Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Collection

After the successful launch of Sixties Iconic Collection in 2015, German watch manufacture Glashütte Original takes its tribute to iconic '60s design to a new level by introducing a special collection of five square chronographs featuring distinctive dials made by the Saxon manufactory’s own dialmakers in Pforzheim, Germany. The stunning colours and fascinating dial visuals take up iconic design elements first presented in a range of “Spezimatic” models produced in the 1960s.
In the mid-sixties, Glashütte's watchmakers launched the Spezimatic in a series of versions destined to become lasting icons of style. Popular design elements of the time – the square cushion shape, domed dials, curved hands, idiosyncratic Arabic numerals – inspired the Sixties Iconic Square Collection. Five stunning colours give the models their names: Sixties Iconic Forest, Sixties Iconic Ocean, Sixties Iconic Graphite, Sixties Iconic Tangerine and Sixties Iconic Fire. All are powered by the manufactory automatic Calibre 39-34, featuring characteristic attributes of fine watchmaking in the Glashütte tradition.
The five new models feature exceptional coloured dials crafted in Glashütte Original's own dial manufactory in Pforzheim, Germany. Made using original tools and authentic methods from the 1960s, they are the result of an extremely complex and time-consuming process. Glashütte Original's expert dial makers pay obsessive attention to each of the labour intensive steps, in particular to the application of coloured lacquers to achieve the precise hues and shading, from light centres to dark perimeters, known as the “dégradé effect” – a lavish finish found on all of the five pieces.
To begin with, the dials are given a galvanic base coat; layers of coloured lacquer are then added by hand in a series of subsequent steps – a shimmering green (Sixties Iconic Forest), deep blue (Sixties Iconic Ocean), dark grey (Sixties Iconic Graphite) or intense, glowing red (Sixties Iconic Fire). In a final step, black lacquer is carefully applied to this ‘‘canvas’’ using a special spray gun -- this technique produces, depending on the angle at which the gun is held, an individual colour gradient, known as the dégradé effect, which renders each watch unique. The unusual colour of the Tangerine dial results from an additional lacquer colour: The initial galvanic coating in gold is not only combined with a layer of black, but also red lacquer.
The lacquered dials are then fired in an oven to burn in the colours. With four of the five models in the Sixties Iconic Square Collection these uniquely shaded hues are combined with the sophistication of a refined sunburst finish, which enhances the dégradé effect.
The fifth model, the Sixties Iconic Graphite, features an elaborate imprint instead – achieved in a particularly interesting manner. Prior to galvanic nickel plating the dial blank is imprinted, with the help of a 60-tonne press, with the intricate filigree pattern of a guilloche stamp. Known as "dies", stamps such as these, held in the archives of the Glashütte Original dial manufactory, are a further example of extreme authenticity.
The economic and political challenges that the watchmaking industry in Glashütte had to face back in the 1960s, led to remarkably innovative solutions, and exceptional creations such as the “Spezimatic” series of watches whose iconic designs served as a source and inspiration for today's Sixties Collection from Glashütte Original. First Introduced in 1964, a number of Spezimatic models made use of dials manufactured by dedicated dialmakers in Pforzheim (West Germany at the time). The relationship with Pforzheim, which began more than 50 years ago, was reinforced in 2006 with the purchase of the dialmaker by Swatch Group, and strengthened again when Glashütte Original assumed direct ownership. Today, full integration of the dialmaker's expertise allows Glashütte Original to develop exclusive, contemporary dial designs that meet the watchmaker's extremely high standards of quality.
The five models in the Sixties Iconic Square Collection feature the distinctive square cushion shaped stainless steel case, measuring 41.35 x 41.35 mm, and the manufactory automatic Calibre 39-34 chronograph.
All are fitted with a matching Louisiana Alligator leather strap: brown for the models featuring forest green or tangerine coloured dials, black to complement the models with graphite grey, ocean blue or fiery red dials.
Production of the five models in the Sixties Iconic Square Collection is limited to 25 pieces each, available in Glashütte Original Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide.

Technical details
Case
Material: stainless steel
Dimensions: 41, 35 X 41,35 mm
Height: 12, 6 mm
Strap: 22/18 mm
Waterproof up to: 3 bar
Glass: Sapphire crystal, on both sides anti-reflective
Bottom: Sapphire crystal

Dials
Ø display 35.5 mm
- Sixties Iconic Ocean: Sun ray finish, blue and black lacquer with dégradé effect
- Sixties Iconic Forest: Sun ray finish, green and black lacquer with dégradé effect
- Sixties Iconic Fire: Sun ray finish, red and black lacquer with dégradé effect
- Sixties Iconic Graphite: Embossed, galvanic silver and varnished black with dégradé effect
- Sixties Iconic Tangerine: sun ray finish, galvanic gold, varnished red and black with degrade effect
White Arabic numerals, milled hour markers with luminous spots
Hands: some white gold some with Super-LumiNova

