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Friday, November 30, 2012


Fifties finesse: Baume & Mercier Clifton 1830 Collection



Luxury watchmaker Baume & Mercier will launch a range of new mechanical timepieces at SIHH next year under the Clifton 1830 collection, including a sold rose gold hand-winding model and two stainless steel automatics.

The watches are inspired by the best of the Maison’s models from the “Golden Fifties” but with dimensions adapted to meet the aesthetics of modern day trends. Translated that means they are bigger.

The star of the collection is in 18K red gold and powered by a traditional manually wound calibre. It has a 42mm case featuring both satin and polished finishes. The small seconds counter is inset at six o’clock and set with numerals and indices that are individually applied and then meticulously riveted into place.

Delicate and elegantly simple, the watch features a Manufacture calibre specially adapted for Baume & Mercier by the La Joux-Perret Manufacture.

Movement ref 7381, has a power reserve of 90 hours once its barrels are fully rewound. The movement is also visible through the sapphire lens in the caseback.



The stainless steel models are a little smaller at 41mm, with a silver-coloured dial displaying Arabic numerals and index markers on a classic a black alligator strap.

Hallmark Swiss quality through and through, the watches feature blued steel hands, an open case back and Côtes de Genève decorated oscillating weight. The black dial version comes on a brown alligator strap, with the same case size and small second details.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Snakes alive: Angular Momentum and Manu Propria Year of the Snake


Luxury watchmakers Angular Momentum and Manu Propria have launched two stunning new watches designed especially for Snake people, whose year it is in 2013 in the Chinese horoscope.

People born in the Year of the Snake share certain characteristics: Acute, aware, charming, cunning, elegant, mysterious, passionate, proud, serene, and vain. They are attractive people who take cries with ease and do not be-come flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time. They enjoy reading, listening to great music, tasting delicious food, and going to the theatre. They are fascinated with all beautiful things in life.

Many of the most beautiful ladies and men with strongest personalities were born in the Year of the Snake.

Contemplative and private, Snake people are not outward-ly emotional. They usually act according to their own judgment and do not follow the views of others. They can appear cunning and reticent and work very modestly in the business environment. They will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to.

They are not great communicators and can become quite possessive when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner.




The two watches, one blue, one green, depict beautiful likenesses of snakes by means of Verre Églomisé miniature painting.




Ultimate Nato: Da Luca Horween® Shell Cordovan hand-made leather Nato straps


Da Luca hand-made Nato Strap in Horween Shell Cordovan leather.

When was the last time anyone said ‘wow that’s a great watchstrap you're wearing’ while gazing at your impressive new Victorinox watch?

Daniel Luczak of Da Luca Straps has pondered this question and made it his life’s mission to make watch straps less boring. Take his Nato watch straps for example. So called because there is actually a NATO requisition number attached to them when ordering them in the British military.



But the British military have to make do with nylon ones. Not soft, durable pliable leather ones made from 100% handmade Shell cordovan leather. Horween shell cordovan leather is one of the most expensive leathers in the world.

Normally it’s tough to get excited about Nato watch straps because they’re deliberately designed to be so Milspec functional and ordinary. In fact the only colour the British army can get their hands on is grey.



But back to Da Luca’s Shell Cordovan Nato straps.

Forget nylon. This is a very special leather made by experienced craftsmen in one of the oldest family run leather tanneries in the USA. And the only one which still survives in Chicago.



Shell Cordovan is a soft and supple equine leather. It's a smooth and pliable leather used almost exclusively in the manufacture of shoes and watch straps.



Daniel makes many of his Nato watch straps from this gorgeous leather, and the gleam of the leather against a good looking watch is indeed enough to make most watch lovers get a little emotional. They’re made to traditional Nato milspec specifications whereby one side uses rings to lock in your watch, the other set of rings is used to secure your strap.

 

Note how the buckle is not at the underside of the wrist but to the side, to avoid catching on anything. That’s military thinking.




Think of Da Luca Nato straps as the Toyota Landcruiser of watch straps, built to take an outdoor adventure life with style and comfort.




If you choose a Da Luca leather Nato strap to be flashy, you’re probably wearing it for the wrong reasons. These straps are designed to quietly and efficiently go about their business of holding your watch comfortably against your wrist in all conditions.

