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Vacheron Constantin Creates a Watch for Action Innocence

May 26, 2009
Action Innocence is a non-profit organization that acts to protect children from Internet sex predators. This year Action Innocence celebrates its 10th anniversary.

To mark the occasion and offer support to the organization, Vacheron Constantin has created an exclusive Patrimony Traditionelle skeleton watch. The timepiece will be auctioned during a gala dinner to be held on June 18th in Geneva. Proceeds from the sale of the watch will be donated to support a variety of programs of Action Innocence.

The case of the new Patrimony Traditionelle skeleton watch is sculptured from white gold and measures 30mmin diameter. The timepiece reveals an "action innocence" engraving.

The intricate worked-by-hand skeleton bridges demonstrate a refined Ottoman motif. The pierced mainspring barrel shows off Vacheron Constantin’s signature Maltese Cross, encircled with the engraved words "Vacheron Constantin Geneve".

The periphery of the dial has a contrasting minute track, with faceted applied hour markers. The hour markers and dauphine hands are also crafted in white gold.

The Vacheron Constantin watch accommodates a slender hand-wound Caliber 1003, highly appreciated as the world's thinnest movement in 1955. The 18-jewel movement provides 31 hours of power reserve. Its balance is beating at 18,000 vibrations per hour.

The caliber is crowned with the Geneva Seal hallmark. The decoration and construction of the movement corresponds to twelve absolute quality criteria defined by the Canton of Geneva in 1886.

The unique Vacheron Constantin Patrimony watch embraces the wrist on a dark plum crocodile strap fitted with a white gold buckle.
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Movado Datron Chronograph

May 22, 2009
The Movado Collector’s Edition series has been joined by the new Series 800 Datron watch. The new timepiece has been inspired by the classic 1970 Datron automatic chronograph.

The Movado Series 800 Datron watch features a tonneau-shaped case, measuring 40mm in diameter.

The timepiece accommodates the ETA caliber 2894-2 automatic chronograph. The 37 jewel movement gives an advantage of a 42-hour power reserve. The case construction incorporates an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and an exhibition case-back. The timepiece is 50-meter water-resistant.

At 12 o’clock on the dial, you will notice the round date aperture paying tribute to the brand’s signature Museum dot.

The dial is created in two variations - a black dial with silver sub-dials and a silver dial with black sub-dials.

The Movado Series 800 Datron watch is coupled with a bracelet featuring a combination of brushed and polished stainless steel fitted with a butterfly deployant clasp.

The watch will be available from May, 2009.

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TAG Heuer Watches Receive Prestigious Awards

May 20, 2009
This year, at the Red Dot award ceremony, TAG Heuer has been proud to receive two prestigious Red Dot Awards for the unique design of its technologically sophisticated and aesthetically appealing watches - the Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph and Aquaracer 500M.

It is already the fifth time in the period of seven years the products of the Swiss watchmaking company have won Red Dots given annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, known as one of the oldest and most prestigious design center in Europe.

The design center annually awards companies from more than 60 countries working in a wide range of fields, including the production of cars, furniture, home appliances, shoes, and eyewear. The products are evaluated according to their quality, innovativeness, and functionality.

In the previous years, TAG Heuer has already received Red Dot product design awards for its Caliber 360 Concept Chronograph and Monaco Calibre 360LS Concept watches, and its Physics Sport Vision eyewear collection.
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Maitres du Temps Chapter Two Film

Apr 01, 2009
Chapter 2 by Maîtres du Temps from Ian Skellern on Vimeo.
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Concord C1 QuantumGravity

Mar 20, 2009
In 2008, the world of watchmaking witnessed the appearance of the C1 Tourbillon Gravity watch that marked the beginning of a new watchmaking era of remarkable innovations.

This year, the boundaries of mechanical watchmaking have been pushed even further: the C Lab Series has designed and developed a new breakthrough - the C1 QuantumGravity. The watch, relevant to the field of extreme watchmaking, is a symbol of unrestricted and unconstrained time, with just impulse and intuition prevailing.

The C1 QuantumGravity watch fires imagination by every aspect of its sophisticated outside and inside construction:
- an aerial bi-axial tourbillon mechanism,
- a vertical power reserve,
- individualist seconds,
- a stripped-down dial
- spectacular volumes.

The process of creation the C1 QuantumGravity watchmaking wonder started in the autumn of 2008. The timepiece was born following a 5-month incubation period, due to the will and stream of energy of a great team. BNB Concept was entrusted with the movement of the watch, while Studio Bellon worked on the design.

