Friday, 30 March 2012

AUDI Italia Sailing Team supported by Eberhard & Co

Bienne, March 2012 - Not just vintage cars, basketball and water polo. Eberhard & Co., the Swiss watchmaking Maison celebrating 125 years since its establishment in 2012, is ready to enter a new challenge.


An important debut for Eberhard & Co., partner of the Audi Italia Sailing Team in the 2012 sailing season.


The name of the Bienne Maison will stand alongside the Audi logo on the sails of the three Melges in classes 20, 24 and 32 during the whole season, started in Miami on the 8th of March with the Bacardi Cup, a regatta that ended with the Audi-Eberhard & Co. Melges 24 in second position under the guide of skipper Riccardo Simoneschi.


We are very proud of this partnership – says Mario Peserico, CEO of Eberhard Italia – We share with Audi the same values - innovation, research and performance. To sign this agreement in such an important year for the Maison means celebrating the ideals that have always characterised the history of Eberhard & Co., contributing to diffuse the image of the Brand and to raise its popularity all over the world.


A calendar full of events for the three sailing categories and for the three Audi-Eberhard yachts: from Loano to Naples, along the islands of Elba and Sardinia, the Melges 20 and the Melges 32 will be competing in the fifth edition of the Audi Italia Sailing Series, a circuit in which Eberhard & Co. will also be Official Time Keeper. At the same time, the Melges 24 will be competing in the world championship for its category, starting in Torbole on July 30th. A tight schedule from April through December, for a series of exciting regattas.


For over twenty years, Eberhard & Co. has been side by side with Audi in another prestigious sport event: the Gran Premio Nuvolari, a historical regularity race inspired by famous pilot, a competition that counts every year over 300 teams from all over the world.


And it’s just a short step from motor-racing to the ocean waves...


Eberhard & Co., watchmaker historically specialised in the production of chronographs, was established in 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the Swiss Jura. In 2012, Eberhard & Co. celebrates 125 years of history, confirming its natural inclination towards technical development while retaining its personality and strong spirit of independence, without foregoing the close link with its origins and tradition. Eberhard & Co produces about 15,000 a year and is present in about 25 countries, from Europe to the United States, from the Far East to the Middle East. The history of Eberhard & Co. is an ongoing sequence of unforgettable creations, from the Chrono 4 to the 8 JOURS, from the Tazio Nuvolari collection to the Extra-fort model, now produced in a special limited edition to celebrate the Company’s 125th anniversary.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Corum's Admiral's Cup Legend 42 Annual Calendar

Over 30 years ago, Corum turned the tide of history towards the twelve-sided shape with its Admiral’s Cup model, a unique watch evoking the world of sailing. The latest addition

to the Legend line, the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Annual Calendar pays tribute to the excellence of classical watchmaking and provides an authentic lesson in elegance. The watch is clearly dedicated to the finest possible purpose: celebrating the passion of time.

In 1956, British members of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) launched a challenge off the Isle of Wight which would become one of the world’s finest sailing races: the Admiral’s Cup. A few years latter, an eponymous square watch was introduced by Corum. The company designers later redesigned its contours and adorned it with what was to be its signature feature: a twelve-sided bezel adorned with 12 nautical pennants from the International Maritime Signals Code. The Admiral’s Cup legend was taking shape.

Because it bears within it the spirit of its illustrious predecessor, the new Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Annual Calendar is pursuing the myth. In thus creating a model faithful in all respects to the original aesthetic attributes – distinctive shape, pennants on the bezel ring – as well as asserting itself through a pure design, softer lines and a beveled case, Corum is enriching its Legend line with a stellar new model.

Opting for elegance

The Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Annual Calendar stems first and foremost from a desire to offer a model with a powerful visual identity. Crafted in red gold or steel, with a silver-toned or anthracite dial, the watch is distinguished by pure lines and a philosophy firmly focused on essentials. The various calendar functions are displayed clearly and harmoniously on the dial. In addition to the hours, minutes and seconds, the watch indicates the date around the dial circumference by means of an openworked hand, and the months through a snailed aperture at 6 o’clock. Representing a remarkable and eminently useful horological complication, the annual calendar automatically takes account of 30- and 31-day months, thus requiring just one adjustment per year, at the end of February. The time indications are provided by three semi-openworked hands, faceted and enriched with a white luminescent substance that makes them stand out in the dark. The date hand with its Corum key symbol counterweight sets a final precious touch to this charming picture.

