Audemars Piguet has had great success with the Royal Oak Pride of Russia timepiece, a beautiful 18-karat rose gold limited edition watch made as a tribute to Russia for for their remarkable contributions to the arts, culture and sciences. Now Audemars Piguet has released the Royal Oak Pride of China timepiece. The Pride of China is a stunning watch made in a combination of stainless steel and 18-karat pink gold, the design of the watch was inspired from China's Great Wall - one of the seven wonders of the world. An image of the Great Wall can be seen on the beautifully engraved case-back. This limited edition watch will be produced to only 250 pieces.

The stainless steel case measures 39mm in diameter. It stainless steel is accented with 18-karat pink gold which was used for the octagonal bezel, winding crown, and for two rows of vertical links in the bracelet. 18K white gold is also present as it was used for the hexagonal screws used to secure the bezel. The silver dial features a grand tapisserie motif in the center section. In addition to hour, minute, and second displays the dial also has moon phases and power reserve indicators as well as a circular counter for the date display at 6 o'clock. A sapphire crystal protects the dial from damage. The case-back includes the engraved scene of the Great Wall of China and the inscription “Royal Oak Pride Of China Limited Edition”.

The Royal Oak Pride of China watch features the 3123 caliber, a self-winding movement which is a variation of the 3120 caliber – a caliber used in many of the brands Royal Oak watches. The movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, has a 60-hour power reserve, and provides a sweep seconds function. The water resistance for the Pride of China is rated to 50 meters.

The new A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange "Pour le Merite" is an exquisite example of the company's outstanding horological acheivements. The Pour le Merite timepiece provides the rare combination of a fusee and chain transmission. It comes in both platinum and rose gold and features a white dial crafted from genuine enamel with blued steel hands. The beautiful crocodile leather strap is fitted with a Lange tang buckle in platinum or 18 carat rose gold. The watch has a 36 hour power reserve and will be limited to 200 numbered pieces in rose gold and 50 pieces in platinum.

The watch features a Lange L044.1 caliber movement comprises 279 parts. Each component is hand finished. The watch incorporates the fusee and chain energy transmission system that has previously been used in two other highly respected A. Lange & Sohne timepieces. The fusee and chain system is extremely difficult to produce, but the difficulty pays off by solving the declining torque in the winding train. The conical fusee is joined to the barrel by a miniature chain that when transferred from the fusee to the barrel will guarantees constant torque and the resultant amplitude. The exquisitely delicate yet durable chain is comprised of 636 individual parts.

Baselworld 2009 will be held from March 26 to April 2 at the Basel Exhibition Center in Switzerland. More than 2000 companies from the watch, jewelery and precious-stone industries will exhibit their latest innovations to the lucky attendees of Basel which has grown to be over 100,000 visitors a year. Some of the trends expected in the watch industry in 2009 are materials and techniques that are being mixed, merged, combined and varied. The big watches will be seen in an especially wide variety of materials and often minimalist-design dials. The watches will have predominantly round cases, often featuring square components, are both flat and elegant. The event is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm with the exception of the last day from 9 am to 4 pm. A one day pass to the event will set you back about $55.00 US Dollars or 60.00 CHF.

Bell & Ross Instrument BR01 Pro Titanium

in Bell & Ross | Sunday, December 14. 2008

The Bell & Ross brand is one that strives for to be among the best when it comes to innovation and performance of their timepieces. Their development of the Instrument BR01 Pro Titanium is no exception. This chronograph watch is a high-tech professional tool and the product is a watch which achieves optimum performance. Inspired by the field of aeronautics, the design and materials of the chronograph watch took its inspiration directly from aeronautical construction techniques. Though easily recognizable as being part of the Bell & Ross family, the Bell & Ross Instrument BR01 Pro Titanium has several unique quality that set it apart.

The new BR01 Pro watch features the use of several high-tech materials. The extra large case measures 46mm in diameter and has been constructed from grade 2 titanium with an ultra-light satin-finish. Chosen for its durability and lightness, titanium is becoming more and more popular among watchmakers for several reasons such as its ability to adapt to body temperature and its hypoallergenic qualities. The high-tech architecture of the case is emphasized by the octagonal bezel. The grey dial is slightly different than other BR Instrument timepieces in that the hour markers appear bolder than usual, and the hands feature a broad baton shape. The dial hands and markers feature a white Superluminova photo-luminescent coating and is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The watch is fitted with a rubber strap with a broad titanium tang buckle.

The Bell & Ross Instrument BR01 Pro Titanium displays hours, minutes and seconds, as well as a 3-counter chronograph with 12-hour, 30-minute and 60-second. A date is also displayed in a small window between the four and five o'clock hour markers. The mechanical-automatic chronograph movement is an ETA 2894 chronograph caliber movement which offers an excellent precision of adjustment. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters.

