a high-quality timepiece. The brand became an integral part of Russia's heritage, as evidenced by the fact that is mentioned in the popular songs of the time, and in texts by poets and writers, including Dostoevsky.
H. Moser & Cie. pocket watch, Tsar eagle with enamel
In 1874, upon the death of Heinrich Moser, his widow handed control of the Le Locle factory to Paul Girard and entrusted the Russian company to Cornelius Winterhalter, who joined forces with Octave Meylan. And this is where the past rushes in to meet the present, as Octave Meylan is none other than the great grandfather of Edouard Meylan, the current CEO of H. Moser & Cie. whose family purchased the company in 2012. This makes it a twofold return to its origins for H. Moser & Cie.
At the start of the twentieth century, Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to the tsars, equipped almost all of his table clocks with H. Moser movements. The 1917 October Revolution led to the nationalisation of H. Moser & Cie., which then ceased trading completely at the end of the 70s. In 2002, Roger Nicholas Balsiger, great grandson of Heinrich Moser, was instrumental in the relaunch of the brand.
One hundred years on from the October Revolution, H. Moser & Cie. is proud to present the Venturer XL Concept Stoletniy Krasniy, available as a limited edition of just 17 pieces. Featuring a red fumé dial, displaying the company's original Cyrillic logo, this highly symbolic watch marks the return of H. Moser & Cie. to Russia, its original home. Stripped of any indices to let the beauty of the dial shine through, this model has a green Nato-style fabric strap.

Technical details
Model: VENTURER XL STOLETNIY KRASNIY
Reference 2327-1207, steel model, red fumé dial, green Nato style fabric strap, limited edition of 17 pieces

Case
Steel, three-part
Diameter: 43.0 mm, Height: 12.6 mm
Curved sapphire crystal
See-through sapphire crystal case-back
Crown adorned with an “M”

Dial
Red fumé with sunburst pattern
Applique indices
Leaf-shaped hands

Movement
Hand-wound HMC 327 Manufacture calibre
Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 ¼ lignes
Height: 4.5 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
29 jewels
Power reserve: minimum 3 days
Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
Movement and components hand-finished and decorated
Moser balance wheel and original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil

Functions
Hours and minutes
Power reserve indicator on movement side

Strap
Green Nato-style fabric
Steel buckle, engraved with the Moser logo

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

De Bethune Sells Majority Stake to an Investment Consortium Led By Pierre Jacques, Former CEO of the Brand and Private Equity Investor Giovanni Perin

Independent luxury Swiss watch Manufacture De Bethune has announced its decision to sell the majority of its capital to an investment consortium led by Pierre Jacques, former CEO of the brand, and private equity investor Giovanni Perin.

Within the framework of this transaction, Denis Flageollet, co-founder and COO De Bethune, retains a substantial stake in the company. David Zanetta, the brand’s other co-founder, is stepping down and ceding all his shares. He had already withdrawn from the operational side of the company last year, on his 70th birthday, after an outstanding contribution to its expansion over the last 14 years.
De Bethune Watch Manufacture L’Auberson, Canton of Vaud
Since its founding, De Bethune has built a unique and strong industrial base dedicated to the watchmaking art. Today, the brand is distinguished by the highest level of quality and innovation, ranking it firmly within the exclusive circle of Swiss Haute Horlogerie.
The company has developed and produced no less than 25 calibres entirely in-house, around 30 world firsts, a number of patents, as well as 150 one-of-a-kind models. Its work has been honoured in the most prestigious international competitions. De Bethune watches are intended for a worldwide clientele of collectors and connoisseurs. Together, the shareholders are planning new investments designed to strengthen the brand while maintaining a high degree of exclusivity.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The 4D Concrete Watch Automatic by 22 Design Studio

The brand new 4D Concrete Watch Automatic from Taiwan based 22 Design Studio takes inspiration from contemporary design and modern urban architecture. In 2015, a quartz model of the 4D Concrete watch was launched through a Kickstarter campaign and this year the watch brand presents an automatic version.
Featuring a 4 dimensional concrete dial, the concept for 4D Concrete Watch Automatic originates from contemporary architecture.  Created by pouring the special 22™ concrete mix into the spiral mold and allowing it to cure for 14 days, each individual dial sets in a different manner to form a staircase upon which each step represents one hour.
The dial also features a unique date window, which takes the form of an atrium, connects the space above and below the dial. It offers a peek into the movement’s mechanics, while an enlarged window offers space to reflect on yesterday and anticipate tomorrow.
Another highlight of the watch is its innovative suspended hands. 0.2mm stainless steel hands are bent twice at a 90° angle to suspend above the dial. These three hands, wandering within a 2.6mm height, are a 22 ™ innovative and experimental design.
The 4D Concrete Watch Automatic is equipped with a Swiss-made Sellita SW200 movement, widely adopted by world-leading watch brands, is economical and sturdy, providing a power reserve of 38 hours.
The 4D Concrete Watch Automatic is available in brass and stainless steel versions. The case measures 45mm diameter and fitted with Sapphire crystal glass and exhibition back. In terms of dial design, the brand offers two models: Signature & Minimal.
The Signature model (Price starts at $ 774.00) features concrete dial with minute scale and metal date window with magnifying lens. The Minimal model (Price starts at $ 684.00) features minimal concrete dial with concrete date window. Each timepiece is accompanied with a 22 mm hand-stitched Italian veg tanned leather strap.
In January 2017, a preliminary crowd-funding campaign for 4D Concrete Watch Automatic took place in Taiwan and raised over USD $400,000. Now the brand is launching a Kickstarter campaign this year to introduce the 4D Concrete Watch Automatic to global market.

