Vacheron Tribute to Great ExplorersVacheron Constantin has added two new timepieces to their collection, created to pay tribute to two of histories greatest explorers - Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus. The Metiers d'Art Tribute to Great Explorers are entirely hand-crafted and are to be produced in a limited series of sixty pieces of each design. The most impressive aspect of the Tribute to Great Explorers watches are the beautiful dials, created by employing the art of 'grand feu' enameling. The two dials represent Marco Polo's journey from 1271 to 1295 across Central Asia and Christopher Columbus's journey from 1492 to 1493 from Huelva to San Salvador and his discovery of America.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great ExplorersThe references for these models are 47070/000J-9085 for the Christopher Columbus inspired watch and 47070/000J-9086 for the Marco Polo inspired watch. Both cases are 18 carat yellow gold and have a diameter of 40 mm and 12.21 mm thick. The dials are 22-carat gold two-part base with a polychrome “Grand feu” enameled decoration. They have a 1126 AT movement that is self-winding and has an additional mobile hour display with a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. The straps are hand-sewn square-scale brown alligator leather and have a folding clasp buckle in 18-carat yellow gold with the standard vacheron polished half Maltese cross. The water resistance to 30 meters.

Vacheron Les Masques 2008Vacheron Constantin has introduced the next in the series of "Les Masques" timepieces, part of Vacheron's Metiers d'Art watch collection. The first set, introduced in 2007, bore miniature reproductions inspired by primitive arts masks from China, Alaska, the Congo and Indonesia. The miniature masks were created by scanning the originals to get a three-dimensional image, then a prototype was given to an engraver who meticulously carved the masks to replicate the exact look of these ancient artifacts. This year Vacheron set out to outdo the beauty and attention to detail of last years models with four more exquiste reproductions, this time inspire by masks from Mexico, Japan, Gabon, and Papua New Guinea.

Vacheron Mask Watch 2008Beginning in 2007 Vacheron Constantin planned to release the Les Masques collection as sets of four watches, one set released each year in a limited edition of 25 for 3 years. This years release is the second in the series that has been meet with much excitement. The timepieces were inspired from artwork found in the Barbier-Mueller collection - a collection of over 7,000 pieces which includes artwork from tribal, classical and other primitive civilizations from around the globe. When all the watches have been released, the collection will consist of twelve watches each with a different mask with representatives from the continents of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania.

Les Masques Collection 2008Each of the four watches to a set is produced from a different metal - yellow gold, white gold, pink gold and platinum. The miniature masks appear upon a transparent sapphire crystal, and each watch is engraved with a poem by French writer Michel Butor. For the 2008 models the engravers were pushed to outdo themselves and spent countless hours to ensure that the smallest detail on each mask was represented on the miniature reproductions. Particular attention was paid to the original material of the masks. When copying the clay based Mexico mask, extra time was spent to ensure that the rough aspect of the pottery's surface was reproduced.

Vacheron Constantin Mask Watch 2008The 2008 Japan Mask was inspired from a ritual Buddha mask from the second half of 19th century. The original mask was made of lacquered wood with gilded and blue pigments. This mask is set on a yellow gold watch case with a blue dial. The Mexico Mask was inspired from a fragment of a mask-shaped censer from the Mayan civilisation of 550-950 AD. The fragment is ceramic and the piece is actually believed to be part of a decorated chimney. The case for the watch is made from pink gold. The Gabon Mask is a Pibibuze mask made by the Kwélé people. It is made from polychrome semi-hard wood and has an aged patina. The actual time of this masks creation is unknown though it was aquired before 1930. The case for this watch is made from white gold. The final mask is the Papua New Guinea Mask created from wood, pigments, and Conus sp. shells. This beautiful red mask is set on a grey dial, the case of the watch is platinum.

L.U.C Tech Strike One LimitedChopard has introduced an impressive new addition to its collection, the L.U.C Tech Strike One Limited Edition. This Limited Edition L.U.C Strike One is part of the new L.U.C Tech line created as a more contemporary exploration of Chopard’s L.U.C collection. The watch features the "en passant" hour strike complication which was first introduced in the original Chopard L.U.C Strike One watch. This limited production contains the same complication that inspired the Strike One's name, seen through the tiny window at the top of the dial where the striking mechanism and the hammer are visible. But this design goes a step further opening up the dial to show more of the intricate movement.

