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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stunning straps: JS Watch handmade watch bands

In 2005, a group of four ambitious, passionate and enthusiastic watch collectors had a dream come true. Under the guidance  of a master watchmaker they unveiled, after years of preparation, their own collection of wristwatches. Working on their ideas for years and when the time was right and the designs perfected they had a go for it. Their goal was to create a timepiece that would withstand the test of time and would be passed on from one generation to the next. In the years that have passed the idea has become reality and more so it has gained international admiration and following.

Those four men are the founders of the company JS Watch co. Reykjavik. They are Sigurdur Gilbertsson Technical-Director, Julius Heidarsson Pilot, Grimkell Sigurthsson Design and Marketing Director and Gilbert O. Gudjonsson Master Watchmaker who runs the workshop and store at the headquarters, Laugavegur 62, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. 

The collection has made a huge impact on the market in Iceland and has made recognition all over the world, especially inside the circle of collectors. The idea of the collection is in a nutshell, design of the past that can find harmony in the present.


In addition to watches, JS Watch co. also make stunning handmade watch straps from genuine Alligator, Ostrich, Ostrich leg or Calf skin with the JS Watch co. Reykjavik buckle or optional deployment clasp available for most models. Recently they also released their sexy all new rubber straps for the 1000 metre SIF - N.A.R.T. collection.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Steven Liquorish becomes GRAHAM Brand Ambassador

46 year old Steven Liquorish has achieved a number of accolades in the business world. He has also always had a huge passion for motor racing. He started racing in 2006 participating in the UK BMW Mini John cooper works series with a number of podiums and moved up to Porsche GT3 cup challenge in 2011 finishing 3rd in the championship. 

He also took part in the "Porsche World Cup" at the Nuburgring in July 2011 in front of over 500,000 spectators. Steven still competes in a Porsche 911 cup race car for the 2012 UK championship and won the opening round at Snetterton with further podiums and another win at Croft and is currently positioned second in the 2012 championship. 


With his skill and determination behind the wheel, Stephen makes a perfect ambassador for GRAHAM’s line up of race oriented watches.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Start me up: Omega launches London 2012 activities with press conference

The Olympic Games are definitely under way for Omega, the Official Timekeeper of the London 2012 London Olympics.

They celebrated the beginning of its Games-related activities with a press conference at the brand’s boutique at the Westfield Stratford Mall adjacent to Olympic Park.

The press conference began as Omega’s “Start Me Up” commercial played on two large TV screens and the speakers entered to the soundtrack provided by the Rolling Stones. Dr. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, Nick Hayek, the CEO of the Swatch Group, Stephen Urquhart, the President of Omega and Peter Hürzeler, Omega Timing Board member addressed members of the international media and expressed their enthusiasm about the Games that will begin on Friday with a lavish Opening Ceremony. 

Dr. Rogge praised the creativity and preparation of the London Organising Committee and said that he was looking forward to an outstanding edition in 2012. He said that the world was being exposed to the British way of constructing sport and that the country’s unparalleled history of sporting competition. Asked about preparations for the Games, he said that it was a question that could only be comprehensively answered when the Games are over.

Nick Hayek said that Omega’s long history of Olympic Games timekeeping was a source of pride and said that any company would envy the brand’s opportunity to work with the IOC and local organisations. He said, “It’s a long tradition that has touched billions of people all over the world. For eighty years, it’s been part of our legacy. It really is a relationship of trust and long-term commitment.”

Stephen Urquhart reminded the guests that when Omega first served as Official Timekeeper, all of the events at the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games were timed by thirty chronograph stopwatches, comparing it with some 400 tons of equipment used today by the company’s 450 timekeepers. 

Peter Hürzeler talked about the evolution of sport timekeeping technology and compared the first starting blocks introduced by Omega at the London 1948 Olympic Games with their successors that are being introduced this year. The old ones, he pointed out, were mechanical while the modern equivalents are completely electronic, offering even better starting conditions for the athletes who use them.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Rogge, Mr. Hayek and Mr. Urquhart had visited the Aquatics Centre in the company of Sebastian Coe, the Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games with Peter Hürzeler.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Shine a light: the new luminescent Tondo by Night by de Grisogono

de Grisogono, having endured through the dark days of trying to sort out their various investor issues, have just launched a playful new collection of novelty watches that are sure to light up the night.

