Wednesday, August 31, 2005


The SCR watch is made of titanium and super fine 18/8 stainless steel.Titanium case, stainless steel horns, push-buttons and crowns, its case is in the shape of a wheel’s central screw. Automatic chrono bases on a JPC 7753 movement. Grey and orange skeletton dial.Winner black/orange strap. Its size is an hexagon of 48 cm.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Romain Jerome Golf Master Time

From a practical point of view, the Golf Master Time from Romain Jérôme is the first timepiece of its type. It offers golf fans two counters with hands, the first indicating the number of holes played (from 1 to 18), and the second showing the number of strokes per hole. A third counter, in a window at 6 o’clock, totalizes the number of strokes over the entire course. This small useful complication, developed by a master watchmaker in Geneva, takes the form of an additional plate mounted on an ETA 2892 A2 automatic movement. It is worth noting moreover that when the patent was applied for, the brand’s managers discovered that a compar-able mechanism had been developed in 1922 - a good example of how watchmaking is constantly reinventing itself. This original movement is placed in a very contemporary looking case, in white or red gold or in platinum, whose various component parts were designed in such a way that the various elements can be terminated in an individual manner: brilliant or satin finish, shot blasting or other surface treatments are possible. The types of finishes also apply to the bezel, the middle case and the lateral inserts.
Particular care has been paid to the dial. It is formed of five plates with different levels and decorated with two diamonds referring to the handicap. In its ‘golf’ design, the marker at 6 o’clock evokes a ‘tee’ and the black engraving is symbolic of the head of a golf club (a motif that is also found on the side of the horns)


Monday, August 29, 2005


Precious stone used in movements as a bearing surface. Generally speaking, the steel pivots (s.) of wheels in movements turn inside synthetic jewels (mostly rubies) lubricated with a drop of oil. The jewel’s hardness reduces wear to a minimum even over long periods of time (50 to 100 years). The quality of watches is determined mainly by the shape and finishing of jewels rather than by their number (the most refined jewels have rounded holes and walls to greatly reduce the contact between pivot and stone).

Feature concerning the digital display of time in a window. The indication changes almost instantaneously at every hour.

Ancient French measuring unit maintained in horology to indicate the diameter of a movement (s.). A line equals 2.255mm. Lines are not divided into decimals; therefore, to indicate measures inferior to the unit, fractions are used.

To reduce friction caused by the running of wheels and other parts. There are points to be lubricated with specific low-density oils such as the pivots (s.) turning inside jewels (s.), the sliding areas between levers, and the spring inside the barrel (requiring a special grease), as well as numerous other parts of a movement.

Double extension of the case middle (s.) by which a strap or bracelet is attached. Normally, straps and bracelets are attached with removable spring bars.

Said of materials applied on markers (s.) and/or hands (s.), emitting the luminous energy previously absorbed as electromagnetic light rays. Tritium is no longer used and was replaced by other substances having the same emitting powers, but with virtually zero radioactivity, such as Super-LumiNova and Lumibrite.

This and the barrel (s.) make up the driving element of a movement (s.). It stores and transmits the power force needed for its functioning.

A mechanical movement (v.) in which winding is performed by hand. The motion transmitted from the user’s fingers to the crown is forwarded to the movement through the winding stem (s.), from this to the barrel (s.) through a series of gears (s.) and finally to the mainspring (s.).

Elements printed or applied on the dial, sometimes they are luminescent (s.), used as reference points for the hands to indicate hours and fifteen- or five-minute intervals.

Element positioned on the regulator, allowing to shift it by minimal and perfectly gauged ranges so as to obtain accurate regulations of the movement.

MICRO-ROTOR, s. Rotor.


Self-contained mechanism, independent of the basic caliber (s.), added to the movement (s.) to make an additional function available: chronograph (s.), power reserve (s.), GMT (s.), perpetual or full calendar (s).

