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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Start Me Up: OMEGA releases 60 second commercial for 2012 London Olympics

'Start Me Up' - Omega's new 60 second TV commercial 
for the 2012 London Olympics

OMEGA Watches has just released a new 60 second TV commercial to mark the 2012 London Olympic Games, and what a beauty it is. It features the classic Rolling Stones 1981 hit 'Start Me Up' - or more accurately, Keith Richard's unforgettable opening guitar riff, which underscores a series of athletes limbering up for their various events. It's only in the last ten seconds that Mick Jagger's familar vocals kick in to dramatic effect.

The purpose of the commercial is to subtly announce that OMEGA is timing the London Olympic Games. It's been 80 years since the brand first timed an Olympic Games, and as Official Timekeeper for London 2012, OMEGA Watches will once again bear witness to Olympic glory.

As a matter of scary fact, it's also 50 years since the Rolling Stones became a band and just over 31 years since "Start Me Up" first entered the charts!

The remixed version of 'Start Me Up' was created especially for the commercial by producer Don Was. The on-screen footage features Chinese diver Qiu Bo, U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin, British heptathlete Jessica Ennis, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay, South African swimmer Chad Le Clos and U.S. pole vaulter Jenn Suhr, all Olympic hopefuls and - what else - all OMEGA Brand Ambassadors.

The message behind the commercial is that this is their time, their time to pull off a world record performance in London. Let's hope it's a riveting Games. This commercial is certainly a great way to 'start me up' for hours of enjoyable Olympic coverage.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Swiss watch sales decline following two years of steady growth

Seems the far reaching recession across Europe and the States is finally affecting the Swiss watch industry. Swiss watch exports have dropped to their slowest pace in more than two years last month, with Swatch Group and Richemont both experiencing drops in their share price as a result of the news.

The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FHS) said the 7.9% growth that the industry had calculated against the month of April 2011 reflected a slowdown following an excellent first quarter for Swiss watch exports.

The 7.9% growth equated to CHF1.7 billion (£1.13bn), the smallest gain since January 2010.

However, despite this slowdown, April still achieved the highest value in absolute terms since the beginning of the year.

The value growth in April was mainly attributable to gold watch exports while bi-coloured watches also contributed, steel products experienced their first fall in more than two years.

Bloomberg last week reported that the value of shares in Swatch Group, which includes prestigious brands such as Omega and Breguet, dropped 2.9% after April’s exports figures were announced, while Richemont fell as much as 1.6%. It was only in December of last year that Swatch reported its best ever month and racked up over $7 billion in sales. 

 Jean-Daniel Pasche, head of the FHS, told Bloomberg Businessweek that the export pace could slow to single-digit growth in 2012, as Swiss watchmakers depend further on China to offset the drop in European consumption.

Both France and Italy exhibited declines in export figures, meanwhile, last month exports to China climbed 27% while exports heading to Hong Kong rose 6.5%.
The lower end of the Swiss watch market – those retailing between £330 and £1,995 – dropped 7.7%, while exports of high-end Swiss watches of more than £1,995 have actually increased in value by 16%.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ulysse Nardin Black Sea Chronograph

As dark and brooding as a steely storm tossed sea, the new Ulysse Nardin Black Sea Chronograph guides its wearer with exacting precision and endurance.

With a water resistance of 200 metres, and fitted with a rubberised screw crown for added water-resistance, the Black Sea Chronograph features Superluminova on the dial for sharp, luminescent visibility in the darkest of places. The unidirectional turning bezel is engraved with beautifully sympathetic flowing lines.

Built for endurance, its 45.8 mm diameter case is made from stainless steel coated with rubber and finished with a sapphire glass case back. The buckle, as well as other segments of the watch, is crafted from ceramic, while its rubber strap is designed for comfort and flexibility. 

The Black Sea Chronograph seconds hand also features the Ulysse Nardin anchor at its base. The permanent seconds indicator is at the 3 o’clock position while at 9 o’clock is to be found the 30 minutes counter. The date is located at 4 o’clock, and 6 o’clock indicates a 12-hour counter detailed with a red and blue hand. 