Movement
CALIBRE 39-34
Dimensions: Ø 31.15 mm, height 7.2 mm
Balance: smooth balance rim
Oscillating frequency: 28,800 vph, equivalent to 4 Hz
Power reserve: 40 hours (+/- 5 %)
Balance spring: Anachron
Shock protection: Incabloc
Jewels: 51 jewel bearings
Additional details: Automatic movement, central hour/minute/stop second, off-centre small second with second stop, 30-minute counter, exquisitely finished movement, bevelled edges, polished steel parts, Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, skeletonized rotor with 21-ct gold oscillation weight, swan-neck fine adjustment

Strap
Louisiana Alligator leather strap
Stainless steel buckle, 18 mm

COVER Co194 Nobila Gent

Tasteful and chic, Nobila captivates with discrete elegance, slim case design and classic purity. The eye-catching small second at 6 o’clock complements the classic lines of case, hour markers and hands.
A modest dial with classic roman or arabic numbers in black completes the inherent elegance of this outstanding timepiece. For those gentlemen who like to stand out, Nobila comes with a graduate dial on which a grey or blue centre slowly blends into black.
Technical details
SWISS MADE
Case Dimensions: Ø 40 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel, PVD plating,
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant: up to 50 M
Movement: Ronda quartz movement
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or leather strap

COVER Co188 Lady Diamond

Innocent and delicate, Lady Diamond captivates with moments of enduring elegance. The pure, round case holds a magnificent dial on which diamonds circle around a centre of shimmering mother-of-pearl. An exquisite steel bracelet of classic rounded contours completes the stunningly beautiful design. In addition to the black and white versions, the watch comes in gold, as well as, a rose-gold bicolour execution. This special edition model is limited to 500 pieces each of which carries its own serial number.
Technical details
SWISS MADE
Case Dimensions: Ø 26 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel, PVD plating
Dial: Mother-of-pearl, Eleven genuine diamonds
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant: up to 50 M
Movement: ETA quartz movement
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with butterfly buckle

AHCI Celebrates its 30th Anniversary at Baselworld 2017

This year AHCI celebrates its 30th anniversary at Baselworld 2017 and 9 of its exceptional watch and clockmakers will be exhibiting their creations on the AHCI booth (Hall 2.0 C15) along with 3 candidates and 5 new applicants for candidacy.

When founding the AHCI in 1984, the foundation members, Svend Andersen and Vincent Calabrese wanted to prove that beside industrial watch and clock manufacturing, there was also a need for manual and artistic watchmaking and that craftsmanship could still occupy an important place. In 1985 the first exhibition took place at the watch museum in Le Locle, starting with 6 members presenting their unique creations. Today the AHCI includes more than 30 idealists from all over the world.

Their existence is based on a solid know-how of classical watchmaking. They promote exceptional horological innovations as well as special technical and artistic executions which actively contribute to the conservation and continued existence of the horological heritage.

Some of the very unusual and exceptional models of many famous watch brands and clock manufacturers are creations of our horological academicians.

Since 1987 the AHCI has participated at “Baselworld” and many other watch fairs around the globe. This allows collectors and connoisseurs of authentic horology, as well as the international press, the opportunity to get in contact with the true horologists who personally present their innovations and high grade master pieces.

With the sponsoring of F.P. Journe, the AHCI were able to organise the Young Talent Competition in 2016. This contest was a great success and we would like to say thank you to Francois Paul for his support and efforts to help us in this and congratulate the winners Anton Sukhanov, Anna-Rose Kirk, Tristan Ledard.

Last year the AHCI exhibited at several exhibitions around the globe. These included Münich Time in October 2016, the Shenzen Watch and Clock Fair where nine members and candidates had the opportunity to travel and exhibit in a 225 SqM stand and also attend several private events, courtesy of the Shenzen Watch and Clock Federation.

In November, seven members participated at Salon QP in London under the AHCI banner. Also in November Vianney Halter, Antoine Preziuso and Andreas Strehler gave a series of master-classes at the Dubai Watch Week.

The Jury for the Gaïa Prize 2016 awarded Vianney Halter a laureate in the category Craftsmanship-Creation for his contribution to the renewal of aesthetic and technical codes in contemporary watchmaking. Aniceto Pita owner of Pita Barcelona, was also honored by receiving an award for his contribution to artisan watchmaking from the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemonti Casamajó. In January 2017, two members of the AHCI were awarded the international prize at SIWP Awards 2016, Vianney Halter and Konstantin Chaykin.

AHCI has now 34 active members, 5 candidates and 8 honorary members from 14 different countries.

Monday, February 27, 2017

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity

Presently, the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar is undoubtedly the purest, most ingenious and most practical perpetual calendar available in the market. The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity sees the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture pursue its carefully thought-out approach which foregoes branding, focusing on the refined understatement of this model.