A function available in many watches, usually combined with calendar-related features. The moonphase disc advances one tooth every 24 hours. Normally, this wheel has 59 teeth and assures an almost perfect synchronization with the lunation period, i.e. 29.53 days (in fact, the disc shows the moonphases twice during a single revolution). However, the difference of 0.03 days, i.e. 44 minutes each month, implies the need for a manual adjustment every two and a half years to recover one day lost with respect to the real state of moonphase. In some rare case, the transmission ratio between the gears controlling the moonphase are calculated with extreme accuracy so as to require manual correction only once in 100 years.

The entire mechanism of a watch. Movements are divided into two great families: quartz and mechanical; the latter are available with manual (s.) or automatic (s.) winding devices.

Trade name (from the producer’s name) of a steel alloy, resisting magnetization, used for modern self-compensating balance springs (s.). The quality level of this material is indicated by the numeral following the name in decreasing value from 1 to 5.

Complete oscillation or rotation movement of the balance (s.), formed by two vibrations (s.).


Thursday, August 25, 2005

Panerai Radiomir Platinium GMT

A unique piece made for the "Only Watch" charity auction on 22 September 2005, this is a platinum Radiomir GMT. It differs from the standard PAM 184 in that it is platinum and has a sandwich dial. Case 42mm. Black Dial. OPX III movement.


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Hamilton Khaki X-Wing Automatic

The Khaki X-Wing Automatic watch is the world’s first watch with an integrated drift-angle calculator. The watch is designed first and foremost to help pilots calculate and record the crosswinds they encounter during their flight. This is achieved by using the external bezel and key information from either the control tower or from a map concerning the geographic and magnetic poles and wind speeds. Using the nomograph engraved on the reverse side of the watch, the pilot can calculate the speed. With this information, the air speed along with the outer and inner bezels on the watch, the pilot is informed of the direction he has to take to reach the desired destination directly. The watch has a diameter of 44 mm, is in stainless steel and is equipped with an ETA 7750 automatic movement. A black or silver-coloured dial is available, there are day/date apertures at 9 o’clock and the watch comes with a choice of a brown leather or black rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet.


Monday, August 22, 2005


Face of a watch, on which time and further functions are displayed by markers (s.), hands (s.), discs or through windows (s.). Normally it is made of a brass—sometimes silver or gold.

Said of watches whose indications are displayed mostly inside an aperture or window (s.) on the dial.

Undrilled jewel, placed on the balance jewel with the tip of the balance-staff pivot resting against its flat surface, to reduce pivot friction. Sometimes used also for pallet staffs and escape wheels.

ENGINE-TURNED, s. Guilloche.

Indication of the difference, expressed in minutes, between conventional mean time and real solar time. This difference varies from -16 to +16 seconds between one day and the other.

Positioned between the train (s.) and the balance wheel and governing the rotation speed of the wheel-train wheels. In today’s horology the most widespread escapement type is the lever escapement. In the past, numerous types of escapements were realized, such as: verge, cylinder, pin-pallet, detent and duplex escapements. Recently, George Daniels developed a so-called “coaxial” escapement.

Engraving on the dial or case of a watch, covered with an enamel layer.

Said of surfaces worked with thin parallel grooves, mostly on dials or case bezels.

Feature combined with chronograph (s.) functions, that allows a new measurement starting from zero (and interrupting a measuring already under way) by pressing down a single pusher, i.e. without stopping, zeroing and restarting the whole mechanism. Originally, this function was developed to meet the needs of air forces.

Hinged and jointed element, normally of the same material as the one used for the case. It allows easy fastening of the bracelet on the wrist. Often provided with a snap-in
locking device, sometimes with an additional clip or push-piece.

FREQUENCY, s. Vibration
Generally defined as the number of cycles per time unit; in horology it is the number of oscillations of a balance every two seconds or of its vibrations per second. For practical purposes, frequency is expressed in vibrations per hour (vph).

GENEVA SEAL, s. Poincon de Geneve.

