Thursday, November 5, 2009

Perrelet Introduces New Semi Skeletonized Split-Seconds Chronograph Watches

Following the success of their Split-Seconds Chronograph, Perrelet is announcing the expansion of the collection with three new variations. This amazing split-seconds chronograph represents the innovative nature of the Perrelet brand. Watchmaking enthusiasts will appreciate the elegance of the finish on the glass discs which has taken the place of traditional hands, resulting in perfect harmony between tradition and modernity.

Three new models are being introduced. A stainless w/ceramic bezel and back, a DLC coated stainless, and a stunning pink gold w/ceramic bezel and case back - all with different dial combonantions featuring painted Arabic numerals, luminescent indicies, and special open-work to allow the wearer to admire the semi-skeletonized Calibre P-241 automatic movement.
The movement features a fly-back feature, central hours, minutes, seconds with date on discs and sweep seconds with hours, minutes displays on discs. Either sapphire crystal front and back or sapphire/ceramic sandwich the elegant movement between into the 43.5mm case. The execution of this all is amazing to look at and is sure to stir up conversation whenever the wearer goes.

A natural black rubber bracelet embossed with the "Perrelet" logo and embellished with a deployment buckle complete the model's accessories. 

Pricing is from $12,950 - $25,500.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

TX Watches by Timex - Style, Design, and Technology Beyond Expectation

Developed for over five years by  Timex Group company, Callanen International (Nautica, Marc Ecko timepieces), TX Watches are a fusion of American innovation, German engineering and Italian design creating unique timepieces. A synthesis of technology and design creating timepieces unique to the industry and as individual as the collection itself. From the first ever quartz analog Perpetual Weekly Calendar, to the revolutionary vertical movement of the Linear Chronograph, TX offers patented proprietary movements unavailable anywhere else in the world.

Each timepiece, which I think rate a 9.5-10 on the "Man Scale", contains four motors, operating independently of each other. One motor drives the hour, minute and second hands, while three bi-directional motors are dedicated to the additional functions. Combined with visionary design, the result is precise, innovative and reliable technology that is easy to use.


 TX watches feature superior quality materials including premium sapphire crystals, sculpted dials, finely crafted hands, supreme leathers, precisely etched case backs and intricately molded crowns.

For over a century, Timex has been a brand that people did not usually put in the bold design, extreme durability, and great performance categories. I think with all of the R&D that they put into manufacturing the TX line, matched with pricing that is on average sub-$500., they have truly, taken a lickin' and just keep on tickin'.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Remember to set your watches back tonight! Ernst Benz reminded me!

I have so many different email addresses that I sometimes forget to check all of them. I must have completely spaced one of them because when I opened it, I had messages from back several months ago. (sorry for not getting back to you, guys) One of the messages I got just the other day, was this great Daylight Savings Time reminder from Ernst Benz with their amazing Chronolunar Automatic on it.

With Halloween falling on a Saturday and DST happening so late this year, I am glad that I opened it or I would have forgotten all about it. (actually, I saw this on A Blog to Read, as well, so I really would not have forgotten).

This is a great note sent out by the Swiss watch maker that, not only reminds you to set back your timepieces and enjoy that extra hour of sleep, but suggests that if you have any issues setting your Ernst Benz for the event, just drop by your nearest EB retailer and they will be glad to help you out. Maybe get you to look at another watch or accessory while you are there. Maybe their Special Chrysalis Editions featuring my personal favorite, the 47mm Eric Dane Chronoscope.

Bravo Ernst Benz on a unique little marketing piece that strengthens your brand in my eyes. Thanks for the extra hour of sleep, too!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Queens Road" Limited Edition

One of the world's oldest and most respected watchmakers, Audemars Piguet, has created another Limited Edition of the Royal Oak Offshore. The AP ROO Queens Road is dedicated to the first road in Hong Kong built by the British administration between years 1841 and 1843.

Created to commemorate the AP Flagship store, the Carlson Boutique, that happens to reside on Queen's Road Central - one of the 4 sections of the famous road that slices through Hong Kong. Its other parts are Queensway, Queen's Road West, and Queen's Road East.

The Titanium case houses a jet black "Mega Tapisserie” dial with large Marxist red Arabic numerals and matching inner-bezel and hands. AP's calibre 3126/3840 movement offers hour and minute, small second @12 functions, a chronograph with a central seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials The chronograph dials are set in a 12, 6, 9 pattern and the familiar ROO rubber crown and chrono-pushers grace the side of the 42mm case. A special "Queen's Road" engraving finishes off the caseback.

The strap is a beautiful black Hornback crocodile leather with high-contrast red stitching and titanium AP-branded folding clasp. This very limited edition $26,000. piece will be available to only 100 lucky (and well-off) collectors.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Panerai is downsizing - The popular Italian watch brand will introduce a 42mm Radiomir in January 2010.

