Monday, 12 December 2011

The time-giving frog

An objet d'art and the consummation of traditional watchmaking expertise, this clock has been created in the form of an articulated frog in 18K yellow gold on an obsidian and jade base. The rotating mother-of-pearl dial is decorated with white gold, diamond-set Roman numerals. A gold, diamond-paved fly indicated the time.

The frog, which is set with diamonds and has two emerald eyes, opens its mouth and croaks on the hour. Two different mechanisms, wound simultaneously, operate the functions: one the time, with a 190-hour power reserve; the other, with three barrels connected in series, the automata.

This exquisite masterpiece weighs 7.9 kilos, contains 2.207 kilos of 18K gold, 1.250 kilos of obsidian, 708 grams of jade, 556 diamonds (18.14 carats), two cabochon emeralds (14.14 carats) and 24 mother-of-pearl plates (360 grams).

The key for the clock's winding-mechanism is embellished with a cabochon sapphire (3.74 carats) and the key for the automata with a cabochon ruby (1.34 carats). The movement of this time-giving frog weighs 3.691 kilos.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The watch of space heroes

For the second consecutive year, the readers of the Italian magazine, "L'Orologio", have awarded the first prize in the "1995 Top Watch" competition (chronograph category) to the Omega Speedmaster Professional.

Known affectionately as the "Moon Watch", the Omega Speedmaster Professional is today worn by the world's fastest drivers (like Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher) and has a high profile screen outing in the Tom Hanks movie, "Apollo 13". After a technical fault seriously damaged the main power and oxygen supply of the spacecraft, it was the accuracy of Jack Swigert's Omega Speedmaster Professional that enabled the crew of Apollo 13 to embark on the correct course home. A less than perfect timing would have sent them careering into a never ending orbit of the sun.

Featuring a tachyproductometric scale for calculating a vehicle's speed, this mechanical hand-winding chronograph comes with a luminous dial, screwed-back water-resistant case and stainless steel bracelet.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Shape of the nineties

The launch of the Oris Rectangular Classic adds a new dimension to the Oris collection. Developed by the Oris in-house team of watchmakers, the automatic movement is based on a Swiss ETA movement.

The watch indicates the date by means of the typical Oris pointer calendar. The case of the watch is formed around its mechanical heart and it brings an eye-catching character all of its own.

The Oris Rectangular Classic is water resistant to 30 metres. This is ensured by the embossed steel back which is secured by four screws. Inside the case are two replacement screws enabling the watch to be maintained by any professional watchmaker.

Available in 10 micron gold-plated or palladium nickel-plated versions.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Longines' Golden Wing

The new Golden Wing collection from Longines offers models for men and women in all steel, steel and gold, or entirely in 18 carat gold (with or without diamond set bezel) to be worn on a coloured leather strap with an exclusive buckle or on an integrated bracelet. The dials are available in four colours: white, rhodium, gold or midnight blue.

The watches in the Golden Wing collection have a quartz movement, are fitted with a scratchproof sapphire glass and water-resistant to 30 metres. Engraved on their case-back is the winged hourglass, testifying that they are original models assembled in the factory at Saint-Imier where they undergo severe tests.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Jupiter Pilot and Chronospace II

Breitling, the Swiss watch manufacturer which has traditionally specialised in the design, development and production of high quality precision timepieces, especially chronographs, has developed two more new models: Jupiter Pilot and Chronospace II.

Launched in 1952, the Jupiter Pilot's flight computer was designed as a circular slide rule with logarithmic scale, allowing pilots and navigators to effect simple operations such as calculating fuel consumption, mean speed, rate of climb and descent, mile-to-kilometre conversions and more. The new model is redesigned to improve dial legibility, an important feature of any instrument used in an aircraft.

Unlike fixed tachymeter designs, the Chronospace II's exclusive variable tachymeter will measure speeds whatever the distance travelled or the time elapsed. Its technical design facilitates the simple and logical operation of its entire range of functions, which is commanded and controlled directly by the crown.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Dancer by Piaget

Since its debut in 1986, the Dancer watch collection has met with phenomenal success worldwide. The reason? Without doubt, the very particular and original design of the gold bracelets which are supple, delicate constructions of gold bands linked to each other by the dexterous hands of Piaget jewellers. The same detailing of the bracelet is also reflected on the watch, finely engraved in the gold of the bezel.

Piaget now presents two new Dancer creations: a new "mini" Dancer bracelet watch in 18-carat yellow or white gold, and two new dials — a satin-finished version featuring opaline hour zones and a white lacquered version with mother-of-pearl hour zones. Shown here is a Gent's model featuring electronic quartz movement, hour-minute and perpetual date, chronograph with fly-back function and hour-minute counters. This model comes with a black crocodile leather strap and ardillon gold buckle. The new Mini model features satin-finished gold dial with dots indexes.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

For any circumstance or mood

Changing the strap of the Pequignet Caméléone watch is a real pleasure thanks to its exclusive and patented mechanism. The originality of this model lies in the simplicity and rapidity with which the strap can be exchanged. The upper frame of the watch case can be opened by simply pressing the push button of the crown. The strap can then be removed and changed.

The Caméléone watch is presented in a smart wooden presentation box designed with a special space for seven straps. A collection of 45 straps offers a wide choice of various skins and colours.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Secret Codes in Rolex

On most modern Rolex Guarantee/Warranty papers you will find two perforated numbers. One of these numbers is the watch's serial number and is located (on UK Guarantee papers) in the top right hand corner.

