Zenith: DEFY Zero-G Sapphire & DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Editions

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Zenith has re-imagined two of its most extraordinary movements through contemporary architecture and finishing techniques that can be admired through luminous and transparent sapphire cases.

These two horological marvels place Zenith’s uniquely futuristic and evocative aesthetic centre-stage, using novel and original decoration methods.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire & DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Editions

First, all the movement’s components are treated with blue PVD. The inscriptions as well as decorative elements like miniature stars are then carefully engraved onto the bridges, after which the chamfered edges of the bridges are precisely finished with a rhodium-coloured PVD that provides a striking contrast and adds even more visual depth to an already intricately layered movement with its futuristic form. Framed by totally transparent sapphire cases, the movements shine in a light of their own – and from all angles.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

For the latest execution of the fastest tourbillon chronograph around – equipped with two independent tourbillons completing rotations in 60 seconds for the time-keeping tourbillon and 5 seconds for the chronograph’s tourbillon – Zenith took its evocative “starry sky” aesthetic to new cosmic heights in the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire, with a nod to the universe and space exploration.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

Visible for all to admire through the crystalline case, the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon’s exceptional chronograph movement is rendered in a stellar and futuristic aesthetic.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

The main plate of the movement is finished in a striking blue PVD tone, and in a first for Zenith, some of the dial-side bridges are engraved with stars, like a distant galaxy of micro-mechanics in perpetual motion.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

Truly at the summit of precision, the 1/00th of a second chronograph moves at incredible speed, juxtaposed against a still, starry backdrop.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

Overcoming the effects of gravity on chronometric precision has long been watchmakers’ ultimate goal. Zenith accomplished precisely this with its Gravity Control mechanism, where the regulating organ is fixed to a gimbal that always remains in a flat position regardless of how the watch is rotated.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

In this new timepiece, Zenith has completely redesigned the entire movement with a new architecture to enable a more open and exhibitive display, encapsulated in a transparent sapphire case that allows the singular mechanism to be admired from all angles: a first for the Manufacture.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

Like an object suspended in space and free from the effects of gravity, the off-centred dial of the DEFY Zero-G Sapphire combines several traditional crafts in a contemporary execution, handcrafted in a mosaic of meteorite, aventurine glass and grand feu enamel on a gold base.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

It depicts planet Mars on the small seconds, partially eclipsed by the hour and minute dial. A special touch that can only be seen when the watch is overhead is the back of the gyroscopic module, fashioned with a cratered texture mimicking the moon.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

The entire main plate and bridges of the movement are finished in a blue tone with contrasting grey rhodium chamfers, speckled with white stars of varying sizes. This astronomically inspired finish extends to the movement’s cylindrical container, which can also be viewed through the sides of the case.

The DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire and DEFY Zero-G Sapphire will be produced as a limited edition of 10 pieces each.

For the 20 owners of the DEFY Zero-G Sapphire and DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire limited editions, Zenith is offering the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience: a parabolic zero-gravity flight. Scheduled to take place in February 2022, Zenith has partnered with Novespace, a subsidiary of the French National Space Center, to offer the experience of weightlessness.

Guests will arrive at the Novespace facility in Bordeaux, France, where they will meet with their instructors. French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy will also be present at the pre-flight conference. The flight itself will consist of 15 parabolas, where the airplane ascends than plunges in a freefall to reproduces the effect of floating in weightlessness in a perceived absence of gravity.

Technical details

Model: Defy 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire
Reference: 04.9000.9020/00.R920

Movement
El Primero 9020 automatic
1/100th of a second Double Tourbillon Chronograph movement
1 Tourbillon escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1Tourbillon escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
Certified Chronometer
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 50 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Double Tourbillon1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH / 5 Hz – cage makes a turn in 60 seconds)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH / 50 Hz – cage makes a turn in 5 seconds)
1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock

Case
Material: Sapphire
Diameter: 46mm
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Open-worked
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-Luminova® SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-Luminova® SLN C1

Bracelet
Black rubber with blue “cordura effect” fabric & grey stitching
Titanium double folding clasp

Edition
Limited edition 10 pieces

Price
180,000 CHF

Model: Defy Zero G Sapphire
Reference: 04.9000.8812/00.R920

Movement
El Primero 8812 S manual
Entirely skeletonised movement
“Gravity Control” gyroscopic module that ensures horizontal positioning of the regulating organ
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 50 hours
Finishes: Exclusive bicolor signature on plates and bridges. Starry Sky finishing.

