Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Tag Heuer Monaco 69

With the introduction of the new Monaco Sixty Nine, TAG Heuer has created a concept watch that features two key surprises. The first originality lies in the fact that, contrary to the customary chronograph model, this Monaco comes in a "straightforward" watch version. The other innovation relates to the extraordinary technical feat that made it possible to integrate the classic Monaco dial and a digital chronograph dial within the same case! TAG Heuer has devised a concept watch featuring the amazing paradox of housing two generations of mechanism corresponding to entirely separate technologies. A mechanical hand-wound movement faithful to the vintage model is associated with an ultra-modern quartz movement. For TAG Heuer, it was a question of rethinking tradition. In terms of the extremely elegant design, the evolution is first visible on the case with its four pushbuttons spread around the circumference. On the classic Monaco side, the black shade of the leather strap and dial is discreetly matched by the silvered folding clasp and steel case. The small seconds register at 6 o'clock is entirely in tune with the harmoniously understated overall effect. This subtle equilibrium contrasts with the other high-tech side of the case with its digital display dial and 1/1000th of a second chronograph function. The Monaco Sixty Nine embodies the bold characteristics of a new icon, a prestigious and highly singular object that will delight the distinguished devotees of the TAG Heuer Monaco.



Saturday, May 28, 2005

Zenith Grande Port Royal Open Concept

New El Primero 4010 movement, 36'000 vibrations per hour, Chronograph with power reserve indication from hour axis, Stainless steel case, Silver or black guilloche dial, with ZENITH damier" pattern, Bracelet, rubber or leather strap.



Thursday, May 26, 2005

Jacob & Co Five Time Zone

Case: 47mm Solid 18K Rose Gold. Dial: Black with Rose Gold Accents. Bezel: Optional 3.25 ct. or 5.00 ct. Diamond. Solid 18K Rose Gold. Crystal: Sapphire. Water Resistant: 300ft / 100m
Movement: 5 - Swiss Quartz ETA Movements. Functions: Five Time Zones & Date Indicator
Straps: Includes Four Polyurethane Deployment. Buckle Straps in Red / Blue / Yellow / Black
Also includes one Solid 18K Rose Gold Buckle. Optional Straps: Leather & Crocodile / Alligator
Optional Bracelets: 14.25 ct. Diamond Pave.



Tuesday, May 24, 2005

De Grisogono Instumento Doppio Tre

The success of the Instrumento Doppio has led de Grisogono to introduce the Instrumento Doppio Tre, the first reversible watch with three time-zones. Paradoxically both slenderer and sturdier than previous models, the stunning design of the steel or red gold case is matched by the sophistication of its self-winding movement: the module with dual time-zone display and large date window at 7.30 also incorporates an additional mechanism to display a third time-zone, with hour and minute hands crossing right through the oscillating weight.



Sunday, May 22, 2005

Martin Braun Heliozentric

Movement: Automatic mechanical ETA 2892-A2 base, 21 jewels, MAB 3 module by Martin Braun with 71 extra components for Heliozentric’s two astronomical complications, a world positioning display and a zodiac display. 28,800 oscillations per Hour. Indications: Hours, minutes, date, position of earth in relation to orbit around sun, month, current sign of the zodiac. Power Reserve: Approximately 42 hours. Case: 18-karat rose gold or stainless steel with signature coined edge, 42 mm in diameter, screwed-down sapphire crystal case back secured with seven individual screws. Case Height: 12.5 mm. Dial: Silver-colored dial with applied rhodium-plated markers; blued steel dial on a stainless steel background dial, scale depiction of constellations Ursa Major and Orion in diamonds on the left and right of the dial. Sapphire crystal. Tempered-blue leaf (feuille) hands Black hand-sewn alligator skin strap. Stainless steel deployant clasp engraved with Martin Braun logo Water Resistance: 30 meter



Thursday, May 19, 2005

Seiko Automatic Diver

This one is for my friend Bom.
21 jewel automatic, self-winding mechanical movement, Day/Date, Unidirectional rotating elapsed time bezel is easy to turn when wearing diving gloves. Screwdown locking crown and Screw Caseback, Stainless steel case and stainless steel bracelet with 3-fold locking clasp and expansion feature to easily adjust to your wetsuit. Bold LumiBrite hands and markers and Orange face for great visibility, Hardlex crystal for superior scratch-resistance. Curved crystal magnifies face. 200 Meter water resistant.



Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Rainer Brand Kerala Chronometer

Valjoux 7750 movement, Tricompax, completely modified, 25 rubies, 28,800 A/h, 42-hour power reserve, fine-adjustment system, Three-section steel case assembled with screws, extra-thick sapphire crystals with curved anti-reflective surface, double gaskets, Luminous dial (Super Luminova), extra-large hands, optimal night legibility (to include stopwatch function), W 40.5 mm, H 15 mm, waterproof to 10 atm.



Monday, May 16, 2005

Baume et Mercier Hampton City Chronograph 8345

Stainless steel case, Black alligator leather strap with regular pin buckle, Slate grey dial with Arabic numerals. Case Size 48.5mm x 42mm Thickness 14.5mm.
Water Resistent to 30m/100ft



Sunday, May 15, 2005

Villemont Aston R Alarm

The Aston R Alarm by Villemont, another innovative new brand, is in 18 carat pink gold case (43 mm) equipped with a VM 105 Calibre self-winding movement, circular graining decoration, bidirectional oscillating weight decorated on Côtes de Genève pattern. Ebony-toned 18 carat gold dial with ‘Clou de Villemont®’ guilloché, hours, minutes, seconds functions, date calendar at 12 o’clock, GMT at 6 o’clock, central small seconds. 42-hour power reserve, sapphire crystal front and back, black alligator strap with gold buckle, water-resistant to 30 metres.



Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Audemars Piguet Time Equation

The new Time Equation by Audemars Piguet indicates exact noon as well as the difference between real solar time and ‘conventional’ time. This deviation passes from less than 16 minutes and 23 seconds on November 24, to more than 14 minutes and 22 seconds on February 11. This is what is called the Time Equation. This is where the ‘Time Equation Cam’ comes into the picture. Shaped like a kidney, it makes one rotation in a year, offering high precision since each day of the year is different.Moreover, this same timepiece also indicates the times of the sunrise and sunset, according to the latitude where it was adjusted (the name of the reference city is inscribed on the edge). Even there, the difficulty is not trivial since, depending on where the wearer is located, the hours can vary considerably. At the poles, for example, there are solstices where the sun never sets. Another exceptional indication is the astronomical moon. Adjusted in 2005 by a simple push on the specially designed corrector, the astronomical moon will require no corrections until 2127! It will only deviate from the real moon by 57 seconds 1/5 instead of 44 minutes and 2 seconds 4/5 for traditional lunar phases. All of these indications, connected to the Perpetual Calendar, are aligned on the 12 o’clock – 6 o’clock axis and require no corrections until 2100.
The automatic Calibre 2120/2808, with a power reserve of 48 hours, equips this marvel, of which Audemars Piguet can make personalized versions depending on the location chosen by the owner.



Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hovig Simonian Miniature Pendulum

The Miniature Pendulum by Hovig Simonian is certainly one of the most unexpected and poetic pieces. It is a patented model based on the principle of an automaton, which allows the regular oscillations to be re-created by a system of a rod and gear train starting at the small seconds wheel. Animated by a Unitas 6497 movement, the pendulum is inside a small golden arch, cut out at the base of the dial, also in the form of an arch, as is the large case that ends in three successive arches carved in 18 carat gold at its top.
The gold dial is hand engraved in a Clou de Paris, sun, or barley pattern, while the hands are made from blued or rhodium-plated steel. It also features a domed sapphire crystal that has been hollowed out and shaped. The movement is visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, and is finely decorated with the Côtes de Genève design, with the various component parts hand-chamfered and gilded. The case is water-resistant to 30 metres and carved out of 18 carat yellow, rose or white gold with palladium.

