Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Franck Muller Vanguard™ Yachting™ Collection

Inspired by the dynamic Vanguard™ series from Franck Muller, the Yachting™ Collection develops a new creative vision of time with its nautical details. The Yachting™ watch features all the seafaring details: from the deep blue to the wind rose adorning the dial everything reminds us of the sea world.
The distinct Vanguard™ numerals perfectly complement the audacious design of the dial and enhance its high legibility.
Sporting an automatic movement, the line is available in titanium, 18-carat gold and stainless steel and is further seen in four variants – classic, chronograph, tourbillon and Gravity™ tourbillon. This timepiece is the ideal sporty watch for the owners of a yacht as the two universes share the same elegance and technical features. Each watch comes with a rubber and alligator strap.
Technical details
Model: V 45 SC DT YACHTING
Reference V 45 SC DT YACHT

Case
Cintrée Curvex: 18 carat gold/ stainless steel/ titanium
Width: 44.00 mm X Length: 53.70 mm X Height: 12.80 mm

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds and Date
Winding crown in three position, the intermediate position allowing date adjustment

Movement
Caliber FM 0800 Automatic movement
Ø 25.60 mm and Height: 3.60 mm
28’800 vibrations / hour
42 hours power reserve
158 components
21 jewels
Côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, rhodium plating

Dial

Blue brushed dial adorned with a wind rose - cellulose varnish and appliqués numerals

Strap
Rubber (bottom) with alligator (top)

British Adventurer Jamie Maddison Undertakes an Ultra-Marathon across the Saryesik-Atyrau Desert in Kazakhstan Wearing a Christopher Ward C60 Trident COSC 600

Christopher Ward Challenger Jamie Maddison has recently completed his mammoth run across the Saryesik-Atyrau Desert. During the run he wore a Christopher Ward C60 Trident COSC 600 timepiece.
Photography: Mark Woodward
Below are the details from the interview with Jamie conducted after this historic achievement:-

Where did your run start and end, and how long did it take?
We started at a town called Birlik on the western-most edge of the desert, then I ran across sand dunes and dusty tracks eastward for 70 miles. It took 30 hours in total, including a night-time stopover as navigation was tricky and the driver was getting dangerously tired. When I reached the finish line I just felt pure elation – followed by the realisation that I could barely remember any of the journey I had just done!

How was the preparation in the lead up?
The training was by far the hardest part of this adventure. I ran every day of every week, in and out of a busy and stressful full-time job, then headed off for marathon-long runs on the weekend. Finding the time and headspace to train was definitely a real challenge.

During the run, were there any points at which you felt like you couldn’t go on?
It was much, much harder than I expected. There were a lot of points where I felt like I couldn’t go on. The one that really sticks in my mind happened 32 miles in to the run. 32 miles may not sound that much of a distance, but I had been running up and down sand dunes for hours. At that point, the sun was at its hottest and the temperature was 36ºC. I could feel my vision starting to draw in around me; it felt like time was slowing. 

Just putting one foot in front of the other was incredible effort. Two miles from the finish I injured my knee; I felt a sharp shooting pain whenever I put weight on it. Continuing was intensely painful, but I’d come too far not to reach the finish line. What really got me through it was focusing on what lay immediately ahead of me. If I could cover just one more mile, I could then look to the next mile and from there the next, and so on. I would also recite Rudyard Kipling’s “If” over and over again.

…And what was your favourite moment?
The best moment was seeing the river at the finish, running towards it and diving into the ice-cold stream!

Did your Trident come in handy at all?
I wore my C60 Trident COSC 600 for the whole adventure and it was very helpful. Unlike a GPS running watch which you tend to pause when you’re resting or navigating, an automatic watch keeps running. Using the adjustable bezel, I would set a start time and then keep note of how many hours had gone past from that point– rests included. I also used the C60 to keep track of my direction via the sun – as I knew the nuances of the route, whenever we changed direction I could place roughly where we were in relation to how far I had left to go; very handy!

How has CW’s sponsorship helped you?
Christopher Ward’s help has been invaluable to me on this adventure. Their monetary support made the expedition a reality, the C60 Trident was incredibly useful for the run, and their unending personal support has been nothing short of incredible. They really do believe in encouraging those who challenge themselves, and I am so incredibly grateful for everything they’ve done.

Would you do anything differently if you did it again?
If I was to do something differently, I’d go a little bit later in the year. Just one month later would be enough to push the temperature from the mid-30ºCs to the mid-20ºCs, which would have made the whole experience just a little bit more pleasant.

Do you have any words of wisdom for people who might be considering taking on a similar challenge?
This undertaking was the result of nearly a decade of travel in Central Asia and a good three years of club running experience, so I would say not to rush into such a long journey lightly! Prepare well, take your time and work up to it. Then, when you are ready and confident, go and give it every ounce of what you’ve got. You really need to commit to the challenge you set yourself – prepare more than you’ve ever prepared for something in your life. The more you can ready yourself for a trip like mine, the greater chance you have of succeeding.

What is next for you?
Rest! And work. I’m already back at my job and there’s a lot going on. For the moment, I’m taking some downtime from the training and adventuring; it’s important to take some time in between challenges – it’s easy to burn out really quickly.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BOVET Château de Môtiers 40 “Flower Bouquet”

Pantone’s 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet, is a vivid and ethereal color that inspires a sense of regal mystery. This intriguing hue finds artful expression in BOVET’s luminous Château de Môtiers 40 timepiece, featuring a grand floral motif on its hand-painted dial.

