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They are the masters of light-powered quartz watches and this year they’re taking the power of light deep down the ocean floor, with their first solar-powered, ISO compliant 1,000-meter-rated dive watch. No matter how ‘technical’ you find their timepieces to be, there’s no denying that the team at Citizen, stay true to making their watches well thought out instruments. We’re talking about the new Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000m.

Simply put, here, skills do the talking and with the overwhelming response, Citizen has successfully managed to conquer the loyalties of divers worldwide. How? Let’s take a look…

THE CASE

Inspired by a turban shell like structure, the new Promaster Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1,000M is offered in a 52.5mm case in titanium with an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the bezel. The titanium used here is ‘Super Titanium’ which means it is given the Duratect MRK surface-hardening treatment, along with a DLC-coating for scratch-resistance. The helium escape valve at 10 o clock releases helium gas that enters the watch when diving to prevent any damage to the movement. Attached to the case is a soft, black polyurethane dive-style strap.

THE BEZEL

The bezel itself is unidirectional which eliminates the danger of a diver accidentally turning the bezel the wrong way during a dive. Citizen has incorporated a new twist-to-lock mechanism for the rotating diver’s bezel. When the bezel is unlocked or the crown unscrewed, the user can see orange-colored sections which are an unsafe indication.

LUMINOSITY

The Promaster’s photo-luminescent markings absorb light fast and stay bright for a long time. The materials used have more than twice the afterglow brightness than a conventional material even after 5 hours. In case you’re wondering, NO the material does not contain any radioactive elements. Already in awe? That’s Citizen for you.

WATER RESISTANCE

The Promaster Eco-Drive Professional Diver is ISO compliant and water resistant to a whopping 1000m. CITIZEN has conducted various validation and vilification tests working closely with JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), the ocean research authority in Japan. These include examining the effects of high water pressure to check waterproof performance in a high pressure environment as well as dial visibility, and luminous features in deep waters.

THE MOVEMENT

Inside the Citizen BN7020-09E is the brands’ in-house caliber J210 Eco-Drive quartz movement. Powered by light, the movement can run for 2.5 years when it is fully charged. The dial offers the time, date, and a power reserve indicator (indicates the charge time left). The movement’s non-removable battery is recharged as light enters through the dial to a photovoltaic cell located underneath it.

Time and again Citizen has pioneered groundbreaking technologies to make watches an indispensable part of modern life. It’s one of the few companies which proves that technology in watches are not just a Swiss accomplishment.

PRICE

Just over $3K (Australian Dollars)

June 23, 2017 0 comment
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Last year at Baselworld, Seiko released an entirely new concept for the Grand Seiko. Ever since the Spring Drive 8 day Power Reserve has been a talking piece amongst enthusiasts. It is the first Grand Seiko to ever be made at their micro-artist studio in Shiojiri, Japan, where many of Seiko’s high end timepieces are made including the famed Credor Minute Repeater and Eichi.

Earlier today, Seiko announced the release of its all new 43mm Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve in 18 carat Rose Gold with a black dial. Seiko’s calling it ‘the beauty of Japan, inspired by the night sky in the mountains that surround the Micro Artist studio’. And you’ll see exactly why in just a second.

 

 

If you look closely, the dial seems like it has been sprinkled with stardust. This is all done in-house thanks to a special process that combines both plating and painting, giving it that twinkling effect. This simply adds extra depth and richness to the dial, and black of course, being the perfect backdrop.

 

 

The razor edge polishing of the hands and markers and exquisite sharp mirror finish achieved by their Zaratsu technique (or blade polishing* – a centuries old method of hand polishing Japanese swords) gives this creation the unique Grand Seiko signature.

The sapphire case back reveals the movement (Caliber 9R01), the exquisite finishing of the one-piece bridge, the rubies and the power reserve indicator. According to Seiko, the one-piece bridge ensures the precise positioning of each wheel in the gear train and maximises the efficiency of the transmission power from the barrels. Its rigidity also prevents distortion in the event of an impact or shock. The outline of Mt. Fuji emerges from the shape of the bridge and the highly polished rubies and tempered blue screws evoke the lights of the city of Suwa below the studio’s home.