The rubberised pushers offer are easy to use even in tricky underwater condtions.
A moody, monochromatic black chronograph that looks elegant both on land and under the sea.


Reference: 353-92-3C

Movement: Calibre UN-35, 13 1⁄4 ’’ 57 jewels

Power-Reserve: Approximately 42 h

Winding: Self-winding

Functions: Chronograph with central chronograph seconds hand and permanent seconds in a counter at 3 o’clock, 30 minutes counter at 9 o’clock, a 12-hour counter detailed at 6 o’clock, Date at 4 o’clock

Case: Stainless steel treated by vulcanization process with a matte-black rubber coating Vulcanised rubber pushers, Unidirectional rotating bezel
Grained dial

Diameter: 45.8 mm

Water-resistance: 200 m

Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Crown: Screw down security crown

Case-back: Open case back with sapphire crystal

Bracelet: Rubber strap with two ceramic elements and deployant clasp

Monday, May 28, 2012

Into the Abyss: Breitling Superocean Chronograph II

Water-resistant to a remarkable 500m, Breitling now introduces the Superocean II in a limited edition in a stylish ‘abyss’ red colour.

The star of the show is the unidirectional rotating bezel, clad in red rubber on the chronograph sweep seconds hand, the counter rings, the date window and the model’s signature.

The Superocean chronograph is limited to just 2000 pieces, this super-diver with a high performance self-winding movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).

The easy to read dial is fitted with oversized hands and hour-markers, underscored by a luminescent coating, as well as a thick sapphire crystal that is glareproofed on both sides.

The Superocean Chronograph II is equipped with a screw locked crown and push-pieces that can only be activated after being unlocked, as well as a valve serving to balance out differences in pressure inside and outside the case.

The watch comes on a choice of steel bracelet, a strap in rubber or Barenia leather, or the all new Superocean leather strap with Abyss red edges to match its bezel.


Movement: Breitling Calibre 13, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, self-winding, high frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 25 jewels. 1/4th second chronograph, 30 minute and 12 hour totalisers. Calendar.
Case: steel. Water resistantto500m(1,650ft/50bars). Screw locked crown and pushpieces. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 44 mm.
Dial: Abyss Red.
Straps: Barenia leather, Superocean leather, rubber Ocean Racer (perforated), rubber Diver Pro (with raised central ridge)/Professional.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Girard Perregaux honours Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In what has been a busy week for Girard-Perregaux, the highly regarded Swiss watch brand  partnered with Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu for a conversation with author Robert V. Taylor. ‘HOW TO BE HAPPY, CHANGE THE WORLD AND EMBRACE A NEW WAY TO BE HUMAN’ was held in LACMA’s Bing Auditorium in Los Angeles with hosts Elizabeth Wiatt, Maggie and Trevor Neilson, and Global Philanthropy Group.

Over 500 guests attended the conversation; a private reception was held immediately following. For this special event, Girard-Perregaux presented Archbishop Tutu with an engraved 1966 collection watch in honor of his philanthropic accomplishments around the world.

“The world we have is a gift to cherish. We should not only protect its elements but also the people who inhabit it. We should all strive to live in a place where people not only respect, but also love the differences in one another. I am very thankful for Girard-Perregaux’s support in achieving these goals. 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu


“The leadership example that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has laid before us through his efforts with the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation is worthy of much recognition. It is in our youth that we can find the hope needed to live in a peaceful world. Through the foundation’s activities, Archbishop Tutu instills a feeling of love and unity in each child that will permeate everyone they come in contact with”. Sowind CEO Michele Sofisti

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 is a model of timeless design. It features a 38 mm rose gold case and black alligator strap and houses a Manufacture automatic movement.

