OMEGA Museum Collection 2003 – Mechanical Chronograph with Tachymeter, Telemeter & Pulsometer

In addition to illustrating part of the brand’s history and showing the considerable potential of the OMEGA Museum, the Museum Collection meets a clear demand among collectors for historical timepieces from the company. The Museum Collection made its debut in 2001 with a re-edition of a 1938 pilot’s watch. The 2002 OMEGA Museum Collection model was a replica of the square-cased version of a calendar watch from 1951.

Introduced in 2003, the third watch in the collection is re-edition of a rare type of chronograph from 1945, a unusual watch with a tachymetric scale from 400km/h to 20km/h on the dial together with telemetric and pulsometric scales.

In keeping with the Museum Collection philosophy, this re-edition retains the same essential characteristics of the original, save for a few minor improvements to bring it up to the latest technological standards: a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, clearer markings on the dial, better quality leather for the strap and water resistance to 30 metres.

OMEGA Museum Collection 2003 - Mechanical Chronograph with Tachymeter, Telemeter & Pulsometer

The watch case retains the original 1945 diameter of 38.4mm, as well as its distinct look of the period: entirely satin-finished, with only the very smallest of polished areas on the bevels of the bezel and chronograph pushers. The crown also has the typically intricate grooved design of the period. The case back has a special museum limited edition inscription, as well as the limited-edition number, engraved on it.

The watch is driven by the OMEGA calibre 3200, a manual winding chronograph movement manufactured exclusively for OMEGA by Frédéric Piguet SA. This movement has a prestige column wheel mechanism to ensure precision operation of the chronograph functions and a power reserve of 55 hours when fully wound. Like all prestige OMEGA movements, its surfaces are finely finished with circular graining, Geneva wave décor, rhodium plating and gold-plated engravings.

OMEGA Museum Collection 2003 - Mechanical Chronograph with Tachymeter, Telemeter & Pulsometer

The black Opaline dial is adorned with gold feuille hands, a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock and continuous small seconds at 9 o’clock. It provides the backdrop for the various instrument scales in gold:

  • Tachymeter: The tachymeter is a standard feature of most high-end chronographs. However, whilst most tachymeters have a single scale reading down to 60, the OMEGA Museum Collection 2003 has three separate tachymeter scales (in yellow gold) that are graduated down to 20. The tachymeter can be used to calculate the speed of a vehicle by measuring the time taken to travel a reference distance of 1000 metres. Equally, the scale can be used to calculate the hourly output of a machine, for example: if the time taken to produce one item is measured, the tachymeter scale gives an immediate indication of how many such items the machine produces in one hour.
  • Telemeter: The telemetric scale (in red gold) allows calculation of the distance from the observer of an event that is both visible and audible. The best practical example of its use is in a thunderstorm: the chronograph button is pushed when a flash of lightning is seen and then stopped when the thunderclap is heard; the central chronograph hand pointing to the telemeter scale then indicates how far away the storm is from the observer in kilometres.
  • Pulsometer: This scale (in silver) is used to take a person’s pulse based on 15 beats. The chronograph is started on the first beat and stopped on the 15th; the pulsometer scale then indicates the heart rate in beats per minute.

Presented in a special Museum Collection gift box, this historical OMEGA timepiece is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap with satin finished buckle.

JORG HYSEK X – RAY

Introduced in 2003, the X – Ray model by Jorg Hysek marks a true success from both the technical and the aesthetic angle, right down to the finest details. Alongside a sophisticated, cambered case, the designer has given the entire movement a contemporary, high-tech look, including the bridges, gears and tourbillon cage.

A tinted sapphire crystal dial with an opening above the tourbillon subtly reveals the very heart of this creation. The hand wound mechanical tourbillon movement of this limited edition (ten watches per year) timepiece is meticulously hand decorated and engraved. It delivers a power reserve up to 100 hours.

JORG HYSEK X - RAY watch with hand wound mechanical tourbillon movement

Technical details

Movement
Hand-wound mechanical
Tourbillon, hand-decorated and engraved
100-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes

Case
750 (18C) white gold
Sapphire crystal and back

Dial
Tinted sapphire crystal, opening for the tourbillon

Strap
Black rubber, double clasp in gold

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection

Tempusvivendi originates in the golden era of artistic and technical horology of the eighteenth century. This period was not only renowned for some of the greatest horological inventions in history, but was also an epoch in which a watch combined valuable timekeeping properties with a high level of visual artistry and personal pleasure.

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection
American Eagle

The roots of the Tempusvivendi line from Thomas Prescher originate in the early part of the eighteenth century, the golden era of artistic and technical extravaganzas – a time when horologists were developing the first watches with retrograde indications as an alternative to the everyday circular dial.

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection
Crane

Retrograde displays are currently enjoying a great revival thanks to their clarity and extreme legibility. The hands move along a semi-circular arc; upon reaching 60 minutes or 12 hours, they spring back to the beginning and start all over again. Retrograde indicators are naturally used to present all kinds of information: date, months, days, temperature, barometric pressure, and much more.