Functions
Hours and minutes excentred at 12 o’clock
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Self-regulating Gravity Control module at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve indication at 2 o’clock

Case
Material: Sapphire
Diameter: 46mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Open-worked with meteorite & Aventurine hour & minute dial
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted gold, coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Black rubber with blue “cordura effect” fabric& grey stitching
Titanium double folding clasp

Edition
Limited edition of 10 pieces

Price
160,000 CHF

ZENITH & FELIPE PANTONE DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Unique Piece

A fervent supporter of the Only Watch auction since its very first edition in 2005, Zenith presents this time a unique piece of the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon, the Manufacture’s most advanced and complex chronograph to date.

For its 9th consecutive contribution to the biennial Only Watch charity auction, Zenith brought acclaimed op artist Felipe Pantone onboard to take the codes from their highly acclaimed collaborative DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone and push the chromatic concept even further.

Extremely complex and highly technical, the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon watch incorporates two independent regulating tourbillons operating at 5Hz for the timekeeping function of the movement and 50Hz for the 1/100th of a second chronograph, which rotate at rates of 60 seconds and 5 seconds respectively.

ZENITH & FELIPE PANTONE DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Unique Piece

In the unique DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021, Felipe Pantone translated his acclaimed design language to the movement’s decoration as well as the open dial.

Using the principal of interference colours, the coating on the bridges reflects a gradient of metallic rainbow tones, marking the first time the innovative three-dimensional PVD with silicon particles as a surface treatment on a tourbillon chronograph movement to produce a spectrum of perfectly transitioning colours.

The entire movement is fixed within a metal container that is also given the same rainbow effect. The case back view also delights with the same rainbow PVD coating on the bridges, where “Unique Piece” is engraved on one of them under the blackened star-shaped winding rotor.

Allowing as much light as possible onto the vividly coloured inner workings of this mechanical marvel, Zenith opted for a case made entirely of transparent sapphire crystal for the first time in the Defy collection. Adored for its crystal-clear transparency and extreme hardness, synthetic sapphire requires a long series of painstaking processes to reach its final form – from precisely moulding the highly three-dimensional elements to finishing and polishing them to perfection.

On the dial side, the central hour and minute hands take on a distorted look resembling lightning bolts, a recurring element in Pantone’s work. Like the movement, a rainbow gradient of colours in PVD is applied onto the hands, while each of the applied hour markers is filled with a different colour. The moiré optical effect on the dial was produced by thin alternating white and black using fine laser-engraving and precise lacquering techniques.

The DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 comes in a special box resembling an art book, as well as an original signed artwork by Felipe Pantone. Titled “Optichromie 135 Z”, this enamel and UV paint on aluminium painting in the artist’s signature style measures 170x120cm and is in fact the artwork that Pantone created for Zenith, which was then miniaturized and reproduced for the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone edition’s packaging.

The DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 unique piece will be auctioned by Christie’s in Geneva on November 6th 2021, with all proceeds from the sale benefitting the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathie.

Technical details

Model: Defy 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Felipe Pantone Unique Piece
Reference: 04.9001.9020.46.R782

Movement
El Primero 9020 automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve approx. 50 hours
1/100th of a second Double Tourbillon Chronograph movement
1 Tourbillon escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1 Tourbillon escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50Hz)
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
Certified Chronometer

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Double Tourbillon: 1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH / 5 Hz – cage makes a turn in 60 second) 1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH / 50 Hz – cage makes a turn in 5 second)
1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock

Movement finishes
“Rainbow” PVD-coated bridges + Black laser engraved main plate on movement and special oscillating weight

Case
Material: Sapphire
Diameter: 46mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Open-worked with rainbow finishing
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “Rainbow” varnish
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and “Rainbow” PVD coated

Bracelet
Black rubber, titanium double folding clasp

Price estimate
200’000-220’000 CHF

Angelus U30 Black Titanium

Independent Swiss luxury watch maker Angelus has released a Black Titanium version of its U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante watch.

