Antiquorum Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva 2022 May 7-8th 2022 – Auction Results

On May 7th and 8th, at the Beau Rivage hotel Genève, Antiquorum auctioned an impressive selection of 534 lots of Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces, totaling more than 13.5 million in sales (CHF 13,647,687 in total incl. buyer’s premium).

One of the highlights of the weekend was when the Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold pocket watch with a gorgeous “Woman with a water jug” by Verneer enamel by Patek Philippe’s master enameller Suzanne Rohr (LOT 200) achieved CHF 937,0000 incl. buyer’s premium, setting a New World Record.

Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold pocket watch with Verneer enamel dial featuring “Woman with a water jug”
Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold pocket watch with Verneer enamel dial featuring “Woman with a water jug”/Image Credit: Antiquorum

A Patek Philippe Patented Split Seconds Chronograph Foudroyante pocket watch (LOT 171), of which only two other examples are known to exist, was auctioned for CHF 57,500 incl. buyer’s premium, more than 4 times its low estimate.

Among the other jewels of the auction that are not wristwatches, the exceptional Cartier Petite Sonnerie and Quarter Repeater Enamel Travel Clock (LOT 410) conquered the heart of a connoisseur at CHF 47,500 incl. buyer’s premium, three times its low estimate.

Another top achiever was a gold enameled Pearl Musical Snuff Box with Concealed Watch, circa 1810 (LOT 274). It was sold for an impressive CHF 70,000, more than twice its high estimate.

Out of the top 10 results, four wristwatches were from Audemars Piguet and from the Royal Oak collection: LOT 433, 494, 431, 430 resulting in CHF 1,443,750 incl. buyer’s premium. An Audemars Piguet 25720 Star Wheel with a tropical purple dial in platinum (LOT 140) achieved CHF 80,000 incl. commissions, twice its low estimate.

A Rolex Daytona in Yellow gold ( LOT 511), was auctioned for CHF 212,500 incl. buyer’s premium and a sealed Patek Philippe Nautilus LOT 398 was sold for CHF 200,000 incl. buyer’s premium.

A Rolex Ref. 3479 Zerographe in steel in exceptional condition and with a unique patinated dial (LOT 106), was sold for CHF 67’500 incl. buyer’s premium, while LOT 112, a Rolex Ref. 16800 Submariner Comex was auctioned for CHF 187,500 incl. buyer’s premium.

The historical Omega “MIR station”, a watch that travelled one year in space, made a sensation achieving CHF 312,500, three times its low estimate (LOT 534).

Another outstanding result for an Omega is the very limited LOT 532, Speedmaster Apollo XI, skeletonized in platinum in perfect condition and beautifully decorated, sold for CHF 162,500 incl. buyer’s premium more than five times its low estimate.
Historical pieces such as LOT 209, a rare Longines competition chronometer “Observatory Trials” watch movement was sold for CHF 17,500, over three times its high estimate.

A Patek Philippe dial with pink gold indexes for the Ref. 2526 (LOT 179) was sold for CHF 50,000, more than three times its high estimation.

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Christie’s Geneva Rare Watches Auction 09 May 2022 – Results

Christie’s Geneva Rare Watches Auction on 9th May this year achieved a total of CHF 23,840,700 / US$ 24,076,357 / HK$ 188,172,624. It attracted very strong global participation with registrants from 46 countries across 6 continents. Surprisingly, 51% of the new registrants were millennials.

16 world records were broken, with Daytonas remaining the ‘Queens’ of the game. A particular note was the success of the Rolex Daytona Trilogy. The top achiever among them was the Rolex Daytona Ref 6269 ‘Jack of Diamonds’, which achieved a whopping 1.614 million Swiss francs.

Rolex Daytona Ref 6269 'Jack of Diamonds'
Lot 38: Rolex Daytona Ref 6269 ‘Jack of Diamonds’

Cartier also showed a very strong desirability, with iconic models like the Crash reaching 819’000 CHF.

Top 15 Lots

(1) Lot 38: Rolex Daytona Ref 6269 ‘Jack of Diamonds’

  • Estimate: CHF 1,100,000
  • Achieved: CHF 1.614 million

(2) Lot 129: Rolex Paul Newman Tropical Lemon Daytona Ref. 6264

  • Estimate: CHF 900,000
  • Achieved: CHF 1.254 million

(3) Lot 128: Rolex Daytona ref. 6241 ‘Champagne Paul Newman dial’

  • Estimate: CHF 700,000
  • Achieved: CHF 1,071,000

(4) Lot 66: Patek Philippe “Cathedral” Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5074R-001, Retailed by Tiffany & Co. Property from the Kairos Collection

  • Estimate: CHF 330,000
  • Achieved: CHF 957,600

(5) Lot 133: Cartier London ‘Crash’ 1990

  • Estimate: CHF 180,000
  • Achieved: CHF 819,000

(6) Lot 94: Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Advanced Research Ref. 5650G-001

  • Estimate: CHF 150’000
  • Achieved: CHF 756,000

(7) Lot 110: Patek Philippe Nautilus Platinum Watch with Baguette Diamond-set Bezel and Dial Ref. 5711

  • Estimate: CHF 500,000
  • Achieved: CHF 630,000

(8) Lot 24: Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Ref. 6263 Tropical ‘Paul Newman Panda Dial’

  • Estimate: 400,000
  • Achieved: CHF 579,600

(9) Lot 65: Patek Philippe Limited Edition 18K Pink Gold Split-Seconds Chronograph with Black Dial, Ref. 5959R-001, Retailed by Tiffany & Co.

  • Estimate: CHF 140,000 – CHF 230,000
  • Achieved: CHF 453,600

(10) Lot 151: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin with Platinum Case and Smoked Green Sunburst Dial, Ref. 15202PT

  • Estimate: CHF 300,000 – CHF 500,000
  • Achieved: CHF 441,000

(11) Lot 152: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak White Ceramic Perpetual Calendar with Blue dial, Ref. 26579CB

  • Estimate: CHF 250,000 – CHF 450,000
  • Achieved: CHF 403,200

(12) Lot 157: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar with Stainless Steel Case and Salmon Color Dial, Ref. 25654ST

  • Estimate: CHF 150,000 – CHF 250,000
  • Achieved: CHF 340,200

(13) Lot 88: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with Moon Phases and 24 Hour Indication, Platinum Case and Black Dial, Ref. 5970P-001

  • Estimate: CHF 140,000 – CHF 230,000
  • Achieved: CHF 327,600

(14) Lot 149: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Model with 18K White Gold Case and Tropical Diamond set Dial, Ref. 5402BC, Circa 1977

  • Estimate: CHF 200,000 – CHF 400,000
  • Achieved: CHF 327,600

(15) Lot 109: Patek Philippe Nautilus, 42mm Stainless Steel Automatic Watch with Date, Moon-Phase and Power Reserve Indications, Ref. 5712/1A-001, Retailed By Tiffany & Co.

  • Estimate: CHF 120,000 – CHF 250,000
  • Achieved: CHF 277,200

MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement EVO – UAE Golden Jubilee Limited Edition

This special edition MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement EVO model was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United Arab Emirates.

MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement EVO – UAE Golden Jubilee Limited Edition

UAE was formed on 02 December 1971. In December 2021, the region’s leading luxury watch and jewellery retailer, Ahmed Seddiqi& Sons marked the ‘Year of the 50th’ by announcing over 35 limited-edition timepieces. For this project, MB&F created LM Split Escapement EVO – UAE Golden Jubilee Limited Edition of 10 pieces.

MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement EVO – UAE Golden Jubilee Limited Edition

The LM Split Escapement watch was created in collaboration with Irish master watchmaker Stephen McDonnell in 2017. This timepiece stands out with the world’s longest balance staff that would traverse the whole movement. This innovative design leaves the large balance wheel on the front of the watch and concealing the remaining parts of the escapement – anchor and escape wheel – on the opposite side of the movement.

MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement EVO – UAE Golden Jubilee Limited Edition

The limited edition MB&F LM SE EVO UAE Golden Jubilee watch comes with some design enhancements. Firstly, the whole mechanism has been rotated clockwise by 30 degrees, with the crown at 4:30 instead of 2 o’clock. This completely changes the symmetry of the watch, giving it a totally new character.

MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement EVO – UAE Golden Jubilee Limited Edition

Second, this special edition receives the new EVO case, offering enhanced comfort and robustness – and which until now has only ever been used in the LM Perpetual EVO series.

The EVO case design features a no-bezel construction, with the domed sapphire crystal fused directly to the titanium case, integrated lugs and strap. It has a water-resistance of 80 metres thanks to a screw-down crown. The movement is suspended on the innovative “FlexRing” system, a specially developed monobloc shock-absorbing mechanism that works against both vertical and horizontal shocks.

MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement EVO – UAE Golden Jubilee Limited Edition

Finally, for the very first time in MB&F history, the dial plate comes in a rich salmon colour, while two of the dark grey sub-dials – for the date and power reserve indicator – have been opened up. Movement-side, the special darkened treatment creates heightened contrast between the wheels, the rhodium-plated barrels and the rose gold details.

MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement EVO – UAE Golden Jubilee Limited Edition

The manual-winding, 298-component movement uses the same base as the LM Perpetual with double barrels, a 72-hour power reserve, and a date-changing security system that prevents the user from inadvertently damaging the movement when adjusting the date.

Technical details

Model: LM SE EVO UAE Golden Jubilee Limited Edition

Edition
Limited edition of 10 pieces in grade 5 titanium with salmon baseplate and dark grey dials

Engine
Movement developed for MB&F by Stephen McDonnell
Split escapement with the balance wheel suspended above the dial and the anchor under the movement
Manual winding with double mainspring barrels
Bespoke 14mm balance wheel with traditional regulating screws visible on top of the movement
Superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th-century style; bevelled internal angles highlighting hand craft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; hand-made engravings
FlexRing: an annular dampener fitted between case and movement, providing shock protection along the vertical and lateral axes.
Galvanic dark grey dials with both SLN numerals and hands
Power reserve: 72 hours
Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph
Number of components: 298
Number of jewels: 35

Functions & indications
Hours, minutes, date and power-reserve indicators
Push-button next to the date dial for quick adjustment of the date

Case
Material: grade 5 titanium
Dimensions: 44mm x 17.5mm
Number of components: 52
Screw down crown
Sapphire crystals on top and display back treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces
Water resistance: 80m / 270′ / 8ATM

Strap
Rubber strap with titanium folding buckle

Porsche Design Sport Chrono 39mm

Porsche Design expands its Sport Chrono collection with new 39mm watches.

In 2020, Porsche Design launched the Sport Chrono Collection, a new collection inspired by the instrument cluster of the Porsche Design Sport Chrono package. It combines classic design features, materials and performance characteristics of Porsche sports cars and transfers them directly into a wristwatch. While the first generation of the Sport Chrono Collection debuted in a 42- millimeter titanium case, the new models feature a diameter of 39 millimeters – a first for Porsche Design.

Porsche Design Sport Chrono 39mm

When the legendary Porsche 911 was first launched in 1963, the dashboard instruments included an electric timepiece as part of the 5-tube instruments. In the early 2000s, Porsche added an additional central instrument that was placed prominently in the middle. Initially displaying lap times, it was continuously refined to provide additional control functions for various engine and chassis components as well as the exhaust system. As part of this “Sport Chrono Package,” it was not a classic three-hand clock on the dashboard, but rather an instrument with a digital display and a single hand.

Porsche Design Sport Chrono 39mm

In 2020, the Sport Chrono package was expanded to include an exclusive chronograph from Porsche Design, the Porsche Design Subsecond clock. Offered in manufacture assembly, featuring a high- end metal dial with radial cut, ceramic indices with Superluminova coating and metal hands, the analog chronograph creates sporty and elegant accents in the cockpit. The specially developed incident-light technology ensures optimum readability inside the car – from every angle, at all times. The Porsche Design Sport Chrono package is currently available in the Porsche Panamera and Taycan models.

Porsche Design Sport Chrono 39mm

For the first time, Porsche Design has chosen a case diameter of less than 40 millimeters, which lends the models an even more elegant aesthetic and appeals to watch lovers with smaller wrists. The Sport Chrono Subsecond models with running seconds at 6 o’clock are powered by the Porsche Design caliber WERK 03.200 with COSC certification.

Porsche Design Sport Chrono 39mm

The automatic movement is equipped with the Porsche Design Icon rotor, which guarantees powerful winding. The timepieces are available with a black, blue or brown dial and color-coordinated leather straps made of genuine Porsche car leather.

Porsche Design Sport Chrono 39mm

Additional features of characteristic Porsche Design are the seven-fold anti-reflective sapphire crystal with hard coating, the high-quality leather strap made of genuine Porsche leather and the titanium folding clasp with safety pushers.

The lineup of the new Porsche Design 39 millimeter Sport Chrono wristwatch collection is available at a starting price of 4,450.00 euro (RRP).