 

Available September on wards with a price tag of just around 80K (Australian Dollars)

June 21, 2017 0 comment
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You heard that right! On the 10th of June 2017, Kate winslet, Longines’ Ambassador of elegance presented the Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet watch to be auctioned online for the benefit of The Golden Hat Foundation. Founded in 2010, by Kate Winslet and Margret Ericsdottir, The Golden Hat Foundation is dedicated to changing the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived.

 

 

A total of 5 gold watches have been produced; one for the Longines museum in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, one for Kate and three others that have already gone up for auction with bids starting at $25,000 USD and going up in increments of $500. Click here to know more about how you can bid online. Just remember the auction ends on the 30th of June, 2017 at 5:59PM CEST.

 

 

The watches being auctioned off are chosen and designed by Kate herself including the dial, the case and the strap. She adds, “I was given the permission to choose a watch, which was designed specifically for the Golden Hat Foundation. The style of the model really appealed to me and I instantly fell in love with  it. All the profits of the selling of the model are going directly to the Foundation. This project with Longines is helping raise awareness about a particular cause dear to my heart. Thanks to Longines’ involvement and the generosity of the donators, the Foundation will keep on working towards achieving its goals.”

What we have here is a 35mm 18 carat yellow gold case which houses Longines’ calibre L609 movement. The watch has a power reserve of 42 hours. The dial is in brushed silver and forms an elegant backdrop for the yellow dauphine hands coated with super-luminova. The seconds are displayed via a sub-dial at 6 o clock and the camel calf leather strap with buckle adds the final touch. Each watch has Kate’s signature on the caseback and also features an engraving of the brand’s emblematic Flagship.

 

 

 

Good luck people. Happy Bidding. Don’t forget, you’re a step closer to meeting the very talented Kate Winslet in person.

June 18, 2017 0 comment
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Based in Paris, MATWATCHES is a French brand specialising in military and tool watches. For over 20 years, MATWATCHES has been tried, tested and trusted by the French special forces including the French Special Operations Command and Control Centre, the Paris Fire Brigade, and the Bomb Squad (the landmine clearance unit). Their superb performance, robustness and easy-to-read dials are as authentic as they get.

The name M.A.T comes from “Mer-Air-Terre.” (sea, air and land). The name really starts making sense once you get into their collection. Today, these watches are accessible to consumers globally. What’s better is that they’re now available in Australia.

“Collectors appreciate the authenticity of our brand name and enjoy being able to have access to the ‘tailor-made’ special editions we are manufacturing for the special units of the army. They appreciate the value for money and the exclusivity aspect. We also see an expanding group of extreme sports enthusiasts and outdoor survivalists wear MATWATCHES, appreciating their robustness and quality” says Karel Krticka, the authorized distributor of MATWATCHES in Australia.

CALIFORNIA – REF. AG7 CALIFORNIA

California is perfect for a man of his time who loves beautiful objects. Offered in a 39mm stainless steel case, this watch is barrel shaped and watertight to 100 metres. The hands and indexes on the dial have been treated with Super Luminova to ensure optimum visibility in an aquatic environment or at night. Powered by an ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made movement, the watch has a 42 hour power reserve and is delivered with 3 interchangeable straps: a tawny barenia leather strap, a black
tactical strap and a black rubber strap.

MATWATCHES are now available online at matwatches.com.au

June 16, 2017 0 comment
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KERBEDANZ has premiered Maximus flying Tourbillon, the largest tourbillon in the world. The Maximus flying Tourbillon has a 27-millimeter tourbillon cage. This is almost twice the size of the largest one known to date. Yes, this makes it the largest wristwatch with tourbillon in the world. Considering this, the name Maximus really suits the watch. The name is also an allusion to Circus Maximus, a venue in Rome, used in the past for horse-drawn chariot races.

A little history lesson here. The tourbillon was invented by Abraham Louis Breguet (1747- 1823). The complication places the regulating organ of the watch inside a cage that turns on itself,  compensating for errors due to gravitational forces. Today, the precision that a tourbillon provides is much appreciated. But, the endless fascination of watching the tourbillon workings on the watch is next level beauty.

