Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Baselworld 2011 has an earth shattering star - The Harry Winston Opus Eleven. (see video) Beneath the dial it seems a series of haphazard twisted gears wreak havoc on the display of time. What may seem like random disorganization, on the contrary, is precision and competency at its best.
When the hour arrives, the predominant dial awakens into motion and from its center the hour emerges. It seems somewhat of a dizzying commotion, but the activity is in fact the result of 24 placards swiveling and rotating on numerous gears set on an epicycloidal gear train, These 24 components display quarters of numbers; which are ingeniously configured to meet up at the hour. Jutting out from the main dial is to semi dials. The top semi dial contains the minutes displayed on jumping disc; a jumping disc for the tens and a running disc for the units. For a clear understanding of the ingenious mechanism watch the video below.
To make sure this complicated configuration runs as smooth as possible, 155 jewels are used. In total the Harry Winston Opus Eleven contains 566 parts.
Harry Winston will only produce 111 of the Opus Eleven; 100 in white gold ,depicted above, and 11 smothered with diamonds (It is Harry Winston timepiece after all). A white gold timepiece will run you at $230,000 and the model covered in diamonds will cost $289,000.00.
I have an inking this watch will fetch a prize or too in the future.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
If you are a tad confused, let me explain. About the 9 'o' clock position lies a pusher when depressed brings hour and minute hand to the 12 'o'clock position. The hands remain motionless. To increase the feeling of timelessness, the retrograde date hand completely disappears. Time stoppage can last for seconds, minutes, hours, days - even weeks, but when one needs to track time once again, simply depress the pusher and the three hand spring to the correct current time and date. However, do not be deceived by the motionless dial display. Concealed within the case, a precision mechanical movement keeps tracking the time.
Adding to the Iconic Arceau Watch Collection ,created by Henri d’Origny in 1978, the new Arceau Temps Suspendu makes it debut at Baselworld 2011. To create this innovative masterpiece, protected by two patents, Hermes CEO, Luc Perramond sought the expertise of world renowned watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, CEO of Agenhor, Geneva. The same Wiederrecht who in 1988, in partnership with Roger Dubois developed the world's first bi-retrograde perpetual calender, and the same Wiederrecht, who prior to this was only known to horological insider, won the inaugural prize for Best Watchmaker at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve.
This handsome timepiece both conceals and reveals: conceals the passage of time, when, on those rare wonderful occasions time can be forgotten, and reveals the elegant refined timepieces recognized as a Hermes timepiece.
Friday, March 25, 2011
present their newest products and innovations. 100,000 visitors from every corner of the world converge on Baselworld. Top Luxury Watch Brands display their exceptional timepieces in inviting booths where representatives of the companies are available to answer questions and take orders. Baselworld's unique welcoming ambiance creates the optimal environment for doing business. 3000 journalists cover the show, reporting on the latest watch collections and memorizing horological editions. Inviting food kiosks and discussion lounges are dotted around the exhibition floors enabling business meetings to ensue in the comfort.
One can peruse the exhibitions; marvel at their ingenuity and make some serious purchasing decisions all under one roof.
Rene Kamm, chief executive of MCH Group, the organizer of BaselWorld, was optimistic about the current luxury sector, which has largely recovered from the downturn in 2009, with further growth in the forecast for 2011. "The economic upturn was successfully rung in last year and the slump in the luxury goods sector is now a thing of the past.", Rene Kamm said
Although, baselworld takes place on the heels of Japan's recent natural disasters, no exhibitors canceled, Sylvie Ritter, Baselworld managing director said, however if the disaster has an effect on the amount of visitors will only be determined after the close of the 8 day event on March 31st.
A good proportion of the buyers are expected to stem from China, since currently Chinese luxury watch markets are growing as much as 35 percent a year . In fact a report released in November by Bain & Co. said that the Chinese luxury watch market was worth $2.34 billion in 2009. The five top luxury sought after watch brands are: Cartier, Longines, Omega, Rolex and Tudor.