For almost two centuries, the miniature paintings adorning the cases and dials of BOVET’s timepieces have fascinated and charmed enthusiasts of art and fine watchmaking. In 2018, the prestigious Swiss watchmaking Maison is launching this new luminous ladies’ timepiece to celebrate its 195th anniversary. The Château de Môtiers 40 “Flower Bouquet” features a vivid bouquet of Ultra Violet and other enchanting hues, framed by a diamond set bezel and diamond set bow, and further accented by an Ultra Violet toned alligator strap.
The new ladies’ timepiece brings a new dimension to the decorative arts by combining the traditional technique of miniature painting with the layered application of luminescent material. The work painted by the artisan on the surface of the dial becomes visible both by day and by night.

Technical details
Movement
Caliber 11BA15
Type Self-winding
Diameter 11 1/2 ‘’’
Frequency 28’800 vph
Power reserve 42 hours

Dial
White mother-of-pearl with miniature painting
”Flower Bouquet”

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
Type: Môtiers
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness (With Glasses): 8.43mm
Thickness (Without Glasses): 7.45mm
Material: 18K red gold
Gold weight 58.47gr
Setting: Bow and bezel set with 109 round-cut diamonds for ~1.31 ct
Water Resistance: 30m

Strap
Full skin alligator
Buckle: 18K red gold ardillon

TEMPTION New CAMEO-S with Black Leather Strap

German watch brand presents CAMEO-S with black leather strap, a new, improved model from its bestseller CAMEO series. Like all CAMEO-models, CAMEO-S combines great technology and an outstanding case. Of course, like any other TEMPTION model, the readability is outstanding. Hands and Indexes are intensively illuminated. The crown and leather strap clasp are screwed, sapphires are both on top and bottom. The movement is based on ETA 2892A2 or SOPROD A10. 
The dimension of the case is large, 40,5 x 37,5 mm, yet it is easy to wear without being oversized due to its doomed tech. The height is just 9,9 mm - unusual flat for such a watch.
Most rectangular watches are waterproof only up to 3 ATM. Model CAMEO is waterproof up to 10 ATM which is unbeaten within the trade. The sapphire glass, curved on both sides has a chemical bonding to the case, in combination with a frame like mirror coating evaporated to the inside of the sapphire.

HALDOR Armis Automatic Dive Watch 2000m

In 2015-16, Haldor Watches, based in Slovenia, launched its debut diving watch collection Abissi through a successful online crowd funding campaign. Now, the brand expands its diving watch collection by launching Armis, a professional grade diving watch that can withstand the extreme pressures up to 2000 meters (6600ft).
Equipped with a with a Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, this tool watch for professional divers comes dressed in a sturdy stainless steel case measuring 42mm diameter and 14.9mm thickness. An integrated automatic helium release valve at 9’o clock and the 7mm screw down crown at 4’o clock ensures further protection to the internal parts of watch during extreme water pressures. The Haldor Armis 2000m is also available in limited DLC edition of 50 pieces.
The mechanical movement inside the watch is protected with a Faraday cage that nullifies the external magnetic effects. The dial is very simple and easy to read. The Swiss SuperLuminova BGW9 applied to the hands, dial marking and bezel triangle ensures legibility of the display even in darkest conditions. The Armis features a unidirectional rotating bezel with markings from 0 to 60.
The watch is available with Italian made rubber diver straps and stainless steel bracelet. The rubber strap is fitted with hard coated sand-blasted pin buckle. The pieces lengths are respectively 133mm and 75mm excluding buckle. The strap has a thickness for 5,5mm (lug end) to 3,7mm. Lug width is 22mm and buckle width is 20mm. The bracelet is 4mm thick, 22mm wide and 200mm long (including the buckle). With additional set of screwdrivers it is very easy to adjust the size.
Faithful to its Swiss Made label, all Haldor Armis watches are manufactured in Switzerland according to the strict rules of Switzerland watchmaking, from the preliminary stages to the assembly of each component, quality and technical controls.  The watch is also covered by a 2 year guarantee against manufacturing or material defects.
Each watch comes packed on in a high-quality water resistant and shock proof plastic box along with Rubber strap, 2 screwdrivers, 2x 29mm spring bars with screws for band replacement and Warranty card.

Haldor has recently launched an online crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo for the initial mass production of the Armis dive watch. During the campaign the backers can pre-order the product with discounted price range starting from $590 USD. Estimated delivery post campaign is planned in Jun 2008.

Please visit HALDOR Armis Campaign page for more details.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métropolitaine Galaxy (With Stainless Steel Case and Blue Aventurine Dial)

Already available in several stunning versions, Tonda Métropolitaine Collection from Parmigiani Fleurier now welcomes a new reference featuring aventurine dial that takes inspiration from star-studded midnight sky.