The C1 QuantumGravity watch accommodates a mechanical manually wound movement - Caliber Concord C104. The movement, beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour, provides a 3-day power reserve. Besides hours and minutes, the timepiece features roll of seconds external to the case, a vertical power-reserve indicator and a bi-axial tourbillon.

The titanium case, 48.5mm in diameter and 22 mm in depth, incorportes white gold elements. It also incorporates 5 sapphire crystals and a transparent see-through officer-style hinged case back.

The entire breathtaking construction is coupled with a black vulcanized rubber strap fixed to the case with help of 4 screws.
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10th Anniversary of Omega Co-Axial Escapement

Feb 17, 2009
The year 2009 has marked the 10th anniversary of an ingenious watchmaking innovation - the Omega Co-Axial Escapement invented by famous watchmaker George Daniels. The Co-Axial Escapement has become the first successful rival to the traditionally applied Swiss lever escapement.

The greatest advantage of the Omega Co-Axial escapement is the considerable reduction of friction among the parts transmitting energy to other components of the movement. As a result, the Co-Axial escapement implies enhanced stability of the precision of the timepiece, not to mention the reduced servicing needs for the movement.

In 2005, Omega introduced the 3313 Co-Axial chronograph movements. Then, in 2007, the world of watchmaking witnessed the appearance of an in-house produced Omega caliber built with the Co-Axial system at its core - the Omega 8500 caliber. The movement boasted not only innovative technical features but also a unique decorative finish.

In 2008, Omega equipped the first ladies watches with its Co-Axial movements, and the Seamaster Aqua Terra watches in particular. The same year the brand presented the 8601/8611 caliber, the first Omega Co-Axial movement that incorporated an annual calendar complication.

Nowadays, Omega has an ambitious goal of bringing Co-Axial performance to every mechanical timepiece it creates.
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Hodinkee's Watch Finder Service Featured on Thrillist NYC

Feb 04, 2009
Thrillist, the popular e-mail blast / blog service finding the newest and hottest stores, products, and services in major cities, has come across a new feature from watch-blog Hodinkee. In their Wednesday, February 4th, e-mail, they included a small article and link to Hodinkee's new "Watch Finder" service. This service allows Hodinkee's readers to interact directly with the Editorial Staff, asking them advice and questions about what watches are worth looking into.

The service is completely free and there has been an enthusiastic response so far. All that is required is an email address and some idea of what you are looking for. A few days later, the Hodinkee team will respond with some suggestions.
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NEW: THE DEFAKTO EINS

Dec 17, 2008
What do you think about this new one-handed timepiece? It's actually made by Raphael Ickler, the son of Thomas Ickler (Limes, Archimede).

The watch features a steel case, measuring 42 mm in diameter. The dial, completed with luminous markers and a single hand, is protected by a sapphire crystal.

The precision timekeeping is provided by a 2824-2 ETA movement. The unconventional watch is 50-meter water-resistant.

The Defakto Eins is presented on a calfskin strap.
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Orient Watches are on sale at shopNBC.com

Nov 20, 2008
These watches are unique and one of a kind. Why? A staple among watch aficionados, Orient is known for its ability to deliver luxury features at 1/3 the price of comparable brands:

In-house movements
Power reserve indicators
Low industry defect rates
Fully-automatic timepieces
US-based service & maintenance

In-house movements for men's include professional diver, power reserve 1 + 2, power reserve 1+ 2, power reserve semi-skeleton, GMT, Day & Date 1 + 2, Calendar, Multi Eyes 1 + 2, Multi Year Calendar, Retro Future, Semi-Skeleton, Water Resistant 1 + 2, Wide Calendar 1 + 2, World Time.

For women's, there's multi eyes and date & date.

Power reserve indicators for men's include professional diver, power reserve 1 + 2, power reseve semi-skeleton, GMT, Day & Date 1 + 2, Calendar, Multi Eyes 1 + 2, Multi Year Calendar, Retro Future, Semi-Skeleton, Water Resistant 1 + 2, Wide Calendar 1 + 2, World Time.

For women's , there's multi eyes and date & date.

There is more info at
http://www.orientwatchusa.com

In addition to the sale on shop NBC I have a coupon code for 15% off. The coupon code is 8508. That makes all the watches 15% cheaper than any other licensed dealer.
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Concord C1 Tourbillon Gravity - "Watch Design Of The Year"

Nov 18, 2008
The Concord C1 Tourbillon Gravity has received "Watch Design Of The Year" award at the prestigious Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve 2008 held on November 13th at the Grand Theatre of Geneva, having won the hearts of the distinguished jury.