About the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (DTPF) helps people and societies create cultures of peace. One of the principal ways it accomplishes that mission is by developing programs that focus on young people. The programs use new media and traditional methods to convey to young people the work and wisdom of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, as well as other effective ideas and methods for “living peace” and implementing proven reconciliation and restorative practices.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

'Protect what is precious': Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk 1000 Big Blue


Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr., a member of the mighty Rockefeller family, will celebrate World Oceans Day in New York City on June 5, 2012 from 6-9pm at the Museum of Modern Art, in partnership in partnership with Girard Perregaux. The event is being hosted to celebrate the world’s oceans and raise public awareness to the plight of ocean health and the need for its protection. The evening will include a special screening of Susan’s new documentary film, Mission of Mermaids. The film is intended to provoke viewers to rethink how they relate to the oceans.

In honour of the evening Girard-Perregaux will launch a limited edition Seahawk 1000 “Big Blue” which features a steel case and blue rubber strap with blue highlights on the dial and showing the world map.

 “Time is truly the only limited and precious resource that we have in this world. The message that Girard-Perregaux, David and I are sharing is that by giving our oceans time to rest and replenish with simple acts of thoughtfulness, they can continue to provide a bounty of necessities for human life.Susan Rockefeller.
We are very proud to have partnered with Susan and David to celebrate World Oceans Day. The clock is ticking. We need to act fast, now, in order to protect our oceans. We have a limited amount of resources available for human consumption, a fact we seem to have let pass by. It is time to raise even more the awareness about this critical issue.” Sowind CEO Michele Sofisti.
As a direct result of his work on the Pew Oceans Commission coupled with his more than 40 years of experienced sailing, David founded Sailors for the Sea, a nonprofit organisation to galvanise the sailing and boating community around ocean health issues.

GP Sea Hawk 1000 Big Blue


Mechanically, the GP Sea Hawk 1000 Big Blue edition is exactly the same as the other Sea Hawks with its manufacture calibre GP033R0 movement with power reserve complication, housed in a 1,000 metre water resistant steel case. Visual differences are of course the blue dial and rubber strap as well as the world map in the power reserve meter.

Its case was entirely developed and manufactured in-house with a unidirectional rotating bezel for calculating dive times and a helium valve used for decompressing the watch after deep dives. It is also equipped with a screw-down crown and case-back.


Steel case
Diameter: 44mm
Sapphire crystal
Unidirectional rotating bezel
Helium decompression valve
Screw down case-back and crown
Water resistance: 1000 metres

Girard-Perregaux movement GP033R0
Mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 11’’’ ½
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations / hour (4Hz)
Jewels: 27
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours

Functions: hour, minute, small second, power reserve indicator

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Time flies: Hublot Power King Usain Bolt

Usain "Lightning" Bolt, the world's fastest man, now has a Swiss watch named in his honour and featuring his image. Hublot, for whom he is an ambassador, has developed a special model in close consultation with the champion, to mark this Olympic year.

In addition to the watch's many references to the sprinter, it features an interesting hallmark: the strap is made from exactly the same leather as the shoes he wore when he broke the world records in Beijing in 2008.

Usain Bolt, who turns 25 this year, recently opened his season in style by completing his first individual 100 metres in just 9.82 seconds at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, as he prepares to defend three titles in London this summer: the 100, 200 and 4 X 100 metres. "It's a good start, I would say. It's certainly better than last season. I feel better than last year, so I'm definitely happy with myself", said Bolt, who began his 2011 season with a time of 9.91 seconds at a meeting in Rome on the 26th May."

He wanted his watch to be a fusion of the symbols representing everything he holds dear. Starting with his silhouette, the famous pose - his unique signature - stylised and immediately recognisable in an anthracite grey transfer on a black background at 9 o'clock in the centre of the movement's permanent small seconds counter.

The chronograph movement features a central 60-second hand and a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock. A 12-hour chronograph counter sits at 6 o'clock, and is decorated with a touch of green in a nod to the colours on the flag of Bolt's beloved home: Jamaica. A date window at 4.30 completes the design.

The 48mm-diameter watch, created in micro-blasted ceramic, is predominantly black, with gold - Bolt's own colour and that of his lucky shoes - very much in evidence, adding a further symbolic touch.

