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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ice-Watch Introduce Their First Swiss Made Model

Belgian watch brand Ice-Watch have enjoyed huge success over the last few years, which has led to an enormous increase in popularity and are now huge in the USA and thanks to some very clever advertising, the UK.
Since this huge spike in popularity, the company has opened a flagship store in Geneva Switzerland and this has been followed by the announcement of the Ice-Surf, Ice-Watch’s first ever Swiss made timepiece. The company is only in its infancy having only been founded in 2007, but with this new addition to the Ice-Watch family, the growth of the brand is only set to continue.

The Ice-Surf watches themselves of course have that classic Ice-Watch feel to them, being available in vibrant orange and blue colours or a more sophisticated black, with highlighted hour and bezel markers. However, with the large 57mm case diameter, the slick straps and the new stunning Swiss quartz movement, this new range offers something a little more, special!

Unlike most of the other Ice-Watch ranges, the Ice-Surf is water resistant to 200m rather than just 50m. This fits in with the Ice-Watch philosophy that these watches are for sports lovers and will be great for swimming and even diving! 

These Ice-Surf range will be available in February 2013 and are expected to be yet another major success for the Belgian brand.

 Written by Chris Derrer from The Watch Hut

One watch, three complications: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar & Equation of Time LE watch

One watch, three watchmaking complications; a Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar and Equation of Time, all contained within a supremely elegant new 42mm 1966 model from Girard Perregaux. 

The complications are displayed on the dial in perfect harmony, powered by a mechanical calibre with over 400 component parts. 

The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar & Equation of Time watch is a worthy addition to the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Collection. 

The well proportioned dial features a silvered sunburst decor as a backdrop to the complications.

1) Annual Calendar

With solid gold applique hour-markers and sharply defined profiles, the eye is immediately drawn to the imposing date located at 1:30 on the dial. The month is displayed in a window opposite to complete the Annual Calendar function. This ingenious construction only requires a single adjustment of the date per year, in February, which is easily carried out through the watch’s crown.  

 2) Equation of Time

Indicated by a cam appearing in relief on a wheel that completes one revolution per year, the Equation of Time is displayed at 4:30 on the dial. It shows the difference between civil time and solar time. The solar day varies in duration from day to day. While the two reference times in question coincide exactly four times per year, the accumulated difference between them can be as much as, for example, 16 minutes in November.  

3) Minute Repeater

The Minute Repeater enables the user to hear the striking of the hours, quarter-hours and minutes. This function was first conceived in an age before the advent of electricity, when people needed to be able to hear an indication of the time during the night. Today it is one of the complications most appreciated by connoisseurs of fine watchmaking.

In order to create the vibration that will produce a crystalline sound, the adjustment of the striking mechanism is one of the most delicate operations for a watchmaker, requiring nimble fingers and a particularly acute ear. 

The Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater features three specially designed aspects of the construction of the watch-case: an optimal fit between the internal diameter of the case and that of the calibre, so as to achieve maximum resonance; a curved case back that increases the volume of air between the movement and the case, and enhances the sound production; and the diamond-polished bottom of the case back, which reduces acoustic interference.  

The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal case back, in line with a Girard-Perregaux watchmaking tradition. With its constant concern for aesthetic standards, Girard-Perregaux has designed the balance-cock in a semi-arrow shape that recalls the Golden Bridges, the brand's emblematic signature.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater, Annual Calendar & Equation of Time watch


Case in polished pink gold with anti-reflective sapphire crystal  Bezel: circular, satin-finish interior  Dimensions: 42 mm Crystal: Domed anti-reflective sapphire Dial: brass, appliques in 5N18 pink gold
Hands: "Leaf", "Baton" and "Arrow" styles in 5N18 pink gold and coated in diamond powder piece by piece Crown: 5N18 pink gold with GP logo engraved Case-back: sapphire crystal, closed with 6 screws, all inscriptions hand-engraved Water resistance: 30 meters  Girard-Perregaux E09-0003 Movement Handwound mechanical movement Calibre: 14¼''' Frequency: 21,600 vib/h – (3 Hz) Power reserve: min.100 hours (4 days) Jeweling: 48 jewels Number of components: 419 Plate: rhodium-plated and circular-grained

Bridges: côtes de Genève, polished beveled angles Balance-cock: gold semi-arrow shaped, "rounded-off"  Balance: with variable inertia

Striking mechanism: repeating with two facing hammers, hours, quarter-hours, minutes. Regulation of the speed of the striking-mechanism by inertia-driven governor, countersprings accessible on the bridge side, inverted minute rack; conventional gong pitches. Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, minute repeater, annual calendar, equation of time  Brown alligator strap Ardillon buckle in pink gold Reference: 99651-52-131-BKBA Limited edition of 15 pieces


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Mushroom bioluminescence: Angular Momentum & Manu Propria Magnus Junior Bronze Diver

You know when the soft white cotton gloves come out that Bern based Angular Momentum and Manu Propria have been busy on another major watch project. And this time their labours have produced a stunning addition to their Émail Lumineuse sport watch collection. Magnus Junior Bronze Diver is the smaller brother of the mighty 70mm Freehand Magnus diver. 

The striking and large 48mm watch is made entirely from Aluminium Bronze. The watch lights up under water with what is known as 11 émail luminuese inlays, with an ‘end of dive
émail luminuese marker to indicate when it’s time to head to the surface.

Independent artisan watchmaker Martin Pauli is the inventor behind Émail Lumineuse. Inspired by bioluminescent mushroom species known as Mycenas. It is said to be more intense than Super-LumiNova and packs up to 35 hours of glow in just 10 minutes of charge. This special enamel alloy is non-radioactive and Angular Momentum boasts that their lume tech will last for centuries.

The watch is powered by a self-winding calibre AS 1701 Skymaster movement with a 48 hour power reserve. The watch is something that wouldn’t look out of place in Jules Verne’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The pictures, like the watch, are a thing of beauty.

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