SplitRock MDA Full-Black Watch From Pierre DeRoche

Jul 09, 2009
Pierre DeRoche has recently unveiled the SplitRock MDA Full-Black Chronograph at Baselworld 2009.

The model in question exposes a long rectangle stainless steel case, sized 46 x 31.6mm and treated with PVD coating, which ensures avoiding any risk of scratching. The finish performed in black is polished and brushed.

The dial demonstrates a superb black guilloche pattern, black steel hands and black hour markers. A few red accents - the medium date, chronograph hour and minutes hands - are added to the dial to contrast against its black background.

The hands and hour markers demonstrate black Superluminova application.

The chronograph located at 6 o’clock has one counter only. It comprises three concentric hands: a chronograph hour, minute and seconds hands.

The main dial features no seconds hand, meaning that the seconds should be read off the small seconds display which constitutes a part of the chronograph counter. By starting the chronograph, you temporarily turn off the small seconds function to be able to use the hand for counting chronograph seconds.

The chronograph push-pieces – another extraordinary element of this watch’s design – are placed on both left and right sides of the case, contrary to the conventional 2 and 4 o'clock positions.

The date is visible through the medium date exhibition window located at 12 o'clock. The watch houses a unique automatic winding Dubois Depraz calibre, distinguished by impressive embellishment and an etched cut-out oscillating weight. The timepiece provides 30-meter water-resistance. The black crocodile leather strap fitted with steel folding clasp demonstrates red contrast stitching.

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Richard Mille Introduces Its New Watches - Felipe Massa

Jul 09, 2009
The close partnership of Richard Mille and Felipe Massa was marked by the release of two innovative limited series models - the Felipe Massa RM 004-V2 (restricted to 40 items) and the Felipe Massa RM 008-V2 (restricted to 10 items).

Both interpretations’ flanges demonstrate the colors of the Brazilian flag and their crowns expose red collars.

In 2004, it was quite venturesome of Felipe Massa to drive a Grand Prix race, wearing a Richard Mille tourbillon on his wrist, the RM 006 FM. This model, absolutely novel, was the first to use a plate manufactured from nanofibers in an extremely durable isotropic composite material.

The RM 006 watch was developed to resist the violent accelerations and vibrations, a Formula One race generously provides its participants with. The success of this model initiated a series of timepieces, produced in line with the Formula One high technological world’s requirements.

After launching the RM 006, RM 009 with a weight of 29 grams without bracelet, RM 011 LMC, limited series of the RM 004-V2 and the RM 008-V2, Richard Mille has gained a strong foothold in the world motor sport.

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Concord Introduces Its C1 Biretrograde Watch

Jul 08, 2009
Concord has recently introduced a double retrograde complication, combining the date and the day of the week. The C1 Biretrograde model, animated by a Concord C101 self-winding movement, is crafted in either platinum or rose-gold.

Protected by a 3.3 mm thick sapphire crystal, the skeletonized dial exposes a high-tech multi-layered design. A chapter ring is located below, somewhat off-center to ensure space for two retrograde displays, the Concord Bi-Retrograde comprises. The first display indicates the date and the second one shows the day.

Not that innovative, able, however, to present an exotic appearance, both "bi-retrograde" and "tri-retrograde" displays have become very fashionable lately. The lower left of the dial showcases an arc with the days of the week displayed. In the lower right of the dial there is an arc with the dates of the week listed.

The case measures 44mm in diameter and 14.6 mm in depth and it is a 50-meter submersible.

Similar to most timepieces, the hours and minutes in this model are placed in the center of the dial. The seconds function, however, is no longer available. The markers and hands demonstrate bold applications of Superluminova compound for robust low-light visibility.

The watch is accompanied by the black vulcanized rubber strap fitted with a folding clasp crafted in 18k gold.

The movement embellishment is another special feature that moves this timepiece to the front of the grid. The transparent dial opens to view the Cotes de Geneve, circular graining and black PVD coatings.

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Saqra Ego Zodiac Line From DeLaCour

Jul 08, 2009
Inspired by Chinese traditional astrology, deLaCour introduces a chic and clean collection, composed of twelve special designs. Each of them represents one of the twelve Chinese zodiac symbols, performed in pink gold and paved with white diamonds.