Available in a limited edition of 50 pieces, with a new 42 millimetre case enhanced by a dynamic, sculpted design, the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity is the ultimate expression of minimalism and purity, with no logo on the dial and the simplicity of double indices. This watch radiates a timeless beauty, proving that true luxury needs no unnecessary adornment.
An iconic piece, the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar from H. Moser & Cie. is renowned for its complex movement, but also for its absolute simplicity. Without multiple sub-dials or an illegible date disc: the indices show not only the hours, but also the months, using a small central hand. A very large date window at 3 o’clock with a new date design and a power reserve indicator at 9 o'clock complete the piece, making it the most legible and easy-to-set watch available, as it can be adjusted forwards or backwards at any time of day. The HMC 800 calibre is housed in a new Endeavour case, whose lines have been adapted to increase the diameter beyond the 40.8 mm model. Measuring 42 mm, this case has a more dynamic look while still resting elegantly on the wrist thanks to its curved case-back.
The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity pushes H. Moser’s minimalist philosophy even further: the dial has indices only at 12 and 6 o'clock and there is no visible logo or brand name. With its magnificent and mysterious midnight-blue fumé dial, this model remains immediately recognisable, proving that true luxury is unmistakable, even without ostentatious branding.
Finally, as with all new models produced from January 1st, 2017, this watch will not feature the Swiss Made label on the dial as the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture, whose creations are over 95% Swiss, does not consider the label sufficiently rigorous.

Technical details
Model: Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity
Reference 1800-0200, white gold model, midnight-blue fumé dial, black alligator leather strap with red leather lining, limited edition of 50 pieces

Case
18-carat white gold, three-part
Diameter: 42.0 mm, height: 11.9 mm
Curved sapphire crystal
See-through curved sapphire crystal case-back
Crown adorned with an “M”
Engraved on the movement side of the case with "1 of 50"

Dial
Midnight-blue fumé with sunburst pattern
Leaf-shaped hands and applique indices
Month indicated with a small arrow-shaped centre hand
Big date display

Movement
Hand-wound HMC 800 Manufacture calibre
Diameter: 34.0 mm or 15 lignes, height: 6.3 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
32 jewels
Power reserve: minimum 7 days
Hacking seconds
Double barrel
Interchangeable Moser escapement
Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil
Pallet fork and escapement wheel made from gold
Movement and components hand-finished and decorated

Functions
Perpetual calendar with very large date window and month display via the small central hand
Hours and minutes
Offset seconds dial with hacking seconds function at 6 o’clock
Power reserve indicator on dial at 9 o’clock
Leap year cycle indicator on movement side and adjustment push-button
Double Pull Crown mechanism

Strap
Hand-stitched black alligator leather strap, red leather lining
18-carat solid white gold folding clasp engraved with the Moser logo

Hermès Nantucket TPM (Très Petit Modèle)

At its birth in 1991, the Hermès Nantucket watch featured an elongated case with the “anchor chain” motif dreamed up by Henri d’Origny, who had been asked to design a square shape. The latest version from this line, the Très Petit Modèle further accentuates the outline of the original drawing.
Available in steel or gem-set rose gold versions, it is teamed with colourful single or double wrap-around straps lending the final touch to its resolutely elegant aura.
Nantucket Or rose sertie

Dial
Natural white mother-of-pearl set with two diamond-set chatons, transferred powdered 5N numerals in an anthracite frame, 4N gilt hands

Case
Shape/dimensions: Rectangular 17 x 23mm
Material: 750 5N rose gold, set with 186 diamonds
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 bar

Movement
Quartz, made in Switzerland

Functions
Hours, minutes

Strap
Cloud white alligator
Black alligator
Ultraviolet alligator
Elephant grey alligator
Buckle: Pin buckle in 750 5N rose gold

Nantucket Acier

Dial
Opaline silver-toned, transferred silver-toned Arabic numerals in an anthracite frame.
Rhodium-plated hands

Case
Rectangular 17 x 23mm
Material: Steel
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 bar

Movement
Quartz, made in Switzerland

Functions
Hours, minutes

Strap
Maltese blue calfskin
Natural Barenia calfskin
Black Barenia calfskin
Orange calfskin
Etoupe calfskin
Electric blue calfskin
Iris calfskin
Capucine calfskin
Buckle: Pin buckle in steel

Sunday, February 26, 2017

COVER Co185 Neville

With its refined and honest aura, Neville is designed to appeal to those who appreciate timeless aesthetics. The circular and exceptionally flat case of this elegant chronograph is combined with a big case opening to accommodate the simple but sophisticated dial. Coming in eight designs made with either a stainless steel bracelet or a valuable leather strap, Neville is sure to match each wearer’s individual style.
Technical details
SWISS MADE
Case Dimensions: Ø 42 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel, PVD plated
Dial: Date at 4 o’clock
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant: up to 50 M
Movement: ETA chronograph quartz movement
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with butterfly buckle or leather strap