Small inclusions of metal give aventurine its characteristic textured appearance. Taking advantage of the natural composition of this material, Parmigiani is presenting a midnight-blue aventurine dial whose surface – mottled with fine golden fragments – looks astonishingly like stars sparkling in the night sky. The hands are skeletonised so as not to obscure the beauty of the dial and the appliques are made from white gold – gold being the distinctive feature of the indices on aventurine dials.
The steel bezel is set with 72 brilliant-cut diamonds, totalling ~0.51 carat, which extend the brilliance of the aventurine all the way to the case. At 6 o'clock, the small seconds stands out on a midnight blue background, revealing the date on a matching date disc, which is half a shade darker.
The Métro collection of round, steel models features a contemporary, urban design which is more refined than the brand's other classics in the Tonda 1950 line. The subtlety of the design comes from the watch's two asymmetric profiles. Its left-hand profile – devoid of the crown – is conventional, with its two iconic teardrop-shaped lugs. However, its right-hand profile features elongated lugs that extend to the crown, hugging it tightly. This asymmetry gives the watch its stylish identity and a touch of modernity.
In 2014, Parmigiani Fleurier launched the Métro collection and, in particular, the Tonda Métropolitaine's PF310 movement. This new range of movements, entirely manufactured by the Parmigiani Fleurier Watchmaking Centre, represented an industrial feat for the manufacture, which developed optimised production processes specifically to create it.
Linear transfer machines, coupled with the use of die stamps, ensure uniformity of production — resulting in a calibre which is uncompromisingly reliable. The rationalised manufacturing processes are therefore repeatable in terms of quality and accuracy. Additionally, the manufacturers have created "one-piece" designs to enable multifunction components to be produced, where possible, thereby decreasing the adjustments required. Finally, all the Watchmaking Centre's combined expertise has been focussed on perfecting the precision of the movement.

This is the case, for example, for the variable-inertia balance, which now eliminates the need for the standard index-assembly. This innovation makes it possible to adjust the moment of inertia by rotating the inertia blocks rather than adjusting the active length of the balance-spring as required with a standard adjustment. It also functions stably over the long term, makes the watch shock-resistant and, as the counting-point is maintained, guarantees outstanding isochronism. This consistency is reinforced by the double barrel which enables a more stable, linear distribution of power than a single barrel in the calibre.

At the end of the production process, the master craftsmen finish each component by hand, giving a result which cannot be reproduced by machine. The bridges are bevelled on a bench grinder, all the visible parts of the movement are circular-grained and the Côtes de Genève decorations add the finishing touch to the piece. The manual work invested in each calibre is immense, leading to technical marvels born from a perfect marriage of industry, watchmaking expertise and craftsmanship.

Technical details
Reference: PFC273-0060601

Movement   
PF310
Winding: Self-winding
Power reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz – 28,800 Vib/h
Dimensions: 10 ½''' – Ø 23.9 mm
Thickness: 3.9 mm
Components: 189
Jewels: 28

Functions
Hours, Minutes
Small seconds
Date

Case
Shape: Round, in 3 sections
Dimensions: Ø 33.1 mm
Thickness: 8.65 mm
Material: Stainless steel
Number of diamonds: 72
Carats: 0.4965
Water resistance: 30 m
Case-back: Sapphire
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire

Dial
Material: Blue aventurine
Indices: 18 ct white gold appliques
Finish: Polished
Hands: Skeleton Delta-shaped

Strap
Material: Alligator or fabric
Colour: Blue or Indigo blue

Buckle
Type: Ardillon

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Galaxy with Rose Gold Bracelet

Featuring a captivating aventurine dial inspired by the star-studded night sky of the Val-de-Travers, where Parmigiani Fleurier is based, the Tonda 1950 Galaxy timepiece now available in a special edition fitted with rose gold bracelet.
Highlighting the watch face is a midnight blue colour dial made from aventurine that seems to have been cut straight from the night sky.  This sombre midnight blue is one of the most complicated shades to reproduce.
Crushed then recomposed, aventurine glass contains copper inclusions which give it an unmistakable sparkle, like infinite particles of gold. The gaze is drawn to this starlit sky, showcased by the diamond-set bezel, forming a halo of light around its periphery. On the crown, a milky white opal, like a precious miniature nebula, provides the finishing touch.
The Tonda 1950 Galaxy is driven by the PF702 proprietary movement, decorated with Côtes de Genève and bevelled bridges. This self-winding mechanical movement and its beautiful finishes can be admired through the watch's sapphire case-back. The case and the appliques are made from rose gold.
Technical details
Reference: PFC288-1062500-B10002

Movement
PF702
Winding: Self-winding
Power reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h
Dimensions: 13 ¼''' – Ø 30.0 mm
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Components: 160
Jewels: 29
Barrel(s): 1
Decoration: "Côtes de Genève" decoration, bevelled bridges

Functions
Hours, Minutes

Case
Shape: Round, in 3 sections
Dimensions: Ø 39 mm
Thickness: 8.4 mm
Material: 18 ct rose gold
Diamonds: 84
Carats: 0.6460
Finish: Polished
Water resistance: 30 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 4.3 mm
Case-back: Sapphire
Engraving on case-back: Individual number and "EDITION SPECIALE"

Dial   
Colour: Blue aventurine
Indices: 18 ct rose gold appliques
Finish: Polished
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Strap
Material: 18 ct rose gold
Buckle: Folding

Eberhard &Co. Tazio Nuvolari Gold Car Collection

This is a special edition of the “Tazio Nuvolari”, one of the most famous chronographs from La Maison Suisse d‘Horlogerie Eberhard & Co.

Watches by Eberhard & Co. have long been noted for such tangible values as the high-grade materials and sophisticated technologies they use. At the same time, they've been renowned for the emotional virtue of reflecting human greatness as expressed, for instance, in personal courage and team spirit. In this way, the brand of Eberhard & Co. has traditionally translated man's achievements into watches inherently dedicated to great people, great enterprises, and great moments in time.

It was hence a foregone conclusion that the product range of Eberhard & Co. would simply have to include a watch to celebrate the legendary Tazio Nuvolari, greatest car-racing myth of all times. So it was with good reason that, in the tradition of its makers' conceptual philosophy, the Tazio Nuvolari was designed, both functionally and aesthetically, in an obvious allusion to the dashboard instruments in vintage race cars - specifically so the famous models which the Flying Mantovanian drove to so many victories.
Said vintage dashboard instruments were essentially designed to give optimum performance and legibility and to resist the punishments of weather and vibration. So the Tazio Nuvolari chronograph was duly devised to live up to the same criteria. Readability is optimised by the generously sized inset dials, and the tritiated Arabic numerals and minute and hour hands are perfectly legible even in the darkness. The black dial and the antiglare sapphire glass combine to facilitate recognition of the readings and quick checks of the tachometer.