Bronze and beryllium alloy used for high-quality balances (s.). This alloy assures high elasticity and hardness values; it is non-magnetic, rustproof and has a very reduced dilatation coefficient, which makes the balance very stable and assures high accuracy of the movement.

Abbreviation for Greenwich Mean Time. As a feature of watches, it means that two or more time zones are displayed. In this case, the second time may be read from a hand making a full rotation in a 24-hour ring (thereby also indicating whether it is a.m. or p.m. in that zone).

Harmonic flattened bell in a steel alloy, generally positioned along the circumference of the movement and struck by hammers (s.) to indicate time by sounds. Size and thickness determine the resulting note and tone. In watches provided with minute-repeaters (s.), there are often two gongs and the hammers strike one note to indicate hours, both notes together to indicate quarters and the other note for the remaining minutes. In more complex models, equipped also with en-passant sonnerie (s.) devices, there may be up to four gongs producing different notes and playing even simple melodies (such as the chime of London’s Big Ben).

Decoration of dials, rotors or case parts consisting of patterns made by hand or engine-turned. By the thin pattern of the resulting engravings—consisting of crossing or interlaced lines—it is possible to realize even complex drawings. Dials and rotors decorated in this way are generally in gold or in solid silver.

Steel or brass element used in movements provided with a repeater or alarm sonnerie (s.). It strikes a gong (s.) or bell (s).

Indicator for the analogue visualization of hours, minutes and seconds as well as other functions. Normally made of brass (rhodium-plated, gilded or treated otherwise), but also steel or gold. Hands are available in different shapes and take part in the aesthetic result of the whole watch.

Heart-shaped cam (s.) generally used to realign the hands of chronograph counters.

Valve inserted in the case of some professional diving watches to discharge the helium contained in the air mixture inhaled by divers.

An artificial glass made of a plastic resin.



Jeager-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Automatique

The Reverso has imposed a style, the artistic reflection of the Art Deco spirit, which continues to thrive to this day. Created in 1931, the swivel case was designed to meet the sporting requirements of British officers serving in India by standing up to the hard knocks involved during their polo matches. Movement: Manufacture Jeager-LeCoultre, Calibre 970. Mechanical movement crafted, assembled and decorated bu hand. 28'800 vibrations per hour, 50-hour power reserve, 29 jewels, 233 parts, 5.70mm high. Functions: Hour, minute, small seconds of travel time, large date of travel time, day/night indicator linekd to the reference time. Dial: silvered guilloch, black transferred numerals. Case: reversible, Grande Reverso size, sapphire crystal, hardness No.9. Water-resistance: 50 meters. Available in 18-carat pink gold or stainless steel. Alligator strap and folding clasp.


Friday, August 19, 2005

Movado Museum Safiro

Movement: Swiss Quartz. Case: Stainless Steel. Dial color: Black. Black Leather Strap, Sapphire crystal. Water Resistance: 30 meters.



A watch provided with a movement capable of releasing an acoustic sound at the time set. A second crown is dedicated to the winding, setting and release of the striking-work; an additional center hand indicates the time set. The section of the movement dedicated to the alarm device is made up by a series of wheels linked with the barrel, an escapement and a hammer (s.) striking a gong (s.) or bell (s.). Works much like a normal alarm clock.

A watch displaying time indications by means of hands.

Said of a watch whose movement is not influenced by electromagnetic fields that could cause two or more windings of the balance-spring to stick to each other, consequently accelerating the rate of the watch. This effect is obtained by adopting metal alloys (e.g. Nivarox) resisting magnetization.

Superficial glass treatment assuring the dispersion of reflected light. Better results are obtained if both sides are treated, but in order to avoid scratches on the upper layer, the treatment of the inner surface is preferred.

Bearing element of a gear (s.) or balance, whose ends—called pivots (s.)—run in jewel (s.) holes or brass bushings.

A watch whose mechanical movement (s.) is wound automatically. A rotor makes short oscillations due to the movements of the wrist. Through a series of gears, oscillations transmit motion to the barrel (s.), thus winding the mainspring progressively.

