Friday, 29 June 2012

FRANC VILA A Seductive and Dynamic Event

Courtesy of Franc Villa

FRANC VILA, chic sports club Geneva Usine Opera, and AMAG Audi center in Chatelaine, friends and guests, gathered for an evening of seduction and dynamism, on June 7th, 2012. The event highlighted Franc Vila timepieces, Audi cars, and the services of the sports club, Usine Opera, and allowed Geneva residents to discover them all in a beautiful setting, the new Audi center AMAG Geneva, where elegance meets exhilaration.

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Courtesy of Richard Mille
The “Big One For One Drop” tournament organized by the World Series of Poker will take place in Las Vegas from 1st to 3rd July at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. This tournament is the world’s most important and prestigious, and its one-million-dollar entry fee is the highest in the history of poker!

This year, the profits from the tournament will be paid to the “One Drop” Foundation established by Guy Laliberté, creator of Cirque du Soleil®, which works to provide universal access to water. It is thus one of the most spectacular charitable initiatives ever undertaken in the history of poker.

Richard Mille, who is deeply touched by the initiatives of his friend Guy, wished to offer his support by creating the trophy awarded to the winner of the World Series of Poker. When designing this “tonneau shaped bracelet”, Mélanie Treton-Monceyron, the brand’s Artistic Director, naturally based her work on the symbolism behind the “One Drop” Foundation’s mission, “water for all, all for water“, to create this unique, spectacular bracelet.

Symbolising and highlighting this precious element was no easy task. Two sapphire crystals were superimposed in the heart of a case to give enhanced depth, and were then screen-printed with the logo of the “Big One For One Drop” tournament. A pear-shaped diamond of 0.78K was then set in the first sapphire crystal, which has a thickness of 4/10, and placed on the logo of the ‘One Drop’ Foundation which is, naturally, a drop of water. Another characteristic is the platinum bracelet, which has been entirely wire-cut, and its components, which have all been assembled, cambered and enamelled by hand, then polished using a micro-blasting technique. Given the hard and brittle nature of platinum, it is extremely difficult to work and this exceptional piece thus required no less than 120 hours.

Richard Mille is delighted to be supporting his friend Guy Laliberté and his “One Drop” Foundation. It is an important cause that he feels strongly about, like the other charities he advocates: Action Innocence, under the chairmanship of Valérie Wertheimer, which contributes to defending the dignity and integrity of children on the Internet ; Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Foundation, which helps to fulfil the needs of children living in remote areas ; Only Watch, which acts to raise funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research ; the Rafa Nadal Foundation, which provides new opportunities for socially disadvantaged young people ; Sentebale, a charity founded by His Highness Prince Harry of Wales to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho and ; Free the Children, an international educational charity championed by Natalie Portman, the brand’s new partner.

About One Drop

ONE DROP —an initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil®— is an international non-governmental organization established in Canada, in 2007. ONE DROP fights poverty by supporting access to water and raising individual and community awareness of the need to mobilize so that safe water is accessible to all, in sufficient quantity, today and tomorrow. With its uniquely artistic approach, ONE DROP educates and implements site-specific safe water solutions while allocating microfinance loans to help ensure sustainable development. Worldwide, ONE DROP’s ongoing creative projects also raise awareness about water-related issues and encourage smarter water practices. In the U.S., ONE DROP is a public charity that undertakes innovative activities in which water plays a central role as a creative force to generate positive, sustainable change worldwide. To learn more, visit

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Thursday, 28 June 2012

A New MANU PROPRIA Artisan Timepiece Case

Angular Momentum has added a new MANU PROPRIA Artisan Timepiece case type to its collection.

41.60 mm 1.4435NcU Staybrite watch case with polished bezel and satin brushed sides, pavé set with 1.500 ct. TW VVS diamonds, historical hand-winding movement.

