Monday, January 31, 2011
Thus it stands to reason why a watch company such as Wyler Geneve should be the Official Timekeeper of the Dakar Rally. Wyler wristwatches are built with iconic shock absorbing capabilities to withstand the sudden jolting and jarring endured by the Dakar Rally Drivers.
The Wyler Dakar Rally 2011 timepiece is marked with the color of Desert Sand. Wyler is known for its regular use of titanium -a highly resilient and lightweight metal. In fact the entire movement is encased in a titanium holder. But for Wyler that is not enough. The titanium is covered with ultra hardy carbon fiber resin. Titanium screws locks the entire board down to the middle ensuring maximised protection for the movement. Limited to 182 pieces to commemorate the 182 pioneers who were the first to tun the 1979 race from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal. Due to security concerns and potential terrorism threats on the race, which even called teh unprecedented cancellation of the 2008 race. In 2009 the race was moved to South America.
The band is fashioned from non-slip rubber imprinted with the likeness of tire treads.
Wyler Geneve Watches glean watch making inspiration from the suspension system of cars, and judging from the rugged terrains endured by these vehicles, Wyler Watches have learned from the best. Wyler watches are built to achieve maximum time telling performance and to withstand the jarring of high impact sports.
Highly resiliant Wyler Geneve Watches NOW at THE WATCHERY at 70% off.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The strap is made from toad skin. Just the thought sends shivers down my spine, but I am sure some people may like the idea. Like the idea very much.
And what of the dial? The dial, as I mentioned before, harbors genuine butterfly wings - hand plucked from the finest butterflies. And the bezel? The one bezel has been subjected to electric shocks giving the watch an eery discolored look. The other bezel bares multiple lacerations - looking very much like a crime of passion.
Artya watches are sculptures; artfully capturing human emotions with unique materials.
Powering these watch specimens are high quality Swiss Automatic Mechanical Movements
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
So... here it is... Frédéric Jouvenot wins for his Helios timepiece featuring an intriguing time display without the use of hands, numbers or discs.
It surely is a marvel in time telling, but how does it work? The dial of the watch is fashioned like a sun with 12 sunbeams or moonbeams fanning out from the center and meeting the bezel in the 12 hour markers of classic analogue display. Hence the name , Helios, who in Greek Mythology personified the sun. As for the minutes, they are displayed in a central moon, and make one revolution per hour.
The dial follows the passage of the sun, and at noon all the rays are ablaze, then as the sun moves lower in the sky, sunbeams are replaced by moonbeams. By midnight the dial is dark, as all 12 segments are moonbeams. It is at that moment of midnight when a small opening appears in the center of the dial displaying a moon.
Dawn arrives as the rays of light begin to replace the rays of the moon. (see video below)
It is not surprising this variation of time display Wins the GTE Super Watch Award. The idea is unique; the final product displaying the three dimensional dial is exquisitely crafted with PVD color black, rhodium plated or pink. The bold yet enigmatic case is crafted in either white or pink gold or highly resilient TITANIUM DLC. The balance is crafted from black gold.
This watch seems like a mechanical sun dial without the need for sun. A brilliant idea conceptualizing the very passage of the sun.
Frédéric Jouvenot wins a free spot at GTE 2012 plus media coverage in Plaza Watch Magazines.
Friday, January 21, 2011
The introduction of the elegant timepiece is in commemoration of the Reverso's 80th birthday
In 1931, British Officers stationed in Colonial India would play polo in their spare time. More often then not the crystal of the wrist watches would get damaged during the game.
Cesar de Trey, an influential businessman, who was a close associate of Jacques-David LeCoultre visited friends in India.
A polo player approached him, "Sir, I challenge you to create a timepiece that can survive a game of polo with its crystal intact."
This challenge founded the legend of the Reverso. A Patent for Reverso was filed on March 4, 1931: A watch capable of sliding in its base and of turning completely on its axis to turn the crystal inward.
Over the past 80 years, the Reverso Collection has caught the attention of many watch wearers attracted by the watches elegant charm and aesthetic versatility both for men and women.