They’re for the same type of people who love the creak of a good leather jacket and the patina of high quality leather boots.

But supposing you do want to be flashy?


Da Luca premium crocodile straps

Then you need Da Luca’s range of crocodile skin straps, or have one custom made to your own specifications if you can’t find a strap from the extensive range on the website. Daniel Luczak is a man who can tell your watch lug size at a single glance. His straps start at 18mm and go up to 26mm.



Da Luca hand-made bridle leather belts

Did we mention that you can get a belt to go with that watch strap? De Luca leather belts are hand-made from top quality bench made bridle leather. Or how about a stunning chromexcel leather wallet? We always think of wallets as being boring brown or black. But Daniels’s are ink blue and green in rich quality leather. This fine example is known as the Ink Cavalier Chromexcel.

Da Luca Chromexcel leather wallets in a range of colors




Finally, why not treat yourself to a new leather jacket which goes with the Da Luca Nato strap? Ok, Da Luca don’t make jackets yet, but it’s probably only a matter of time.

And if you see Daniel waving goodbye, look for his Horween Shell Cordovan strap. $145 worth of serious watch strap.

Photography and watch strap modelling by Ernie Romers

Visit the Da Luca Nato Straps page

Visit the Da Luca Straps website

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Zoo's next: Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang


It seems there are still several Big Bangs left in the Hublot zoo. The latest in a line of animal inspired Big Bangs is the Big Bang Zebra. This follows hot on the trail of the Leopard Bang and the Boa Bang. Apparently Zebra is the ‘in’ print this year with zebra stripes emerging in force by day and by night amongst sophisticated It girls the world over.

The Big Bang Zebra is a 41 mm diameter, black ceramic, ultra-feminine watch, its bezel set with 48 topazes and baguette-cut spinels and its zebra-print dial is showcased by eight small bezel-set diamonds designed to capture the light.

The watch is equipped with an automatic mechanical chronograph movement for the connoisseurs, offering both style and practicality with water resistance to a depth of 100 metres.

As with the Boa Bang and the Leopard Bang, the Zebra Bang comes on a strap which perfectly matches the animal hide from which it takes its name. In this case, the strap is made from zebra-print calfskin leather sewn onto black rubber which is both comfortable and flexible.

The Zebra model is also available in 18K red gold, and white ceramic and is made in a limited edition of just 250 pieces for each of the three designs, so there is destined to be a fight down at the drinking pool.



Specifications

References
341.CV.7517.VR.1975 (black ceramic version)
341.PX.7518.VR.1975 (18K red gold version)
341.HW.7517.VR.1975 (white ceramic version)

Series
Limited edition of 250 numbered pieces for each of the three versions

Case
Big Bang – 41 mm diameter
Black ceramic, white ceramic or 18K red gold, depending on the version

Bezel
Black anodised aluminium, 18K white gold or red gold set with: 17 colourless topazes and 31 black baguette-cut spinels

Crystal
Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating

Bezel lugs
Black composite resin (for the black ceramic or 18K red gold version)
White composite resin (for the white ceramic version)
Lateral inserts
Black composite resin (for the black ceramic or 18K red gold version)
White composite resin (for the white ceramic version)

Crown
Steel or 18K red gold with black or white rubber inserts
Push-buttons
Steel or 18K red gold with black or white rubber inserts

Case-back
Titanium or 18K red gold
Water resistance
10 ATM, i.e. approx 100 metres

Dial
Zebra print
Indexes set with eight small diamonds, with a total of 0.14 carats
Hands
Black or white ceramic version: polished and rhodium-plated
18K red gold version: polished and gold-plated

Movement
HUB4300 Automatic mechanical chronograph

Date
Trapezoid aperture at 4:30
Oscillating weight
Openworked with black PVD coating, tungsten segment

Power reserve
Approximately 42 hours

Strap
Zebra-print calfskin leather sewn onto black rubber with black stitching or onto white rubber with white stitching)

Clasp
Steel, black PVD steel or 18K red gold deployant buckle

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Everything's Rosé: NOMOS Glasshutte Orion 33 Rosé.



As has become something of an annual tradition, NOMOS Glashütte has revealed a new model just in time for Christmas.  This year it’s an addition to the Orion collection: the Orion 33 Rosé.

