After over two and a half years of development by the manufacture, DeBethune is finally ready to unveil its newest masterpiece, the DeBethune Tourbillon. Introduced as the lightest in the world, this tourbillion is produced in silicon and titanium. The "Tourbillon De Bethune" timepiece is available in two variations. The first which incorporates a silicon and platinum thermo-compensated balance and the second which incorporates the patented De Bethune titanium and platinum balance.

The tourbillion beats a frequency of 36,000 alternations per hour and was developed specifically for a wristwatch. Many other tourbillons have the smaller tourbillons which are used in pocket watches. The tourbillon weighs in at only 0.18 grams, a weight that is 4 times lighter than a traditional tourbillon. The lightest part weighs less than 0.0001 gram, achieved by using nanotechnology and high speed 5-axis machining to shape the tiny parts of the tourbillon. The cage of the tourbillon is produced in silicon and titanium and incorporating a U and S-shaped frame. The escape wheel, the pallet cock and the centre of the balance have been produced in silicon.

The watch is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, Calibre DB 2009 is comprised 298 parts that have all been decorated by hand. The movement allows for a 120-hour power reserve. The watch features a 42.8 mm platinum case with pivoting lugs. The excellent case design allows for a 30-meter water-resistance. The titanium dial has a micro-light effect that was created using high-precision milling and sanded and blued in an oven at a temperature reaching 750 degrees Celsius. The tourbillon watch is completed by a alligator strap which has been fitted with an ardillon buckle.

The New TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Watch

in Tag Heuer | Wednesday, August 19. 2009

Just in time for the back to school rush Tag Heuer is releasing a brand new Carrera Calibre 5. The Carrera Calibre 5 Watch wll be available in two variations one with a black dial and one with a brown dial. I personally like the brown dial, which does not happen very often as I prefer black to brown, but this watch seems to be complimented well by it. The dial of the new Carrera watch has a Clous De Paris pattern and an alphabetical time scale flange. The dial allows for great readability, even under reduced light conditions as it has hand-applied hour markers and polished baton-shaped hands coated with luminescent material. Its date display can be found at 3 o’clock position. The standard “Carrera” and TAG Heuer logo are at 12 o’clock position. The face of the watch is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

The polished stainless steel case measures in at 39 millimeters in diameter and it incorporates either a black or brown aluminum bezel. Its see-through case-back is constructed from sapphire crystal which reveals the TAG Heuer Calibre 5 automatic movement. This popular and reliable movement has the advantage of a 42-hour power-reserve. The excellent case construction allows for a 100-meter water-resistant. The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 watch completed by a 5-row stainless steel bracelet which has contrasting brushed and polished finishing which is kept securly on the wrist with its polished folding clasp with safety push buttons.

Every two years a weekly German business magazine called Wirtschaftswoche puts together an annual ranking of Germany's top luxury brands. This year, A. Lange & Sohne has once again risen above the rest to capture the top spot on this prestigious list as the best luxury brand in Germany, scoring 242 points out of a possible 300. This is the second time in a row for A.lange and Sohne. It should be noted that to be the requirement to be considered for the list the company could be for any luxury item, not just for timepieces. Beating out other popular and highly recognizable brands including some impressive automobile makers - Maybach, Mercedes Benz, and Porsche. fashion designers, and other companies. Such factors as their high score for brand appeal pushed the A. Lange & Sohne brand to the top of the list after data was collected by interviewing more than 150 experts from the respective industries. Beginning in 2005, the luxury league table is drawn up every two years by the Munich based brand rating agency at the instigation of the Wirtschaftswoche magazine among the leading German luxury brands.

Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days Rattrapante

in Panerai | Sunday, August 9. 2009

One of Panerai's newest releases is the Luminor 1950 8 Days Rattrapante watch, reference PAM00319. This limited edition timepiece is manufactured to just 300 pieces. Powered by the brand new Panerai hand-wound calibre P.2006/3 mechanical movement that oscillates at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. It has three barrels, 356-parts, and 34-jewels. It allows for an 8-day power reserve which is easily viewed via a linear power reserve indicator. The watch has a column-wheel split-second 30-minute chronograph, and small seconds displayed on a sub-dial. The functions on the watch are hours, minutes, small seconds, linear 8-day power reserve indicator, seconds reset, and the split-seconds chronograph with two counters.

The case measures 47 mm in diameter and is crafted in brushed 18 carat pink gold with an 18 carat pink gold fixed bezel. The case has two buttons - one for the split-seconds function at the 8 o'clock position and one for the chronograph functions at the 10 o'clock position. The fluted crown is locked with security lever. The dial is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The brown dial has Arabic numerals covered with green luminous coating for easy readability. The case-back has a sapphire crystal display back. The watch is completed by a brown personalized alligator leather strap fitted with a polished 18 carat pink gold adjustable buckle. It is has a water resistance of up to 100 meters.

The New Breitling Raven Chronographs

in Breitling | Sunday, August 9. 2009

These new Breitling watches are special edition pieces created to add to the Airwolf and Skyracer chronographs collections. Each watch differs greatly from each other, but are part of a special new category Breitling is calling its Raven Chronographs. And while both have similar materials, with their high-tech black and steel look and rubber-molded push-pieces and bezel, these watches contain very different movements - One electronic and the other mechanical.

The Breitling Airwolf chronograph features an exclusive SuperQuartz calibre 78 movement. This COSC certified Chronometer movement is a themoline quartz which has a temperature sensor that adjusts the vibration frequency of the quartz crystal to adjust to temperatures so that the watch remains extremely accurate, to within a few seconds a year. It has a 1/100th of a second chronograph, a second timezone, countdown, alarm, and UTC.

The case is 43.5mm wide and made from a highly polished steel with chronograph pushers. The two negative LCD screens have a second timezone, alarm, countdown timer, and perpetual calendar. The slide rule around the dial that is operated via the rotating bezel. The watch allows for excellent night visibility with its NVG-compatible display backlighting system. The Airwolf case-back has a turbine-shaped engraving which act as a resonance chamber for the alarm and other audible indications. The dial is available in black, silver, or grey. The Airworlf comes on a rubber strap with portholes and there will be a metal bracelet and leather or crocodile strap available as well.

The Breitling Skyracer chronograph features the exclusive Caliber 27 movement that allows dual visualization of measured times and has a 48 hours power reserve. It has a 60-minute counter with a central hand that allows for perfect readability of any time measurement under one hour. For the measurement of longer periods of time, the dial has a single two-hand counter which displays hours and minutes. It features a rack-and-pinion mounted slide rule. This self winding chronograph is water resistant to 200 meters, and features a two-hand totalizer.

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