Please visit the 4D Concrete Watch Automatic Kickstarter Campaign for more details.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thomas Earnshaw - Observatory Collection

The Observatory Collection of watches made by modern watchmakers Thomas Earnshaw attribute their fitting name to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich which is grandly situated on a hill overlooking the River Thames in London.

As watchmakers whose creations and timepieces are inspired by the eventful British maritime history and the dramatic search for longitude in the eighteenth century, the importance of The Royal Observatory, Greenwich’s role in watchmaking and maritime history is of much significance.

Commissioned by King Charles II in 1675, the Royal Observatory, Greenwich was built to observe the night skies and make recordings in relation to time; and to find out about longitude in order to perfect the art of navigation. More than 200 years later, the basis of longitude, the Prime Meridian was established and it was agreed at an international conference in 1884 to pass through the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, at which point it was marked by a brass strip in the courtyard. Before this, almost every town in the world kept its own local time.

The line in Greenwich represents the Prime Meridian of the World which Longitude 0º. Every place on earth is measured in terms of its distance east or west from this line. The very line divides the eastern and western hemispheres of the earth and thus the Prime Meridian at Greenwich became the centre of world time, and at the end of December 1999, it was the official starting point for the new Millennium.

And so a watch collection that befits the very centre of world time and the legacy of the search for longitude has been created by contemporary watchmakers Thomas Earnshaw.

The Observatory Collection is a very grand collection of watches that are evocative of an old-time elegance and grandeur. The delicate styling is alludes to the eighteenth century fashion itself with a beautifully rounded bezel framing the dial with fine steel hands gracefully ticking by the minutes and seconds.
Exquisitely placed roman numerals are laid as markers while the centre of the dial is resplendent with understated guilloche work.

An exposed double barrel balance wheel displays the intricate mechanics of the Observatory and at the same time hints at the east west divide held by the Prime Meridian at Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The self-winding automatic skeleton offers watch enthusiasts a watch that heralds the prestige of the Royal Observatory and the resounding success of the establishment of longitude.

With superb fine detailing such as the hand placement of 40 jewels, and simplicity of the dome-shaped crown that makes it a joy to wind, this splendid timepiece will appeal to the classic man whose interests in life extend to finer pleasures.

Crafted by top watchmakers, the Observatory Collections not only honours the establishment at the centre of time, but is also well suited to mark time in the modern world. Encased in stainless steel, and available in 18k gold plating, 18k yellow gold plating or two tone plating, the Observatory is finished with a genuine leather strap and hardened mineral case.

Monday, October 16, 2017

KUDOKE PANDA

Panda is a cute animal that symbolises a balanced life in peace, happiness and harmony. With the latest KUDOKE model Panda we are reminded of this philosophy with every glance at the watch. Skeletonised and engraved into a manual winding movement the Panda Bear is resting in itself.
Gnawing it is sitting in a Bamboo grove, that continues also at the backside of the watch. For manufacturing this miniature piece of art Stefan Kudoke once again used traditional methods like skeletonising and engraving by hand – completely in line with the spirit of Panda. Instead of using CNC machines and laser to create surfaces, the Panda has been given a soul by use of a coping saw and graver.
The animal and its surroundings almost seem alive due to the double electroplating of the movement plates and bridges using white and black rhodium. Its heart is ticking with 18'000 vibrations per hour and its staying power lasts for 46 hours.
To make the Panda feel comfortable and relaxed at the wrist of its wearer, a stainless steel case of 42 mm diameter and two sapphire glasses protect this endangered animal.
Due to the extraordinary quality of skeletonising and engraving by hand, unique works of art are created. Thus every Panda is unique – just like in real life. The retail price of the watch will be 8500,- Euro.
Technical details
Case
Stainless Steel 316 L
Diameter 42 mm
Strap elements screwed
Screwed base
Sapphire glass on top and back

Movement
Mechanical movement, manual winding, Basic Unitas 6498
Diameter 36,6 mm
Height 4,5 mm
17 jewels
Rate: 18’000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve 46 hours
Spiral spring: Nivarox
Screw balance
Anker and anker wheel polished
Skeletonized and engraved by hand
Electroplated in 2 colours (white rhodium and black rhodium)
Screws polished and blued by hand

Hands
blued steel, Breguet

Strap and Buckle
Alligator leather strap
Buckle made of stainless steel (electively deployment clasp)

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CITIZEN Men's Automatic NH8372-81L in Gold and Blue

The NH8372-81L men's automatic wristwatch form CITIZEN makes a immediate impact with its yellow gold plated 44mm case that contrasts brilliantly with its blue dial. Additionally the superluminova treated hands and indexes add to the brilliance of this stylish men's automatic that makes a powerful statement.
The watch is powered by CITIZEN's 8200 automatic movement and is water resistant to 5 BAR. The watch comes with a matching yellow gold plated stainless steel strap with fold over push button clasp and a day/date display.

Technical details
Reference: NH8372-81L
Movement Caliber 8200 Automatic
Case Size: 44mm
Case: Stainless Steel with Yellow Gold Plating
Glass: Crystal Glass
Strap: Stainless steel with Fold-over Clasp with Push Button
Water Resistant: 5 Bar
Display: Day and date display

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