Sunday, July 31, 2005

Girard-Perregaux F1 053

Celebrating Ferrari’s double victory in the Formula 1 World Championship in 2004, Girard-Perregaux is dedicating its famous to the famous car manufacturer and naming it F1 053, after the Ferarri motor number system. The dial, as well as the composite materials used in crafting this timepiece, are references to characteristic features of Formula 1 racing cars. The case housing the mechanical self-winding movement is in aluminium, while the case-back along with the pushbuttons and crowns are in titanium. The carbon fibre dial features a city ring carrying the name of Marenello, where the Scuderia is based. The red-rimmed numerals are luminescent. Date window, universal time, along with traditional time and chronograph functions. Rubber strap with folding clasp, sapphire crystal, case measuring 43 mm in diameter, 46-hour power-reserve. Limited series of 250 .


Saturday, July 30, 2005

Parmigiani Fleurier Forma XL Repetition Minutes

Representing the spearhead of the resolutely modern approach adopted by Parmigiani Fleurier, the Forma XL is fitted for the first time ever with a mechanical complication movement. The minute repeater mechanism, traditionally perceived as a classic watch complication, reveals a new form of modernism expressed through the streamlined design of the Forma. The dial is in 18-carat gold. Mechanical hand-wound Parmigiani Fleurier Calibre 350. Hour, minute and small seconds functions at 6 o’clock. Minute repeater striking the hours, the quarters and the minutes on two gongs. The sunburst engine-worked motif on the dial is inspired by the resounding tone of the minute repeater gong and features an undulating pattern opening up from the centre. Pink gold case.


Thursday, July 28, 2005

Pierre Kunz Chrono G402 SDRL

After a first more classic chronograph, Pierre Kunz unveils a chronograph with a diameter of 44 mm endowed with multiple technical complications, including retrograde seconds and date, as well as a moon-phase display. The Chrono G 402 SDRL comes in white gold, red gold or platinum with black, white or old rose dial. Self-winding movements. Matching hand-sewn crocodile leather straps.


Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Paul Picot Gentleman Regulator

The gentleman’s silhouette stamped on the back of this case measuring 42 mm in diameter is the distinguishing feature of this new collection. Mechanical self-winding movement with regulator function, Paul Picot Calibre 1000. Small seconds at 6 o’clock. Sapphire crystal, dial available in black, silvered or black with silvered ring versions. Steel bracelet or black, blue or brown leather strap.


Monday, July 25, 2005

Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'ile

The world's most complicated double-face watch, produced in a limited edition of 7. Tour de l'Ile is the most complicated watch ever made, with a totally original combination of horological complications and astronomical indications composing a list of sixteen different points including a minute repeater, sunset time, perpetual calendar, second time zone, a tourbillon device, the equation of time and the representation of the night sky… This exceptional calibre composed of 834 parts called for over 10,000 hours of research and development lavished on it by the designers, engineers and watchmakers of Vacheron Constantin.
Its name refers to one of the historical sites of the venerable company, located next to the current Maison Vacheron Constantin on the Quai de l'Ile.


Sunday, July 24, 2005

Bell & Ross BR01 97 Power Reserve

Utilizing their experience in the aeronautical and military sectors, in-house engineers, master watchmakers, designers and end-users, pooled their knowledge so that Bell & Ross could create a revolutionary concept – the BR01 Instrument.
With absolute readability, reliability and performance as their goal, the brand’s designers have reproduced a cockpit clock to fit the wrist. The BR01 Instrument timepiece is unique in that the various complications and accessories can be assembled differently depending upon the requirements. The construction of the case has a removable clip fastening system that allows the watch to be transformed into an office or pendant watch or a watch to be fixed onto an instrument panel.
The BR01-97 Instrument is for ‘professionals who require total reliability’. It is a stainless steel watch (46 mm) with a polished-satin finish and is equipped with an ETA 2897 automatic movement with hours, minutes, seconds, date and a power reserve indicator. The dial is available in galvanic black with white numerals or galvanic silver with black numerals, a screw-down crown, photo-luminescent hands and indices, and there is an anti-reflection sapphire crystal. The watch is water-resistant to 100 metres.
Today, astronauts, pilots, divers and bomb disposal experts rely on Bell & Ross watches in order to carry out their tasks and missions. The BR01 Instrument Collection carries on the concept of creating watch ‘tools’ for professionals using the image of the aeronautic instrumentation for its inspiration. Once again, this timepiece underlines the Bell & Ross philosophy: ‘Function creates form’.