The Concord C1 Tourbillon Gravity, reflecting an ultra-modern creative concept, was unveiled at Baselworld 2008. The timepiece features a bold combination of materials. Moreover, the outstanding watch is equipped with a complicated and innovative mechanical movement.

The unique mechanism was created for Concord by BNB. It demonstrates a one-of-a-kind side-mounted tourbillon, along with power reserve and mainspring torque indicators, and a chronograph.

The Concord C1 watch collection also comprises a chronograph model, and a model featuring a large date complication.
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"Remember Love" from Fossil

Nov 18, 2008
Fossil has created two elegant watches for ladies with the most romantic name - Remember Love. A nice gift is always a perfect way to show your beloved lady how much you care. The gentle timepieces may be presented to mark the forthcoming Valentine's Day or any other romantic occasion.

The Fossil Remember Love lady's watches have been created in two different styles. The first model reveals a pale pink mother-of pearl dial and a stylized heart-shaped case with shiny silver finish. The case dimensions are the following - 35mm x 27mm. The timepiece embraces the wrist with an open-link bracelet set with glittering crystals.

The second Fossil model features a white wood dial with an appealing heart pattern and stones. The case of the lady's watch measures 42mm in diameter and reveals shiny silver finish. The dial and case of the watch are embellished with glittering crystal accents. The timepiece is coupled with a festive red croco strap.
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IWC UTC Edition Antoine de Saint Exupery in Platinum to Be Auctioned

Nov 17, 2008
IWC Schaffhausen is to offer at auction an exceptional, platinum version of the UTC Edition Antoine de Saint Exupery watch. The timepiece will be auctioned together with an original, signed copy of Saint Exupery's famous memoir Wind, Sand and Stars.

IWC's on-line auction will take place between December 8th -14th. The starting price is 39,000 US dollars. The money will be donated to the French Sipar association, a non-governmental group fighting illiteracy in Cambodia.

The platinum IWC Pilot's Watch UTC Edition Antoine de Saint Exupery reveals a tobacco brown dial. The watch is secured to the wrist on a rugged leather strap fitted with a platinum tang buckle.

The timepiece shows off two distinguishing details - Antoine de Exupery's "A" initial on the dial, and a commemorative case back with an engraved Latecoere 25 aircraft and the number 01/01.

The IWC watch accommodates the self-winding 30710 caliber, providing a secondary time zone display, sweep seconds and the date.

According to Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, the timepiece has been created in respect for Antoine de Saint Exupery as a pilot and is not simply a piece of jewelry aimed at cosmopolitans. The unique watch will be auctioned off to offer more educational opportunities for children in Cambodia by improving their literacy."
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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera wins Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix award

Nov 17, 2008
The Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph was unveiled at BaselWorld 2008 as the TAG Heuer Concept Watch of the year. Since then, the boldly-designed, technologically-innovative timepiece has conquered the hearts of watch collectors around the world.

On November 13th, 2008, it was highly appreciated by the discerning jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, having become the first in the Sports category.

From concept to reality! TAG Heuer makes the dream come true - since September 2008, the Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS has become available in top selected boutiques.

The Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève represents the most prestigious award won by the amazing TAG Heuer watch, a true symbol of the Grand Carrera spirit and TAG Heuer motor racing heritage.

The watch was also crowned in China by The Most Successful Design Award 2008 and in Mexico during the Salon Internacional de Alta Relojeria 2008.

According to Jean-Christophe BABIN, TAG Heuer President and CEO, it is already the fifth time TAG Heuer is awarded the Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie... but every time is special and is atually like the first time! This is a remarkable achievement for the entire TAG Heuer watchmaking team, and all its members who never stand still and always think forward, re-inventing the art of watchmaking to come up with the next innovation.

TAG Heuer’s multi award-winning R&D is rightfully proud of the following "Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève" awards:

.2002 - Microtimer F1 - Design Grand Prix
.2004 - Monaco 69 - Design Grand Prix
.2005 - Diamond Fiction - Ladies Watch Grand Prix
.2006 - Carrera Calibre 360 - Sports Watch Grand Prix
.2008 - Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS Caliper - Sports Watch Grand Prix

No doubt the list will be continued!
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Orient Watches to Make USA debut - 11/17 on ShopNBC @ 10PM Est.

