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The New Officine Panerai Radiomir Egiziano

in Panerai | Saturday, January 31. 2009

Officine Panerai has unveiled a new addition to its the Radiomir collection, the Radiomir Egiziano watch which will make it debut at SIHH 2009. The new Egiziano watch is a recreation of a special model that Panerai produced in the 1950's in extremely small numbers for the Egyptian Navy. The reproduction will only be available in a very limited edition of 300 pieces.The Radiomir Egiziano has a matte black "sandwich" dial with yellowed luminous indications. The timepiece has a brown leather strap with a flat brushed titanium "GPF-Mod Dep" tang buckle. The Radiomir Egiziano is water resistant to 300 meters.

The oversized case is constructed from brushed titanium and measures 60mm across. The Radiomir Egiziano features the Panerai crown security device inherited from the original watch developed for the Egyptian Navy, as well as a bi-directional rotating bezel. While the Egyptian navy watch's original model was equipped with an Angelus hand-wound movement that offered an 8-day power reserve, the new Egiziano features the Officine Panerai in-house P.2002 caliber. The watch has a 8-day-power-reserve and a glucydur balance borne upon an adjustable bridge. The balance frequency is 28,800 vibrations per hour.

One year after its 175th anniversary Jaeger-LeCoultre has introdued a new line called the Master Grande Tradition. Two new watches are being introduced from this line, the Tourbillon à Quantième Perpétuel and the à Répétition Minutes. Each watch contains a brand new movement the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 987 and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 947R both created just this year. The à Répétition Minutes is limited to just 100 pieces in yellow gold, while the Tourbillon à Quantième Perpétuel is available in 18 carat pink gold and platinum as well as a limited production of 300 pieces in 18 carat yellow gold.

Tourbillon à Quantième Perpétuel has a 42mm case and features an beautiful dial that combines two different textures to acheive an intricate look. The perpetual calendar complication has displays for date, day of the week, moon phases, months, and the year and century in a digital format. The Calibre 987 movement is self-winding and was entirely designed and manufactured by the Jaeger-LeCoultre team of watchmakers and is comprised of 401 hand finished components. The tourbillon alone has 78 individual components and weighs just over 0.28 grams. The balance frequency is 28,800 alternations per hour. The watch has a power reserve of 48 hours and is has been tested for 1000 hours and water-resistant to 5 ATM.

The Master Grande Tradition à Répétition Minutes uses the latest breakthroughs in the field of sound with its square-section gongs made from an Jeager-LeCoultre exclusive top secret With the aim of enhancing sound transmission, the gongs are crafted all from one piece with their heel, affixed directly to the watch glass. The silicon escapement is visible through a magnifying glass integrated into the sapphire crystal case-back. The watch features the new manually-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 947R movement which includes a minute repeater, barrel torque and small seconds. The movement is comprised of 430 parts and is 9.60 mm thick. The movement also has an impressive 14-day power reserve.

New to the Panerai Ferrari Collection is the Ferrari Scuderia Chrono 1/8th second. Inspired by the Enzo, which had the distinct honor of being the fastest Ferrari car ever created. The Enzo was a limited edition creation with just 399 examples, the new FER00025 timepiece will be limited to only 300 pieces. The stylish and very sporty watch has the unmistakable yellow accents used in all of Panerai's Scuderia Collection, including the shield, hands, and Tachymeter scale.

The movement for the Ferrari Scuderia Chrono 1/8th second is the automatic mechanical Panerai calibre OP XXI, with 13¼ lignes and 42 jewels - which produces 28,800 alternations/hour. The black dial has the Ferrari shield applied at 12 o’clock, and displays hours, minutes, chronograph split-seconds with two counters, one with 1/8th-second sub-divisions, and a tachymeter scale. The steel case is 45 mm in diameter with a polished finish with brushed edges, the bezel is brushed as well. Two straps come with this watch, one in rubber with incised Ferrari inscription and the second strap in black leather with contrasting stitching, inner lining in yellow cayman with yellow stitching. The watch has a 42 hour power reserve and is water resistant to 100 meters.

One phrase comes to mind – Our loss is your gain. As watch dealers from around the globe feel the effects of the worsening economy, the deals for the savvy buyer have become better and better. Unique pieces from such coveted brands as Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet are becoming easier to purchase as market values have fallen over the last 6 months considerably, and dealers rush to unload their inventory. Watch dealers that relied on the fat of the market are failing and all around people are glum. But not you! You know that this is the time to invest!

A lot of us have taken big hits with the current state of the economy, but all is not lost. The market will inevitably turn around, and smart investments now will make all the difference in how quickly you bounce back. That being said – not only is timepiece collecting a fun and fulfilling pastime, if done correctly, it can be quite the profitable past-time as well. One of the greatest investments I’ve found in the world of collectible timepieces is the brand Patek Philippe.

Patek Philippe celebrates its 170th anniversary this year, a lifetime that has seen several cycles of booming and waning economies. This is a brand that has held the interest of elite collectors with their limited production masterpieces such as the 5970 and the 5070. Likely, there is no better time to purchase Patek Philippe watches or other successful brands such as these. Dealers are ready to make a deal - and the values ready to rebound. While it might not be a get rich quick investment, it is undoubtedly a smart long term investment. Please give us a call if you would like to find out more about starting or adding to your luxury watch collection.

