Jun 25, 2009
In the early 1990s, Nivrel
introduced a replica model (Ref. N 515.001) of an old hand-wound chronograph from the 1940s. Available in limited edition of 100 items, it was snatched up very quickly.
Nowadays this timepiece happens to be a highly desirable object for collectors.
In 2008, about 15 years after unveiling the first replica version, Nivrel introduced the second version of this kind.
The Nivrel Replique II
is presented in two different interpretations
: each of them is a tribute to two various Nivrel chronographs from the 1950s. The original timepieces had been powered by a manual winding chronograph movement caliber Landeron 48
. The replica versions are also equipped with a manual winding chronograph movement caliber Landeron 248
. This movement belongs to the same product family created from 1933 until 1970.
, measuring 13.75''', is set with 17 jewels. It also boasts a 43 hour power reserve
as well as an oscillation of 18,000 vibrations per hour.
The successor of the original Landeron 48 has been excellently innovated by Nivrel, demonstrating details such as blued screws and gold-plated bridges. Both model interpretations are restricted to just 50 pieces.
Reference 585.001 CASEK
with a dial performed in black will be put up for sale at all Nivrel retail stores on request, while reference 585.001 CAAEK
with a beige-colored dial, pictured, will be commercialized only at the sales points of Cortina Watch, Nivrel’s general distributor in the region of South-East Asia.
Jun 24, 2009
Always progressive and hardly ever predictable are the proper words for describing a new deLacour watch
. This innovative product stands out due to its extremely complex movement, created in collaboration with master movement maker Christophe Claret
The novel Birepetition watch
demonstrates two time zones, a double minute repeater - one for each time zone, a big date complication, as well as an extraordinary style of a moon phase indicator.
As far as the moon phase indicator
is concerned, a shooting star
is what deLacour implanted this celestial complication with. The complication ensures falling of a small golden shooting star through the moon phase display at various intervals.
It is unlikely to be put in practical use; having an aesthetic value, however, it contributes to the beauty of the haute horology world
Each time zone is located on an adjoining retrograde hour dial
, with a common minute hand that moves around the entire watch face. This is a plain and efficient solution, graceful and seemingly exclusive.
The large rose gold case
accommodates Christophe Claret’s complex hand-wound movement
with a hex design on exposed areas that can be seen through the skeletonized dial.
Non-skeletonized dials are gradually forced out of the high quality watch novelties world.
The minute repeater is driven via the lever available on each side of the timepiece case - one for each time zone.
Jun 23, 2009
Both timepiece collectors and Officine Panerai enthusiasts will be offered a perfect opportunity of visiting a free public exhibition in Singapore
, planned for opening early July 2009. The exhibition in question will display the Panerai in-house P.9000 family of manufacture movements
The first time for Panerai
to announce the P.9000 calibers and the Luminor timepieces to accommodate them was at the 2009 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie
, in January.
Three various movement interpretations, the caliber range embraces, are equally equipped with an automatic mechanism and two spring barrels, providing an exceptional three-day power reserve
. The new movements are enclosed in timepiece cases, closely based on the Luminor 1950
from the Manifattura selection.
The Panerai P.9000 exhibition will take place through July 8th and 9th, from 11AM to 6PM at Singapore's Asian Civilizations Museum. The media representatives can also see the showpieces on July 7th.
Along with the entire selection of P.9000 movements and watches, Officine Panerai will display a special group of Manifattura line timekeeping companions.
Jun 23, 2009
The Octa Perpetuelle
is a new Anniversary watch
, demonstrating an exclusive perpetual calendar. The prestigious limited edition of 99 items
has been launched to mark the F.P. Journe Boutiques’ worldwide network with the 5th Anniversary of the first Boutique in Tokyo.
The first speech at the event was delivered by His Excellency, the Swiss Ambassador in Japan, Mr. Paul Fivat
. It was followed by Francois-Paul Journe’s World Premiere presentation of the innovative model Octa Perpetuelle, which took place in front of a flowered clock’s fine-scale replica of the Geneva’s English Garden.
In 2001, F.P.Journe
unveiled the OCTA line, including mechanical timekeeping companions with a self-winding movement, distinguished by an extraordinary power reserve of 5 days or 120 hours
. All the models’ cases demonstrated the same thickness despite the complications available.