When size matters

The Maximus flying tourbillon allows you to better observe and understand the subtleties of this fascinating mechanism, thanks to its sheer size. But, it is the size factor that poses challenges in the creation. In watchmaking, enlarging the size of certain components does not mean just multiplying their size. Everything needs to be reinvented and recomputed.

This is where the expertise of the company’s watchmakers comes in. This watch required conception and manufacturing of a special balance spring, a rack with a screw for fine adjustment, and a balance wheel. The cage makes a full rotation once every six minutes, and not in sixty seconds, which is usually the case.

The watch is made up of 415 carefully assembled components, of which 73 are dedicated to the tourbillon cage. The latter is made entirely of titanium and only weighs 1.35 grams. Four barrel springs in parallel driving a central wheel mounted on ball-bearings produce the torque to supply a tourbillon of such size.

The master watchmakers have ensured that the aesthetics of the watch are refined and highly elegant, in sync with the spectacular movement, Calibre KRB-08. The 49 mm case is BIGG!! and the gold dial has been exclusively designed, manufactured and hand-decorated by KERBEDANZ.

The Maximus flying Tourbillon lives up to its name…being grand, spectacular and splendid.

June 13, 2017 0 comment
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Coming all the way from Glashütte, today we’re looking at the new A.Lange and Söhne’s 1815 Chronograph in white gold and black dial. We often wonder how a small dial change makes such a big difference to the entire personality of a watch.

As an extension of the 1815 watch family, A. Lange & Söhne is presenting a further version of the 1815 Chronograph with the stopwatch function. It persuasively combines a white-gold case and a black dial with a pulsometer scale.

The ability to measure time has always been one of the most useful and exciting functions of a mechanical watch. This applies in particular when the many levers and springs of the chronograph can be observed in action. A. Lange & Söhne has been crafting models with stopwatch functions since 1999 – fitted with sapphire-crystal casebacks like all other Lange watches.

The 1815 Chronograph was added to the 1815 family in 2004. It is a paragon of classic design combined with advanced technology. The traditional style elements reminiscent of the pocket-watch era include the railway-track minute scale and the symmetrically arranged subsidiary dials – the subsidiary seconds on the left and the 30-minute counter on the right. They emphasise the balanced proportions of the watch.

In 2010, the 1815 Chronograph was endowed with a new movement. It has a power reserve of 60 hours and features a manufactory-made free-sprung balance spring. Its carefully calibrated interaction with the large, cam-poised balance guarantees excellent rate accuracy. Because it beats at a frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 hertz), the watch can measure times with an accuracy of one fifth of a second. The calibre L951.5 movement also powers the new 1815 Chronograph in the 39.5-millimetre white-gold case. The rhodiumed hands ensure superb legibility against the backdrop of a jet-black solid-silver dial. Heart rates can be determined with the pulsimeter scale on the outer ring of the dial. It is graduated from 40 to 200 beats. When the time for 30 beats is measured, the peripheral scale indicates the heart rate per minute. The personality of this new member of the 1815 family, characterised by contrasts between light and dark, is underscored with a black alligator leather strap and a solid white-gold Lange prong buckle.

 

 

A sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the sublime architecture and lavish finissage of the chronograph movement. It provides an enlightening glimpse of the complex switching sequences. Among others, it shows the column wheel that controls the chronograph functions, the levers of the flyback mechanism, and the snail of the precisely jumping minute counter. The escapement is readily visible as well. Hallmarks of the Lange style include the whiplash spring of the precision beat-adjustment system on the hand-engraved balance cock.

June 10, 2017 0 comment
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One of the most important releases from Montblanc at the SIHH 2017 earlier this year was their Timewalker Collection. It’s been a talking point ever since. Revamped and refreshed from ground up, the collection symbolizes the spirit of motor racing and harks back to these instruments of glory with design codes that just spell the theme so aptly.  The watches are designed in Montblanc’s Minerva Manufacture, an exclusive workshop producing high-quality instruments for measuring brief intervals of time with remarkable precision.