This year BaselWorld runs from March 24th to March 31st in Basel, Switzerland.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This mechanical timepiece watch requires winding at the crown, which powers an in house FM 2100 Caliber movement containing no less than four barrels beating at a frequency of 18,000 vph. The skeleton version -depicted above- intensifies the vast look of the tourbillon. The case is crafted from white gold and looks black as it is treated with black PVD. Hand chamfering and circular graining adds to the impeccable finishing of the movement which is affixed with the Geneve Seal
The Giga Tourbillon signifies yet another masterpiece created from idea to final product on the scenic grounds of Franck Muller Watchland.
Breitling has unveiled the Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf in commemoration of 100 years of naval aviation. The timepiece is crafted with the critical precision of aviation in mind, featuring 1/100th of a second chronograph with split times, alarm countdown, second time zone with independent alarm and perpetual time calender.
In addition, the watch sports a Night Vision Goggles (NVG)-compatible display back lighting system, UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) and a turbine shaped case back, which serves as a resonance chamber for the alarm. The watch is powered by a ETA Superquartz multifunction movement and is equipped with a rotating navigational bezel.
Only 500 pieces will be produced, and 50 will be donated to the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation of which Breitling is a Silver National Sponsor. Of the remaining 45o watches sold, $100 per watch will be donated to the Foundation. The Foundation Seal features clearly on the dial.
Watch 1/500 will be embarking on a special journey around the world throughout 2011 accompanied by naval aviators who will put this professional aviator watch to good use. The watch will return on December 3rdm 2011 for a closing event in Washington, D.C. The Breitling Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf will be presented at the ceremonies along with a complete log of its journeys.
This timepiece represents Breitling's part in celebrating 100 years of naval aviation as well as numerous events which will commemorate Breitling's close tie to aviation. The 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation is non-profit organization which raises awareness of naval aviation. Breitling has been chosen as one of the sponsors for the foundations festivities.
The Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf will be available soon. If you are an avid naval aviation fan, you can find this watch at Breitling’s flagship Manhattan boutique and other watch dealers for $4,500.00.
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Friday, March 18, 2011
The original version - to your right glows green - however there are no tiny LED lights embedded in its dial, and no quartz battery within its case. The watch, brain child of Fawaz Gruosi - founder and chairman of de GRISOGONO, is completely mechanical under the disguise of a digital.
The upper half of the watch is your conventional analog display, and the bottom portion is a numerical display controlled by 651 mechanical components. 23 cams connected to a set of gears collaborate in unison to trigger the change of hours and minutes The digital display utilizes 23 horizontally and vertically positioned micro segments. The Vertical segments are 9 mm high and weigh 25 milligrams. The Horizontal segments are 2.90 mm lengthwise and weigh a mere 10 milligrams. The segments have four sides: two opposing visible faces with colored strips and two opposing unmarked faces. As the time changed, the segments rotate by 90°, thereby displaying the correct change. The change, which can include 1 to 12 segments, occur in a blink of an eye. The watches digital numbers provide an illusion of the quartz watch, as the strips create a vivid contrast to the interior blackness of the watch.
This watch boasts a 35 hour power reserve, quite remarkable if you think about the two completely different displays.
The newer version -stark white against matt black- will be revealed at Baselworld. Baselworld is the leading annual watch and jewelry industry fare. This year BaselWorld runs from March 24th to March 31st in Basel, Switzerland.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Just one year later, in 1912, Ebel presented its first wristwatches. In 1914 Ebel won a gold medal at the Swiss National Exhibition for patented ring watches with pallet escapement and a hidden time setting. In 1929 Charles-Eugene, son of Eugene and Alice joined the company, and together with watchmaker Marcel Reuche, he organized a flawless production control system, which guaranteed unsurpassed quality. From 1939-1945 Ebel went into production for the British Royal Air Force. Through the years Ebel has received many awards for their innovative cutting-edge ideas.