The 8th OCTA product, the Octa Perpetuelle
, enlarges the collection of the automatic winding calibre signed F.P. Journe - Invenit et Fecit
Lots of collectors welcomed at the event looked forward to this product, offering a perpetual calendar. According to the guests, this line proved to be an eloquent confirmation of Swiss watchmaker’s creative genius and novel technical skills.
Then, the guests were treated to specialties of Marseilles, Francois-Paul Journe’s birthplace, around a Provencal buffet served together with sea savours cooked by a true French chef.
The evening continued in a warm atmosphere with collectors showing their avid interest in F.P.Journe watches.
Jun 22, 2009
An up-to-date combination of sport and style, spectacular shapes and glaring diamonds of the new Harry Winston Ocean Lady Moon Phase watch
are aimed at creating a new look of feminine luxury.
Durable and graceful at the same time, the case
, sized 36 mm, is delicately manufactured in white or rose gold, and paved with 57 brilliant diamonds
, encircling the bezel. With the sporty sensibility intensified, the case shape, somewhat oversized, provides better visibility of the dial details, with the date indication among them.
When highlighting the delicately crafted dial
, a complicated moon phase motif
adds to the watch a resolutely feminine touch. To mirror the Harry Winston signature style
, the dial demonstrates 195 hand-set dazzling diamonds
and graceful mother-of-pearl, ensuring a pure and lustrous finish.
A strap made of a technical rubber acquires an unexpected touch due to diamond buckle details, completing the watch's cool everyday appeal.
Jun 22, 2009
Just before the start of the British Grand Prix, Round eight of the 2009 Formula One World Championship
, its current leaders Brawn GP
gladly confirmed a new collaboration with the traditional British watch brand Graham-London
Graham-London, created in London by George Graham
, a famous clockmaker of the 18th century, happens to be a part of the British Masters, an Anglo-Swiss company, located at La Chaux-de-Fonds in Neuchatel, the center of watchmaking industry in Switzerland.
This brand is a combination of the best Britain’s watch heritage and Swiss passion for fine engineering detail, which is in line with the spirit and commitment to timekeeping initiated by Graham.
Manufactured by Graham-London, two extremely special limited edition Brawn GP timepieces
have been created for the British Grand Prix. These watches mirror the individual features of the brand as well as values of the Brawn GP team. Both interpretations - the Chronofighter G-BGP-001
and the Silverstone G-BGP-001
with black or white dials, were restricted to just 250 pieces per range
The Graham-London brand was demonstrated on the wing mirrors of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello's Brawn-Mercedes race cars from the practice sessions at Silverstone last Friday in the course of the team’s on-track preparations for Sunday's race.
According to Ross Brawn
, Team Principal of Brawn GP, the British Grand Prix was an extraordinary event for the Brawn GP team with their factory located down the road from Silverstone. They were extremely pleased to start their cooperation with Graham-London, one of the most renowned timepiece brands in the world. He also mentioned that an outstanding design of the two special edition Brawn GP timekeeping companions, manufactured by Graham, entirely met the high level of technological and design requirements of Formula One.
, CEO and Founder of The British Masters was ecstatic about this promising cooperation between Graham
and the Brawn GP team started at the British Grand Prix last weekend. In his opinion, it was a perfect chance for Graham-London to share two supremely advanced high technologies and an encouraging challenge for them to develop their design and extend technical limits.
Jun 19, 2009
On June 2nd, Swiss watch manufacture Vacheron Constantin
officially introduced its 2009 "Les Masques"
timekeeping companions at New York's famous Metropolitan Museum of Art
The third series of Metiers d'Art models
, these exclusive timepieces unveiled by Vacheron Constantin, are straightly influenced by masks from cultures all over the world.
These masks belong to the large collection of the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva
. Vacheron Constantin is in cooperation with the museum for the exhibition: "African and Oceanic Art from the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva: A Legacy of Collecting
Vacheron Constantin CEO Juan-Carlos Torres, Vacheron Constantin International Director Marc Guten, and Hugues de Pins, president of Vacheron Constantin North America welcomed special guests with Monique Barbier-Mueller of the Barbier-Mueller family among them.
This event brought together high society representatives
as well as collectors
of both fine watches and art. Among the elites of New York were Rachel Roy, Fabiola Beracasa, Muffie Potter Aston, Olivia Chantecaille, Euan Rellie and Lucy Sykes, Gucci Westman and David Neville, Lela Rose, Celerie Kemble, and Tatiana Boncompagni.