The black onyx dials of the line in question, housed in a blackened titanium case with 18K gold bezel and case back, are adorned with each of the twelve zodiac signs.

These watches, hand manufactured upon order, comprise diamond and baguette bezel settings, performed in white and pink gold.

To come with the timepiece, the line also embraces a pair of titanium and gold cufflinks. They are festooned with matching zodiac symbols, which accomplish the feel of bold confidence.

Produced in limited series of 88 items, this exclusive assemblage is intended for watch fans with a passion for bold statements and self-assertiveness.

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Athys Moon 2134 Watch From Daniel Roth

Jul 07, 2009
The major watch specialists at Daniel Roth have developed a novel watch equipped with a new, equally beautiful and accurate, moon-phase mechanism. The Athys collection will not demand any adjustment for another 125 years, since it was dubbed Athys Moon 2134. It happens to be a symbolic creation, perfect to mark the International Year of Astronomy.

This year celebrates the 20th birthday of the brand as well as the 400th anniversary the world’s first telescope invented by Galileo. In commemoration of this event that proved to be a turning point in the history of mankind, the United Nations Organization has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.

The Daniel Roth outstanding watchmakers decided to improve the existing moon-phase displays, often demonstrating their inaccuracy. In traditional mechanisms the disc, exposing two moons, includes 59 teeth. Activated by a one-notch rotation every 24 hours, it accomplishes a half-turn in 28 days and 12 hours.

Taking into account that the real lunar cycle is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds, the display thus demonstrates the error amounting to +44 minutes per lunar cycle, that is +8.81 hours per year.

The advanced astronomical moon-phase mechanism of the Athys Moon 2134 incorporates three wheel-and-pinion sets. The first accomplishes a full rotation in 24 hours, activating the second one in 7 days, which animates then the 135-tooth moon disc.

The last one completes a half-turn in 29 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes. It means that the relative inaccuracy constitutes just -0.02 hours or 12 minutes per year. Due to such high degree of accuracy the mechanism requires adjustment just once every 125 years!

The Athys Moon 2134 is powered by a supremely beautiful mechanical manual winding calibre (DR2300) created on a Frederic Piguet 151 base movement.

Manufactured in accordance with the best watch making traditions, embracing refined Haute Horlogerie finishing and the original design for pocket timepieces, this advanced 16-lignes Lepine type movement is powered by the brand’s conventional three-arm seconds hand. Aligned with the crown, it makes an integral part of the main gear train.

The sophisticated and graceful Athys Moon 2134 is also characterized by large Roman numerals, blued steel hands, a “railtrack” minute circle with Arabic numerals and a three-arm seconds hand at 9 o’clock. A date display at 4 o’clock and a raised depiction of the moon between 12 and 4 o’clock, performed in the same color as the case, are the other special features this model includes.

The push-pieces on this very watch serve as correctors. They are designed to make setting operations easier and avoid any risk of scratching.
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Independent Watch

Jul 06, 2009
Independent Watch, the Japanese subsidiary of Citizen as well as the inspirer of retro-futuristic-horological-cool, offers these new summer styles.

The model Zozotown ITA21-5156 has been launched as limited series of 200 pieces, reflecting the theme of "The coolest man in pink", which happens to be the color trend of this summer. It demonstrates a PVD treated steel case.

The total weight of the model Shutter ITX21-5131 is 149 grams and its thickness is equal to 14.8mm. The watch features PVD-treated steel as well as spherical glass. It is distinguished by a shutter function.

What is a shutter function? Under the dial, telling the analog time there is a digital dial located. Pressing the button at 9 reveals the third of the digital movement in the vertical center of the dial, while pressing the button at 3 reveals it all.
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Bell & Ross Presents Its BR 01 Airborne One For Only Watch 09

Jul 06, 2009
Along with the other world famous watchmakers, unveiling their exclusive watches for the Only Watch 2009 charity auction, Bell & Ross has introduced an exceptional singular model of its novel BR 01 Airborne timepiece, formally bestowed with the Airborne ONE name.

The exceptional skull & crossbones theme of the BR 01 Airborne pays homage to the heroic Allied paratroopers of World War II. A spectacular alteration of black and white brilliant-cut diamonds against the carbon-blackened square case made of stainless steel decorates this very interpretation.