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection
Dragon

In the second quarter of the eighteenth century, the montre en bras represented the second stage of this retrograde development. These types of watches saw retrograde indications combined with etched or cast figures, moving the extreme legibility of the retrograde indication into the world of visual and artistic representation. These early pieces often depicted people, animals and even fully developed scenes.

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection
Falcon

One extremity of the figure showed the minutes, while the other displayed the hours. For this reason, the montre en bras (literally «watch in arms») was also known as the bras en l’air, or «arms in the air,» and various technical types were developed. Some versions have the figure permanently in motion, always depicting the time.

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection
Geisha

Later, more advanced versions had the figures at rest, in a non-temporal state without indicating the time. When a button was pressed and held down, these figures showed the time on two retrograde scales. When the button was released, the figures returned to their resting state. These watches were a perfect example of how an artist combined legibility with beauty and personality in a fashion rarely seen today.

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection
Phoenix

Thomas Prescher has further developed this exquisite and currently rare concept by allowing the wearer the choice of having the figure continuously show the time or allowing it to simply remain in its non-temporal state until called upon. This is achieved through the use of a complicated and ingenious gearing system that he developed. After closely studying and researching many original bras en l’air pieces while restoring them, Thomas Prescher was able to construct his own version, creating a special mechanism.

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection
Russian Eagle

Thomas Prescher has always been specialized in the production of small series and custom-made watches to suit a client’s particular wish.

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection
Samurai

The Tempusvivendi line allows a variety of figures such as animals, human figures, symbols, emblems, and a great number of other subjects to be used. These can be created using any combination of engraving, enameling, and gem setting. Individual and unique timepieces are thus created, timepieces as one-of-a-kind as their owners. Each one, a work of art unto itself, tells its own story.

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Collection caseback view

Technical details

Highlights
Double retrograde indication of time
Continuously running display of minutes and jumping display of hours (temporal display)
Special device for switching between the figure displaying the time and being in a non-temporal resting position (activated by button in crown)

Movement
Diameter: 37 mm, including module
Height: 7 mm, including module
Winding: automatic
Power reserve: 40 hours
Number of jewels: 25 bearing jewels
Frequency: 28800 beats per hour (4Hz)
Escapement: Swiss lever escapement
Balance spring: flat hairspring
Shock protection: Incabloc
Decoration: completely hand-engraved and gold-plated
Rotor: 18-karat gold, completely hand-engraved

Displays
Jumping hours (retrograde), minutes (retrograde)
Each shown by one of the figure’s extremities on a semicircular scale

Case
Material: 18-karat gold
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 16.1 mm
Glass sapphire glass on front (convex) and on back (flat)
Crown contains button for activating time display
Water resistance 1 atm (10 meters)

Dial
Material: onyx or precious metal
Figure: 18-karat gold
Index plates: 18-karat gold
Name plates :18-karat gold

Strap
Hand-cut and –sewn alligator skin uppers and lowers
Buckle 18-karat gold

IWC Schaffhausen Grande Complication Watch Ref. 3770 (2003)

This is a watch of superlatives: 659 individual parts, including 71 jewels, an perpetual calendar, a perpetual moon phase display, a chronograph and a minute repeater.

The Grande Complication from IWC Schaffhausen qualifies as one of the most intricate mechanical wristwatches in the world. Its production is strictly limited: a maximum of 50 examples are built each year.

The exquisite mechanism of the Grande Complication (ref. 3770) is packaged only in fine cases made of 950-standard platinum or 18 ct.yellow gold. There are three dial variants, one in yellow gold and two in platinum, with a modified dial and hands. In these three variants, the hours and minutes are indicated by Dauphine-style hands in the same colour as the case, and the remaining seven hands are slender bar hands.

IWC Schaffhausen Grande Complication Watch Ref. 3770 (2003)The variation in yellow gold is highly refined. It has a silver-plated dial with golden indices. The silvered dial is now also available in a platinum case. Blue indices are used here as a visual contrast, and these harmonize beautifully with the blue small second and second stop hands and the hands of the minutes and hours counters. Both models are supplied with a black crocodile leather strap.

The colours of the third addition are very discreet. Here a black dial is combined with the lustrous shine of the platinum case. Even the moon phase display blends well into this harmony of colour.

The choice of a black crocodile leather strap, or perhaps the solid platinum bracelet with its fine links, was a matter for the personal taste of the purchaser.

GOLDPFEIL GENEVE – Tiroir Watch by Thomas Baumgartner

Created by Thomas Baumgartner for GOLDPFEIL GENEVE in 2003, this automatic ladies wristwatch has a patented fitting system which allows the movement to be “slid” into the case from the side. The finely engine-turned dial in solid silver is divided up by 12 diamond hour markers. The embedded crown emphasises the sobriety of the design. The original architecture of the curved case is echoed by the links of the bracelet in yellow gold.

GOLDPFEIL GENEVE - Tiroir Watch by Thomas Baumgartner

Technical details
Movement
Automatic, finely decorated

Functions
Hours, minutes

Case
750 (18C) polished yellow gold
Cambered sapphire crystal

Dial
Solid silver, horizontally engine-turned, set with 12 brilliants, baton hands without a visible pivot

Bracelet
Yellow gold

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra, Stainless Steel Case, 41 mm, Silvered Opaline Dial

Introduced in 2003, the Seamaster Aqua Terra models with the silvered opaline dial and  41mm diameter stainless steel case were produced in two different executions: with blued steel hour markers and hands or with red gold-plated hour markers and hands.

