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Girard-Perregaux Supports Moritzburg Festival 2009

Jul 31, 2009
The celebrated Swiss watch-making house Girard-Perregaux, an avid supporter of classical music and other performance arts, happened to be a partner of the Moritzburg Festival, which was held within a period of two weeks in Dresden, Germany. The event in question was brought to a conclusion on Thursday, July 23rd.

The Moritzburg Festival takes place every summer. Its rich program embraces numerous chamber music performances: lots of them come around in the most scenic historic buildings in Dresden, such as Moritzburg Castle and the renowned Frauenkirche cathedral, which welcomed a recital of organ works, performed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1736.

Heartily received by the Festival organizers as well as Dr. Wolfgang Schauble, Federal Minister of the Interior for the German Republic, the American composer John Harbison was honored to be a Composer-in-Residence for the 2009 season.

This horological company enjoys a close bond of friendship with cellist Jan Vogler, the musical director for the festival. The famous Swiss watch manufacturer Girard-Perregaux will undoubtedly take its devotion to the arts to the 21st century due to the company’s ongoing relationship with this outstanding musician.



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Mytime Magazine's Award Bestowed On Little Lange 1 Soiree Watch

Jul 31, 2009
A German watch magazine “Mytime”, whose main audience is women, has bestowed its special award on the renowned watch-making house A. Lange & Sohne. The voting resulted in the luxury Little Lange 1 Soiree watch by A. Lange & Sohne winning the jury’s top prize in the "Extravagant" category.

The word “Extravagant” perfectly describes this model, which represents a fascinating mix of valuable 18K white gold, natural mother of pearl, and dazzling round brilliant diamonds. All these features turn Little Lange 1 Soiree timepiece into a distinctively feminine interpretation of the brand's conventional watch.

In addition to the eye-catching watch exterior along with the unparalleled setting of diamonds, A. Lange & Sohne offers an unrivalled in-house movement, manufactured in harmony with the best traditions of Saxon horology. Thus, this watch maker provides a special delight to luxury timepiece collectors and fans.

Similar to its larger counterparts, the Lange 1 Soiree model’s case, measuring 36.8 mm, demonstrates a sapphire crystal exhibition window in its white gold case-back.

This case-back display opens to view the acclaimed Calibre L901.4 movement, equally notable for its impeccable functionality, which includes such technical components as indication of the power reserve, off-centered time display, and the patented Lange oversized date, and its high degree of aesthetic value.

The hallmarks, giving the German watches the recognition they so richly deserve, are bridges in German silver, featuring a ribbed finish, a hand-etched balance cock with a swan-neck fine adjustment as well as jewels studded in golden chatons with graceful triads of blued steel screws.

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Rouge And Noir Models From Jaquet Droz

Jul 30, 2009
Jaquet Droz has introduced three exceptional watches from Baselworld 09. Launched as limited series of 88, these timepieces remarkably draw together the colors of the materials used: the absolute black of the Grand Feu enamelled dial, the black matt of the rubber as well as the red gold of the case.

By presenting its Grande Seconde SW Rouge, the horological company Jaquet Droz brings the sport watches to the forefront. This novel model is a blend of unparalleled functionality and supreme gracefulness of the watch exterior - the combination of red and black happens to be very spectacular - with an exciting exuberance of high-speed sports.

Red gold is employed in manufacture of both the case and the three-dimensional ring, whose masculine lines surround two dials of this watch. Red gold glows from the applied plates, the hollowed horns, the hands and the folding clasp with its shining surface that contrasts with the dark matt of the rubber strap, as well as the dial, crown and fluted bezel, notable for its bold design. The timepiece hands are Superluminova-coated. This outstanding design reveals the infinite care lavished on details.

The Les Douze Villes gorgeous watch is intended for people, whose lifestyles involve much traveling: for those who regularly cross different time zones. These potential owners of the model in question will be able to enjoy twelve cities displayed on one superb timepiece. For this watch Jaquet Droz has decided on Grand Feu enamelled dial, which exposes twelve versions of temporality within several square centimeters.