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Saturday, 23 June 2012

Richard Mille – New RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph

Cloaked in black, Richard Mille’s new RM 032 DARK DIVER Automatic Chronograph is dressed for the depths of the sea.
Courtesy of Richard Mille

Like the original RM 032 Automatic Chronograph, this limited edition is water-resistant to 300 meters (30 atmospheres) following ISO 6425 diver’s watch norms. That degree of water-resistance is particularly difficult to achieve with a chronograph, since water pressure on the pushers and crown could be powerful enough to unintentionally start the chronograph. In order to avoid any external pressure effect or accidental manipulation, Richard Mille has developed a locking crown for the RM 032 that secures the pushers and as a result ensures perfect water resistance. The crown and its pushers can be locked by simply rotating its ring.
The 50-mm tripartite titanium case is curved for ergonomic comfort, a hallmark of all Richard Mille models. Its dramatic dark look is achieved with a DLC treatment on the case and buckle, plus black bezel indicators, pushers and rubber strap. Superluminova elements on the running indicator disc, hands and hour markers allow maximum visibility during any undersea adventure.
Only 30 pieces of the new RM 032 DARK DIVER Automatic Chronograph will be made. The limited edition will be sold at the Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, California.

Technical Specifications of the RM 032 DARK DIVER Automatic Chronograph
- Caliber RMAC2 automatic winding movement
- Dimensions: 50.00 mm x 17.80 mm
- Functions: hours, minutes, oversize date, month, flyback chronograph with minutes and seconds counter, hour counter, running indicator and adjustable rotor geometry
- Power reserve: Circa 50 hours; 45 hours with chronograph running
- Water resistant to 300 meters
- Black DLC titanium case with unidirectional bezel, locking crown and pushers
- Sapphire crystal dial and case back
- Black rubber strap
- Limited edition of 30 pieces

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BOVET and Vicente Del Bosque

Courtesy of Bovet

BOVET and Vicente Del Bosque reunited to conquer Europe
Poland and the Ukraine join together to host the Euro 2012 from June 8th to July 1st. During this battle among Europe’s top national teams, BOVET will be present thanks to its friend and ambassador Vicente del Bosque.

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Friday, 22 June 2012

Eterna's New Tangaroa

There was another famous voyage that Eterna was involved with that took place after the KonTiki.  The voyage of the Tangaroa in 2006. 

Here is a blog reporting on the expedition:

Courtesy of Eterna

Tangaroa 3 hand

Technical specifications:

: Sellita calibre SW 200-1; self-winding mechanical movement; 38-hour power reserve; 28,800 vph; 26 jewels; diameter 25.6 mm (11 ½ lines); hours, minutes and seconds, date display.

Dial/hands: black; rhodium-plated baton hour markers; rhodium-plated centred hour, minute and seconds; seconds scale on the flange; date aperture at 3 o’clock.

Case/back: polished and satin-finished stainless steel case; anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal; screwed-in case back with sapphire crystal opening; water-resistant to 50 m (5 bar) / ~ 165 feet; diameter 42 mm; height 10.8 mm.

Bracelet/clasp: black leather with polished and satin-finished stainless steel pin buckle.
Courtesy of Eterna
 Tangaroa Moonphase Chronograph

Technical specifications:

: ETA Valjoux calibre 7751; self-winding mechanical movement with chronograph functions; 48-hour power reserve; 28,800 vph; 25 jewels; diameter 30 mm (13 ¼ lines), hours, minutes and seconds, date, day of the week, month and moonphase display.

Dial/hands: silver, rhodium-plated dot hour markers coated with white luminous material; black minute track and date indication; blued hour and minute hands coated with white luminous material; blued centred date with red sickle; blued centred chronograph seconds; blued 30-minute totaliser at 12 o’clock; blued continuous seconds and 24-hour display coated with white luminous material at 9 o’clock; moon phase calendar for northern and southern hemisphere at 6 o’clock.

Case/back: round-shaped polished and satin-finished stainless steel case; anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal; screwed-in case back with sapphire crystal opening; water-resistant to 50 m (5 bar) / ~ 165 feet; diameter 42 mm; height 13.95 mm.

Bracelet/clasp: polished and satin-finished stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp. 

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A Special Night in Beverly Hills for Girard-Perregaux

Girard-Perregaux is proud to partner with the Motion Picture & Television Fund and The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows to celebrate its centennial anniversary the weekend of June 15th with a star-studded weekend.