The first part of the evening was dedicated to touring the Barbier-Mueller exhibition
, where guests could admire its charming showpieces.
Invited afterwards to the Temple of Dendur
in the Sackler wing, they were offered cocktails as well as a captivating display of modern and past Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art timepieces
This event proved to be even more attractive thanks to participation of both Vacheron Constantin master watchmaker and master engraver who showed their professional skills in real life.
Then guests had an exquisite dinner of Nori Dusted Scallops
and Venison Loin Poele
, enjoying meanwhile an art of dancers and musicians from the Juilliard School
. To crown it all, the dancers cast a spell on the audience by an expressive presentation of the latest Les Masques timepieces line.
Jun 19, 2009
The Santos 100 chronograph
is crafted in an amorphous diamond-like carbon (ADLC)
and rose gold.
Cartier says, ADLC stands out of all other coating methods due to its unique property of the coating thickness, implying it will not demonstrate a contrasting color in case of scratching.
Besides, the case is distinguished by a fingerprint-resistant treatment, so there will not be left a fingerprint while touching it. According to Cartier, this process of specific treatment is applied in military equipment and the brand possesses exclusive rights to use the treatment in question for timepieces.
offers three interpretations - the Cartier Santos 100 XL Chronograph, Santos 100 XL
and Santos 100
. Both XL models boast a diameter of 38 mm, while the smaller one is equal to 32 mm.
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Jun 18, 2009
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Slim Automatic watches’
delicate cases complement classical design with new sizes of gracefulness and comfort.
A fine Swiss self-winding movement
is located underneath a black or silver dial
, enclosed by 40 mm or 43 mm sized housing made of polished stainless steel. The large diameter equal to 40 and 43 mm adds a contrasting touch to the delicacy of the case in polished stainless steel.
The Hamilton commitment to combining up to date ideas with craftsmanship is accentuated by the watch interpretation presented on a ‘Milanese’ metal bracelet
was created in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Hamilton timepieces unite the American spirit with the matchless exactitude of the latest Swiss movements and technologies.
Renowned for their progressive design, Hamilton watches
have gained a strong reputation in Hollywood, appearing in more than 300 films.
Hamilton happens to be a member of the Swatch group
, the largest timepiece manufacturer and distributor in the world, which owns 160 production sites in Switzerland.
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Jun 18, 2009
Vacheron Constantin read more
, famous all over the world for manufacturing horological items of exquisite quality, reconfirmed its reputation by the release of the eye-catching Lady Kalla Flame watch
A product of both the master jeweler and goldsmith’s craftsmanship, the Lady Kalla Flame pays tribute to historic Vacheron Constantin haute joaillerie
, launching a striking and impressive new diamond cut.
The Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla Flame timepiece is completely rendered in 18-karat white gold
. This valuable framework opens to view the 140 flame cut diamonds
, the case and the bracelet are generously embellished with. Due to a specialized emaillement technique
, the timepiece features the minimum of the underlying metal, making an impression that it is fully created from interlocking diamonds.
is set with 60 more flame cuts. This gorgeous Vacheron Constantin watch from the Metiers D'Art line includes altogether 36.50 carats of diamonds, each of them meticulously selected for color, clarity and precision of cut.
It should be noted that the process of creating this feminine flame cut is very captivating. The 57 facets of the flame cut
, mathematically developed for a highly attractive demonstration of luster, radiance and light diffusion, merge into a spectacular asymmetric shape, giving the watch an overwhelming exotic touch.
For the first time in twenty years the flame cut’s excellence was officially recognized by the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
The Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla Flame watch
is animated by the hand wound movement caliber 1005
. This refined mechanical movement, measuring just 3.60mm in height; bridges, demonstrating traditional Cotes de Geneve and anglage finishing along with the circular grained mainplate are an understated example of the watchmaking arts. The movement offers an advantage of 30-hour power reserve
and balance frequency constitutes 19,800 vibrations per hour. Both winding and setting of the hands are controlled by the crown located on the case back.
Jun 17, 2009
The slightly cambered curves along with excellent proportions of the “tonneau” case made of stainless steel
present a perfect background for the Architects of Time to demonstrate their exquisite sense of style.
The barrel shape, used in a model with the diameter equal to 31.40mm, complements the watch with a special charm, stressed by the innovative gem-setting
. The latter produces an unforgettable effect due to meticulously graded sizes and shades of gemstones.