Figures, placed on the dial or case of watches, provided with parts of the body or other elements moving at the same time as the sonnerie (s.) strikes. The moving parts are linked, through an aperture on the dial or caseback, with the sonnerie hammers (s.) striking a gong.

Oscillating device that, together with the balance spring (s.), makes up the movement’s heart inasmuch as its oscillations determine the frequency of its functioning and precision.

Component of the regulating organ (s.) that, together with the balance (s.), determines the movement’s precision. The material used is mostly a steel alloy (e.g. Nivarox, s.), an extremely stable metal compound. In order to prevent the system’s center of gravity from continuous shifts, hence differences in rate due to the watch’s position, some modifications were adopted. These modifications included Breguet’s overcoil (closing the terminal part of the spring partly on itself, so as to assure an almost perfect centering) and Philips curve (helping to eliminate the lateral pressure of the balance-staff pivots against their bearings). Today, thanks to the quality of materials, it is possible to assure an excellent precision of movement working even with a flat spring.

Component of the movement containing the mainspring (s.), whose toothed rim meshes with the pinion of the first gear of the train (s.). Due to the fact that the whole—made up of barrel and mainspring—transmits the motive force, it is also considered to be the very motor. Inside the barrel, the mainspring is wound around an arbor (s.) turned by the winding crown or, in the case of automatic movements, also by the gear powered by the rotor (s.).

Chamfering of edges of levers, bridges and other elements of a movement by 45, a treatment typically found in high-grade movements.

Top part of case (s.), sometimes holds the crystal. It may be integrated with the case middle (s.) or a separate element. It is snapped or screwed on to the middle.

A metal band attached to the case. It is called integral if there is no apparent discontinuity between case and bracelet and the profile of attachments is similar to the first link.

Structural metal element of a movement (s.)—sometimes called cock or bar—supporting the wheel train (s.), balance (s.), escapement (s.) and barrel (s.). Each bridge is fastened to the plate (s.) by means of screws and locked in a specific position by pins. In high-quality movements the sight surface is finished with various types of decoration.

Topical finishing giving metals a line finish, a clean and uniform look.

Any kind of precious stone, such as sapphire, ruby or emerald, uncut and only polished, generally of a half-spherical shape, mainly used as an ornament of the winding crown (s.) or certain elements of the case.

An intermediate complication between a simple calendar and a perpetual calendar. This feature displays all the months with 30 or 31 days correctly, but needs a manual correction at the end of February. Generally, date, day of the week and month, or only day and month are displayed on the dial.

Displaying date, day of the week and month on the dial, but needing a manual correction at the end of a month with less than 31 days. It is often combined with the moonphase (s).

This is the most complex horology complication related to the calendar feature, as it indicates the date, day, month and leap year and does not need manual corrections until the year 2100 (when the leap year will be ignored).

Originally it indicated only the size of a movement (s.), but now this indication defines a specific movement type and shape (e.g. round caliber) and combines it with the constructor’s name and identification number. Therefore the caliber identifies the movement.

Rotating frame of a tourbillon (s.) device, carrying the balance and escapement (s.). This structural element is essential for a perfect balance of the whole system and its stability, in spite of its reduced weight. As today’s tourbillon carriages make a rotation per minute, errors of rate in the vertical position are eliminated. Because of the widespread use of transparent dials, carriages became elements of aesthetic attractiveness.

Container housing and protecting the movement (s.), usually made up of three parts: middle, bezel, and back.

CENTER SECOND HAND, s. Sweep second hand.

Hand-made treatment of the dial or case surface. The pattern is obtained by hollowing a metal sheet with a graver and subsequently filling the hollows with enamel.

A watch that includes a built-in stopwatch function, i.e. a timer that can be started and stopped to time an event. There are many variations of the chronograph.

A high-precision watch. According to the Swiss law, a manufacture may put the word “chronometer” on a model only after each individual piece has passed a series of tests and obtained a running bulletin and a chronometer certificate by an acknowledged Swiss control authority, such as the COSC (s.).

