Carbon fiber has become an inspirational material for many luxury watch manufacturers. Where once limited edition pieces were limited to platinum and other fine metals, now more and more limited edition pieces are being crafted from this sturdy and beautiful material. Bell & Ross has taking it and created its two new limited edition sports models for its BR 01 collection. The first of these timepieces, the BR 01-94, features a three-counter automatic chronograph with date, while the BR 01-92 model is a simpler example with time display and sweep center seconds. Both of these Carbon Fiber watches are to be limited to 500 pieces.

Construction of these timepieces was accomplished by barrowing techniques used in the aeronautical industry. Each case measures an impressive 46 mm and produced entirely from carbon fiber. The bezel and dials are both carbon fiber as well, creating an interesting look of one continuous piece. Each strap has been crafted from woven carbon and treated with a semi-gloss finish and completed with a blackened tang buckle.

The BR 01-94 version is animated by the ETA 2894 chronograph movement which allows for an easily adjustable date function, small seconds and of course the chronograph with 12-hour and 30-minute totalizers. The BR 01-92 is powered by the ETA 2892 automatic movement which features an interesting seconds function that allows for precise synchronization to a time signal, or perhaps another watch. Both of these movements have balance frequencies of 28,800 vibrations per hour, a power reserve of up to 42 hours, and are water resistant to 100 meters.

Ulysse Nardin has introduced an elegant new collection into the brands collective. The Classico watch collection, for the time being, is only being produced in 18 carat gold. Reminiscent of other Ulysee Nardin creations, including the discontinued Ulysse I model, the Classico has a "classic" look with beautiful scarab-style lugs. The mens' version of the Classico watch measures 40 mm in diameter while the ladies measures a nice 35 mm in diameter, not a bad size and certainly not a delicate watch by most standards.

The mens version will be available in both 18 carat rose and white gold, each with a highly polished finish. The dials will come in either black or a silvered dial and the white gold version will have a Ulysse Nardin specialty, a beautiful blue enamel dial, created using the "grand feu" technique. The ladies version is available in 18 carat white gold with the bezel and lugs both set with round brilliant diamonds. Each piece has a White gold winding crown which is accented by a row of blue sapphire cabochons. The kiln-fired enamel dial is set with diamonds as well. Each dial will be a unique creations produced by master artisan, each depicting images of delicate birds. Each watch is nicely complimented by a hand-sewn alligator leather strap.

Each of the Classico watches feature a self-winding mechanical movements. The ladies' version displays hours and minutes, while the mens' version has a sweep seconds function and a rapidly correctable date display. Each timepiece is protected by a fitted curved sapphire crystals and the fine decorative finishing and 22 carat gold centrally-mounted winding rotors are visible through the sapphire crystal casebacks. The watches are completed with leather straps with 8-karat gold folding clasps.

Breitling has unveiled two limited editions of its Chrono-Matic watch to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the companies first automatic chronograph movement, the Chrono-Matic QP & 1461. In 1969 Breitling introduced its first automatic chronograph movement which lead to the creation of the brands Chrono-Matic chronographs. Now the new 49mm diameter Chrono-Matic watches are a tribute to the first of these ultra-large watches.

The Chrono-Matic 1461 chronograph watch is a limited series of 2,000 pieces and gets its name from its calendar mechanism which requires an adjustment only once every leap-year, or 1,461 days. The 49mm case is crafted from stainless steel and can come with an optional woven stainelss steel Aero Classic bracelet. The dial displays hours, minutes and seconds as well as the chronograph feature. The date, day and month are shown on the sub-dials indicted by the straight hands.

The second of the new limited edition Breitling watches is the Chrono-Matic QP. This beautiful watch has a 49mm 18 carat red gold case and is a limited edition of only 125 pieces. The QP is made up of 500 parts which come together to display the date, day, week, month, season, and moon phase. the watch has an impressive chronograph function, and an advanced perpetual calendar system.

The New Hublot UNICO Movement Caliber HUB1240

in Hublot | Friday, November 20. 2009

Hublot has officially announced its new movement, which is the first in-house movement for the manufacture, at the opening of Hublot’s new manufacture in Switzerland. The UNICO name will actually be used to represent Hublot’s new family of Calibers. To start Hublot will be releasing just two calibers for 2010, the first Caliber HUB1240 and the second will be the Unico 1110. Caliber HUB1240 is right now still just a functional prototype but it will be ready for use in 2010. The UNICO movement was designated to be part of Hublot’s new “King Power” models.

The Caliber HUB1240 is a chronograph movement, composed from 330 parts. The 36-jewel-movement has a total diameter of 30.40 mm, and is 8.05 mm high. Its functions include traditional hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, the date, a 60-second and 60-minute chronograph and offers about 70 hours of power-reserve. The escapement is made from silicon, chosen for its light weight and durable nature. Hublot plans to produce 2,000 UNICO movements in 2010, and approximately 20,000 movements in the medium term.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Conquers New Himalayan Peak

in News | Friday, November 20. 2009

Jaeger-LeCoultre has helped to conquer a new himalayan peak. Swiss climber Stephane Schaffter, 19-time Everest veteran Apa Sherpa, and Little Karim an expert climber successfully climbed the challenging 6,589-meter peak. As a tribute to Jaeger-LeCoultre's involvement with the adventure, the mountain has been named "Antoine LeCoultre's Peak". Jaeger-LeCoultre watches were worn by all three of the climbers and gave a flawless performance. The timepieces selected to represent the house came from three different eras. The first a Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Chronometer from 1958, a classic three-handed wristwatch with an anti-magnetic stainless steel case and luminous hour and minute hands. The second was the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB timepiece, introduced in 2007. The third watch used during the ascent of Antoine LeCoultre's Peak has not yet been announced. In a Jaeger-LeCoultre press statement they reveal that it is new model in the final stages of development and will be revealed in January, at the 2010 SIHH industry exhibition in Geneva.