To be made totally exclusive, this model is complemented by a strap manufactured from galuchat leather.

The Only Watch 2009 auction, planned to take place in Monte Carlo on September 24th and to be run for the third time, will present an assemblage of excellent luxury watches. The auction in question is aimed at obtaining funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a severe form of muscular dystrophy that mainly affects male children.

According to Bell & Ross, the novel BR 01 Airborne watch, which is a homage to the courage shown under the war conditions, perfectly symbolizes people’s daily fighting with this debilitating genetic disorder.

Only Watch 2009 is scheduled to be held in Monte Carlo on September 24th, in concert with the Monaco Yacht Show. The Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne ONE watch, alongside with the pieces unveiled by thirty-three other renowned watch brands, will be auctioned without a reserve.

All funds raised will be donated to an organization, involved in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research project.

Prior to the auction the timepieces will go on a world tour under the auspices of Osvaldo Patrizzi of Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers. The items will be exhibited for admiring sessions in Shanghai, Geneva, London, New York, and Milan.

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Superocean Heritage Limited Series from Breitling

Jul 06, 2009
To mark the brand’s 125th anniversary, Breitling has launched a limited edition of the great classic, the Superocean Heritage.

Similar to the original model, the Superocean Heritage Chronographe exposes the historic Breitling insignia with a stylized letter B, sculptured in 18 carat gold on its top. It also features the same luminescent triangular hands, which ensure effortless comprehension of the hours in the dark environment of the deep sea.

Another exceptional feature of this watch is the area with two sub dials, located horizontally at 9 am and 3 hours, performed in black Volcano, Silver or Gun Stratus Blue and manufactured in limited series of 1000 pieces per hue.

The type of the bracelet opted for, is just as special. It is the twisted steel Ocean Classic, whose exclusive design recalls the original bracelet or the Ocean Racer rubber of extremely sporty style.

The only thing that can be compared to the authenticity in the Superocean Heritage Chronographe’s design is its high technical functionality.

The impressive case of the watch measures 46 mm in diameter, boasts a 200-meter water-resistance and accommodates Breitling Caliber 23. As all other Breitling movements, this durable chronometer distinguished by high exactitude has received an official certificate from the COSC.

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Maitres du Temps Presents Its Chapter Two Watch

Jul 03, 2009
After creating the magnificent and technically innovative Chapter One watch in 2008, the new high-end luxury watchmaking house of Maitres du Temps kept many watch enthusiasts and collectors excited about upcoming surprises Chapter Two would offer.

At Baselworld 2009, Maitres du Temps unveiled Chapter Two, which proved to be a more restrained, but just as a spectacular model, revealing its own technical secrets.

Similar to its more complex predecessor, the second “Chapter” has been evolved as a result of the world famous watchmakers’ close collaboration. It features the signature complex tonneau-shaped case tempered with exclusive roller calendar indications.

With the dimensions of 45mm x 32mm and nine millimeters in overall height, the complex tonneau case sculptured in 18-karat red gold, immediately identifies the Chapter Two model as a product of Maitres du Temps.

Composed of 30 individual parts, the case features six sapphire crystals, with an octagonal one intended for the case-back display among them, as well as elongated rectangular pieces on both sides meant for the roller calendar indications.

A charming layout of compound-curve surfaces coupled with alternating satin and polished sections are an eloquent evidence of the huge efforts involved in the watch’s manufacturing. The same can be referred to the curved dial.

Made of silver, the dial demonstrates a circular grained satin peripheral area for numerals and a gorgeous engine-turned "sunray" guilloche pattern located at the center. Equally complex and harmonious design of the dial is complimented by faceted sword-shaped hands performed in polished red gold.

The Chapter Two also demonstrates an impressive extent of watchmaking refinement. The most remarkable in this regard are the cylindrical rolling calendar indications for the month and the day. They can be visible through their own sapphire crystals, located above and below the dial itself. They function together with the instantly switching large date indicator to provide a clear and technically innovative version of the iconic triple calendar complication.

The date is set by means of a very discreet pusher, located directly above the winding crown.