The dial reveals two exhibition windows: the first, located at 6 o’clock, displays the selected city, and the second one, placed at 12 o’clock, indicates the local time. The dial also features an impressive red gold minutes hand. The red gold case of the watch, measuring 43 mm, houses a jumping hours complication.

Two independent plates, incorporated into the watch, move simultaneously, indicating the time in the selected city. The entire process is carried out by means of a complex mechanism.

The chronographe a rattrapante has been developed for the renowned Hommage La Chaux-de-Fonds 1738 Collection by Jaquet Droz. A piece of art created in the world of horology, the chronograph reveals a black Grand Feu enamelled dial, that has been the brand’s pride for many years, alongside with a set of red gold hands, distinguished by their unrivalled readability.

This chronographe a rattrapante, with its red gold case size equal to 45 mm, can measure two events, which start simultaneously, but last differently. The chronograph hand and the rattrapante work together or compete under the guidance of the large date, which is visible through the cutout, placed at 12 o'clock.

The rattrapante also offers the tachymeter function, which allows the wearer to measure the speed he travels at.
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Hard Black DLC II From Linde Werlin

Jul 29, 2009
The famous horological company Linde Werdelin has recently unveiled its novel limited series Hard Black DLC II timepiece.

Its stainless steel case, measuring 46mm x 49mm x 12mm, features black DLC treatment. This watch is animated by an ETA 2892 - A2 movement and offers a power reserve of 42 hours.

The sapphire crystal, with the thickness equal to 2.35mm, demonstrates a double anti-reflective coating. The watch case-back is durable. The matte dial features the yellow Superluminova indexes. The diamond cut hands are coated with yellow Superluminova compound.

Fitting this model is a standard black water-resistant alligator strap with yellow contrast stitching. The Linde Werdelin Hard Black DLC II watch boasts 300-meter water-resistance. It will be launched as limited series of 88 items.
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Exhibition Of Panerai Manifattura Line And P.9000 Movements

Jul 28, 2009

Avid lovers of Panerai watches in Hong Kong will be offered an exceptional opportunity to visit a free exhibition of the brand’s Manifattura timepiece line and the three novel in-house manufactured P.9000 self-winding movements, presented by Officine Panerai at the SIHH 2009 show in January.

The P.9000 movements will appear for viewing sessions along with a variety of Panerai made calibers, embracing the 8-day GMT P.2002, the automatic 10-day GMT P.2003, the 8-day manually-wound chronograph P.2004 as well as the established P.2005, hand-wound tourbillon caliber with a 6-day power reserve.

The Panerai's exhibition, dubbed "Movements In Time" will take place at the chic Landmark Atrium, Central (Hong Kong). It will be held for 4 days, within the period of July 26th -July 29th. The visiting hours will be from 11:00AM to 8:00PM.
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Lap Time Chronograph From Ferrari

Jul 27, 2009
Created to comply with the needs of the Scuderia Ferrari, this new Ferrari Lap Time Chronograph happens to be at the front of the grid due to its matchless exactitude and unrivalled functionality.

This Ferrari timepiece is animated by a Swiss Anadigit multifunction movement ISA 9001/1300. The stainless steel case, measuring 44 mm, features black PVD coating. The case-back reveals the special logo etching.

Analog display of main time, digital display for two more secondary time zones, chronometer, partial time, tachometer, countdown, and unbreakable glass are the other traits this watch is characterized by.

The watch in question boasts 5 ATM water-resistance. This new Ferrari Lap Time Chronograph is accompanied by a black rubber strap finished with a stainless steel buckle.
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Bertolucci Unveils Serena Garbo Animation Mosaico Watch For Women

Jul 26, 2009
The renowned watch-making house of Bertolucci is proud to present its new Serena Garbo Animation Mosaico timepiece, which stands out due to its spectacular dial design.

The model is scheduled for launching shortly after the brand’s Serena Garbo line intended for men.