Nov 16, 2008
Orient will be making their USA debut this Monday on ShopNBC. As some other articles on Watch Infoniac have detailed so eloquently, having the chance to own an Orient watch is an exciting opportunity. And finally that opportunity is Now in the USA.

Orient quality sets their watches apart from other watch makers in the same price range. Most watch makers in this price range spend less money on quality and more money on advertisement. Orient, on the other hand, spends that money on in house movements and the addition of the power reserve indicator, usually not found in watches of this price range. It is easy to see that Orient is this industry's best kept secret.

So why should you buy from ShopNBC and not another online source? With the exception of Amazon, ShopNBC is the only licensed dealer of Orient Watches in the US. If you purchase an Orient watch from another source and try to send it in for repairs, Orient will not honor the warranty. In fact, you will receive the watch back in the mail with a letter instructing you to tell Orient where you acquired your illegal watch and to ask for a refund.

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Harry Winston Z5 Watch; Will Donald Trump love it?

Nov 14, 2008
Do you happen to know that Harry Winston is on the list of Donald Trump's favorite brands.

The previously introduced Z Project watches enjoyed great success. Now Harry Winston is proud to unveil a newcomer to their sports contemporary watch category.

The Harry Winston Z5 Watch reveals the trademark tourbillon at 6 oc'clock and two dials, at 2 and 9 o'clock, that display two time zones. The watch also provides the world time function.

The watch will be available in a limited number of 150 pieces.



The owner of the timepiece needs to simply turn the crown and he will simultaneously adjust the hour and the city.
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De Bethune DBS Watch Sparkling with Diamonds

Nov 13, 2008
De Bethune unveils a majestic interpretation of its iconic DBS watch. The timepiece will be available only upon individual order.

The case of the De Bethune DBS watch is crafted in 18K white gold. The jewelry creation sparkles with 104 baguette-cut diamonds, 633 brilliant-cut diamonds and 44 single cut-diamonds. The crown, found at 12 o'clock, is also diamond-set.

The outer part of the dial, paved with diamonds, shows off cabochon sapphires that replaced the hour markers. This dazzling outer part frames a flame-blued center, making one think of a clear night sky. Accentuating the nocturnal effect, the artisans of the brand drill micro-holes in the metal, expanded to acquire the shape of tiny stars, and then filled in with yellow gold.

The dial reveals the De Bethune signature three-dimensional, spherical moon-phase display. It is crafted from gold, and sparkles with diamonds and sapphires. Below the 6 o'clock hour marker you will notice the curved aperture of a power reserve indicator, presented via a small blued steel hand.

The De Bethune DBS jewelry watch accommodates an exclusive manually wound De Bethune movement - the DB2105 caliber. Besides the innovative moon-phase and power reserve complicated features, the movement, beating at a frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour, incorporates a unique escapement. Developed by Denis Flageollet, the balance wheel is crafted from a combination of two exceptional materials - platinum and titanium, featuring a spring with a flat terminal curve. A triple parachute anti-shock system provides the regulating organ with perfect protection. Due to the double mainspring barrels, the movement gives an advantage of a 6-day power reserve.

The De Bethune DBS watch embraces the wrist with an alligator leather strap fitted with a white gold ardillon buckle paved with 130 round brilliant diamonds.



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Harry Winston Unveils Avenue Square A2 Men

Nov 12, 2008
Following the highly successful Avenue Squared for Women, this year Harry Winston is pleased to unveil its Avenue Square A2 Men. The timepiece will be available in a limited edition of just 25 mechanical timepieces.

The innovative watch, the ultimate expression of luxurious sophistication, reveals a majestic dual time-zone display presented via two separate hour and minute dials on the black dial with white gold indexes.

The square-shaped case strengthens the distinct masculine appeal of the watch, as well as its powerful architectural look. The case (43.4 x 44.7 mm) is crafted in white gold. The bezel of the watch is paved with 60 oversized baguette diamonds (a total of 9.87 ct). The timepiece is 30-meter water-resistant.

The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment on both sides.

The highly original easy-to-read date, quickset with help of the crown, is framed vertically in the interplay of discs for the minute and hour display.

The Avenue Square A2 Men accommodates an innovative and complicated mechanical automatic movement. The development of the module was based on a robust, self-winding caliber. It was fully assembled at the Harry Winston Manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland. The mechanism provides the following functions: hours, minutes, second time zone, night and day indicators for each time zone, and vertical large date display.

The Harry Winston watch embraces the wrist with a black alligator leather strap fitted with a diamond-set buckle.

