Here we have the new Luminor 1950 8 Days Chrono Monopulsante GMT, the chronograph watch will be released in 500 millesimed units - 250 with a steel case and 250 with a 18 karat pink gold case. The watch features the same sophisticated mechanical movement as the previous versions as well as the traditional Luminor 1950 case, which is a nice large size at 44 mm in diameter.

The manually wound movement is the P.2004 which was designed and manufactured entirely by Panerai, and is unique among chronograph movements. The movement has 321 component parts which includes 29 jewels and is viewable through the transpart case-back. The movement has many great features, like a power reserve of 8 days, a linear indication of the amount of running time remaining, and a second time zone with day/night indication. It also has a device for zeroing the seconds hand and a single-button chronograph with column wheel and friction clutch.

The steel case version has a brushed case with polished steel bezel. The dial is black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. There is a minute counter at 3 o’clock, a small seconds and day/night indicator at 9 o’clock, a horizontal power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock, and a central chronograph hand. The sapphire crystal is made from corundum at 2 mm thickness, and has been treated with an anti-reflective coating. The strap is a beautiful PANERAI personalised alligator strap which has a large-size brushed steel buckle. The steel version has a black alligator strap and the gold version has a brown alligator strap. The reference for this watch is PAM00275. It is water-resistance to 100 meters.

Bell & Ross' collection of BR 01 Tourbillon watches has expanded yet again! This newest version is made in beautiful 18 karat rose gold and is my favorite by far. The 18 karat rose gold compliments the trademark square shaped case extremely well and the rose gold aspects of the dial are superb. You may choose the watch either entirely in 18 karat rose gold or 18 karat rose gold and titanium-coated black DLC.

The Bell & Ross Instrument BR 01 Tourbillon Gold has a large case size at 46mm, and both the front and back of the watch have scrath-proof sapphire crystal. The dial is made from carbon fiber and rose gold and shoes hours and minutes, movement power reserve and a trust index in the rose gold center. A window at 6 o'clock shows the tourbillon escapement. The Tourbillon gold features a manual winding movement with a carbon fiber main plate. The complications include a regulator, a precision indicator and a power reserve indicator. The power reserve is up to 120 hours. You have the choice of an alligator or Bell & Ross-signed rubber sports strap with a broad ardillon buckle in rose gold. The Water resistance for this model is rated for 100 meters.

Girard-Perregaux Shadow

in Girard-Perregaux | Sunday, November 23. 2008

PAM00327The Girard-Perregaux Shadow has a look that is a little more casual than the previous World Time models. I think it is the black ceramic case that takes some of the elegance from the watch and transforms the watch into a more sporty look. This in my opinion is not a negative but a refreshing new look for the World Time collection. I think it is a very stylish chronograph watch that takes advantage of cutting-edge materials to achieve the new and pleasant look.

The black ceramic case of the Shadow is 43 mm and has a beautiful satin-finish with rubber coated crowns and push-buttons. The ceramic is lighter than steel but much harder, it is biocompatible and hypoallergenic. The case-back is made of tinted sapphire glass which reveals the sophisticated movement. The black dial has and white red accents and the rotating world time disc shows the cities of the world. The inner rotating indicator is half black and half white showing the day and the night times. The hands and hour markers are luminous for easy readability. The Girard-Perregaux Shadow watch features a self-winding GP03387 caliber which has a flyback function and an adjustable date display with a power reserve of 46 hours. It comes on a black calfskin strap with a folding buckle. Water resistance is rated for 30 meters.

PAM00327Its that time of year again! The time of year we start hearing about what's set to be released at next years SIHH. Looks like Panerai will be introducing the Luminor Chrono Daylight 44mm in Titanium. The new PAM00327 will still be very recognizable as a Luminor but will introduce several new technical features. In addition to the hour and minute indication, the watch will now include a chronograph with date. The traditional steel case has been replaced with titanium, increasing the case hardness and durability while being extremely light. The new Luminor will have a grade 5 alloy which is hypo-allergenic and resistant to temperature and corrosion. Particularly notable is the gorgeous blue dial, in place of the traditional black dial on the Luminor Chrono Daylight.

The titanium case is 44 mm in diameter and has two push-pieces which control the chronograph and a brushed titanium bezel with edges in polished titanium, which has the engraved numbers of the tachymeter scale. The markers and numerals on the blue dial are luminous as well as the hour, minute, and small hands. The bracelet is brushed titanium with a polished finish at the points of contact between the links. The watch features an automatic movement, the Panerai OP XII calibre of 13¼ lignes, and has 27 jewels with decorated oscillating weight and bridges. It is water resistant to 100 meters.font>

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Limited EditionAudemars Piguet has put together quite an impressive mini site dedicated their new limited edition watch to be released to the public early next year. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor is an impressive looking addition to the Royal Oak collection and features a unique set of hollowed push-piece guards that add to the already massive case size. The design is instantly recognizable as that of a Royal Oak but taken to the extreme. The Survivor was created to have excellent readability, functionality and precision to account for the most extreme of circumstances. It is composed of ultra-light yet high-resistance materials that will adjust to the body temperature of its wearer.

Audemars Piguet SurvivorThe high-tech case has a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness 1.565 mm, it is made of blackened titanium and features an anti-magnetic system. The perforated bezel made partially of titanium and partially of ceramics. The medallion back is made from blackened titanium and is engraved with the inscription Royal Oak Offshore Survivor – Limited Edition. The case has a water resistance of meters. The matt black dial has an exclusive “Mega Tapisserie” guilloché motif with luminescent open-worked hour and minute hands and luminescent applied hour-markers. The strap is made from vulcanized rubber and has a checkered design , the over sized buckle is also made from blackened titanium.

Survivor Limited EditionThe movement for the Survivor is the Calibre 3126/3840 is self-winding and has the diameter of 26 mm and a thickness of 7.16 mm. It has 365 parts and 59 jewels with a power reserve of up to 60-hour and a three-position winding crown. All the finishing on the parts has been decorated by hand. The watch displays hours, minutes, small seconds and date as well as a chronograph with central sweep seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters. There is also a Tachometric scale around the flange. The reference number for the Survivor is 26165IO.OO.A002CA.01 and it will be produced in a limited series of 1000.

Bulgari Assioma Reserve de Marche

in Bvlgari | Sunday, November 2. 2008

Vacheron Tribute to Great ExplorersOf all the luxury watch brands Bulgari is the one who's sophisticated style and unique class never fails to impress me. Their designs are simple, elegant, and precisely executed best of with only the best of materials. After all the over the top creations I've seen lately it was refreshing to say the least to come across the latest addition to Bulgari's Assioma watch collection, the Reserve de Marche, a watch that indeed has the distinctive Assioma style.

While the Reserve de Marche's design is simple at first glance, on a closer inspection of the watch you see the time spent on the smallest detail. The 18 carat gold case is adorned with a beautiful hobnail pattern on both sides of the case and the black dial has a sunburst guilloche pattern. The case shape is the brands Assioma style, a signature of the house of Bulgari. The strap is in alligator leather and has an 18 carat gold buckle. Beauty as they say is not only "skin deep" for the Reserve de Marche, it is equipped with a sophisticated ultra-thin manual winding movement that is only 2.8mm in height. The manually wound movement features a power reserve complication which indicates the state of mainspring tension.

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