Panerai Radiomir's were previously available in much larger cases, now with the help of a brand new in house movement, the brand has introduced the Radiomir PAM 336 watch. This 42 mm pink gold timepiece is an attractive design that is both smaller and thinner than the previous Radiomir versions, which has been made possible by the new hand-wound mechanical movement P.999 caliber that was designed, developed and produced completely by Panerai.

The Panerai Radiomir P.999 42 MM Pink Gold watch will only be available in a numbered limited edition of 500 pieces.The P.999 caliber itself measures just 27.4 mm in diameter by 3.4 mm thick, making it smaller than other calibers that the brand has previously released. Made up from 154 components which includes 19-jewel, this single-barrel movement allows for a 60-hour power reserve. The balance wheel which beats at 21,600 alternations per hour has been fitted with adjusting screws and an Incabloc anti-shock device protection. And while we won't be seeing this new movement in many of the new Panerai watches, it has been reserved for some of the Panerai Historic Collection models.

While most of Panerai previous watches have cases that range in size from 44 to 47 mm the new Radiomir PAM 336 new Radiomir watch has a beautiful pink gold case that measures in at just 42 mm. Keeping the shape of classic Panerai cases it is simply thinner and lighter compared to the previous Radiomir models. The pink gold case has a satin finish while the bezel has been polished. The dial is chocolate brown with the standard Radiomir layout which has the small seconds dial at the 9 o'clock position. The face of the watch is protected by an anti-scratch and anti-glare sapphire crystal. The PAM 336 is completed by a brown alligator leather strap which has been fitted with a pink gold pin buckle.

Details of the new Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph are now being released with the live model to be introduced at the 2010 SIHH industry exhibition. The reference number for the Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph is 26152AU.OO.D002CR.01. Only a limited number of 120 pieces will be released of this watch. With a forged carbon case and black crocodile leather strap, this all black model is a nice looking piece.

And while the case shape and dial configuration is a dead giveaway, this watch is much different than the high polished extravagant versions of previous Millenary models. Powered by the hand-wound movement caliber 2884, it features a twin barrel and tourbillon. The total diameter of the movement is 38.40 x 33.40 mm with a thickness of 9.7 mm. The movement has a total of 336 parts which includes 30 jewels. Perhaps most impressive is the up to 240-hour power reserve, you just don't see a 10 day power reserve on many watches. The movement beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and all the parts have been decorated by hand. The functions for the Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph are hours, minutes, chronograph, and power-reserve indicator.

While the 47 x 42 mm case is made from forged carbon the bezel, crown, and push-buttons are in black ceramic. The dial is open worked to reveal the movement and it has white hour-markers with luminescent coating for easy readability and blackened luminescent hands. The face is protected by cambered glare proofed sapphire crystal. The blackened titanium case-back has been fitted with a protective sapphire crystal. The watch is completed by a hand-sewn “large square scale” crocodile leather strap with AP folding clasp produced in blackened titanium. The Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph is water resistant to 20 meters.

Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 collection was first introduced in 2006 which until now has included only an automatic watch with date, and a complete calendar watch with moon phase indication and annual calendar. Now for release in 2010 Girard-Perregaux has developed an exciting and elegant new 1966 timepiece, the two-counter chronograph. It is estimated that the price for the 1966 Chronograph will be in the $25,000 USD range. Featuring the 3030C0 column-wheel chronograph movement developed and produced completely by the Girard-Perregaux. The self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and is made up of 304-component. It has a centrally-mounted rotor made from 18 carat gold that winds the mainspring in a single direction of rotation. The movement allows for a 36-hour power reserve.

The 1966 Chronograph features has a high polished 40 mm case which will be available in both 18 carat pink and white gold. The polished bezel surrounds a sapphire crystal that protects the dial. The pink gold model has a silver finished dial that displays the vintage style chronograph. The hour and minute hands are leaf shaped while the chronograph counter and central chronograph hands are crafted in blued steel. The case-back has another sapphire crystal window which reveals the stunning Girard-Perregaux manufacture caliber. The model is completed by a strap produced from alligator leather with a ardillon buckle in pink or white gold decorated with the Girard-Perregaux signature.

Audemars Piguet has launched a new edition of it Royal Oak Offshore watch which is dedicated to Carlson Boutique in Hong Kong. The Queen’s Road Royal Oak Offshore is named after the first road in Hong Kong which was built by the government of Hong Kong in the mid 1800's. The Queen's Road is divided into four sections, Queen's Road West, Queen's Road Central, Queensway and Queen's Road East. The official Audemars Piguet Boutique, Carlson Boutique, is located at Queen’s Road Central.

The Queen’s Road Royal Oak Offshore is a limited edition watch of just 100 pieces. It is crafted from titanium, giving the watch a lightweight case which is an extremely durable metal. The titanium case-back has been engraved with with words Queen’s Road. The case features a black rubber crown and pushers and is water resistant to 100 meters. The black dial has a “Mega Tapisserie” pattern with red numerals, hands and dial surround. The case is complemented by a black Hornback crocodile strap with titanium AP folding clasp.

The Queen’s Road watch is powered by the self-winding chronograph movement caliber 3126/3840 which includes the functions hours and minutes, small seconds,chronograph with central seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters, tachometric scale around the flange and date. This limited edition piece has the reference number 26198TI.OO.D101CR.01 and a retail price of HK$203,000.

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