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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Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Louis Moinet Opens Its World’s First Boutique in Moscow

High end luxury watch maker Louis Moinet has opened its first ever boutique in the world. Located in Moscow, the boutique will be operated by Rich Time, Louis Moinet’s historic partner in the city, brand representatives with a unique dynamic whose success has been amply demonstrated in recent years.

At a time when the watchmaking market is barely in the early stages of recovery, this development bears witness to a real growth spurt for Louis Moinet, as its investments in recent years produce tangible results. Indeed, the Ateliers have been tirelessly developing new, highly ambitious watchmaking projects, ranging from the Double Tourbillon for Sideralis to patented sidereal complications for Space Mystery, whilst also fleshing out the segment of more affordable timepieces such as Metropolis.
Notably, this work has resulted in two distinctions being awarded in Russia: a Moda Topical Award for Best Style and a Best Men’s Watch Award from Watches in Russia. At the same time, Louis Moinet has been strengthening its retailer network, in Paris, London, Bratislava and beyond.

Now, the opening of an own-name boutique in Moscow embodies retailers’ and collectors’ confidence in the Ateliers’ long-term strategic vision, drive, and creative audacity.

Four exclusive mineral collections
Progressing to a 100% Louis Moinet boutique operated by Rich Time is therefore a logical next step in this partnership. What is more, Louis Moinet has now developed a set of four exclusive collections for its new boutique, produced with the help of craftsman Daniel Haas, using exceptional materials, painstakingly selected and fashioned. They form part of the “Treasures of the World” collection, in which mineral dials are a prominent feature.
These unique timepieces will have dials made from red Pietersite (a type of quartz with subtle light effects and hues), Dumortierite (a rare fibrous mineral with a penetrating deep blue colour), Brecciated Obsidian (a crystallised volcanic rock with an arresting visual aspect) and aventurine (a historic type of man-made glass, produced in the finest Murano glass-blowing tradition).

An exclusive Moscow trio
1. Russian Saga
At the same time, Louis Moinet has also delved into its heritage, looking back to the era when Mr Louis Moinet supplied his legendary clocks to Tsar Alexander I. As well as the Tsar, the Youssoupov princes and the Paskevich family also used Louis Moinet clocks to tell the time. These nineteenth-century artistic achievements are now preserved in the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the Catherine Palace, and the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum.
Ateliers Louis Moinet have been keen to pay tribute to this unique heritage with a contemporary creation: Russian Saga. Decorative components of historic clocks are painstakingly reproduced in this piece, incorporated into a contemporary design through artistic, hand-crafted engravings. Russian Saga expresses the quintessential nature of classical watchmaking art as it was in Louis Moinet’s day.

Available only in the Moscow boutique, the timepiece is the first creation from the Ateliers to feature a hand-engraved brass dial, along with a case that is also hand-engraved and available in white gold (12 pieces) and rose gold (12 pieces). The dial is identical to that on the Russian Tsar’s clock, from which its flange also draws inspiration.

2. Russian Eagle Flight
This watch required almost a whole year of research to achieve the desired visual effect. The aim was to create a curved dial, and then combine it with the outer parts of the case, creating the impression that the Russian Eagle is about to take flight. With a blend of polished and satin finishes, this three-dimensional marvel places Russian traditions centre stage with its use of the Motherland’s imposing and immutable symbol, the double-headed eagle.

3. Metropolis Moscow
Last but by no means least, Ateliers Louis Moinet have created a limited edition for their first boutique: “Metropolis Moscow”, dedicated to the Russian capital. Its hand-engraved dial features the city’s key landmarks, with an interplay of depth and reflections that offer a gripping, three-dimensional depiction of Moscow, against the backdrop of a black guilloché dial.

WatchTime New York Welcomes Record Number of Collectors and Brands for Luxury Consumer Watch Show’s Third Year

WatchTime New York, America’s largest luxury watch event for collectors and enthusiasts, wrapped up the show’s third year at Manhattan's Gotham Hall today. The two-day event began with a sold-out VIP cocktail on Friday, October 13, followed by a full day of educational panels, seminars, tours, and events on Saturday, October 14.

In its third year, WatchTime New York has established itself as a hub for the watch industry in the United States and a launchpad for new products. WatchTime New York opened its doors on Friday, October 13th with guests crowding around Longines’ special 185th anniversary Heritage Exhibition to hear a few words of introduction from WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Roger Ruegger as well as  Ruediger Albers, President of Wempe USA and WatchTime New York partner.
Over the course of the luxury watch show, WatchTime New York welcomed more than 1,200 collectors, influencers, brand representatives, and notable industry personalities to kick off the show with cocktails and an exhibition featuring 30 of the world’s most fascinating watch brands. The exhibitors included internationally renowned watch brands Omega, Longines, TAG  Heuer, Zenith, Baume & Mercier, Breguet, Blancpain, A. Lange & Söhne, Wempe, Grand Seiko, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and more, each of which displayed the newest and most interesting timepieces in their current collections.