The flange features a 2N gold powder coating and the strap is made from exactly the same gold-coloured synthetic leather as his shoes. This is stitched onto black rubber - a Hublot signature - to guarantee comfort, strength and flexibility.


Reference: 703.CI.1129.NR.USB12
Series: 250 pieces numbered from 01/250 to 250/250

Case: "King Power" - Diameter 48 mm in micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel: Black ceramic
6 black PVD H-shaped relief titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with grey minute track transfer
Interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel: Lugs Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Case-back: Micro-blasted black ceramic
Silhouette of Usain Bolt on sapphire case-back
Crown: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Black PVD titanium with black rubber inserts
Screws: Black PVD titanium
Water resistance 10 ATM or approximately 100 metres

Dial: Matt black, circular satin-finished flange with 2N gold coating
Satin-finished and black nickel-coated indexes with black SuperLuminova™
Transfer of Usain Bolt's silhouette in meteor grey at 9 o'clock and 2N gold powder Hublot logo
Hands: Satin-finished and black nickel-coated with black SuperLuminova™
Movement: Calibre HUB4100
Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding and central seconds hand. Small seconds at 9 o'clock
No. of components: 252
Jewels: 27
Date: Date window at 4.30
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Strap: Adjustable in black rubber
Made from the same gold-coloured synthetic leather as Usain Bolt's shoes.
Clasp: King Power folding buckle in black micro-blasted PVD titanium
Micro-blasted black ceramic decorative plate

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Altitude with attitude: New Techné Altitude automatic watches

Techné, a word which is derived from the ancient Greek word “texni”, and which describes the arts and crafts, has just launched the re-edition of their 2010 Goshawk, a collection powered by the self-winding movement designed and built by the Miyota factories of the Citizen Holdings Company.

Over the last 35 years, Miyota engineers have worked hard to improve upon their self-winding mechanisms, and the Techné models come with the Miyota 8217 automatic movement.  This adds a 24 hour complication to the watch with an AM/PM dial at 9 o’clock. This calibre features the Japanese version of Geneva Stripes and comes with a custom yellow-plated self-winding weight signed “Techné”.

Inspired by aircraft cockpit displays, Techné’s “Altitude” dial features 4 broad hours indexes and 5 minutes increments. The design has been adapted to accommodate a 24 hours register that can also be used as a solar compass.
Water-resistant to 50 metres, the watch comes in limited edition of pieces coated with a “cockpit black” PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition).

Both versions are available on a woven strap design in nylon 6 (used by NATO armed forces), or a pilot strap in oiled calf leather and prices range from around $309.00 to $335.00.

The watches are available on the official store, or through selected partners listed at Techné


Water-resistance: 5 bar (50 m / 199 ft, static)
Wrist sizes: 15 to 22 cm
Crystal: Scratch-proof sapphire
Accuracy: (minutes per year) from -1h15 to +2h30 per year
Autonomy: (hours) 38 hours
Calibre Miyota 8217
Jewel count: 21
Measurements: 41.4 x 48.7 x 12.5 mm
Smallest unit displayed: 3 Hz

Monday, May 21, 2012

Victory in Venice for CORUM sponsored Energy Team

The French ENERGY TEAM achieved their first major victory in the America’s Cup World Series this Sunday afternoon in Venice. The crew led by Loïck Peyron, who had been in the lead in the overall rankings since Thursday, confirmed their top class ability by winning the fifth Fleet Race Championship, which took place in Venice. ENERGY TEAM completed this event in Venice in the finest way by achieving a victory, finishing 8 seconds ahead of the American Defender ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill.

The atmosphere was euphoric last night in the French team, as the crew of ENERGY TEAM comprising Loïck Peyron, Christophe André, Arnaud Jarlegan, Devan Le Bihan and Arnaud Psarofaghis, can be proud of their victory. They achieved this after a bitter struggle at the end of the race against James Spithill’s Oracle that is likely to be remembered for along time. 

After being up to 5’29” behind in the middle of the race, the Americans came back to be dangerously close. During the final leg, the two boats battled it out in a series of gybes as they approached the finishing line. Fortunately, the French team kept their calm to keep the attacker behind their one-design boat. 

