Saturday, March 27, 2010

Zenith- Zero Gravity Tourbillion

The Defy Xtreme Tourbillon ZERO-G El Primero is a mean looking master piece that actually defies gravity. ZENITH has devised a Zero-G (zero gravity) system. The gyroscope cage Tourbillon comprises an escapement mounted on cardan joints rather like marine chronometers. The instrument, which is sensitive to changes of position, is kept in a constant horizontal position, thereby ensuring optimal amplitude for the spiral balance-wheel.
Coordination is provided by an invention patented by ZENITH: a second gear train is the reference point for the swinging of the escapement axles and a differential gear with inverter compensates all the relative movements of the framework.

The Zero-G Tourbillon, whose cage alone comprises 166 of the 294 parts that make up the device, 10 conical geared wheels with spiral teeth and 6 ball-bearings, was developed from the El Primero automatic caliber that beats at the record speed of 36,000 vibrations per hour.

Bringing the Tourbillon Zero G and the Defy Xtreme range together produces an unforeseen design, a perfect alchemy of engine and bodywork. A figure 8 on its side, symbolizing infinity or a lucky number, is drawn around the hours and minutes display at 11 o’clock and around the opening of the phenomenal Tourbillon at 5 o’clock. A multi-layered dial of Hesalite glass, carbon fiber and aluminum beneath two sapphire glasses, a blackened titanium case that is waterproof at 1000 meters, a black shot-peened titanium case, a protected crown, helium valve and titanium bracelet with Kevlar inserts and high-temperature resistance are the features that make this an extreme sports timepiece.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Zenith- Defy Extreme Grande Date Limited Edition

Considered the highest point of watch-making perfection the Swiss brand Zenith was founded in 1865, Le Locle by a young watchmaker Georges Favre-Jacot, and through the years gathered prestige by creating high-performance luxurious timepieces which have obtained over 1500 international awards and by creating over 50 different mechanical movements, and among them we include the emblematic El Primero, widely accepted as being among the best chronograph calibers ever built. Today this brand belongs to LVMH group, and continues to design timepieces extremely appreciated by the watch collectors worldwide.
        Zenith gained its international prestige for creating a diversified area of highly exclusivist watches, and Zenith Defy Extreme Grande Date Stealth limited edition is among the most attractive models they have designed during the last year, a timepiece which successfully combines sporty and vanguard style touches becoming a coveted collector’s item.
        The watch is available in two coloristic options, featuring either grey or black titanium case that emanates sportiness and masculinity. Zenith designers have added to the dark accents of the case extreme contrasting matte red in the watch’s hands and balance-wheal Bridge.

        The model accommodates not only a ravishing avant-garde design but also the latest technology in its anti-shock system, the Zenith patented Open Grande Date 4039 SX movement and an El Primero Chronograph with a 3-disk Grande Date, one-of-a-kind technology. The Defy Stealth design finds its inspiration in the Stealth Bombers aircrafts.
        The case dimensions, 46.5 mm in diameter emanate strength and masculinity and its construction is rendered complete by the titanium case back which provides a mind numbing water resistance of 1000 meters; the timepiece is also equipped with graduated unidirectional rotating bezel, and helium valve positioned at 10 o’clock.
        Due to its multi-layered transparent structure, the model is a continuous challenge for the imagination, the dial is revealed through a sapphire crystal that has received anti-reflective treatment on both sides and the indexes are manufactured from titanium as well as the watch’s brushed bracelet.
         Zenith Defy Extreme Grande Date Stealth, limited edition is a fascinating, eye-catching timepiece which was manufactured in only 250 pieces per variation, world wide and is available for an exclusivist price of $31,000.00.


Zenith- Open Minute Repeater

A technical highlight of the prestigious Zenith Academy watch collection is undoubtedly the remarkable "El Primero" Open Minute Repeater.  Within a collection famed for its mechanical virtuosity and exclusivity, this model achieves a pinnacle of excellence all its own.
Within the classical confines of the 45mm 18-karat gold case nestles the Zenith 4043 caliber, an exclusive creation of the historic Swiss manufacture.  Among the most complicated mechanical movements in the world, this mechanism comprises 461 individual components, 45 jewels, which unite to drive two complications.  In addition to the high-beat chronograph mechanism, which can mark independent time intervals with a precision to within 1/10th second, the Caliber 4043 presents a minute repeater--long esteemed as one the two most difficult and sought after high complications in the horological repertoire.  By activating the slide piece on the left side of the case, the user can activate the minute repeater, which will chime the hour, quarter hour, and individual minute on a combination of low, high-low, and individual high tones.  To unite the chronograph and the minute repeater, Zenith created a clever patented system whereby the chiming mechanism encircles the axes of the chronograph.  