Finished with a steel folding clasp, the pink calf leather strap goes directly through the watch case and represents a unitary body in construction. The steel case with the width equal to 36.5 mm, appears to be more round than the conventional round case owing to the lug-less design.

The watch is animated by a Swiss quartz movement. Both sapphire crystal and the case boast 30-meter water-resistance.

The most eye-catching element of the Serena Garbo Animation Mosaico watch is undoubtedly its dial. The silvered opaline face features the checkerboard asymmetrical pattern adorned with square princess cut rubies. The dial also exposes laser-cut rhodium-finished hands.

The case of this model is fitted with the bezel, embellished with 180 full cut diamonds with a total weight of 2.02 carats.




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Grand Robusto High Speed Watch From Antoine Preziuso

Jul 25, 2009
Antoine Preziuso is currently one of the less famous watch manufactures. Its timepieces, however, are distinguished by an impressive style and a spectacular embellishment.

The novel Grand Robusto High Speed model pays tribute to those watches manufactured by Richard Mille, which reveal absolutely open-worked dials with both markers and indicators imprinted into a large sapphire crystal.

As distinct from its counterparts, performed in the same style, the face of this watch exposes two sapphire crystals. The first is intended to cover the face and the second one serves as a dial, which tells all the necessary information. So, the hands are conventionally placed over the markers, contrary to underneath them.

The watch case features the dimensions of 38mm x 50mm, width and height indicated respectively. In fact, it is of a smaller size, than it may seem at first.

Sculptured in titanium, the tonneau shaped case features satin finished 18k pink gold inserts on its sides. The same material is used for the pushers and the crown’s logo part. Such blend of metals contributes to the perfect look of the watch exterior.

The dial looks intricate owing to the high level of polishing and contrasting metals, which were utilized for the movement.

The Grand Robusto High Speed watch is animated by an automatic Antoine Preziuso Calibre 7750RM3, based on ETA 7750 movement. Functionality of the model offers the time, a power reserve indicator as well as a 12-hour chronograph.

The dial demonstrates numerals, which remind of those used on the novel Blancpain Super Trofeo timepieces. The model is accompanied by a matching red alligator strap fitted with a titanium buckle.

Thus, the Grand Robusto High Speed model is a remarkable fusion between the features borrowed from other famous watches and Antoine Preziuso’s own style.

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F.P. Journe Opens Its Watch Boutique In New York City

Jul 24, 2009
A great number of universally famous watch-making houses regard a depressed economic situation as a chance to concentrate on the future.

New York City, which has become an American center for timepiece brands, is heartily welcoming new leading stores, opened by the renowned watch manufacturers.

In this regard, F.P. Journe, a famous watch-making house with an annual output of several thousand pieces, will be the latest newcomer to New York City. By opening its flagship boutique in America, F.P. Journe expresses its devotion to the American market as well as its readiness to embrace a rebounded economy in future.

Establishing a US retail store is an extremely important and responsible business event for any watch-making firm.

Both need for holding inventory and drain in the watches available result in customs issues. Besides, there appears the issue of servicing. The luxury watch specialists are known for having inextricably long watch service turn-around times. The number of qualified watchmakers, meanwhile, is rather small – especially in America.

This is not the first store, opened by F.P. Journe in America: for the moment it owns a smaller shop in Boca Raton, Florida. However, the New York City location will be a flagship boutique with a larger inventory. It is also planned to be a service center.

You will be able to find the store at 721 Madison Avenue. Its opening will take place in November 2009.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Movement Inside Alfred Dunhill Classic Watch

Jul 23, 2009
The Atmos clock for Alfred Dunhill by Jaeger-LeCoultre has been successfully followed by several timepieces as a part of an ongoing partnership.

One of them is A. Dunhill Classic watch animated by a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 896 movement. This extremely thin, measuring about 4 mm, automatic Calibre 896 movement exposes a seconds sub-dial. It also reveals ceramic ball bearings.

