Vortic Boston 480 Cherub Unique Piece

Vortic Watch Company presents Boston 480 Cherub, a new addition to its popular American Artisan Series watches.

Like all timepieces from the Vortic American Artisan family, this timepiece is a one of a kind creation. Most importantly, the Boston 480 has a beautiful Cherub-themed dial, a popular design choice for pocket watches of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Vortic Boston 480 Cherub Unique Piece

This timepiece features a restored pocket watch movement made by Waltham Watch Company. In the Vortic Boston 480 Cherub model, the original movement, dial, and hands come from a vintage pocket watch made by this historic company.

Originally manufactured in 1919, the 19 jewel pocket watch movement has been painstakingly restored before fitting into the 46mm case in sand-blasted titanium.

Vortic watch movement

Visible through the exhibition case-back, this hand-wound mechanical calibre is capable of delivering 36 hours of power reserve. It can be manually wound by the knurled copper crown positioned between the lugs above 12 o’ clock hour marker.

CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium, the case features a Gorilla Glass on the top and stainless steel case-back. Thickness of the watch is 12mm, lug/strap width is 22mm, and lug to lug length is 55mm.

Vortic Boston 480 Cherub Unique Piece

The artistically crafted cherub-themed dial spotlights delicate Roman numerals and thin blued-steel hands. The natural leather strap perfectly harmonizes with the dial colour theme.

The Vortic Boston 480 Cherub is a unique piece and its suggested retail price is $3,100.

Please visit Vortic watches website for more details.

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TimeCore Eclipse Automatic Watch

Made by TimeCore, a micro watch brand inspired by Industrial design, Eclipse is a retro-futuristic wristwatch with an automatic movement.

TimeCore Eclipse Automatic Watch

TimeCore is a watch brand based in San Diego, California. It has recently launched a Kickstarter online crowd funding campaign to undertake the mass production of the Eclipse Automatic Watch.

The asymmetric 3 piece case design of this timepiece evokes the motion of our sun, planets, and moons during an eclipse. Measuring 52mm in diameter, this stainless steel watch with a domed K1 Mineral lens is water-resistant up to 100 meters.

TimeCore Eclipse Automatic Watch

Framing the dial and bezel, is a concave outer radius edge inspired by the dish shape of UFOs. This distinct flying saucer shaped automatic watch is available with three variations: Silver, Black and Blue. The dial pattern, the color of logo and bezel finishing vary depending upon the version.

The TimeCore Eclipse Automatic watch houses the workhorse NH35 movement, capable of providing a power reserve of approximately 41 hours.

The watch displays the hour, minute and seconds with three central hands. It has a date window (crescent shaped aperture in case of Black and Blue versions) at 3 o’clock. In Silver and Blue versions, the TimeCore logo appears at 12H of the main dial. In the Black Eclipse model, the logo pops up at 12H of the oval shaped sub-dial.

The screw-down crown is finely machined to feel as though it’s straight off a starship. Unique detailed fasteners pull elements together along with a stamped and engraved screw-down case back.

TimeCore Eclipse Automatic Watch

TimeCore’s custom poly-band ties together the silhouette of the outer case. The case back is custom engraved and stamped with the TimeCore logo and surrounding engine core. Each Eclipse watch will be assembled in the USA using parts made in Japan and China.

TimeCore Eclipse Automatic Watch

The brand is presently offering this timepiece via Kickstarter at a special price starting at $325. The future retail price will be $499.

Please visit the TimeCore Eclipse Watch Kickstarter Campaign page for more details.

Delivery planned in Aug 2023.

Technical details

Model: TimeCore Eclipse Automatic Watch

Case
Stainless steel case with PVD coating
Unique eclipse asymmetric case design
Case diameter: 52mm
K1 mineral crystal
100m water resistance
Screw-down case back, etched and engraved

Movement
Caliber NH35
Automatic with manual winding and hack capability
21,600 vibrations per hour
23 jewels
Power reserve: approximately 41 hours

Dial
3 dial options: Silver, Black and Blue
Date at 3 o’clock
LumiBrite hands and markers

Strap
Custom TPU or silicone band

Kickstarter Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/618974647/the-eclipse-watch-by-timecore

Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force Pilot Chronograph

With its origins dating back to the 1960s, the Seagull 1963 Chronograph is one of the most recognizable wristwatches ever made. It is a product of Tianjin Watch Factory, the world’s largest manufacturer of mechanical watch movements.