The hour and minute hands revolve elegantly across the square settings of the diamond hour-markers
, providing illumination for the gleaming mother-of-pearl dial and forming a fine frame for the Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock as well as the applied Ebel logo.
The skeletonized numerals are highlighted by Super-Luminova, presented by a variety of colors (white, yellow, orange, pink or purple), to match the sheen of the case-decorating brilliant-cut gemstones -diamonds, citrines or sapphires - as well as the shade of the strap made of ostrich leather
. This material is used by Ebel for the first time and it adds an exotic touch to these understated watchbands coming with a polished double folding clasp.
The exquisite taste demonstrated through esthetic elegance and purity enables the Ebel Beluga Tonneau Large
to mirror the spirit of the times.
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Jun 17, 2009
The latest collection of watches from the manufacture Jaquet Droz
was encouraged by Pierre Jaquet Droz’s traditional use of brilliant blue, while creating exclusive horological items.
La Ligne Bleue
is an exceptional new Jaquet Droz timepiece assemblage, expected to be launched in a limited edition of just eight pieces for the five versions it will include.
Watch enthusiasts consider Jaquet Droz timekeeping companions to be a benchmark of excellence, due to the finest craftsmanship - especially as to the dial work
- it is distinguished by.
The brand earned its fame as a bastion of the rare art of grand feu
, which is a special technique of powdered enamels turning into an extremely deep and rich surface through a painstaking and very delicate multi-step firing process.
Each of Jaquet Droz enamel dials
, white or black, needs from fifteen to twenty firings to be completed. The blue dials of the La Ligne Bleue line happen to be even more demanding: the number of individual firings for manufacturing each blue enamel dial should be no less than twenty.
Not all of these dials will successfully go through the firing process and just a few will meet the requirements of the brand’s quality control standard, eventually incorporated by the La Ligne Bleue watch.
, a graceful model, coming with a perpetual calendar complication with serpentine retrograde hands for days of the week as well as the month, is the most complex of the five La Ligne Bleue timekeeping companions.
The Grande Seconde
and Grande Seconde Medium
are a reflection of Jaquet Droz design signatures, which reveal the traditional dials overlapping each other to create the number “8”. The Grande Date
timepiece is a combination of functionality and chic minimalism with its off-centered hour and minute counter, located over a clearly legible large date indicator.
The final representative of the Jaquet Droz
assemblage – the one not rendered in 18-karat white gold- is the elegant and extremely sophisticated L'Origine Email
The exclusive blue enamel dial of this Jaquet Droz timepiece made of stainless steel is an embodiment of classicism – Roman numerals hour markers are arrayed around iconic centralized indications for the hour, minutes, and seconds. The L'Origine Email is accompanied by a brilliant blue strap made of hand-sewn alligator leather and an ardillon buckle with the Jaquet Droz insignia on it.
Jun 16, 2009
Influenced by the engraved check fine jewelry collection, Burberry watches
demonstrate up-to-date and chic styles for both men and women.
All pieces in the engraved check watches collection reveal the classic Burberry check of various sizes ranging from micro to mega ones.
The Burberry check
represents one of the brand’s signature icons, subject to innovation with each coming season, taking into account all product categories, with ready-to-wear and accessories among them.
happen to be encouraged by items, presented in the Burberry fine jewelry collection. Main women’s styles embrace a graceful bracelet watch
, laser-engraved with three scales of the check and an etched check cube bracelet
made of stainless steel, dark nickel, gold or stainless steel with a diamond-set case.
The new black and white Burberry check
, suggested by the Burberry the Beat fragrances
is a newcomer to the collection. The watch with an engraved check case is accompanied by straps made of soft leather.
Influenced by the Burberry history rich in function and performance, a main style for men
is a timepiece made of stainless steel, coming with a durable novel perforated leather strap and etched mega check dial.
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Jun 16, 2009
Justin Rose and Maurice Lacroix read more
entered into a three-year contract
over a close cooperation with the possibility to be extended for two more years.
Their mutual appreciation and joint efforts are aimed at giving birth to some creative international projects.
According to CEO Martin Bachmann
, Justin Rose is the best imaginable ambassador for their company. The Maurice Lacroix watches
are intended for strong, outstanding personalities – authentic people, who really know what they want out of life and interested not only in social status.