The new Ultra Thin Reverso exudes a sensual elegance and quiet seduction.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
As Steven Forsey Said, " We chose to concentrate initially on tourbillons as we felt that as there had been relatively little experimentation and innovation in that field in relation to wristwatches, we had a good chance of discovering and contributing something new."
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
With this design Tag Heuer pays tribute to its very first sports stopwatch - the Carrera Mikrograph. Unveiled in 1916, the Carrera Mikrograph turned competition ties into split second winnings by measuring in 1/50th and 1/100th of a second . Prior to this timekeeping milestone , stop watches could only measure time in 1/5th of a second. Tag Heuer has proved itself with its extreme timekeeping precision and through the years has became the official timekeeper of three Summer Olympic Games of the 1920s, the Skiing World Championships, Indy 500 Race, Formula 1 and many more.
The new Carrera Mikrograph has two distinct balance wheels, one for the watch itself, and one exclusively for the chronograph. This distinction allows for greater precision in the chronograph function as the chronograph does not depend on the watch for the time base (as with other chronograph models), but allows for exclusive chronograph function without the interference of the watch function. The chronograph balance wheel oscillates at 360,000 beats per hour, whereas the watch balance wheel oscillates at 28,800 beats per hour. In addition, the power reserve of the watch function and the chronograph function are distinct so the high frequency chronograph function does not deplete the power reserve of the watch function. The watch has a power reserve of 42 hours and a 90 minute power reserve for the chronograph. Both balance wheels are visible via a scratch resistant sapphire crystal case back.
The warm brown and cream hues of the dial surrounded by rich rose gold bezel, case and hands give an impression of complete external calm control with a subtle undercurrent of extreme efficiency. A vivid blue central 1/100th second chronograph hand commands the dial. Three counters are set in the rich brown hue of the dial; a chronograph minute counter at the 3 'o'clock; a chronograph seconds counter at the 6 'o'clock and the watches second hand display at the 9 'o'clock. Indicated at the 12 o;o'clock is the chronograph 90 minute power reserve.
A hand-sown, brown alligator strap and rose gold pin buckle completes the look.
In October, only 150 Carrera Mikrograph 1/100 second chronograph's will be released at about $50,000 per piece.
Friday, January 14, 2011
It all depends who you ask, and the debate is rife, but will Girard-Perregaux have to do a little tweaking to its Womens Cat's Eye Movement Zodiac Watch? Will it have to squeeze a new sign between its Capricorn and Sagittarius depiction? Blame this astrological debate and horoscope catastrophe on the the astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society. They have discovered ,as a result of a an earth "wobble" or the moon's gravitational pull on Earth, the alignment of the stars were pushed by about a month. So what does this mean?
It means your zodiac sign may have changed. Mine has.
I am (was) a Sagittarius. I have always been a Sagittarius and have identified with my sign, but now I am an ancient sign "Ophiuchus, the snake holder".
So if you are opening up the morning paper to scan your weekend horoscope, keep in mind you may not be who you think you are.
Check out the newly revised dates below:
Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
Pisces: March 11-April 18.
Aries: April 18-May 13.
Taurus: May 13-June 21.
Gemini: June 21-July 20.
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.
Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Movement watches are powered by either the automatic mechanical GP033 L0 or the GP 033 R0 movement, which beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has 32 rubies as well as 48 hours power reserve. In Cat's Eye Watches diamonds encircle the bezel proclaiming that although this watch has a complication it is still very much feminine. These watches are available with a gorgeous moon phase version with a smoky mother of pearl dial, and a date version with a power-reserve arc as well as a small seconds sub dial. A Tourbillon version is also available suspended beneath one gold bridge nestled in soft pink with a matching satin strap. This version has a 20 jeweled movements which beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and offers 75 hours of power reserve.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Baume & Mercier has chosen Academy Award Winning Actress Gwyneth Paltrow to represent the brand. Named, "friend of the brand", Gwyneth Paltrow will be involved in "communicating projects". Next week, Gwyneth will represent Baume & Mercier at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) ,where the company will unveil the latest addition to its most popular collection: The Classima Red Gold Dual Time-Zone and Power Reserve.