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro Collection

Introduced in 2005 and designed after a pressure gauge, Manometro is the debut watch model of Giuliano Mazzuoli. Presently, it has grown into a flagship collection of the Florence based brand. This emblematic range combines the best Swiss technology with Italian design.

The signature features of the Manometro series are: cylindrical case, simple design, easy to read dial inspired by pressure gauges, leather strap inserted directly into the case with ergonometric support inserts and the massive crown at 2 o’ clock.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro watch with polished stainless steel case and ivory dial
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro watch with polished stainless steel case and ivory dial

The notable models of this series are Manometro Steel, Manometro Chronograph, Manometro Bronze, Manometro Italia and Manometro Compressed. All these timepieces are designed in Italy by Giuliano Mazzuoli and produced in Switzerland.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro watch with polished stainless steel case and red dial
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro watch with polished stainless steel case and red dial

The Manometro Solo Tempo (time-only) watches are equipped with the Swiss made ETA 2824/2 automatic movement while the chronograph model is driven by a Swiss made Dubois-Dépraz 2030 Luxe automatic movement.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro watch with polished stainless steel case and white dial
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro watch with polished stainless steel case and white dial

Manometro stainless steel watches are available with brushed or polished case. There is also a version with a natural brushed bronze case. The Italian edition features a colourful cylindrical case in steel and epoxy resin in the colors of the Italian flag.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro watch with brushed bronze case and green dial
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro watch with brushed bronze case and green dial

Both chronograph and time-only models have the same case dimensions: 45mm diameter and 14mm thickness. Available in 316L stainless steel and bronze versions, the Manometro Compressed watch measures 45mm diameter and 10mm thickness.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro Compressed watch with bronze case and black dial
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro Compressed watch with bronze case and black dial

All Manometro watches boast a massive crown at 2 o’ clock, with 12 grooves for better grip. The chronograph version features two pushers at 8H and 10H, in addition to the emblematic crown at 2H.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro chronograph with ivory dial
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro chronograph with ivory dial

Manometro Solo Tempo watches are available with black, ivory, blue, green, white or red dials. The Italia version comes with black or white dial while Manometro chronograph has black or ivory dial.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro Compressed watch with polished stainless steel case and blue dial
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro Compressed watch with polished stainless steel case and blue dial

Water resistant to 50 meters, each Manometro timepiece is fitted with a convex sapphire crystal glass. Made in Tuscany, the calf-skin leather strap has a stainless steel buckle with the Mazzuoli logo inscribed on it. Each wristwatch comes meticulously packaged in a hand-made, high-quality Florentine leather box with a sewn rope embroidering.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro Compressed watch with polished stainless steel case and green dial
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro Compressed watch with polished stainless steel case and green dial

Giuliano Mazzuoli watches are available in the finest retailers in the world. The retail price of Manometro ‘time only’ watch is 2,500 Euros. The chronograph version has a selling price of 4,600 Euros.

Technical details

Models: Manometro, Manometro Bronze, Manometro Italia and Manometro Compressed

Movement
Mechanical automatic movement in caliber ETA 2824/2 with shockproof system
Incabloc and Côtes de Genève decoration

Functions
Hours, minutes, and seconds

Case
Cylindrical polished or brushed stainless steel (inox AISI 316/L) or natural bronze brushed case with a straight-angled base with 8 screws holding the steel watch back to the watch and a curved lunette
Italia version: Cylindrical case in steel and epoxy resin in the colors of the Italian flag
Diameter: 45mm
Thickness: 14 mm case height (10mm in case of Manometro Compressed)
Water resistance: 5 atmospheres (ATM); 50 meters; 164feet
Crystal: Convex sapphire crystal; anti-reflective
Crown: A stainless steel, large dimension screw-in crown with 12 grooves is positioned at 2 o’clock and the Mazzuoli logo is engraved at the top.

Dial
Black, ivory, blue, green, white or red colored dial
Italia version: Black or white colored dial

Strap
Handcrafted calf-skin Florentine leather strap inserted directly into the case with ergonometric support inserts and a steel buckle.

Price
2,500 Euros

Model: Manometro Chronograph

Movement
Swiss made mechanical movement with automatic winding, Dubois-Dépraz 2030 Luxe
49 jewels
28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
Central rotor
Bi-directional automatic winding
Incabloc shock protection
42-hour power reserve

Functions
Hour and minutes
Centre chronograph seconds hand
30 minutes counter at 2 o’clock
Small seconds sub-dial at 8 o’clock

Case
Cylindrical polished or brushed stainless steel (inox AISI 316/L) case with a straight-angled base with 8 screws holding the watch back to the watch and a curved lunette.
45 mm case diameter
14 mm case height
Two cylindrical chronograph pushers in with Giuliano Mazzuoli’s logo Patented system for preventing dust and water intrusion
Screw-in Crown at 2 o’clock
Start-Stop pusher at 8 o’clock
Reset pusher at 10 o’clock
Crystal: Convex sapphire crystal; anti-reflective
Water resistance: 5 ATM/ 50 meters/164 feet

Dial
Black or ivory colored dial
Black baton-shaped hour and minute hands with luminescent coating
Red centre chronograph seconds hand
Silvered sub-dials for small seconds and chronograph 30 minutes

Strap
Handcrafted in Tuscany in natural calf-skin Florentine leather inserted directly into the case with ergonometric support inserts and an ardillon steel buckle

Price
4,600 Euros

Jämes C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer Skeleton

Crafted by Manufacture horlogère Jämes C. Pellaton SA in Le Locle, this red gold wristwatch incorporates a manual-winding skeleton movement endowed with a high-end tourbillon complication. This single unique piece is a result of two years of work, which also includes rare and intricate artistic techniques like skeletonising, chamfering, engraving and hand-finishing.

Jämes C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer Skeleton

The mechanical engine that powers this timepiece is Calibre JCP 1898 MD. Manually wound, this exclusive Jämes C. Pellaton movement has an impressive power reserve of 72 hours. This intricate mechanical calibre is made of 285 parts. The one minute tourbillon is positioned at 6 o’ clock along with the small seconds display.

The Royal Marine Chronometer Skeleton displays hour and minutes with two central hands. A centrally placed pointer hand displays date along with a retrograde scale. This swiss made mechanical watch also features a power reserve indicator at 9 o’ clock. All the hands indicating the above functions are made of gold and blued.

Technical details

Model: Jämes C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer Skeleton

Movement
Calibre JCP 1898 MD
Manual winding skeleton movement with tourbillon
Diameter: 36.60 mm
Height: 9.70 mm
285 parts
27 jewels
Power reserve: 72 minimum hours
One barrel with a reverse pawl
Balance: With variable inertia screw
Escapement: Swiss lever
Frequency: 21600 Alt/h
Balance spring: Breguet
Bottom plates: Wet blasting nickel silver, hand bevelled
Bridges: Wet blasting nickel silver, hand bevelled
Gear train: Dentures NIHS, bevelling above and below
Tourbillon: One rotation per minute displayed at 6

Functions
• Hours, minutes and date
• Small second at 6
• Power reserve
• Retrograde date scale beginning at 8 (1) ending at 2 (31)

Case
Red or white gold
Domed sapphire crystal
Transparent background relief engravings, domed sapphire crystal
Diameter: 44. 00 mm
Height: 14. 85 mm
Water resistance: 5 atm – 50 m
Crown: With black enameled JCP logo

Dial
Sapphire
Hands: In blued gold, hand bevelled

Strap
Black or brown alligator, hand stitched, gold clasp engraved Jämes C. Pellaton

Box
Wood, leather

Jämes C. Pellaton Pocket Skeleton Chronometer Tourbillon

This unique and exceptional pocket watch made by Le Locle based Manufacture horlogère Jämes C. Pellaton SA seamlessly blends the art of open-working with a complex tourbillon complication.

The watch in 65mm diameter red gold case houses the Calibre JCP 1895 MD manual-winding movement that incorporates a one minute tourbillon at 6’ o clock and a power reserve indicator at 9 o’ clock. This Swiss made pocket skeleton chronometer tourbillon watch has a power reserve of seven days.

Jämes C. Pellaton Pocket Skeleton Chronometer Tourbillon

This Jämes C. Pellaton pocket watch with open-worked dial has four blued-gold hands, respectively for hour, minute, power reserve and small seconds. It took approximately two years to manufacture this one-of-a-kind mechanical timepiece.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre JCP 1895 MD
Manual winding movement
Diameter: 53 mm
Height: 13, 35 mm
294 parts
29 jewels
Power reserve: 7 days
Double barrel in parallel with coincident gears stopping system
Balance: With variable inertia screw
Escapement: Swiss lever
Frequency: 21,600 Alt/h
Balance spring: Flat double balance spring in opposition
Bottom plates: Wet blasting nickel silver, hand bevelled
Bridges: Extra features drawn nickel silver
Gear train: Dentures NIHS, bevelling above and below
Tourbillon: One rotation per minute displayed at 6

Indications
• Hours and minutes in the center
• Small second at 6
• Power reserve

Case
Red gold
Diameter: 65. 00 mm
Height: 17 mm
Anti reflective sapphire crystal
Transparent background relief engravings, domed sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5 atm – 50 m
Crown with black enameled JCP logo

Dial
54 mm, sapphire
Hands: In blued gold, hand bevelled

Box
Wood, leather, gold plated brass 5 microns

Xeric Atlasphere Automatic

This automatic wristwatch from Xerix pays tribute to the 18th century globe manufactures who used to showcase celestial maps on glass spheres surrounding the earth. Made of stainless steel, this timepiece is available in various color themes like Green, Blue, Red, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold and Gun Metal. Each of these variants is limited to 500 pieces.

Xeric Atlasphere Automatic watch

Its dial side take cues from the antique glass globes. On to the front sapphire glass, longitude and latitude lines as well as the minutes are carefully electroplated. The domed planet at the center of the fume dial adds a 3D effect. Outer space surrounds the globe and allows the floating minutes to be concealed until the orbiting moon reveals the time. Its luminescent hands ensure great legibility during low light conditions.

Xeric Atlasphere Automatic

Dressed in a 40mm diameter case, the Xeric Atlasphere Automatic watch is equipped with the Miyota 82S0 self winding mechanical movement. Its customized oscillating weight can be admired through the transparent case back. This 21-jewel movement has a power reserve up to 40 hours.

The watch comes with an American Horween leather strap, which features a quick release system for fast and easy tool-free strap changes.

The Atlasphere Automatic watch has a retail price of US$ 499/-. Please visit Xeric online store for more details about this timepiece.

Technical details

Model: Atlasphere Automatic

Case
316L Stainless Steel
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 12.5mm
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Water Resistance: 5 ATM

Movement
Miyota 82S0 self-winding mechanical movement
Number of jewels: 21 Jewels
Frequency: 21600 BPH
Power reserve: 42 Hours
Made in Japan
Rotor: custom built globe-shaped

Functions
Hours, Revealing Minutes, Central Seconds

Strap
American Full-grain Leather from Horween with Built-in Quick Release Springbar System, 20 mm wide

Availability
Limited and individually numbered 500 pieces per variant

[Please visit Xeric online store to purchase this timepiece]

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Casio EDIFICE Honda Racing EQS-930HR Limited Edition – Inspired by the Legendary Honda RC162 Motorcycle

Casio presents EQS-930HR, the 5th collaboration model with Honda Racing in the EDIFICE line of high-performance metal chronographs based on the brand concept of “Speed and Intelligence.”

Honda Racing refers to the motor sports activities that Honda Motor Co., Ltd. pursues around the world. The collaboration between Honda Racing and EDIFICE, both of which have origins in Japan, has evolved since 2018 from a shared dedication to leveraging high-tech capabilities in their global pursuits.

Casio EDIFICE Honda Racing EQS-930HR Limited Edition

The year 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1961 Honda victory in Round 2 of the 250cc Grand Prix in West Germany, where Kunimitsu Takahashi became the first Japanese rider to win a motorcycle road racing world championship.

Designed to evoke the classic Honda RC162 bike that powered Takahashi to victory, the EQS-930HR pays homage to this historic feat.

Casio EDIFICE Honda Racing EQS-930HR Limited Edition

The bezel and dial feature special processing to evoke the bike’s hammered aluminum fairing. The black dial is accented with red inspired by the RC162’s fuel tank, and silver, the color of the bike’s body, and it is emblazoned with the striking yellow line motif and Honda logo as it appeared in 1961.

The genuine leather band calls to mind the racing suit to evoke the scene of the legendary race.

Casio EDIFICE Honda Racing EQS-930HR Limited Edition

This new watch is based on the EQS-930, with its innovative sharp and sporty form. Like the EQS-930, it employs Casio’s innovative shadow-dispersing solar cells under the inset dials to make sure that the smaller amount of light that gets through the design-packed dial is still plenty to power the watch for stable operation and great efficiency.