Founded in 1955 in China, this state-owned firm was initially known as WuYi Watch Company. Producer of the first Chinese mechanical watch, it relocated to Tianjin in 1962 and came to known as Tianjin Watch Factory. This company rose to fame with the launch of the first Chinese pilot’s chronograph in the early 1960s.

Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force Pilot Chronograph

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force wanted a reliable chronograph watch for its pilots, and the Chinese Government appointed Tianjin Watch Factory to manufacture a suitable timepiece for the Air Force Pilots.

Meanwhile in Switzerland, the iconic movement company Venus was searching for capital to develop the Cal.188 chronograph movement. Then known as Fabrique d’Ebauches Venus SA and based in Moutier, the Swiss manufacture decided to sell the production rights and tooling of the Cal. 175 to a potential buyer so that it could raise money for the production of Cal.188.

It was the right opportunity for the Tianjin Watch Factory, and it acquired the manufacturing rights and production facilities of the Venus 175 chronograph calibre from the Swiss company.

With the help of these blueprints and machinery, the Chinese manufacturer succeeded in creating movements for equipping the chronograph watches proposed for the Chinese Air Force.

Introduced by the Fabrique d’Ebauches Vénus in the 1940s, Calibre 175 is a manual-winding mechanical column-wheel chronograph movement with a 30-minute counter. To equip the Chinese Air Force chronograph, TWF modified the 17 jewel Cal. Venus 175 and produced the 19 jewel ST3 movement. The oscillator frequency was also increased from 2.5 Hz to 3 Hz.

Using the ST3 chronograph calibre, TWC had created several prototypes and submitted for approval. In the end of 1960s, the company supplied approximately 3,000 chronographs to Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force, also known as PLAAF. Later on, the production was discontinued.

In the early 2000s, Tianjin SEA-GULL Company launched a timepiece based on the prototype that they developed for the PLAAF in 1963. Named 1963 Chinese Air Force Chronograph, this re-launch model houses the Seagull ST1901 calibre with 21 jewels.

Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force Pilot Chronograph

This stainless steel chronograph soon became a highly sought-after collector’s piece. The Seagull Watch Company subsequently expanded this series by adding several new models.

Equipped with the 21 jewel Cal. Seagull ST1901, this hand-wound mechanical chronograph is presently available in 38mm, 40mm and 42mm case versions in stainless steel, bronze or blackened steel. It still maintains the emblematic bicompax dial layout. Once fully wound, the movement offers a power reserve of 42 hours.

In addition to the emblematic vintage cream dial, the brand is offering new colour choices like black, blue, green, grey, yellow and white. The dial boasts the iconic star emblem just below the 12 o’clock. Below the star is the inscription 21 Zuan, which means 21 jewels.

The watches are available with a retro-styled acrylic glass or scratch-proof sapphire crystal. These watches also come with exhibition case-backs allowing to admire the iconic Seagull ST1901 manual-winding chronograph movement.

Seagull ST1901 Movement

These highly sought-after homages of the historic Seagull Chinese Air Force Chronograph are now available for purchase via Seagull 1963, official reseller of Seagull watches.

Depending upon the version, the prices range from 279 to 429 Euros. Based in Belgium, the reseller is offering worldwide delivery.

For more details, please visit the Seagull 1963 online store.

 

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Héron Gladiateur MMLXV

Canada based micro watch brand Héron presents Gladiateur, a new automatic timepiece capable of tracking two time zones.

Launched in 2022 with a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign, the Héron Gladiateur MMLXV watch is now available via the brand’s e-commerce website.

Héron Gladiateur MMLXV stainless steel watch with white dial

This contemporary styled wristwatch for men comes with a 41mm diameter case made of stainless steel. This model is also available in rose-gold PVD and black PVD versions. The case has a thickness of 10.8mm, lug width of 20mm, and lug to lug length of 48mm.