The movement design is represented by an appealing minimalism coupled with classic charm, which, in its turn, is expressed in coated hour markers and machine engraved dial.

This Dunhill Classic watch case, sculptured in an 18k white or rose gold, measures 38mm in width. The seconds sub-dial features a clean polished finish, which assists in opening up the dial as well as creates a functional looking area.

The watch is accompanied by thick black or brown alligator straps.




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Audemars Piguet Unveils Its Millenary Chalcedony Tourbillon Watch

Jul 22, 2009
In 2009, skeleton watches by Audemars Piguet have become the brand’s key focal point.

The bright representative of such timepieces is the Millenary Chalcedony Tourbillon model, which features a shining transparent blue open-worked chalcedony main plate.

Its Calibre 2861 manually-wound movement represents an unparalleled blend of jewelry and poetry-touched mechanics.

Four ornamental rings, sculptured in jewel-set pink gold, complement the entirely open-worked movement with a precious touch of subtlety. The movement demonstrates wheels, which intertwine in a magnificent way, creating golden arabesque motifs.

The watch case, featuring the dimensions of 45 mm x 40 mm, is rendered in 18-carat pink gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The dial of the timepiece reveals a sapphire crystal with etched Arabic numerals.

The Millenary Chalcedony Tourbillon model offers a power reserve of more than 72 hours and an oscillation of 21,600 vibrations per hour.





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Uni-Timer Watch from Universal Geneve

Jul 21, 2009
The number of retro-touched timepieces, especially chronographs, is currently experiencing a continuous growth. The reason for that is these models’ classical appearance coupled with a set of up-to-date functions.

A modern lifestyle requires more complex timepiece structures than that one with three hands only.

Universal Geneve has created its novel Uni-Timer model on the basis of the iconic “Uni-Compax” watch, the brand’s renowned two-subdial chronograph, the production of which dates back to the 1930’s.

The stainless steel case of this timekeeping companion is 41.5mm wide. Both lug design and pushers are very conventionally presented with the accents added on organic curves and polished surfaces. The dial of the model stands out due to its contemporary features, such as sharply cut hands with luminous application and its textured central part. It also features the classic and simple numerals.

The watch offers the functions of the time and date as well as that of a 30-minute chronograph. The Uni-Timer model is animated by an automatic 55-jewel set UG 71.5 movement based on a modified ETA movement.

The design of this timepiece will definitely attract people who are fond of peculiar, but not flashy models. Universal Geneve has always offered its high quality watches at reasonable prices.

Traditional in its appearance, this Uni-Timer model will also allow its owner to enjoy advanced features of the contemporary watchmaking industry, such as top-quality movements, sapphire crystals, and timepiece dials, more generous in size.




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JeanRichard Launches its Diverscope JR1000

Jul 20, 2009
Primarily created for avid divers, this high end Diverscope JR1000 model offers 300-meter water-resistance. It has been achieved due to such specific elements as a sapphire crystal, which is two and a half times thicker than its standard counterpart, and screwed crowns.

Every single item, including controls under air and water conditions up to 37.5 bars, is painstakingly tested on a regular basis.

The case, featuring its lavish dimensions of 43 x 43 mm, has an original internal rotating bezel. Two black PVD-treated titanium crowns offer the following accurate functions: the crown located at 3 o’ clock animates the hours, minutes and seconds’ hands as well as allows to set the date ; the crown, placed at 9 o’clock, enables adjusting the bidirectional bezel’s position in order to visualize the diving time left.

Both case and bezel of the Diverscope JR1000 model, manufactured from stainless steel, feature injected vulcanized rubber coating. Utilized in automobile industry and for professional diving masks, this hypoallergenic vulcanized rubber is distinguished by its extreme resistance to shocks, abrasion and UV rays.

The optimal weight of this watch has been attained due to the rubber’s density and to the usage of the components made of titanium.

To add to the beauty of this sportive timepiece JeanRichard complements it with a sand-blasting finishing. As a result, the rubber acquires a supremely soft satin surface.