Technical details

Model: Casio EDIFICE Honda Racing EQS-930HR Limited Edition

Case
Size of Case: 50.0×45.8×13.0mm
Water Resistance: 100 meters

Stopwatch
1 second; measuring capacity: 9’59”; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st – 2nd place times

Other Features
Battery level indicator; date display

Accuracy at Normal Temperature
±20 seconds per month

Power Source
Solar powered

Continuous Operation
Operating time from full charge until hands stop: approx. 5 months

Total Weight
Approx. 88g

Casio EDIFICE EQB-1000AT & ECB-10AT – New Racing Car-Inspired 6K Carbon Watches in Collaboration with Scuderia AlphaTauri

Casio has launched two new additions to the EDIFICE line of high-performance metal chronographs based on the brand concept of “Speed and Intelligence.”

The EQB-1000AT and ECB-10AT, which are made with 6K carbon, are collaboration models designed with the Formula One™ team Scuderia AlphaTauri.

All eyes are on Scuderia AlphaTauri, the F1™ team whose driver Pierre Gasly took the checkered flag in last September’s Italian Grand Prix. The team’s cutting-edge technologies and passionate pursuit of speed perfectly match the EDIFICE brand concept, and Casio has been an official partner since 2016, when the team was known as Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Casio EDIFICE Scuderia AlphaTauri EQB-1000AT
Casio EDIFICE EQB-1000AT

The new EQB-1000AT and ECB-10AT watches mark the second collaboration with the team, this one coming after their name change to Scuderia AlphaTauri last year.

The dial and bezel of the EQB-1000AT and the dial of the ECB-10AT are made of 6K carbon, which is produced with high-strength carbon fiber like the material used in racing car wings and floors. The team’s navy-blue color sets the overall tone, while the team’s logo is engraved on the dials, case backs, and band loops.

Casio EDIFICE Scuderia AlphaTauri ECB-10AT
Casio EDIFICE ECB-10AT

Both models feature robust sapphire crystals for peace of mind even in the most grueling of races. The watches automatically adjust the time when paired with a smartphone using the dedicated app, providing the highly accurate time team members rely on when scheduling their days down to the minute. The app also features about 300 cities to choose from to set world time quickly and easily — ideal for a team that travels the world.

Casio EDIFICE EQB-1000AT

Based on the original slim-profile EQB-1000 chronograph with its Tough Solar power system, this new watch connects via the dedicated app to easily set both the main display and inset-dial display to any two cities. Made with Cordura® fabric, the durable band can withstand the toughest conditions.

Technical details

Case
Size of Case: 49.9×45.7×9.8mm
Water Resistance: 100 meters

Communication Specifications
Communication Standard: Bluetooth® low energy
Signal Range: Up to 2m (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)

Stopwatch
Measuring unit: 1 second; measuring capacity: 23:59’59; measuring modes: flyback, direct timing start from the timekeeping mode

Other Features
Mobile Link functions (world time: over 300 cities, automatic time adjustment, phone finder, stopwatch data records, etc.); dual time; daily alarm; day and date display; full auto-calendar

Power Source
Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)

Continuous Operation
About 19 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Total Weight
Approx. 71g

Casio EDIFICE ECB-10AT

Based on the original ECB-10 with its Schedule Timer function, which syncs with a smartphone’s calendar app to display schedule start and end times on the LCD, as well as provide audible alerts, this new watch also connects with a smartphone to adjust automatically to the correct local time as you travel. The resin band provides a supremely comfortable fit.

Technical details

Case
Size of Case: 51.0×48.5×12.5mm
Water Resistance: 100 meters

Communication Specifications
Communication Standard: Bluetooth® low energy
Signal Range: Up to 2m (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)

World Time
38 cities (38 time zones, daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time; auto summer time (DST) switching; home city/world time city swapping

Stopwatch
Measuring unit: 1/1000 second (for the first 60 minutes)/ 1/10 second (after 60 minutes); measuring capacity: 23:59’59.999”; measuring modes: elapsed time; 200-lap memory

Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second (maximum 24 hours), 1-second accuracy

Alarm
5 daily alarms; hourly time signal

Other Features
Mobile Link functions (Automatic Connection, world time: over 300 cities, automatic time adjustment, phone finder, stopwatch data records, schedule timer, etc.); hand shift feature; full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; button operation tone on/off; schedule alarm on/off; day and date display; battery level indicator; airplane mode; low battery warning; LED light for the face and LCD (full auto LED light; Super Illuminator with afterglow: 1.5/3.0 seconds)

Power Source
2 years on CR2016

Total Weight
Approx. 110g

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph

The Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer and the German sportscar manufacturer Porsche have announced their new partnership: an authentic alliance between two brands whose common DNA in motorsports and racing forges a holistic and long-term collaboration ranging from competition to product development. A new watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph, is unveiled as first celebration of the iconic brands.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

TAG Heuer and Porsche have a number of things in common, from their rich histories and reputations for innovation to cutting-edge technologies, powerful and independent mindset, and a knack for excellence in design. Both companies were founded by self-taught entrepreneurs. Edouard Heuer and Ferdinand Porsche were visionaries whose creations changed their chosen fields forever.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

Heuer was responsible for the first manufactured chronograph and Porsche invented an electric wheel hub motor. Both these accomplishments earned medals at World’s Fairs held in Paris 11 years apart. Heuer was honoured in 1889 and Porsche presented the first Lohner-Porsche Electromobile with this innovation at the Expo in Paris in 1900.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

The true cornerstones of the new partnership, however, are descendants of the brands’ founding fathers. Ferdinand Porsche’s son, Ferdinand Anton Ernst or “Ferry”, joined his father’s engineering office in 1931 at the age of 22 and founded the car brand that bears the family name in 1948. Within a few years, the Porsche name would be associated with race track success all around the world – including a class win in the Carrera Panamericana race of 1954. In honour of its successful participation, Porsche calls its most powerful engine ‘Carrera’.

Edouard Heuer’s great-grandson Jack led his family’s company for decades. In 1963, he created the first Heuer Carrera chronograph, designed to let drivers tell the time at a glance in the heat of action. This ground-breaking timepiece and Porsche’s most powerful Carrera engine united Porsche and Heuer – for the first time – in the spirit of the ‘Carrera’ (or ‘race’), which embodied ambition, speed and technical excellence.

Jack Heuer was also responsible for the Heuer Monaco, the first square-faced, water-resistant automatic chronograph watch. Its name evoked the Monaco Grand Prix as well as the Principality’s renowned Monte Carlo Rally, which Porsche won in three consecutive years, from 1968 to 1970, with its signature 911 model. Just as the Porsche 911 had done for automobiles, the Heuer Monaco – with its distinctive case, its blue metallic dial, its red seconds hand and the crown positioned on the left side of the case – broke with the familiar design codes of traditional watchmaking.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

Carrera: an icon of a name that has been associated with TAG Heuer and Porsche for generations – so it was a natural choice for the first creative product collaboration. A tribute to the heritage of two legendary brands, both on and off the racetrack, the new chronograph offers a first glimpse at what they can achieve together.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

The TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph is an exquisite example of coordination, cooperation and collaboration. Based on TAG Heuer’s Carrera Sport Chronograph design, with its distinctive tachymeter scale engraved on the bezel, it introduces a number of features inspired by Porsche’s design essence. A compelling union of two icons of performance, quality, and innovation, this chronograph is a seamless blend of the Porsche and TAG Heuer universes, reflecting the excellence of both names without diluting the essence of either.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

Porsche’s engraved inscription is visible on the bezel and the unmistakable font is also used for the indexes. The Porsche colours of red, black, and grey – which also recall historic Heuer models – are incorporated throughout the watch, and on clear display through the transparent crystal case back is the oscillating mass, which has been redesigned in affectionate tribute to Porsche’s celebrated steering wheel.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

It is printed with “Porsche” and “TAG Heuer”. The dial’s asphalt effect, created especially for this watch, perfectly expresses a passion for the road, while Arabic numerals suggest the numbers on the dashboard of fine Porsche sportscars.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph is presented either on a soft strap in luxurious calf leather and innovative stitching that echoes the Porsche interior or on an interlocking bracelet reflecting streamlined racing design.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

At the heart of this stunning timepiece is the in-house Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture movement with an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The chronograph mechanism’s vertical clutch and column wheel demonstrate the brands’ unflinching demand for absolute precision.

Finally, the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph is a Special Edition watch and is delivered in bespoke packaging with colours and a style consistent with the remarkable watch inside. The black watch box features the logos of TAG Heuer and Porsche in white. Inside the box is a perfectly-sized black travel pouch with an unmistakably Porsche red interior.

Technical details

Model: TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic
Reference: CBN2A1F.FC6492

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

Movement
Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

Case
44 mm diameter
Steel polished, fine brushed case
Ceramic black tachymeter fixed bezel; Porsche inscription
Domed, beveled sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment
Steel crown at 3 o’clock with red
Steel screw-down sapphire case back with special engraving
Water resistance: 100 meters

Dial
Grey asphalt dial
3 counters:
— 3 o’clock: black “azurage” minute chronograph counter; rhodium plated polished hand red tip
— 6 o’clock: black “azurage” second chronograph counter; rhodium plated polished hand
— 9 o’clock: black “azurage” hour chronograph counter; rhodium plated polished hand red tip
Black gold plated applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium plated hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium plated central hand red tip
TAG Heuer applied logo
6 o’clock date
CARRERA HEUER 02 80 HOURS

Strap
Embossed black calf leather strap with hand stitching; calf skin black lining
Steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons

Available from
February 2021

Model: TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic
Reference: CBN2A1F.BA0643

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

Movement
Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic

Case
44 mm diameter
Steel polished, fine brushed case
Ceramic black tachymeter fixed bezel; Porsche inscription
Domed, beveled sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment
Steel crown at 3 o’clock with red
Steel screw-down sapphire case back with special engraving
Water resistance: 100 meters

Dial
Grey asphalt dial
3 counters:
— 3 o’clock: black “azurage” minute chronograph counter; rhodium plated polished hand red tip
— 6 o’clock: black “azurage” second chronograph counter; rhodium plated polished hand
— 9 o’clock: black “azurage” hour chronograph counter; rhodium plated polished hand red tip
Black gold plated applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium plated hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium plated central hand red tip
TAG Heuer applied logo
6 o’clock date
CARRERA HEUER 02 80 HOURS

Strap
Steel H-shape bracelet
Steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons

Available from
February 2021

Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series

Inspired by some of the beautiful Japanese decorative patterns, Seiko has created a new series of watches within its Presage collection. Featuring textured dials highlighted with Japanese Asanoha or hemp leaf pattern, these new timepieces proudly carry a powerful and fresh expression of Japanese artistry.

These timepieces feature traditional, high quality round cases made from stainless steel. On closer inspection, you will discover the real beauty of the watch thanks to its sharply angled case structure and the delicate design of the textured dial.

Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series

The case and bracelet of these watches incorporate a unique design featuring many precise and polished flat surfaces. The sharpness of this design allows the watch to shine and sparkle from every angle. Three of the four watches in the new series have a super-hard coating that protects the case and bracelet from scratches and also endows it with a long-lasting brilliance.

The dial incorporates a Japanese Asanoha or hemp leaf pattern, familiar in Japanese culture for its use in design since the Heian period over a thousand years ago. The rich texture and intricacy of the dial’s sharply edged geometric pattern create a subtle color gradation as they play with the light at different angles.

Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series 2

The series comprises four new watches, each offering a dial with a different traditional Japanese color; Shironeri, an unbleached silky white, Aitetsu, or indigo iron, Tokiwa, the color of evergreen trees and Susutake, a brown-toned smoked bamboo. The watches are all powered by the 24 jewel Caliber 6R35 which delivers a power reserve of 70 hours. The glass material is sapphire crystal, and the exhibition case back, also in sapphire, reveals the delicate finishing of the movement.

All four watches from the Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series are available from September 2020 at Seiko Boutiques and selected retail stores worldwide.

Technical details

Model: Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series

References
SPB165: Shironeri
SPB167: Aitetsu
SPB169: Tokiwa
SPB170: Susutake

Movement
Caliber 6R35
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 70 hours
Number of jewels: 24

Case
Stainless steel case and bracelet with super-hard coating (SPB165, 167, 169)
Stainless steel case with rose gold color plating (SPB170)
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through screw case back
Diameter: 39.3mm, Thickness: 11.1mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m

Bracelet/strap
Stainless Steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release (SPB165, 167, 169)
Horse strap with three-fold clasp with push button release (SPB170)

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €990

Longines Spirit Collection

The Longines spirit collection pays tribute to numerous explorers and aviators who conquered the air, land and sea relying on their Longines time instruments. The iconic Swiss watch brand has equipped a host of adventurers with their precision tool watches. Amelia Earhart, Paul-Emile Victor, Elinor Smith and Howard Hughes are foremost among those who benefitted from its expertise as they conquered air, land and sea.