The eight screws securing the caseback and the screwed-in crown render the timepiece perfectly waterproof while also affording maximum protection to its sophisticated movement and a balance wheel made from a special Glucydur alloy.

The Tazio Nuvolari is a typical chronograph by Eberhard & Co., a company known as a pioneer in the history of chronometry. So chances are if Tazio Nuvolari were to sit at the wheel today, he would surely be wearing "his chronograph" tied around his wrist. Maybe, too, we could even see him smile with pleasure at a little feature on the left of the dial that makes this chronograph even more exclusive; it's the stylised image of a mascot tortoise given to him by poet Gabriele D'Annunzio with the dedication, "To the fastest driver in the world, the slowest animal". So, the facsimile engraving of the champion's signature on the caseback was, obviously enough, a veritable must.

The caseback is transparent to reveal the beauty of the movement with its high-grade embellishments and the rotor with its equally as subtle engravings depicting a stylised 18 ct. gold replica of that Alfa Romeo Tipo C which the great Nivola used to drive to his impressive victories. Water-resistant down to 30 m., made of stainless steel, with a unique dial in black, scale engravings on the bezel denoting miles, rosebud finish.

Also available in Ø 43 mm.

Technical details
Tazio Nuvolari Gold Car Collection
Reference: 31037

Movement
Calibre ETA 7750 13 1/4"
Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
Superbly executed Côte de Genève embellishments, 25 rubies and 16 blue screws
2 counters: 30 minutes, 12 hours.  Rotor with details in 18-karat gold: Tazio Nuvolari at the wheel of his Alfa Romeo, Côte de Genève style embellishments and gilt engravings (Tazio Nuvolari 1892-1992 – Gold Car Collection – Alfa Romeo tipo C)

Case
Stainless steel
Diameter of the case: 39,50 mm           
Thickness of the case: 14,00 mm
Case-back:    locked by 8 screws in 18-karat gold, with rosebud finish, sapphire crystal
Strap attachment: 20,00 mm
Water resistance: 30 m
Crown: Steel, screwed in, water-tight, personalised “E”
Bezel: Rosebud finish, high-gloss flank, scale; engravings in black denoting miles, opening of bezel 28,50 mm
Glass: Sapphire, non reflecting

Dial
Black, with luminescent Arabic numerals
Next to 9 o‘clock, signature and stylised depiction of Tazio Nuvolari’s mascot tortoise
Hands: baton-shaped, glossy white, luminescent

Push buttons
Steel, rectangular, water-tight

Strap
Real crocodile leather, personalised buckle “E&C” in steel
           
Bracelet
Stainless steel, “Charme”, invisible clasp with a very special detail: the stylised mascot tortoise in 18-karat gold

Other version
“Grande Taille” - Reference 31038
Case’s diameter 43,00 mm., on strap or on “Charme” steel bracelet

Corum Bubble Special Editions in Partnership with Nelson De La Nuez and Elisabetta Fantone

Swiss luxury watch brand Corum presents special edition Bubble timepieces in association with artists Nelson De La Nuez and Elisabetta Fantone.

Best known for her acting and painting skills, Canada based artists Elisabetta Fantone has designed the new Bubble 47 Magical timepiece. The King of Pop Art Nelson De La Nuez has created a collection of 3 special Bubble timepieces: Bubble 42 Pop De La Nuez, Bubble 47 Pop De La Nuez and Bubble Big Magical Pop De La Nuez. Special launch events featuring the timepieces and the original paintings with personal appearances by the artist will be organised in major US cities in 2018.

Bubble 47 Magical
L390/03653 - 390.200.95/0371 EF02
Movement
Calibre CO 390 Automatic
Functions: Hour & Minute
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28'800 vph
Dimension: 13 1/4'''
Rubies: 30
Movement finishes: Côtes de Genève finishing

Case
Shape: Round
Dimension: 47 mm
Thickness: 19.60 mm
Case material: Titanium grade 5 with black PVD treatment
Bezel material: Titanium grade 5 with black PVD treatment
Crown material: Titanium grade 5 with black PVD treatment
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back type: Screwed in open back cover in titanium grade 5 with black PVD treatment and with glare proof sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 100 meters / 10 ATM

Dial
Brass

Hands
Hour and minute: Circle • Blue varnish

Strap
Material: Vulcanized rubber
Colours: Black
Interhorn/Buckle: 24/20 mm
Buckle: Tongue buckle; Stainless steel with Black PVD treatment

Availability
Limited Edition: 88 piece(s)

Bubble 42 Pop De La Nuez
L082/03618 - 082.410.20/0379 PO20
Movement
Calibre CO 082 Automatic
Functions: Hour & Minute • Second
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28'800 vph
Dimension: 11 1/2'''
Rubies: 21

Dial
Material: Brass

Hands
Hour and minute: Leaf • Rhodium-coated • White superluminova

Case
Shape: Round
Dimension: 42 mm
Thickness: 16.50 mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Crown material: Stainless steel
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back type: Screwed in open back cover in stainless steel with glare proof sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 100 meters / 10 ATM

Strap
Vulcanized rubber
Colours: White
Interhorn/Buckle: 22/18 mm
Buckle: Tongue buckle in Stainless steel