Zenith is offering the Academy Open Minute Repeater watch in a "Classical" variant which features a solid gold guilloched silver dial, and a highly contemporary "Open" version, whose transparent sapphire dial exposes tantalizing glimpses into the daunting complexities of the mechanism.  Both models are extremely limited in production, and each watch is engraved with its individual number.  A hand-sewn alligator strap and a deployant buckle in 18K gold keeps the Academy Open Minute Repeater securely on its owners wrist. 


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Century - Couture

Pure, perfectly elegant, essentially precious: with Couture, Century has created a new way of experiencing time. A celebration in translucent monochrome with clean lines, dedicated to the magic of light and the pleasure of every moment.

Part of the Contemporary Timdepiece collection of Century’s most modern designs, Couture is an elegantly feminine watch, whose shape is inspired by a real legend in jewellery: the solitaire. Innovatively combining the spirit of the most precious of stones with contemporary watchmaking and Century’s technical expertise, Couture is embodied in a Century sapphire, hand-cut and polished by our master craftsmen.

A jewellery watch with a new look, Couture’s 32 facets form a perfect harmonious composition, in a spiritual reference to the brilliant cut. This subtle structure is designed for all occasions: Couture is available in two sizes.

For the daytime, Century has designed a large model with a 37mm diameter, featuring a date aperture at 6 o’clock. The perfect finishing touch for an urban outfit or to spice up a casual look. In its 24.6mm version, Couture becomes the ultimate glamorous accessory for cocktail dresses and evening wear.

And whether for a smart evening event or a beautiful day out, Couture sits perfectly on a choice of satin or alligator strap.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Villemont- Aston T Night Hawk

In 2007 by Starhill Gallery (Starhill Gallery) organized by the Asia's largest retail trade fairs to the list of "time trip" on, Villemont have luster appearance. In 2007 by the World Wide Fund for Nature, held in London, the annual dinner, Villemont also donated a series of Arctic explorers Lewis Pew Limited Edition (Limited Edition Lewis Pugh) as the auction purposes in order to support the World Wide Fund for Nature against the affect the global warming activities. Villemont launched in mid-2007 focused on three aspects of exploration series, respectively, to explore the ocean 7 Seas Amundsen, geographic exploration Solar Navigator and technology to explore Aston T Night Hawk, are to highlight the brand's outstanding excellence, providing a wide range of choice watch collectors .

Technical Data:

Case: Titanium Category: Elegance/chic
Bracelet strap: Rubber Size: Ø 53.0 mm
Buckle: - Thickness: -
Setting: Yes Waterproofness: 30 m
Movement: Complication
Functions: Date, Chronograph, Power-reserve indication
Reference: 4030,003 Collection: CONTEMPORARY
Year: 2008

Monday, March 22, 2010

Van Cleef & Arpels- Midnight in Paris

On the screen of Midnight in Paris Timepiece, is represented the map of stars under the Parisian sky, a complicated creation which has the movement unique and its extreme complexity linking the concept of time to that of the Cosmos as a dazzling homage to that other mysterious and fascinating world.
The mechanisms which are complicated, developed for Fine Watch making traditionally tend towards the infinitely precise. In this way, the new complication searches new dimensions: that of the infinitely great, of an unsearched world , of dreams, of a voyage into immensity universe. The movement can be seen through a sapphire glass case back, the safety of which is given by a pink gold movable flap. On the back of the watch, real meteorite stone has been set into the disk surrounding the calendar.
The astonished meteorite used for the Van Cleef and Arpels Midnight in Paris watch is 4.5 billion years old, the period when „primary solid matter” was created. The manufacturer used the stone for the timepiece as meteorites represent the only known physical material which shows information shedding light on the creation of the solar system elements.