The Tondo by Night collection literally lights up from the inside, using special condensed light from the material of the case and buckle known as “Pearly Photo-luminescent Fibreglass”, a concept exclusive to de Grisogono and accented with mother-of-pearl particles.


The colours shine and highlight the precious stones that surround the winding mechanism of the watch. The effect is both magical and luxurious, as the stones sparkle and glitter in the pearlescent illumination.

The grain of the stones echoes the grain of the “galuchat” stingray hide from which the strap of the Tondo by Night is crafted.

When night falls, the show really begins. Rather like Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame, the watch stores energy when exposed to just 15 minutes of either natural or artificial light.

Once charged, Tondo by Night comes alive in a blaze of  exotic colours, as well as lines that are re-sculpted by the sparkling luminescence.

The ultimate clubbing watch, Tondo by Night continues to glow even when the projectors are switched off. Available in a variety of bright colours, the Tondo by Night dial is set with 60 precious gemstones including purple amethysts, yellow sapphires, green favourites, pink sapphires, orange sapphires or white diamonds.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Angular Momentum and Manu Propria Zirconium Zr 702

In the quest to create watches from unusual metals, Angular Momentum’s new watch, in association with Manu Propria, has raised the bar – it’s made from Zirconium. Zirconium is a chemical element with the symbol Zr, atomic number 40 and atomic mass of 91.224. The name of zirconium is taken from the mineral zircon, the most important source of zirconium. 

It is a lustrous, grey-white, strong transition metal that closely resembles titanium.  Zirconium is a metal with a high affinity to oxygen. Although a little softer than stainless steel, it’s highly resistant to salt water, acids, alkalis and more. It creates a naturally protective oxide film which results in a high corrosion resistance to most acids. 

Zirconium is biocompatible and non toxic and is used in various applications in the nuclear industry and also in the chemical and medical industries.

The new piece radiates beauty through its greyish white tones, with a glossy sheen similar to titanium. Zirconium 702 was used for the movement holder, crown, case and dial, while the mechanical part consists of an ancient hand-winding movement calibre FHF 96.

The 38mm watch features black printed Arabic numerals numbers on the dial and contrasting blued steel hands which contrast beautifully with the black dial. 

No word on price or availability yet.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Command performance: Fine Arabian Stallions Timed by GRIEB & BENZINGER

Now it’s a case of GRIEB & BENZINGER, fulfillers of horological dreams and fine watch wishes.

To realise the desire of a watch collector and horse enthusiast from the Arabian region, GRIEB & BENZINGER specially created the POLARIS from 2011’s BOUTIQUE Collection in solid white gold and palladium alloy.

Due to the owner’s passion for Arabian stallions, the watch for this collector needed to incorporate a colour scheme that would complement a special saddle especially made for him together with  made-to-measure riding boots and the steel fittings of a riding harness.

A white-gold-and-honey-brown combination allowed GRIEB & BENZINGER to fulfill the client’s custom order. The watch is crafted in the subtle white gold and palladium alloy with a hand-guilloché bezel and a solid case.

 The mechanical movement, as with all GRIEB & BENZINGER watches, was created in-house using only traditional craftsmanship, machines and tools: skeletonisation, guilloché and engraving were all completed by hand.

The multi-part dial, the hand-guilloché and semi-skeletonised caseback dial allows a view of the technical movement modification of the hour and minute indications. It is crafted in solid Sterling silver and glows with a white Breguet frosted finish, a technique that is currently only applied by GRIEB & BENZINGER. The applied red gold skeletonised dial elements hover gracefully over the base dial.

And the price for such artistry? €36.850  net price (excluding tax) in a white gold and palladium alloy (
43.850  incl. VAT Germany/EU).

Monday, July 23, 2012

Inspired by Sardinia: Sea God Porto Rotondo LE watch

Sea-God Porto Rotondo Limited Edition was inspired by the beautiful Marina of Porto Rotondo in Sardinia, Italy.

The watch is limited to 499 pieces with each piece numbered and distinguished by the combination of a blacked out dial contrasted with bright, luminescent numbers. The Porto Rotondo dial and indices are designed to stand out in all light conditions.

The watch is powered by the trusty automatic ETA 2824-2 movement. The trident tips on the hands hark back to the main inspiration for the brand, that of the sea and Poseidon. There is just one small splash of colour on the dial; the red Porto Rotondo signature  which adds an elegant touch. 