Availability
Limited Edition: 88 piece(s)

Bubble 47 Pop De La Nuez
L082/03605 - 082.310.98/0371 PO01

Movement
Calibre CO 082 Automatic
Functions: Hour & Minute • Second
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28'800 vph
Dimension: 11 1/2'''
Rubies: 21

Dial
Brass
Leaf shaped Hour and minute hands with Black varnish hand  White superluminova

Case
Shape: Round
Dimension: 47 mm
Thickness: 18.50 mm
Case material: Stainless steel with black PVD treatment
Bezel: Stainless steel with black PVD treatment
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Screwed in open back cover in stainless steel with glare proof sapphire crystal
Back finishes: Black PVD treatment
Water-resistance: 100 meters / 10 ATM

Strap
Vulcanized rubber
Colours: Black, red lacquered key
Interhorn/Buckle: 24/20 mm
Buckle: Tongue buckle in Stainless steel with Black PVD treatment

Availability
Limited Edition: 88 piece(s)

Bubble Big Magical Pop De La Nuez
L390/03635 - 390.101.04/0371 PO01
Movement
Calibre CO 390 Automatic
Functions: Hour & Minute
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28'800 vph
Dimension: 13 1/4'''
Rubies: 30
Movement finishes:  Côtes de Genève finishing

Dial
Material: Brass

Hands
Hour and minute: Circle • Red-coloured

Case
Shape: Round
Dimension: 52 mm
Thickness: 20.20 mm
Case material: Titanium grade 5
Crown material: Titanium grade 5
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Screwed in open back cover in titanium grade 5 with glare proof sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 100 meters / 10 ATM

Strap
Vulcanized rubber
Colours: Black, red lacquered key
Interhorn/Buckle: 26.5/22 mm
Buckle: Tongue buckle in Stainless steel

Availability
Limited Edition: 88 piece(s)

Saint Honore Charisma Twist

Give this festival season an elegant twist with the stunning Charisma Twist ladies’ wristwatch that is custom craft to entwine around the wrist of the elegant woman with a captivating charm

This attractive, original and original triumph of watchmaking design, takes inspiration from the world of fashion, featuring a very trendy style with a wraparound strap.
The new interchangeable wraparound bracelets are available in pastel shades, which are very fashionable this year.  Green, salmon, orange, and more: the brand plays on summery colours while also offering a more traditional palette of black, white and brown straps. Each bracelet, adorned with white overstitching, features a simple yet ingenious system that makes it easy to change colours in the blink of an eye.
With a 26 mm case specifically redesigned for the Twist, this piece still has all the features of the model launched in 2016: a streamlined design with a silver satin-finish dial and two arches that embrace the contours of the round case.

Other details that add finishes touches to the charm of this piece are the black onyx cabochon that adorns the crown and the centre of the dial that reflects the case structure.

Technical details
  • Stainless steel case, 26 mm
  • Sapphire coating glass
  • Sunray satin finishes dial
  • Quartz movement, 2 hands
  • Water resistant to 30m
  • Green, salmon and orange interchangeable and double loop leather straps: on deploying buckle
  • SWISS MOVEMENT

Citizen EM0253-03A - Ladies

Sleek and stylish and designed to fit like a artfully-crafted dream on the wrist of the woman of style, the dressy and elegant Silhouette EM0253-03A makes a subtle statement of distinguished style.

Framed by a stunningly distinctive rose gold toned stainless steel case and powered by the Eco-Drive E031 movement, this watch is nicely set off by a classically elegant minimalist white dial and a caramel calf leather strap with a jewellery clasp.
Technical details
Model: EM0253-03A - Ladies
  • Movement: Caliber E031 Eco-Drive
  • Power Reserve: 6 months
  • Other Features: Insufficient charge warning function; Overcharge Prevention Function
  • Case: Stainless Steel with Rose Gold Plating
  • Case Size: 34 mm
  • Water Resistant: W/R
  • Glass: Crystal Glass
  • Strap: Calf Leather
  • Clasp Type: Jewellery Clasp with push button

Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 High Jewelry Version

This high jewellery version of Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 incorporates both invisible and snow setting techniques. Diamonds and sapphires play a fascinating musical score, backed by a symphony orchestrated around 1,444 stones totaling 11.56 carats.

Each part of the watch - dial, bezel, case, oscillating weight, bracelet and buckle – seduces the onlooker with their dazzling radiance, thanks to the different types of techniques of gemsetting and other art-crafts employed in the construction of this high jewellery timepiece. The dial was created with one of the most demanding techniques: invisible setting. The complexity was further heightened by the need to reinterpret this technique in order to set the 462 stones composing the floral dial motif. This was because the smallest stones – the dial alone features seven different sizes – might have been broken if the classic method has been used: namely cutting a notch into the gem to accommodate the seating that was to support it.
The artisan initially fitted the dial upside down on a transparent plate, before meticulously pouring a silver-based alloy over the structure. By seeping into the tiniest gaps between the stones, the matter thereby solidly holds together the 24 baguette-cut purple sapphires (approx. 2.04 cts), 138 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 3.11 cts), 108 baguette-cut pink sapphires (approx. 1.67 cts) and 198 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.25 cts).

These stones, having thus become a plate, could then be removed from the transparent backing. After a final polishing to eliminate any traced of impurity, this precious plate could at last be fitted on the white gold dial, thereby unleashing the full radiance of the gems beneath which the underlying metal structure has completely vanished.
The case and bracelet are adorned by means of another technique: snow setting. No less than 804 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 3.79 cts) merge into each other, playing on their varying diameters to entirely carpet the 18K white gold of the case, bezel, lugs and crown. Embodying a wealth of patience and expertise, the bracelet secured by a folding clasp also comes in a snow-set version featuring entirely hand-crafted white diamond flakes in 10 different sizes exquisitely embracing the curve of the wrist.