With the wind practically absent at the end of the race and on the final gybe, the French managed to keep their opponent in check and pick up just enough air to cross the finish eight seconds ahead of the American boat.

    ENERGY Team Skipper Loick Peyron

Loick Peyron: "We made a few mistakes, but that probably made it all the more interesting for the spectators. The conditions were very complicated and there was a lot of pressure on us. How do I feel right now? Happy, of course. We gave ourselves a bit of a scare at the end, with Oracle right behind us and closing the gap. We weren’t feeling very confident, when the wind dropped off at the finish and with Oracle piling the pressure on us. I’m very happy with this win, and very pleased to have got off to a good start and also with all the work done by the crew. It’s really encouraging for a little team like ours to achieve this victory. We’re on top of the world tonight. It will probably only be temporary, but this is a highly symbolic result! "

Antonio Calce – CEO and Shareholder of Corum: “What an incredible performance! Our partnership with Energy Team is a source of pride for Corum, who took the challenge to support a project of this magnitude. It is the attention to details, precision and proficiency that made the difference. I congratulate all members of Energy Team for their success, their heart and their talent."

The Admiral’s Cup Seafender 44 Chrono Centro

The Admiral’s Cup Seafender 44 Chrono Centro is a COSC certified chronograph using a unique complication with central displaying of time measurement information and a mono-pusher. The watch is aimed at a young and active clientele in search of innovation, technical watchmaking content and sporty look.

The movement

13 1⁄4’’’ automatic chronograph movement with official chronometer-rating certificate (COSC movement).

There is a unique display of the chronograph function in the centre. One hand is dedicated to the seconds chronograph central counter, and one hand is dedicated to the 60 minutes chronograph central counter with red superluminova.

The mono-pusher system is activated by a function selector. This system is specific to the Admiral’s Cup Defender 44 Chrono Centro and differs from the yokes used in other chronographs.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Three go to China: De Bethune, HAUTLENCE and Celsius X VI II

Three well respected Swiss brands that each share a passion for innovation, creation and quality, HAUTLENCE, De Bethune and Celsius X VI II, decided rather than exhibiting in China individually it would make more sense to join forces and stage three high profile events in Beijing and Chengdu which took place from April 23rd to 28th 2012.

The three independent brands met Chinese VIPs and Press at the China Auto Show in Beijing, the most important car show in China.

Following this high-profile exhibition, two private events took place in the fast developing city of Chengdu. 60 carefully selected collectors attended interactive dinners where Pierre Jacques, CEO of De Bethune, Edouard Meylan, CEO of Celsius X VI II and Bertrand Meylan, General Manager of HAUTLENCE Asia presented their brands and shared their passion with the collectors through different forums and workshops. The audience was captivated by the mechanical marvels and unique visions that were presented.

About the three brands

De Bethune was winner of the "Aiguille d'Or" Geneva Grand Prix 2011, the supreme award honouring the best timepiece of the year for the DB28 model. De Bethune presented two limited editions of this iconic model. Celebrating the brand’s tenth anniversary, Pierre Jacques also took this opportunity to introduce and share both the technical and artistic aspects of De Bethune's innovations, including their specifically mechanical and horological features.

HAUTLENCE was founded in 2004 named after  one of the cradles of watchmaking. Instilling a new dynamic into the art of watchmaking, HAUTLENCE presented its in-house masterpiece the HL2.1 (half-trailing hours and retrograde minutes) and the new HLQ Classic collection equipped with an in-house jumping hour and retrograde minute calibre.

Celsius X VI II is a cutting edge pioneer brand creating complex mechanical pieces of art. Celsius took the opportunity to present its first mechanical mobile phone: LeDIX. Three versions were on view at these events, including a unique Diamond variation and the first mobile phone made from carbon fibre. Each piece takes six months to produce and features more than 600 mechanical parts. 