Porto Rotondo, Sardinia, Italy

The crown has been designed with a special locking system that allows the trident to remain upright even when it is completely screwed down.

The case is made from toughened 316L stainless steel with a DLC coating. The bezel is made from lightweight Titanium bezel grade 5.   The watch comes on a rubber strap with reinforced loops playing, made for long term wear and comfort, and the buckle once again echoes the Trident theme.

On the caseback, the trident is engraved and the case sealed with 12 titanium screws featuring the stylised waves of the Sea-God logo, hallmark attention to detail with guaranteed water resistance to 300 metres.

The Porto Rotondo Limited Edition is available in a GMT version where the 24-hour hand is characterised by a red signature that invokes the name of Portorotondo on the dial.   For this model the movement is: ETA 2893-2.

The watch comes in an elegant box, with a passport that guarantees its authenticity, and a warranty of 2 years.

About Sea God Watches

Montres Sea-God is the vision of Enzo Palazzolo, a perfectionist who since the eighties has pursued a passion for fine Swiss watchmaking coupled with Italian design with an unmistakeable flavour of the sea.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hitting the right note: Herbie Hancock awarded Vulcain 50’s Presidents’ LE watch

Just moments before his his 32nd concert at the Montreux Jazz festival, in front of an appreciative audience, Herbie Hancock was greeted by the CEO of the Vulcain Manufacture, Mr. Bernard Fleury, and was presented with a watch specially dedicated to him: ‘The Vulcain for Herbie Hancock 50s Presidents’ Limited Edition in Pink Gold’ bearing the number 1/50.

An exceptional career

Born in Chicago in 1940, Herbie Hancock was 11 years old when he first appeared on-stage, performing Mozart’s concerto no. 5 on the piano and accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer helped to redefine the role of the jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the ‘post-bop’ sound. He was also one of the first jazz musicians to embrace music synthesisers and funk music.

Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs "crossover" and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music.

Herbie Hancock graduated from university with two degrees: one in music and another in electrical engineering. Eager to explore new avenues, Herbie Hancock subsequently founded his own group, the Headhunters.

Their first eponymous album became the  first  platinum record in the history of jazz, and the “Chameleon” hit was an instant legend. Herbie’s projects have had a profound influence on jazz and on American music in general. He is considered one of the prime promoters of funk, an instigator of rap, as well as a source of inspiration for R&B artists.

He even released the Future2Future album in 2001, merging technology and music. By associating computers with turntables and legendary voices, he laid a new milestone in the quest for contemporary sounds.

Alongside his professional commitments, Herbie Hancock also supports several charitable causes pursuing a social, musical or medical mission. On July 22 2011, at a ceremony in Paris, Herbie Hancock was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of intercultural dialogue.

Vulcain and Herbie Hancock

Watch manufacturer Vulcain has established a partnership with pianist Herbie Hancock resulting in the creation of two limited-edition 50s Presidents’ Watch models dedicated to the pianist.

The watches feature midnight-coloured dials with what is described as a sunburst dial in an entirely original intense shade of blue. The watches are powered by the famous hand-wound Cricket V-16 movement with a 42-hour power reserve, and the timepiece displays the hour, minute, second and date, as well as the alarm. 

The case measures 42mm in diameter. The back is engraved with the name Herbie Hancock. The “Herbie Hancock” 50s Presidents’ Watch is available in two limited editions: one in 18K pink gold issued in a series of 50; and another in steel in a 250-piece limited series. 

Each of the watches in the Herbie Hancock special edition is accompanied by a certificate bearing his signature and authenticating the limited-edition production of each of the models, along with an album by the art.


Case: 18K 5N pink gold - Diameter 42.00 mm -

Length: 50.00 mm - Height: 12.40 mm - sapphire
case-back revealing the stylised  «V» for Vulcain and
engraved with the name of the celebrated musician.

Dial: Blue sunray dial with 5N pink gold indexes
and Herbie Hancock signature – Limited Edition of
50 pieces.

Crystal: domed shape sapphire.

Water-resistance: 50 metres/160 feet.

Strap: Louisiana Alligator – Dimensions: 22/18 mm.

Buckle: 18K 5N pink gold pin buckle.

Calibre:  Vulcain V-16: 12-lignes mechanical hand-wound alarm ca-libre with date, 17 rubies, 191 parts, double barrel, equipped with the Exactomatic system, lift angle 48°.

Functions: hour, minute, centre seconds, alarm,
date window.