The dial comes with the choice of two colors - lime blossom or black and green. It exposes luminescent indexes and Roman numerals, which ensure a better visibility in poor light conditions, as in the deep waters.

Every Diverscope JR1000 watch is accompanied by two straps: the first made of rubber and the second one produced from fabric.




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Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 Mechanical Movement's 80th Anniversary

Jul 17, 2009
The history of the modern Calibre 101 mechanical movement dates back to 1929, the year when the first movement of the kind was created.

Currently, this movement has the same name. Improved over the years, it includes up-to-date, extremely adorned interpretations.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101 has been the smallest mechanical movement in the world since it was unveiled, meaning for 80 years.

The annual output of these tiny movements is limited to 25 pieces only. The dimensions of the movement in question are 14 mm X 4.8 mm X 3.4mm: length, width and thickness respectively.

The movement is composed of 98 parts meant to make up its current iteration. The latest versions of the movement are able to incorporate even more parts, while the original 1929 Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 movement comprised 78 parts only. Its ultra low weight is about a gram.

The Calibre 101 is a hand-wound mechanical movement set with 19 precious stones - the number that seems unbelievable for such a small space. Another distinctive feature of the movement is its rich embellishment, embracing hand etching on the 18k gray gold bridges and polished finishing on all surfaces.

Thin and long in its exclusive shape, this movement is used in a series of different high-jewelry timekeeping companions for women. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101 also features extremely small blued steel screws, that seem large against its overall background.

Very hard to create, these movements are manufactured in limited series and integrated into the most luxurious watches for ladies.
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A. Lange & Sohne Introduces Its Petite Lange 1 Watch

Jul 17, 2009
German watch manufacture A. Lange & Sohne has turned its name into a synonym of both exterior and interior beauty.

The extremely charming watches for ladies, produced by this watch making house, symbolize a fusion between the impeccable functionality and the irresistibly attractive appearance.

The women’s interpretation of the brand’s famous Lange 1 timepiece, the Petite Lange 1 model features a moon phase complication and a top-quality mother of pearl dial with a choice of white or dark blue color.

Sculptured in 18k white gold, the 36.8 mm wide case exposes the bezel set with 58 brilliant diamonds.

A. Lange & Sohne is especially famous for its in-house designed and manufactured movements, distinguished by a far richer embellishment than that of the timepiece appearance.

The Petite Lange 1 moon phase model is equipped with a hand-wound Calibre L901.9 movement composed of 403 parts and offering a power reserve of three days. Both hands and markers of the watch are performed in white gold.

A. Lange & Sohne creates its supremely graceful and spectacular watches to be just as unrivalled in terms of their functionality.





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F.P. Journe Opens "Tools Of Ancient Watchmaking" Exhibition

Jul 15, 2009
Connoisseurs of both fine timekeeping companions and watchmaking history will be offered an exclusive opportunity to see the tools of the horological craft, displayed for viewing sessions at a charming exhibition called "Tools of Ancient Watchmaking".

Arranged by the manufacture F.P. Journe at 40 rue de la Synagogue,1204 Geneve, it will be held from the current date through October 30th, 2009.

The renowned haute horlogerie manufacturer’s showroom will open to view its noteworthy exhibits: one of the world’s finest collections of conventional watchmaking tools, embracing the period of almost 300 years, from the 18th to the early 20th century.

Guests can admire more than fifty historical gems with lathes, machines for performing common guilloche work, milling and rounding up tools as well as various kinds of watchmaker's benches among them.

The F.P. Journe "Tools Of Ancient Watchmaking" Exhibition will be open 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 9:00AM to 6:00PM.

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Chronoswiss Offers Timemaster Spring Watch

Jul 15, 2009
The sports line of the luxury watch manufacture Chronoswiss, based in Munich, has been joined by the Timemaster Spring model.

This refreshing version of the brand’s famous Timemaster watch is complemented by a decidedly feminine touch.