The elegant timepiece exudes a subtle grace. Its 18k rose gold 39mm case holds an automatic Soprad 9035 movement. Rose gold hands sweep across a sleek black dial decorated with a straight-line guilloche pattern broken by a power reserve at the 6 'o'clock position and a dual time zone hour indicator at the 12 'o'clock position. A small but distinct date window is set at the 3'o'clcok marker. Beautifully attached to a black alligator strap and secured with a rose gold pin buckle.
Baume & Mercier is revamping their entire collection, by concentrating on its popular Classima collection and re-launching the Linea and Capeland lines. October 2011 will see the premier of Baume & Mercier's Hampton collection.
Baume & Mercier timepieces are available at THE WATCHERY.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
This watch is also available in 18k white gold with blue accents.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
60 watch brands will be displaying their newest designs including technological advancements, unique creations and exceptional craftsmanship. Watch lovers, private collectors, and watch dealers will head to the Geneva Time Exhibition.
In addition, there will be quite a competition in place, the GTE SUPERWATCH 2011 Award. The award will be bestowed on an independent watch which displays a extreme technical innovation and craftsmanship, a time telling application quite unique to the watch making world, and supreme creativity. I am sure a intriguing take on a complication may be a plus. Six independent judges will award a single watch, and the prize... a free spot at GTE 2012 plus media coverage in Plaza Watch Magazines. A number of my favorite brands are exhibitors:
Alain Silberstein, the creator of fun colorful watches with iconic bold colored hands , will be displaying his latest works of art.
Some of the other participating brands include, Artya, Clerc, Delance, HD3, RGM Watch Company, Catena, Drakkar, Catorex, Bulova, B.R.M and Quinting - the makers of the first and unique transparent watch in the world (its components crafted from finely cut sapphire crystal).
The exhibition will last only a couple of days, but the lingering effects on all participating watch brands will last much much longer.
SIHH promotes luxury timepieces with exceptional craftsmanship,cutting edge technologically, aesthetic brilliance and the quest for perfection while nurturing the deep tradition of watch making.
Last year, the show was slightly muted due to the global recession; however, this year the atmosphere will be far more positive as spending in the watch industry is picking up.
This year participating brands are Baume & Mercier, Greubel Forsey, Piaget, JeanRichard, Panerai, Van Cleef &Arpels, Audemars Piguet, Roger Dubuis, Jaeger-Lecoultre, Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, IWC, Vacheron Constantin, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne, Dunhill, Montblanc, Ralph Lauren & Richard Mille.
Piaget has allowed the watch world a glimpse of one of its stars of the show. The Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra Thin (46.5mm to be exact), which is equipped with a micro rotor and an incredibly streamlined new manufacture Caliber 1270p. Available in white or pink gold.
Another masterpiece is the Girard Perregaux 1966 small seconds watch. Featuring a new GP03300-50 automatic movement powered by a gold rotor and housed in either a 18k rose gold or white gold case. The Distinctive features are the blued steel hands and sub dial with a red 60 on a pure white enamel dial face. The look is sealed with an alligator strap and matching buckle.
These luxury watches are just a taste of what will be on display at the Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie 2011 in Geneva Switzerland.
Monday, January 3, 2011
At 44mm in diameter and 16.7 mm from front to back, this watch can hold its ground. Wear this beauty on your arm and add a whole lot of determination to your image. The combination of black rubber on bezel and silver tone stainless steel case and bracelet works perfectly to create the ultimate time telling machine. A scratch resistant Sapphire crystal protects the dial. A multi-leveled dial creates the impression of depth, and results is an easy to read display. The clear date cut-out at the 3-o-clock position frames the day of the month for quick reference.
A unique aspect of this watch, culminating from years of intense cutting-edge research, is the running seconds sub-dial at the 9 o'clock position, whereby the hand is stationary and the disc rotates.
In addition, the C1 has a transparent case back completely viewable via a sapphire crystal, thereby enabling one the opportunity to see the inner mechanical self-winding movement, pulsating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and providing 48-hour power reserve. The oscillating weight of the mechanism is finished in black rhodium for creating a dramatic contrast. It features a cut-out of the C1 logo silhouetted through a fine ribbed decorative pattern.
Concord C1 are available in many colors and material compositions.