Héron Gladiateur MMLXV

The polished watch case is mounted with a sandblasted bezel featuring Roman numeral hour markers. This bi-directionally rotating bezel can be set for an additional time-zone as per the user’s preference.

Héron Gladiateur MMLXV watch rose gold version with black dial

The watch is equipped with the Miyota 9039 automatic movement, which displays the hour, minute and centre seconds. This premium ultra-thin mechanical self-winding calibre features 24 jewels, 28,800 bph, stop seconds function, hand-winding capability and 42 hour power reserve.

This stainless steel wristwatch is available in three dial colours: white, blue and black. Additionally the brand is offering black dial variants with rose gold PVD and black PVD cases.

Héron Gladiateur MMLXV watch black pvd version with black dial

The dial is modern and minimalistic. It hosts eleven rectangular index hour markers and triangular mark for 12 o’ clock. The hands and indexes are provided with Super-Luminova (BGW9) coating that offers a captivating blue glow in the darkness.

Héron Gladiateur MMLXV watch stainless steel case-back

Each model is available with a matching metal strap or a rubber strap. Fitted with screwed-down crown, AR coated sapphire crystal front glass and screw-in case-back, the Héron Gladiateur MMLXV watch is water resistant to 100 meters.

Héron Gladiateur MMLXV watch rose gold pvd case-back

The solid metal case-back highlights an engraving of heron and the clasp cover of the bracelet features the heron watch brand symbol.

Héron Gladiateur MMLXV watch with steel case and blue dial

The retail price of Héron Gladiateur MMLXV watch is $475 for the versions with a rubber strap, and $510 for those with metal bracelet.

For more details about this new timepiece, please visit Héron watches website.

AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction

AVI-8 presents a new edition of its popular Hawker Harrier collection by presenting a new multifunction model offering dual time retrograde display, date and 24-hour functions.

AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction

As the name suggests AVI-8’s Hawker Harrier is a tribute to the legendary British combat jet developed in the 1960s. The new multifunction watch model is named after the famed Hawker Harrier test pilot John Farley.

Retired in 2006, Hawker Harrier was capable of carried out multiple missions including ground attack and reconnaissance. Moreover, it was provided with the vertical/short take off and landing facilities.

Renowned for his work in developing and testing the legendary Hawker Harrier, Farley also displayed his mastery of the aircraft when he captivated the world with the now famous “Farley Take Off”, a stunt he performed by hovering the Harrier then tilting the nose almost entirely vertically before applying full throttle to “rocket climb” away.

Remarkably, during his aviation career, Farley flew over 80 different types of aircrafts and was the first British pilot to fly the Mikoyan MiG –29.

AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction

Dressed in a solid marine grade stainless steel case, the AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley watch features a multifunctional dial layout inspired by the inner cockpit of the iconic “Jump Jet” aircraft.

AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction

Each detail of the modern and refined 44mm case has been carefully considered, with brushed and polished detailing throughout. The durable case is topped with a hardened mineral lens with anti-reflective coating.

AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction

Intricate design cues taken from the Harrier’s flight instruments are expertly and purposefully recreated on the Farley’s dial, with custom moulded cockpit inspired subdial frames and applied indexes coated with Swiss lume providing for a dial that is both innovative and legible.

AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction watch lume shot

This quartz watch is powered by a reliable and precise Japanese multifunction movement with a date, dual time retrograde display and 24-hour read-out.

AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction

Available in four versions – Stratosphere, Terrain, Regiment Blue and Night Sky – the AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction watch is provided with a supple leather strap with military aviation-inspired detailing.

AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction watches

This bold 44mm wristwatch is available for purchase from 24th February, 2023. Its retail price range is $230 to $250 (£240 to £260/ €260 to €280).

More details at AV-8 online store.