Superficial decoration applied to bridges, rotors and pillar-plates in the shape of numerous slightly superposed small grains, obtained by using a plain cutter and abrasives. Also called Pearlage or Pearling.

A kind of enamel work— mainly used for the decoration of dials—in which the outlines of the drawing are formed by thin metal wires. The colored enamel fills the hollows formed in this way. After oven firing, the surface is smoothed until the gold threads appear again.

Decoration of metal parts characterized by numerous small pyramids.

COCK, s. Bridge.


Part of chronograph movements, governing the functions of various levers and parts of the chronograph operation, in the shape of a small-toothed steel cylinder. It is controlled by pushers through levers that hold and release it. It is a very precise and usually preferred type of chronograph operation.

Additional function with respect to the manual-winding basic movement for the display of hours, minutes and seconds. Today, certain features, such as automatic winding or date, are taken for granted, although they should be defined as complications. The main complications are moonphase (s.), power reserve (s.), GMT (s.), and full calendar (s.). Further functions are performed by the so-called great complications, such as split-second (s.) chronograph, perpetual calendar (s.), tourbilon (s.) device, and minute repeater (s.).

Pusher (s.) positioned on the case side that is normally actuated by a special tool for the quick setting of different indications, such as date, GMT (s.), full or perpetual calendar (s.).

Abbreviation of “Contr?le Officiel Suisse des Chronom?tres,” the most important Swiss institution responsible for the functioning and precision tests of movements of chronometers (s.). Tests are performed on each individual watch at different temperatures and in different positions before a functioning bulletin and a chronometer certificate are issued, for which a maximum gap of -4/+4 seconds per day is tolerated.

Decoration of rotors and bridges of movements, whose pattern consists of a series of concentric ribs.

Decoration applied mainly to high-quality movements, appearing as a series of parallel ribs, realized by repeated cuts of a cutter leaving thin stripes.

Additional hand on a chronograph (s.), indicating the time elapsed since the beginning of the measuring. On modern watches the second counter is placed at the center, while minute and hour counters have off-center hands in special zones (s.), also called subdials.

Usually positioned on the case middle (s.) and allows winding, hand setting and often date or GMT hand setting. As it is linked to the movement through the winding stem (s.) passing through a hole in the case. For waterproofing purposes, simple gaskets are used in water-resistant watches, while diving watches adopt screwing systems (screw-down crowns).


Thursday, August 18, 2005

Panerai Luminor Marina Militare

Movement: hand-wound mechanical, Panerai OP XI calibre with swan's neck regulator, 16.5 lignes, 17 jewels, Cotes de Geneve decoration. Glucydur balance with Nivarox I spring, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc anti-shock device. Functions: hours, minutes, seconds.Case: diameter 47mm, brushed steel.Bezel: polished steel.Back: see-through sapphire crystal.Device protecting the crown: (registered Trade Mark) polished steel.Dial: black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. It consists of two superimposed discs: the top one is perforated with the numerals and hour markers while the lower one is covered with a thin layer of Super Luminova. Small seconds dial at 3 o'clock.Crystal: sapphire, formed of corundum, 2 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.Water resistance: 100 metres.Strap: PANERAI personalised alligator strap and large size brushed steel buckle. Supplied with a steel screwdriver and a second interchangeable strap. Limited edition of 1000 watches


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Dubey & Schaldenbrand Aquadyn

Mechanical movement with automatic winding, ETA 2892A2 base caliber, modified for Dubey & Schaldenbrand to include a big date indicator window at 12 o'clock (made up of 2 individual disks which allows for easy reading of the date, chronometer-quality movement, 26 jewels, a polished-steel anker and anker wheel, rhodium-plated, brass plates which have a pearled or better-said "Cotes de Geneve" finish; blued-steel screws, small seconds indicator above 6:00 o’clock position. The case is crafted in stainless steel case (which happens to be made of 316 L surgical steel). Black dial with applied oversized silvered Arabic numerals, and printed minute track, Sapphire crystal with above average thickness of 1.8 mm, Water resistant for up to 100 meters. Tough rubber bracelet with deployant clasp buckle.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Gerald Charles Tourbillon Miroir Maestro