The Aqua Terra case combines classic design touches with unmistakable OMEGA traits, such as the tapered and facetted lugs with contrasting brushed and polished finishes. The classic theme continues with the unobtrusive dial, which has applied facetted triangular hour markers and an applied OMEGA symbol and name, as well as a simple polished bezel to complete the sober look.

Luminous points at the edge of the hour markers and luminous inserts on the Dauphine hands (with striking arrowhead indicators on the minute and central seconds hands) offer optimum legibility in all light conditions.

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra, Stainless Steel Case, 41 mm, Silvered Opaline Dial

A matching stainless steel bracelet with a sliding clasp and snap fastener or saddle-stitched dark brown alligator leather strap completes these two distinctive models in the collection. The Aqua Terra naturally remains a Seamaster at heart and is therefore fitted with a screw-in crown and case back that ensure perfect water resistance to a depth of 150 metres/500 feet.

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra, Stainless Steel Case, 41 mm, Silvered Opaline Dial

These Aqua Terra models are equipped with OMEGA’s exclusive Co-Axial Escapement calibre 2500. This self-winding movement has a meticulous finish of circular-graining, Geneva waves, polished and bevelled bridges, as well as rhodium-plated surfaces, and is certified as a chronometer by the official Swiss chronometer testing institute (COSC). The Calibre 2500 has a power reserve of 44 hours.

Furthermore, it uses the OMEGA free sprung-balance without index, which avoids the disturbing effects of contact between the balance-spring and the index pins and therefore ensures that the stability of rate offered by the Co-Axial Escapement is maintained over long periods of use. The Aqua Terra models with Co-Axial Escapement are also fitted with a transparent case back, revealing the unique movement for the first time.

Chopard – The Prince Charles Watch

Created in 2003 in honour of the Prince of Wales, this men’s watch marries the elegance of black with the sparkle of D-flawless diamonds. The double barrel with its superimposed movement provides a 65-hour power reserve.

This exclusive timepiece comes in two versions: case-middle set with brilliants and bezel set with trapeze diamonds, or case-middle and bezel set entirely with brilliants. This boutique edition was produced in limited series of 100 individually-numbered watches.

Chopard - The Prince Charles Watch

Technical details

Movement
Automatic L.U.C. 4.96 with off-centre microtor

Functions
Hours, minutes, 65-hour power reserve

Case
750 (18C) white gold
Two versions: case-middle set with brilliants and bezel set with trapeze diamonds, or case-middle and bezel set entirely with brilliants
Sapphire crystal

Dial
Black set with brilliants Set applique Arabic numerals
Coat of arms of HRH Prince Charles

Strap
Black crocodile, folding clasp in gold

OMEGA Speedmaster Day-Date Racing Limited Edition

Launched in 2003, the Limited Edition Speedmaster Day-Date Racing model celebrates Michael Schumacher’s historic fifth world championship driver’s title in the Formula 1 race. Michael Schumacher entered the Formula 1 history books in 2002 by equalling Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of 5 Formula 1 World Championship titles, which was established back in the 1950s.

The 2003 limited-edition OMEGA Speedmaster Day-Date Racing is, however, linked with motorsport by more than just its name and OMEGA’s ambassador Michael Schumacher. Its design traits clearly place it in the context of Formula 1 and thus offer the perfect collector’s piece for fans of this sport. The dial is made of high-tech carbon fibre, for example, which gives an immediate indication of the watch’s special character.

Another unique touch is the red outlining used for the RACING inscription, hour markers and dates on the dial. The ultimate limited-edition cachet is conferred by the special case back, which bears the inscription “WORLD CHAMPION 2002” in red and Michael Schumacher’s signature in black.

OMEGA Speedmaster Day-Date Racing Limited Edition

The same proven OMEGA calibre 1151 found in the standard Day-Date models is used in this limited-edition model, with day, month, date, hour, minute and continuous seconds display. The self-winding movement, which has a power reserve of 44 hours, also has a chronograph function displaying elapsed times to within ¼ of a second using the central chronograph hand.

Even the chronograph sub-dials at 12 o’clock (minutes) and 6 o’clock (hours) have an unmistakable F1 touch – the former incorporates the day and month displays with the Formula 1 race day, Sunday, highlighted in red, whilst the latter has a chequered flag background. The sub-dial at 9 o’clock comprises an additional arrowhead 24 hour hand (GMT) in addition to the usual continuous seconds hand. A separate central arrowhead hand points to the date on the 1 – 31 scale around the circumference of the dial.

OMEGA Speedmaster Day-Date Racing Limited Edition

The tachometric scale on the bezel allows the calculation of speeds from 60 to 500 km/h based on a 1000m reference distance. Equally important standard features of every Speedmaster are the water resistance guaranteed to a depth of 30 metres and the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment that protects the distinctive look of the resolutely sporty dial.

Production of this model, which is available exclusively with the stainless steel Speedmaster bracelet, was limited to 5,555 numbered units.

OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Moon Phase

Launched in 2003, the Speedmaster Professional Moon Phase retains the essential characteristics of the original Speedmaster models, such as the stainless steel case with tapered, facetted lugs and the stainless steel bezel with black aluminium ring and tachometer scale for calculating speeds or other units per hour.

The black dial, with luminous hour markers and hands, is also typical of the Speedmaster Professional, as are the chronograph counters at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock and the continuous small seconds display are 9 o’clock.

It is the presence of an additional sub-dial in the 12 o’clock position; however, that sets this watch apart from the standard Speedmaster Professional: it contains a moon phase display, with a silver moon in relief against a sky blue background and an additional hand which points to the date around the circumference of the moon phase sub-dial. As an extra touch of refinement, the classic Speedmaster Professional look is complemented by rhodium-plated steel rings surrounding the chronograph and small seconds counters.

OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Moon Phase

The OMEGA calibre 1866 movement provides the functions for this Speedmaster and, like the original Speedmaster Professional movement; it is a hand-wound chronograph calibre. In addition to the chronograph function to record elapsed times with an accuracy of 1/5th of a second, this movement can also display the date and the Moon’s 28-day cycle.

It has a 45-hour power reserve and its elegant, rhodium-plated finish can be admired behind the transparent sapphire crystal on the case back.

Surrounding the movement on the screw-in case back, which ensures water resistance to 50 metres, is an inscription that recalls the Speedmaster Professional’s heritage: “THE FIRST AND ONLY WATCH WORN ON THE MOON”.

The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Moon Phase is available with a matching stainless steel bracelet with safety fastening clasp or a black alligator leather strap with stainless steel foldover clasp.

Auguste Reymond Boogie

Introduced in 2003 by Auguste Reymond, the Boogie model is equipped with a Unitas manual calibre produced in the Sixties, which has been fully restored and decorated for a limited series of 999 watches. This pink gold timepiece features a silvered dial with grained finish with appliqué hour markers, small seconds at 6 o’clock, and date window at 3 o’clock. This model also comes in a steel version.

Auguste Reymond Boogie manual wound watch

Technical details

Movement
Mechanical, Unitas 6425 calibre

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
750 (18C) pink gold
Sapphire crystal
Transparent screw-down back

Dial
Silvered with grained finish, appliqué hour markers
Small seconds at 6 o’clock, date window at 3 o’clock

Strap
Ostrich, clasp in 750 (18C) pink gold

Other versions
Steel case

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OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Snoopy Edition

Launched in 2003, the Speedmaster Professional Snoopy Edition model celebrates OMEGA’s achievement of winning the Snoopy Award on 5 October 1970 in recognition of the crucial role that its Speedmaster chronograph played on the Apollo 13 mission.

OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Snoopy Edition

Snoopy was the watchdog for NASA’s prestigious manned flight awareness award and has been awarded to both to individuals and companies for outstanding efforts that contribute to the success of human space flight missions. The coveted award comprises a sterling silver pin, which has flown aboard the Space Shuttle, in the form of Snoopy wearing a space helmet and space suit. Recipients are also presented with a certificate and a letter of commendation, personally signed by an astronaut, citing the astronauts’ appreciation of their outstanding performance.

OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Snoopy Edition

Apollo 13 was to have been the third mission to land on the Moon, but an explosion in one of the oxygen tanks crippled the spacecraft during flight and the crew were forced to orbit the Moon to place the spacecraft on a free-return trajectory which would take them back to Earth. In order to conserve power for the return to Earth, the module was powered down except for environmental control.

As such, the only functioning timing device on board was the OMEGA Speedmaster, which the crew relied on to perform two operations: firstly to time ignition of the rockets to shorten the estimated length of the return to Earth and secondly to time ignition of the rockets to decrease speed and raise the flight path angle for re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. This second operation was crucial, since any mistake in the timing could have led to an incorrect entry angle and, as a result, potential disaster for the crew.

The classic Moon Watch retains the same look it had at the time of the Apollo programme – a polished stainless steel case with tapered and facetted lugs, steel bezel with black aluminium ring and tachometer scale and hesalite crystal. The matt black dial is also typical of the Speedmaster, together with the luminous hands and hour markers and 1/5th of a second graduations for the chronograph. The Speedmaster also has a screw-in case back that ensures it is water resistant to 30 metres.

The movement in this special edition Speedmaster Professional is OMEGA calibre 1861 a manual-winding chronograph movement with a power reserve of 45 hours. The hand-wound movement is perfect for use in outer space, since, unlike self-winding movements, it does not rely on the force of gravity (absent in the vacuum of space) for winding.  The OMEGA calibre 1861 is an advanced version of the original calibre 861, one of the masterpieces in watchmaking history.

OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Snoopy Edition

The limited-edition Snoopy Award version has the award patch inset in colour into the continuous seconds counter at 9 o’clock on the dial. The same colourful design, with its “Eyes on the Stars” motto, is reproduced on the watch’s special case back. A striking effect is achieved by both etching and painting the emblem on to a sapphire crystal case back, which adds an extra dimension to the colours against the light.

OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Snoopy Edition

The Snoopy edition Speedmaster Professional featuring stainless steel case and stainless steel bracelet was produced in a limited edition of 5441 numbered pieces, with the unusual number reflecting the elapsed time of the Apollo 13 mission: 142 hours, 54 minutes and 41 seconds.

CHOPARD L.U.C. 4T

Introduced in 2003, this is the first “L.U.C” watch equipped with a “L.U.C. 1.02″calibre with Tourbillon. The mechanical hand-wound movement with four barrels (L.U.C Quattro technology) ensures a power-reserve of 9 days.

Adjustment of daily rating is ensured by the rotation of small inertia-blocks on a patented “Variner” type balance. The precision of this model is guaranteed by the COSC chronometer certification, while the “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark testifies to the high level of finish of this exceptional creation.

CHOPARD L.U.C. 4T hand-wound tourbillon watch

The hour and minute hands as well as the power-reserve indication are in gold. The “one minute” tourbillon at 6 o’clock carries a blued steel seconds hand while the power-reserve is indicated over the arc of a circle positioned at 12 o’clock.

The watch was produced in two limited numbered series: 100 in 18ct rose gold and 100 in 950 platinum.

Technical details

Movement
Mechanical hand-wound, “L.U.C. 1.02” calibre with Tourbillon
COSC chronometer certification, “Poinçon de Genève”

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, power-reserve of 9 days

Case
950 platinum or 750 (18C) rose gold
Sapphire crystal and back

Dial
750 (18C) silvered or black gold
3 gold hands
Tourbillon and small seconds at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve at 12 o’clock

Strap
Hand-stitched crocodile leather in brown or black
Gold or platinum folding clasp

OMEGA Speedmaster Broad Arrow Michael Schumacher Limited Edition

The Speedmaster Broad Arrow Michael Schumacher Limited Edition was launched in 2003 to celebrate the motor racing star’s historic five world championship titles. In 2002, Michael Schumacher equalled the record five championship titles. Before him only one other Formula 1 driver had won five world championship drivers’ titles: Argentinean Juan-Manuel Fangio, who won the titles in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957.

The Speedmaster Broad Arrow Michael Schumacher Limited Edition pays tribute to Schumacher’s historical achievement.

The Speedmaster Broad Arrow is a fine example of a superlative chronograph, thanks to its exclusive OMEGA column-wheel chronograph movement, OMEGA calibre 3303. The column-wheel mechanism ensures precision operation of all the watch’s chronograph functions and its vertical coupling ensures that there is no delay in the start, stop and reset of the chronograph seconds hand and counters.

The calibre 3303 also uses OMEGA’s free sprung-balance without index, which offers better regulating stability. As a result, the self-winding movement, which has a power reserve of 55 hours, has obtained chronometer certification from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institue [Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, COSC].

OMEGA Speedmaster Broad Arrow Michael Schumacher Limited Edition

This prestige movement is housed in an equally prestigious case, finished in 18-carat red gold. The luxury theme continues with red gold accents distinguishing the watch’s look: brushed 18-carat red gold bezel with tachometer scale, applied 18-carat red gold hour markers on the dial, 18-carat red gold “Broad Arrow” hour and minute hands and red gold hands for the chronograph seconds and the sub-dials, which are outlined by rings.

The black dial (the traditional Speedmaster dial colour, as seen on the original Speedmaster Professional “Moon Watch”) displays the typical Broad Arrow configuration of 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and continuous seconds at 9 o’clock, with a red gold on black date window situated above the 6 o’clock hour marker.

The ultimate touch of personalisation on the dial is Michael Schumacher’s name written in red gold in lower-case letters on either side of the sub-dial at 6 o’clock.

References
Ref. 3159.50.00 Red gold on red gold with black dial
Ref. 3659.50.31 Red gold on black leather with black dial

CARL F. BUCHERER Patravi Chronograph Perpetual Calendar and Moonphases

In this exceptional complication timepiece, the chronograph combines a perpetual calendar with the phases of the moon, and its movement is framed by a robust and carefully-styled architecture. Introduced in 2003, this automatic timepiece created by CARL F. BUCHERER was limited to 125 numbered watches.

CARL F. BUCHERER Patravi Chronograph Perpetual Calendar and Moonphases

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, CFB 2159

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar, month, day, chronograph, moon phase

Case
750 (18K) white gold
Sapphire crystal and back
Screw-down crown and back
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Black, appliqué hour markers in white gold
Moon phase at 3 o’clock
3 multi-functional sub-dials

Strap
Louisiana crocodile, hand-sewn

Other versions
Version in pink gold, silvered dial

ALPINA Heritage Chronograph, Steel Version

Introduced in 2003, this stainless steel chronograph model from Heritage collection marks the perfect link between the past and the present of the brand Alpina. The imposing case, in the shape of a cushion, accommodates a high-precision, automatic movement.

The white enamel dial, which takes its inspiration from the Thirties, is distinguished by a tachometric scale with snailing, and counters set in hollows.