This timepiece is powered by the automatic Chronoswiss C.128 caliber, offering a 42-hour power reserve. Distinguished by a sweep seconds function as well as a fast adjustable date display, the Timemaster Spring model features the impeccable functionality and the matchless exactitude in terms of timekeeping.

The white dial is accentuated by the light green Superluminova compound. The watch is accompanied by an attractive alligator leather strap, performed in deeper green. 60 Top Wesselton round dazzling diamonds of VVSI clarity are arrayed around the bezel of the model in question.

About 6,000 items per year release, which is far less than an output of many world famous watchmaking firms, leaves no doubt as to the exclusiveness of this or any other Chronoswiss watch.

The Timemaster Spring model will be commercialized at a price of 9,300 dollars.



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Cosmograph Daytona White Gold and Diamonds From Rolex

Jul 14, 2009
Rolex unveiled its two novel Cosmograph Daytona luxury timekeeping companions at Baselworld 2009.

Both models’ cases, sculptured in polished 18k white gold, boast a diameter of 40 mm. Each of them exposes two rows of diamonds, blue enamel Arabic numerals, a dial paved with diamonds or diamonds and rubies with a diamond-set dial.

The new Daytona’s models are animated by the in-house manufactured caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement, which comprises 290 parts and is set with 44 jewels.

The timepieces offer a power reserve of 72 hours. Each of the models has received a COSC certificate.

The water-resistance of the watches is down to 30 meters. Both versions are accompanied by a standard leather strap fitted with a clasp.


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New Models From Riviera Magnum XXL Collection

Jul 13, 2009
Baume & Mercier has enlarged its Riviera Magnum sports timepiece line by two novel models – a limited series “all black” chronograph, offering a flyback function along with a skeletonized dial and an athletic three-pointer and date display model.

Both watches are presented in a new XXL size: they boast a diameter of 45 mm. The previous interpretations’ diameter was equal to 43 mm.

The distinct features of these two innovative newcomers to the Riviera Magnum collection include much more than just their lavish size. They are also notable for a case, one side of which resembles the shape of a car radiator grille, novel hollowed hands, a larger crown as well as a new rubber strap, which demonstrates pure lines and is fitted with an adjustable triple folding clasp.

Alongside with the novelties introduced, the new Riviera Magnum XXL timepieces are characterized by the sporting, refined features of the iconic Riviera collection - solidly affixed to the case by four black PVD-treated screws, the twelve-sided bezel has been typical for the Riviera assemblage since 1973.

The watches also boast 200-meter water-resistance, attainable due to the case construction with its screw-down back and crown. Another time-tested attribute of the models in question is scratch-resistant glareproofed sapphire crystals, which guarantee optimal durability and accurate reading of the hours.

These timepieces surely retain the highest degree of excellence as well as the respect for the fine craftsmanship’s rules, which have become a perfect basis for Baume & Mercier’s strong international reputation.

An unrivalled blend of refined technology, up-to-date aesthetic and unparalleled functionally, the innovative Riviera Magnum XXL timepieces are undoubtedly intended for action and performance.









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JeanRichard Unveils Its New Juventas Watch

Jul 10, 2009
In 2003, the legendary football club of Juventus FC and JeanRichard entered into a new Turin-based partnership.

The close cooperation between JeanRichard SA and Juventus Football Club SpA was born to implement the idea of uniting the style and history of a renowned football club with the exquisite and unique design of a prestigious Swiss watchmaker.

JeanRichard’s associating the exceptional design of its models with the world famous image of Juventus was aimed at representing its personality to a fastidious and well- informed customers.

Due to its numerous victories Juventus has gained a strong reputation of one of the best football clubs and deserved the support of millions of “tifosi” all over the world.

The Bressel classic chronograph “For Juventus”, ref. 32112-13-128, is animated by an automatic mechanical Calibre 11 1/2’’’movement JR 32, set with 57 jewels.

The watch offers a 42-hour minimum power reserve and an oscillation of 28,800 vibrations per hour. It also provides 30-meter water-resistance.


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