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The Imperial St. Petersburg is the latest timepiece to join the Ulysse Nardin Marine Collection. Released as a limited edition of just 30 platinum pieces, the watch alone is only half of what makes this release so special. The watch will be housed in a unique multi-layer white translucent enamel Egg of the Tsars that has been adorned with 4.25 carats of diamonds. The eggs exterior uses these diamonds to recreate well known symbols of St. Petersburg, such as the Arch of the General Staff Building, the Rostral Columns, and the Admiralty Spires. The egg has been placed on a white marble base, linked by a gold Ulysse Nardin’s anchor.

The watch itself has a hand-crafted oven-cured enamel dial which is crowned with an applied gold double-headed Eagle which is the emblem of St. Petersburg. The movement used is the C.O.S.C chronometer certified UN-26 which has a 22 Karat gold rotor which is viewable through the watch's transparent case back. The Imperial St. Petersburg has hour and minute displays as well as a small seconds counter and a large date displayed at 6 o’clock. The movement allows for a 42 hour power reserve. The case is 43mm in diameter and has a screw down crown and a sapphire crystal. The watch water resistant to 100 meters.

Grand CARRERAThe Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS was first revealed by Tag Heuer at last years BaselWorld as their Concept Watch of the year. The Calibre 36 RS went on to win several awards including an award in the Sports category at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in November 2008. This impressive concept watch is the first to feature an mechanical automatic chronograph capable of measuring and displaying 1/10ths of a second. The watch has a stunning black titanium case with a carbide coating and has beautiful "black gold" accents on the dial.

Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS The first Grand Carrera was launched in 2007 and had the first mechanical line of movements with Rotating System. This new feature enabled the user to easily read the small seconds, second time zone, or chronograph time by displaying the elapsed time. The Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS enhances this feature by magnifying it by 10 times. The COSC-certified chronometer movement beats at the frequency of 36, 000 vibrations per hour and has 2 Rotating Systems indicating the chronograph minutes at 3 o'clock and chronograph hours at 6 o'clock. There is also a Linear permanent second at 9 o'clock and a date display.

Calibre 36 RS by Tag HeuerThe black titanium case measures 43 mm in diameter and has an oversize titanium carbide coated crown with red line at 10 o'clock allowing to use the Rotating Scale. The watch has titanium carbide coated push buttons, screw-in crown, and bezel which has been fine-brushed and polished - displaying a tachymeter scale. The dial is protected by a double antireflective curved sapphire crystal, and the case back has a smoked double sapphire case back which allows you to view the unique mechanism. The black dial displays "black gold" Chronograph minute at 3 o'clock, and Chronograph hour at 6 o'clock. The curved faceted "black gold" indexes and TAG Heuer logo have been hand applied. The watch is completed by a black rubber strap with a titanium carbide coated end piece and a titanium carbide coated folding clasp with safety push buttons and applied TAG Heuer logo.

This is not the first time Hublot has created such and expensive timepiece. The first, the One Million Dollar Big Bang, was introduced in 2007 and received the 'Prix du Design' award in the category Jewelry watch. This time, instead of 493 Top Wesselton baguette diamonds, the Caviar features over five hundred extremely rare black diamonds, which have an impressive total weight of 34.5 carats. The Hublot Black Caviar Bang Million Dollar Watch took more than 2000 hours to create and is intended to be a unique creation with only one ever to be produced.

The case is crafted from 18 karat white gold and is set with 322 diamonds which account for many of the over 500 rare black diamonds use on the timepiece. The bezel has an additional 179 diamonds, and 13 diamonds have been placed on the crown. The white gold clasp is set with another 30 diamonds. The diamond dial features hour and minute display with rhodium-plated diamond polished skeleton hands, as well as a power reserve indicator formed from diamonds. The exquisite tourbillon movement is visible at the bottom of the dial. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflection treatment. The watch is powered by the manually wound HUB Solo T tourbillon movement, which is comprised of 148 components and has a 120-hour power-reserve. The Caviar Bang is set on the classic Hublot natural black rubber strap.

JEAN DUNAND Pièces Uniques ShabakaBuzz for this watch began in early 2007, now the Jean Dunand Shabaka is ready for release. To me, it looks both retro and futuristic - with its unusually dial layout and its perpetual calendar displayed on rollers, this is truly a unique watch. But the impressive nature of the Shabaka does not end with its unconventional design, the many complications of the Shabaka are considered a great feat of micro-engineering complexity.

JEAN DUNAND Pièces Uniques ShabakaJEAN DUNAND Pièces Uniques was founded in part by the leading inventor of complicated movements for the most prestigious brands, watchmaker Christophe Claret. He now designs and produces movements for more than 15 luxury brands. Among Claret’s most well known complications are his tourbillon, chiming and carillon watches with double-length cathedral gongs, and his water-resistant minute-repeaters. Now with JEAN DUNAND he is able to demonstrate the full extent of his talents. The Shabaka watch is the third project for JEAN DUNAND the first being the Tourbillon Orbital and the second a Grand Complication wristwatch with 12 fully integrated complications.

JEAN DUNAND ShabakaThe Shabaka is produced as a limited edition watch, which is rumored to be about 30 pieces in each metal. The case is made in 18 carat white or red gold with the dimensions, 44 mm x 17.65 mm. The watch features calibre CLA88QPRM movement with a minute-repeater on cathedral gongs as well as an instantaneous perpetual calendar. The movement has 721 parts which includes 54 jewels, and has a power reserve of approximately 45 hours. The dial indications include minute and hour hands, day date and months on cylinders, leap-year cycle and moon-phase. The unusual date display is at 12 o'clock with the two digits are on separate cylinders, the day and month display are on cylinders at 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock. The Shabaka is water resistant to 30 meters.

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