This precisely describes Justin Rose, a true embodiment of Maurice Lacroix’s spirit. The company’s authenticity credo is reflected in manufacturing unique products, wspirithich true value is not in their looks only.
, born on July 30, 1980, prefers the best quality, reliable things, because if he decides on something, he wants to have it in his life as long as possible. As to the watch, he equally values its look and function. Wearing a kind of bling on the wrist is not his style.
Justin Rose started his dazzling career of a golfer
at the age of 17, the following day after he had holed a 40 meter pitch shot for a birdie on his final hole at the 1998 British Open at Royal Birkdale. He took up the 4th place then.
Now Justin Rose is considered to be one of the best golf players in Europe with a number 6 career in the world rankings. In 2007 he became the winner of the European Tour Order of Merit and that of Volvo Masters in Valderama.
In 2008, it was his first time to play for the European Ryder Cup team, where he secured a strong victory over Phil Mickelson in the singles.
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Jun 15, 2009
The relationship between Disney
and watch manufacturer Gerald Genta
has been lasting enough for the latter to release chic watches with Disney character - mostly Mickey - as a theme.
This novelty was created to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Disney Tokyo resort
Thus, the dial of the watch demonstrates Mickey having in his paw a diamond
, set at “25” on the retrograde hour scale. Meanwhile, the location of the jumping hour window
is deviated to the left.
An iconic red seconds hand
moves around the dial. As for a retrograde date indicator
, in the lower half of the watch there is another Mickey, pointing to it. A “retrograde” component can be found in almost every Gerald Genta timepiece
The titanium-forged case
looks quite light and it demonstrates Gerald Genta’s typical design, quite muted however.
The watch is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement
with a solid gold rotor. The movement itself features a “potter finish”, performed in “antique gold”. Lots of people in Japan equally adore Disney and watches.
The Gerald Genta Mickey Tokyo Resort watch
will be a part of 80 items only limited edition, supposed to be sold out very fast.
Jun 15, 2009
Girard-Perregaux read more
introduces the Laureato Bol d’Or Mirabaud chronograph 2009
to mark the 71st edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud
As a sponsor of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud for the third year, Girard-Perregaux has once again launched a timepiece on the occasion of the biggest inland regatta in Europe.
The Laureato Bol d’Or Mirabaud chronograph stands out due to the brand's up to date approach.
While manufacturing this watch, Girard-Perregaux emphasizes again that fine watchmaking and competition sailing share the similar values – high professionalism, great patience and passion are among them.
The Girard-Perregaux Product Creation and Development department has paid a thorough attention to the development of the Laureato
. Perfectly designed through the involvement of Luigi Macaluso
, President of the watchmaking manufacture, the project is passed over to the company's Process engineering and R&D.
Then, after all the aspects of the concept properly tested, the timepiece is eventually produced and in-house assembled.
Ideal for nautical activities
, the Laureato’s bezel, crown and pushers are decorated with rubber. Its titanium-forged case boasts corrosion resistance every sailor is familiar with.
The chronograph in question can be successfully used in the course of competition. Its flyback function
provides accurate different racing time readings.
Besides, the chronograph's central hand
happens to be very useful for getting an exact countdown for the extremely important ten minutes before the start of regattas.
This very time is clearly demonstrated in the zone between 12 and 2 o'clock - the first five minutes highlighted in blue and the following pre-start phase five minutes highlighted in red.
So, some of the competitors will become soon happy owners of the thirty pieces released especially for the event.
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Jun 12, 2009
Young conductor Gustavo Dudamel read more
from Venezuela was the latest to receive the Glashutte Original Music Festival Prize
On the 23rd of May, 2009 Dudamel was awarded 25, 000 Euro
along with the special Saeculum Prize
, a flying tourbillon watch designed by German horologist Alfred Helwig
. It was a present from the famous Saxon watch manufacture.
The event took place at the famous Dresden Semperoper. The prize accompanied by warm congratulations was presented to the 28-year conductor by Gunter Wiegand
, Managing Director of Glashutte Original and Jan Vogler, Director of the Dresden Music Festival.
To a considerable extent, this prize was a sign of Dudamel's merits recognition as for the social program in Venezuela
– “El Sistema
”, which is aimed at assisting young people, who live in poverty, to settle in their lives. This program is realized by utilizing a network of musical schools and orchestras.