The case is made from titanium with a transparent case-back and has a diameter of 40.50 mm and a thickness of 10.88 mm, the crown and striking push-piece are also made from titanium. The sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant and glare proofed. The watch has a mechanical, self-winding L.U.C 96 SHT Chronometer COSC certified movement that has 33 jewels, two stacked barrels - L.U.C "Twin"® technology, and 22ct gold oscillating weight. The dial displays central hour and minute hands, small seconds at 6 o'clock, and a date display at 3 o’clock. The watch sits on a hand-sewn black alligator leather strap with a steel buckle. The limited numbered edition of 100 has a power reserve 65 hours and is water-resistant to 30 meters.

Hublot Project F BangBreitling has jumped on the black case bandwagon, and I think that they have created a very nice looking timepiece. The newest addition to the Super Avenger collection is the Breitling Super Avenger Blacksteel Chronograph. A limited edition piece with a production number of 3000. The new black surface is accomplished by treating the large 48mm stainless steel case with a highly durable carbon nitride. The dial and sub-dials on the Blacksteel are also black and have the nice contrasting white hands and hour markers as well as red accents on the hands and for the tachymeter markers. The Blacksteel bezel is unidirectional rotating and has has a luminous dot for insured visibility. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal, has a large screw-down crown and a screw-locked case-back which insures the 300 meters of water resistance. The strap is the traditional Brietling rubber strap which has a tang buckle with the same black carbon nitride treatment. The Super Avenger Blacksteel Chronograph features the Breitling Caliber 13 movement, which has a date display, subsidiary seconds and chronograph complication. The power reserve for the watch is 42 hours.

Hublot Project F BangLike Audemars Piguet and the recent introduction of their Royal Oak Offshore Singapore Grand Prix Chronograph, Hublot has created a watch with a split-seconds chronograph that pays tribute to Singapore's Formula One racing event. The watch, the Hublot Project F Bang Big Bang Chronograph, will also benefit the Make A Wish Foundation who's aim is to help children suffering from life-threatening illnesses to realize their dreams. The charity donation is a joint effort between Hublot and the exclusive distributor of Hublot watches in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia - The Hour Glass. The Hour Glass has pledged 5% of the retail price for every F-Bang Hublot sold in its Singapore and Malaysia locations.

Hublot Project F Bang Big Bang ChronographThe Hublot Project F Bang was created with the intention of launching during the inaugural Sinagapore F1 Race. The watch is a world first, featuring a Split Second-Hand Chronograph with a left hand crown and pushers. It has a 44.5 mm all black ceramic case with red kevlar accents on the sides of the case, and the pushers and crown are black with red kevlar. The bezel is made from black ceramic and the dial is an all black design with the exception of the red 12 at the top of the dial and the split second hand which is red and white. The case is on a rubber strap and has a black PVD-coated steel deployant buckle. The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters, and will be available in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Carbon Concept TourbillonThe Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Carbon Concept Tourbillon, reference 26265FO.OO.D002CR.01, is a truly amazing watch. It has a forged carbon case as well as a forged carbon movement, which makes the watch unusually light weight. The two combined is a first for Audemars Piguet. It has the exclusive hand-wound Audemars Piguet Calibre 2895 movement which is composed of 384 parts and includes a chronograph. The time and ingenuity that went into making the watch does not come cheap, msrp for the Carbon Concept Tourbillon is $251,100 USD.

Carbon Concept TourbillonThe forged carbon case is 44 mm by 15.85 mm thick and has a case-back ring in black PVD-coated titanium. It also has a ceramic bezel and is water resistant to 100 meters. The hand-wound with tourbillon Calibre 2895 movement is 33.80 mm by 12.01 mm thick, it has 34 jewels and a power reserve of 237 hours. The display of the watch is integrated onto the movement and the face has a graduated dial ring with luminescent hour-markers and white minute markers. The strap is hand-sewn alligator leather that has a Audemars Piguet folding clasp made of titanium.

Singapore Grand Prix ChronographThe Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Singapore Grand Prix Chronograph was created to commemorate the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix. It will be the first F1 race held in that country as well as the only nighttime F1 event ever. The forged carbon used for the case was inspired by Formula 1 cars. This limited edition watch will have only 250 numbered pieces.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Singapore Grand Prix ChronographThe Singapore Grand Prix Chronograph watch uses several unique materials. The central section of the case is wrought from forged carbon which has been used previously by Audemars Piguet before in watches such as the Team Alinghi Forged Carbon and Royal Oak Carbon Concept Tourbillon watch. The material is not only functional, but is lightweight and extremely hard. The carbon's look is altered by machining the surface creating a unique appearance that catches light producing a beautiful effect. The black carbon case middle is accented by stricking red chronograph push-pieces and a red rubber-molded crown. The look is pulled together with the perforated black leather strap with red stitching and a stainless steel folding clasp in the shape of the Audemars Piguet initials. The caseback is engraved with the Grand Prix logo as well as the words - Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition Singapore GP 2008.