Movement: Hand-wound mechanical with tourbillon escapement, calibre BNB1000
Outside diameter: 30 mmThickness: 5 mm (7.8 mm over cage). Inertia-block balance in gold, escape wheel and anchor hand-crafted by BNB. Bridges manufactured in their entirety in polished, non-treated, tempered steel. Single barrel, spherical planetary gear in polished steel, patented system. Running time: 120 h approx.Frequency: 21600 V/h (3Hz). Number of rubies: 24. Tourbillon: Suspended tourbillon without ball bearings, 13 mm in diameter and 2.8 mm thick. Speed: 1 revolution/min. Function: Hours, minutes, power reserve indicator on back. Case: Platinum, while gold or pink 5N42 mm in diameter13 mm thick. Sapphire crystalScrew-down back with sapphire crystalI individually numbered. Dial: Mirror dial in platinum, white gold or pink gold. Platinum case: pillar hour-markers and hands set with diamonds. White gold case: pillar hour-makers and hands set with sapphires. Pink gold case: pillar hour-markers and hands set with rubies. Bracelet: Hand-sewn crocodile, folding clasp3 variants to match the case.


Monday, August 15, 2005

Panerai Luminor Regatta 2005 Reserve de marche

44mm diameter case, glossed steel, 2,5 mm thick sapphire glass with anti-reflecting traitment. Device protect-crown (Trade Mark) out of polished steel. Back-case: Screwed with inscription " Classic Yachts Challenge ". Resistant to 300m. Movement: Automatic, exclusive Panerai Op IX caliber, 21 rubies, 28,800 v/h. 48 hours Power reserve. Chronograph COSC Certified Chronometer. Function: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, Power reserve.
Dial : Black with Clou de Paris decoration.small seconds at 9 O-clock, Power reserve at 5 O-Clock. Bracelet: Rubber with steel buckle. Limited edition of 500 watches.


Sunday, August 14, 2005

Vianney Halter Trio

Movement: Automatic with sapphire rotor, on a Frédéric Piguet movement, 28,800 v/h, 33 rubies. Function: Hours, minutes, seconds, date. Case: 750 (18K) yellow, pink or white gold
31 x 44 x 10 mm. Sapphire crystals and back. Water-resistant to 30 m. Dial: Silvered, pink or yellow. Bracelet / Strap: Black calfskin.


Friday, August 12, 2005

Cuervo Sobrinos Torpedo GMT

The new Torpedo GMT watch is adorned with a refined yet simple Art Deco dial in the favourite colours of Cuervo y Sobrinos: black, beige and a touch of red. Equipped with a self-winding movement and a crocodile leather strap, the GMT model features a personalised Cuervo y Sobrinos folding clasp or pin buckle.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Corum Admiral's Cup Chrono 44 Regatta

Movement: Automatic – Chronograph COSC Certified Chronometer
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Chronograph Function, Seconds, Minutes and Hours sub-dial timers
Case: Diameter 44mm, Stainless steel, Twelve-sided case, Black flange with 12 painted nautical pennants, Black PVD coated crown and push-button protectors
Engraved case-back with anchor shaped window protected with a sapphire crystal.
Dial: Matte black lacquer, Date in a window at 6 o’clock. Small seconds hand at 3 o’clock. Luminescent hour markers. Counterweight of the second hand in a shape of CORUM key
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
Bracelet: Stainless steel outer links and carbon fiber covered center links
Buckle: Stainless steel security folding clasp
Water-resistance: 10 atmospheres (330 feet / 100 meters)
Limited Edition of 2000 pieces.