Following the success of Timewalker globally, Montblanc is introducing two new timepieces to its renowned collection — The TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic in red gold and the TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100 with an imposing All-Black design, inside and out.

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic in 18K red gold

Earlier this year we saw a stainless steel version of this watch. Montblanc is now unveiling a new red gold version with a black ceramic bezel and a matching black and red gold-plated dial making the watch extremely dynamic and sporty.

 

 

The dial, with a black backdrop, features prominent colour contrasts with the minute track, hour and minute hands and indexes all in red gold-plated, accentuating the vertically aligned 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters that are reminiscent of the dashboards of classic racing cars.

The central red hand recording the chronograph seconds features a tip that has been sculpted in the form of the Minerva arrow, a nod to the Minerva Manufacture’s legacy and heritage. For utmost visibility, both in the day and at night, the dauphine hands, indexes and 5-minute marking have been coated with Super-LumiNova®.

 

 

Beating inside the 43mm satin finished red gold case is the maison’s calibre MB 25.07 which has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500 (A test that simulates real-life wear for over 500 hours providing utmost reliability and performance).

The TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic features the emblematic unidirectional black rotating bezel knurled on the flank and made of shiny high-tech black ceramic for utmost robustness and durability. The bezel can also be used as a second time zone indicator. The horns, with their architectural and carved flanks, have been semi-skeletonized like the air inlets of a car’s body, and the black DLC crown has been knurled like a vintage car radiator cap for better gripping.

Completing the motor racing design, the case back has been fitted with a smoked glass opening, reminiscent of the glass windows that cover powerful V12 engines, and the black calf leather strap includes perforation holes, much like the leather driving gloves used in the days when steering wheels were made of wood and needed to be firmly gripped. The strap comes fitted with the Maison’s new 18K gold triple folding clasp that has been developed specially for the Montblanc Time Walker Collection to provide excellent flexibility and maximum comfort on the wrist.

Montblanc TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100

Next up is the new Montblanc TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Chronograph Limited Edition 100 which combines two of the most significant chronometric complications: Montblanc’s exclusive in-house patented one-minute ExoTourbillon with a quick stop-second mechanism and a monopusher chronograph with sectorial scales.

 

 

The Exo in the name is derived from the Greek for “external” or “outside” and refers to the screw balance, which is positioned outside of tourbillon’s rotating cage. This patented mechanical architecture allows the cage to be smaller in size and free of the weight of the balance, saving more energy than a conventional tourbillon. According to Montblanc, the fact that the balance is positioned outside the rotating cage means that it isn’t affected by the inertia of the cage, therefore improving precision and isochronism. The large balance wheel, measuring 9.7 mm in diameter and featuring a long axis, demands the highest level of skill to assemble precisely.

 

 

Montblanc’s very own in-house developed MB R230 chronograph calibre powers this innovative tourbillon construction. It combines all the elements of a traditional chronograph with a contemporary high-performance construction: monopusher with column wheel, efficient and precise vertical coupling, automatic winding and two barrels.

 

 

A particularly useful feature of this movement is its quick stop-second mechanism, which directly halts the screw balance by means of a tiny spring, and allows the user to set the seconds precisely. The quick stop-second mechanism instantly stops the balance from rotating, instead of halting the tourbillon cage, which can cause the balance to continue swinging and upset the precision. A red arrow hand is displayed on the tourbillon cage for an exact setting of the seconds. A practical hour setting also allows the user to advance the time in hourly increments in the second position of the crown forwards and backwards thus ensuring quick and uncomplicated time setting.

Repositioning the hour-hand has no effect whatsoever on the minute- and second-hand, so the precise time is always preserved. This function is linked to the date, making setting the timepiece while travelling a breeze.

For the very first time, the Manufacture movement MB R230 of the TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100 has been completely darkened with an All-Black coating and is on full display through the timepiece’s titanium caseback.

The case

The 44 mm three-part case, has been manufactured out of black DLC titanium and features a number of vintage motoring inspired details. Semi-skeletonized horns with architectural carved flanks have been inspired by the air inlets in racing cars and have been decorated with a vertical satinated finish; the bezel and case back feature a circular satinated finish; and the black DLC titanium crown includes knurling on the side that is reminiscent of vintage car radiator caps and provides superior gripping.