The youngest member of the 33 family bears a striking similarity to the original Orion with its gently curved case and fine stainless steel lunette. But it’s smaller and appears even flatter than other hand-wound watches from NOMOS Glashütte

The watch has a stainless steel case with domed sapphire crystal, and a galvanised silver-plated rosé dial. As the name suggests, at 33 mm, it is especially becoming on delicate wrists. The light rosé hue of the dial goes with velvet or silk, cord or tweed.



The hands and indexes are gold coloured and diamond polished. The domed sapphire crystal case back reveals the α (Alpha) in-house calibre movement with manual winding. The watch comes on a beige velour leather strap.

The clean, elegant dial is inspired by the work of students of the Deutsche Uhrmacherschule (German watchmakers’ school) in Glashütte.

The new model will be available for £1,320 from authorised watch retailers in the UK and at www.nomos-store.com

One of a kind: Blancpain Villeret Piece Unique in Shanghai charity auction


The world’s oldest watchmaking brand, Blancpain, recently invited numerous celebrities to gather at a charity gala dinner in Shanghai. Blancpain executives revealed and auctioned “The Unique”, a unique piece integrating the distinguished craftsmanship of micro-painted enamel. It was all part of a fund raising effort for the renowned China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe (CDPPAT). The watch raised RMB 1,100,100 (approximately US$176,700) for the charity.

Micro-painted enamel is considered to be one of the most difficult traditional enamel
processes. This unique 45mm Villeret piece is in 18K red gold.

Top quality micro-painted enamel has a transparent and smooth lustre, as well as a
timeless hue that never fades even after years of use.

The patterns and shapes are painted on the white enamel plate by a Blancpain master craftsman through highly magnified glass using immensely delicate brush strokes to reproduce the fine lines of the picture. This is followed by the key steps to ensure the success or failure of the micro-painted enamel - painting and firing.

In order to endow the picture with the freehand style of the traditional landscape painting, numerous tests in colour mixing are undertaken to ensure that the colour will not change or fade after firing.

Each step in the firing process is high risk, thus extremely close attention is paid to the duration and degree of firing. As the enamel is extremely fragile, it can easily break into small fragments during the firing process. It’s all down to the patience, experience and skill of the craftsman.

With only a few talents and elites in this industry, this ancient craft is rare and has become highly precious.


Blancpain Vice President and Head of Marketing M. Alain Delamuraz, and Vice President of Blancpain, China Mr. Liao Yu delivered the unique watch to the donator Ms Zhu Xuelian
 
"Charity culture is similar to exquisite arts, which can arouse unlimited goodwill in people and play an unmatched and positive role in social progress. By adhering to the good will and tenacious spirit in individuals, CDPPAT demonstrates the beauty of arts to the world. Our continuous support to CDPPAT has highlighted Blancpain's positive attitude towards the cultural and artistic undertakings, and demonstrates the brands commitment to the charity brand belief for 'Love'." Blancpain Vice President of China, Mr. Liao Yu

At the dinner, the audience and guests were touched by the optimism of the CDPPAT artists. Mr. Liang Wendao, a famous cultural scholar in China, shared his opinion with guests after watching these live performances. He stated, "Performances presented by CDPPAT have shown us the perfect fusion between art and soul. A group that is currently regarded as in need of care and help has presented us with amazing arts with their disabled bodies, inspiring our life through indomitable will and calling out with sincere emotions."


Monday, November 26, 2012


Going global: Arnold & Son launch Royal and Instrument Collection ad campaign

 Arnold & Son global advertising campaign

A major new advertising campaign by one of the world's most historic brands, Arnold & Son, will run globally in order to highlight the brand’s superb novelties. The campaign showcases the Royal Collection and the Instrument Collection novelties, each transposed against a spectacular environment, with a description of each model and its in-house manufacture movements.

Arnold & Son’s history dates back almost 250 years.  Born in Cornwall, England in 1736, John Arnold was one of the greatest watchmakers who ever lived. Together with close friend and contemporary Abraham-Louis Breguet, he largely invented the modern mechanical watch.

The new advertising campaign also highlights the  brand’s prowess in the development and production of in-house  manufacture  movements  in  La Chaux-de-Fonds,  Switzerland. 