Frequency: 18’000 vibrations per hour.

Power reserve: 42 hours.

Alarm duration: 20 seconds.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Limited Liberty: Romain Jerome Statue of Liberty DNA LE watch

Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome is always quick to realise a new opportunity to commemorate an important occasion with a new conceptual watch. This time it’s the Statue of Liberty. 

It’s been 125 years since the Statue of Liberty — a gift from the French to the United States to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence — was first erected in New York Harbour. Romain Jerome has created a new watch, called Liberty DNA, whose dial contains actual fragments of the statue. 

The eight-year-old Swiss brand, based in Geneva, collaborated with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, a non-profit organisation devoted to raising funds for restoration of the Statue and Ellis Island, and the Gold Leaf Corporation, which oversees the preservation and use of historic Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island artifacts, in developing the new timepiece, the latest in its “DNA of Famous Legends” portfolio.

The watch is a limited edition of 125 pieces, one for each year, and features a bronze bezel with 12 “spikes” reminiscent of those on Lady Liberty’s crown. The idea is that over time, the bezel will acquire a patina like that of the statue itself. 

This time the “DNA” is particles of oxidised copper taken from the Lady Liberty and incorporated into the dial, which has the same greenish hue of the statue. 


The faceted hands are bronze coloured and the strap is of brown alligator leather.
The caseback features a medallion style design depicting the flame of liberty lighting up the stars and stripes of the American flag. The watch retails for $14,900.

Other Romain Jerome DNA watches include the MoonDust-DNA collection, using actual lunar dust in their dials, and Titanic-DNA Steampunk models containing metal particles recovered from the Titanic.


Movement: Calibre RJ001-A, based on ETA 7750, automatic; 28,800 vph; 23 jewels; 42-hour power reserve

Functions: Central hours, minutes

Case and strap: Black PVD-coated steel, diameter = 46 mm; bronze bezel with 12 spikes echoing the aesthetic of the Statue of Liberty’s crown; engraved caseback depicting the flame of liberty lighting up the stars and stripes of the American flag; water-resistant to 30 meters; on brown vintage-finished alligator strap

Dial and hands: Verdigris-coloured dial containing oxidised copper particles from the Statue of Liberty; faceted, polished and sandblasted bronze-coloured hands

Limited edition of 125 pieces

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Easy Ryder: OMEGA Aqua Terra ‘Captain’s Watch’ for the Ryder Cup

It’s another first for Omega, this time as timekeeper for the Ryder Cup in September, directly after timekeeping duties finish at the London Olympics.

Omega brand ambassador Davis Love III, who has been a part of six U.S. Ryder Cup teams, winning the cup in 1993 and 1999 will wear the Seamaster Aqua Terra 'Captain’s Watch'. It  features a 41.50 mm brushed and polished stainless steel case with a polished bezel. Its polished screw-in caseback has a sapphire crystal that allows a clear view of the watch’s movement.

The tournament, which is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the golfing calendar, is a competition between teams from Europe and the United States which is contested every two years, alternating between American and European courses. No prize money is involved – the best golfers in the world simply want to win.

 US Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III

Powering the “Captain’s Watch” is Omega’s exclusive Co-Axial caliber 8500 with a Si14 silicon balance spring. The combination offers such outstanding reliability and performance that the watch is delivered with a four-year warranty.

The silver dial has the vertical “teak-pattern” lines that characterise the watches in the Aqua Terra collection. Brushed and polished 18 carat white gold indexes mark eleven of the hours; there is a date window at 3 o’clock. The watch has distinctive facetted blue hands that are coated with Super-LumiNova, making them legible in all lighting conditions; while the central seconds hand has a yellow tip.

The Omega logo on the dial and the words “Co-Axial Chronometer” in red are the non-numeral markers on the minute track. “Seamaster”, “150m/500ft” and the numerals on the minute track are blue. These colours against the silver background of the dial echo the US national flag.

The stainless steel screw-and-pin bracelet has brushed outer links and polished centre links.

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Captain’s Watch” is water resistant to 50 metres/500 feet.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A vision of the future: Cartier ID Two

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In Cartier’s 33,000m² manufacture, over 1,500 employees  exercising 175 different crafts create the Ballon Bleu, Tank, Santos, Pasha, Roadster and Calibre collections.