ALPINA Heritage Chronograph, Steel Version

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, telemeter, tachometer, 42-hour power reserve

Case
Steel, individually numbered
Cambered crystal, screw-down sapphire back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
White enamel

Bracelet/Strap
Hand-sewn brown or black leather, or steel

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ALPINA Startimer Chronograph, Stainless Steel Case, Black Enamel Dial

This automatic chronograph timepiece from century old Swiss watch brand Alpina comes in a stainless steel case designed to satisfy the needs of modern world. The black enamel dial boasts original details: big Arabic numerals, vertically-aligned counters, a tachometric scale and a play on colours.

A crown at 10 o’clock activates a day/night 24-hour display, while a supplementary hand shows a second time zone. The automatic movement that beats inside this timepiece has Côtes de Genève decoration and delivers 42 hours power reserve.

ALPINA Startimer Chronograph, Stainless Steel Case, Black Enamel Dial

Technical details

Movement
Automatic
Côtes de Genève decoration

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, second time zone, 24-hour, day/night display, tachometer, 42-hour power reserve

Case
Steel, individually numbered
Cambered crystal, screw-down sapphire back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Black enamel

Strap
Hand-sewn black or brown leather, or steel

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OMEGA De Ville Co-Axial 44mm, Red Gold (Ref. 4658.30.32 & Ref. 4660.20.32)

Introduced in 2003, the De Ville Co-Axial 44mm models in red gold offer a traditional and elegant interpretation of the classic big watch. Both models feature polished 18-carat red gold version of the De Ville Co-Axial case, with its classic lines and distinctive lugs inspired by the OMEGA models of the Fifties.

Both models boast traditional watchmaking design on their dials: the first is a limited-edition version with a white enamel dial adorned with 12 Arabic numerals painted in black and the limited-series number printed on the dial in red; the second has an opaline dial with 12 applied red gold hour markers, applied OMEGA symbol and name and a sequential number on the dial.

Both watches have the characteristic diamond-polished and facetted skeleton Alpha hands of the De Ville Co-Axial line, in 18-carat red gold with luminous Super Luminova inserts. The prestige look is completed by a blued-steel seconds hand and encased behind a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside.

OMEGA De Ville Co-Axial 44mm, Red Gold (Ref. 4658.30.32 & Ref. 4660.20.32)

This exclusive timepiece is rounded off by the medallion of the god of time, Chronos, stamped on the case back in relief.

The case back screws in to ensure water resistance to 100 metres, with an OMEGA double-gasket crown that keeps water out of the watch even when pulled out into the time-setting position.

Both models were offered exclusively with a brown alligator leather strap with an 18-carat red gold fold over clasp with pushbutton fastener. Production of the limited-edition model with the white enamel dial was strictly limited to 333 pieces, numbered on the dial from 001/333 to 333/333.

References
Ref. 4658.30.32 Red gold on brown leather strap, white enamel dial
Ref. 4660.20.32 Red gold on brown leather strap, opaline dial

CHOPARD Mille Miglia 2003

Introduced in 2003, this edition of the famous Mille Miglia chronograph is equipped with a tachometric scale engraved on the bezel for reading off the speed.

This stainless steel model is fitted with a sleek black leather strap with large holes that strengthens the bold character of this model. The COSC certified automatic chronometer movement has a power reserve of 40 hours. This chronograph is issued in a limited numbered series of 2003 pieces.

CHOPARD Mille Miglia 2003

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, certified chronometer (COSC)

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, 40-hour power reserve, tachometric scale

Case
Steel
Curved glare proofed sapphire crystal

Dial
Silvery
Hour-counter at 6 o’clock, minute-counter at 9 o’clock
Small seconds at 3 o’clock

Strap
Black barrenia leather

Other versions
Pink gold and white gold (limited numbered series of 250 each)

TISSOT Le Locle Luxury

Introduced in 2003, this automatic chronograph from Tissot houses a Valjoux movement and day and date displays. This exceptional mechanism is housed in a large stainless steel case surrounding an elegant, refined black or silvered dial.

This model marks a successful combination of sobriety and sophistication from both the technical and the aesthetic angle. The TISSOT Le Locle Luxury model boasts three chronograph subdials: at 12’o clock 30 minutes, at 9’o clock for small seconds, at 6’o clock for 12 hour, and the sub dial at 3’o clock houses the day and date window.

TISSOT Le Locle Luxury automatic chronograph watch

Technical details

Model: TISSOT Le Locle Luxury

Movement
Automatic Chronograph ETA 7750 Valjoux
25 rubies, 46-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, chronograph

Case
Steel
Diameter 42 mm
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Transparent back

Dial
Black or silver

Strap
Steel with safety clasp or leather

JORG HYSEK V-KING

Launched in 2003 by Jorg Hysek, the V-King timepiece heralded an aesthetic and technical revolution in the creative world of Swiss watchmaking. The case-middle slides out sideways, allowing the entire movement and dial to be introduced through the side of the case.

Two joints in black rubber placed between the two side plates, and eight six-sided screws, ensure that the watch is perfectly watertight. The integral steel bracelet highlights the powerful and innovative design of this model. The V-KING model is available with the choice of ETA 2824-2, Dubois Dépraz or Quartz movements.