Longines Spirit Collection three hands date automatic watch black dial brown strap

The Longines Spirit collection brings this rich heritage back to life. Linking history with innovation, the new models take traditional features from pilot’s watches and combine them with contemporary lines and codes.

Longines Spirit Collection automatic watch three hands with date

The over-sized crown, the flange, the pronounced step around the crystal, the font of the dial, the diamond shaped indexes and the large luminous baton hands are all elements drawn from the days of pioneering aviation. Reworked and updated, these elements blend harmoniously with the overall contemporary design. In addition, great care has been taken with the various finishes on the details, whether brushed, matt, polished or in relief.

Longines Spirit Collection automatic three hands with date featuring stainless steel bracelet

To equip these timepieces, Longines has chosen state-of-the-art self-winding movements (L888.4 & L688.4) featuring silicon hairsprings to guarantee extreme accuracy and increased life period. The calibers are chronometer certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing institute (COSC).

Longines Spirit Collection automatic chronograph blue dial blue strap

Powering the three-hand with date models the caliber L888.4 is based on the self winding ETA A31.L11 movement. This 21 jewels automatic movement has a power reserve of 64 hours. It drives hour, minute & central second hands and date at 3h.

Longines Spirit Collection three hands with date

The chronograph model is equipped with the caliber L688.4 based on the ETA A08.L01 self-winding column wheel chronograph movement. It has a power reserve of 60 hours. This 27 jewels movement powers hours, minutes, small seconds, date and chronograph functions.

Longines Spirit Collection automatic chronograph

The Longines spirit timepieces are fitted with domed sapphire crystal glass with multi-layered anti-reflective coating on both sides. They also feature screw-in crown and engraved case back secured with six screws.

Longines Spirit Collection caseback view

Available in three-hand/calendar models (40mm and 42mm) and a chronograph (42mm), the Longines spirit comes with a matt black, grained silver or sunray blue dial, all stamped with five applied stars. In the Longines tradition, this has always signified an improvement of the quality and reliability of the brand’s movement. Five stars is the maximum number that can be achieved.

Longines Spirit Collection five stars on the dial

The Longines spirit watch models are fitted with steel bracelet, or a leather strap in dark brown, light brown or blue. The three hand/calendar watch is also available in a Prestige edition with three interchangeable straps (steel, leather and NATO in brown leather).

Technical details

Model: Longines spirit collection

Reference numbers

Three hands with date

L3.810.4.53.0-3/6/9
L3.810.4.73.2-4/6/9
L3.810.4.93.0-3/6/9

L3.811.4.53.0-3/6/9
L3.811.4.73.2-4/6/9
L3.811.4.93.0-3/6/9

Chronograph

L3.820.4.53.0-3/6
L3.820.4.73.2-4/6
L3.820.4.93.0-3/6

Movements

Three hands with date (L3.810 & L3.811)

Calibre L888.4 (ETA A31.L11)
Mechanical self-winding movement with silicon balance spring, COSC certified
11 ½ lines, 21 jewels, 25,200 vph
Power reserve: 64 hours

Chronograph (L3.820)

Caliber L688.4 (ETA A08.L01)
Mechanical self-winding movement with silicon balance spring, COSC certified, column wheel chronograph
13 ¼ lines
Number of jewels: 27 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 60 hours

Functions

Three hands with date models
Hours, minutes, seconds and date aperture at 3h

Chronograph models
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9h
Date aperture at 4:30h
Chronograph: central 60 seconds hand, 30-minutes counter at 3h and 12 hour counter at 6h

Case

Round case
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 40mm or 42mm
Sapphire domed glass with multilayered anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screw in crown
Stainless case-back with 6 screws
Water resistance: 10 atm/100 meters

Dials

Matt black, applied Arabic numerals, Super-LumiNova
Grained silver, applied Arabic numerals, Super-LumiNova
Sunray blue, applied Arabic numerals, Super-LumiNova

Hands
Silvered sand blasted, Super-LumiNova
Black sandblasted, Super-LumiNova

Bracelet/straps

Standard version
Dark brown, light brow of blue leather strap with buckle
Stainless steel bracelet, triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism

Prestige edition
3 bracelet/straps with interchangeable system
– Stainless steel bracelet, double safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism
– Dark brown, light brown or blue leather strap with buckle
– NATO strap with buckle

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo: The Geneva Watch Auction XI, On 27&28 June 2020 at Hôtel La Réserve, Geneva

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo announced the date of their upcoming Geneva watch auction. Taking place at Hôtel La Réserve, Geneva on June 27 and 28, 2020, the sale will feature over 200 lots.

The major highlights of this auction include a Patek Philippe pocket watch reference 605 HU from 1950 and four extraordinary Patek Philippe wristwatches from the private collection of Mr. Jean-Claude Biver, the Non-Executive President of LVMH Group Watch Division.

The Geneva Watch Auction XI is this year’s first live watch auction from Phillips. The auction will offer an incredible selection of fine collectible timepieces hailing from the prestigious Maisons like Patek Philippe and Rolex, as well as from master independent watchmakers such as F.P. Journe or Kari Voutilainen.

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch, Reference 605 HU in Pink Gold, circa 1950

Patek Philippe, Reference 605 HU from 1950 in pink gold
Patek Philippe, Reference 605 HU from 1950 in pink gold, Estimate: CHF 250,000-500,000 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

One of Patek Philippe’s signature complications, this pocket watch Reference 605 HU from 1950 features a cloisonné enamel dial representing Eurasia and Africa. Previously unknown to the collecting community and appearing for the first time publicly, this watch is the only one known in pink gold featuring this type of dial. It is being offered by the family of the original owner.

Lots from Mr. Jean-Claude Biver’s Private Collection

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo also presents following four Patek Philippe wristwatches from the Private Collection of Industry Veteran Jean-Claude Biver.

Jean-Claude Biver Patek Philippe Collection 1518, 2499, 1579 and 96HU
Jean-Claude Biver Patek Philippe Collection 1518, 2499, 1579 and 96HU (Image courtesy: Phillips)

1. Patek Philippe Ref 96HU worldtime, circa 1937

Patek Philippe presented its first world time wristwatch created in series in 1939 under reference 1415, but it had created a few pre-series and prototype versions the years prior.

Patek Philippe Ref 96HU worldtime, circa 1937
Patek Philippe Ref 96HU worldtime, circa 1937 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

The present reference 96 is in fact one of these ultra-rare pre-series prototypes of which only two are known, made in 1937 to most probably test the market, making it not only a historically significant timepiece but also one of the rarest world time models ever made by Patek Philippe. Unknown to the market, it first appeared in 2011 when it was purchased by Mr. Biver. The other example is in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. Estimate CHF 300,000 – 600,000

2. Patek Philippe Reference 1518 in pink gold, circa 1948

A monumental model, reference 1518 was the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch ever produced in series when it was introduced in 1941. According to research, only 281 examples were manufactured until the reference ceased production with a majority made in yellow gold. Pink gold reference 1518s were most often fitted with a silvered dial.

Patek Philippe Reference 1518 in pink gold, circa 1948
Patek Philippe Reference 1518 in pink gold, circa 1948 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

It was only on very rare occasions that they were fitted with pink dials. Only 13 examples of reference 1518 are known with a pink dial, making it one of the most exclusive complicated Patek Philippe wristwatches for a collector to acquire. The present watch appears on the market only for the second time, Mr Biver being the second owner since new. Estimate CHF 1,200,000 – 2,400,000

3. Patek Philippe Reference 2499 second series, circa 1957

Launched in 1951, the reference 2499 was the direct successor of the reference 1518 and came with more sporty round pushers and a larger 37.5mm case. The second series like the present watch, was offered either with Arabic numerals or applied batons as well as with a tachymeter scale.

Patek Philippe Reference 2499 second series, circa 1957
Patek Philippe Reference 2499 second series, circa 1957 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

The second series reference 2499 is so rare that very few examples have graced the international auction market, and in fact only 20 examples in yellow gold with applied batons, like the present example, are known. Estimate CHF 1,000,000 – 2,000,000

4. Patek Philippe Platinum Reference 1579, circa 1946

This incredibly attractive and well-preserved reference 1579 is one of only three vintage Patek Philippe chronographs cased in platinum. It is unknown why Patek Philippe decided to use platinum for this reference and only for three watches, but it is interesting to note that the three watches have consecutive serial numbers and different dials, making each piece unique.

Patek Philippe Platinum Reference 1579, circa 1946
Patek Philippe Platinum Reference 1579, circa 1946 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

The present watch is the last of the three made and differentiates itself from the other two with its scale and markers in blue, giving the watch an incredibly vivid modernist appeal. Estimate CHF 800,000 – 1,600,000.

Other Important Timepieces

Patek Philippe

A highlight of this sale is a well-preserved Patek Philippe reference 1579 chronograph in yellow gold made in 1955. This timepiece was retailed by famed Swiss retailer Gübelin. It is only the 5th example signed by Gübelin to grace the market.

Patek Philippe, Reference 1579 in yellow gold
Patek Philippe, Reference 1579 in yellow gold, Estimate: CHF60,000-100,000 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

Another attraction is a Patek Philippe reference 1518 in yellow gold from the family of the original owner from 1944. This reference was launched in 1941 and was the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph made in series.

Patek Philippe, Reference 1518 in yellow gold
Patek Philippe, Reference 1518 in yellow gold, Estimate: CHF200,000-400,000 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

The sale also offers an ultra-rare white gold Patek Philippe perpetual calendar reference 3448 from 1970, coming from the family of the original owner. This example is one of only 30 known white gold reference 3448s and the third featuring calendar discs in German.

Patek Philippe perpetual calendar reference 3448 white gold
Patek Philippe perpetual calendar reference 3448 white gold (Image courtesy: Phillips)

Rolex

The Geneva Watch Auction XI presents a wide selection of Rolex models, some of which are rarely seen on the market. These include: A reference 5513 circa 1963 in excellent condition featuring an ultra-rare “Explorer dial” or “3-6-9 dial”.

Rolex Reference 5513
Rolex Reference 5513 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

While the majority of Submariners were fitted with regular round hour markers, the present watch bears this extremely rare dial configuration, reminiscent of the dials also found on Rolex’s iconic “Big Crown” reference 6200.

Rolex, Reference 6200 Big Crown
Rolex, Reference 6200 Big Crown, Estimate: CHF250,000-500,000 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

Recently found in an antique shop in Alexandria, a Rolex Submariner “Big Crown” reference 6200 is also offered. Finally, Phillips is also offering one of the best-preserved examples of Rolex’s ultra-elusive reference 6232 in pink gold, from 1958. It is one of only twelve watches in existence, originally destined for the French market.

Rolex, Reference 6232
Rolex, Reference 6232, Estimate: CHF200,000-400,000 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

F.P. Journe

The Geneva Watch Auction XI offers two exceptional timepieces created by F.P. Journe: Tourbillon Souverain “Souscription” and Resonance “Souscription”.

F.P. Journe, Tourbillon Souverain "Souscription"
F.P. Journe, Tourbillon Souverain “Souscription”, Estimate: CHF150,000-300,000 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

F.P. Journe’s original Tourbillon Souverain “Souscription” is a historically important watch that enabled the Founder of the firm, Mr. François-Paul Journe, to set up his company. When Journe decided to launch his second iconic model, the Resonance, he offered the latter to the clients having already bought the tourbillon, here again he used a subscription system.

F.P. Journe, Résonance "Souscription",
F.P. Journe, Résonance “Souscription”, Estimate: CHF 80,000-160,000 (Image courtesy: Phillips)

The Resonance “Souscription” is a model rarely seen at auctions. The present example comes in a unique livery specially commissioned by Lorenz Baümer: platinum/pink gold case with white gold dial.

Harry Winston/ Vianney Halter

Another exceptional highlight is the Opus 3 made for Harry Winston by Vianney Halter, featuring a unique way of reading time. This example is number one from 25 pieces made in platinum.

Harry Winston Opus 3 by Vianney Halter
Harry Winston Opus 3 by Vianney Halter (Image courtesy: Phillips)

Kari Voutilainen

Also topping the Independents’ Atelier section is a unique GMT model with power reserve hiding a beautifully engraved and enameled caseback featuring Triton, and a mermaid by Kari Voutilainen.

Kari Voutilainen GMT (Image courtesy: Phillips)
Kari Voutilainen GMT (Image courtesy: Phillips)
Kari Voutilainen GMT (Image courtesy: Phillips)
Kari Voutilainen GMT Caseback (Image courtesy: Phillips)

Some of the finest watches in terms of quality and condition will also be offered, including elegant dress, sports and complicated watches by prestigious collectors’ brands such as Patek Philippe and Rolex, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Omega, IWC, Longines and Breitling, to name only a few.