"Along with the fantasy and aesthetic beauty provided for its customers, Cartier has constantly sought to bring innovation from the outset. “True innovation means clearing new paths never taken before and thinking up novel solutions. Innovation means starting with a blank sheet to tackle problems that mean something to the customer, be  they long-standing problems never satisfactorily solved,   or very new ones, keeping in mind the desire for ever more reliability or new functions. It means having not just one, but several ideas, because you need a lot of ideas to arrive at an innovation, with some being discarded in the process. The challenge of innovation is the ability to point the way while remaining capable of transposing solutions in series. The principle of the concept-watch has one essential advantage: it lets you set your course without being fixated on the means, and offers you the ongoing ability to adapt to certain pitfalls.” Edouard Mignon, Product  and Services Director, in charge of Cartier Watchmaking

At Cartier, innovation can be seen in the watches themselves, but also in the methods and state of mind.  

We have totally rethought the organisation of our Manufacture by bringing together professions, workforce   and talents. As of now, we have grouped crafts traditionally kept apart, and for example, only a few meters now  separate the most sophisticated CNC work stations from materials derived from other industries, destined to express a vision of the future and point the way forward.”

In 2012, Cartier took another step forward with the release of Cartier ID Two, building on the key elements of Cartier ID One and adding a new mission of technological exploration: to halve a watch’s energy consumption  by increasing its power while reducing friction and losses.

While Cartier ID Two is a concept watch that will remain a unique piece, it highlights new technological prospects that tomorrow will culminate in opening up possibilities of miniaturisation, of functions unthinkable up till now and levels of performance never before achieved.

In 2009, Cartier introduced a watch called ID One.  It was designed as a completely adjustment and lubricant free watch. This is an incredible achievement in a mechanical watch because over time, the oil – very much like the oil in your car engine – will simply cease to ease the friction created in the gears and drive chain. 

The precision with which ID One was created is so precise that zero adjustment is required during assembly, and adjustment timeis big time, fully 30% of the time required to completely assemble a watch. This means ID One cut back significantly on production time. The ID One was also shock proof and immune to temperature, and magnetic fields.

ID Two 

ID One focused on the improvement of the regulating element. Now ID Two’s approach is far more radical. It completely  re-thinks how every aspect of a watch should be.

Nothing was ruled out. The case is made from a single block of ceramic called Ceramyst. This transparent new skin is vacuum sealed using inspiration borrowed from the automotive industry. This is the first stab in the direction of an energy efficient watch, which on average simply wastes around 75% of its stored energy. If watches ran on petrol you can bet this technology would have been introduced decades ago.

 30% overall energy improvement

ID Two has managed to ensure the energy transferred from the barrels to the escapement is used to the max while decreasing the amount of energy consumed by the oscillator.

This means the ID Two can deliver 30% more power while consuming half as much energy as a conventional watch. This gives the watch a 32 hour power reserve in a large 42mm case. This saving is achieved by the springs in the ID Two being made from lightweight fibreglass. Fibreglass is able to store significantly more energy than metal. 

You may be old enough to recall the advent of metal tennis rackets – compare them to today’s powerful fibreglass rackets, and you will realise how much they have transformed the whole game.

As for lubricant, for so long a problem with keeping watch parts moving, this is simply bypassed with the use of transparent polymer film.

While the two dual-level barrels with their four fiberglass mainsprings hold up to 30% more energy than a traditional barrel.

Friction cut by one fifth

Again, Cartier has reconfigured the gear train, and changed the material from which it is traditionally made. The new design allows for smaller teeth but higher rates of transfer between the carbon crystal-coated silicone gears.  These non-corrosive gears are 60% harder and 70% lighter than steel.  This reduces friction by up to one fifth while the anchor and the escape wheel are constructed of carbon crystal down to a single micron - a human hair is generally around 100 microns.

500 times air reduction in the case

By removing air from the case with a high powered vacuum sealed at 99.8% air tightness. This reduces air particles inside the case, made in two parts, by 500 times less than the normal level of air found inside a conventional watch case. And it's all achieved without screws. This dramatically reduced air reduction improves oscillator consumption by 37%.

The result is 30% more energy with a power reserve of 32 days in a solid, lubricant free, virtually air tight and screw free case. Not surprisingly, there are no less than six patents pending.

A vision of the future

But of course, concept watches such as Cartier ID One and Cartier ID Two were not designed to be marketed, despite  the years of research and all the investment that went  into making them. Their role is to express a vision of the future and point the way to future goals.