JORG HYSEK V-KING automatic watch

Technical details

Movement
Automatic ETA 2824-2

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Steel
Sapphire crystal

Dial
Four Arabic numerals

Bracelet/Strap
Steel

Other versions
Three versions of case
Automatic Dubois Dépraz movements (small seconds at 6 o’clock, big date at 12 o’clock) or quartz
Versions set with stones

EBERHARD & Co. Postillon

Introduced in 2003, this timepiece in pink gold from the “8 jours” collection reflects Eberhard & Co tradition of fine watches. The special winding mechanism guarantees an eight-day power reserve, harmoniously displayed on the stylised dial.

EBERHARD & Co. Postillon manual/hand wound watch pink gold

Technical details

  • Movement: Hand-wound mechanical
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve
  • Case: 750 (18C) pink gold
  • Cambered sapphire crystal
  • Dial: White or black, pinkish appliqué Roman numerals
  • Power reserve at 9 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock
  • Strap: Black crocodile

Universal Genève Aero Tri-Compax

In 2003, Swiss watch brand Universal Genève introduced a limited edition mechanical chronograph watch that combines the complexity of the Tri-Compax with the signature of the Aero-Compax. Crafted from stainless steel case this timepiece houses the automatic caliber 99, which powers a number of functions such as day, date, month, chronograph, moon-phase and second time-zone. The crown positioned on the left allows the inner bezel to rotate, and a central hand with red U shaped tip indicates the date.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, Universal Genève 99 calibre
Officially certified chronometer

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day, month, chronograph, moon phase, second time zone

Case
Steel
Double crown
Rotating bezel
Sapphire crystal and back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Silvered, white, black or blue
Counters for 12 hours at 6 o’clock,
24 hours at 9 o’clock and
30 minutes at 12 o’clock

Strap
Leather

TISSOT Diver Seastar 1000 Automatic

With its highly resistant case, the Diver Seastar 1000 Automatic has been designed to accompany those exploring the depths of the sea down to a depth of 300 metres.

TISSOT Diver Seastar 1000 Automatic diving watch 2003

Introduced in 2003, this watch has a spherically domed crystal, reminiscent of a diver’s mask, and the diver engraved on the oscillating weight, visible through the glass porthole on the back of the case, signifies the performance offered by this watch.

Technical details

Model: TISSOT Diver Seastar 1000 Automatic

Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Steel
Unidirectional rotating bezel
Scratch-resistant spherically domed crystal
Transparent back
Screw-down crown
Water-resistant to 300 m

Dial
Black, navy blue and silvered
Luminescent hour markers

Bracelet/Strap
Steel or rubber

Tissot Heritage 150 Years Limited Edition

This limited edition collection was launched in 2003 to mark 150th anniversary of Tissot. This special edition automatic chronograph, produced in platinum, gold, steel, and gold/steel versions, is inspired by one of its most prestigious watches dating from 1946.

Tissot Heritage 150 Years Limited Edition 2003

The back, engraved in 19th-century style, incorporates two openings to reveal the gilt oscillating weight marked with the dates 1853 and 2003. The COSC-certified automatic movement is finished with Côtes de Genève decoration.

Technical details

Model: Tissot Heritage 150 Years Limited Edition

Movement
Automatic, COSC-certified chronometer
37 rubies, 42-hour power reserve
Côtes de Genève decoration

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, tachometer

Case
Platinum, gold, steel, and gold or steel in numbered limited editions
Cambered crystal

Dial
Silvered

Strap
Genuine crocodile leather, folding clasp

Other versions
Three-hand chronometer with an engraved, transparent back and decorated movement in a limited edition

Chronoswiss Répétition à quarts – The World’s First Wristwatch with Quarter-Hour Repetition

In 2003, Gerd-Rüdiger Lang unveiled Chronoswiss Répétition à quart, the world’s first wristwatch with quarter-hour repetition.

A push of the pusher at the “10” position suffices to hear the tone of precious time exactly to every 15 minutes in this collection piece. When it launched, it was the world’s only wristwatch with the quarter-hour repetition functionality.

Chronoswiss Répétition à quarts - The World's First Wristwatch with Quarter-Hour Repetition

The Chronoswiss Répétition à quarts was developed in close cooperation of well-known mechanical experts. Alongside the Munich-based watch manufacturer, Chronoswiss, which contributed the manufactory’s own exclusive automatic Caliber C.126, the renowned manufacturer of complicated pieces, Dubois-Dépraz from the remote Vallée de Joux, participated in the development of this mechanical marvel.

Chronoswiss quarter repeater watch

Dubois-Dépraz supplied the fine repeater module E94 (all-or-nothing safety device) with eight jewels and a diameter of 28 millimeters. One little hammer strikes its gong to ring out the number of hours (“ding”), then two little hammers strike against two meticulously tuned gongs to ring out the number of quarter-hours (“ding-dong”).

Very specially shaped hands, so-called “Breguet Conique Squelette,” were chosen for this unusual model. These hands are available only from Chronoswiss.

