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IWC Portuguese Grande Complication Watch

in Basel 2010 | Saturday, February 20. 2010

IWC has a huge year planned for 2010 with nine official introductions, the most impressive of these being the IWC Portuguese Grande Complication timepiece. This new Grande Complication features a 45 x 16.5 millimeter 18-carat red gold case that is water resistant to 30 meters. The silvered dial is protected by a shaped sapphire crystal with a cambered edge. The dial is adorned with applied red gold Arabic markers and an engraved center section created to represent and lines of latitude and longitude on a globe. In addition to time display the dial has four sub dials at the 3-6-9-12 o'clock positions that display a Perpetual Calendar, Minute repeater, Moonphase and Chronograph. The watch is fitted with a hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap and an 8-carat red gold folding clasp that is engraved with "Probus Scafusia" , the motto of the IWC Schaffhausen manufacture that means good, solid craftsmanship as well as 'the honest one'.

IWC Portuguese Grande Complication Watch is powered by a self-winding 79091 caliber that is made up of 657 individual parts and oscillates at a rapid 28,800 vibrations. This magnificent movement offers a chronograph, a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, and moon phase. The perpetual calendar will not require any manual correction until the year 2100, assuming it were to run continuously. The minute repeater chimes on the hours with single bass notes, on the quarter hours with a bass-treble combination, and on minutes with a single treble note. The 79091 movement has a power reserve of up to 44 hours. IWC will produce just 50 pieces of the Portuguese Grande Complication watch each year.

The Millenary Quincy Jones Watch

in Basel 2010 | Saturday, February 20. 2010

Audemars Piguet has created a brand new watch to add its Millenary collection, this one created as a tribute to Quincy Jones. Audemars Piquet has explained that their decision to use Jones as the inspiration for the watch was aimed at raising awareness among politicians as well as people in general regarding young people’s need for self-expression and the means to help them fulfill their potential. Beginning his career as a trumpet player, Jones was quick to expand his resume by also becoming an arranger, musical director and producer. He has worked with some of our most beloved artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Tony Bennett. His now 5 decade career has had numerous unbelievable high-lights from his movie soundtracks, to his work producing for Michael Jackson, and his work with The Quincy Jones Foundation, an organization committed to helping children.

The Quincy Jones Millenary watch has the distinctive oval case of the collection and measures 45 by 40 mm. This model has been crafted in blackened steel using both matt and highly polished textures with a combination of vertical and horizontal satin-brushed finishes the brand has created a truly stunning case. The case-back is polished and features Quincy Jones’ signature with the inscription “Millenary Quincy Jones – Limited Edition”. The shiny black dial has the trademark off-centered hour zone surrounded on by a fillet motif with white gold Roman numerals. Powered by the in-house mechanical self-winding movement Calibre 3120. The movement has several wonderful features, such as its instant-jump, fast-adjusting date display, and 60-hour power reserve. The watch is completed by a black leather strap with an AP folding clasp in blackened steel. The Millenary Quincy Jones watch is reference 15161SN.OO.D002CR.01 and will be produced to only 500 pieces.

On January 18, 2010 at SIHH in Geneva, Audemar Piguet's introduced their new Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix collection. There are three new versions in the collection, with the common theme being the incorporation of forged carbon in each design. A material deliberately chosen for its ultra-light weight and resistance, a material exclusively developed by Audemars Piguet. Each model its own eye-catching masterpiece with its own color scheme, including an 18 carat rose gold case with forged carbon bezel, a platinum case with forged carbon bezel and an all forged carbon model. Each case is 44x 15.65 mm and features the inscription "Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix -Limited Edition" engraved on the solid case-back.

Each of the three variations are powered by the in-house caliber 3126/3840 self-winding movement that measures 29.94 mm (131/4 lignes) The movement includes 59 jewels and a total of 365 parts and boats a power reserve of up to 60-hours. The cadence of the balance beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and it has a variable-inertia balance with eight inertia-blocks and flat balance-spring. All parts meticulously decorated and the movement has been adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif. The watches are adjusted with a three-position winding crown.

The Forged carbon model is a limited edition of 1750. It is produced in forged carbon with a black ceramic bezel, blackened titanium crown and black ceramic and titanium push-pieces. The exhibition case-back has been fitted with a sapphire crystal. The dial is black with central red negative-printed exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif in eloxed aluminum. It has anthracite small seconds counter, silvered and yellow 30-minute counter, silvered and black 12-hour counter and a yellow eloxed aluminum flange.

The 18-carat pink gold version is a limited edition of 650. It features an 18-carat pink gold case with a forged carbon and black ceramic bezel, pink gold crown and black ceramic and pink gold push-pieces. It has a pink gold exhibition case-back that has been fitted with a sapphire crystal. The dial for this model is anthracite with central black negative-printed exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif in eloxed aluminum. It has anthracite small seconds counter, silvered and yellow 30-minute counter, silvered and black 12-hour counter and a black eloxed aluminum flange.

The 950 platinum version is a limited edition of just 75 pieces. It has a platinum case with a forged carbon and black ceramic bezel, a white gold crown and black ceramic and white gold push-pieces. This model gas a platinum exhibition case-back fitted with a sapphire crystal. The dial on this model is black with central blue negative-printed exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif in eloxed aluminum. It has an anthracite small seconds counter, black and red 30-minute counter, a silvered and black 12-hour counter and a silvered aluminum flange.

The Reference numbers for the models are 26290IO.OO.A001VE.01, 26290RO.OO.A001VE.01, and 26290PO.OO.A001VE.01 for the carbon, pink gold, and platinum versions respectively. Each watch comes with a black calfskin and alcantara strap that has been hand-sewn with alcantara inserts and edges. The pin buckles are beadblasted titanium, 18-carat pink gold or 950 platinum. Each watch has a water resistance of up to 100 meters.

With the introducton of the Lo Scienziato Radiomir Tourbillon GMT, Panerai has yet another grand complication under its belt, and this time its a skeleton watch. Having just introduced the brands first tourbillon movements only two years ago, the release of this watch is no small feat for the luxury watch brand. Who in comparison to many of its competitors is still a relatively young company. The Lo Scienziato Radiomir Tourbillon GMT is not just a technically impressive watch, from a design standpoint I believe Panerai has crossed yet another bridge in the furthering of the brand by creating quite an elegant piece.

Perhaps they will succeed in gaining a few new followers who might not have considering purchasing a Panerai before. Powered by the hand-wound mechanical movement Panerai P.2005/S calibre, a movement produced entirely by Panerai. The movement is just 10.05 milimeters thick and contains 31 jewels, 277 components in all. The movement allows for a power reserve of up to 6 days. While many skeleton watches display just hours and minute, the Lo Scienziato also displays small seconds, a second time zone, 24th indicator, power reserve indicator and tourbillon. All without seeming to clutter the design of the watch.

The case of the watch is 48 milimeters in diameter and produced in black ceramic with removable wire loop strap attachments in steel. The screw-down winding crown is made from ceramic personalized OP. Each side of the watch is protected by see-through scratch resistant sapphire crystal treated with a double anti-reflective coating. The watch is completed by a PANERAI personalized leather strap with an adjustable steel buckle that has been treated with a special hard black coating. The Panerai Lo Scienziato Radiomir Tourbillon GMT is water resistant up to 100 meters.

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