26190OS.OO.D003CU.01The watch features a self-winding Audemars Piguet Calibre 3126/3840 movement comprised of 365 components and has a power reserve up to 60 hours. The barrel spring improves rating precision by supplying constant force for a longer period of time. All parts are hand-decorated, mainplate rhodium-plated - beveled and circular grained and bridges adorned with "côtes de Genève" motif. The reference number for the Grand Prix is 26190OS.OO.D003CU.01.

Audemars Piguet MillenaryThe Audemars Piguet Millenary Watch with Deadbeat Seconds is an exquisite timepiece inside and out. Featuring a mechanism inspired by a late 18th century creation by Robin, the brand-new system combines the high efficiency of a direct-impulse escapement with the reliability of a Swiss lever escapement. The movement requires no lubrication, something that had not yet been achieved without relying on the use of new materials like silicon. This breakthrough was first presented in the world-first Cabinet N° 5 watch in the Tradition d’ Excellence collection in 2006. Now the magic is unveiled in the beautiful new Millenary Watch.

Watch with Deadbeat SecondThe high efficiency of the watch is thanks to the distinctive geometry of the Audemars Piguet escapement, because it does not require any lubrication it can avoid the regular maintenance that clogging from the accumulation of grease can cause. Direct impulse on the balance and the detached single-beat escapement decreases disturbances and promotes extremely high efficiency. The movement also has excellent shock-resistance which protects the watch from tripping or overbanking. The escapement platform has been turned around so the escapement is visible from the dial side of the watch, and the plate has been hollowed to reveal the mechanism. The Calibre 2905 movement features two balance-springs placed one on top of the other at a 180° angle. The deadbeat seconds are an independent display which jumps once a second without disturbing the running of the watch. This is most often found in the famous Audemars Piguet pocket chronographs but has been miniaturized to wristwatch size. The Calibre 2905 hand-wound movement is an oval-shaped movement comprised of 233 parts.

AP Deadbeat SecondThe elegant pink gold oval Millenary case has a brushed middle and a polished bezel with an entirely open dial and off center displays. All components are entirely hand-finished which includes bevelling and rhodium-plating. The sapphire crystal case-back shows the twin barrels rotating and the three-point screw and circle layout which is repeated in the centre of the barrel. The case is on a hand-sewn alligator leather strap and fitted with a pink gold folding clasp.

Ulysse Nardin FreakThe first Ulysse Nardin Freak was released in 2001, it included a 7 day-tourbillon-carrousel which went on to win the Chronos Innovation Prize for that year. This unusual watch had no hands or crown, and the constantly revolving movement gave the indications for time. The hour indicator is located on the mainspring barrel and the lithe escapement bridge acts as the minute indicator. The name FREAK started out as a secret code name for the project, in the end the name stuck as the watch was such a departure from conventional watch-making. The innovation also included the all new Dual Direct escapement developed by Ludwig Oechslin. The development of the FREAK pioneered the use of silicium and showcased the unique abilities of silicium for the production of their escapement wheels.

DIAMonSIL DIAMonSILIn 2007 Ulysse Nardin took the Freak a step further with the launch the Freak DIAMonSIL which included a new patented Dual Ulysse Escapement made out of diamond and silicium. This time Ulysse Nardin used diamonds in the development of the new Freak with the goal of increasing the maximum life span and protecting the mechanism against external stress. Advancements in technology have allowed for alloying the silicium with diamond. Making the freak the first timepiece with a synthetic nanocrystal diamond escapement grown on a silicium raw part. The Freak DIAMonSIL has a retail price of $128,000 and is produced in the limited number of only 28 pieces.

DIAMonSIL2008 brought another member to the Freak family, the Freak DIAMonSIL. Crafted in 18k White Gold with the bridges and metal parts treated with a stainless blue titanium based alloy. The watch has the Caliber UN-202 Dual Ulysse Escapement movement in silicium with a power reserve of 7 days. This version of the Freak has the recognizable Carrousel Tourbillon which displays hours and minutes.

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