The Royal and Instrument Collections comprise an impressive number of Arnold & Son calibres with a complete range of sophisticated complications.

Unlike other watch manufacturers, who often use the same calibre for different models, Arnold & Son develops a new movement for every single model. Every Arnold & Son movement has its own story to tell and reflects the brand’s heritage.

The Royal Collection

The Royal Collection is a reflection of elegance and sophistication in the inimitable English style.  It is inspired by and pays tribute to the timepieces  produced in the earlier part of John Arnold’s life and made for King George III and members of the royal court.

The Collection demonstrates the brand’s traditional prowess in the classical decorative arts. The watches are all housed in exquisitely elegant cases.

The Instrument Collection

The Instrument Collection is  inspired by the timepieces produced during the second part of John Arnold’s life and, after his death, by his son, John Roger. These timepieces focused on chronometry and were designed with absolute precision in mind.  They were the work of watchmakers dedicated to solving the problem of determining longitude accurately at sea.

So successful were they that Arnold & Son became principal suppliers of marine chronometers to the British Royal Navy.  The Instrument Collection combines marine precision with aesthetic perfection  and a  purist  design which permits the main complication to take centre stage.  Like the Royal Collection, the Instrument Collection is a sublime expression of a long and proud heritage.

The new campaign was launched in the autumn with new models such as the TB88 or the DBS Equation Sidereal and will continue next year to present Arnold & Son’s novelties for Baselworld 2013.

Live photographs by Ernie Romers at Salon QP

Ernie Romers travelled to London earlier this month to attend Salon QP and took these excellent live pictures of the Instrument Collection as well as the HMS1 Dragon Limited Edition from the Royal Collection.



 Arnold & Son DBG Instrument Collection



 Arnold & Son DBG Instrument Collection
 

Arnold & Son DBS Instrument Collection



 Arnold & Son TBR Instrument Collection




Arnold & Son Royal Collection HMS1 Dragon Limited Edition

Friday, November 23, 2012


Devilish charm: Valbray 'The Devil Inside'


A relatively new brand launched in 2009, the Valbray concept is simple; their watches are designed to hide and reveal, to combine elegance with sensuality, and to be sporty and at the same time ground-breakingly technical.

The creative duo behind Valbray is Côme de Valbray, a micro-engineering major (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Olga Corsini, who graduated from the European Design Institute with a major in Jewellery.

The Devil Inside

Now the Valbray team has created 6 exceptional pieces, on the provocative theme of the Devil.

The two hands watch is apparently possessed by the forces of evil, which in a quarter turn, transform it into an esoteric and diabolic chronograph.

Shaped in a titanium bloc, the timepiece takes its colour codes from the forces of darkness: the black of the oblivion, the golden colour of the burning flames and the deep glowing red of the boiling lava.



The bewitching force of the diaphragm leads us into an infernal dial pierced by the "V" of Valbray intertwined with the number of Satan, "666". This fresco is dominated by a troubling and attractive she-devil, and each interacts in a specific way: the tail of the first marks the rhythm of the seconds; the next, sitting on the date, affixes the name of Valbray with the tips of her fingernails; while the third imprints the universal aphorism, ‘’Devil inside’’, with her trident.

A work of finesse and technicality, the watchmaking dexterity is accentuated with a devil trident and those of the hours and minutes timers transformed into the flames of hell.

The sensual-looking watch is highlighted by the refinement of the golden pushers and crown. Continuing the devilish theme, the tail is engraved into the lining of the strap, and a shadowy she-devil appears on the caseback of the watch. 

This edition is jealously limited to 6 numbered pieces and is exclusively available in Switzerland. Unveil the demon in you.

Specifications

Reference VR01 L
Material Titanium grade 5 with DLC coating
Or rouge 5N
Function Double display: chronograph / hours, minutes
Patent Diaphragm System integrated in the bezel, composed of16 extra thin blades with a black multilayer treatment
Movement Mechanical and automatic chronograph
Rotor: Redesign tri-material rotor winding
Frequency: 28’800 alt/h (4 Hz)
25 functional jewels
44 hours of power reserve
Water resistant 5 ATM
Dial Multi - layered with a honeycomb grid, with a 5N red gold applique and red figurines
Sapphire Crystal Bezel: double side hard antireflective coating
Back: double side hard antireflective coating
Bracelet Black mat alligator with red stitching
Patented deployant buckle with a red gold cover
Limited edition 6 numbered pieces
Price: 24'666.- CHF TTC

Visit the Valbray website

Sekonda in surprise Skeleton Tourbillon turn around


Sekonda, one of Britain’s bestselling watch brands has taken the unusual step of creating its first luxury watch, a skeleton tourbillon carrying a price tag of more than £1,000.