Exclusive, curated events featuring a celebrity hosts Warren Beatty, Bill
Cosby, Brett Ratner, and Jeffrey Katzenberg and Honorary Weekend
Ambassadors Warren Beatty, Clive Davis, Bryan Lourd, Brett Ratner, Rick
Rosen and Ben Silverman celebrated 100 years of the hotel as an icon of

the entertainment industry.
Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux
Guests attending included Cat Deely, Mena Suvari, Joe Torre, Tom Arnold,
Kristen Bell, Barbara Davis, Martie Maguire, Carl Reiner, Rob Riggle, Dax
Shepard, Barbara Davis, Nancy Davis, Joely Fischer, Donald Faison, Zach
Braff, Karina Smirnoff, Donna Mills, Francis Fischer, Stana Katic, Jeffrey
Kazenberg, Michael Chow and more.
Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux
Warren Beatty was also honored by Girard-Perregaux and was presented with
a limited edition “Beverly Hills Hotel” timepiece for his support and role
in the success of The Motion Picture & Television Fund. The 1966 Beverly
Hills Hotel limited edition watch was created in honor of the 100th
anniversary. It has the option of choosing between a rose or white gold
case and features a black alligator strap with a pink underside and pink
second hand in honor of the “Pink Palace”. The case houses a
Girard-Perregaux automatic manufacture movement and a special engraving on
the back: “Beverly Hills Hotel- 100th Anniversary SPECIAL EDITION”.

The rose gold watch retails for $14,900 and the white gold version retails
for $15,340.

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Monday, 18 June 2012

Two Eberhard pieces nominated for Watch of the Year

Eberhard announced today that two of its pieces have been nominated for Watch of the Year, which is organized by 00/24 WatchWorld.

Courtesy of Eberhard
The Chrono4 Grande Taille 10ème Anniversaire was one selection.  Here are some details on the Chrono4 Grande Taille 10ème Anniversaire courtesy of -
10ème Anniversaire -
Calibre EB. 250-C4 12 ½” – basis ETA 2894
mechanical chronograph with automatic winding device by Eberhard & Co.,
Patented, 4 counters arranged in a row: 
minutes, hours, 24 hours and small seconds – date. 53 rubies

Stainless steel, 43 mm diameter, 13.32 mm thick, polished bezel, water resistant to 50 meters, 20 mm lug width

Case back:
Polished – flat with bevel – secured by 8 screws, with engravings: 2001-2011. 10 ans de Chrono 4

Push buttons:
Stainless steel

Stainless steel, screw-in, water-resistant

Sapphire, domed, anti-reflective

Sword-shaped skeleton with luminescent ends

Courtesy of Eberhard

And the Gilda Floral was also selected to take part in the competition.

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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Breguet Inaugurates Exhibit of Vintage Aviation Timepieces on Board The Intrepid

June 15, 2012—New York, NY. Breguet, the world’s most prestigious watch brand, continues to highlight the legacy of its founder Abraham-Louis Breguet (“A.-L. Breguet”) with an exhibit entitled: “Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator.” celebrating a century in aviation inspired timepieces.
Photo courtesy of Breguet and Camilo Munar 
The exhibition launched on Flag Day, June 14th, under the New York City skyline against the backdrop of a fleet of fighter planes on board the deck of The Intrepid. A cocktail reception unveiling the exhibit was hosted by the Board of Montres Breguet represented by Mr. Rodolphe Schulthess, VP of Global Sales, Mr. Jean-Charles Zufferey, Head of Marketing and Mr. Michael Nelson, Breguet USA Brand President. Over 300 guests were treated to a private viewing of the exhibit and a sneak peak of the Space Shuttle Enterprise. VIP guests included Mr. Floyd Cardoz, winner, Top Chef Masters and preferred clients.
Photo courtesy of Breguet and Camilo Munar 
The evening was amplified by an expansive display of 26 Breguet watches, including 10 vintage timepieces on display for the first time in the U.S.