The selection of leading highlights will be available to the public during the pre-sale exhibitions opening in Asia and Europe. Following a preview in Hong Kong from May 20 to 27, highlights will be on display in Geneva from June 24 to 28, 2020.

Auction details

Dates

  • The Geneva Watch Auction XI, Part I: 27 June 2020, 5pm
  • The Geneva Watch Auction XI, Part II: 28 June 2020, 5pm

Auction Viewing

  • Asia: 20 – 27 May, Location: 14/F St. George’s Building, 2 Ice House Street, Central Hong Kong
  • Europe: 24 – 28 June, Location: Hôtel La Réserve, Bellevue, Geneva

Source: https://www.phillips.com/

Gerald Charles Maestro Collection: Maestro.97 Tourbillon & Maestro.99 Tourbillon

The Maestro.97 Tourbillon & Maestro.99 Tourbillon models are two horological masterpieces from the Gerald Charles Maestro Collection, which pays tribute to the brand’s founder, Mr Gerald Charles Genta.

Gerald Charles Maestro.97 Tourbillon

This white gold watch incorporates an exceptional mechanical manual-wound tourbillon movement, which is skeletonised and hand-finished.

The Maestro.97 Skeleton Tourbillon Mustaches watch proudly displays a rare to find and polished stainless steel tourbillon bridge with a unique shaped inspired by the Mustaches of Mr. Gerald Charles Genta.

Gerald Charles Maestro.97 Skeleton Tourbillon Mustaches

The convexity at 6 o’clock of the case offers a dedicated space for the one-minute Tourbillon. This perfectly integrates mechanics and aesthetics. The hand-finished skeleton movement is visible in its full depth, through sapphire crystals, from all angles.

Gerald Charles Maestro.97 Skeleton Tourbillon Mustaches

Capable to store a power reserve up to 72 hours, the two large barrels of this manual wound movement are perfectly integrated with the see-through bridges.

Gerald Charles Maestro.97 Skeleton Tourbillon Mustaches

The Gerald Charles Maestro.97 tourbillon watch was produced in a limited edition of 25 pieces only. It is now preserved in the Maison’s private collection.

Technical details

Model: Maestro.97 tourbillon
Reference: GC35-WG42-97

Movement
GC35 Manual-winding “Mustache bridge” Tourbillon
Frequency: 21,600 v/h precision
Power Reserve: 72 hours

Functions
Hours, Minutes, One-minute Tourbillon

Case
Material: White Gold 18K
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 11.8 mm
Back: Sapphire Crystal open-work
Crystal: Sapphire no glare
Water resistance: 30 meters

Dial
“Squelette” open-work

Strap
Brown Crocodile skin strap with folding clasp in white-gold

Price
US$157’614

Gerald Charles Maestro.99 Tourbillon

The Maestro.99 Tourbillon watch comes in an innovatively designed squared carré case in pure Palladium. Measuring 42mm diameter, the watch case is shaped as an asymmetric polygon with eight cut edges coins coupés and a hemispheric convexity at 6 o’ clock.

Gerald Charles Maestro.99 Squelette Tourbillon Chronograph

This watch houses a manual-wound skeleton movement incorporating two iconic complications: Tourbillon Chronograph.

Gerald Charles Maestro.99 Squelette Tourbillon Chronograph

The Gerald Charles Maestro.99 Squelette Tourbillon Chronograph perfectly integrates mechanics and aesthetics. The half-moon shape at 6 o’ clock of the watch case provides a dedicated space for the flying Tourbillon.

Gerald Charles Maestro.99 Squelette Tourbillon Chronograph

The tourbillon ball is suspended between two sapphire crystals without any bearing bridge. The movement offers a power reserve up to 120 hours. The Gerald Charles Maestro.99 was produced in a limited edition of 12 pieces only. It is now preserved in the Maison’s private collection.

Gerald Charles Maestro.99 Squelette Tourbillon Chronograph

Technical details

Model: Maestro.99 Tourbillon
Reference: GCM3-PDCS02BDR-F/B-31

Movement
GCM3 Manual-winding Chrono Tourbillon
Suspended Tourbillon
Frequency: 21,600 v/h precision
Power reserve: 120 hours

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Chronograph, Power Reserve

Case
Material: Palladium
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 11.8mm
Crystal: Sapphire no glare
Case-back: Sapphire Crystal open-work
Water resistance: 30 meters

Dial
“Squelette” open-work

Strap
Dark blue crocodile skin strap with folding clasp in white-gold

Price
US$214’929

BOVET 1822 Fleurier 19Thirty, New Dial Versions Highlighting the « Fleurisanne » Engraving

The 19Thirty collection was inspired by the last pocket watches crafted by the Maison BOVET, before the advent of the wristwatch era. Its balance is inherited from the stylistic details of the “easel” chronometer which was patented in 1930 and symbolizes the shift towards wristwatches.

The 19Thirty collection was presented in 2015 exclusively in steel. The movement was specially developed for this collection, and the quality of its execution and finishes meets the same criteria of the Grandes Complications.

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It offers seven days of power reserve with only a single barrel. Mr. Raffy, the owner of BOVET 1822, wanted this collection to offer two different cases including the iconic Fleurier case with its bow and crown that stand out with their 12:00 position.

The stir the collection created and the enthusiasm among collectors led Mr. Raffy to offer the19Thirty in a red gold case that can be bespoke to the collector’s taste.

This year, the collection features the Maison’s dedication to the decorative arts by offering a luxurious “Fleurisanne” engraving that embraces the hour and minute dial, as well as the second counter which form an eight: a symbol of luck and prosperity for the wearer.

BOVET 1822 Fleurier 19Thirty, New Dial Versions Highlighting the « Fleurisanne » Engraving

For an added elegance, the « Fleurisanne » engraving is lacquered according to the color of the dial chosen by the collector.

BOVET 1822 Fleurier 19Thirty, New Dial Versions Highlighting the « Fleurisanne » Engraving

Bovet’s extraordinary Engineering Brilliance is featured in the ergonomics of the 19Thirty collection, which are presented in a case 9mm thick and 42mm across.

BOVET 1822 Fleurier 19Thirty, New Dial Versions Highlighting the « Fleurisanne » Engraving

The beautiful elements of the dial and the case unite with impeccable timekeeping, reliability and seven day power reserve to create a timeless, classic and exceptional timepiece that can be worn every day and turn every second into a moment of grace.

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Technical details

Model: Fleurier 19Thirty

References
NTS0020, blue
NTS0019, black

Case
Type: Fleurier
Diameter: 42 mm
Material: stainless steel
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement
Caliber 11BM04
Type: Hand-wound movement
Diameter: 15 ¾ ’’’
Frequency: 21’600 v/h
Power reserve: 7 days

Functions
Hours, minutes, sub-seconds, power reserve indicator

Dial
Blue or black circular brushed dials with Roman numerals
Hand-engraved, with lacquered “Fleurisanne” motif

Strap
Full-skin alligator
Buckle: stainless steel ardillon

Price
CHF. 19’800.-

CIGA Design Z-Series Indiegogo Campaign to achieve one million dollars funding

The CIGA Design Z-Series Mechanical Titanium Watch Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign has already raised $998,553 USD from 4,237 backers at the time of publishing this page. Now only two days left for finishing the campaign. Backers can order a mechanical skeleton watch with special price starting from USD 249. Estimate delivery in March 2020. Specifications: Grade 2 Titanium case, skeletonised Seagull AAA automatic self-winding, power reserve of 40 hours, water-resistant to 3 ATM, sapphire crystal glass, Silicone or Leather strap. Please visit the campaign page at https://ciga-design-z-series.kckb.st/26aee4d2

Piaget Possession Bucherer BLUE

Created In partnership between Bucherer and Piaget, this rose gold watch for women was launched on September 9, 2019. A new member of the Exclusive Bucherer Blue Collection, the rose-gold Piaget Possession Bucherer BLUE with blue alligator-leather strap is an inspirational luxury watch for the discerning woman.

Piaget Possession Bucherer BLUEThe Bucherer BLUE collection includes an exclusive selection of finest Swiss timepieces – available exclusively from Bucherer. For the past three years, Bucherer has been reinterpreting iconic timepieces.

Piaget Possession Bucherer BLUE

The rose-gold Piaget Possession Bucherer BLUE represents the third partnership between the two brands. Bucherer’s close partnership with Piaget was first established back in 1979.

Piaget Possession Bucherer BLUE

This rose-gold watch has a 34mm diameter case that houses an in-house quartz movement. This dazzling ladies timepiece features a rotating rose-gold bezel, lavishly set with 45 diamonds, and a single gorgeous sapphire.

Piaget Possession Bucherer BLUE

Its mother-of-pearl dial boasts 11 blue sapphire hour markers. You can discover Piaget name at 3 o’clock instead of sapphire marker. Finally, the vibrant blue of the alligator-leather strap provides a bold, powerful contrast.

Piaget Possession Bucherer BLUE

The rose-gold Piaget Possession Bucherer BLUE is available exclusively from Bucherer.

Technical details

Piaget 56P in-house quartz movement; case in rose gold: 34 mm, mother-of-pearl dial set with 11 blue sapphires; case set with 45 diamonds and one blue sapphire; interchangeable blue and white alligator-leather straps; total carat weight: 45 diamonds at ca. 1.409 ct., 12 sapphires at ca. 0.177 ct.

Retail price
CHF 18’900.– / EUR 18’500.– / GBP 16’400.– /

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRONOSWISS

Chronoswiss is a Swiss watch brand based in Lucerne in Switzerland.

Founded in 1983 by Gerd-R. Lang, Chronoswiss began its horological adventure in Munich in Germany by introducing mechanical wristwatches and pocket-watches produced in Switzerland.

Gerd-Rüdiger Lang began his career at a renowned chronograph manufacturer (Heuer) in Switzerland in 1964. He arrived in Munich to serve as the authorized representative of the manufacturer’s German subsidiary in 1974.

When the “Quartz Crisis” put a forced end to this business in 1981, the man who had chosen Munich to be his new home continued to operate a repair service as a freelancer. He also repaired mechanical timepieces for friends and acquaintances. Meanwhile, an idea was gestating in his mind: he longed to create a collection of his own watches, which he would christen “Chronoswiss.”

In the hard times of the Swiss watch industry Gerd-R. Lang bought surplus stocks of watches and mechanical movements because he loved the traditional art of watchmaking.

In 1983, he turned his passion into a profession and founded the Chronoswiss Company in Munich. At the beginning, the company produced watches in series by using modern calibres and manufacturing limited specialities whose production has been suspended for many years.

In 1987, the company launched Régulateur hand-wound wristwatch, their first serially manufactured wristwatch with a regulator-type dial. In 1990, Chronoswiss started manufacturing of its own models in Munich and introduced the Régulateur Automatique watch with its exclusive manufacture Chronoswiss C.122 movement.

In 2002, Chronoswiss established a subsidiary in Switzerland to handle production and logistics. In 2006, the company moved into a new manufacture building in Karlsfeld in the outskirts of Munich for uniting development, production, sales, marketing and shipping under one roof.

Since February 2012, Chronoswiss has been under the ownership of Ebstein family. The brand celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013 by launching the Régulateur 30 limited edition collection. In June 2014, Chronoswiss moved into its new HQs located in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Chronology

1958-1961: Gerd-R. Lang learns the watchmaker’s metier at Jauns watch shop in his hometown of Braunschweig.

1962-1963: Apprenticeship at the Gross firm in Burg/Fehmarn.

1964-1979: Heuer stopwatch and chronograph factory in Biel, Switzerland.

1980: Attends the master school in Würzburg and graduates with the title of “Master Watchmaker.”

1981: Founds a special workshop for chronographs in Munich.

1982: Introduces the world’s first mechanical chronograph with moon phase display and mineral crystal back under the “Chronoswiss” name. This presages the renaissance of mechanical timepieces.

1983: Gerd-R. Lang founds Chronoswiss watch factory in and establishes a worldwide distribution structure.

1984: The name “Chronoswiss” is registered as a protected trademark.

1985: First Chronoswiss catalogue with mechanical wristwatches and pocket-watches produced in Switzerland. Distribution of the A. Rochat and Kelek brands. First appearance at Inhorgenta trade fair in Munich.

1987: World premiere of the “Régulateur” hand-wound wristwatch – the first serially manufactured wristwatch with a regulator-type dial. The typical Chronoswiss case is born. Its distinguishing characteristics include a screwed and channeled bezel, an onion-shaped crown and screwed strap lugs.

1988: The second catalogue features Chronoswiss’ first own models – “Régulateur” and “Pacific.” First appearance at the worldwide trade fair for watches and jewelry in Basel.

1990: World premiere of the “Régulateur Automatique” with its exclusive manufacture Chronoswiss C.122 movement. Beginning of the exclusive manufacture of the firm’s own models in Munich.

1991: World premiere of the “Kairos Chronograph” – the first automatic chronograph with off-center display of the hours and minutes.