The decision to tour China together was a tremendous success for all three brands. It gave HAUTLENCE, De Bethune and Celsius X VI II the chance to build awareness while sharing their passion with a receptive crowd. Future similar joint road shows are already being planned.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Natalie Portman helps Richard Mille with Free The Children charity

 Richard Mille has unveiled another new “friend of the brand”. The line-up is already stellar; it includes the likes of  tennis ace Rafael Nadal, the long driving golfer Bubba Watson and racecar driver Felipe Masa. Now Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman joins this elite group. She put in an appearance at an exclusive dinner at New York City’s St. Regis Hotel.

Natalie Portman won the Oscar and Golden Globe for her lead role in 2010′s thriller Black Swan. Her glittering watch is the Richard Mille ladies’ model, the RM 007 Automatic. The watch has both a natural rubber and synthetic strap options.

The reason for the lavish celebrity filled dinner was announced by Richard Mille. The celebrity firned of the brand will be working with him to develop a limited-edition timepiece proceeds from which will would support the international charity, Free The Children.

Richard Mille regularly gets involved with philanthropic causes, often in cooperation with its partners.

Richard Mille watches have come to the support of Jackie Chan’s Dragon Heart Foundation, which aids children in remote areas; the Rafa Nadal Foundation, which provides opportunities for socially disadvantaged young people; and Sentebale, founded by HRH Prince Harry, which supports orphans and vulnerable children in the African nation of Lesotho.

Natalie Portman is working with visionary ‘Tree of Life’ director Terence Malick on two movies, Knight of Cups and Lawless, and will reprise her role as Jane Foster in Thor 2, a sequel to last year’s Thor and this summer’s The Avengers.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

JEANRICHARD Highlands hands on

The Sowind Group recently sent us a JeanRichard Highlands watch to test drive. Watchuseek supremo Ernie Romers donned a crisp white shirt, slipped the watch on his wrist and got to work with his camera.

They say every picture tells a thousand words, and when you consider there are 17 pictures in this series, theoretically that would be 17,000 words, but life is too short. So let's content ourselves with some of Ernie’s concise and expert observations. Ernie has tried on more watches than most of us have put on clean socks, so be sure to take notes.

On first trying the watch, Ernie found the 47mm sand blasted stainless steel case with the 30mm dial took a little time to get used to. The excellent rotating bezel is wider than the case at "6" and "12" which makes turning it easy and comfortable.

The watch itself, with its handsome fabric strap, is very comfortable to wear and, at just 11.96mm in height, its streamlined design enables the JR Highlands to slip unobtrusively under the sleeve.  The deployant strap buckle with its pushers on either side makes it nice and easy to unbuckle the watch.

Ernie didn’t dim the lights to take pictures of the luminosity, but having tested the JR Highlands watch in the dark, he can confirm that the luminescent Arabic numerals and hands really pop out at you, and can be read easily at a glance. 

Essentially, in Ernie’s opinion it’s all good, it works, it comes together very nicely, and yet…maybe it lacks that extra magic ingredient, that extra little design tweak that transforms it from the good to the iconic. However, the Highlands watch is sure to evolve so we look forward to see it in its next incarnation.

Further comments from Ernie are featured under the pictures:

Two boxes, one contains the watch (flat box), the other contains the original box the watch will come in if pruchased from an AD. This one was sent to me by JEANRICHARD for review purposes only.
The instruction booklet and the delivery certificate.

The watch, safely sealed in plastic with an extra strap.
The original box.
Out of the box and onto the wrist, the JEANRICHARD Highlands.
The watch wears comfortable with a shirt. It easily slides under the sleeve.
Two pushers on each side opens the deployant. Nicely done and great design.
I have to admit, I needed to get used to the case design (46mm) and the - what seems - small looking dial (30mm).
The rotating bezel is wider than the case at "6" and "12" which makes turning it quite comfortable. Lots of grip.
On the inner metal of the deployant "JP" is engraved. I did not take off the blue protective plastic.
The JR 1000 movement, Cotes de Geneve and nicely engraved rotor with the origins of JR.
Stange comparison, but couldn't resist. I took the IWC off to put on the JR. Will it replace it? No, it is a different league, where the IWC is the more complicated watch, having the 7-days power reserve. But the JEANRICHARD did grow on me, a lot. And that is something I would not have imagined when I took it out of the box and put it on my wrist. The case design, the way JR managed to mount the rotating bezel to it, and the comfortable way to turn it, the dial and the hands, all comes to place with this watch. And last but not least, it wears extremely comfortable, due to the height, but also due to the great strap that comes with the watch. Thumbs up for JEANRICHARD's Highlands for me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's only rock 'n' roll: Hublot Skull Bang LE watch