The back side of the Chapter Two timepiece presents many other surprises with delicately integrated and supremely intuitive corrector buttons for the day and month rollers among them.

The model is animated by the SHC01 automatic movement. Demonstrating hand-embellished bridges with a spectacular sunray Cotes de Geneve pattern, along with chamfered edges, SHC01 embraces 382 individual parts and it is set with 32 jewels. The movement features a balance wheel moving back and forth at 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 50 hours.

The Chapter Two is also distinguished by the richly etched 22K gold goblet-shaped winding rotor, which adds to the watch’s sophisticated beauty and symbolism.
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Bertolucci Launches Its New Advertising Campaign "Standing"

Jul 03, 2009
BERTOLUCCI, the most Italian of all the Swiss timepiece brands, has opted for its own creations as a muse, to convey to the world the exclusiveness of its perfect designs.

Since its debut in 1987, this watch brand has always manufactured innovative and exceptional products inspired by its origins, Tuscany and the elements, feelings and impressions the beaches of the Italian Riviera generously provided it with.

The strengths of its Mediterranean influence and the world famous exactitude and excellence in the Swiss craftsmanship meet and unite, turning the name BERTOLUCCI into a synonym of a watch brand, always composing something novel, something distinctive and something exclusive.

An exceptional selection of luxury watches is founded on its philosophy of the 4“Cs” , that is Creativity, Curves, Comfort and Construction.

The new BERTOLUCCI advertising campaign is totally dedicated to the timekeeping companion, standing on a golden wave, encouraged by the reflections of the Mediterranean Sea and embraced by a golden aura, and demonstrating its exquisite finishing.

For the moment, the “Standing” idea is represented by three visuals: two new ones will make their appearance later this year.

The marketing supports, such as Internet website and general catalogues, will duplicate this innovative visual authenticity, which will be a welcome newcomer to the various markets, certifying an unrivalled brand image, acclaimed all over the world.

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"Best Of The Best" 2009 Accolade Presented to F.P. Journe Watch

Jul 02, 2009
The technically outstanding Repetition Minutes Souveraine timekeeping companion from the celebrated watch manufacture F.P. Journe has been presented Robb Report's Best of the Best 2009 accolade.

Every year Robb Report bestows its Best of the Best awards on luxury goods and services distinguished by their unrivalled top quality.

Both watch lovers and experts in the field of horology have appreciated the F.P. Journe Repetition Minutes Souveraine model’s exceptional gracefulness and mechanical design since its original appearance in 2008.

The renowned complexity of the minute repeater coordinates well with an accentuated user-friendliness, operational reliability, as well as optimal acoustic performance for the gongs.

In the tradition of all FP Journe timepieces, the mechanical movement is a unique in-house manufactured device and it demonstrates bridges rendered in 18-karat pink gold.

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New Sea-Touch Watch Offered by Tissot

Jul 02, 2009
Patented technology applied in the Sea-Touch watch, manufactured by Tissot, guarantees perfect functioning of this model intended for divers, both above and below the sea level.

When going down to a depth of 200 meters, the owner of this innovative diving timepiece has the advanced technology right at his fingertips.

Along with its ability to tell the time in two time zones and denote the depth of the current dive, this watch incorporates a digital chronograph, thermometer, alarm, perpetual calendar date, compass and divers’ logbook - all of these functions are driven by touching the glass.

The SEA-Touch watch meets all of the European Norm EN13319 envisaged criteria as to diver’s accessories, such as luminosity, shock resistance, anti-magnetism, band solidity and the incorporation of a time control device. When the diver goes underwater to a minimum depth of 1 m 40, the hands move to 9 o’ clock.

Then, the minute hand indicates the depth of the dive on the scale located around the bezel, while the hour hand shows the diver’s speed expressed in meters per minute on the dial. A supremely luminescent material, as well as an effective backlight, ensure perfect visibility.

The SEA-Touch timepiece uses the technology patented by Tissot SA, which provides the rubber-protected pushers with double protection, enabling their excellent functionality underwater.

Tissot assures the SEA-Touch watch’s appearance is as breathtaking as the underwater environment the diver finds himself in. A stainless steel bracelet and case are joined to a stylish black and white bezel, offering a selection of a black, a white or an orange dial.