1992: World premiere of the split-second chronograph “Rattrapante” (Swiss patent number 682201-0). Author of the specialized book “Chronograph – Wristwatches, Lang/Meis.” The third catalogue (“Chronoswiss – Faszination der Mechanik”) is published. It exclusively features the firm’s own models.

1993: Presentation of the “Cabrio” reversible wristwatch (European patent number 0562522). Presentation of the first serially produced white enamel dials of recent years in the “Orea” model.

1994: Presentation of the “Grand Régulateur,” (international patenting number 030021). 1st prize from the Italian watch magazine “Orologi”, Vicenza, in the category of “young successful enterprises.”

1995: World premiere of the “Opus” – the first serially produced, automatic, skeletonized chronograph. Launching of the “Lunar Chronograph”

1996: World premiere of the “Delphis” and its registration for a Swiss patent – the first wristwatch that combines a unique system of analogue, digital and retrograde time displays. First prize and award of “Watch of the Year” title from Armbanduhren magazine, Heel publishers, for the “Opus” skeletonized chronograph.1st prize for Thomas Schnelle as the national and federal winner of apprentices awarded by the Central Association of the German Watchmaker Craft.

1997: Chronoswiss is the official timekeeper for the STW Cup (Super Touring Car Cup). Third prize and award of the “Watch of the Year” title from Armbanduhren magazine, Heel publishers, for the “Delphis” model.

1998: World premiere of the “Pathos” – the first skeletonized, self-winding, split-second chronograph (Swiss patent number 682201-0).First prize and award of the “Golden Balance” title from Uhrenmagazin for the “Delphis” model. First prize and award of “Watch of the Year” title from World Photo Press magazine in Japan for the “Opus” model. Finalist Award, The New York Festival for the “Personality” advertising campaign. Founding of the first own Chronoswiss subsidiary in Bellport, Long Island, USA.

1999: First prize and award of the “Innovation Prize” from Chronos magazine for the “Pathos” model.

2000: First prize and award of the “Golden Balance / International Watch Award” from Uhren magazine for the “Tora Chronograph” model. “Signs of the times – Tick-Talk: A Timely Book” is published in German as Chronoswiss’ fourth catalogue.

2001: World premiere of the “Chronoscope” – the first automatic chronograph with Regulator-dial. An exclusive homage to the pioneers of the Chronograph.

2002: Third price and award of the title “Golden Balance/ International Watch Award” by watch magazine “Uhrenmagazin”, Ebner publishers for the “Opus” model. Gerd-R. Lang wins the Hungaria Classic 2002 with co-driver András Noszvai in the Jaguar XK 120 “C-Type”. Chronoswiss establishes a subsidiary in Switzerland. The Chrono SA subsidiary located in Niedau close to Biel is responsible for production and logistics.

2003: Presentation of the “Répetition à Quarts” at the Jewelry and Watch Trade Show in Basel, that tells the time exactly to the 15 minutes by the push of the pusher via a striking mechanism. First prize “Watch of the Year” title from Armbanduhren magazine, Heel publishers, for the “Chronoscope” model as well as award of the “Watch of the Year” by Horologes Magazine, Netherlands. Second prize and award of the “Golden Balance / International Watch Award” from Uhren Magazin for the “Delphis” model.

2004: Presentation of the “Régulateur à Tourbillon Squelette” at the Jewelry and Watch Trade Show in Basel, the first skeleton and hand-engrave Tourbillon with regulator dial, limited edition in 200 pieces.

2005: Third prize and award of the “Golden Balance / International Watch Award” from Uhren Magazin for the “Répétition à quarts” model. 4th place “Golden Balance” for the model “Chronoscope” and 8th place for the model “Orea handwinding”. The first Chronoswiss Classics takes place first time in September 2005 at Lake Starnberg. Presentation of the “Digiteur” (limited edition) and “Perpetual Calendar” at the Jewelry and Watch Trade Show in Basel. September 23, 2005 cornerstone was laid for the new production facility with the entire Chronoswiss staff and all 40 international distribution partners.

2006: Debut of the “Grand Régulateur”, “Timemaster Chronograph Date” and “Perpetual Calendar” at the watch and jewelry fair in Basel. 2nd place “Watch of the Year 2006” for “Digiteur” by the readers of Armbanduhren special-interest magazine + Welt am Sonntag.4th place “Golden Balance/International Watch Award” by Uhrenmagazin, Ebner Publishers for the “Digiteur” model and 6th place for the “Régulateur” model. 1st place “Advertisement of the Month” in Uhrenmagazin special-interest magazine for the “Take Your Time” motif in June and July/August and for the “Time is a Present” motif in December, and 2nd place “Advertisement of the Month” for the “Time in Flow” motif in the April issue. Diner’s Club Magazine confers its “Visionary of the Year” award on Gerd-R. Lang. Move into Bavaria’s first wristwatch factory in December.

2007: 1st place “Golden Balance/International Watch Award” by Uhrenmagazin, Ebner Publishers and Focus Online for the “Chronoscope” model, 5th place for the “Timemaster Day + Night” model, 8th place for the “Perpetual Calendar” model and 5th place for the “Répétition à Quarts” model.

2008: 3rd place “Golden Balance/International Watch Award” by Uhrenmagazin, Ebner Publishers and Focus Online for the “Grand Régulateur”, 3rd place for the “Répétition à Quarts”, 4th place for the “Perpetual Calendar” and 5th place for the “Imperia”.

2012: The Swiss entrepreneurial family Ebstein (Oliver Ebstein and his wife Eva Maria) acquires the assets of Chronoswiss from founder Gerd-Rüdiger Lang. Oliver Ebstein will be the new CEO. Founder Gerd-Rüdiger Lang will continue to support the company also in the future.

2013: Chronoswiss celebrates its thirtieth anniversary and creates a new limited edition of the Régulateur – the Régulateur 30. Chronoswiss presents Artist’s Collection, a watch line characterized by craftsmanship that is created exclusively in the brand’s own workshop in Lucerne.

Official website: http://www.chronoswiss.com

DELMA CAYMAN

Swiss watch brand Delma presents Cayman, a diving watch inspired by the designs of 1970s. Named after Cayman Islands, a popular water sports and scuba diving destination in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, this new dive watch is available in automatic and quartz versions.

The bright colors of DELMA’s new Cayman are directly inspired by these seascapes where deep blue of the sea is elegantly combined with bright red reefs and the lustrous silver sparkle of light meeting the water.

The classic vintage style of the Cayman pays tribute to the divers’ watches Delma produced in the 1970s, with its quintessential diver bezel and sunray-brushed dial with date indicator at 3 o’clock. Its imposing crown and luxurious Milanese steel bracelet give it a decidedly distinguished look.

The stylish quartz Cayman is water resistant to 200m with a DELMA engraved screwed case back. The luxurious automatic model is water resistant to 500m and reveals the decorated movement and the DELMA customized rotor through a transparent case back. The watch is equipped with a unidirectional bezel and a clearly legible dial with luminescent hands and indexes.

Technical details

Model: DELMA Cayman

Case & Dial
The Cayman features sleek 42mm stainless steel case in diameter with a domed sapphire crystal and is 13.3 mm thick in automatic, 11 mm in quartz resp.The elegant sunray-brushed dial is available in black, blue or silver with easy-to-read luminescent indexes and hands.
Water-resistance: Quartz version water resistant to 200 meters / 660 ft. Automatic version water resistant to 500m / 1650ft

Movement
Available in automatic (ETA 2824) and quartz version (ETA F06.111) with central hour, minute and seconds hand and date at 3 o’clock
The transparent case back of the automatic version showcases the decorated movement and the DELMA custom rotor

Bezel
The unidirectional rotating bezel with luminous marker of the Cayman is easy to handle. It offers accurate reading of diving times. The Cayman is available with a black, blue or red aluminum diver bezel

Bracelet
Genuine leather strap with stainless steel buckle or Milanese steel bracelet with folding clasp

Box
Blue Delma designed leather box

Retail price
Automatic version on leather strap (CHF 990.-)
Automatic version on Milanese mesh steel bracelet (CHF 1150.-)
Quartz version on leather strap (CHF 550.-)
Quartz version on Milanese mesh steel strap (CHF 700.-)

Oris Divers Sixty-Five, New Model with Deep Green Dial

The latest addition to the Oris Divers Sixty-Five collection has a deep green dial, a colour that recalls the greenly-blue hues of the world’s oceans and beautifully complements the bronze outer ring of the watch’s bezel.

As with sister watches in the same family, this 42mm version of the Divers Sixty-Five has a vintage look but comes with all the advances of contemporary watchmaking.

It has a stainless steel case, a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel, a Swiss Made automatic mechanical movement, hands and indexes coated in light old radium Super-LumiNova, and a hard-wearing brown leather strap.

Technical details

Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4357

Case
Material: Multi-piece stainless steel and bronze case
Size: 40.00 mm, 1.575 inches
Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, special engravings, screwed
Operating Devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Water Resistance: 10 bar/100 m
Interhorn Width: 21 mm

Movement
Number Oris 733, base SW 200-1
Dimensions: Ø 25.60 mm, 11 1/2’’’
Winding: Automatic winding, with red rotor
Power-Reserve: 38 hours
Vibrations: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Jewels: 26

Functions
Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second

Dial
Deep green, curved dial with applied rose gold PVD plated indices. Rose gold PVD plated hour, minute and seconds hands dial
Luminous Material: Indices and hands filled with SuperLumiNova® Light Old Radium
Indices: Applied

Strap/Bracelet
Brown leather strap or stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel buckle

Availability
April 2019

Swiss retail price
CHF 1,950

Baume & Mercier Classima Lady Collection, New Models

Swiss luxury watch brand Baume & Mercier presented eight Classima Lady steel watches at SIHH 2019. With new dials and sizes, and with quartz and automatic movements, the collection has been designed to offer every woman her ideal timepiece. Two jewelled models with mother-of-pearl dial and diamond-set case are now being added to enhance the collection.

The Classima Lady line is defined by its elegant simplicity. This year, 27 mm and 34 mm diameter versions are joining the existing 31 mm models. Each one features the classic hours and minutes functions as well as a date display at 3 o’clock on the dial. All are mounted on a five-row stainless steel bracelet featuring a triple folding clasp with security push-pieces.

Baume & Mercier Classima Lady watch

Automatic Classima Lady
Attention to detail in the design gives each timepiece a unique identity. The automatic watches are instantly recognisable with their Roman numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. They also feature a transparent sapphire case back through which the movement can be admired. There are beautifully feminine models with silver-plated dial and refined circular-grained minute track, as well as models with mother-of-pearl dial and diamond hour-markers.

Diamond-Set Classima Lady
Capturing the essence of femininity, this timepiece showcases a radiant dial in white mother-of pearl enhanced by a diamond-set bezel. The Diamond-Set Classima Lady comes in a 31 mm case and is available in a quartz or automatic version. The automatic model features an elegant minute track that complements the dial.

References
Classima 27 mm white quartz: 10489
Classima 27 mm diamond-set mother-of-pearl quartz: 10490
Classima 27 mm silver-plated automatic: 10492
Classima 27 mm diamond-set mother-of-pearl automatic: 10493
Classima 31mm mother-of-pearl quartz with diamond-set bezel: 10478
Classima 31mm mother-of-pearl automatic with diamond-set bezel: 10479
Classima 34 mm silver-plated automatic: 10495
Classima 34 mm diamond-set mother-of-pearl automatic: 10496

Technical details

Model: Classima 27 Mm White Quartz, Reference: M0A10489

Baume et Mercier Classima Ladies watch M0A10489
Baume et Mercier Classima M0A10489

Movement
Quartz (Ronda 784)
Functions: H/M, date

Case
Round
Diameter: 27 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Polished stainless steel
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Full case back
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Dial
White
Roman numerals and indexes

Bracelet
Polished stainless steel
Clasp: Triple folding clasp with security push-pieces

Model: Classima 27 Mm Diamond-Set Mother-Of-Pearl Quartz, Reference: M0A10490

Baume et Mercier Classima Ladies watch M0A10490
Baume et Mercier Classima M0A10490

Movement
Quartz (Ronda 784)
Functions: H/M, date

Case
Round
Diameter: 27 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Polished stainless steel
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Full case back
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Dial
Mother-of-pearl dial
Roman numerals and diamond-set indexes (9 brilliant cut diamonds, 0.02 ct, Top Wesselton, VS quality)

Bracelet
Polished stainless steel
Clasp: Triple folding clasp with security push-pieces

Model: Classima 27 mm Silver-Plated Automatic, Reference: M0A10492

Baume et Mercier Classima Ladies automatic watch M0A10492
Baume et Mercier Classima M0A10492

Movement
Automatic (ETA 2671)
Jewels: 21
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vph)
Functions: H/M/S, date