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TAG Heuer Introduces Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph

Nov 12, 2008
The iconic TAG Heuer Carrera line has recently been joined by a new timepiece - the Calibre 16 Day-Date chronograph. The watch has been created with a range of dial colors. It is secured to the wrist with either a strap or a bracelet. The precision timekeeping is guaranteed by the TAG Heuer Calibre 16 automatic movement.

The case, measuring 43 mm in diameter, is crafted from polished steel. The domed sapphire crystal is provided with a double antireflective treatment. The case construction incorporates a sapphire crystal case-back. It is 100-meter water-resistant.

The bezel of the watch features a tachymeter scale. The black dial is framed by a black aluminum bezel, the brown dial by a brown aluminum bezel, and the silver dial by a polished steel bezel.

The dial is completed with 3 sub-dials: the chronograph hour sub-dial is positioned at 6 o'clock, the running second sub-dial a 9 o'clock and the chronograph minute at 12 o'clock.

The perfect night time visibility is provided due to the polished hands and luminescent hour markers. You will notice a large day-date window at 3 o'clock.

The TAG Heuer Calibre 16 Day-Date chronograph goes on a brushed and polished bracelet, or an alligator leather strap fitted with a steel folding clasp and safety push buttons.
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Bell & Ross Watches for French Air Force Pilots

Nov 11, 2008
The Chief of Staff of the French Air Force has asked Bell & Ross to create a symbolic and functional timepiece that would correspond to the specific demands of the fighter pilots.

As a result, the brand has unveiled two special limited edition watches, 250 pieces each, in a steel case version and a carbon finish steel case version.

Devoted to the development of high performance timekeeping instruments, Bell & Ross has managed to create a made-to-order instrument, a special tool for fighter pilots. The highly functional watch proudly reveals the colors of the French Air Force, dubbed the Instrument BR 03 Type Aviation.

The professional timekeeping instrument, developed to meet the specific needs of Air Force pilots, reflects the fundamental principles of the brand. It is characterized by utmost readability provided by the digital and analogical display. The remarkable precision is guaranteed by a reliable quartz movement. The multifunctional watch incorporates a bidirectional rotating bezel and boasts 100-meter water resistance.

The Chief of staff of the French Air Force was presented with the first Bell & Ross Instrument BR 03 Type Aviation at an official ceremony. This month the timepiece will also be available for the general public.
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Zenith Academy Open Repetition Minutes Watch

Nov 11, 2008
The Minute Repeater complication is one of the most sophisticated expressions of the Art of Watchmaking. First minute repeaters appeared more than 300 years ago and were incorporated by clocks and pocket watches. The initial minute repeaters allowed time-reading at night, when people used no electric lights but only candles.

Today, only most experienced watchmaking companies can boasts minute repeater watches in their collections, and Zenith is one of the very few of them.

Zenith has managed to unite the Minute Repeater mechanism with the brand's legendary EI Primero Chronograph. The extremely complicated Zenith watch accommodates the new 4043 caliber. The mechanism comprises 461 elements and 45 rubies. The mechanism, beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour, gives an advantage of a 50-hour power-reserve.

To unite the two complications, Zenith watchmakers have developed and patented a system that enabled the chiming mechanism to encircle the axes of the chronograph. The striking mechanism rack is elaborated in one super-complicated piece with teeth featuring concentric levers for the hours and minutes.

The Zenith Academy Open Repetition Minutes watch chimes low for the hours, high for minutes, and double tone for the quarter hours. The dial of the Zenith watch reveals a range of transparent openings that allow to drop a look at a majestic ballet of hammers. In case you are eager to better see the operating mechanism, there is one more version of the timepiece featuring an entirely sapphire dial.

The dial is completed with 18K gold hand-mounted applied indexes and numerals and faceted hands. The dial showcases hours and minutes in the center, and small seconds hand at 9 o'clock. The chronograph function is presented through the central seconds hand, 30-minute counter found at 3 o'clock, and 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock.

The 45mm case of the Zenith watch is crafted from solid gold. The first classic version of the timepiece demonstrates a rose gold case with a hand-guilloche silver dial. The second contemporary version demonstrates a white gold case with a transparent dial. The case construction incorporates a transparent sapphire glass case-back.

The Zenith Academy Open Repetition Minutes watch is secured to the wrist on a black crocodile leather strap lined with silky Alzavel calfskin and equipped with an 18K gold triple folding buckle.

The watch is 30-meter water-resistant.

Look through the selection of exclusive Zenith watches:




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