The two-day event was hosted by WatchTime Magazine and co-hosted by event partner and media platform Watch Anish for the third consecutive year, with support of additional partners including: SWISS Airlines, Phillips auction house, Wempe, acoustic instruments maker C.F. Martin & Co., watch and jewelry winders and case makers WOLF, haute leather-accessories atelier Linea Luxe, Four Roses bourbon, and Modern Art with Vintage Parts by Berd Vay’e, along with additional media partners Watchonista and Robb Report.

This year, many watch brands took the opportunity to debut new models and collections to the United States public for the first time, exclusively at WatchTime New York. Graham unveiled an 8-piece limited edition Orrery Tourbillon, RGM launched a 222-RR Railroad watch with enamel box car dial, and Romain Gauthier debuted its Insight Micro-Rotor with limited-edition models never seen before.

Moritz-Grossman unveiled its ATUM Pure Skull exclusively at the WatchTime New York Show. Bremont also launched its limited-edition Bremont 1918. In the brand’s first showing at WatchTime, Chronoswiss also unveiled a new blue-dialed version of its limited-edition skeletonized Sirius Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton watch. Longines also introduced its new Longines Avigation BigEye to the public for first time, along with a special Heritage Exhibition celebrating the brand’s 185th anniversary.

The show opened on Saturday morning with an opportunity for guests to “Meet Watchmaking Stars” Kari Voutilainen, Roland Murphy, and Romain Gauthier, plus Claude Greisler of Armin Strom. In this panel moderated by Jeff Kingston, these notable watchmakers shared how and why they started their careers as watchmakers.

The event was followed by a panel of experts discussing the state of the industry, featuring experts Ruediger Albers (President Wempe USA), Nicholas Manousos (President, Horological Society of New York), Matthew Hranek (author, photographer, director, and Condé Nast Traveler men’s style editor) Gabriel Benador (private collector), Jeremy Roizin (Managing Partner of Watch Anish), and Josh Shanks (Managing Editor, Watchonista), moderated by Roger Ruegger, WatchTime Editor-in-Chief.

Following the panel, author Matthew Hranek welcomed guests for a meet-and-greet and preview of his new book, A MAN AND HIS WATCH: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them, published by Artisan Books, available November 1, 2017.

Guests packed the floor for two sold-out tours of the WatchTime exhibiting brands, led by noted collector and consultant Jeff Kingston. The annual tours have become anticipated highlights for show guests, as well as his Inside Basel Geneva presentation later that day. While exploring the fascinating watches on floor of Gotham Hall, guests were treated to coffee and prosecco served out of custom, luxury leather trunks, crafted in Morocco by up-and-coming haute leather accessories atelier Linea Luxe, and Four Roses Bourbon also hosted a whiskey tasting for WatchTime guests. The final event of the day offered a fun and informative presentation of “James Bond's Watches: Six Decades of Memorable Timepieces from Printed Page to Silver Screen,” hosted by WatchTime Digital Media Editor Mark Bernardo.

WatchTime New York’s guests included notable international watch collectors, authors, timepiece enthusiasts, journalists, social media influencers and tastemakers, including luxury watch collector Rich Pinto.

Moritz Grossmann BENU Enamel

Presented at Watch Time New York exhibition this year, the BENU Enamel is a rare luxurious dress watch just launched for fans of cool steel cases. The BENU series marks the beginning of a new era for the Moritz Grossmann brand. It embodies the DNA of the Glashütte manufacture: pure watchmaking artistry since 1854.

The enamel dial is one of the hallmarks of sublime artisanship that is appreciated by connoisseurs of pure colour and praised for its unique sheen. The sublime face of the BENU Enamel features a crisp minute scale and elegant Arabic numerals.  It expresses its personality with two colour variations on a white enamel dial: the scales and numerals are black or blue, combined with hands annealed to a brown-violet hue.
The 100.1 manufacture calibre features the High-Artistic finish and can be admired through the display back of the steel case. Endowed with the Grossmann balance, the Grossmann winder with pusher, the modified Glashütte stopwork, and the Grossmann micrometer screw, it represents a fusion of the arts in precision.

The BENU Enamel is being presented in two versions, each in limited 18-watch editions per year.