Each of the innovations they contain may one day become a reality. For example, Cartier’s new Astrotourbillon Carbon Crystal watch, presented in July 2012, uses some of the technological solutions tried and tested in Cartier ID One: the niobium-titanium case, carbon crystal components, and the adjustment-free and lubrication-free pallet and escapement wheel. 

At Cartier the future looks clever, and very bright.

Monday, July 16, 2012

80 years young: TAG Heuer - Carrera Calibre 17 Jack Heuer 80th Birthday

Jack Heuer, the man with the vision. The man who designed TAG Heuer’s most iconic and contemporary timepieces, including the original Carrera. This year Jack celebrates his 80th birthday with a new limited edition 41mm chronograph. 

The large opening with counters at 3 and 9 o’clock comes directly from the original design, in a sunray grey dial with Heuer logo and a touch of red. It also shows on its back Jack’s signature together with the Heuer Family coat of arms, which dates from the 15th century. 

This coat of arms symbolises for him the entrepreneurial spirit that has been the driving force now for over 150 years.



In 1963, Jack W. Heuer, the son of Charles-Edouard Heuer, started to work on a new chronograph specifically designed for drivers and motor-racing enthusiasts. A life-long fan of the sport himself, he knew what was needed: a wide-open, easy-to-read dial with a shock-resistant and waterproof case tough enough for road wear. 

The following year he launched a mechanical, manual-wound chronograph called the Carrera. For the name, he reached back to a racing legend from the 1950s, the Carrera Pan Americana, a five-day, 3,300 kilometres (2,100 mile) race across Mexico. The most prestigious — and dangerous — endurance race of its day, the Carerra, which in Spanish means “competition of the highest order” remains synonymous with excitement, danger, adventure, and heroism.


It was the perfect name for Jack’s most ambitious creation to date. The elegant simplicity, purity and sobriety of the optimised dial design made the Carrera a huge success and launched a golden era of creativity and innovation for the Heuer brand. 

Among their first wearers were every Ferrari Scuderia driver — legends like Carlos Reutemann, Clay Regazzoni, Jacky Ickx, Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti, Gilles Villeneuve and Jody Scheckter

Other 70s greats also wore the watch, including Jo Siffert, Ronnie Peterson, Emerson Fittipaldi, Denis Hulme and John Surtees. Jack W. Heuer’s all-time favourite watch, the extremely rare Carrera 18ct Gold, dates from this era.


The men who wear the Carrera Calibre 1887, like Leonardo DiCaprio, have no reason to show off. They know who they are and what they want. They epitomise class and elegance, which comes naturally.

The 2012 TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Birthday is expected to be released in a limited run of 3,000 units.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bon voyage: Louis Vuitton ‘Tachometer’ Tambour Automatic Chronograph

True to Louis Vuitton tradition, the second edition of the “Tachometer” Tambour Automatic Chronograph offers a genuine invitation to travel.

The “Tachometer” Tambour Automatic Chronograph’s sporty character can be seen in its grey dial – both vintage and contemporary – inspired by the dashboards of race cars from the seventies and set off with touches of black, grey and red, along with its small second counter positioned at 3 o’clock.

The technical markings include a small red central hand representing the chronograph’s minute totaliser and a triple circular tachometric scale allowing accurate measurement of the average speed travelled over a kilometre.

To operate this, the wearer simply activates the chronograph’s central hand over a distance of a kilometre. Once stopped, it will indicate on the tachometric scale the average speed at which the kilometre was covered. 

 White gold

As if to slow down time, Louis Vuitton has created a triple circular tachometric scale making it possible to measure lower speeds of up to 20 km/hr.

Powered by the LV 168 automatic calibre manufactured in the Dubois-Dépraz Swiss workshops, the “Tachometer” Tambour Automatic Chronograph has a power reserve of 42 hours and features a date window subtly positioned at 6 o’clock.

The watch is produced in a limited edition of 888 numbered pieces, which is housed in the famous Tambour 44 mm-diameter steel case.

 Rose gold

The “TACHOMETER” Tambour Automatic Chronograph comes on a perforated calfskin strap, reminiscent of the steering wheel covers of sports cars, with a red calfskin lining.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Coming ashore: Breguet, French Royal Navy horologer's Marine line in Geneva exhibition

Breguet, a grail watch brand for many Watchuseek readers, and understandably so. Watch enthusiasts agree that each Breguet watch represents an exceptional standard of horological art that deserves to be identified for posterity. In keeping with tradition, the unique production number assigned to each Breguet watch will testify to the talent and care its manufacture for generations to come.