This timepiece is driven by a mechanical automatic movement, Caliber CO 082. The dial has chosen to reveal only essentials, marking off the hours and minutes to the beat of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). Through the sapphire case back, this fine mechanism with its 42-hour power reserve reveals its most distinctive feature: an entirely gem set white gold oscillating weight. The latter represents an extremely rare challenge due to the stunning complexity of such an endeavor on a rotor, that is part of the functional movement components. This uncompromising aesthetic approach features 71 pink sapphires (approx. 0.23 cts), 14 purple sapphires (approx. 0.05 cts) and 73 diamonds (approx. 0.21 cts) reproducing the floral dial motif. Further sublimating these delicate petals and corollas, hand-crafted engravings around the white gold circumference of the case back further accentuate the inspired refinement of this creation.

The Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 is available with a white crocodile leather strap fitted with a white gold folding clasp set with 20 diamonds (approx. 0.21 cts).

Technical details
Model: ADMIRAL'S CUP LEGEND 38
Reference: A082/02058 - 082.109.69/0F09 FL10

Case
Shape: Dodecagonal
Dimension: 38 mm
Thickness: 10.30 mm
Case material: 18kt white gold • 605 Round diamonds • ~ 2.27 ct
Bezel material: 18kt white gold • 132 Round diamonds • ~ 1.45 ct
Crown material: 18kt white gold • 67 Round diamonds • ~ 0.07 ct
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back type: Screwed in open back cover in 18kt white gold with glare proof sapphire crystal
Back finishes: Engraved CORUM logo
Water-resistance: 30 meters / 3 ATM

Movement
Movement number: CO 082
Winding system: Automatic
Functions: Minute • Hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28'800 vph
Dimension: 11 1/2'''
Rubies: 21
Movement finishes: Rotor in 18kt white gold, set with 71 rose sapphires (~0.23ct), 14 violet sapphires (~0.05ct) and 73 round diamonds (~0.21ct)

Dial
18kt gold dial set with
- 24 Baguette violet sapphires • ~ 2.04 ct
- 108 Baguette rose sapphires • ~ 1.67 ct
- 138 Baguette diamonds • ~ 3.11 ct
- 192 Round diamonds • ~ 0.25 ct
Distinctive features: CORUM logo transferred under the sapphire glass

Hands
Hour and minute: Baton; Rhodium-coated; Faceted; Skeleton

Strap
Material: Crocodile leather
Colours: White
Interhorn/Buckle: 19/15 mm
Buckle : 18kt white gold Triple folding clasp with 20 Round diamonds (~ 0.21 ct); Engraved CORUM logo; Opening and fastening system using 2 pushers

Edition
Limited Production of 5 pieces

Mechanica ME1A by Done Watches

Established by a young entrepreneur named Thierry Clottu, Done Watches is based in Neuchâtel’s region, a traditional watch making centre in Switzerland. Aim of this brand to offer the budget conscious customers a high quality Swiss Made mechanical watch at a fair price.
After spending more than ten years in the product development for major brands of the segment, the founder of the new watch brand aimed at developing a timepiece that fits to his own vision of modern and genuine watchmaking.  After a short and successful Kickstarter campaign, Thierry Clottu gathered the financing to launch DONE WATCHES’ first product: MECHANICA ME1A.
MECHANICA ME1A, the first collection from DONE WATCHES, is fitted with a mechanical hand-wounded caliber ETA 6497-1, hand-decorated. A particular care has been devoted to the design and finishing of this contemporary timepiece in order to get a coherent, elegant and sport-chic ensemble. Declined in six different versions, MECHANICA ME1A is available with a lot of bracelets combinations.
Each timepiece is delivered with a special packaging including a leather travel pouch and a “DONE” microfiber cloth.
Technical details 
Case
316L stainless steel or 316L stainless steel with rose gold PVD treatment
Diameter: 43.8mm
Thickness: 10.9mm
Domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Hands and applied indexes with superluminova C3
Screwed case-back with a sapphire crystal opening
Water-resistance: 10 ATM (100m)

Dials
Silver, Black or Silver and black

Movement
Hand-wound mechanical ETA 6497-1
Hand-decorated with Côtes de Genève

Strap
Genuine leather with crocodile pattern
Easy spring bars for easy strap replacement

Buckle
Deployment buckle with pushers
316L stainless steel

Retail price
CHF 859.- to CHF 889.- VAT included (CH)

References
ME1A-A01: 316L stainless steel case, Silver dial
ME1A-A02: 316L stainless steel case, Black dial
ME1A-A03: 316L stainless steel case, Silver and black dial
ME1A-A04: 316L stainless steel case with rose gold PVD treatment; Silver dial
ME1A-A05: 316L stainless steel case with rose gold PVD treatment; Black dial
ME1A-A06: 316L stainless steel case with rose gold PVD treatment; Silver and black dial

About DONE WATCHES
Founded in 2015 by Thierry Clottu, DONE WATCHES is lead by the genuine ambition to offer a Swiss Made mechanical watch for a fair price. Based in the region of Neuchâtel, the brand raised financing from Kickstarter to launch its first model: MECHANICA ME1A. DONE WATCHES aims to further develop its watch collection, still keeping its mindset oriented towards making reliable and efficient watches.