The dial is also characterized by its elegant aesthetic featuring 11 applied hour-markers and the figure 60 instead of the usual 12; a vertical guilloché motif for steel models, and a barleycorn guilloché pattern for the red gold versions.

175 watches for 2012

Water-resistant to 30 meters, the 42 mm-diameter case of the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Annual Calendar houses the mechanical automatic Corum CO503 movement, endowed with a 42-hour power reserve. On the reverse side of the watch, a sapphire caseback reveals the heart of the movement and its oscillating weight personalized with the brand logo. The leather strap comes fitted with a folding clasp for the steel version and with a pin buckle for the gold variation. The Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Annual Calendar is issued in a limited annual production run of 25 in red gold and 150 in steel.



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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

GRAHAM welcomes Chris Ashton

GRAHAM is proud to announce its partnership with Chris Ashton, one of world rugby's mostprolific try-scorers. Born in Wigan in 1987 and a product of St John Fisher School, Chris initially made his name in the 13-man code, rugby league. Chris' major breakthrough in the Premiership came in the 2009/2010 season as he embarked on a run of form that brought him 23 tries in 32 games and saw him win both the Premiership Player-of-the-Season and RPA Try-of-the-Season awards.

He is a big GRAHAM supporter and proudly wears a Swordfish Booster Blue. We are more than proud to welcome him among our fans.













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Saturday, 24 March 2012

You need to know about - Masahiro Kikuno

This is the Masahiro Kikuno's Temporal Hour watch. This watch was constructed in 2011. This is the world's first "Automatic wari-koma dial watch (Wadokei)" possessing an automatic index adjustment for each season. The "Temporal Hour" system is the practice of counting hours depending on the time of sunset and sunrise. The hours between sunrise and sunset are divided into six (6) and then used as one "counting" unit.




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Friday, 23 March 2012

Guillaume Tetu wins the Talent de l’Invention design award

Guillaume Tetu, winner of the Talent de l’Invention design award in Paris
Paris, 19 March 2012 – At the 2012 -Talents du luxe et de la creation- Luxury and Creative Talents event, the Centre du Luxe et de la Création chose the co-founder and CEO of HAUTLENCE Guillaume Tetu to receive the Talent de l’Invention design award for the exceptional creations of his Neuchâtel watch company.

For ten years, the Centre du Luxe et de la Création in Paris has singled out designers in recognition of their expertise and excellence. At an exceptional gala evening on 19 March 2012, 15 Talents were awarded, including the Talent de l’Invention which went to designer Guillaume Tetu, who for eight years has breathed new life into the world of haute horlogerie with his original and innovative watch designs.

Despite having been born in Lyon and maintaining close ties with France and its culture, Guillaume Tetu had no hesitation in setting up business in Switzerland to devote himself to his passion: watchmaking. Showing creative talent at an early age, he trained as an industrial designer in the 1990s before joining Gay Frères, a manufacturer of watch straps based on the shores of Lake Geneva. He then continued his career with Tag Heuer, becoming a member of their product development teams.



In 2004 in pursuit of his dream, Guillaume co-founded HAUTLENCE, whose name is an anagram of Neuchâtel, in honour of one of the cradles of watchmaking. Instilling a new dynamic into the art of watchmaking, the brand has since received recognition from watch collectors and enthusiasts.

HAUTLENCE has pushed back the boundaries of traditional watchmaking, combining inspiration from the past with innovative engineering solutions taken from different industrial applications, creating as a result new approaches to the interpretation of time. Designing and developing its own movements, the brand now produces some of its components in-house thanks to the successful vertical integration of its contemporary watchmaking workshop located in the watchmaking metropolis of la Chaux-de-Fonds, in the canton of Neuchâtel.
For more information regarding the award: www.centreduluxe.com



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Bremont - the Movie!

Bremont - The Movie!

This was sent over to from Mike at Bremont -

http://youtu.be/7FZv0f8iS4E


Check it out!

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Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT spotted on the wrist of Clive Owen

“My first Jaeger-LeCoultre watch was from the AMVOX range,

and I have to be honest and say I was instantly attracted to

it because it looked so cool”, said Clive Owen earlier this year.

This week Clive Owen attended “Meet the Filmmakers” press-conference

in New York City to speak about his role in the horror film “The Intruders”.