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

MOVEMENT: Caliber: Omega 2500. Self-winding chronometer, Co-Axial Escapement movement with rhodium-plated finish. Power reserve: 44 hours . Crystal: Domed anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Case & dial: Stainless steel case.
Black dial. Water resitance: Down to: 600 meters / 2000 feet. Functions: Date, Chronometer


Sunday, August 07, 2005

Daniel Roth Metropolitain

Already well-known to seasoned travellers for its double display of the 24 time-zones thanks to a patented mechanism that is extremely easy to use, this model appears in 2004 with a new dial depicting a world map in the centre. The mechanism, providing a 42-hour power-reserve, drives the hour and minute functions, indication of the 24 cities with AM/PM aperture, and summer/winter time correction. The case comes in a choice of pink gold, white gold or steel, and the dial features a sunburst engine-turned pattern. It is teamed with a steel bracelet or alligator leather strap.


Friday, August 05, 2005

Zenith Chronomaster T Baroque

18kt Yellow Gold Case, Black Python Leather Strap with YG Deployment Buckle, Beautiful Hand Engraved Gold Dial with Black Rimmed Dial & Sub Dials, Partially Skeletonized Dial, Automatic COSC Certified Famous El Primero Movement with Chronograph Stop-Watch Function. Day/Month/Date/Moonphase indicators. Sapphire Crystal with Transparent Case Back, Water Resistant to 30m/100ft. Case Diameter 40mm, Case Thickness 13mm.


Thursday, August 04, 2005

Michel Jordi Twins

The Michel Jordi Twins watch is two watches in one. The watches sit on top of each other, the top being a hand-winding movement with a 42 hour power reserve and the bottom one is a chronograph with a second time zone indicator. The outer dial on the bottom is carved out of rock from the Swiss Alps. The double watch comes in either rose gold or white gold and comes in a limited edition of 99. This watch is definitely designed to attract attention and has an excellent fidget factor (you could slides this thing back and forth during meetings all afternoon). The upper dial has a much more classic feel while the bottom dial has the more striking design. Movement: Upper case Calibre MJ 1948.01. Traditional handwinding “Manufacture” movement with 42h power-reserve. De Luxe execution with Geneva stripe finish and blued steel screws. Lower case Calibre MJ 1948.02. Movement: 10 1/2”Chronographe with single push-button, column-wheel drive, Traditional handwinding “Manufacture” movement. De Luxe execution with Geneva stripe finish and blued steel screws. Case: 18K rosegold or whitegold, waterresistant to 30m. 2 non-reflecting scratchproof sapphire crystals. Dial: Upper case Exclusive 3-layer dial with moon-phase and date indication, in white or anthracite color. Lower case Off-center chrono dial in white or anthracite. Unique outer dial carved out of genuine rock from the Swiss alps. Functions: Upper case Hour and minutes, small second, power-reserve, date and moonphase. Lower case Single push-button chronograph with 5/10” of a second indication, big center second, 30 minute counter and small second. The second movement allows a second time-zone indication. Diameter: 45mm Straps: 1 genuine crocodile strap and a replacement strap in genuine cow hide, both handstiched. Safety butterfly clasp in 18K gold.


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Shellman Voyage by Svend Andersen

Movement: Base caliber: Peseux (1960’s) with Andersen’s original world time mechanism World time function with small second. Manual winding. Jewel: 17 jewels. Vibration: 18,000 / hour. Power reserve: 48 hours. Decoration : Cotes de Geneve and blue steel screws. Case: 18k Pink Gold (4N).Turning bezel with engraving of 34 city names. Size: Diameter --- 36mm, thickness ---9mm. Water resistant for every day use. Strap: Hand stitched Alligator strap from Camille Fournet in France. Buckle: 18k Pink Gold (4N)


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Vacheron Constantin St-Gervais