The push into the high-end watch market is a surprising move from the brand better associated with colourful, low cost crystal-set watches that sell on the high street for less than £100.

Only a small number of the watches have been made and the timepieces will only be sold through Marcus Watches on London’s Bond Street and online at Findwatches.co.uk.

The new luxury timepiece from Sekonda is fitted with a 19-jewel hand-wound movement with a tourbillon complication, the calibre HS 2233, and has a retail price of £1,295. The watch is accurate to -10 / + 30 seconds per day, has a 40-hour power reserve and has a frequency of 28,800 vph.



The novelty is presented in a 48.5 mm case and a thickness of 11 mm. With its octagonal case the new watch is somewhat similar to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

The timepiece has a three-piece stainless steel case that has been fitted with a high-density dust-proof silicon strap and the hands of the watch have been diamond cut and coated with superluminova. The Sekonda Tourbillon features a mineral caseback and has no dial so that the movement can also be observed through the sapphire glass face.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Taking on the Everest of the seas: Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma Rivages

 Round the world yachtsman Bernard Stamm and his Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma Rivages

The world’s best yachtsmen are already 11 days into the legendary Vendée Globe, a solo round-the-world sea voyage lasting over three months.

Amongst the hardy contenders is Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm, of whom Parmigiani Fleurier has long been a supporter.

The construction of Bernard Stamm’s 60-foot monohull started over three years ago in the hangars of Décision SA, a company based in Vaud with links to the Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology.

Stamm, a strategist and technician as well as an accomplished sailor, was involved in every stage of his craft’s construction, deciding the priorities and compromises which will shape his race. In the eternal dilemma of weight versus resistance it can be hard to find a happy medium: a heavy boat offering a lot of resistance is sure to finish the race, but will never win it.

One must therefore take calculated risks, and decide to accept a certain level of discomfort whilst remaining on the right side of the limits. Faced with these kinds of decisions, Bernard Stamm relies on both his seafaring experience and knowledge as a yacht builder.

Hoping that this adventure can also benefit scientific knowledge of the ocean, Bernard Stamm will have with him a ‘mini lab’, a highly sophisticated device which will gather hourly information on the temperature, salinity and oxygenation of the water, as well as its concentration in plankton.

It will be possible to follow the race in its entirety thanks to cutting edge, high-tech equipment, specially designed to share information. Cameras and sensors are fitted to the skippers’ boats, allowing real-time transmission of their life on board; a highly accurate monitoring system will be able to give the position of each of 20 participants at any time.

This will relieve, but not altogether banish, the solitude of each skipper braving this 3-month race, confronting both the ocean and themselves. The Vendée Globe is, above all, an immense human challenge.


Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma Rivages




Accompanying Bernard Stamm on this adventure, a ‘chameleon’ watch was specially developed.

The Transforma Rivages is an automatic chronograph which can be transformed into a wristwatch, pocket watch or on-board instrument. In other words, it’s a timepiece capable of supporting a solo yachtsman in every extreme situation.

One watch, three uses



On the wrist, the Transforma Rivages is light and comfortable for ease of movement. The watch is made from titanium and carbon for lightness and durability.

The Tonda collection, with its classic round shape and ergonomic curved lugs, could be adapted in many different ways for various uses. Like a jaw gripping and clamping the main body of the watch, the titanium hood is released by simply pressing the two side push-pieces positioned on the two lower lugs.

The main carbon fibre element machined directly from the same material as the Rivages monohull – sits perfectly in the support of the steel fob watch. Its asymmetric shape enables the wearer to access the chronograph push-pieces and the crown, even when the bezel is enclosed. Fitted with a steel chain, the Transforma Rivages is transformed into a pocket watch.

