The Maitres du Temps Chapter Two

in New Releases | Sunday, September 20. 2009

It seems like only yesterday the world of timepiece enthusiast were eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Maitres du Temps Chapter One watch. Now in what seems like such a short amount of time Chapter Two is upon us, and what a beautiful chapter it is. This is only the second watch from the still new Maitres du Temps watch brand, a brand launched by industry veterans Steven Holtzman, Mr. Christophe Claret, Mr. Roger Dubuis, Mr. Peter Speake-Marin, and now including Daniel Roth. And once again they do not disappoint, the Chapter Two is a stunning representation of the world of luxury watches.

The Chapter Two's tonneau shaped case is crafted in 18 carat red gold, and measures 52mm tall, 42mm wide, by 18mm thick and is constructed from 30 components. The watch is highly polished with satin finishes on compound-curve surfaces. It has six sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating The dial is silver and is multi-faceted and beveled with an engine-turned sun-ray guilloche and circular grain satin surfaces. Time is indicated by sword-shaped 18 carat red gold hands with diamond-cut facets that point to large Roman numeral markers. My favorite detail from this and the Chapter One are the rollers made from black anodized aluminum and displaying teh day and month. The strap on the watch is made from hand-sewn alligator and completed with an 18 carat red gold deployant buckle.

The watch houses a caliber SHC01 automatic winding mechanical movement which measures 45mm tall, 32mm wide, and 9mm thick comprised of 383 parts. Large, and though less complicated than the Chapter One watch, it is still nicely packed with complications like the "triple date" showing day, big date, and month. The watch also shows hours, minutes, and seconds and has three correctors. The day corrector on case back bottom, the month corrector on case back top and the big date corrector on side of case at the 2 o'clock position. Price for the Chapter Two watch will be much less than the Chapter One as it is less complicated, around $66,000.

Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck Watch

in Ulysse Nardin | Sunday, September 20. 2009

Check out this watch, here's something a bit different than your average Uylsse Nardin watch. This astrology-themed timepiece, the Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck, is an interesting addition to the brands collection for 2009. This limited edition timpiece will be produced to only 500 pieces in both red gold and platinum. The Moonstruck display echoes the rotation of the Moon around the Earth, as well as the Sun’s relative position which is displayed by the two beautiful moon and sun shaped discs that are traveling around the large map of the Earth in the center of the dial. Ulysse Nardin has announced that the moon phase will reach 100,000 years before the display deviates from the proper phase. With a large case that measures dimensions of 46mm wide by 16.3mm thick, it is possible to incorporate the complex self-winding mechanical movement.

The Moonstruck watch is powered by the caliber UN-106 movement, which is an in-house movement in its entirety - conceived, developed and manufactured all at Ulysee Nardin. The movement allows for approximately a 50 hour power reserve. The watch displays Hours and minutes and has an instant time-zone adjuster with a patented quick setting device. The picture of the earth has been hand painted on a mother of pearl dial which is then protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The superb case construction and its screw down security crown allows for a water-resistance of up to 100 meters. The Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck Watch is completed by an alligator leather strap with a folding buckle.

It feels like only yesterday I was writing about a new all black Corum watch. Oh wait, it was almost yesterday. Fresh on the heals of the Corum Admiral's Cup Black Challenge 44 Chronograph Watch comes news of the release of another all black version of Corums Ti-Bridge Watch. And as they state, its going to be just in time for the holiday season, so will it be on your wish list? This limited edition Black Ti-Bridge model is a stylish watch which features a 42.5mm x 41.5mm case crafted in titanium with a PVD treatment resulting in its lovely black finish. The top of the case is polished with the rest sporting a satin finish. The fluted winding crown bearing the Corum brand logo made of titanium as well and features a combination of polished and satin finishes. The skeleton face is protected by a curved anti-reflective treated sapphire crystal.

The Corum Black Ti-Bridge watch is powered by a manual-winding Corum C0 007 baguette movement. This movement has a distinctive elongated bridge in brushed titanium that positions the watch mechanism with its mainspring barrel, going train, and escapement in a straight line. The movement beats at a rapid 28,800 vph balance frequency and allows for the 72 hours power reserve. Time is displayed with the skeletonized sword hands, which are covered in a black superluminova. The Black Ti-Bridge is completed by a black rubber strap and a triple deployant clasp with a PVD-finished titanium. This watch is a limited edition piece of only 250.

Giving Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constanine a run for their money, Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has unveiled a new watch that displays a beautiful cloisonne enamel dial. This new San Marco timepiece is called the "Temple of Heaven". Finding its inspiration from a famous group of Chinese buildings constructed during the Qing Dynasty in the 15th century, the dial depicts the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Each Temple of Heaven dial has been specially created for the watch and is a unique work of art. Michel Vermot, who is Ulysse Nardin's master of cloisonne enamel, takes well over 50 hours of work to complete each masterpiece.

This highly collectible watch will be available to watch collectors in a very limited number. With only 36 timepieces of the Temple of Heaven in 18-karat rose gold and just 18 timepieces in platinum. Each watch will be individually numbered, which can be viewed on the affixed medallion on the left-hand side of the case. The watch has a 40 mm case with a sapphire crystal exhibition window on its case back which makes for easy viewing of its self-winding UN-13 movement with its guilloche 22 karat gold rotor.

Just in time for fall, Corum has introduced a new version of its Admiral's Cup timepiece, the Admiral's Cup Black Challenge. This model is another in a long line of its popular nautical inspired luxury timepieces. Noticeably different is the 44 mm super-durable PVD metal treated case, which boasts an impressive hardness of 1300 Vickers. The case of the watch is shaped as a dodecahedral that makes it easily recognizable as part of Admiral's Cup collection. The Black Challenge is available with a black or a white dial, I prefer the look of the white dial as it provides a great contrast to the all black case. The regatta symbols, which are normally designed with bright colors have been created in monochrome as to not distract from the new sleek look of the watch.

The Admiral's Cup Black Challenge is powered by a Corum C0753 caliber certified chronometer movement. This self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has an adjustable date function, as well as a 3-counter chronograph which includes subsidiary seconds, elapsed chronograph minutes, and elapsed chronograph hours. The movement allows for a power reserve of up to 48 hours. The Corum Admiral's Cup Black Challenge 44 chronograph watch has been placed on a vulcanized black rubber strap with a triple deployant clasp made from the same PVD coating as the watch case, and engraved with the Corum logo. The excellent construction of the watch allows for a water-resistance of up to 100 meters.

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