COVER Co192 Chapman

Of classic watch design and yet discretely sportive, this charismatic gent’s chronograph pays homage to times when in watchmaking chronographs were not yet designed to measure the 10th of a second. The vintage style 2-eye chronograph is embedded in a fascinating fumé dial on which a delicate sunray pattern brings all the facets of the colour gradient to life. A stainless steel bracelet or leather strap finishes the masculine design.
Technical details
SWISS MADE
Case Dimensions: Ø 42,5 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel, PVD plating
Glass: Extra hardened K1 mineral crystal with sapphire coating
Water-resistant: up to 100 M
Movement: Ronda chronograph quartz movement
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or leather strap

Imperium Watches Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Singapore based Imperium Watches has launched an online crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter to promote its new watch collection. Paying tributes to three legendary empires from ancient to modern era, the brand offers three types of watches though this campaign: Minimalistic Three Hands, Classic Moon phase and sporty chronograph.
The British Empire series offers minimalistic three hand watches equipped with Swiss Ronda 715 quartz movement. The Persian Empire Series include classic Moonphase watches equipped with Swiss Ronda 708 quartz movement. The Roma Empire series offers chronograph watches powered with Swiss Ronda 5030 quartz calibre.
All of these timepieces are dressed in stainless steel cases and also available in gold plated or black variants. Three hands and Moonphase models have a diameter of 40mm and chronograph watch measures 44mm diameter.
All timepieces are fitted with sapphire crystal front glass and have a water resistance of 50 meters. Securing these watches to the wrist is a full grain leather strap. Pre-order price on Kickstarter starts from $90 for minimalistic three hands watch, $160 for moon phase model and $175 for chronograph watch.

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/imperiumwatches/imperium-watches-affordable-high-quality-watches?ref=project_link

Isotope Rider Jumping-Hour

Based in North of London, Isotope Watches announces their first model, a self-winding Swiss Made Jumping-Hour wristwatch in a limited edition of 99 pieces. This timepiece takes its design inspiration from various artistic, architectural and design fonts of Streamline Moderne philosophy, a late type of the Art Deco design emerged in 1930s.
In Rider, a large window positioned at 6 o’clock displays the hour, and the minute and seconds are displayed by two central hands. The bespoke module, with window hour positioned at 6 o’clock, adopts an ingenious solution and the module uses a systematic amount of power throughout an entire hour, delivering excellent results in accuracy and reliability.
The movement that powers this timepiece is Swiss Made ETA 2824-2, an automatic calibre well known for its reliability, accuracy and low-maintenance costs. The Jumping-Hour module is 100% Swiss Made and assembled in the Swiss district of Biel.
It stainless steel case is fitted with domed AR sapphire crystal front glass and has a water resistance of 100 meters. Turning back the timepiece, you can admire the mechanical movement through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.

Presently the brand is offering six dial colour variants of the Rider. The Rider Jumping-Hour watch comes fitted with a high quality French Calfskin and orange grained lining strap with Presto stainless steel spring bars for quick release. Featuring an ISOTOPE exclusive Design, these leather bracelets are hand-made in Geneva using traditional manufacturing processes. As an option, the customer can also chose highly exclusive Sturgeon fish leather straps handmade in Bern by the award winning designer Sabina Bragger. Stainless steel buckles ensure comfortable fitting and reliability. The timepiece is also available with metal bracelets.
The Rider can be customized as per customer’s preferences including Hand-Engraving, Individual Rotor decoration, Hand Made Leather Straps and Watch Travel pouches, amongst others.

Technical details
Case
Stainless Steel 316L
Length, including lugs: 47,7mm
Width: 46,8mm (without crown) / 47,4mm (with crown)
Height: 12,1mm (excluding crystal) / 13,7mm (including domed crystal)
Domed AR Sapphire Crystal: ø37mm
Case Back AR Sapphire Crystal: ø24mm
Lugs width: 22mm
Crown: Stainless Steel 316L
Water Resistance - 10ATM/100m

Movement
Swiss Automatic, self-winding, ETA 2824-2 with bespoke Isotope Jumping-Hour module
Accuracy: +20”/-10” p/day
Jewels: 26
Frequency: 28800 A/h
Shock Protection: Incabloc
Power-Reserve: 38 hours

Functions
Mechanical, Hour positioned at 6 o’clock, central minutes and hacking seconds

Straps
Calf Skin Leather
Options: Sturgeon fish leather strap or metal bracelet
Buckle: Stainless Steel 316L Pin Buckle, 20mm