Inside the monohull, every detail is finely tuned. Nothing should hinder navigation. In collaboration with the shipyard Décision SA, the receptacle case of the Transforma Rivages has been carefully integrated into the dashboard. Fixed in place, this device unlocks to incorporate the watchhead, made of carbon. Once set up on the dashboard, the Transforma Rivages’ self-winding system starts automatically.

The look of the chronograph’s dial takes its inspiration from the Rivages yacht: the counters are made from carbon and the hands, along with the dial’s design of a stylised world map, are the same ‘Rivages blue’ as the monohull’s logo.

Produced exclusively in the workshops of the Parmigiani Fleurier manufactures, the Transforma Rivages comes on a leather strap with a carbon-like  appearance.

Specifications
Movement:  PF334

Functions:

Hour
Minute
Small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date window
1⁄4 second chronograph (large seconds, 30-minute counter,
12-hour counter)
Exterior round case: 43 mm. Thickness: 12.80 mm

Materials:

Matte carbon case and titanium holder
Water resistance: 30 m
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crown: Ø 7 mm
Case-back engraved with ‘Edition spéciale 100’
Individual number engraved on the case-back dials Graphite dial with circular satin finish, carbon counters with thin diamond-polished flange. World map decoration
Rhodium-plated applique indexes and Delta-shaped hands with
luminescent coating
Leather strap: Carbon-stamped black calfskin with titanium folding buckle, water resistant black alligator strap with titanium folding buckle

Visit the Parmigiani Fleurier website

Visit the Vendee Globe website

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


A rare gem: Tiffany & Co LE Patek Philippe Men's Annual Calendar


Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co share a rich160 year history. The Patek Philippe Boutique located in the Tiffany & Co. flagship New York store is now celebrating its fifth anniversary with the introduction of a men’s and a ladies’ wristwatch jointly developed by Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co.

The timepieces are double-signed Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. and will be sold in a limited edition exclusively through Tiffany’s Patek Philippe Boutique and other authorised Tiffany & Co. locations throughout the States.

Ladies Gondolo Ref. 4987G



The Ladies Gondolo timepiece (Ref. 4987G) is inspired by the Art Deco period and features a curved, tonneau-shaped case in 18K white gold accented with 164 round brilliant-cut diamonds (0.63 ct). Two dial options marked with Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. signatures are offered: a mat blue sunburst dial with white painted Roman numerals featured on a dark blue satin strap or a white mother-of-pearl dial with powdered gold Roman numerals featured on a vanilla satin strap. The limited edition comprises 50 pieces of the ladies’ model, 25 of each dial version.

Men's Annual Calendar Ref. 5396G



The new Men’s Annual Calendar watch (Ref. 5396G) was created especially for the boutique’s anniversary. This elegant timepiece in 18K white gold features day, date, and month in apertures, moon phases and 24-hour indication on a black dial and a mat black alligator strap. The black dial is double-signed by Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. The sapphire-crystal case back reveals the caliber 324 S QA LU 24H and features an exclusive engraving “Patek Philippe – A Shared Vision – 2008-2013 – Tiffany & Co”. The limited edition comprises 100 pieces of the men’s model.

Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue

Opened in 2008, the 280 square metre boutique was Patek Philippe’s first boutique in the U.S. Located on the mezzanine of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship store, the New York boutique showcases current collections, as well as timepieces on loan from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva that embody the tradition and innovation for which the famous watchmaker is renowned.





Visit Tiffany & Co website

Visit Patek Philippe's website




The gentleman’s choice: GRAHAM Silverstone Vintage 30







 GRAHAM’s retro Silverstone Vintage 30 harks back to the very earliest days of motor racing, when it was purely a rich gentleman’s sport. No trophies, no awards, no podium. It was a time when the pleasure to drive was stronger than any competition. The only focus was the track, the car and the sense of a job well done.


In those far off days the main criterion to be able to participate was to have a vehicle with at least three wheels! Cars and mechanics were at the centre, no matter the number of wheels.



The watch is powered by an automatic bi-compax chronograph. The watch is streamlined and aesthetically refined to achieve genuine aerodynamics and technology.

As carefully as the cars were built, the Silverstone Vintage 30 watch has been created according to the codes of vintage racing and with respect for each part. The “Clous de Paris” decorated bezel, the thin shaped hands and the beige, brown and off-white colours have been elaborately added to the watch.
The GRAHAM Silverstone Vintage 30 itself is in a non-competition race which rewards watch making savoir-faire and spectators.