Other technical details include a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatments on both sides, a sporty red gasket, a black alligator leather strap with red stitching, and a satinated black DLC pin buckle—all reinforcing the technical essence of this lightweight yet robust case that protects the movement beneath and accentuates the distinctive TimeWalker look.

The dial

The full black grainé dial of the TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100 accentuates the Maison’s focus on aesthetics, performance and legibility with colour contrasts inspired from the dashboards of vintage cars. The time and date are displayed in an off-centred black dial at 12 o’clock, and two semi-circular counters indicate elapsed-seconds at 8 o’clock, and elapsed-minutes at 4 o’clock. Arabic numerals and indexes have been designed in a distinctive, clearly-contoured typography and have been enhanced with luminescent Super-LumiNova® for easy reading at night.

 

 

An innovative new Super-LumiNova® treatment has also been used for the hour ring where Super-LumiNova® pigments have been merged with a composite material for utmost visibility day and night. Legibility is also maximized with the addition of black rhodium-plated dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands enhanced with Super-LumiNova®, and highly contrasting red and white elements.

To complete the overall strong design, the lower section of the dial with its vertical satin finishing showcases the patented ExoTourbillon with a hand-finished All-Black tourbillon bridge, while the top part of the dial is embellished with black horizontal stripes.

Offered in a 100 piece limited edition, the watch is water-resistant to 30 metres and once again has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500 that simulates real-life situations for 500 hours.

June 8, 2017 0 comment
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Year after year we make our way to two of the biggest watchmaking fairs in the world (Baselworld and Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Geneva).  Sure we love our LVMH’s, Rolex’s, Swatch Group’s and Richemont’s, but the one group we’ve always had a soft spot for are ‘Independent Watchmakers’. It’s a whole new world.

When you buy an independent watchmakers creation, you’re in one way investing in their personality; a personality that stems from the knowledge they possess in their careers as watchmakers or their years of service to the industry. Commonly referred to as ‘The Dark Side Of Watchmaking’, these watches appeal to a very niche group of enthusiasts. Starting from the movement of the watch to the parts to the case, they pretty much have the ability to design a watch the way they want to, with no limits to their creativity.

Earlier this year at Baselworld 2017, we caught up with some of these creative minds to understand what makes their watches so special and unique…in the words of the watchmakers themselves…

H. Moser & Cie – Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity

H. Moser & Cie makes another fabulous addition to a series of distinctive watches which return to the very basics of timekeeping. A striking colour just never fails to impress, and the cosmic green seen this year on the dial of the Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity is a stellar one. “We are very happy to introduce this watch here. It is in a hot green and that is one of the new colours. We are known for our fumé dials. We have added the cosmic green to the collection. You can expect more colours to come! Purple haze will be another hot one coming soon,” say Edouard and Bertrand Meylan, of H. Moser & Cie.

This green is audacious and is reminiscent of the jewel tones of the Northern Lights. The watch has a 43 mm diameter, the largest offered by H. Moser & Cie till date. It embodies the return to the essential, illustrating the minimalist philosophy that “Less is More” with a dial that has no logo and features only the 4 main indices. The fumé dial is the highlight here, and is a part of the elegant aesthetic of the brand. It is enhanced by the domed sapphire crystal and the bezel. As customary in haute horlogerie, and a tradition for H. Moser & Cie. watches since 1828, the company’s signature and hallmark appear on the movement side, a subtle reminder of its heritage.

At the heart, with a convex shape typical of the 1960s and a design inspired by historic H. Moser pocket watches, beats an HMC 327 hand-wound Manufacture calibre. Visible through the sapphire case-back, the movement has a power reserve of at least 3 days which is shown in an indicator on the reverse side of the watch. A raw kudu leather strap adds a rugged touch. The Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity Cosmic Green is available in a limited edition of 50 pieces.

 

 

HAUTLENCE – Playground Pinball

The question is – Do watches always have to tell time? HAUTLENCE clearly doesn’t seem to think so. Under the Playground collection, HAUTLENCE is having a lot of fun. With this mechanical wonder, the brand is literally stopping time.