Technical details

Model: Chronoswiss Répétition à quarts

References
CH 1640, platinum (95g) limited edition (99 pieces)
CH 1641, 18ct. gold (75g)
CH 1641 R, 18ct. red gold (75g)
CH 1641 W, 18ct. white gold (75g)
CH 1643, steel
CH 1643 co, steel, copper dial
CH 1641 R bk
CH 1643 bk

Displays
Sweep hour and minute
Small second

Case
Massive 25-part case, pusher and crown massive in the material of case, ø 40 mm, height 13,80 mm, smoothed and polished dial, Screwed-in, polished bezel with non-reflective sapphire crystal, Screwed-in bottom with full thread and non-reflective sapphire crystal, Turnip crown, repeater pusher at the “10” position, Screwed-in lugs with patented Autobloc System, water-resistant to 3 atm (30 m)

Movement
Manufacture Caliber C. 126 Movement ø 26,80 mm (11 3/4”’), 30 Jewels, shock absorber Incabloc, fine Regulation for index with excenter, 35 hours power reserve, 3 Hz., 21.600 A/h vibrations per hour (vph), individually numbered

Specialties
Automatic repeater with small second, (all or nothing safety), hour- and quarter-repeater

Module
Striking-work module E 94 (Dubois-Depraz), reserved especially for Chronoswiss. Dial-side mounted, ø 28 mm, height 8,35 mm, 8 Jewels, Quarter-hour repetition with “all-or-nothing” safety device, Repeater on two gongs beat

Dial
Massive 925 Sterling-Silver dial, painted, blue-varnished steel hands, Shape: Breguet Conique Squelette

Frederique Constant Highlife Moonphase Chronograph

Introduced in 2003, this multifunction chronograph boasts a sophisticated automatic movement housed in an elegant, rounded stainless steel case. The hours are indicated by big, patented Arabic numerals and leaf hands in tarnished steel. Another hand points to the date around the edge of the dial. The brand emblem, in solid gold at 3 o’clock, similarly decorates the centre of the dial. The automatic, FC-395 movement offers a power reserve of 42 hours.

Technical details
Movement
Automatic, FC-395
Côtes de Genève decoration

Functions
Hours, minutes, date, chronograph, phases of the moon, 42-hour power reserve

Case
Stainless steel, individually-numbered
Convex crystal, screw-down sapphire back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Silvered
30-minute counter at 12 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Moon phase at 6 o’clock

Strap
Hand-sewn ostrich or steel

Frédérique Constant Highlife Heart Beat Retrograde 2003

Launched in 2003, this Highlife Heart Beat Retrograde model features an elegant black dial, highlighting the famous circular opening through which the balance can be admired. The brand emblem, in solid gold at 3 o’clock, similarly decorates the centre of the dial, adding both are fined touch and personality to this model. The intricately decorated movement is visible through the sapphire back.

Technical details
Movement
Automatic, FC-680
Côtes de Genève decoration

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds,42-hour power reserve

Case
Steel, individually numbered
Convex crystal, screw-down sapphire back
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Black, Arabic numerals
30-seconds retrograde display at 6 o’clock

Strap
Hand-sewn ostrich, or steel

Frédérique Constant Highlife Heart Beat Day-Date 2003

Introduced in 2003, this model from Frédérique Constant’s Highlife line boasts a case in pink gold confirming the increasingly upmarket image of this Geneva brand. The elegant dial, punctuated with exclusive Arabic numerals, has a finely-engraved day/date indicator and reveals its skeleton balance at 12 o’clock. The brand emblem, in solid gold at 3 o’clock, similarly decorates the centre of the dial. The movement is visible through the sapphire back. This Highlife Heart Beat Day-Date model was produced in a limited series of 250 watches.

Technical details
Movement
Automatic, FC-610, 28 800 V/hour, 27 rubies
Côtes de Genève decoration

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day,
42-hour power reserve

Case

750 (18C) pink gold, individually numbered
Cambered, antiglare sapphire crystal, screw-down antiglare sapphire back
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Enamelled
Day-Date indicator at 6 o’clock
Heart-Beat window at 12 o’clock

Strap
Hand-sewn Louisiana crocodile, folding clasp in gold as an option

CORUM Admiral’s Cup 29

Introduced in 2003 and intended for feminine wrists, this timepiece bears all the distinctive features of the famous Admiral’s Cup design in a smaller diameter (29 mm): a case profiled like a ship’s rail and a dodecagonal bezel decorated with nautical pennants. The model similarly comes in a jewellery version with a set bezel.

Technical details
Movement
Automatic, 42-hour power reserve

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case

Steel
Antiglare cambered sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial

Black or silvered, luminescent hour markers and hands

Bracelet/Strap
Steel or steel and rubber, folding clasp

Other versions
Quartz movement

GEVRIL Soho Deluxe Limited Edition

GEVRIL Soho Deluxe is an elegant and sophisticated Swiss made automatic watch that incorporates a full calendar with poetic moon-phase complication. Its gold case takes inspiration from the designs of 1940s. The 25 jewels self-winding movement has a power reserve up to 40 hours and drives central hour, minute and seconds hands, pointed date hand, day and month indications on separate subdials and moonphase indication.

GEVRIL Soho Deluxe Limited Edition watch

The Soho Deluxe timepiece is available in a limited edition of 100 watches in gold. This watch is also available in steel version.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic GV 613, 25 rubies,
40-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month, moon phase

Case
750 (18C) gold
Sapphire crystal
Transparent back
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Engine-turned, silvered

Bracelet/Strap
Louisiana crocodile skin or gold

Other versions
Steel