Starting in New York City, Breguet embarks on a two month tour that traces the history of Breguet in aviation and showcases the brand's legacy of innovation with a variety of historical timepieces including the original Breguet Type XX, and Breguet’s 10Hz technology which is integrated into the Type XXII.  

Breguet’s most celebrated clients included Napoleon, Marie-Antoinette and Winston Churchill to name a few. His extraordinary talents were undoubtedly passed down to his descendants, namely his great-great grandson Louis-Charles, who turned his talents to the fledgling world of Aviation.

The evolution of the clock is closely linked to the development of long distance transportation. During the age of A.-L. Breguet, it was ship and sea travel that influenced innovation. In 1815, A.-L. Breguet developed the marine chronometer that helped usher in a more efficient age of sea travel. The invention was adopted by the French Navy, and Breguet was appointed “Horloger de la Marine Royal" (watchmaker to the Royal Navy).

By the beginning of the 20th century, the demands of the sea gave way to the demands of the sky. Hence, the evolution of the aircraft soon prompted the evolution of the wristwatch. In 1918, the Breguet watch company first began producing watches for aviators and also developed chronograph mechanisms mounted in cockpit instrument panels.

Breguet’s ties to the French Navy grew as the need for military aircraft at sea became evident soon after the first planes took flight. The French ministry of war formed the French Naval Air Arm (“Aéronavale”) in 1910 and by 1913 was using Breguet planes in its fleet. For the next 60 years, Breguet planes were the primary aircraft used by the Aéronavale.

“Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator” will be open for viewing at the Breguet Boutique on Fifth Avenue from June 19thto July 8th, the Breguet Boutique in Bal Harbour from  July 12th to  July 29th and complete the tour at the Breguet Boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills from August 2nd to August 19th.


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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

A manufacture watch - Frederique Constant

It is hard not to be romantic about watches - I realize I am on theme here, but it's hard not to be romantic about it.

I had time to meet with the folks from Frederique Constant in Las Vegas.  Luxury is something that you don't necessarily need.  Luxury is not defined by the number of zeros on the price tag.  Luxury, at least when it is real, luxury represents something special, something that you can live without, but that you will be happier living with.  

A truly amazing cup of coffee in a world of Nescafe swill - that is a luxury.  A beautiful pair of Alden shoes in a world of Nikes - that is a luxury.  A watch company that has its own movement - one expressly designed and produced for its own watch lines - that is luxury.  But who ever said that it should cost 2 - 3 month's salary of a normal person?  We all want something better - don't we?  And it doesn't have to ask you to chose between funding your retirement, or having a beautiful timekeeper.  Does it?

Luxury is not always about the price tag, and I thank Frederique Constant for reminding me of this.  Luxury is having the time to read a book.  Luxury is being able to enjoy time with your family and friends.  
Courtesy of Frederique Constant
So here it is - direct from the source -
Frederique Constant has been developing and producing its in-house Manufacture Calibers since 2001.  The first caliber was the Heart Beat Manufacture, cal. FC-910 with its iconic aperture in the dial and main plate at 6 o'clock position.  Newer versions of the Heart Beat Manufacture included various complications, a silicium (silicon) escapement wheel, and even an in-house Tourbillon.

Development of the second base caliber by Frederique Constant started in 2008.  The design and development briefing for this second base caliber was very straight forward: redevelop all components and search to reduce cost of manufacturing with 30%, while at least maintaining the same high quality level of the Heart Beat Manufacture calibers.  As a result, the Maxime Manufacture (cal. FC-700) was born.  Frederique Constant realized significant economies of scale with this caliber.  In line with our Accessible Luxury philosophy, these cost-savings were transferred to the final consumer, by offering these Frederique Constant Manufacture timepieces at unbeatable retail prices.