Website: http://www.isotopewatches.com/

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronometer

Toric, the signature haute horlogerie collection from Parmigiani Fleurier welcomes a new addition - the Toric Chronometer - to its line. Toric was the first watch designed by Michel Parmigiani. Symbolising both innovation and culture, Toric boasts an elegant case inspired by the columns of Ancient Greece, with this aesthetic taken up by the gadroons and knurling. Unveiled at SIHH 2017, the Toric Chronometer combines the line’s aesthetic features inspired by historical monuments and manufacture’s quest for accuracy.
As evidenced by the certification number engraved on the PF331 proprietary calibre, assembled with components of the highest quality, each Toric Chronometer is unique and meets the most stringent standards for accuracy and reliability.
To ensure perfect harmony of substance and form, Parmigiani Fleurier opted for a case structure which frames the wrist. The case, made from white gold or red gold, has been redesigned. The curved contours inject certain dynamism into the design.
The ends of the strap and its attachment have been redesigned to reflect this, and the lugs given a more functional, ergonomic makeover. The crown has also been made a more imposing feature. While retaining the signature codes of the collection, the aesthetic of the Toric Chronometer is understated, its appearance streamlined. The cards have been elegantly reshuffled.
This elegance can be seen in the dial, available in black opaline or a delicate white grained version. This hand-crafted finish consists of creating a unique textured background by brushing the surface of the dial with a mixture of salt and silver powder. It is brought to life by two long Javelin hands, a date, a very subtle minute track around the circumference, and Arabic numerals with proportions which emphasise this elegance. This piece comes with a black Alligator strap.
Technical details
Model: TORIC CHRONOMETRE

Movement
Calibre PF331
Winding: Automatic
Total dimensions: 11 ½''' Ø 25.6 mm
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Frequency: 4 Hz 28800 A/h
Power-reserve: 55 hours
No of components: 220
No of jewels: 32

Functions
Hours, minutes
Seconds
Date

Dial
Colour: Black or white
Index: Rose gold plated appliques
Finishing: Opaline
Hands: Javelin-shaped with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Brand: Hermès
Material: Alligator
Colour: Black

Saturday, February 25, 2017

COVER Co195 Nobila Lady

Tasteful and chic, Nobila captivates with discrete elegance, slim case design and classic purity. The eye-catching small second at 6 o’clock complements the classic lines of case, hour markers and hands. Yet, the real brilliance lies in the shimmering mother-of pearl dial on which modest Roman or Arabic numbers in black complete the inherent elegance of this outstanding timepiece. For those ladies who like to stand out, Nobila comes with a colour graduate dial on which a grey or blue centre slowly blends into black.
Technical details
SWISS MADE
Case Dimensions: Ø 32 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel, PVD plating
Dial: Mother-of-pearl or sunray pattern with colour gradient
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant: up to 50 M
Movement: Ronda quartz movement
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or leather strap

COVER CoA9 Concerta Open Heart

Sheer elegance with a taste for the extraordinary is everything this captivating lady’s watch is about. Clear but softly flowing lines harmoniously interweave with notes of playfulness to form the perfect composition. The enchanting creation is brought to a shine by the graceful dial featuring simple hour markers on shimmering mother-of pearl.
Through the opening at 12 o’clock, Concerta opens her heart to offer a glimpse of the automatic movement that is her heartbeat. An exclusive stainless steel bracelet or leather strap elegantly finishes the feminine design.

Technical details
SWISS MADE
Case Dimensions: Ø 34 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel, PVD plating, Swarovski® crystals
Dial: Mother-of-pearl, crystals from Swarovski®
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant: up to 50 M
Movement: Sellita open-heart automatic movement
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with butterfly buckle or leather strap

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Galaxy

The Tonda 1950 Galaxy is a sparkling horology creation that takes inspiration from the star studded night sky of Val-de-Travers, where Parmigiani Fleurier is based. The extremely talented dial-makers of Parmigiani Fleurier have worked their magic on the Tonda 1950 Galaxy, imbuing its aventurine glass dial with the sombre midnight blue colour that seems to have been cut straight from the night sky.
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 bezel and case set with diamonds, forming a halo of light around it. 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. This special edition comes with a black Hermès alligator strap.

Technical details
Model: TONDA 1950 ROSE GOLD SET AVENTURINE BLEUE "GALAXY"
Reference PFC288-1062500-HA1421

Movement
Calibre PF702
Winding: Automatic
Total dimensions: 13 ¼''' Ø 30.0 mm
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz 21600 A/h
Power-reserve: 48 hours
No of components: 160
No of jewels: 29

Functions
Hours, minutes

Dial
Colour: Blue
Index: 18-ct rose gold appliques
Finishing: Polished
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Case
Dimensions: Ø 39 mm
Thickness: 8.4 mm
Material: 18 ct rose gold
Water-resistance: 30 m
Back: Sapphire
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire

Strap
Brand: Hermès
Material: Alligator
Colour: Black

Friday, February 24, 2017

TNT Navigator 1939 Limited Edition - Tribute to the German B-Uhr

German watch maker TNT-Torsten Nagengast Timeline presents the limited edition Navigator 1939 as a tribute to the antique B-Uhr watches manufactured by several brands during WW2, for German pilots.
Dedicated to real collectors and lovers of authentic pilot’s watches, this exclusive 47mm watch is available in an extremely limited run of only 20 pieces. The N1939 houses an antique PHENIX manual winding movement in top-grade version with blued screws. This historically movement is completely disassembled, cleaned and decorated before placing inside. Further, every case, every pusher, every dial and even each hand is adjusted individually.
Presently, the brand offers a special PREORDER discount for customers who enter this project in stage of production. The special pre-order price is 1.441,80 EUR (excl. 19% EU tax), when the project is released, the price will raise to 2.170,80 EUR (excl. 19% EU tax).
Technical details
Limited edition 20 pieces only
Stainless Steel 316L case
Screwed, display caseback
47mm diameter
12.2mm thick
Pyrex glass (8 Mohs hardness but no fingerprints)
Black dial with Luminova indexes
Black hands with Strong Luminova
Historical Swiss Phenix movement made in 1939, hand-winding
Up to 40h power reserve
Blue Screws, Gold-plating, Handengraved, Perlage
Possible to choose serial number as long as available
24mm strap
5 ATM water resistance
2 years warranty

Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire Rose Gold Argente Jaune

The iconic Kalpa line designed by Michel Parmigiani in 1997 was enriched with a sensational anniversary model - the Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire Anniversaire - in 2016 to celebrate the manufacture’s 20th anniversary. This year, at SIHH 2017, Parmigiani Fleurier unveiled a new Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire model in a rose gold case and featuring silvered yellow dial.

The Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire is driven by the PF 110 hand-wound movement, with a tonneau shape that perfectly marries the contours of its housing. This proprietary double-barrel movement ensures an 8-day power reserve and features a patented display system. Its powerful aesthetic owes much of its impact to the repeated semi-circular forms of the bridges. Their shape is based on a cutting technique which allows for greater complexity and more internal angles. The "Côtes de Genève" decoration, the swan-neck featured on the balance, and the hand-bevelled bridges are amongst the subtle touches that demonstrate the high standards demanded by the Manufacture.
The rose gold case contains a silvered yellow 12-sector flinqué effect dial. The materials and colours of this piece were selected to create a synergy, to the most beautiful effect. Beyond its obvious opulence, the rose gold of the case suffuses the watch face with an amber glow, giving the Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire a unique colour scheme.

To ensure the ideal proportions so dear to Michel Parmigiani, the indicators at the top and bottom of the dial are perfectly balanced. While the identity of the piece lies in its tonneau shape, this quest for harmony creates a striking aesthetic. The delicate contemporary numerals, the solid gold indices and the original alignment of the numerals around the small seconds dial ensure perfect readability and complete this vibrant dial.

Technical details
Model: KALPA XL HEBDOMADAIRE ROSE GOLD ARGENTE JAUNE
Reference PFC101-1001000-HA1441

Movement
Calibre PF110
Winding: Manual
Total dimensions: 13 x 10 ½''' 29.3 x 23.6 mm
Thickness: 4.9 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz 21600 A/h
Power-reserve: 8 days
No of components: 227
No of jewels: 28

Functions
Hours, minutes
Small second
Date
Power reserve

Dial
Colour: Yellow silver
Index: 18-ct rose gold appliques
Finishing: Sunray guilloché exterior, opaline centre, azur counter
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Case
Dimensions: 44.7 x 37.2 mm
Thickness: 11.2 mm
Material: 18 ct rose gold
Water-resistance: 30 m
Back: Sapphire
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire

Bracelet
Brand: Hermès
Material: Alligator
Colour: Black

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Grand Prix Superlative COSC

Established by Guy A Cattin, who represents the 6th generation in charge of CATTIN Swiss watchmaker family, Swiss watch brand Grand Prix unveils the new Superlative COSC wristwatch. The watch brand based at Les Breuleux of Swiss Jura has been benefitted from the expertise of a great watchmaking family that has a rich tradition of more than 150 years in the traditional horology industry.
Bringing mechanical excellence together with fine craftsmanship, the new Superlative COSC houses COSC-certified Soprod A10 extra-thin calibre. Its elegantly slim silhouette reveals a wealth of perfectly executed finishes which can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback.
The dial deploys a sophisticated composition of contrasting circles around an intricately skeletonised central rosette, creating subtle textures against the elegant beauty of gold tones. Mirroring the applied hour-markers, mesmerising diamonds prolong this composition that culminates in a magnificently crafted two-tone bracelet.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical automatic, Soprod A10 extra-thin calibre, COSC-certified chronometer, circular-graining, Côtes de Genève on the oscillating weight