The silver dial features silver-colored indices, its black counterpart demonstrates contrasting black and white markings and the dial performed in orange has orange indices. The metal base of the rubber-capped pushers picks up the strongly angular case of the timepiece.

No matter how avid the diver is, he certainly spends much time on land. Here, above the water, the diver can also use his Tissot SEA-Touch watch, which will add a sporty touch to his style or will remind of previous dives by means of tactile logbook.

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The New Williams F1 Team Skeleton Engine Date From Oris

Jul 01, 2009
At the time when Formula One is in the middle of changing its face, Oris has developed its latest motor sports model. The motor sport’s most thrilling category welcomes new rules for 2009 and Oris is all new season-oriented.

Formula One competition is planned to be more open, with clearer chances for overtaking. Car design will be found much cleaner.

The Oris Williams F1 Team Skeleton Engine Date, lightweight and pared down in appearance, is a very timely newcomer to the right place and it will definitely stand out as soon as the season starts.

The movement of the timepiece is fully visible through the high quality sapphire glass. The date ring is revealed to the elements and can be seen in detail. The current date is indicated by the special red arrow pointer at six o’clock.

The activity of both the innovative Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) created for cars participating in the 2009 Formula One season and the renowned Oris red rotor is based on the same principle - energy stored through movement can be used when necessary.

But some things have established a strong foothold. The flexible lugs of the Oris watch that secure the strap to the case made of stainless steel remain unchangeable. They always ensure a perfect fit on the wearer’s wrist.

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Girard-Perregaux Unveils ww.tc Chronograph at Only Watch 09

Jul 01, 2009
The Girard-Perregaux ww.tc watches are considered to be the most elegant up-to-date examples of timekeeping companions with world time complications and are found on the list of the brand's bestsellers.

Recognizing the attraction of the ww.tc, Girard-Perregaux has manufactured an exceptional interpretation intended for the Only Watch event to be held in September. This charity auction of exclusive timepieces will take place in Monaco under the auspices of Prince Albert II. All funds realized from the sale will go to Monegasque Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Manufactured from high-tech black ceramic with an inner core made of titanium, the case of the Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Ceramic Only Watch 09 chronograph boasts a diameter of 43 mm.

This case, stealthy and scratch-resistant, coordinates well with rubber accents on chronograph pushers and a winding crown.

The sapphire crystal, whose features include an elegant domed profile, is joined seamlessly to the domed bezel, exposing durable scratch-resistant protection to the special and colorful ww.tc dials.

To create a handsome and sporty contrast, the chronograph counters are silvered against a black background. Both hour markers and hands feature luminous coatings for robust low-light visibility.

Day and night hours are accurately demarcated on the rotating 24-hour ring by means of glaring red for the hours from 6:00 to 18:00.

The traditional city of Paris on the outer city ring, indicating UTC/GMT +1, has been substituted for Monaco, performed in glaring red.

With the time set and the appropriate city oriented at 12 o'clock, the wearer of this Girard-Perregaux watch can read the times around the world.

The chronograph function with its efficient flyback mechanism permits the wearer to record successive intervals of elapsed time without stopping and resetting afterwards the central chronograph hand.

The Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Ceramic Only Watch 2009 chronograph is powered by the manufacture GP 3387 automatic movement. Having 13 lignes in diameter and 8.20mm in overall height, this modular caliber manufactured by Girard-Perregaux demonstrates a balance wheel beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a 40-hour power reserve. Six screws secure the case-back, which shows the delicately finished movement through a tinted sapphire crystal display.

The brand signature along with "Piece Unique", the reference number, the words "Ce/Ti No 1/1" to denote the case materials, as well as the exclusive manufacture of the model are etched on the back side’s outer ring.

The Girard-Perregaux exclusive ceramic-cased ww.tc chronograph watch will be put up for auction without a reserve price on the evening of September 24, 2009.
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Alacria Royal Limited Series Watches From Carl F. Bucherer

Jun 30, 2009
Candy-like in appearance, these innovative Alacria Royal line watches introduced by Carl F. Bucherer, happen to be much more expensive than this delight. They are produced in the limited series of just 25 items per each of the four models.