For the event Clive Owen chose to wear Jaeger-LeCoultre

AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT.

AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT, born from the partnership between Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre, is produced in a limited numbered edition of 300 pieces in ceramic and pink gold.

It houses the automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 988 tourbillon movement, driving two time-zone displays and a date.

The extraordinary openworked dial enables one to admire the ruthenium-coated bridges and baseplate, as well as the blackened central bridge of the AM/PM indicator.

The AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT strikes an undeniably perfect balance between strength and performance.


www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Girard-Perregaux Creates Unique Timepiece for Christie’s Annual Green Auction to Save the Earth



New York, NY (March 14, 2012) – Girard-Perregaux, iconic luxury Swiss watch brand, is proud to announce the creation of a unique timepiece to be auctioned during Christie’s Annual Green Auction on April 11, 2012. The event, hosted by Christie’s for the third time, will take place at Rockefeller Center a few days before Earth Day.


The Green Auction is a borderless collaboration of individuals, organizations, and businesses who are engaged, in spirit and action, in the protection and conservation of the environment. The star-studded affair is expected to raise millions of dollars in proceeds for four of the world’s leading environmental nonprofits- Oceana, Conservation International (CI), Central Park Conservancy (CPC), and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)- specifically to benefit water-conservation projects central to each organization.


“We are honored to support Christie’s efforts to encourage the safe-keeping of our natural water resources”, says Michele Sofisti, CEO of Sowind Group (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard). “It is important for all of us at Girard-Perregaux to contribute with our own grain of sand in this important fight, which is of great importance for our future generations and an issue that needs much support to increase awareness”.


“We are proud to be working with Girard-Perregaux again on this initiative”, says Toby Usnik, International Head of Corporate Communications for Christie’s International. “They have always been a constant supporter of our Green Auction and we are excited to have such a powerful brand on board for this important event”.


The 2012 Green Auction will be the third time the brand has supported this event, since its start in 2010, and will be co-chaired by Graydon and Anna Carter, James R. Hedges IV, François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, and David and Susan Rockefeller. The evening will feature a live musical performance by Grace Potter of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Following an exclusive cocktail reception, the live auction will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind fantasy lots including a unique Girard-Perregaux timepiece. The Sea Hawk 1000m “Green Auction” features a steel and rubber 44 mm case, houses a Girard-Perregaux manufacture automatic movement with power reserve indicator and is water resistant to 1,000 meters.


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Anonimo's Nautilo Steel-Bronze (mod. 11007)

One of Anonimo's fantastic novelties for BaselWorld

Movement

Automatic Soprod SA, caliber 9040/2892-A-2-SO, on base ETA 2892-2, 24 jewels, antichoc Incabloc, 4. Hz.; power riserve 40-42 hours. Dimensions: diameter 25.60 mm, thickness 5.10 mm. Escapement: Glucydur balance, Anachron hairspring, escapement assortment, adjusted 4 positions, movement running tolerance 0 +15sec/day. Colimaçon finish, specific Anonimo Firenze rotor. The escapement assortment is high quality made, already foreseen for chronograph certifications (cosc). For the supplementary functions, a module is laid on the base caliber.

Functions

Hours,minutes, sweep seconds, power reserve at 6 h.; date window display at 3 h.

Watch Case

Sand-blasted AISI316 Plus stainless steel watch case. Bezel in Marine Bronze alloy. Alloy belongs to a group of alloys employed in hi-tech and high mechanical resistance ad anti-corrosion naval construction, like high performance propellers, propellers pitches, torpedoes flanges. Polished and satinated AISI 316 Plus stainless steel back cover.

Dimensions: maximum length 54.00 mm; nominal diameter 44.00 mm.; thickness about 14.80 mm. Manufacturing in three components, totally carved from stainless steel or marine bronze bars, bezel and back cover are screw locked by nine external stainless steel Thorx screws which guarantee a good and easy grip and a superior tightening (30%). Bayonet quick tightening crown, screw locked tube; screw locked secured strap. Upper sapphire flat crystal. Visible joint for bezel seal. Back cover with decentralized window to allow viewing of the movement balance.

Water Resistance

20 ATM – 200 m

Dial

Minute scale and power reserve indication applied ring, on guilloché base. Applied Dino Zei logo. Applied hour indexes treated with luminous coating for superior day/night readability. Hours and minutes hands treated with luminous coating.