In 1975 Eugene and Alice's son, Pierre-Alain Blum, gained full control over Ebel. Ebel catapulted into a new dimension of watch manufacturing, making Ebel what it is today: One of the top five Luxury Watch Brands on the market. Ebel is now owned by Movado Group Inc.
Monday, March 14, 2011
I have my thoughts on the matter and I as a long time luxury watch blogger enthralled by the perfection of genuine watch masterpieces perceive these fakes as product mockeries.
Here are 10 reasons why you do not want to purchase or wear a fake watch:
a) The water resistance stated on a fake watch cannot hold up to any standard. A 100 meter water resistancy on a fake watch is anyone's guess.
b) A fake watch does not go through any rigorous testing, thus any mention of a chronometer is entirely erroneous.
c) It is highly unlikely that the fake watch has a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
d) The integrity of a chronograph or a moon phase on a fake watch must be called into question. Time is real time, and I would not measure mine by a fake.
4) Credible brand name watch companies spend years on research and development, as well as hours of craftsmanship. Spending money on fake mockeries reduces revenue for genuine watch companies.
5) Giving a fake watch as a gift, to your girlfriend ,for example, clearly holds your relationship in question. Would you want your loved one to think of your relationship a sham.
9)The fake watches are often manufactured using inferior materials which are most often not hypoallergenic and health and safety standards are disregarded. The watches are manufactured in regions where child labor is common place and the revenue fills the pockets of mafias, criminal organizations and terrorist groups.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Geneva based Clerc has been crafting timepieces since 1874 and is committed to horological research and development in outer space and deep sea ocean explorations. The deepest SCUBA dive on record is 330 meters performed by French Scuba Diver Pascal Bernabé, while the deepest dive by a Navy diver in Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) suit is 610 meters. Gerald Clerc has indeed prepared for the future of diving timekeeping by crafting a timepiece capable of reaching 1000 meters. A depth no man has ventured.
The Clerc Hydroscaph Steel Version is comprised of a 75 part highly sophisticated case which required hours of research to provide the highest integrity under the most adverse conditions. The high grade steel fashioned in Clerc's distinctive octagonal case -a square fused to a circle - avoids the look of clunkiness, but rather imparts a sleek sophistication.
The watch is powered by a the automatic C606 movement with a 45 hour power reserve boldly indicated at the 6'o'clock. A GMT 24 hour dual time zone is visible at the 12 'o'clock position, which can be adjusted via a dedicated crown at the 10'o;clock. A date aperture is visible at the 3'o'clock position.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Within the "KudOktopus, the Octopus is actually entangled into the swinging balance of the watch. The Octopus is rose gold and its suction cups are crafted in rhodium.
Rhodium (Rh) is a rare transition metal in the platinum group and much loved by watch makers for its highly anti-corrosive properties. Rhodium is one of the rarest precious metals and the most expensive.
The remaining movement and gears of the KudOktopus is galvanised from black rhodium. The Octopus secures the movement which beats at 28,800 vph and sports a 46 hour power reserve. The Octopus and its movement are held within a 42mm stainless steel case. The skeletonized dial and case back is protected by a scratch resistant Sapphire crystal and secured to the wrist with an alligator leather strap.
The KudOktopus will be in full view at Baselworld 2011 running from March 24th to March 31st, 2011.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
JeanRichard Highlands Sands is a reintroduction of its mid 1990's collection the "Highlands by JeanRichard" where Peter Beard captured the raw beauty of Africa's land.
A 44.55mm x 40mm sand blasted stainless steel tonneau case supports a round bidirectional rotating bezel. The ecru mat dial is the color of a desert dust storm with large Arabic numerals. Bold hands coated in luminescence enable time display even in dim conditions. A Scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the dial and ensures maximum read out even under the brilliant African sun. A screw down crown and case back ensures water resistance to 100 meters, because you never know where your adventures may take you.
Via a scratch resistant sapphire crystal case back one can view a precise and durable JR21000 automatic movement. Equipped with a 48 hour power reserve and fastened with a folding safety buckle, this watch will never let you down.