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Stainless steel, 41 mm
18K gilding on the bezel and crown
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal, front and back
Water-resistant to 50 metres (5 bar / 165 ft)

Dial
Gold-toned with skeletonised rosette in the centre
Diamond hour-markers
Date window at 3 o'clock

Bracelet
Two-tone steel

Luminox Scott Cassell UVP 3500 Set Series

Scott Cassell is an expert military operative – a Counterterrorism Combat Dive Instructor to the Special Ops community, an anti-piracy consultant and sniper and a former Special Ops combat medic and MedEvac Flight Instructor in the Army National Guard.  Cassell is also a consummate adventurer, someone who embraces danger and relies on Luminox timepieces as part of his Essential Gear.  A man of high ideals and a true explorer, his exploits are undertaken with unwavering commitment to a clearly defined goal—the protection of the world’s oceans and their inhabitants. Never losing sight of this cause, Cassell explores the undersea world, documents his discoveries for science, and hunts down lawbreakers whose activities threaten ocean ecosystems. And Luminox is with him every step of the way, on his wrist and also supporting his work through sales of a new special edition set, the 3509.SC.SET.
When he’s not hunting down poachers, Cassell explores the underwater world. He knows that people are more motivated to protect the things they understand best, but the vast majority of the world’s oceans remain mysterious and unexplored. So Cassell created the non-profit Undersea Voyager Project (UVP), which helps marine researchers, educators, students, and “citizen scientists” explore and learn about the underwater environment through dives in specially equipped submarines and live webcasts of the expeditions. As an undersea explorer, Cassell has often encountered the unknown, documented his discoveries, and freely shared them with the scientific and educational communities. The UVP multiplies learning opportunities by opening the world’s unexplored oceans to those inspired by deep-sea discovery.
In support of the UVP, Luminox has created the new 3509.SET in collaboration with Cassell. A portion of proceeds from sales of this watch will go toward funding UVP and its mission of exploration.

The Swiss-made 3509.SC.SET is built for diving, with a sturdy Carbon Compound case. It has a stainless steel protected crown, unidirectional ratcheting bezel, 200-meter water resistance and a clear, high-contrast dial with Luminox Light Technology (LLT) that glow for up to 25 years, regardless of conditions, so that the watch is always visible. The orange dial is marked with both the Luminox logo and the UVP logo. The stainless steel case back depicts a 3D marking of Cassell’s U boat. The watch is provided as a set with three interchangeable straps - one polyurethane, one webbing textile, one Velcro faststrap with the UVP giant squid logo - a compass and a strap-changing tool – all packed in a dive mask storage box.


Technical details
Model: SCOTT CASSELL UVP 3500.SC.SET SERIES, 45 mm
Origin: Swiss Made
Always Visible: Constant glow for up to 25 years in any light condition
Size/Diameter: 45mm
Water Resistance: 200 meters, 20 ATM, 660 feet, individually tested
Movement: Ronda 515, Swiss Quartz
Battery/Battery life: 395 / 50 months
Case: Carbon Compound black, with crown protection
Bezel: Unidirectional ratcheting bezel fitted with LLT protected by sapphire crystal at 12H
Case back: Stainless Steel with 4 screws
Crystal: Hardened Mineral Glass
Crown: 316L Stainless Steel
Height: 14mm
Weight: 71g

Standard Strap
FP2401.20Q Black PU signature strap with brushed stainless steel signature buckle, loop-lock, 24mm
FN9240.20Q Black webbing strap with brushed stainless steel signature buckle, 24mm
FP2202.20Q Black PU extender strap with brushed stainless steel signature buckle, loop-lock, 24mm

Standard Gift Box
GBO.L015 Luminox Diving Gear Box for Scott Cassell

Luminox Navy SEAL 3500 Series

This year, Luminox presents the Navy SEAL 3500 Series, the next evolution of the best-selling Navy SEAL collection of timepieces.

Navy SEALs require a sense of security that their gear will work when needed. Luminox honors the legacy of these elite teams by designing watches conceived with Navy SEALs input over the years and manufactured in a way that leverages the most advanced technology.  This effort results in watches that function in all circumstances, having performed under the toughest conditions and in the harshest environments during testing by these maritime commandos. Day or night, the Navy SEAL series from Luminox will serve you well and function perfectly.
The Luminox Light Technology (LLT) provides unmatched night visibility through a self-powered illumination system that lasts up to 25 years without requiring an exterior light source or the push of a button.