The Skull Bang has been specially developed by Hublot for the brand's friend and long-term partner in Paris, the flamboyant M. Laurent Picciotto, a man whose flair has made him a legend in the watchmaking world, and one of the first to demonstrate his belief in Hublot by opening the Swiss watch brand's first boutique in the world in 2007 at 271 Rue Saint Honoré in Paris.

This rock and roll offering from Hublot, known simply as the Skull Bang is playful and slightly tongue-in-cheek.

Hublot describes it as 'the perfect fusion of a rebel spirit with a deft and daring sense of elegance'. The skull represents 'Memento mori' the symbol of the transience of life which reminds us how fragile and brief is our time on this planet, and that we must live each moment to the full. 

The Skull Bang runs on an in-house HUB 1112 automatic movement with a 42 hour power reserve and represents a more edgy yet more streamlined design from Hublot, using an all-black theme for a strong, moody finish.

The watch is limited to just 100 pieces and is already a collector's item. Key details include water resistance up to 50 metres, faceted, diamond-polished hands and a black PVD steel deployant buckle.


Reference 511.CM.1110.VR.PIC12
Series Limited to 100 pieces numbered from 000/100 to 100/100
Case: "Classic Fusion" Diameter 45 mm, polished and satin-finished black ceramic
End-pieces Satin-finished black ceramic
Bezel: Satin-finished black ceramic 6 o'clock -12 o'clock
6 H-shaped countersunk black PVD titanium screws
Crystal Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bezel: lug Black composite resin
Crown: Polished black ceramic with Hublot logo
Case-back: Polished black ceramic
Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment
Black "Skull Bang" transfer, transparent skull outline on a back background, through which the movement can be seen.
Water resistance: 50 metres
Dial: Black galvanic sunburst  Black "skull" transfer
Hands: Faceted, diamond-polished, skeleton, black galvanic
Movement: HUB 1112 automatic movement
No. of components: 63 (Jewels: 21)
Date Window at 3 o'clock
Oscillating weight Openworked with black PVD coating, tungsten segment
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Strap Black leather strap stitched onto black rubber
Clasp Black PVD steel deployant buckle

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ernst Benz by John Varvatos Limited Edition ChronoScope

John Varvatos’ love for high quality timepieces clearly shines through in this new limited edition series from the versatile lifestyle designer. In partnership with watchmaker Leonid Khankin of Swiss watch brand Ernst Benz, the Vintage White and Olive are two standout watches.

Varvatos, whose designs include men's footwear, belts, eyewear and fragrances, has limited the watches to just 250 pieces each.

Individually numbered, the Ernst Benz by John Varvatos Limited Edition ChronoScope features contrast finishing with brushed and polished stainless steel. The watches adhere closely to Varvatos’ design aesthetic  of ‘perfectly imperfect’. The unique dials feature sepia luminous numerals complimented by a distinctive set of hands inspired by a mid-century gauge.

The striking 47mm watch shares the same level of construction craftsmanship as Ernst Benz’s Great Circle Collection. 

Both watches are powered by the trusty Valjoux 7750 self winding day/date chronograph movement with a power reserve of around 50 days.
Exotic skin straps including crocodile and bison, with Varvatos signed buckles have been produced to compliment the new dial colours.

Available exclusively at John Varvatos stores nationwide, the Vintage White and Olive are now being released exclusively this month in John Varvatos stores in the U.S. Retailing at US$6,800, they follow on from the first two highly regarded releases of the design partnership, the Vintage Black and Anthracite dials.

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