Courtesy of Frederique Constant
This year, Frederique Constant is proud and excited to introduce the new Classics Manufacture, with a retail price starting at €1’750 in stainless steel.  Designed and produced with utmost care, the sophisticated dial shows a remarkable refinement.  Decoration of the movement is to the highest standards, with Cotes de Geneve and Collimacon patterns, brightly shining due to the rhodium finishing.  The new Classics Manufacture is based on the second generation of the Maxime movement, cal. FC-710 and features an added center seconds hand.  Apart from stainless steel, the Classics Manufacture is also available with a case finished in rose gold plating, at €1’950. A duo of stunningly beautiful timepieces!
History Frederique Constant Manufacture Calibers
In 2001, Frederique Constant launched the development of its first manufacture caliber in close collaboration with the École d'Horlogerie de Genève, the École d'Ingenieurs de Genève and the Horloge Vakschool Zadkine, Netherlands.  The Heart Beat Manufacture has the characteristic bridge for the balance wheel on the front side of the caliber, which made it possible to have the spiral and fine regulation on the front side as well, creating a much more appealing Heart Beat design. This construction was new - allowing Frederique Constant to obtain a patent.
In 2008, Frederique Constant introduced its first Tourbillon Manufacture movement with Silicium (Silicon) Escapement Wheel.  There are three main advantages compared to a regular escapement wheel:
       - No oiling necessary
       - Ultra smooth surface
       - Weight 1/5th of steel
As a result, the Frederique Constant Tourbillon has an amplitude of over 300 degrees in dial-up and dial-down positions.  Even in the crown-down position, the amplitude is over 275 degrees, which is substantially more than the performance of other high-end tourbillons.
In 2009, Frederique Constant launched a new in-house base caliber (FC-700).  Component rationalization and assembly efficiency were the top priorities for the development of this caliber. Result was an overall 30% cost saving compared with the earlier Heart Beat Manufacture caliber. Various new technologies were incorporated.  For the first time, a Swiss watch manufacturer introduced a watch with a manufacture caliber below €2’000 retail.
Courtesy of Frederique Constant
Frederique Constant Factory 

The Frederique Constant production facility in Geneva measures 3'200 square meters, divided over four floors, offering an attractive working environment in the sectors of caliber component production, caliber assembly, watch assembly, and extensive quality control.  Numerically controlled machines of the latest generation are located in a large atelier in the basement, where all component manufacturing is concentrated.  Caliber and watch assembly, as well as state-of-the-art quality control is primarily organized on the first floor of the Frederique Constant building.  The building also serves as the brand's international headquarters.

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Girard-Perregaux certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

From our partner site - Tempus Fugit

This is the type of news that most blogs and forums don't cover.  It isn't sexy - at least not in the "watch as pornography" way we tend to think about watches.  Further we tend to think of industry news (such as comings and goings) with the same sort of titillation generally reserved for People Magazine.

So today, I wanted to share some good, honest and real news.  Girard-Perregaux has been certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).  

Responsible and ethical business behavior - I think that's pretty sexy!

Here's the news, straight from La Chaux-de-Fonds -

Girard-Perregaux, iconic high-end Swiss watch manufacturer, is proud to announce that it has achieved Responsible Jewelry Council certification by meeting the ethical, social and environmental standards established by the RJC’s Member Certification System.

'We are honored to be accredited by the Responsible Jewelry Council. This certification underpins Girard-Perregaux's belief in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, while we continue to work towards achieving the highest ethical best practices both internally and externally in our business. This is an encouragement to push forward with our commitment!' says Sowind (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard) CEO Michele Sofisti.

As part of the PPR Group, Girard-Perregaux is also working closely with PPR’s sustainability experts in PPR HOME in striving to ensure traceability and the company champions PPR’s commitment to source 100% of gold and diamonds used in the Group’s products from verified operations that do not have a harmful impact on local communities, wildlife or the ecosystems which support them, by 2016.

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New Bremont Boutique to open shortly

Courtesy of Bremont

Here's the news straight from BREMONT -

Bremont is delighted to announce the opening of its first stand-alone store which will be located on South Audley Street, Mayfair. Joining an impressive line-up of high-end brands that include Purdey and Marc Jacobs, the boutique will showcase the Bremont collections as well as encompassing the heritage of the brand.

Following the successful launch of the brand co-founded by brothers Nick and Giles English in 2007, it has gone from strength to strength winning several awards such as the Retail Watch Brand of the Year in 2011 as well as Watch Pro’s Luxury Watch and the People’s Choice Award in the watch category at the Couture Watch & Jewellery Show in Las Vegas in 2012.