Wrist Strap

Opera Kodiak leather strap. Water resistant. Exclusive Dino Zei line stainless steel buckle.

Limited Edition: 100 pieces.

www.anonimo.com

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A new discussion forum

Our new watch (and pen!) Forum -
www.thewatchforum.net

This is a discussion forum for watches and pens. There are three official brand forums - Hanhart, Azimuth and Aquadive. Please come and join the discussion.

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The UR-110 TTH and the UR-110 ST – A Question of Style

Basel – March 2012

Everything is a question of style, no more so than in the world of haute horlogerie. If engineering ingenuity remains the quickest way into a watch aficionado’s heart, nothing can replace that feeling of setting eyes on a mechanical masterpiece for the very first time, that sensation of horological love at first sight. Connoisseurs have already been wooed by the technical innovation of URWERK’s 110 collection, presented until now in either monochromatic natural titanium or anthracite. Now the UR-110 affirms its presence and expresses itself as never before thanks to the UR-110 TTH – with a super strong Tantalum hull – and the UR-110 ST – with a distinctively grooved AlTiN bezel. Whether you prefer it strong and rugged or smooth and refined, there is a UR-110 style for you.

The UR-110 TTH

More robust than its stablemates, the UR-110 TTH is an imposing timepiece that commands respect from the very first glance. Why? Well, just as a vessel derives its strength from an unbreakable hull, the UR-110 derives its strength from its bezel crafted in tantalum, a particularly hard and dense metal, well known for resistance to corrosion and for its bio-inertness. Indeed, the TTH stands for “Tantalum Hull”. Naturally, the sapphire crystal of the UR-110 TTH has also been upgraded.

The UR-110 ST

The UR-110 ST sees URWERK continuing to embrace three-dimensionality in horological architecture. It is a model that well and truly appeals to the tactile senses, for it can even reveal itself when your eyes are closed. Run the tips of your fingers over its dial, and you will feel the perfect smoothness of the sapphire crystal soon replaced by grooves in the AlTiN bezel. Such a sensorial experience is just what URWERK co-founder and artist-designer Martin Frei wanted to create for the UR-110 ST’s owner.

“A watch worn on a daily basis should be a source of pleasure – the primal pleasure of possession, naturally, but also the pleasure of the experience of it on the wrist,” he says. “There is a quote I like from French poet and diplomat Paul Claudel: ‘Sculpture is the need to touch.’ I very much hope the UR-110 ST creates this need.



UR-110 TTH and UR-110 ST Technical Specifications

Cases

Case in Grade 5 titanium with AlTiN-treated steel bezel for the UR-110 ST;

Case in Grade 5 titanium with tantalum bezel for the UR-110 TTH;

Two position crown with integrated protection

Water resistance: 3 ATM

Movement

Calibre: UR 9.01 mechanical, automatic winding

Balance: Monometallic

Frequency: 28,800v/h, 4Hz

Jewels: 46

Balance spring: Flat

Power: Single barrel

Power reserve: 39 hours

Winding system: Uni-directional rotor regulated by double turbines

Indications

Satellite complication with rotating hour/minute modules mounted on planetary gears

Control Board: “Day/Night” indicator; “Oil Change” alerting service intervals and small seconds

www.urwerk.com

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Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to take part in MAD ABOUT REVERSO CONTEST

Jaeger-LeCoultre announces the “MAD ABOUT REVERSO” contest on Facebook, offering participants a chance to win a Reverso watch.

Earlier this year Jaeger-LeCoultre, known for aesthetic influence and expertise in high watch-making, created a special limited engraved design of their iconic Reverso watch for a Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to the award-winning AMC series “Mad Men.” Today Jaeger-LeCoultre opens a contest that will run through March 26, 2012.

Thanks to the application Instagram, every user wishing to participate in the Contest is invited to create an original advertising campaign for the iconic Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 as if he or she was the creative director of the hottest Madison Avenue Advertising Agency back in the 1960s, who had just landed their first client, the renowned watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Picture yourself as the youngest creative director and think “What would Don Draper have created for the Reverso back in the 60s”?

1. Download the creative brief and the Reverso watch picture on Facebook.

2. Create your unique advertising campaign for the Reverso watch using Instagram application.

3. Publish and share your original advertising campaign on Instagram with the caption #MadAboutReverso and @jaegerlecoultre.

