Friday, November 23, 2012
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.
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
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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.