Available in the slightly larger 45mm size, the series comes in seven colorways from the stealth blackout to the bright yellow favored by divers. The Navy SEAL 3500 models feature a newly designed signature PU strap, with the exception of the 3502 and 3502.BO models which has the exclusive Luminox Carbon Compound solid link bracelet with stainless steel buckle.
The case and the unidirectional ratcheting bezel are all made of Carbon Compound which results in an attractive yet incredibly light and durable timepiece. The crystal is scratch-resistant, tempered mineral glass and the double gasket stainless steel crown enables water resistance to 20ATM.
The Navy SEAL 3500 Series is no short of refined details. Often compared to the shape of a turtle, the now iconic turtle-shape Luminox case design features a protected crown balanced by an opposite outcropping that depicts a 200M stamp at the 9 marker. Additionally, the Luminox logo is beautifully engraved on the crown. The stainless steel screw down case back reveals an exquisite 3D Navy SEAL eagle logo. Always striving for maximum wearability in all circumstances, the signature strap of the Navy SEAL 3500 Series is now featuring a loop-lock that guarantees enhanced comfort on the wrist.

Technical details
Model: NAVY SEAL 3500 SERIES, 45 mm
Origin: Swiss Made
Always Visible: Constant glow for up to 25 years in any light condition
Size/Diameter: 45mm
Water Resistance: 200 meters, 20 ATM, 660 feet, individually tested
Movement: Ronda 515, Swiss Quartz
Battery/Battery life: 395 / 50 months
Case: Carbon Compound black, with crown protection
Bezel: Unidirectional ratcheting bezel fitted with LLT protected by sapphire crystal at 12H
Case back: Stainless Steel with 4 screws
Crystal: Hardened Mineral Glass
Crown: 316L Stainless Steel
Height: 14mm
Weight; 71g (3501, 3501.BO, 3503, 3505, 3507, 3511), 93g (3502, 3502.BO)

Standard Strap
FP2401.20Q Black signature PU strap with brushed stainless steel signature buckle, loop-lock, 24mm
FP2401.20B Black signature PU strap with IP black brushed signature buckle, loop-lock, 24mm
FP2402.20B Black Carbon Compound bracelet with IP black signature buckle, 24mm
FN9240.20Q Black webbing strap with brushed stainless steel signature buckle, 24mm

Standard Gift Box
GBO.L002 Eyewear signature box 160 x 70 x 40 mm, black exterior, gray interior

Luminox Black Ops 8880 Series

Luminox watches are employed by many Spec Ops groups around the world because of their lightweight rugged construction and 24/7 illumination technology.

The Black Ops series is durable, legible and specially designed for real world use. Black Ops refers to covert operations by a government, a government agency, or a military organization. Professionals in military, law enforcement and SWAT teams depend on Luminox’s accuracy, lightweight strength and unmatched night visibility to synchronize and time operations.
To better serve these elite forces, Luminox has developed a new series of stealth Black Ops timepieces with upgraded features. The Black Ops 8880 Series has a Carbon Compound case and unidirectional ratcheting bezel with the addition of a stainless steel screw down case back for enhanced water resistance. The new sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coatings is even more scratch resistant than previous Series and makes for improved visibility in bright sunlight.
Navy SEALs, law enforcement, emergency personnel and more wear Luminox watches, and these professionals need to be able to see the time no matter the conditions. That’s why Luminox uses tiny tritium gas tubes, which will provide illumination for up to 25 years. Unlike other luminosity systems, which depend on exterior light sources to charge luminous paint or a pushbutton to illuminate the watch, the luminosity is built right into Luminox watches, ensuring that you will always be able to see the time, no matter the conditions.
Technical details
Model: BLACK OPS 8880 SERIES, 45 mm
Origin: Swiss Made
Always Visible: Constant glow for up to 25 years in any light condition
Size/Diameter; 45mm
Water Resistance; 200 meters, 20 ATM 660 feet, individually tested
Movement; Ronda 515, Swiss Quartz
Battery/Battery life: 395 / 50 months
Case: Black Carbon Compound, with crown protection
Bezel: Unidirectional ratcheting bezel fitted with LLT protected by sapphire crystal at 12H
Case Back: Stainless Steel with 4 screws
Crystal: Sapphire Glass with anti-reflective coating
Crown: 316L Stainless Steel
Height: 13mm
Weight: 72g

Standard Band
FP8800.20Q Black PU signature strap with brushed stainless steel signature buckle, loop-lock, 23mm

Standard Gift Box

GBO.L002 Eyewear signature box 160 x 70 x 40mm, black exterior, gray interior

References
8881: Carbon Compound black case, Black/White dial, Orange bezel, Orange tube at 12’o clock, Green tubes from 1 to 11h, Orange hour and minute hands, Green seconds hand, Black PU strap
8882: Carbon Compound black case, Gray/Black/Red dial, Orange bezel, Orange tube at 12’o clock, Green tubes from 1 to 11h, Orange hour and minute hands, Green seconds hand, Black PU strap
8895: Carbon Compound black case, Gray/Black/Red dial, Orange bezel, Orange tube at 12’o clock, Green tubes from 1 to 11h, Orange hour and minute hands, Green seconds hand, Black PU strap

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