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Monday, May 09, 2005

Jeagger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph

The Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph houses the first automatic chronograph calibre ever created by Jaeger-LeCoultre in a titanium case with a revolutionary system of shock absorption. The new automatic chronograph movement (751 and 752 respectively) features 28,800 vibrations per hour driven by a column wheel escapement, and a working reserve of 72 hours thanks to its double barrel. The long-term reliability is reinforced by the winding bearing, whose ball-bearings are made of ceramic and thus require no lubrication. Offering additional protection against shocks, the inertia of the large balance is regulated by four adjustable screws on the felloe of the balance and the spiral laser is soldered. In addition to showing the hours and minutes, this powerfully designed watch with contrasting lines of colour displays chronographic functions, a power reserve indicator, and a large date as well as the world’s time zones thanks to a disk connected to a two-armed hand that makes one rotation every 24 hours. The red, white and black Master Compressor Chronograph provides not only chronographic functions, but also has a very readable tachymeter.



Sunday, May 08, 2005

Svend Andersen La Montre a Tact Diamant

Extravagant but discreet, this watch is a work of art and can hardly be presented. It has 87 baguette-diamonds Top Wesselton (G+), VVS+ of 7.51 carats, with invisible setting at the side; the front is in blue gold and it has a "pearled stingray" bracelet. All these characteristics and even the attribute "excellent" cannot describe the watch, you have to discover it.Front-plate engine-turned or individually engraved. Sapphire glasses. Diameter 43 mm.Thickness 9.80 mm.
In addition to the front side time indicator, a second window is situated between the attaches at "6", which allows the wearer to read the time discreetly without moving his wrist...



Friday, May 06, 2005

Blu Planet Tourbillion

The blu-Planet Tourbillon (43 mm) is in 18 carat white gold and is equipped with a specially conceived hand-wound mechanical movement. It houses three cages fixed along three parallel axes, two of which are arranged linearly on the same plane. The half-flying one-minute tourbillon (in the illustration the ruby at the base of the minute hand is the upper part of the minute tourbillon) is placed within the flying one-hour tourbillion, both of which are arranged off-centre within the third flying 12-hour tourbillon.
To read the time, the diamond on the lip of the 12-hour tourbillon indicates the hour – in the illustration it is positioned at 1 o’clock - and the hand, which is positioned at the 10 o’clock position, indicates the minutes: the time is therefore 12.50.



Thursday, May 05, 2005

Anonimo Firenze Dual Time

Movement:Two automatic movements, caliber ANONIMO 02.1 on base ETA 2678 7 3/4". 25 jewels, soigné finish, adjusted 4 positions, 28.800 A/h (4 Hz.), Etachron balance. Power reserve 38 hours. The two movements are independent in function.
Functions: Sub dial for the local hour at 6: functions of hours, minutes, date windows at 6, day window at 3. Sub dial for the second hour or GMT at 12: functions of hours, minutes, date window at 12. The Dual Time functions are completely independent in hours, minutes including dates.
Watch Case: Sandblasted and satinated AISI 316 Plus stainless steel. Diameter mm. 43.40. Screw locked bezel, screw locked exhibition back with sapphire crystal. Superior sapphire crystal. Patented crown vanishing locking device (integrated with watch strap) protects the double crown both at 6 and at 12. Water Resistance: 12 ATM
Dial: Extra thick manufactured dial with hours indexes treated with Superluminova luminous coating for superior day/night readability. Hours scale and hands of the sub dial at 6 are treated with Green Superluminova luminous coating. Hours scale, hands and plots of the sub dial at 12 are treated with White Superluminova luminous coating. Time-zones table conventionally indicated with the names of the representative cities of the corresponding time zone, with regard to the GMT time. "Plus | Minus" indication for the adjustment of the table for the use of the local hour. Stainless steel external screws. "Obelisque" hands.
Wrist Strap: Manufactured and hand finished in patented Kodiak process calfskin to allow for extended immersions in fresh and sea water. Anonimo engraved on reverse of stainless steel.



Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Chanel J12 Tourbillion

The J12 Tourbillon is the world’s first grand complication in ceramic. The movement plate is carved in hi-tech ceramic (white or black) that is emblematic of the J12 collection. The plate is visible from the back and the jewels are rubies for the black plate and sapphires for the white plate. The bezel and middle of the case are in white gold.
The upper bridge of the tourbillon cage is carved in optical glass and engraved with the inscription ‘Tourbillon J12’. It makes one rotation per minute. The dial of the watch has been ‘purified’ in order to better emphasize the value of this watch creation. The brand expects to produce twelve models in black and twelve in white.