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Jaquet Droz Cloverleaf Watch

in New Releases | Saturday, July 31. 2010

Few know that the well-known brand, Jaquet Droz has had a secret signature that they have been including in thier creations since the brands inception, close to 300 years ago. But if you were ever to look inside one of their creation you would see it carefully crafted into the inner workings of each timepiece. 2010 brings a new watch were its secret signature takes center stage, and now is proudly displayed on one of the brands newest developments, which of course is named Cloverfield. Once before the brand has chosen to make the signature a focal point, shown here in the picture is a lady's tonneau case model with the clover leaf design set in diamonds on the mother-of-pearl dial. That model was introduced at the very beginning of the New Jaquet droz SWATCH era, the newest version comes at a very fitting time as Mr. Hayek Sr., Chairman of SWATCH group comes onboard to manage the brand.

Reminiscent of an Italian mosaic, the gorgeous Cloverfield is a watch I truely enjoy looking at. As a female watch-blog writer I don't often get to write about watches I myself would love to own, and this happens to be one of them. Take note gentlemen, this would be a great present for the girlfriend / wife this holiday season! The stunning dial is crafted in white mother-of-pearl or onyx and carefully set with 124 yellow sapphires, 175 blue sapphires, 125 pink sapphires, 129 orange sapphires and 93 tsavorites making up the clover and its surround, promising to bring good luck to its wearer.

The Jaquet Droz Cloverleaf watch is powered by the manufactory-made movement 2653 caliber, which is equipped with a 22-carat white gold oscillating weight. The double-barrel mechanism beats to the rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides up to a 68-hour power reserve. The watch is completed by a rolled-edge hand-made white satin strap with an 18-carat white gold ardillon buckle.

After years of following someone else's rules in the world of fine watch-making, Maximilian Büsser has set out on his own. Employed by both Jaeger-LeCoultre and Harry Winston he has proven to the world his ability to head a respected haute horlogerie brand. In 2005 Büsser resigned from Harry Winston and set out on his own to form MB&F, an artistic and micro-engineering concept laboratory. Working with some of the most talented independent horological professionals, MB&F is pushing the limits of horology.

The latest creation is the MB&F Horological Machine N°4 Thunderbolt, a incredibly unique timepiece inspired by Büsser's childhood passion for aircrafts. The case is an obvious homage to aviation, the two streamlined jet-turbine-styled pods resting on a horizontal section housing the engine. The titanium case measures 54mm wide x 52mm long x 24mm high and has been milled from solid blocks of high-tech Grade 5 titanium. The intense process involves hundreds of hours of machining before polishing, masking and finally satin-finishing of the surfaces.

The left bullet shaped pod is reminiscent of a fuel gauge and displays the power reserve feature, indicated by a skeletonised hand. The right pod displays hours and minutes with bold, arrow-tipped Super-LumiNova filled hands. The watch is protected by five separate sapphire crystals - 2 for the dials, 1 for the central case section and 2 for the display panels on the top and bottom. Though it seems like a silly statement for a watch, being somewhat of a concept piece, the timepiece was not developed specifically to tell the time, but despite this fact the Thunderbolt still completes the task in a unique and effective way with its highly legible dials perpendicular to the wearer's wrist, a perfect position for a pilot's or driver's watch.

The HM4 is powered by a manual winding engine that was entirely designed and developed by MB&F, a task that took over three years of intensive work to acomplish. Made up of 311 individual components with 50 jewels. Each piece was developed for the Thunderbolt, no off-the-shelf mechanisms or parts were used at all due to the extreme nature of its architecture. The movement allows for hours, minutes and power reserve indicator.

The watch is completed by a black hand-stitched calfskin strap with a titanium/white gold custom designed deployment buckle attached to articulated lugs.

Brietling Chronospace For Pilots

in Breitling | Saturday, July 10. 2010

In its 125 year history, Breitling has had great success being at the forefront of developing timepieces intended for pilots. Perhaps until now, most famously with its Navitimer line whose circular slide rule is capable of handling all the essential calculations relating to airborne navigation. The latest creation to be unveiled by the brand is the Chronospace, a multifunction wrist instrument geared towards the “professional aviator” with its cutting-edge electronics. The new timepiece features a steel case with a screwed in case-back and resonance chamber. It boasts water-resistant to 5 bars. The bezel on the watch is a bidirectional rotating pinion bezel (slide rule).

The Chronospace is powered by the Breitling Caliber 78 SuperQuartz™ movement, an officially chronometer-certified by the COSC. The movement functions include a 1/100th of a second chronograph with split times, alarm, countdown, dual timezone display with independent alarm, 24-hour military time, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), slide rule, battery end-of-life indicator and a perpetual calendar.

The dial on the timepiece is available in several color choices - Volcano black, Mariner blue, Tungsten gray and Stratus silver. The watch’s LCD screens are equipped with high-performance NVG-compatible backlighting system to ensure optimal readability in all lighting conditions. The watches functions are indicated by oversized hands, along with luminescent hour-markers and large 3 and 9 o’clock numerals. The Chronospace is also available with a variety of bracelet choices including leather, rubber Diver Pro, rubber Ocean Racer/woven steel Aero Classic.

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