“When we conceptualized the idea, there was a lot of talk about connected watches. We are connected all the time. At the end of the day what people are missing is time for themselves. Who says that we should necessarily have a watch on the wrist?  The wrist is not anymore exclusive to watches today. We wanted to continue to pay tribute to the watch industry and the amazing mechanics. But, we wanted to take time to another level- that of no time! We wanted to play”, says CEO Sandro Reginelli.

 

 

Play they did…and the result is this fantastic work of art. In short, this is a bespoke mechanical game on the wrist. Moving the crown activates a clever mechanical lift, which feeds the ball onto the board using a camshaft system visible through the transparent backing. The titanium case is rectangular, going back to the brands’ roots.

The best part of the watch is the complex mechanics that governs the game. HAUTLENCE have used the minute repeater mechanism for this purpose. The operation of a game of pinball seems rather straightforward, but with the addition of two rotating elements on the dial, the game actually becomes a little challenging. This is the ultimate luxury product, made according to the most authentic watchmaking traditions.

Louis Moinet – Space Mystery

Louis Moinet stuns the watch world once again with an impressively detailed and exceptionally beautiful watch – ‘Space Mystery’. “The name space mystery, actually comes from a meteorite coming from the cosmos, but we don’t know from where. What we do know is there are amino acids within it, and these are possibly one of the first forms of life in the universe,” explains Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO and Creative Director.

The Louis Moinet Space Mystery benefits from this special material sourced from the depths of the cosmos. The magical hue, aptly called Magic Blue suits the dial. The exact composition of the colour remains a secret and it befits the watch, which also retains an alluring secretive aspect that only adds to its appeal. This watch is the first one in the world to contain fragments of this meteorite that can be seen from an aperture in the dial.

 

 

“It is a satellite tourbillon rotating around a central axis having a small planet as the rotating axis. We also have a little piece from the moon and a little piece from Mars!” says Schaller. Schaller explains that the watch comes in a limited edition of 8, as this number is the symbol of infinity. “We make watches in limited editions. We have had the chance of having some important collectors and politicians, and heads of states as our clients. Every time we create a new watch we want to do something that does not exist,” he says.

MB&F – Aquapod

MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser has infused awe and wonder in truly incredible creations. “This is the first time that I have created a horological machine that has not come from my childhood! This was generated because four years ago, when I was on a beach holiday with my wife, she was stung by a jellyfish. The next whole week, while swimming in the sea, we were always on the lookout for one! I then thought, why not do a mechanical jellyfish? With a jellyfish, there is a transparent dome and then tentacles. You’ve got the same thing here. There is a sapphire dome and this incredible flying tourbillon…and then there are the tentacles…the rotor made of titanium and platinum…It is the same story. The tentacles bring food to the jellyfish, and here, the rotor brings energy to the barrel which sends energy to the brain,” explains Büsser.

 

 

“We have deconstructed its watchmaking and constructed it into a kinetic art piece! So we have the ceramic diving bezel. Everyone just thinks it’s there to look good…but it actually works. Its floating around the whole core. If you are very courageous you can actually go diving with it…you can see that there is a triangle on the minutes, and another one as well which will help count the time that you have been in the water. To read the time, the spheres of concentric hours and minutes turn around. They are made from titanium and aluminum to be as light as possible” he concludes.

MCT – Dōdekal One

A tenth anniversary is special…and MCT marks it with the Dōdekal One – D110. It is the first mechanical watch featuring an innovative digital hour display at the centre of the dial. The inspirational roots go back to the 1970s electronic watches.

The Dōdekal One is driven by a new Manufacture movement, Calibre D1. The engineers of MCT Watches have used a complex set of cams and carriages to display the hours in the forms of segments in the dial centre, placing this model in a whole new dimension. The hours’ transition is effected by the translational motion of the segments over 2.5 seconds, offering a sight that’s truly magical, while the minutes are displayed by a flying hand. A regulating organ serves to enable optimal management of the energy required for these animations, while ensuring a 50-hour power reserve for the self-winding movement, driven by a gold micro-rotor.