Case
Round
Diameter: 27 mm
Thickness: 9 mm
Polished stainless steel
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire crystal case back
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Dial
Silver-colored
Roman numerals and indexes

Bracelet
Polished stainless steel
Clasp: Triple folding clasp with security push-pieces

Model: Classima 27 mm Diamond-Set Mother-Of-Pearl Automatic, Reference: M0A10493

Baume et Mercier Classima Automatic ladies watch with mother of pearl dial M0A10493
Baume et Mercier Classima M0A10493

Movement
Automatic (ETA 2671)
Jewels: 21
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vph)
Functions: H/M/S, date

Case
Round
Diameter: 27 mm
Thickness: 9 mm
Polished stainless steel
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire crystal case back
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Dial
Mother-of-pearl
Roman numerals and diamond-set indexes (8 brilliant cut diamonds, 0.02 ct, Top Wesselton, VS quality)

Bracelet
Polished stainless steel
Clasp: Triple folding clasp with security push-pieces

Model: Classima 31 mm Mother-Of-Pearl Quartz with Diamond-Set Bezel, Reference: M0A10478

Baume et Mercier Classima Ladies quartz watch with mother of pearl dial M0A10478
Baume et Mercier Classima M0A10478

Movement
Quartz (Ronda 704)
Functions: H/M, date

Case
Round
Diameter: 31 mm
Thickness: 5.95 mm
Diamond-set polished stainless steel (48 brilliant-cut diamonds Top Wesselton, VS quality, 0.23ct)
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Full case back
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Dial
Mother-of-pearl
Roman numerals and indexes

Bracelet
Polished stainless steel
Clasp: Triple folding clasp with security push-pieces

Model: Classima 31 mm Mother-Of-Pearl Automatic With Diamond-Set Bezel, Reference: M0A10479

Movement
Automatic (ETA 2892)
Jewels: 21
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vph)
Functions: H/M/S, date

Case
Round
Diameter: 31 mm
Thickness: 8.25 mm
Diamond-set polished stainless steel (60 brilliant-cut diamonds Top Wesselton, VS quality, 0.29 ct)
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire crystal case back
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Dial
Mother-of-pearl
Roman numerals and indexes

Bracelet
Polished stainless steel
Clasp: Triple folding clasp with security push-pieces

Model: Classima 34 mm Silver-Plated Automatic, Reference: M0A10495

Movement
Automatic (ETA 2892)
Jewels: 21
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vph)
Functions: H/M/S, date

Case
Round
Diameter: 34 mm
Thickness: 8.15 mm
Polished stainless steel
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire crystal case back
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Dial
Silver-colored
Roman numerals and indexes

Bracelet
Polished stainless steel
Clasp: Triple folding clasp with security push-pieces

Model: Classima 34 mm Diamond-Set Mother-Of-Pearl Automatic, Reference: M0A10496

Baume et Mercier Classima M0A10496 automatic lady watch with mop dial
Baume et Mercier Classima M0A10496

Movement
Automatic (ETA 2892)
Jewels: 21
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vph)
Functions: H/M/S, date

Case
Round
Diameter: 34 mm
Thickness: 8.15 mm
Polished stainless steel
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire crystal case back
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Dial
Mother-of-pearl
Roman numerals and diamond-set indexes (8 brilliant cut diamonds, Top Wesselton, VS quality, 0.03 ct)

Bracelet
Polished stainless steel
Clasp: Triple folding clasp with security push-pieces

Franck Muller Geneve Imperial Tourbillon

The Imperial Tourbillon from Franck Muller is characterised by its high visibility. It is, so to speak, ‘suspended’ at the same level as the dial. In contrast to more traditional tourbillons, the Imperial tourbillon does not need to be guided by a visible bridge from the dial side.

Its extreme originality lies in the fact that it is only held by a single pivot resting on a bridge inside the movement. Thanks to this technique, the person wearing this timepiece is entranced by the somersaults of a tourbillon without any form of attachment.

Franck Muller Geneve Imperial Tourbillon

One issue related to tourbillons is that while they function well when the power supply is strong, as torque on the gear train diminishes and power reserve wanes, the accuracy of the tourbillon can become affected. That is because a tourbillon represents a heavier mechanism for the gear train to drive as compared to a simple escapement.

Franck Muller Geneve Imperial Tourbillon watch

For this reason, many watchmakers have attempted to create constant-force devices to isolate the quality of power impulsing the tourbillon from the variable waxing and waning power supply contained in the mainspring. Thus, Franck Muller’s standard tourbillon utilizes a design different from the majority of commercially produced tourbillons.

Franck Muller Geneve Imperial Tourbillon

In most tourbillons, the third wheel of the gear train drives the pinion of the tourbillon cage. However, as power supply diminishes and quality of power lessens, this diminishment can actually be amplified by the tourbillon. In Franck Muller tourbillons, instead of engaging the pinion of the cage using the third wheel, the watchmakers engage the exterior of the cage using an intermediate pinion.

Franck Muller Geneve Imperial Tourbillon watch rose gold

The theory behind the superiority of driving the tourbillon from the exterior of the cage rather than from its pinion is related to leverage. Take, for instance, a merry-go-round that is at rest. If you try to turn it from the center, it is very difficult and it makes a big difference if you are strong or weak.

But if you move to the outside of the merry-go-round and push it from its perimeter, the leverage allows you to turn it with very little force. Whether you feel weak or strong, you do not have to exert much energy. This is the same for the tourbillon; if you turn it from the exterior, it is not affected by reductions in torque from the mainspring, but if you turn it from the center, it is.

Franck Muller Geneve Imperial Tourbillon

Franck Muller’s tourbillons are characterized by the use of a flying tourbillon design where the entire weight of the tourbillon is supported by the pinion of the cage. Thus, there is absolutely no upper bridge to obscure what is the most viewing pleasure in all of horlogerie.

Technical details

Model: Franck Muller Geneve Imperial Tourbillon, Reference: 8880 T

Case
18K rose gold
Width: 39.6 mm x Length: 55.4 mm x Height: 11.8 mm
Water resistant up to 30 meters

Functions
Hours and minutes, optional second on tourbillon
Winding crown in 2 positions

Movement
Mechanical Tourbillon with manual winding
Width: 25 mm x Length: 30 mm x Height : 5.30 mm
18’000 vibrations / hour
60 hours power reserve
191 components
21 jewels
Côtes de Genève, circular graining, hand beveling.

Dial
Sun-stamped white lacquered dial and Arabic numerals

Strap
Hand-sewn alligator

Franck Muller Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Bi-Retro

Perfectly combining ancestral tradition with technique, the Perpetual Calendar watch complication by Franck Muller displays day, date, month, leap years and the moon phase, and it needs no correction until the year 2100.

A multi-complication model in the Franck Muller’s Perpetual Calendars line, the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Bi-Retro watch features a perpetual calendar, a chronograph and many retrograde indications. Attention to detail and sense of perfection are perfectly demonstrated in these beautiful timepieces, thanks to their hand-crafted movements and breath-taking dial.

Franck Muller Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Bi-Retro

This large watchmaking complication is available in the Round Classics versions, the emblematic Cintrée Curvex™ and in the Long Island line.

 

Its sun-lacquered guilloché dial, a feature of the brand, is enhanced with directive numerals which have turned Franck Muller watches into instantly-recognisable timepieces.

Technical details

Model: Franck Muller Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Bi-Retro, Reference 9880 CC QP B

Case
18K rose gold
Width: 43.3 mm x Length : 60.5 mm x Height : 12.9 mm
Water resistant up to 30 meters

Functions
Hours, minutes, 24 hours, days of the week, months, year
Perpetual calendar with moon phases
2 positions winding-stem
4 correctors for the date, days, months, year and moon phases

Movement
Self-winding mechanical movement
Ø 25.6 mm x Height: 3.6 mm
21’600 vibrations/ hour
45 Hours Power Reserve
362 Components
Hand-engraved, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, hand chamfered

Dial
Sun-stamped translucent lacquered and black with Arabic numerals

Strap
Hand-sewn alligator

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Collection – Cat’s Eye Majestic Aventurine, Cat’s Eye Celestial Aventurine and Cat’s Eye Tourbillon Aventurine

Offering variations on the theme of its iconic Cat’s Eye, the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux presents three new creations exuding a resolutely sophisticated aura. The depth of their aventurine glass dial irresistibly evokes the Island of Murano. The Cat’s Eye Majestic, Celestial and Tourbillon models with their aventurine dial speak of a splendid golden age and creative inspiration that consistently delivers its very best.

Cat’s Eye Majestic Aventurine

The graceful charm of its dainty curves makes oval the epitome of femininity. A dial never so truly deserves its name as the ‘face’ of the watch as when it features such an elliptical shape. On the new Cat’s Eye Majestic, the oval is arranged vertically and beautifully extended by the tapering lugs. The pink gold case set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds ennobles the enigmatic dial, extending an enticing invitation to be won over the benevolent forces of the night. Its seductive colour hovering between blue and black further accentuates the mystery. The fascinating golden inclusions sparkle like remote yet dazzling stars. Adorning the pink gold oval ring subtly reinforcing the shape of the dial itself, a shower of 24 drop-shaped diamonds heralds the hours dedicated to dreams.

Above and beyond its role as an object of contemplation, since no one can resist the captivating sight of aventurine glass, the Cat’s Eye Majestic displays the hours and minutes thanks to a mechanical self-winding movement endowed with a 46-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal case-back provides a chance to admire this in-house movement adorned according to the high standards cherished by Girard-Perregaux, notably illustrated by the gold oscillating weight bearing the “GP tapestry” motif.

Technical details

Cat’s Eye Majestic

Case
Material: pink gold
Dimensions: 40 x 34.7 mm
Dial: aventurine
Caseback: sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)

Gemsetting
Case: 60 brilliant-cut diamonds ~1 ct
Dial: aventurine with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds: ~0.075 ct
Total: 84 diamonds ~1.075 cts

Movement
Reference: GP03300-0121, mechanical self-winding
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)
Number of jewels: 27
Number of components: 199
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Functions: hours, minutes

Strap
Midnight blue alligator leather strap secured by a pink gold folding clasp

Reference
80493D52A1827CK4A

Cat’s Eye Celestial Aventurine

The horizontal oval of the Cat’s Eye Celestial lends a radiant expression to the watch.  It graciously welcomes a moon phase that is sophisticated on both aesthetic and mechanical levels. This generously proportioned complication is highlighted by a hand-polished mother-of-pearl and aventurine glass dial. In tiny pointillist-style touches, the various elements are carefully adjusted to as to vanish and merge into this allegory of femininity.

For the woman wearing the Cat’s Eye Celestial, it is essential to be in harmony with the Earth’s graceful satellite, in touch with her feelings, and confident in handling this crown-adjustable horological complication whose accuracy is such that it requires just one correction every 360 years.

The heavenly vault is the kingdom of the moon, vividly embodied in the aventurine – surrounding the complication as well as on the disc bearing the mother-of-pearl moon – which lends incredible depth to the tableau. The sparkling inclusions reflect the radiance of the diamonds symbolising the hours. The Cat’s Eye Celestial is powered by a proprietary movement entirely designed, developed, produced and finished in keeping with the Fine Watchmaking traditions.

Technical details

Cat’s Eye Celestial

Case
Material: pink gold
Dimensions: 35 x 30.4 mm
Dial: aventurine
Caseback: sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)

Gemsetting
Case: 62 brilliant-cut diamonds ~0.80 ct
Dial: aventurine with 33 brilliant-cut diamonds: ~0.108 ct
Total: 95 diamonds ~0.908 ct

Movement
Reference: GP03300-0125, mechanical self-winding
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h – (4 Hz)
Number of jewels: 32
Number of components: 240
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, large moon phase

Strap
Midnight blue alligator leather strap secured by a pink gold folding clasp

Reference
80496D52A451-CK4A

Cat’s Eye Tourbillon Aventurine

In the sky portrayed on the night blue dial, the trail of baguette-cut diamonds evokes the shooting stars whose path one follows while making a wish. The result of great patience and dexterity, the gemsetting on this exceptional Cat’s Eye begins by selecting stones according to their quality as well as by decreasing size so as to ensure they fit perfectly together. This will determine the vivacity of the motif thus created, like a dazzling effect whose radiance is increased tenfold by the aventurine.

The flurry of baguette-cut diamonds continues along the bezel, accentuating the dainty curves of its oval shape, and then spilling onto the subtly elongated lugs. The silhouette of this watch is supremely elegant, ensuring a sleekly refined presence on the wrist. The couture tone is thus set and the gemset gold bow holding the tourbillon further contributes to transporting the observer into a realm where visual allure reigns supreme.