Thierry has been working over more than 10 years in the watch industry in key positions for major brands. Graduated in micro-engineering HES, Thierry decided to start his own agency in 2012, TCL Concept Sàrl, specialized in product development for the watch industry. In 2015, he created the brand DONE WATCHES.

Contact details
Done Watches
Avenue Beauregard 28
CH-2036 Cormondrèche
www.donewatches.ch

Seiko Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition

Seiko has combined its expertise in mechanical watch making and the traditional Japanese craftsmanship to create a new edition presage model featuring a rich-blue coloured enamel dial. The golden crescent moon on the reverse end of the second hand moves gracefully across the blue dial, just as the moon moves across the night sky.

The blue enamel dial is the work of the enamel craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa and his team, who made the white enamel dials that have been so widely admired in other Presage creations. Because the surface of a watch dial is so small and as it is viewed at such close distances, the depth and evenness of the enamel has to be exact. Only by controlling every stage of the process and even adjusting the composition of the enamel in line with atmospheric conditions can a truly perfect dial be created. The creation of every Presage dial is supervised by Yokozawa and every single one is inspected by his experienced eye. With the creation of this new blue dial, he has achieved an even more impressive feat of craftsmanship.
This remarkable watch incorporates the 6R15 caliber with a 50 hour power reserve and a high level of torque that is a joy to experience when the specially sculpted crown is turned. The sapphire crystal is dual-curved so that the dial can be seen without distortion from any angle. The hour markers are painted ten times to lift them in relief from the dial and the tips of the hands are curved by skilled craftsmen and women so that they follow the contours of the curved crystals and so minimise the depth of the watch. It is offered as a limited edition of 1,500 and will be available in December at Seiko’s elite retail partners in selected markets and worldwide in early 2018.

The crescent shaped tip of the second hand is in a gold color powder, giving it a special texture that resembles the surface of the moon and the crescent shape is also to be seen on the sapphire case back, affixed by vapor deposition. The crocodile strap is in deep blue to match the dial and has a delicate sheen that subtly reflects the light, just like the dial.

Technical details
Model: Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition: SPB069

Movement
Caliber 6R15
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 23

Case and dial
Stainless steel case, enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12.4mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Strap
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 1,150 Euro

Edition
Limited edition of 1,500 pieces

Sunday, December 10, 2017

HUBLOT ‘Fame vs. Fortune’ Limited Editions by Hush and Tristan Eaton

On 28 November this year, Swiss Luxury watchmaker Hublot celebrated its passion for art and its ongoing campaign, HUBLOT LOVES ART, by bringing together street artists Hush and Tristan Eaton for the launch of “Fame vs. Fortune”; a limited-edition art timepiece concept. Hush represents Fame symbolizing the West Coast sensibility - where the Hollywood film industry reigns supreme. Eaton in turn, represents Fortune embodying an East Coast mentality, home of New York City’s Financial District which is the birth place of so many great fortunes. Each artist brings his unique sensibility rooted in his “represented” coast.

The artists – Hush & Tristan - appeared together at Lightbox Studios outside Times Square with Hublot of America Managing Director Jean-François Sberro, to launch their respective limited-edition timepieces.

Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Chronograph “East Coast Bronze” - By Tristan Eaton
As for Tristan Eaton’s piece, the Classic Fusion Bronze, features brushed bronze and polished gold-plated appliques to represent East Coast “Fortune”, and specifically the Charging Bull sculpture symbolizing New York City’s Financial District. The case back displays a medley of motifs that illustrate a Wall Street theme, including an image of a bull, money sign, and Wall Street sign.
Some of Tristan’s most iconic murals are found in New York City, including the eye catching mural of Audrey Hepburn in Little Italy, “The Monster Within” in Brooklyn’s Coney Island, “Big City of Dreams” between Mulberry and Lafayette in Soho, and “Liberty” downtown which inspired Hublot’s first collection with the artist.
Technical details
Reference: 521.BZ.6680.VR.EWC17
Limitation: SPECIAL EDITION XX/50

Case
Diameter & Thickness: 45 mm & 13.05 mm
Water Resistant: 5 ATM (50m)
Case: Brushed bronze
Bezel: Brushed bronze
Screws « H »: Polished titanium
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Brushed bronze* with HUBLOT logo
Pushers: Brushed bronze*
Case back: Micro-blasted black ceramic engraved "SPECIAL” + ”EDITION” + ”XX/50"
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment + "EWC17" logo printed

Dial
Gradient mat brown with “EWC17” logo at 3 o’clock counter
Polished gold-plated appliques
Hands: Polished gold-plated hands

Movement
Caliber Hublot HUB1143, Self-winding Chronograph movement
Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 6.9 mm
No of Components: 280
Jewels: 59
Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
Power reserve: 42 Hours

Strap
Black rubber and brown calf embossed with “EWC17” logo and brown stitching
2ND Strap: Black rubber and brown alligator with brown stitching
Buckle: Black PVD stainless steel deployant buckle clasp with brushed bronze insert

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang "West Coast Ceramic Black and White" - By Hush
Hush, whose art is prominently found throughout various districts of Los Angeles, designed the Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White for Hublot, inspired by Hollywood icons to represent West Coast “Fame” and manifested itself as a black-and-white woman’s portrait splashed across the case back in a multi-colored collage of mixed media.
The timepiece features a skeletonized dial, or “Aerofusion” encased by a white ceramic bezel. Hush’s frescoes have appeared throughout the heart of LA’s shopping district on Melrose, downtown LA’s art district, posh streets in West Hollywood, and ocean-side in Santa Monica.
Technical details
Reference: 641.CI.0112.VR.EWC17
Limitation: SPECIAL EDITION XX/50