However, there is a second perforated number which is made up of three digits. This 3-digit number corresponds to the country in which the watch was first sold.

Below you will find a list of Codes and their matching countries. Of course if all the details are filled in your warranty paper will probably already know.

010 - Switzerland
012 - Switzerland
100 - Germany
110 - France
114 - Nice
120 - Austria
130 - Belgium
134 - Netherlands
138 - Netherlands
150 - Spain
160 - England
170 - Italy
200 - Italy
201 - Malta
202 - Egypt
208 - Greece
265 - Sweden
283 - Finland
400 - Hong Kong
413 - Korea
430 - Singapore
431 - Malaysia
440 - Taiwan
500 - India
505 - Parkistan
527 - Middle East
532 - Saudi Arabia
538 - Oman
548 - Israel
680 - South Africa
700 - Canada
710 - USA
720 - Mexico
741 - Bahamas
752 - Jamaica
767 - Grand Cayman
768 - Panama
780 - Brazil
781 - Chile
790 - Argentina
810 - Australia
818 - Philippines
828 - China
842 - New Zealand
873 - Guam
888 - Hong Kong (2 entries)
900 - Japan

Another code is evident on guarantee/warranty papers for watches sold in the US. On the back of these documents are some letters in red ink.

By applying the following code you can work out when the watch was shipped from Rolex US to the dealer.

R - 1
O - 2
L - 3
E - 4
X - 5
W - 6
A - 7
T - 8
C - 9
H - 0

So the code "A OXCR" = 7 2591 = July 25, 1991

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Panerai Luminor 1950 Flyback Regatta 2006

Launched to mark the 2006 circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, this watch, which has a rubber strap and is water resistant up to 100 metres, has an outer flange with a tachymeter scale for measuring speed and a column wheel system controlling the chronograph functions. That means that pressing the zero button at 4 o'clock immediately sends the large blue centre hand "flyback" to zero without stopping first. The hand starts when the button is released. It is produced in a limited series of 500 pieces.

Friday, 5 August 2011

TAG-Heuer Professional Golf Watch Tiger Woods Edition

The lightweight (at 55 grams) watch, with its flexible rubber silicon strap, folding buckle and crown, were designed with input from Tiger Woods to fit golfers' wrists and withstand the shock of golf swings.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Omega Seamaster James Bond Limited Series

The Bond watch has the spiral motif featured in the opening credits of Bond films, and has the classic Bond blue on the bezel and dial. With a helium escape valve at 10 o'clock, the watch, which has a 41mm stainless steel case and a Co-Axial chronometer movement, is water resistant to 300 metres.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Baume & Mercier Capeland XXL 1000 Metre

Equipped with a decompression valve, a titanium case with a rotating bezel in brushed stainless steel, a yellow dial in Kevlar fibres prided for its lightness and resistance, and two interchangeable straps - one vulcanised rubber for sub-aquatic activities and a canvas version for dry land - the watch can survive 1,000 metres under water.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Piaget Polo

Originally designed for polo, the watch has been thoroughly tested for the swing impact. It houses a self-winding movement with 72-hour power reserve.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

IWC Aquatimer Chrono-Automatic

It has a revolving inner ring to be used for monitoring the elapsed dive time to the nearest minute. The chronograph reset button at 4 o'clock is the crown for the unidirectional rotating ring and for resetting the chronographs. When pressed, it disengages the transmission wheel and stops the ring's rotation. Apart from being able to measure time, it also has day and date of display.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Breitling Chrono Avenger

The chronograph is water resistant to 1,000 metres, due to a magnetic pushpiece that shifts the magnetic field to activate the chronograph controls without touching the movement. A yachting version has the additional function of a 10-minute countdown for regattas.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

TAG-Heuer Aquaracer Automatic Chronograph

This is a typical TAG water sports and diving watch, with a double safety clasp and diving extension, water resistance guarantee up to 300 metres and a unidirectional bezel with 120 division for more accuracy.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Ball Engineer Master II Diver

The 42 micro gas tubes integrated into the rotating bezel ensure time can be read underwater in pitch darkness. The inner rotating bezel has 120 clicks, allowing for precision of 30 seconds in starting and stopping dives or timing other events. It is water resistant to 300 metres.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Bvlgari Diagono Professional Regatta

Elapsed time can be seen instantly through the minute amplification display on the dial, while the compass marked bi-rotating bezel and the special dial indicators provide reliable tactical navigation support. It features a Dubois-Depraz automatic movement and is water resistant to 300 metres.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk II - USA 71

It is named after the first of the two boats that the BMW Oracle team designed for the 31st America's Cup and the carbon fibre dial carries the words "Challenger of Record", referring to the Auld Mug challenger. The back is also engraved with a technical drawing of the America "USA 71" class boat and the watch's serial number in the limited series of 500. It is water resistant up to 300 metres, has 46-hour power reserve and the crown at 4 o'clock is protected by a unique ergonomic crown shield.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph

A functional and elegant watch featuring a self-winding movement with 40-hour power reserve, large date calendar and two totalisers to 30 minutes and 12 hours, and water resistance up to 150 metres.

Monday, 16 May 2011

IWC Ingenieur

Its 80110-calibre movement survived being thrown around and hit repeatedly by a heavy weight during tests, which led IWC's head of product development, Kilian Eisenegger to say: "You can still wear it to play golf."

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