Since Breguet's early days, the manufacturing numbers of its watches have enabled collectors to confirm their origin and provenance.  

Now Breguet is opening the doors of its Geneva boutique to host a tribute exhibition to the French Royal Navy.

In 1815, King Louis XVIII of France awarded Abraham-Louis Breguet the prestigious title of Horologer to the French Royal Navy. Honoured by this distinction, Breguet fulfilled his role with pride and supplied the Navy with high-precision chronometers.

In tribute to these historical ties, the Marine line created in 1990 is firmly based on the traditional Breguet values of history, technology and avant-garde, expressed through a contemporary interpretation. Resolutely modern, these Marine watches are designed to meet today’s demands by combining elegance, sportiness and sturdiness.

Exceptional historical models from the Breguet Museum collections, along with contemporary timepieces and the new releases introduced at Baselworld 2012, are all on show in Breguet’s Geneva boutique on the Rue du Rhône, from July 9th to August 18th 2012.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Preparing for take off: Bremont World Timer (ALT1-WT)

Two years ago, Bremont was commissioned to produce a unique global timer chronometer for the military C-17 Globemaster crew around the world in 2010 and it’s been acknowledged as one of the more intricate and complicated military watches of its kind.

Design features of the Bremont C-17 include the etched globe on the dial and a Roto-Click bezel that enables the user to work out the global time zones using the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) airfield identifiers.

Each identifier represents a C-17 landing location in all 24 time zones. The watch itself can show UTC or 'Zulu' time through its adjustable 24-hour hand.

Now the ‘Globemaster’ watch has been released as the Bremont World Timer (ALT1-WT) as the first global timer watch for use by pilots and travellers the world over.

The new Trip-Tick case with Roto-click bezel and the highly finished dial has been precisely over-engineered to Bremont’s exacting standards.

The World Timer Collection

These new photographs show the full collection for the first time, complete with the black and blue versions, which closely resemble the look of the Bremont C-17 'Globemaster' watches launched for the military last year. 

The steel case has a hardness and scratch resistance of 2000 Vickers.

The internal bezel, which is operated by the crown at 8 o'clock, uses a mechanism developed by Bremont that allows the user to turn the bezel with a satisfying 'click' for each minute turned.

The Bremont World Timer will be available in these three dial variations, Blue, Black and White. The watch will be priced at US$5,695.

The sapphire crystal covering the dial has nine layers of anti-reflective treatment thus reducing light reflections on the crystal face by up to 95%.

This treatment also makes the watch as scratch resistant as the sapphire crystal to which it has been applied.

The (COSC) certified BE-54AE movement is finished at Bremont's ateliers in the UK and Switzerland, and once wound, will use the movement of the wearer to keep its mainspring fully wound.

The decorated movement can be seen through a sapphire exhibition crystal case back. The watch comes complete with a leather travel wallet, hand-made in England. There’s also a strap changing tool and an extra NATO military nylon strap along with the watch's COSC certification.

About Bremont

 Bremont is a British luxury watch brand co-founded by brothers Nick and Giles English in 2002. In 2008 Bremont was made the “Best British Emerging Luxury Brand‟ by Walpole, and last year won “Watch Brand of 2011‟ at the UK Jewellery Awards. The brand remains true to its original principles of durability, legibility and precision. 

Bremont is launching its magnificent Victory watch in the UK this week, and they have recently moved to elegant new premises in Mayfair, so things are going from strength to strength for the brand.


Movement: Modified calibre 13 1/4" BE-54AE automatic chronometer, 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800bph, 42 hour power reserve. Bremont moulded and decorated skeletised rotor

Functions: Hour/minute/second, date at 3H, chronograph small counters with seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours, 24 hour UTC hand and World Time Zone function

Case: Hardened stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick® construction with scratch resistant PVD treated case barrel. Case diameter 43.00mm, lug width 22.00mm, case thickness 16.00mm

Case back: Stainless steel with integrated flat crystal, 5 stainless steel screws with polished heads

Bezel:  Internally rotating bi-directional bezel with global time zones operated by crown at 8H with Bremont Roto-Click® technology

Metal dial with various ground colours. Coated nickel hands withSuperLumiNova® C1 luminous coating

Water resistant: 100m

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