The Midnight in Paris Timepiece watch animates the celestial dome`s ma with help of a rotating adventurine glass disk. The case of the watch has 42 mm in diameter and is crafted in rose gold and shows with scratch- proof sapphire crystal. It is 20 meter water resistant. The sophisticated and elegant tose gold hands on the dial are perfectly polished and brushed. The timepiece is guaranteed to the wrist with a black alligator leather belt with rose gold folding clasp located on integrated security system mechanism.
The Midnight in Paris Timepiece watch has the Swiss mechanical movement furnished with 24 jewels which beats at 28, 800 alt per hour. It offers 40 hour power- reserve. The accurate mechanism was exclusively developed for Van Cleef & Arpels on a Jaeger-LeCoultre Basis.
The Midnight in Paris Timepiece watch is exclusively made for men who are able to appreciate the genius of the extremely complex Cosmos- dedicated movement. The watch is destined to introduce its wearer into an unknown world of magic and mysery, with the stars shining into infinity.
The price might be expensive but if you are looking at these wonderful and unique functions you will say that the price is very cheap, only 48, 000 euro.


Ulysse Nardin- Sonata Silicium Limited Edition

The Sonata Silicium Limited Edition watch is a limited edition of 300 pieces. Nardin is now using silicium in all its new models. The movement is the automatic UN caliber 67 with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. The functions include hours, minutes, seconds, large date, dual time system with instant time zone adjuster, countdown, cathedral gong alarm. The case is 42mm and it has front and back sapphire crystals with an alligator strap.

The case, in 18kt white or rose gold, measures 42mm. The crystal is AR-coated sapphire front and back. It is water resistant to 30 meters.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

FPJourne - Octa Perpetual shows anniversary

In 2001, P. F. Journe OCTA this collection - consisting of mechanical wristwatches with a winding power reserve exceptional over 5 days (120 hours) with all models have the same thickness, regardless of the complication. A technical challenge to insert all the complications of OCTA collection in the same space.

The Perpetual Octa, 8th creation of the collection bears his name perfectly well and enriched the collection of self-winding caliber signed P. F. Journe -Invenit and Fecit. New challenge that succeeded to insert this time a perpetual calendar in the same space.

Each anniversary, the new Octa Perpetual Titanium celebrates the establishment of network Shops P. F. Journe around the world, with the 5th anniversary of the first Boutique P. F. Journe in Tokyo.

Produced in limited edition of 99 pieces, made his case exceptional titanium for this anniversary is wearing a dial on Ruthenium Or
The winding movement is manufactured in 18K rose gold, like all creations P. F. Journe -Invenit and Fecit. It is built on the caliber exclusive 1300.3, with retrograde date, a one-stop for days, and a second window for months with indication of leap year recorded in the month of February. The transition months of 28, 29, 30 and 31 days is automatically recognize the leap year (indicated).

The Octa Perpetual rotor also features exclusive P. F. Journe decentered dating movement in one direction by a system of self-locking ball bearing. The ceramic ball allow it to move in one direction and blocks it in another. Each small movement is thus maximized for an optimized winding the watch.

The push to secure 8:00 ET for the transition manual for months during the initial adjustment. This push excludes any possibility of accidental actuation, allowing use without special tools.

The Octa Perpetual was premiered May 29, 2009 at the Boutique P. F. Journe Tokyo


Rebellion- Column- Wheel Chronograph

Rebellion Timepieces, a new Swiss watch brand launched at Baselworld 2008, has stepped boldly into the world of luxury mechanical watchmaking with their RE-2 Column-Wheel Chronograph. The timepiece features a massive 18K gold, or titanium case made up of 46 pieces, which showcases a futuristic tonneau shape and a modular sandwich construction. Enhancing the bold appearance of the RE-2 watch, are "Earthcrust" or "Mooncrust" dials which showcase multiple levels, a striking texture, and apertures which reveal the fascinating circular chronograph and date functions.
The Rebellion Timepieces Column-Wheel Chronograph is animated by a self-winding movement, which may be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback. Key technical elements include a balance wheel frequency of 28,800 vph, a column-wheel controlled chronograph mechanism, and a rapidly adjustable date display. Baseplate and bridges are coated with black ruthenium, and the central winding mass is crafted from solid gold.
Each Column-Wheel Chronograph is fitted with a branded rubber strap, and a deployant buckle manufactured from 18K gold or titanium. Water resistance of the watch is 100 meters.