Technical details

Movement   
Manufacture calibre 100.1, manually wound, adjusted in five positions
No. of parts: 198
No. of jewels: 20 jewels, 3 of which in screwed gold chatons
Diameter: 36.4 mm, height: 5.0 mm
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillator: Shock-absorbed Grossmann balance with 4 inertia and 2 poising screws, Nivarox 1 balance spring with No. 80 Breguet terminal curve, Gerstenberger geometry
Balance: Diameter 14.2 mm, frequency 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours when fully wound
Special features: Grossmann balance; lateral pusher for disabling the handsetting mode and starting the movement; space saving and modified Glashütte stopwork with backlash; adjustment with Grossmann micrometer screw on a cantilevered balance cock;Pillar movement with 2/3 plate and frame pillars in untreated German silver; 2/3 plate, balance cock, and escape-wheel cock engraved by hand; broad horizontal Glashütte ribbing;3-band snailing on the ratchet wheel; raised gold chatons with pan-head screws; separately removable clutch winder; stop seconds for handsetting

Operating elements   
Crown to wind the watch and set the time, pusher to start the movement

Functions   
Hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds, Grossmann winder with pusher

Case   
Three-part, stainless steel
Diameter: 41.0 mm, height: 11.35 mm
Crystal/display back: Sapphire crystal, antireflection-coated on one side

Dial   
Grand-feu enamel, Arabic numerals
Hands    Hand-crafted, steel annealedto a brown-violet hue

Strap
Hand-stitched alligator strap with prong buckle

Versions
BENU Enamel black, Reference MG-001405
Case: stainless steel
Dial: Grand-feu enamel, Arabic numerals in black
Hands: Manually crafted, steel annealed to a brown-violet hue
Edition: Limited to 18 watches per year worldwide

BENU Enamel blue, Reference: MG-001404
Case: stainless steel
Dial: Grand-feu enamel, Arabic numerals in blue
Hands: Manually crafted, steel annealed to a brown-violet hue
Edition: Limited to 18 watches per year worldwide

Moritz Grossmann ATUM Pure Skull Limited Edition

Unveiled at WatchTime New York Exhibition 2017, the ATUM Pure Skull is a new creation from Moritz Grossmann’s ATUM Pure line characterised by focussed precision, forming the perfect framework for a motif dial.

As was the case with the ATUM Pure M and L, the face of the watch features two prominently designed rings for the minute and hour indications. In place of the “Mesh” and “Long Hole” dial inserts, the ATUM Pure Skull showcases a stylised skull in its centre. It is a proprietary design that reveals interesting glimpses of the calibre 201.1 movement.

The skull is milled and wire-cut with electrical discharge machines in the manufacture, its surface polished or sandblasted to match the case, and then assembled with the remaining dial elements. This individualised manufacturing approach lends itself to dials with other popular motifs or heraldic symbols.
The hands are manually crafted in the manufacture as well. For the ATUM Pure Skull, the lance-shaped stainless steel hands are filled with black HyCeram to coordinate with the markers.

A glance through the display back reveals the calibre 201.1 with the Pure-Classic finish. It was specially designed to be cased in stainless steel. The German silver plates are shot-peened with glass beads for enhanced aesthetic appeal. Shot peening matts the surface, making it highly sensitive. Great care must be taken in the assembly phase for this reason.
The white sapphire bearing jewels, a Grossmann hallmark, are pressed directly into the plate. The movement screws are polished flat and retain their original steel hue. Endowed with the Grossmann balance, the Grossmann winder with pusher, the modified Glashüttestopwork, and the Grossmann micrometer screw, this calibre highlights the manufacture’s typical features as well as Grossmann’s pure watchmaking artistry.

The ATUM Pure Skull is available with stainless steel and blackened stainless steel cases. Both versions come in limited 10-watch editions.

Technical details
Movement

Manufacture calibre 201.1, manually wound, adjusted in five positions
No. of parts: 187
Diameter: 36.4 mm, height: 5.0 mm
Jewels: 20
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillator: Shock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia and 2 poising screws, Nivarox 1 balance spring
Balance: Diameter 14.2 mm, frequency 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours when fully wound
Features: Grossmann balance; handsetting override and start of movement with lateral pusher; space-saving modified Glashüttestopwork with backlash; adjustment with Grossmann micrometer screw on a cantilevered balance cock; pillar movement with 2/3 plate and frame pillars in untreated German silver; separately removable clutch winding mechanism; stop seconds for handsetting

Functions    
Hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds, Grossmann manual winder with pusher

Operating elements
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time, pusher to start the movement

Case    
Three-part, stainless steel or stainless steel black
Diameter: 41.0 mm, height: 11.35 mm

Dial    
Six-part, stainless steel, stainless steel insert
Hands: Manually crafted, polished stainless steel with HyCeram filling
Crystal and display back: Sapphire crystal, antireflective coating on one side

Strap    
Hand-stitched alligator strap with prong buckle in stainless steel

Versions
ATUM Pure Skull, Reference MG-001551
Case: stainless steel
Dial: six-part, black, markers with grey HyCeram filling, Skull flat polished
Hands: Manually crafted, steel, polished, hour and minute hands with black HyCeram filling
Edition: Limited to 10 watches worldwide

ATUM Pure Skull, Reference MG-001552
Case: stainless steel
Dial: six-part, black and grey, markers with grey HyCeram filling, Skull shot-peened
Hands: Manually crafted, steel, polished, hour and minute hands with black HyCeram filling
Edition: Limited to 10 watches worldwide

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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