A major complication whose mission is to counteract the effects of gravity on a watch’s precision, the tourbillon has a head-spinning effect. The sight of its lyre-shaped rotating carriage is truly mesmerising, while the superb hand finishing applied to this tourbillon is equally fascinating for women sensitive to authentic horological substance. This expertise has been lavished on the entire hand-wound in-house movement, clearly signalling its place within the rarefied spheres of Fine Watchmaking. The one-of-a-kind Cat’s Eye Tourbillon is set with 6.20 cts of diamonds, right the way through to its flower-shaped crown adorned with a rose-cut diamond. Its presentation box is a palace in itself, while its ultimate meaning lies in the celebration of art and beauty.

Technical details

Cat’s Eye Tourbillon

Case
Material: white gold

Dimensions: 32 x 27 mm
Dial: aventurine
Glass: glareproofed upper sapphire crystal
Caseback: secured by four screws
Water resistance: 30 metres (3 ATM)

Gemsetting
Case: 54 baguette-cut diamonds ~3.50 cts
Crown: 1 diamond ~0.20 ct
Dial: aventurine set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds ~1.95 cts
Buckle: 7 baguette-cut diamonds ~0.55 ct
Total: 98 diamonds ~6.20 cts

Movement
Reference: GP09700-0015, mechanical manual-winding
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Number of jewels: 20
Number of components: 174
Power reserve: min. 70 hours
Functions: tourbillon, hours, minutes, small seconds on the tourbillon

Strap
Midnight blue alligator leather strap secured by a gemset white gold folding clasp

Reference
99490D53B1767CK4A

Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon

This meticulously engineered timepiece clearly reflects the expertise of the Research and Development team at Franck Muller and houses the world’s fastest tourbillon escapement.

Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon

Powered by four barrels, the tourbillon cage makes one full rotation every 5 seconds on a ceramic ball bearing. This translates to 12 rotations per minute, making it 12 times faster than the average tourbillons available in the market today.

Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon

The rotating frame is characterized by the patented FM escapement with a fixed escapement wheel and reversed anchor and balance wheel. The entirely in-house manufactured ‘Breguet hairspring’ further boosts this technical marvel.

Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon

The movement, completely designed and conceptualized in-house, makes 21’600 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of 50 hours. It is finished with a fine combination of engraving, rhodium plating, graining and hand-beveling.

Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon movement

The Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon™ is available in the 18-carat gold or black DLC Cintrée Curvex™ case.

Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon black dlc watch

Technical details

Model: Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon, Reference: 7889 T F SQT BR

Case
18K gold
Width: 49.6 mm x Length: 55 mm x Height: 13.7 mm
Water resistant up to 30 meters

Functions
Hours and minutes
2 positions: 1 – Manual winding and 2 – Time setting

Movement
Mechanical, Manual winding tourbillon, Four barrels
Width: 32.20 mm x Length: 38.40 mm x Height: 8.50 mm
One revolution in 5 seconds on ceramic ball bearing, patented Franck Muller escapement with fixed escapement wheel and reversed anchor, balance wheel with adjustment screws without index, in-house manufactured Breguet hairspring
21’600 vibrations / hour, 3 Hz
50 hours power reserve
248 components
Engraving, Rhodium plating, Circular graining, hand-beveling

Dial
Openwork movement with beveled bridges

Strap
Hand-sewn alligator strap

Franck Muller Revolution Series

The Revolution series of tourbillons from Franck Muller Watchland represents some of the most ambitious, radical and amazing achievements in the history of contemporary watchmaking.

Franck Muller Revolution 1

From the very beginning, Franck Muller understood the emotions that a swirling tourbillon bring to a watch owner. And emotion is the reason why Franck Muller produces mostly flying tourbillons, because without the top bridge you have a much clearer view of the tourbillon mechanism.

But even then, Franck noticed that tourbillon owners were always bringing their watches close to their eyes so they could peer inside this mechanical universe. He wondered if he could create a tourbillon that rose up out of the dial, so the owner could have a real view of the mechanics of the cage. He began experimenting with this idea and came up with an extraordinary mechanism, the Revolution 1.

By pushing the button on the left-hand side of the case, the tourbillon carriage rises up until it is scant microns from the sapphire-crystal top glass. Look from the side and you are able to see that the balance wheel is completely elevated above the level of the watch dial. The result is a view of this horological complication like never before.

Franck Muller Revolution 1 watch

Franck faced one challenge during the conception of the watch. The watch’s hands could be damaged by the tourbillon if they happened to be over the aperture when the button was pressed – for instance when at 6 o’clock.

So he decided to create a function that no matter where the hands were on the dial, they would leap to 12 o’clock to ensure that they were not in the way for the rising tourbillon cage.

But even more importantly, when you released the button, these hands must jump back to the correct time-telling position without losing even one second of accuracy. While this sounds straightforward enough, the underlying technical challenge was extreme.

Getting the hands to jump back to the correct time was far harder than simply causing the tourbillon to rise. Essentially what Franck did was create a system similar to the return function found in a split-seconds chronograph for each of the hands.

This is why the Revolution 1 was such a hard watch to develop because he had to essentially make two rattrapantes — one for each of the hands. Thus, for Franck Muller, the success of the ensuing Revolution 1 demonstrated the still untapped potential of redeveloping the tourbillon for the contemporary consumer.

The acclaim achieved by Revolution 1 soon paved the way for what would become one of the definitive horological breakthroughs in the new millennium, the first-ever multi-axis tourbillon wristwatch.

Technical details

Model: Franck Muller Revolution 1

Case
Platinum 950
Width: 35.3 mm, Length: 48.7 mm, Height: 11.6 mm

Functions
Hours and minutes

Movement
Manually-wound mechanical movement
Flying tourbillon
Dimensions: 22.90mm x 31.00mm and Height: 7.50mm
60 hours power reserve
18’000 vibrations/ hour
299 components
Hand-engraved with an Art Deco motif, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, hand-chamfered

Dial
Sun-stamped translucent lacquered dial with Luminova numerals

Strap
Hand-sewn alligator

Franck Muller Revolution 2: The Double Axis Tourbillon

The tourbillon is the most richly researched, lavishly praised and universally revered complication in high watchmaking. It consists of a cage in which all the regulator organs of the mechanical watch, including the balance, the hairspring and the escapement, are placed. It then rotates once upon its own axis every 60 seconds to average out the errors caused by gravity on these components when the watch is in the vertical positions.

Franck Muller Revolution 2: The Double Axis Tourbillon

Since it was designed for the pocket watch, the “classical” tourbillon can only compensate for the negative influences of gravity in its vertical position. Therefore, after numerous months of research and development, Franck Muller unveiled the Revolution 2, the wristwatch counterpart to the tourbillon.

The Revolution 2 revolves around two axes and thus compensates for the effect of gravity not only in the vertical position but also in the horizontal position. This for the first time gave an all-new relevance to the tourbillon in a wristwatch form.

Technical details

Model: Franck Muller Revolution 2

Case
Platinum 950
Width: 35.5 mm, Length: 48.7 mm, Height: 12.3 mm

Functions
Hours and minutes

Movement
Manually-wound mechanical movement
Bi-axial Tourbillon
Seconds carriage revolving in 1 minute
Middle carriage revolving in 8 minutes
31.15mm x 37.45 mm and Height: 2.25mm
70 hours power reserve
18’000 vibrations/ hour
259 components
Hand-engraved with an Art Deco motif, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, hand- chamfered

Dial
Sun-stamped, translucent lacquered dial with Arabic numerals

Strap
Hand-sewn alligator

Franck Muller Revolution 3

The tourbillon was designed for the pocket watch and so for a vertical position. With a wristwatch, however, the average position may vary considerably depending on the wearer’s movements and this, in turn, can give rise to significant variations in running.

Thus, in 2004, after years of development, Franck Muller revolutionised the watchmaking industry by making the very first tri-axial tourbillon in the world. Franck Muller engineers have gone even further Revolution 2 and have truly created a masterpiece. The Revolution 3 offers an exceptional technical spectacle as well as emotions only to be found at Franck Muller.

This triple axis Tourbillon corrects the forces of gravity in all positions, contrary to a classic one which only compensates when the wristwatch is in vertical position. This stunning complication is the result of one of the most complex creations in Haute Horlogerie.

Franck Muller Revolution 3

This technical marvel compensates the effect of gravity thanks to its complex system of cages arranged as follows. The first one-minute cage rotates around its own axis, which is the centre of the balance wheel. The second cage rotates from top to bottom, or along the vertical axis.

This second tonneau-shaped cage completes a 360-degree rotation once every eight minutes. Finally, a third cage rotates from left to right, or along the horizontal axis, and completes a full revolution once every hour.

Franck Muller Revolution 3

Power flows from the gear train through all three cages to impulse the balance wheel five times each second. As the Revolution 3 has three cages, there is much resistance for the gear train to overcome.

Franck Muller Revolution 3 watch

The watch needs abundance of good energy to drive this triple-axis tourbillon so, Franck Muller has created a massive 10-days’ supply of power.

Franck Muller Revolution 3 watch with tri-axial tourbillon

And as with the Revolution 2, there are two retrograde indications for the eight-minute cage as well as the 60-second cage’s progression.

Technical details

Model: Franck Muller Revolution 3

Case
Platinum 950 or 18 carat gold
Width: 41.2 mm x Length: 55.5 mm x Height: 15.5 mm

Functions
Hours and minutes

Movement
Manually-wound mechanical
Tri-axial Tourbillon
First cage revolving in 60 seconds
Second cage revolving in 8 minutes
Third cage revolving in 1 hour
34.73 mm x 41.40 mm and Height: 16.60 mm
10 days power reserve
18’000 vibrations/ hour 315 components
Hand-engraved with an Art Deco motif, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, hand- chamfered

Dial
Sun-stamped, translucent lacquered dial with arabic numerals

Strap
Hand-sewn alligator

Franck Muller Evolution 3-1

So excellent were the chronometric results of the Revolution 3 triple-axis tourbillon, thanks to its healthy power supply as well as its logical multi-cage design, that Franck Muller realized that it might be possible to add further complications to this already titanic technical achievement.

Franck Muller Evolution 3-1

The Evolution 3-1 combines the incredible triple-axis tourbillon with Franck Muller’s retrograde perpetual calendar.

Franck Muller Evolution 3-1

There is something very beautiful about witnessing this complex turning of the tourbillon on three axes, and then to have the empirical functionality of the perpetual calendar.

Franck Muller Evolution 3-1

Observing this watch change over the end of the month, or in particular, at the end of the year, is a symphony of high complication achievement unlike any other.

Franck Muller Evolution 3-1

Technical details

Model: Franck Muller Evolution 3-1

Case
Platinum 950 or 18 carats gold
Width: 41.2 mm x Length: 55.5 mm x Height: 16.55 mm

Functions
Hours and minutes

Movement
Tri-axial Tourbillon
First cage revolving in 60 seconds
Second cage revolving in 8 minutes
Third cage revolving in 1 hour
34.73 mm x 41.40 mm and Height: 16.60 mm
10 days power reserve
18’000 vibrations/ hour 315 components
Hand-engraved with an Art Deco motif, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, hand- chamfered

Dial
Sun-stamped, translucent lacquered dial with arabic numerals

Strap
Hand-sewn alligator

Moritz Grossmann – Original Moritz Grossmann Pocket Watch (no. 2966), Original one-off piece

Featured here is the original Grossmann men’s pocket watch from the 19th century is encased in a gold savonette case. Its white enamel dial is decorated with black Roman numerals and blued pear-shaped hands. The lettering M. Grossmann i Dresden No. 2966 is hand engraved on the gold-plated movement on the back of the watch.

On the outer side of the spring cover is an engraved coat of arms and in the dust cover, the engraving with manufacturer’s signature can be admired: M. Grossmann, Glashutte in Sachsen with the additions anchor escapement, chronometer balance, 19 rubies and diamond and patent index.

The inside of the spring cover is decorated with a monogram of the owner at that time. His dedication to Henry P. Egleston January 1st 1872 is applied to the inside of the back cover.

It is a gilded, fully chatonised brass movement with 16-toothed pointed tooth escapement in gold. Under the balance cock with diamond endstone there is an oversized chronometer balance. On the ratchet wheel you can admire the three-band snailing finish typical of Grossmann.

Technical details

Moritz Grossmann, men’s pocket watch

Case
Savonette case gold
Engraved coat of arms on the outside of the spring cover
Monogram on inside of spring cover
Dedication on inside of back cover: “Henry P. Egleston
January 1st 1872”
Engraving on dust cover with manufacturer’s signature:
M.Grossmann Glashütte in Sachsen
Anchor escapement
Chronometer balance
19 rubies and diamond
Patent Index

Movement
Movement no.: 2966
Gold-plated brass movement engraved M. Grossmann i
Dresden No. 2966
Grossmann Uhren GmbH 11/2018 3/4
Gold lever, gold escape wheel, 16 teeth, pointed tooth escapement
Chronometer balance
Crown wheel and ratchet wheel made of sterro metal with three-band snailing
Fine regulation with screw
Diamond endstone

Dial
Enamel dial with Roman numerals
Hands Blued pear hands