 

 

The case of the Dōdekal is cushion-shaped, measuring 43mm along its sides and distinguished by finely crafted lugs shaped like twisted leaves. The watch is available in titanium or titanium black DLC and 5N pink gold, in a 25-piece limited series of each version.

Manufacture Royale – Manufacture Royale ADN 

The sculptural aesthetic of the Manufacture Royale ADN combines with technical prowess in a watch that is both functional, different and very good-looking. “This year we are back to our roots and we have launched a new masterpiece called the ADN which has taken the DNA of the brand: flexible lugs, flying tourbillon, independent second time zone and a unique creative way of displaying time. It shows our creativity in mastering movement development,” explained David Gouten, CEO, Manufacture Royale.

 

 

“We also have a unique way of displaying the jumping hour. It is actually a jumping disk for the hours. The watch is intuitively very easy to read,” says Gouten. At its heart, the calibre MR09 is the ninth one to be created by the watchmaker. This splendid mechanism regulated by a flying tourbillon displays two time zones like never before. Each may be independently set right to the minute while the local time is indicated by an original patented jumping-hour system.

By removing all unnecessary components, Manufacture Royale enhances the structure of the movement in a highly technical manner playing on transparency and volumes on the skeletonized dial. On the back of the watch, the sapphire crystal closed by 4 screws highlights the movement. Everything is perfectly finished. Hand-chamfering, circular-graining, brushed polishing or hooping highlight the attention to detail.

The ADN has a very strong identity. The dynamic forms, three-dimensional architecture and strength of design highlight a singular character. Its sculptural aesthetic is animated by a perfect mechanism, reinterpreting the art of ‘skeleton’ movements in a resolutely contemporary vision.

“We have three variations, and they are all limited to 28 pieces. Why 28? We have been asked over the years to produce limited editions. 28 is the number of years that our founder was exiled from France! We have a steel version. We have a beautiful contrast between rose gold and forge carbon. We also have a super hot black DLC with forge carbon and red sapphire crystal back,” says Gouten. The Manufacture Royale ADN is the ultimate travel companion – both aesthetic and technical, and a masterpiece in its own right.

RJ-Romain Jerome – Deep Blue Octopus

RJ-Romain Jerome translates the aesthetic features of an Octopus into a spectacular steampunk-like timepiece. Found in the depths of the ocean, the octopus is often portrayed as a sea monster in stories. These qualities and attributes held in folklore inform the aesthetics.

Deep Blue Octopus incorporates all the characteristics and aesthetical features of the animal with meticulous care devoted to each detail. It sports an all-black stealth look to echo the darkness of the ocean. The 47mm case with all elements in black PVD-coated steel, reproduces the bilateral symmetry typical of the octopus, with the two crowns at 3 and 9 o’clock. The new model is equipped with an exclusive internal unidirectional rotating sapphire bezel featuring engraved five-minute graduation and a luminescent time indicator at 12h, which is activated by the 3 o’clock crown for the elapsed time controller while the 9 o’clock crown sets the time.

The cephalopod sits at the centre of the dial and can be seen from all angles, hiding on the case back or on the 3 o’clock crown. The inside of the integrated black vulcanized rubber strap has a suction cup like pattern; just like an octopus’ leg. The timepiece has also been built around the number eight to recall the 8 legs of the Octopus: there are 8 head screws on the case, 8 screws holding the case back as well as 8 rivets on each crown. And finally, the Deep Blue Octopus is water resistant to 888 feet. Talk about consistency!

 

 

The dial, like the ocean floor, is textured thanks to the reproduction of a sea urchin skeleton. The plate has been machined-worked and rhodium-coated for more resistance and brilliance then covered with a transparent blue resin to mimic the blue colour of the ocean. With his ability to hide at night, the octopus disappears to let the luminescence shine through the inserts in the sea urchin cavities which have been individually hand-filled. The black PVD-coated steel notched bezel contains oxidized and stabilized steel from the Titanic, another maritime giant.