Dudamel was extremely grateful for the appreciation of his work and he emphasized that the prize money would be spent for purchasing instruments for the orchestras of El Sistema. He also stressed the importance of artistic values development in young generations.
Shortly after the prize-giving ceremony, Gustavo Dudamel got to directing the musicians of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra in a great performance of different works, with Sergei Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony in B-flat Major among them.
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Jun 12, 2009
The design of Richard Mille horological machines reflects the ideas of accuracy, performance, look and strength of cars and drivers in Formula 1.
, the Ferrari Formula 1 team’s Brazilian driver, and friend of Richard Mille, got down to the "test drive" of Richard Mille timepieces in 2006.
launches now RM 011 model
, performed in red gold for the series America, a special limited edition of 30 items
The RM 011 Felipe Massa America Edition
was performed in red gold, with red color accents on the timepiece dial as well as the crown.
The case sizes
are 50 mm x 40 mm with a maximum value of width equal to 16.15 mm. The central core is made up by titanium
with a DLC treatment.
The size RM011S demonstrates some technical novelties
. An adjustable geometry skeletonized rotor, a flyback chronograph with hours, minutes and seconds, and 60 minute countdown, 12-hour totalizer, a big date, month and annual calendar are among them.
The annual calendar
of the Richard Mille watch
automatically takes into account 30 and 31 days months. The semi- instantaneous big date is shown in a horizontal opening framed in red below the 12. Arabic numerals at 4:30 serve indicators of a semi-instantaneous month.
Jun 12, 2009
Philippe Leopold Metzger, CEO of Piaget, and Moises Chocron, the Director General of Chocron Joyeros, involved in distribution of the Piaget brand in Madrid and Ceuta, made an exclusive present - the first Piaget Polo FortyFive watch
available in Spain - to Fernando Torres
, a member of Liverpool FC and that of the Spanish national football team.
This enjoyable event took place at Chocron boutique in Madrid. Chocron Joyeros and Fernando Torres are known to be close friends. Besides, the Liverpool FC football leading player, having scored about fifty goals of his own in less than two years period, tends to follow the same life motto Piaget does.
That of the famous watchmaking brand’s founder sounds like this – “Always do better than necessary
”. Obviously, this ability to do more than needed enabled Fernando Torres to build such a brilliant career and led Piaget to prosperity.
It was 30 years ago, when the brand first introduced an upscale sport watch, the renowned Piaget Polo watch
of today. To mark the anniversary of the collection in question, Piaget is offering a new interpretation that complements the selection with a sportier feel.
This new model is equipped with an in-house Piaget automatic movement
and is presented in two versions – the first one is the watch powered by an automatic movement with hours, minutes, seconds and a large date window and the second one is a flyback chronograph.
The timepiece acquires a decidedly up to date feel due to use of titanium in combination with steel and injected rubber. A 45-mm diameter shows the lavish proportions of the watch. The manufactured Piaget Polo FortyFive watch really marks a new period of success.
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Jun 11, 2009
Breguet read more
is the contemporary Swiss master of engraving by means of guilloche machine. This technique implies the process of engraving the wonderful patterns and textures on the dial of their every timepiece.
A large number of machines used for this purpose are either more than 100 years old, or they are in-house manufactured. The innovative Breguet Classique Ref. 5967
uses a Breguet-developed absolutely new guilloche pattern
In fact, the pattern is not that new: professionals in the fields of carpentry, architecture and art have been using it for a long period of time. As to watchmaking, there has been adopted a new way of utilizing the guilloche machine for metal engraving. The name given to the pattern by Breguet is Art Deco Damier
According to the manufacturers, it resembles a three- dimensional chess board. The stacked cubic design however can be interpreted in any other way.
The widths of the Ref. 5967 timepiece will constitute 41mm, presented in yellow gold, which is quite rarely used nowadays, with the exception of Breguet, or white gold.
This model demonstrates a movement not even intended for a watch. It accommodates a Frederic Piguet caliber 506.2 hand wound pocket watch movement
, which can be seen through the caseback display.
The dial engraved with the Art Deco Damier pattern acquires a more up to date appearance, I suppose though that the reason for the basic pattern to look differently is its age of 200 years.
The Breguet watch
has no seconds hand any longer. The length of the wonderful pomme hands made of blued steel perfectly matches with the size of the case.