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Roger Dubuis has redesigned their popular Excalibur Chronograph watch, and while the changes are subtle the brands attempt to modernized the design seems to have been successful. The new model EX45-78-90-00/09R01/B has a round 45 milimeter stainless steel case with a now more deeply fluted bezel. The dial has a black background with white transferred Roman numerals. The black sub-dials are located at 3 and 9 o'clock and have white transferred Arabic numerals. The black bottom flange has yellow Arabic numerals while the black top flange has white minute-track transfers and white gold appliques. The watch is completed by a fully adjustable black hand-stitched genuine alligator strap with a steel adjustable folding buckle. This model will be limited to 280 production pieces.
The Excalibur Chronograph is powered by the RD78 automatic chronograph movement with micro-rotor in tungsten alloy. The movement is finely adjusted to five positions and features a double-pusher. The movement provides functions for hours and minutes located at the centre, chronograph hand located at the centre, semi-instantaneous 45-minute counter at 3 o'clock, and small seconds at 9 o'clock. The movement is comprised of 303 individual parts which includes 36 jewels and measures 13"'3/4 in diameter by 5.80 millimeters. The movement is adored with rhodium-plated decoration and allows for a 42 hours power reserve.
The IWC Schaffhausen brand has a new limited edition IWC Big Pilot watch for us to covet, and this time its blue! The Blue Big Pilot Limited Edition timepiece is a boutique piece which will be released in a limited series of just 50 watches to be available in a select few boutiques located in Beverly Hills, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. The watch is a duplicate of the currently available Big Pilots with the exception of the black and blue motif and the engraved case side in a non typical “One out of Fifty” pattern as opposed to the "1 of 50" count.
The "Big Blue" offers a round stainless steel case that measures 46.2 millimeters in diameter with a height of 15.8 millimeters and features a diamond-shaped winding crown. The excellent case construction accommodates an extra soft iron safety cage and solid stainless steel case-back for increased antimagnetic protection. The black dials indicators, numerals and steel hands are all crafted with a bright-blue Superluminova to guarantee supreme readability under pure light conditions. The dial displays hours, minutes and center seconds as well as a date a featured in white-on-black via a window at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. The dial is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
The IWC watch is animated by the brand’s Calibre 51111 automatic movement, the in-house movement features 42 jewels and operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. The movement allows for a 7-day power-reserve or 168 hours. The superb case construction allows for a 60-meter water-resistance. The timepiece is secured to the wearers wrist by a riveted black leather strap featuring blue stitching that compliments the color scheme used on the dial.
in New Releases | Saturday, August 21. 2010
Baume & Mercier is set to release a new collection this fall, the William Baume collection watch will be released in commemoration of the company’s 180th anniversary. William Baume was a talented watchmaker and grandson of the brand’s founder, and his name will be used in a high-end collection with models featuring ultra-thin movements, retrograde seconds and jumping hours. The Jumping Hour watch is definitely one to take a closer look at as it an interesting function. The jumping hour works with the turning of each our, the hour numeral will jump ahead to the appropriate hour as opposed to the gradual sweep of a hand if it were a normal watch.
The William Baume Jumping Hour watch features a round-shaped case that is 41 millimeter in diameter by 9.6 millimeters high. The case and bezel are crafted from 18 carat red gold. It will be available in two color schemes - silver or black dials on the red gold case. These dials feature cross-weave guilloché motifs and sunburst satin-brushed finished sub-dials. The dial has Arabic numerals and red gold hands and is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The Jumping Hour complication, which displays hours is in an exhibition window at the 12 o’clock position.
The timepiece is powered by the self-winding Dubois Depraz 14400 movement. The movement is viewable though the see-through case back which is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The movement has been embellished with Cotes de Geneve motif. Limited to just 40 pieces in each color, the price is expected to be $19,900 USD and should be available in September 2010.
Officine Panerai has created a new limited edition Luminor Marina set to be launched in August at Officine Panerai boutiques in Shanghai and Beijing as well as selected authorized China dealers. A wider release is planned to include all Panerai boutiques in Greater China. The Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 366 “Fu” China celebrates the fifth year since the brand first entered the Chinese market and the great success the brand has experienced there. The special edition Panerai watch carries the Chinese sign for "Good Fortune" or "Fu" which can be found on the dial at 6 o'clock. The symbol is a time-honored Chinese character for good fortune or happiness which includes five aspects: longevity, prosperity, health, virtue and a well-ended life.
The PAM 366 has a 44 millimeter sculptured polished and brushed stainless steel case. The black dial has white luminous markers and displays hours and minutes as well as a small seconds hand at the 9 o'clock position. The Chinese character “Fu” is at the 6 o’clock position. The timepiece is powered by the brand’s exclusive hand-wound mechanical movement - OP II Calibre. The 17-jewel movement, which beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and provides a 56-hour power-reserve. The movement guarantees precision of the COSC-certified chronometer. The superior case construction allows for a 300-meter water-resistant. The case is secured to the wearers wrist with a personalized black calf strap featuring ecru stitching and fitted with a polished steel buckle. The brand plans to create 1,500 pieces with a retail price of around $4,400.
Bedat & Co has added its first masculine model to its popular N° 3 Collection. The new 388 model is sturdier and larger than the ladies models with a wider tonneau shaped case. The 388 has borrowed many important key elements from the N°3 and fits right into the line. The new Bedat & Co watch is available in stainless steel and white, yellow and rose gold. There is also a stunning diamond set case set with 582 brilliant-cut diamonds. Each case is outfitted with a crown in matching metal and marked with the brand’s logo.
The dial is available in several standard choices such as black and white as well as some more stylized options including white mother-of-pearl, antique-white and silver stamped with a wavy sunburst guilloché pattern. Time is indicated by Luminescent blued steel BEDAT & C° hands with large Roman numerals on the rim and Arabic numerals in the center. An simpler option is available with 2 stick markers at 12, 3 and 9 o'clock with an Arabic numerals marking 8 o'clock. The dial displays hours, minutes and seconds as well as a simple date window at 6 o'clock and second time zone.
The N°388 watch is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement, ETA 2893.2. The movement allows for the double time zones, date and approximately 46-hours of power reserve. The water resistance has withheld up to 50 meters. The timepiece is secured to the wearer’s wrist with a rolled-edge hand-stitched alligator strap and pin buckle in the case matching metal.