Chic jewelry timepieces in the true sense of these words, their design and surface paved with jewels are intended to instill admiration. The timekeeping companions are set with diamonds and either blue sapphires, orange sapphires or emeralds.

The cases, sculptured in 18k white gold, are finely reverse tonneau shaped and fitted with eye-catching bracelets.

The Alacria Royal timepieces present some difficulty as to reading the time; however, it is not their main goal. These extremely trendy timekeeping companions capture attention with their exclusive and spectacular designs.

The timepieces are animated by a quartz movement, which is set against a mechanical movement. This comes as a surprise from Carl F. Bucherer, who is famous for its mechanical movements, it is traditional though for such delicate jewelry timekeeping companions.

Thanks to the high level of gems, the case, dial, and bracelet are set with, the Carl F. Bucherer Alacria Royal line will be sold at retail from about 112k to 250 dollars per item.
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Pierre Kunz Launches New Spirit Diver Watch

Jun 29, 2009
Pierre Kunz has created the first diving watch designed in strict accordance with the very exact criteria of Swiss watchmaking.

This simple and extremely fashionable interpretation is full of contrasts. It reminds of the submarine environment as well as the mechanical layout of machine rooms.

Featuring conventional hours and minutes functions along with seconds on a rotating disc, the Spirit Diver is equipped with the depth gauge, inserted and secured afterwards on the side of the case. This very device enables the watch to challenge the depth.

A modular accessory, having an aesthetic value, it has also become an indispensable part of the timekeeping companion. This durable depth gauge holder hollowed out in Blaktop steel accommodates a sapphire glass tube. Similar to a spirit level, this tube serves as an indicator, reading the depth the diver has reached up to eighty meters.

Always in search for perfection and innovative ideas, Pierre Kunz has cooperated with outstanding specialists to manufacture this depth gauge sized 3.3 cm. Successfully miniaturized, the Spirit Diver provides a depth reproduction and a permanent display while diving or coming up to the surface.

The Spirit Diver keeps mascots of the brand with a texalium dial distinguished by perfect readability and trimmed with an index made of super-luminous material. The dial versions are available in black texalium or silvered texalium.

There are also presented unconventional diver flag interpretations. The diving timepiece dial is very specific: it exposes trapezium index, technical figures and a central screw-in applique embracing the seconds disc.

The sport case with a diameter equal to 44 mm is crafted in steel and Blaktop steel and trimmed with a toothed bezel, which turns in one direction. The bezel, finely sanded, provides a very matte finished surface and features rubber index. The crown made of Blaktop steel is protected for strength and durability – both features are distinctive for the sport collection.

The Pierre Kunz Spirit Diver watch provides 100-meter water-resistance. The case-back of the timepiece is covered with sapphire crystal. The rubber printed strap demonstrates a texalium texture and is matched with a folding steel buckle.

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Breguet Unveils Classique Travel Clock For Only Watch 2009

Jun 29, 2009
Breguet, a renowned Swiss watch manufacturer, has presented its product for the 2009 Only Watch charity auction.

Model No. 1 in a limited edition of just seven pieces, the Breguet Classique travel clock demonstrates a case and handle performed in solid 950 sterling silver and hobnail-embellished gilt plates on both front and back sides.

Alongside with the time indicated on an engine-turned guilloche silver dial with blue-colored Brequet hands, the clock also offers a thermometer with a blued serpentine hand. This travel clock is animated by the Breguet manual winding 564/1 caliber, set with 17 jewels and characterized by a monometallic balance and lever escapement.

The silver Breguet Classique travel clock will be put up for auction in Monaco on September 24, 2009, as well as other exclusive and limited series timekeeping companions introduced by different world-famous watchmaking houses. The items unveiled will be auctioned without a reserve and all funds raised will be transferred to the Monegasque Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

This is an organization, whose activity is dedicated to researches in the field of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder primarily affecting male children, which leads to a lethal outcome through atrophia of muscles related to the heart and respiratory organs.

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Omega Unveils Ploprof 1/1 Watch for 2009 Only Watch Auction

Jun 26, 2009
Celebrated Swiss timepiece brands’ preparations for introducing their exclusive models at the Only Watch auction to be held in Monaco are in full swing.