Bremont has seen significant growth across the UK, US and Asian markets and is stocked in over 40 of the best retailers worldwide. It now celebrates the launch of its flagship boutique in London’s Mayfair, occupying two levels it will have a club-like atmosphere with its very own bar.

Giles English, Co-Founder of Bremont: “As a British company we felt we needed a show-case to promote ourselves to visitors from all around the world. The boutique will be more than a traditional watch store. There will be an explorers club based from there, a considerable watch library and it will also be the only place in the world to see unique items like the Bremont B-1 Marine Clock. It is never an easy decision to launch your own boutique, but when we were approached by Grosvenor regarding the location there was no hesitation. We felt it was perfect for our brand.”

The store is scheduled to open on the 25th June 2012

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Courtesy of ASPEN

ASPEN ONE is the first luxury timepiece collection introduced by Aspen Jewelry and
Watches. ASPEN ONE is a Swiss-made timepiece, and is a tribute to Aspen and its crown
jewel, Aspen Mountain.

The collection has a variety of colors that can be chosen for the dial as well as the vessel. The
whole ASPEN ONE collection has a total limitation in production of 3267 pieces.

Unique Features of Aspen One
All models of ASPEN ONE boast unique elements that are specific to Aspen. A specially
designed compass shows you where you are on top of Aspen Mountain. The number four on
the dial is orange, which is the time to change your ski strap to your après-ski strap (done in a
few seconds with a technique similar to removing a ski from a boot). In keeping with the
tradition of the Ute Indians of Aspen, this color symbolizes prosperity. Orange is also the
color of mountain security. With your watch comes a pair of beautiful deerskin gloves,
specially made for ASPEN ONE. One of the gloves has a cut-away, so you can always see

Aspen Mountain is the bold mountain commonly referred to as Ajax. The elevation of 3,276
feet from the base of the mountain to its peak is the basis for ASPEN ONE’s limited edition.
By buying this watch, you buy one virtual foot of this glorious mountain. This fact will be
shown in a delicate way on the mountain. In a beautiful location named the Black Diamond, a
special monument has been constructed. Three rock formations will feature the names of all
watch buyers and their unique virtual elevation number.

Technical Description of Aspen One Downhill GT
- Outer case titanium, inner case, push buttons, hands and numbers 18 crt red gold
- Part of the ASPEN ONE’s Limited edition, 3,267 numbered pieces with inscription of
the owner’s name on top of ASPEN mountains monument
- Automatic movement, ETA 2894-2 with chronograph
- Case size: 45mm
- Water resistance 3 ATM (30m)
- Sapphire glass on the front and inside of the watch
- HR 900 (height resistant) glass on the compass and back of the case
- Compass is provided with a Swiss Trek floating disc and engraved with Aspen area
- Separate hands for seconds, minutes and hours
- Vibrations per hour: 28,800 (4 Hz)
- Jewels: 37
- Power reserve: 42 hours
- Temperature resistance 50 °C – 122 °F
- Ski strap: calf skin / caoutchouc
- Après-ski: alligator skin / alligator skin
- Changing technique: watch ‘skibinding technique’ – patent pending
- Gloves: Castelijn & Beerens U.S. deerskin watchgloves for ASPEN ONE.
- Style: unisex
- Price: € 19.900,00 / $ 25,870.00

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Graham's new Siverstone Stowe GMT

Passionate quest for performance
Limited edition : 500
The Graham Silverstone Stowe GMT chronograph.  The unique timepiece pays tribute to the golden age of car racing and its valorous spirit.  A limited series of 500, the Silverstone Stowe GMT is on the road of legends.

No tie, no dinner jacket, no limousine.  Today’s dress code is yellow and green.
Gentlemen, please put your racing suit on, jump in your car and line up on the grid and start your engines. Once the pistol fires, your eyes will witness true performance.  The Silverstone Stowe GMT carries powerful connotations to the race.  GRAHAM has developed a true wrist machine which carries impeccable control and state-of-art technology.