A world first! A masterfulwatch offering a 250-hour power reserve. Representing the third expression of the characteristics inherent to Vacheron Constantin, the new Calibre 2250 is endowed with a state-of-the-art perpetual calendar driven by four barrels providing a power reserve of 250 hours. This corresponds to more than ten days of operation coupled with a tourbillon device, which enables the Saint-Gervais model to lay claim to a record-breaking world first. This masterpiece of horological technology bears the name of the historical district of the Geneva "fabrique", the historical home of Vacheron Constantin. Limited edition of 55. Combining the number of watches to be produced in the following series - L'Esprit des Cabinotiers (1), Tour de l'Ile (7) and Saint-Gervais (55) forms the company's founding date: 1 - 7 - 55 (1755). Polished case with fine flute on the bezel and case-back "250th anniversary" type soldered lugs. Dial with "250th anniversary" hand-guilloché motif. Date, day of the week, month and leap years indications. "Tourbillon" device at 6 o'clock with seconds and power reserve indication in two independent zones of 250 hours. Poinçon de Genève;
18-carat gold applied on the dial


Monday, August 01, 2005

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro

Inspired directly by the technical instrument from which it takes its name, the Manometro is a new watch with a remarkable and affirmed design. Rigorously ‘Made in Italy’ but with Swiss component parts, it was launched recently on the Italian market. Already the Manometro has received strong interest in France (it can be found in Paris in the renowned store, ChronoPassion) and in the United States.
Especially in Italy, the Manometro has now become a new ‘cult’ object, thanks to an extraordinary ‘word of mouth’ promotion that has strictly nothing to do with a company marketing campaign. Rather, the watch is being informally and unofficially promoted by a number of diverse celebrities from all walks of life who have acquired one and are wearing it in public. (These unofficial ambassadors of the Manometro range from pop musician Renato Zero to the new Fiat strong man, Lapo Elkann, the heir of the ‘Avvocato’ Gianni Agnelli who ordered a personalized version.) The fact that the watch appeared promptly in some of the most prestigious watch vitrines in the country, notably Pisa in Milan and Barozzi in Brescia, has also helped its popularity along.
Its designer, Giuliano Mazzuoli, launched his Manometro without the support of a traditional advertising campaign. The product simply sold itself thanks to its originality and quality. Another major factor in its success is the reputation of its creator, as well as the very positive remarks made by opinion leaders and watch world gurus.
For Giuliano Mazzuoli, an entrepreneur in his fifties from Tuscany, this is not the first venture of its kind. After having managed the family printing business, he moved into the design and production of everyday objects. The only thing missing was the watch. After his '3.6.5’ agenda (found notably on sale in the gift shop at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City) and the ‘Officina e Moka’ fountain pen (inspired by mechanics’ tools as well as the famous Italian coffee maker designed by Alfonso Bialetti), Mazzuoli finally turned his attention to the watch.
“Actually, I have wanted to make a watch for a long time,” says Giuliano Mazzuoli, “but I didn’t want to make just another object, a watch that would be more or less like all the others on the market. I was going to give up on this idea when, one day, confronted with a water pressure problem at my house, I realized that the manometer was indicating a loss of pressure. The inspiration came to me immediately. This instrument, so simple and basic, this manometer, gave me the idea for the watch I wanted to create.”
The result is a watch with a large case (it measures 45.2 millimeters in diameter and 14.8 millimeters in thickness) with a screw-in caseback held in place by eight screws, which is water-resistant to 5 atm. The crown is positioned at 2 o’clock. The dial goes straight to the essential, evoking the style of instrument gauges, providing high and immediate readability. The Manometro is made of stainless steel (Inox Aisi 316/L) and equipped with a very reliable automatic movement, the ETA 2824/2, with an Incabloc anti-shock system. The watches are entirely assembled in Italy.The dials are available in blue, black or ivory. Another of Mazzuoli’s original ideas is to do away with the horns. The leather strap is attached to the watch with metallic supports located under the case. This is a readily recognizable design feature that also eliminates the uncomfortable fold where the strap meets the case in a more traditional design that would result due to the rather considerable weight of the case. Right down to the smallest detail, the Manometro is a true 'design’ object.