4. Upload and submit your original advertising campaign for the Reverso watch to “MAD ABOUT REVERSO” Contest section on Facebook.

5. Share your design and invite your friends to vote for you until March 26, 2012.

All the advertising campaigns submitted will be featured on Facebook. The top voted five original advertising campaigns will be announced on Jaeger-LeCoultre - The Official Page on March 26, 2012 upon the contest closing. The best advertising campaign will be selected by the jury from the 5 top voted submissions and the winner will be announced on Jaeger-LeCoultre - The Official Page by April 2, 2012.

The Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to “Mad Men” edition tells a story like no other timepiece. In 1931, a technically advanced watch was developed for polo players with a dial that could flip, protecting it from damage while also offering a personalized engraved case-back. Protected by patent, its art deco style and solid functionality was received with instant praise. The Reverso has evolved over the past eighty years with new faces, sizes and complications but has never lost its essence. Today, wearing one is an entry to an exclusive world.

www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

You need to know about - Rudis Sylva

"The Harmonious Oscillator: a watchmaking revolution"

The Harmonious Oscillator,features a system with two mechanically interlinked balances driven by a single escapement. This technical innovation goes against watchmaking theories, which have always ruled out stress on the balances. (Harmonious Oscillator picture included)


With its innovative technicality, this design can boast a more accurate setting capacity than a conventional Tourbillon, thanks in particular to the asymmetric deployment of the balance springs in all positions, hence the name "Harmonious Oscillator". This world first with two toothed balances exhibits a resonance effect from the first oscillations. Mika Rissanen, a watchmaker specialising in grand complications working for the Rudis Sylva brand, is the brains behind this patented invention. The technical specifications are as follows:


• Two complete toothed balances are interlinked. This combination ensures the same amplitude. The symmetry and energy of the balance springs are constantly opposed, enabling instantaneous average correction in the vertical position, which eliminates the effect of gravity.

• Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz)

• The cage turns 360 degrees in 60 seconds

• Cage diameter: 17.40 mm

• 2 flat balance springs, asymmetric deployment

• 2 specifically shaped toothed balances made from special material

• 1 escapement with 1 lever positioned at 90 degrees

• Manual winding mechanism

• Power reserve: around 70 hours



Why is the Harmonious Oscillator more accurate than all existing Tourbillons?

As a general rule, provided that it is in a totally stable situation, a Tourbillon takes a minute

to compensate for the effects of gravity when in the vertical position. (graphic included)

The Harmonious Oscillator, by virtue of the interconnection of the balances and the

asymmetric deployment of the balance-springs, enables instantaneous correction.


So it is never influenced by the Earth's gravity.

The Harmonious Oscillator provides accuracy far superior to conventional Tourbillons or

Karrusels.


This mechanism is close to perfection in terms of setting. The tests performed on various

measurement devices give exceptional results, especially for amplitude, in all positions or

after 24 hours in the vertical position.

The measured of amplitude deltas are also excellent (difference in degrees amplitude upon

position changes).


A number of Master Watchmakers, upon discovering this watchmaking revolution, have

declared that there had not been such an important invention since Abraham Breguet's

Tourbillon in 1801.



www.rudissylva.com

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Ebel's Beluga Grande Sertie

an anthem to femininity

Ebel is first and foremost the story of a woman, Alice Lévy, who founded the brand with her husband Eugène Blum. Their combined initials gave rise to the brand name EBEL. Throughout its history, EBEL has distinguished itself by the originality and the beauty of its feminine watches.

A glowing emblem of femininity, the Beluga line welcomes a new model this year graced with generous, soft and sensual lines. Like a splendid dress, its beautifully curved and flowing steel silhouette is adorned with shimmering polished and satin-brushed finishes that catch and hold the light. The delicate blue of the hand merges smoothly into the designed central décor of the watch to reflect refined purity. Enhanced by a silver-toned shade and Roman numerals, the dial radiates an aura of elegant simplicity. EBEL's cherished "double E" is subtly applied at 3 o'clock, while the date appears at 6 o'clock. With its comfortable 36.5 mm diameter, the Beluga Grande Sertie asserts its feminine nature by magnifying the curves of this legendary model. 36 diamonds set on the bezel follow the voluptuous rounded shape of the case.


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