Courtesy of Graham
The Silverstone Stowe GMT is an impressive 48 mm steel chronograph which features carbon elements.  The sporty black carbon dial is adorned with yellow numerals, chrono and minutes counter’s hands.  The watch also shows a double-disc date and a GMT function displayed by the central GMT hand and the green scale on the aluminium and carbon fiber bezel.

The Silverstone Stowe GMT also offers a sophisticated flyback function. It enables the user to reset the chronograph to zero without stopping it.  After releasing the flyback pusher, the second hand will restart immediately from zero.  The flyback function allows the user to start retiming quickly within one push of a button.  It was originally used by pilots.

The racing suit would not be complete without a special tyre tread strap.  The yellow inset on the strap repeats the dial motto of the Silverstone Stowe.

This watch knows all about endurance and will undoubtedly finish on the podium.

Main features also include:
48 mm steel case, calibre G1721, automatic chronograph, 28 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hours power reserve, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces, see-through sapphire case back with limited edition serial number engraved, integrated black tyre tread rubber with yellow inset, available on steel bracelet.

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Fortis's "World View"

Courtesy of Fortis
Having lived in Japan, Portugal, Scotland, Finland, Canada as well as the US - a watch like this new one from Fortis really speaks to me.  This is the Limited Edition FORTIS B-47 WORLD TIMER GMT.

It has all of the things you want to have in a GMT/multiple timezone watch.  And yes, there have been many world-time watches with a global map on the dial.  And here is where I go off-topic yet again -
Growing up in the US on the tail end of the atomic age, well let's face it, we were pretty full of ourselves.  America was (in our very limited scope of imagination) the center of the world.  And any map in any school in the US would bear that out - USA front and center with Europe to the right, and asia to the left - and no, I don't think that was political, just geographical.  

My grandfather, who was a Seabee in the Big War would have probably dropped dead on the spot from disappointment to know that I was living and working in Japan. And it wasn't until I moved to Japan, and set foot into a Japanese school room that I realized that, in fact, Japan was the center of the earth!  There on the world map, Japan front and center, with the US to the right, and Korea and China to the left.  And given the anxieties the Japanese were feeling in the early 1990s, that could have been interpreted as political ; )

And then we moved to Portugal, and the earth moved again!  Portugal, front and center of the school room map.  Do you see a trend emerging?

This is why this new world timer from Fortis speaks to me - it takes a more "global" view of geography - positioning the world from the point of view of the North Pole.  Can't say fairer than that!

Courtesy of Fortis
 So let's talk about specifics -

Hours, minutes, seconds and date.  GMT with 24 hour indices on the inner dial.

All housed in a 47 mm stainless steel case, with a bi-directional bezel with international cities engraved to further enhance the multi-time zone feature.  Available with a black dial, or silver. Limited to 2012 pieces.

See the world this summer!

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

The Dark Night from Girard-Perregaux

A unique ‘dark’ version of the iconic Girard-Perregaux world-timer, the Dark Night features an imposing 43 mm black ceramic case. The
severity of the case and its precise finishes underline the powerful black
dial highlighted with touches of red and white. The tinted sapphire case
back also discloses the movement behind its shadow.

Beyond a mysterious black aesthetic, ceramic is not only one of the most
durable materials in watchmaking, but it is also light and wearable. The
sophistication of this structure is enhanced by the use of an internal
titanium container. Rubber coated crowns, push buttons and a black
rubber strap supplement its sporty characteristics.

True to Girard-Perregaux principles, the Dark Night stands
apart because of its mechanism. The Girard-Perregaux GP03387 selfwinding
movement, designed specifically for this model, displays the
time in twenty-four time zones with day and night indicator, date and
fly-back chronograph.

Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux

Black ceramic case with rubber coated crowns and push-buttons
Diameter: 43 mm
Sapphire crystal
Tinted sapphire case-back secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Girard-Perregaux movement GP03387
Mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 13’’’
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h (4 Hz)
Jewels: 63
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Functions: Hour, minute, small seconds, date, fly-back chronograph,
world time with day/night indicator

Rubber strap with safety folding buckle

Limited and numbered edition of 25 pieces only

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