The auction is aimed at obtaining funds for Monegasque Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an international organization, developing projects on debilitating genetic disorder that negatively influences male children.

Omega will be proud to unveil an especially elegant and spectacular rose gold interpretation of its renowned Ploprof - a dive watch, launched for the first time in 1970s. Jacques Cousteau’s favorite model, the Ploprof is distinguished by its oversized monocoque case and extremely secure rotating bezel, which functioning is governed by a security push button.

The Omega Seamaster Ploprof intended for Only Watch is completely rendered in 18-karat white gold. Similar to its counterpart manufactured from steel, it demonstrates brushed texture finished surfaces. A white rubber strap, embellished with vertical grooves and the Omega signature, match perfectly the white sapphire-overlaid graduated bezel and the exceptional dial, bearing a "1/1 Only Watch" commemorative mark.

The hands and hour indices of the exclusive timekeeping companion are also made of rose gold and demonstrate Superluminova coating, which ensures effortless legibility in any light conditions.

The Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1/1 intended for Only Watch accommodates the in-house manufactured Omega 8501 caliber.

This movement incorporates the acclaimed Co-Axial escapement and reveals a freely sprung balance wheel with the unconventional beat frequency of 25,200 vibrations per hour. It also features a power reserve of 60 hours.

To specify its manufacture status, Omega has provided the 8500 caliber with a special Cotes de Geneve en Arabesques decorative pattern and received its precision performance certificate from the Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC). As a result of 15-day tests in different positions and temperatures, each caliber has been assigned the official title of "Chronometer".

The Omega 1/1 Seamaster Ploprof timepiece performed in rose gold will be put up for auction without a reserve on September 24, 2009 under the auspices of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Bell & Ross Offers Commando Watches

Jun 25, 2009
Bell & Ross, a manufacturer of sports timepieces, unveiled its latest BR 01 watches distinguished by their strong "tacticool" aura.

Expressively named Commando, these interpretations accentuate stealth and zero light reflectivity via the blend of a grey powder coating on BR stainless steel cases, sized 46mm, and dials with an unnoticeable primer grey color scheme.

Two versions introduced, are available in a limited edition of 500 items. The Bell & Ross Commando BR 01-96 demonstrates the hours, minutes and sweep seconds, alongside with a large date display, governed by means of the winding crown.

The BR 01-97 offers a conventional date display, featuring, however, a circular power reserve indicator meant to inform about the degree of operating power left in the spring barrel.

These two Bell & Ross Commando timepieces incorporate ETA base calibers, which boast approximately a 42-hour power reserve.

Anti-reflective flat sapphire crystals, black superluminova-coated hands, as well as bold hour and minute scales, ensure perfect readability no matter how much light is available. The special dials are complemented by Bell & Ross matching straps made of grey rubber and powder coated buckles.

Similar to other Bell & Ross BR 01 versions, the Commandos provide 100-meter water resistance. Straps on these timepieces can be replaced by their synthetic canvas or leather alternatives.

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Longines Offers Column-Wheel Chronograph

Jun 25, 2009
Possessing an extensive experience in horology, Longines has developed a watch that is a homage to the different timing mechanisms created during the company’s history.

The Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph accommodates an innovative calibre. Its exceptional creation by ETA was mandated and financed by Longines as well as other brands which belong to the Swatch Group.

This automatic movement incorporates a column wheel, activating the mechanism that measures time intervals - the very technical device used by the celebrated St. Imier brand since 1878.

The Longines made its first step in manufacturing horological equipment in 1878. It was a release of a simple 20 line chronograph, reference number 20H, equipped with a covered-by-a-washer column wheel, controlling the chronograph mechanism. The same principle was used in almost all the follow up measuring equipment developed by Longines.

All the calibers for pocket chronographs manufactured by Longines, including the 19CH (1889), the 19.73 (1887), the 19.73N (1909) and the 19.73N with a split-seconds function (1922), the 18.72 (1929) or the 24 line calibre especially meant for sports timing (1939) and movements for the brand’s wrist-chronographs with the 13.33Z (1913), the renowned 13ZN (1946) or the 30CH (1947) among them, are distinguished by incorporated column-wheel systems, developed for governing and activating the chronograph functions. The possible variations of the latter depend on the specific calibre.

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