Case
Case: Black microblasted ceramic
Diameter & Thickness: 42 mm & 14.10 mm
Water Resistant: 100 ATM (100m)
Bezel: White microblasted ceramic Screws « H »: Black PVD polished titanium
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Pushers: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Case back: Black microblasted ceramic engraved "SPECIAL EDITION" + “XX/50”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment + “EWC17” logo printed

Dial
Mat black dial with “EWC17” logo at 9 o’clock counter
Black-plated appliques with white luminescent
Hands: Black-plated with white luminescent

Movement
HUB4700, self-winding Chronograph movement
Dimensions: Dia. 30 mm (131/4’’’); Thickness 6.62 mm
Date: Skeleton calendar display at 4.30
No of Components: 278
Jewels: 31
Frequency: 5 Hz (36'000 A/h)
Power reserve: 50 Hours

Strap
Black rubber and multicolour calf with stitching
2ND Strap: Black rubber and white alligator with white stitching
Buckle: Black ceramic deployant buckle clasp

Oris Clipperton Limited Edition

Uninhabited and considered as one of the world’s most isolated landmasses, the eco sensitive Clipperton Island sits in the Eastern Tropical Zone located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,100km south of the tip of the Baja Peninsula, on the west coast of Mexico.  But despite its remoteness, the French-owned Island and its unique ecosystem are under threat because of illegal commercial fishing and pollution. Its waters are a critical migration corridor for a number of threatened species of shark and pelagic, and several endemic species, on land and underwater.
Earlier this year, traditional Swiss watch manufacturer Oris announced its sponsorship of The Clipperton Expedition, a ‘citizen-science’ expedition led by N2Pix, specialized in underwater imagery and expeditions owned by Canadians Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet. The Oris-sponsored expedition took a group of scientists and conservationists on the arduous 80-hour boat journey to Clipperton to raise awareness of the vital role Clipperton plays in the migration patterns of these species, to gather data to help develop existing shark migration theories, and to effect lasting change that will preserve Clipperton’s ecosystem.
Oris is now following this up with the launch of the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition, a diver’s watch based on the brand’s Aquis series. A percentage of funds raised by sales of the 2,000 pieces produced will go towards the protection of the ocean in upcoming initiatives. Last year, a French ministerial order created a 12-nautical-mile Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the atoll, but the ambition is to secure an extension of the MPA to 100 nautical miles and UNESCO World Heritage Site status for Clipperton.
The Oris Clipperton Limited Edition is a fitting tribute to the atoll and to the work of Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet. It has a gradient blue dial designed to reflect the colour of the water around the atoll, which drops to 60 metres deep just offshore. The 43.5mm stainless steel case is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres) and has a screwed case back embossed with an outline of Clipperton Island and its coordinates.
In addition, the watch carries all high-performance functions the Oris Aquis is renowned for. Its automatic movement provides it with a date function and a sweeping seconds hand, which Oris has finished with a ‘lollipop’ filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova®. This is a significant detail – to qualify for diver’s watch status, a watch must have a display that shows the running of the watch to indicate to the wearer that their dive timing is accurate. The watch also has a uni-directional rotating bezel with a black ceramic insert with a 60-minute counter.
The Oris Clipperton Limited Edition is the next step in Oris’s commitment to conserving the world’s oceans and to bringing change for the better. It follows limited edition watches made in partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation and shark conservation programme Pelagios Kakunjá.
Technical details
Model: Oris Clipperton Limited Edition
Ref. No. 01 733 7730 4185 MB, Ø 43.5 mm
Limited to 2,000 pieces

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at  6 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case with screw-in security crown and crown protection
Water-resistant to 30 bar/300m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black ceramic insert with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back embossed with Clipperton Island and its coordinates

Dial
Gradient blue dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®. Nickel hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova®. Nickel central seconds hand with ‘lollipop’ insert filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust, sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension
Alternatively available with stainless steel bracelet with quick-adjust, sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension

Packaging
Presentation box made using environmentally friendly regenerative algae. Clipperton Island insignia included inside

Retail price
Swiss retail price CHF 1,950 on strap, CHF 2,150 on stainless steel bracelet

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Vamatic - Quartz Winston and Vauclain Automatic Collection

Co-founded by three entrepreneurs - Tadej Kelc, Marcel Boskovic and Ziga Potocnik – young watch brand Vamatic presents its debut line of Swiss made timepieces that are becoming a reflection of exclusivity, impeccable quality and modern, exquisite design with a price lower than other fine watches.
The brand launched a Kickstarter campaign on 05 December to fund the initial mass production of its collections:  Winston quartz and Vauclain automatic.
Equipped with Ronda Quartz chronograph movement, the Winston Quartz watch is available in 4 different colour combinations: Silver White, Silver Black, Rose Gold Black, and Rose Gold White. The stainless steel watch case measures 42.5mm diameter and 12mm thickness.
Equipped with ETA 2824 automatic movement and featuring a classic 3hands+date at 3’o clock pattern, the Vauclain automatic watch comes in  Rose Gold White or Silver White Rose Gold version. The stainless steel watch case measures 42mm and 10.5mm thickness. The automatic watch features a transparent caseback to view the movement parts.
Common features of both versions include sapphire crystal front glass, 5atm water resistance and interchangeable straps with butterfly clasp and quick release mechanism.
The timepieces will be manufactured in partnership with an experienced Swiss manufacture. Each Vamatic watch carries a 5 year warranty and Swiss made certificate.

Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1266941852/vamatictm-swiss-made-watches-with-a-changeable-loo

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