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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Branson’s Bulova: Bulova Accutron Gemini Collection

Bulova Accutron pays tribute to its past with the Gemini collection.

One of the highlights of Baselworld 2011 was this undeniably stylish new chronograph from Bulova Accutron’s Gemini Collection, which features the renowned automatic-winding ETA 7750 Valjoux movement. The watch—style 64C104—is a particular favourite of Bulova Accutron brand ambassador Sir Richard Branson, who has one in addition to the 64B116 that he selected for himself.

Perhaps the appeal for Sir Richard, who is actively planning to someday offer passenger trips into space through Virgin Galactic, is the fact that the watch is named after NASA’s pioneering space programme that led to the triumph of the Apollo missions, the Gemini collection by Bulova Accutron expresses the visionary spirit of the 1960s.

At a time when the cooperation between Bulova and the American space agency was in full swing, the Gemini Programme incorporated a Bulova Accutron clock with a 24-hour display into the instrument panels aboard the modules taking part in eight consecutive missions.

By providing astronauts with a fundamental point of reference after take-off, Bulova Accutron contributed to the success of the Gemini Programme which achieved unprecedented breakthroughs for the U.S.A in the space race, including taking man to the moon.

The 64C104 features a stainless-steel design with rose-gold ion plating and a black dial whose subtle yet engaging integrated swirl pattern adds depth and a sense of movement.

A full-exhibition caseback affords a view of the 25-jewel Valjoux movement in action. Other features include a domed antireflective sapphire crystal, day/date window, red-tipped second hand, screwback case, double-pusher deployment buckle, and water resistance to 50 metres.

The 64C104 chronograph is set on a brown alligator-grain leather strap. It’s also available with a stainless-steel bracelet (style 63C106) and with a silver dial and brown leather strap (style 63C107). Suggested retail is US$1,595.

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