“We produce very limited and exclusive editions. We produce to under match demand, to create desirability and value,” explains Manuel Emch, CEO of RJ-Romain Jerome.

June 6, 2017 0 comment
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Instantly recognisable, functionally reliable, rugged and drool-worthy?… That’s the new Panerai Submersible for you. Inspired by the history of a brand rooted in the world of the sea, Panerai continues to provide breathtaking innovations year after year. This year was no different.

Let’s dive straight into two of the most spectacular submersible launches at SIHH 2017 earlier this year:

Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio (PAM01305)

This watch has the classic and robust 47 mm Panerai case made from brushed titanium that combines extreme corrosion resistance with great solidity and lightness. It features exceptional underwater readability under all lighting conditions or in the depths of the sea, a unidirectional rotating bezel and is water-resistant to 30 atmospheres. The partly skeletonised, luminescent hands also guarantee excellent visibility even in the darkest corners of the ocean bed.

 

 

The movement is updated with calibre P.9010 with two barrels constantly charged by the oscillating weight in both directions, thus ensuring a 3-day power reserve. There is also a special system for regulating the hour hand, which can be moved backwards, and forwards in jumps of exactly one hour, without interfering with the running of the minutes.

Price in Australian Dollars: RRP AUD $12,450

Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanium- 47mm (PAM01389)

The design of this watch also reflects the essential codes of the brand, however, it has been slightly modified. The thickness of the case has been reduced by over 10% compared to the previous version, a result made possible by the introduction of the new P. 9010 calibre.

 

 

The watch is highly resistant to magnetic fields due to its inner case of soft iron. It’s the construction which guarantees this extremely high resistance to magnetic fields: 40,000 A/m (ampère/metre), a figure more than eight times greater than that stipulated by international standards (NIHS 90-10). The inner case insulates the movement.

A matt black ceramic disc is applied to the rotating titanium bezel set with studs forming a graduated scale for calculating times of immersion. The bezel only rotates anti- clockwise to avoid accidental shocks interfering with the measurement of the times of immersion.

Another technical feature is the mechanism for stopping the balance wheel when synchronising the watch, and the device for changing the time quickly: the hour hand can be moved forwards or backwards in jumps of one hour, without interfering with the running of the watch. Both these add to the functionality of the watch.

Price in Australian Dollars: RRP AUD $14,950

June 2, 2017 0 comment
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Earlier this year at Baselworld 2017, Tudor launched a new campaign with the #BORNTODARE signature. A value that the brand proudly stands for today and a spirit that is supported globally by ambassadors whose life achievements directly result from a daring approach to life. With the announcement of David Beckham as their global brand ambassador, Tudor has not only managed to find a face who’s life journey embodies the daring values that made TUDOR what it is today but also one of the most admired, gifted and successful football players of all time, a philanthropist, an entrepreneur and a global style icon.

In 2012, David Beckham became Breitling’s  global brand ambassador and the face of their Transocean Chronograph Unitimer watch. Signing a brand ambassador is one thing but signing the right ambassador who embodies the value of the brand is another. Where Beckham and Tudor are concerned, it doesn’t get more befitting than this. For starters, how about we let the campaign shots do the talking…

 

 

According to Beckham, a long-time wristwatch lover, he came to know TUDOR through its sibling brand, Rolex, of which he owns several timepieces. “I was attracted to TUDOR by the attention to detail I could see in their watches. I then learned about the history of the brand. One of adventure, pioneer diving and daring expeditions. I was instantly hooked”.

Tudor today continues to provide its clients an incredibly attractive pricing structure, offering vintage inspired tool watches that are extremely attractive in design and function. Moving forward, David Beckham will be seen wearing the Heritage Black Bay Steel And Gold, the latest addition to the Black Bay line-up unveiled at Baselworld 2017 earlier this year as well as the new Heritage Black Bay Chrono, a COSC-certified chronograph with column-wheel Manufacture calibre drawing upon TUDOR’s diving and motorsports heritage. (More information on the Heritage Black Bay Chrono can be found here)

All in all, we’re extremely exciting to see what’s in the pipeline for Tudor and David Beckham in the next few months.

May 30, 2017 0 comment
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