Specifications

47 mm steel case, calibre G1734, automatic chronograph, Date at 7 o’clock, 27 jewels, 28’800

A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hours power reserve, black or off-white dial, Steel bezel with “Clous de Paris” high grip pattern, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces, see-through sapphire crystal case back,integrated light brown leather strap.

Visit the GRAHAM website

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Special date: Zenith Pilot Big Date Special wins award


The prize of “the Petite Aiguille” category has been won by the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special. The jury of the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix has rewarded the elegance and unimpeachable functionality of this chronograph.

The Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix aims to salute excellence in the field of watchmaking. Eleven prizes reward the finest creations and the most important operators in the watchmaking sector.

70 models competed in the various categories, and a model from the Manufacture Zenith was honoured by the Grand Prix jury for “the Petite Aiguille” category at the prize-giving ceremony held in Geneva’s Grand Théâtre last Thursday.

Through the PILOT collection, Zenith is reasserting its expertise in the field of aviation. The brand has made aviation history from its beginnings by producing time measurement instruments used to help pilots in flying aircraft, notably including onboard counters.

 Since 1865, when 22 year old Georges Favre-Jacot founded the company, Zenith is acknowledged as a benchmark in terms of precision and reliability – twin qualities that are indispensable in the aeronautical field.

Echoing the historic chronograph watch from the 1960-80s, the new Pilot Big Date Special has functionality as its guiding principle. Its steel case is a moderate 42 mm in diameter, with classically styled alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes.

The matt black dial, sandblasted five times, sets off the time displays, which visually are in perfect balance. The small seconds counter is at 9 o’clock, exactly opposite the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. Both feature a snailed decoration.

Hands treated with black ruthenium and highlighted with Superluminova mark the hours and minutes in a decisively masculine and modern style. Their sporty, dynamic shape matches the refined graphic style of the Arabic numerals that pay simple and solemn tribute to those of the 1960 chronograph.

The El Primero 4010 calibre ticks away with an exceptionally consistent beat. Its high quality finishes can be seen through the sapphire caseback. The winding rotor is decorated with thin Côtes de Genève in the purest watchmaking tradition.


Visit the Zenith website

From Govberg with love: Limited Edition Breitling Chronomat 44


Philadelphia based Govberg Jewelers have formed an exclusive partnership between Breitling and themselves which has resulted in the Chronomat 44 Special Edition timepiece; a strictly limited series of 50 numbered pieces.

The watch, specially designed for Govberg's Breitling worshipping customers, is in brushed stainless steel and features a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback displaying the Breitling Calibre 01 movement, a key movement for the brand since its introduction in 2009.

Govberg Jewelers are the longest established Breitling dealer in North America and as such they really wanted to collaborate on a model exclusively for their clientele of keen collectors.



“Over the past twenty-five years, we have watched Breitling transition from its ‘infancy’ to a horological superpower with a true cult following,” Third generation President & CEO of Govberg Jewelers Danny Govberg said. “We are honored to celebrate the Breitling collector community with such an exceptional timepiece.”

The 44mm case features the characteristic high-polish finish found throughout many models in the Breitling collection. Its functions include hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph. The model also has a power reserve of 70 hours and is water resistant to 500 metres.



The dial is in black and charcoal with a central second hand and chronograph subdial hands accented in the brand’s signature yellow. The dial has a unidirectional rotating ratcheted bezel and is priced at $9,590.

For a closer look and more information, you can talk to Govberg Jewelers Breitling enthusiast, sales associate George Mayer at 484-270-2045.

About Govberg Jewelers

Govberg Jewelers opened for business in 1922 when young watchmaker, and diamond expert, Albert Govberg opened a family-run specialty store along Philadelphia’s historic Jewelers Row. Close to 90 years later, Govberg Jewelers is celebrated as a true Philadelphia icon, bringing exquisite wares to the people of a city rich in history and tradition. Under the dynamic leadership of Albert’s grandson Danny Govberg, who proudly works alongside his sons, Brian and Marc, this seasoned jeweler has garnered a well earned reputation far beyond the Philadelphia City limits.


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