Technical details

Model: AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Farley Multifunction

Versions
Stratosphere (reference AV 4098 01)
Terrain (reference AV 4098 02)
Regiment Blue (reference AV 4098 03)
Night Sky (reference AV 4098 04)

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 44mm
Thickness: 14mm
Lug width: 22mm
Mineral lens with anti-reflective coating
Pull out crown
Fixed bezel
Water resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Dial color: Silver, Black or Blue
Multi-layered Dial with Cockpit Inspired Frames
Swiss Luminous Hands
Swiss Luminous Applied Indexes

Movement
Reference M-MIY-GP03-D3
Japan Quartz with Dual Time Feature

Strap
Genuine leather strap

Warranty
2 Years

Recommended retail price
AV 4098 01/02: (USD) $230 / (GBP) £240 / (EUR) €260
AV 4098 03/04: (USD) $250 / (GBP) £260 / (EUR) €280

Please visit AV-8 Watches online store for more technical details, pricing and availability.

AISION Tourbillon Watch with Meteorite Dial

Hong Kong based micro watch brand AISION has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for promoting its new tourbillon watch.

AISION Tourbillon Watch with Meteorite Dial

This is the seventh campaign by AISION on the popular online crowd funding platform. Featuring a meteorite dial, the new tourbillon watch houses the Hangzhou 3408 calibre, which has a vibration frequency of 28,800 per hour, 25 jewels, and an approximate power reserve rating of 70 to 80 hours.

AISION Tourbillon Watch with Meteorite Dial

For the new AISION Tourbillon Watch, the brand has opted for a 41mm diameter stainless steel case with AR treated sapphire crystal glass. The case thickness is 11.8mm. This timepiece is fitted with a stainless steel bracelet featuring H-shaped links.

AISION Tourbillon Watch with Meteorite Dial

This model is based on the AISION tourbillon launched in 2022. Like its ancestor, the new edition spotlights multiple finishing styles such as linear brushing, sand-blasting and mirror-polishing. The bezel has a distinct 8-recessed design. The watch also employs Super-Luminova BGW9 coating on the hands and indices.

The special Kickstarter price of the new AISION tourbillon with meteorite dial is HK$ 6,599 (about US$ 841).

Please visit the AISION Tourbillon Kickstarter campaign page for details.

Note: The funding goal of this campaign is HK$ 50,000. The funding period is from 21 Feb to 23 March, 2023. Estimated delivery planned in October 2023. Please go through the terms and conditions applicable to Kickstarter campaigns.

Update 09 March 2023

Amount pledged as on date : HK$ 313,035 (approximate US$ 39,877).

Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue Field Watch 42mm Chase Rice Edition

The Standard Issue Field collection from the USA based fine watchmaking brand Weiss now offers a new 42mm model created in collaboration with American country music singer Chase Rice.

Limited to 50 pieces, this classic hand-wound mechanical wristwatch boasts an eye-catching Carolina Blue dial. Hand-painted and enhanced with Super-Luminova BGW9, the dial hosts black oxide treated steel hands with luminous material. The in-house machined stainless steel case features a high polished bezel and brushed case.

Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue Field Watch 42mm Chase Rice Edition

This 42mm stainless steel watch is powered by the mechanical hand-wound Caliber 1001-2, a development by Weiss Watch Company based on the iconic Unitas 6497 Swiss movement.

The retail price of the Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Chase Rice Edition 42mm is $2,100.00.

More details at Weiss Watch Company online store.

Technical details

Model: Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Chase Rice Edition 42mm

Movement
Weiss Watch Company Caliber 1001-2 mechanical movement, 6497 base, finished and assembled by hand
Manually wound, 18,000 beats/hour, 46 hour power reserve, hours, minutes, sweep second hand at 6, incabloc shock protection

Case
316L Stainless steel, 42mm diameter (not including crown), 49.7mm lug to lug, 12.9mm thick (including crystal)
Front crystal: Double-domed and beveled sapphire with multi layer anti-reflective coating on the inside surface
Caseback: Beveled sapphire crystal and 316L stainless steel exhibition caseback, secured by four 316L stainless steel hex screws
Water resistance: 330 feet/ 100 meters

Dial
Hand-painted, Carolina blue naval brass finished with high visibility numerals and Super-Luminova BGW9 applied to dials
Hands: Black oxide treated steel with white Super-Luminova BGW9 paint

Strap
Hand-stitched Tan Suede strap with special stamping

Edition
Limited, closed series, 50 timepieces in total

Origin
Made in the USA with domestic and imported components

Please visit Weiss Watch Company online store for more information.

Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue Field Watch Titanium 38mm with Blue Dial

US based Weiss Watch Company presents a new blue dial version of its Standard Issue Field Watch in a 38mm diameter titanium case. Made in the USA with domestic and imported components, this hand-wound mechanical watch is limited to 20 pieces.

It is powered by Weiss Watch Company Caliber 1005, a hand-finished and hand-assembled mechanical manual-winding movement based on the iconic Cal.7001.

Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue Field Watch Titanium 38mm with Blue Dial

The watch boasts a highly polished finish on its bezel and brushed finish on the case surface. Fitted on a Brown Horween Leather strap, this timepiece features sapphire crystal glass and exhibition case-back. The retail price of this new 38mm Standard Issue Field Watch is $2,500.

Please visit Weiss Watch Company online store for more details.

Technical details

Model: Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue Field Watch Titanium 38mm with Blue Dial

Movement
Weiss Watch Company Caliber 1005 mechanical movement, 7001 base, finished and assembled by hand
Manually wound
21,600 beats/hour
42 hour power reserve
Incabloc shock protection

Functions
Hours, minutes, sweep second hand at 6 o’clock

Case
Titanium
38mm diameter (not including crown)
46.2mm lug to lug
9.2mm thick (including crystal)
Caseback: Sapphire crystal and Titanium exhibition caseback, secured by four hex screws
Front Crystal: Double-domed and beveled sapphire with multi layer anti-reflective coating on the inside surface
Back Crystal: Beveled sapphire
Water Resistance: 330 feet/ 100 meters

Dial
Hand-painted, blue naval brass finished with high visibility numerals and Super-Luminova BGW9 applied to dials
Hands: Black oxide treated steel with white Super-Luminova BGW9 paint

Strap
Hand-stitched Brown Horween Leather strap

Weight
46 grams with strap

Edition
Limited, closed series of 20 timepieces in total

Origin
Made in the USA with domestic and imported components

Retail price
US$2,500/-

The brand is also offering a carbon dial version of the Standard Issue Field Watch in a 38mm diameter titanium case. The Weiss Watch Company manual-winding Standard Issue Field Watch is also available in stainless steel case versions in 38mm and 42mm case sizes. A 38mm automatic variant is also offered.

More details at Weiss Watch Company online store.

Vortic Watch Company Presents Three New Railroad Editions

Vortic Watch Company has launched three Boston Railroad Edition models. Proudly honouring the heritage of American railroad watches, these new collector’s timepieces can be purchased from the company’s online store.

The Boston Railroad 004

The Boston Railroad 004 is made with a 23 jewel Waltham Watch Company pocket watch inside of a machined titanium case. It comes with a titanium crown, a natural leather strap and gold-plated gears.

The Boston Railroad 004 watch by Vortic Watch Company

Equipped with a restored antique pocket watch movement made in 1918, this Railroad watch displays hour, minutes and small seconds functions. More details about the Boston Railroad 004 watch are available on Vortic Watch Company website.

 The Boston Railroad 005

The Boston Railroad 005 is built from an antique 21-jewel pocket watch originally manufactured by the American Waltham Watch Company in 1915. This particular wristwatch features a machined titanium case, titanium crown, and a black leather strap.

 The Boston Railroad 005 watch by Vortic Watch Company

The inscription F.W. & D. on the dial is in reference to the Fort Worth / Denver railroad line that was very popular at this time. It has an Up/Down Indicator at 12 o’clock and small seconds dial at 6 o’clock. Find more information on the Boston Railroad 005 watch, please visit Vortic Watch online store.

The Boston Railroad 006

The Railroad Grade Boston 006 has a beautiful dial that has aged over time to present this wonderful display of patina in the center of the dial. The timepiece features a machined titanium case for a modern look and feel, as well as a titanium crown for added durability and style.

 The Boston Railroad 005 watch by Vortic Watch Company

In addition to the hour, minute and small seconds hands, this model features an Up/Down Indicator at 12 o’clock.

This Boston Railroad watch comes with a luxurious merlot leather strap for a truly timeless look. This model is available for purchase on the official Vortic watches website.

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