Officine Panerai, is still holding their position as one of the most popular watch brands in a stressed market. When the watch brand introduced their 44mm Luminor series in 1997, the watch market had not yet embraced oversized watches. But Panerai changed all that.

44, 45 and 47mm seem to be the standard size of a Panerai, however the Florentine watch company will introduce a stunning 42mm Radiomir (PAM336) in pink gold with a tobacco brown dial (a'la their limited Edition 232). The layout of the dial is the classic seconds at 9 style. The exceptional legibility in the dark is in fact achieved through a ‘sandwich’ dial with the luminescent material placed between two metal layers, the top one perforated in correspondence with the numerals and indexes. Pink gold plated luminescent hands complement the case as they tick away the seconds, minutes and hours.

The watch, with wire lugs that are easy to remove when substituting the strap and water-proof up to a depth of 100 meters, features the classic screw-down, truncated "onion" style crown ensuring maximum water-tightness.

Panerai is using the new 42mm 336 Radiomir model, to house their latest in-house movement, P.999. With a diameter of 12 lignes and a thickness of only 3.4 mm, the new hand-wound P.999 movement features 19 jewels, a 60-hour power reserve and a balance wheel oscillating at 21,600 alternations/hour.

This new Radiomir, PAM336, is movement-wise, a historic salute to the early days of the Florentine watch company. And a modern salute to the manufacturer position that Panerai proudly holds today.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jaeger-LeCoultre iPhone application

Jaeger LeCoultre (JLC) has designed and created an App that aims to share the fascinating world of fine watchmaking with the public at large. You can choose the brand’s most iconic models, from the Reverso Squadra to the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2, along with the Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic.

The application offers a chance to explore a collection of over 60 models. The user can test the most innovative of these watches, and thus for example activate the depth gauge of the Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic; change the time zone on a Master Geographic; start a vertical-trigger chronograph by simply pressing the sapphire crystal of an AMVOX2 Chronograph; or swivel the case of a Reverso Grande GMT.

Thanks to this application, iPhone owners explore the various stages in creating a watch. They have access to a particularly comprehensive dictionary of horology and to six watch initiation classes. The classes enable users to practice watchmaking techniques directly on their iPhone screen: assembling a chronograph mechanism, decorating and jewelling a movement, polishing, engraving and gem-setting a case. For the latter class, the aim is to gem-set a Reverso Neva, making no mistakes and in record time, by skilfully sliding the diamonds onto the watch case. The watch classes are displayed at a rate of one new class every two weeks.

A prize drawing will reward one of the learners having correctly answered all three competition questions and who will then be offered a guided tour of the Manufacture located in the Vallée de Joux.

Finally, the application provides a function that identifies the Jaeger-LeCoultre points of sale in the country and/or city of your choice and enables you to locate them instantly.

Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Jérôme Lambert stated: “Since 176 years, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed a culture of innovation and a resolutely avant-garde spirit. As web pioneers, we are happy to show that our passion for fine watchmaking is matched by a desire to share knowledge that would honour Antoine LeCoultre, the self-taught company founder. Our application should appeal to devotees of watches and of technical masterpieces.”

Photo from Fratellowatches

Monday, October 12, 2009

Lum-Tec Bull 45 A4 PVD Chronograph

Every now and then, my wife tells me I'm "bull-headed". I used to think that was some kind of an insult until I saw this new limited edition piece from Lum-Tec on Professionalwatches blog. The Bull 45 A4 Chronograph features a 45mm 316L stainless steel case coated in silky black PVD. I like to think that it has a bit of a Bell & Ross feel to it. It is a bullhead design, which means the crown and chronograph pushers are on the top of the case. It is a slightly harder to operate than a traditional side mounted configuration, however this design prevents the crown of pushers from poking into your wrist.

As with all of Lum-Tec's styles, emphasis is on visibility and when the lights go out, the Bull 45 does not disappoint. Their patented 8-layer MDV® LUM-TEC GX luminous treatment makes the dial visible even in the most extreme low-light conditions. Although the dial seems slightly busy with its three sub-dials, date window, and over-sized numerals and hour markers, it is very legible and in the dark it is even better. A double-sided Anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects it all.

Powering the Bull 45 A4, is a Japanese quartz OS10 chronograph movement (Lum-Tec also uses Swiss "ETA" mechanical movements in some of their models). The case, which is adorned with multiple screw heads is treated with a brushed hard black PVD finish, that provides a very stealth look to this over sized timepiece. There is no denying that this is a tool watch and ready to go to work!  It all makes it way on to your wrist via a top grade rubber strap with a signature black PVD buckle. Water-resistance is 100 meters and is listed at an unbelievable $599. (they are a limited edition so hurry!)

So the next time your significant other calls you "bull-headed" just smile and say, "Thank you for the compliment."