Panerai starts the new year off with a bang with the unveiling of a very vintage looking addition to their collection, the Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni. Created as a tribute to the brand's early days as a provider of timepieces to the italian navy, the Composite Marina Militare has a great look with its composite aluminum and ceramic case, its vintage looking dial, and my favorite - a weathered looking brown strap. Who says brand new needs to look brand new? Some of Panerai's most valeued and collectible watches are from their early days and I believe this watch will certainly grow to match the popularity of its predecessors.

The new Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni has a large 47 mm diameter case produced from a composite aluminum and ceramic creating a durable and beautiful shell to house the P2002/7 8-day calibre movement. This lightweight composite was born due to an electrochemical process of ceramization of the aluminum creating a case that is harder than one produced from ceramics, steel or titanium. The case and the crown of the watch are a matt brown which does an excellent job of complimenting the brown of the dial. And of course my favorite part, the vintage leather brown strap completes the look.

The sandwich-constructed dial is completed with ecru colored indexes and numerals with the small-seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, the words Marina Militare at 12 o'clock and Panerai and the inscription 8 giorni brevettato (inspired by the historic Panerai models) just to the right of 3 o'clock. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal, formed of corundum, which is 1.9 mm thick treated with anti-reflective coating. The Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni will be limited production of just 1000 pieces.

The Cartier ID-One Concept Watch

in Basel 2010 | Sunday, January 24. 2010

A concept watch in the true definition of the word. Unlike many other of well known luxury brands concept watches that are released to the public, the Cartier ID One Concept Watch is not meant for production but is simply helping Cartier explore "the solutions of tomorrows high watchmaking." The watch is unique in that it has a 16 1/2 home made mechanical movement which requires no adjustment whatsoever. The watch features a Ballon Bleu shaped case that is 46 milimeters wide, which is constructed out of a sturdy material called Niobium Titanium - a special titanium alloy that is even harder and more durable than titanium.

The Cartier ID-One Concept Watch was created to house an in-house made automatic tourbillon movement that requires no regulation and adjustment during the whole life of the watch. Currently every mechanical watch has several points that need to be adjusted during the assembly process,such as the hairspring, the balance, and the pallet fork. Their new Zerodur (a compound of ceramic and glass) hairspring can retain its original status in a wide range of temperatures and is not affected by magnetic fields at all. Carbor Crystal has been applied to the balance wheel, escape wheel and lever increasing their hardness and making itpossible for the escapement to be completely free from oil. The movement also as an exclusive escapement cage that is effectively shock resistant.

Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced a special limited edition Master Compressor timepiece exclusively for their Beverly Hills boutique. As a tribute to their loyal west coast followers they went so far as to have members of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Beverly Hills Boutique Connoisseurs Club (JLCBHBC) involved in the watch's design. The Master Compressor Diving Alarm Navy SEALs Incursion sports all the great aspects of the regular model with a water resistance to 300 meters and a case back that optimizes alarm sound. But this model has the addition of the "Incursion" moniker as a tribute to the elite SEAL teams.

Two versions of the Master Compressor Diving Alarm Navy SEALs Beverly Hills Boutique Incursion Edition will be available, an 18 carat black gold model and a dark grey PVD-coated titanium model. Both cases measure 44 millimeters in diameter with a unidirectional rotating bezel and calibrated scale. The black gold version will have burnt orange dial accents, strap stitching and compression key crowns - while the titanium version will have be yellow. The dial will be protected by a very special sapphire crystal which is adorned by a commemorative etching. The watch will be available with two straps - a leather and a dive strap in Cordura fabric.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Alarm Navy SEALs Incursion Limited Edition watch is powered by the in-house JLC Caliber 956 which features a a 45-hour power reserve and a central winding rotor borne on ceramic ball bearings. The movement is made up of 268 parts, and measures 7.45 millimeters high. The gong has an enhanced volume and tonal clarity thanks to the design of the case back. The watches are to be accompanied by special thematic packaging that has yet to be revealed.

An exciting development for A. Lange & Sohne will be displayed for the first time at the upcoming SIHH 2010 industry exhibition, the Lange 1 Daymatic. As the first self-winding movement to appear in the line, it will surely be drawing some attention to itself at the event. The Daymatic has the easily recognizable Lange 1 look with one very big exception - the classic Lange 1 displays have been reversed. The manual Lange 1 watches have the off-centered time display on the left side of the dial and the date on the right hemisphere respectively, the Lange 1 Daymatic switches things in reverse. The delivery of this watch is estimated to be sometime in mid 2010.

The case of the Case A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Daymatic watch measures 39.5 millimeters by 10.4 millimeters and will be available in Yellow gold, Pink gold, Platinum. Each dial will be produced in solid silver with the variations being champagne, argenté and rhodié. The hands will compliment the chosen case and will be constructed of Yellow gold, Pink gold or Rhodiumed gold. The dial and case-back are protected by sapphire crystal with a hardness rating of 9. Each watch will be completed by a hand-stitched crocodile strap and a Lange prong buckle in solid gold or platinum.

The Daymatic is powered the caliber L021 self-winding movement which measures 31.6 millimeters in diameter and 6.1 millimeters high. The movement has been crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards and decorated and assembled by hand. The movement is made up of 426 individual parts which includes 67 jewels and 7 screwed in gold chaton. The movement allows for a power reserve of 50 hours when fully wound. The functions include: hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds, patented outsize date, retrograde day-of-week display. References 320.021 320.032 320.025. This watch is estimated to be in the $50,000 and up range.

Want to know what Baume & Mercier will be presenting at the 2010 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in January? Well you don't have to wonder anymore. The Classima Executives XL Chronograph Complete Calendar watch will be centered stage at this prestigious event. The classically shaped round case measures 42mm in diameter, plenty of space to include all the great features offered on the watch. Its silvered dial features a stamped "grain d'orge" guilloche pattern at center and a satin silvered surface on the outer section. The sub dials on the watch have a concentric circle pattern at the chronograph counters. The brand has chosen to use leaf-shaped hands in an oxidized black finish as indicators.

The Extra Large Chronograph is animated by the ETA-Valjoux 7751 caliber self-winding mechanical movement, one that was based upon the legendary 7750 caliber movement. In a rather untraditional move for the brand, you can control the start, stop, and return to zero operations of the chronograph via cam switching rather than a column wheel. The movement allows for a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. All the fine details of the movement are visible through the transparent sapphire exhibition window in the case back. The watch has been carefully crafted to offer a water resistance that is rated for 30 meters. The Classima Executives XL Chronograph Complete Calendar timepiece is completed by an alligator leather strap with a polished stainless steel folding clasp displaying the Baume & Mercier signature.

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