The invention of the Tourbillon can be traced back to the beginning of the 19th century. It was invented with the aim of improving the precision of timepieces, which until then the accuracy had been limited by the irregularities caused by the effects of Earth’s gravity. Girard-Perregaux produced its first Tourbillon watch in 1867 which was first shown at the Paris Universal Exhibition. But when I think of Girard-Perregaux and Tourbillons all that comes to mind is the one-of-a-kind three bridge tourbillon whose patent dates all the way back to the year 1883, an invention that in many respects has yet to be outdone. This year bring a new Tourbillon watch from Girard-Perregaux, the Bi-axial Tourbillon. This unique creation unites two concentric cages, which then allows the regulating part to perform multi-dimensional rotations. Perhaps most notably, this tourbillon compensates for the negative effects at multiple positions rather than just the vertical position.

The Girard-Perregaux Bi-axial Tourbillon is comprised of 130 individual components. The tourbillon alone features 113 parts which weigh only 0.80 grams, it completes one full revolution in 3 minutes and 45 seconds. The mechanical with manual winding movement has a power reserve of 72 hours. It is beautifully displayed through both the dial and the case-back of the watch. The 18 carat pink gold case is 45 mm in diameter and 18.5 mm thick and has sapphire crystal protecting the the face and the back of the watch. The satin-finished silver dial is adorned with two beveled gold bridges, a window displaying the bi-axial tourbillon, and both hour and minute hands. An alligator strap and an 18 carat pink gold folding clasp complete the limited edition watch, which will number only 33 pieces. The Bi-axial Tourbillon is water resistant to 30 meters.

Officine Panerai is introducing a new limited edition timepiece for its “Ferrari Engineered by Officine Panerai” collection. Created to coincide with the car makers launch of the Ferrari California. The new two-counter chronograph has a 45mm cushion-shaped case crafted in brushed stainless steel with nicely complimentary polished elements on the lugs and case corners. The push pieces and winding crown feature a machined knurled surface, with Ferrari's Prancing Horse emblem placed on the winding crown. The black dial of this watch has white and “Ferrari Red” accents, such as the area between 12 and 3 o'clock where there is a red semi-circular sweep inspired by the tachometer instrumentation inside the Ferrari car. The Ferrari “California” brand emblem is placed on the dial just above the six o'clock mark. The dial is protected by a convex sapphire crystal and the watch offers 100-meter water-resistance.

The Panerai for Ferrari California Flyback Chronograph watch features a self-winding mechanical movement, with a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour that guarantees timing accuracy to the nearest 1/8th of a second. The watch also features a flyback function, which makes possible the use a single push of the button for stopping, resetting and restarting the chronograph function of the watch. The movement has an engraved rotor that displays the "Cavallino Rampante" Ferrari company insignia. The watch is nicely complimented by the well padded white stitched alligator strap. The Ferrari California Flyback Chronograph will be a limited edition production of 400 pieces.

Audemars Piguet has created a new Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, it is a titanium limited edition developed for a highly popular Paris-based retailer named Chronopassion located on the well known Rue St. Honoré. The beautiful titanium case has a microbille bead-blasted - or sand blasted as we call it here in the states - finish, which creates a look of frosted metal. The surface of the octagonal Royal Oak bezel has a microbille bead-blasted finish as well, though the beveled edge is a high polish which is matched nicely by the polishing on the eight hexagonal bezel screws. The standard Royal Oak "Grand Tapisserie" waffle pattern dial features white gold Arabic markers and hands with a luminous treatment for easy readability, and a large magnified date window at 3 o'clock. Each timepiece has a black rubber strap and a microbille bead-blasted titanium folding clasp. The case back is engraved with the limited edition number of the watch, as well as the words "Limited Edition Chronopassion". The Chronopassion Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph will be produced in a limited edition of 50 pieces.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Chronopassion Limited Edition uses the 3126/3840 caliber movement, a movement used in several of AP's limited Edition creations as of late - such as the Survivor and the Grand Prix models. Comprised of 365 carefully finished parts, the 3126/3840 has a rapid-adjust date display, stop seconds, and a chronograph complication with 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers and a power reserve of approximately 60 hours. It has a variable-inertia balance with eight masselotte weights, a fast date correction and a highly stable balance cock, as well as the massive 22-karat gold rotor that winds the mainspring in both of its directions of rotation. An anti-magnetic strongbox cage protects the caliber's precision against the negative effects of magnetic fields. It also has finely polished screw and jewel settings, a perlage on the plate and undersides of the bridges, and Cotes de Geneve finishing on the bridges.

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