Friday, July 22, 2005

Raymond Weil Don Giovanni Cosi Grande two time zones

For modern-day globe-trotters, Raymond Weil launches this new watch in its Intemporelles collection. In addition to the GMT function, this model with its steel case is worthy of interest in that it operates with a single movement. This motor, enriched by a gearing system, controls the two time-zones: the first with a 12-hour indication of the hour, and the second over 24 hours, thus avoiding any ambiguity as to whether it is day or night. The dial, which is split in two, features an uncluttered lower part, while the hour circle in the upper part lends a distinctly modern touch. The model also features applied numerals and hour-markers, sapphire crystal, calendar at 3 o’clock, 38-hour power-reserve and a brown leather strap with pin buckle.


Sunday, July 17, 2005

Jacquet-Droz Chrono Monopoussoir

18 carat white gold case (43 mm) equipped with a Jaquet Droz 2688M self-winding chronograph mechanical movement with double-barrel, 22 carat oscillating weight and 40-hour power reserve. Enamel dial with hours and minute counters, centre sweep chronograph seconds, off-centre hours and minute sub-dial at 12 o’clock, and seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, blued steel hands. Glare-proof sapphire crystal, alligator strap with gold ardillon buckle, water-resistant to 30 metres.


Thursday, July 14, 2005

Sarpaneva Oiva

Oiva (meaning excellent, supreme; also used as a male name)
The key elements with this design are the construction material and three-dimensional dial. "Oiva" is manufactured of modified AISI 420 steel (Stavax ESR) which gives this piece almost scratchproof case. After machining and heat treatments the hardness of the material is almost three times the hardness of conventional stainless steel. Stavax ESR is also totally nickel free. The dial has been machined from either brass or aluminium and it gives unique characteristics to this watch with its 3D appearance. Basic colours for the dial are black and yellow, different types will be available also.The movement of the watch is self-winding ETA caliber 2824 A2 finished by SW and it is also equipped with SW winding mass. The waterproof case (30 meters) has got a scratchproof sapphire glass.


Tuesday, July 12, 2005

HD3 Complication The Capture

hd3 Complication is a new brand founded by Jorg Hysek, Val?rie Ursenbacher and Fabrice Gonet, two designers who have been working Hysek for some time.
The CAPTURE was designed by Val?rie Ursenbacher and is in 18 carat white gold equipped with a Tourbillon HD3 VU001 movement with a 100-hour power reserve. Water-resistant to 50 metres, the Capture is a Limited Edition of 33 pieces.


Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Harry Winston Opus III made by Vianney Halter

With its completely mechanical digital display, the Opus III (presented at BaselWorld 2003), is innovative in several domains. First of all, the movement of the Opus III has been completely redesigned. Even though the double barrel, escapement and balance wheel remain traditional, the physical disposition has been totally reorganized, from the bottom plate to the gear trains. Secondly, the time reading mechanism is totally original. It is composed of ten superimposed discs that display the hours, minutes and seconds in different windows. Thirdly, the crown and case are innovative. The single horizontal crown moves from top to bottom in four adjustment positions. The first position is for winding; the second adjusts the minutes; the third adjusts the hours, while the fourth position controls the date.

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

A. Lange & Sohne Double split Flyback

As the world's first flyback chronograph with a double rattrapante mechanism, the LANGE DOUBLE SPLIT opens up a new dimension in mechanical time measurement. Beyond the ordinary stopwatch functions of a conventional chronograph, it can also handle lap-time measurements, time comparisons, and fastest/slowest lap measurements. Its additional flyback minute counter makes it possible for the first time to use these rattrapante functions in a truly meaningful way, namely for events that last up to 30 minutes - as opposed to conventional rattrapante mechanisms that could only measure times of up to 60 seconds.
The newly developed balance of the LANGE DOUBLE SPLIT beats at a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, allowing measurements to an accuracy of one-sixth of a second. Moreover, error-free readings are assured by the precisely jumping chrono minute counter and the precisely jumping rattrapante minute counter. During an ongoing time measurement, the flyback function will immediately stop and reset the chronograph hands (and, with them, the rattrapante hands if they are still running) with only one press of a button. A new measurement begins instantaneously when the button is released again. This skips the otherwise necessary "stop" and "reset" steps.
The remaining power reserve of the LANGE DOUBLE SPLIT is permanently indicated by the small gold hand at 12 o'clock. The hour and minute hands are made of rhodiumed gold; they are also luminous. The LANGE DOUBLE SPLIT is available in platinum and with a reinforced crocodile strap. A glance through the sapphire crystal caseback reveals the true art of horology in a fascinating cosmos composed of 465 parts - the Lange L001.1 movement.