Ultra-light and ultra-sporty, the Angelus U30 watch unites a variety of prestigious complications: a tourbillon, flyback and split-second chronograph. The 47mm black DLC titanium case with open-worked edges houses one of the most complex automatic skeletonized movements in the world.

Angelus U30 Black Titanium

This skeletonised, automatic watch with tourbillon, flyback and split-second chronograph with power reserve indicator is quite simply unique. The case, 47mm in diameter and 15mm thick, is made of black DLC titanium.

The lugs and case middle are marked in the centre with a recess that extends the skeletonising of the movement. The open-worked movement has 350 components in total, is treated with black DLC and accentuated in grey.

Angelus U30 Black Titanium

The split-second function allows the central chronograph second hand to be split in two, allowing two events starting together to be timed. At any moment, the same pusher can bring the two hands back together to the same point. A flyback also allows you to reset and restart timing with a single press, without having to stop and reset the hands.

This exceptional feature does not compromise the lines of the U30: the split-second pusher is integrated into the crown at three o’clock, barely protruding from the case. Similarly, the chronograph’s start and reset pushers are very discreet, integrated into the overall line of the U30’s black titanium case middle. The pushers have a short trajectory, requiring up-front design work and adjustment to a degree rarely achieved in watchmaking.

Angelus U30 Black Titanium

It is hard to imagine a complication as sophisticated as the split-second function. The movements capable of achieving this complication can be counted on the fingers of two hands–and for the skeletonised version, far fewer.

Angelus has built its modern identity on open-worked pieces integrated into spacious structures that bring the surface area down to the absolute minimum. Here, the A-150 calibre has depth. The hand fitting, bridges, cog and column wheels, patina and rotor create a rich texture of levels for the eye to get lost in.

Angelus U30 Black Titanium

Chronograph calibres are rarely integrated. They are often made up of a basic calibre and an additional functional module. But Angelus does not subscribe to this approach, instead developing its calibres as a unified system.

Split-second chronographs are often manual. The U30 prefers a sportier, active, technical approach for this extremely rare complication, opting instead for self-winding by a large rotor. Split-second chronographs are hardly ever matched with a flyback. Such a combination is so complex that the watchmaking community is often unaware that it is even possible. The A-150 calibre is capable of such a feat.

Angelus U30 Black Titanium

Few chronographs also have a power reserve indicator. The traditional display layout leaves little room for an additional gauge. Angelus has placed the indicator at half past seven on the dial, using a subtle asymmetric layout. Tourbillon chronographs are anomalies, and tourbillon rattrapantes are even more unique.

But for Angelus, integrating a rotary regulating organ into the dense and intense A-150 calibre has posed no problem. In fact, combining chronometer and chronograph, measuring precision times and short times is a logical choice for the U30.

Angelus U30 Black Titanium

When it comes to the U30’s design, structure, decoration, functionality and complications, all of these choices are based on an almost unparalleled level of expertise and independence. The A-150 calibre has been entirely developed, machined, decorated, assembled, adjusted and fitted on the Angelus manufacturing site in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This exclusive movement has been designed with exceptional mechanical and graphic detail in mind.

Technical details

Model: U30 Black Titanium
Reference: 0CRBT.B01A.K003N

Functions
Hours and minutes, tourbillon, 30-minute flyback and split-second chronograph, power reserve indicator

Movement
Calibre A-150, skeletonized, self-winding mechanism, one-minute tourbillon, double column wheel
Jewels: 38
Diameter: 37.60mm
Height: 9.35mm
Power reserve: 45 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz / 28,800 vph

Finishing
Platinum: NAC anthracite coated
Bridges: black ADLC-coated, polished and chamfered
Column wheels: black ADLC-coated and mirror polished
Tourbillon cage: polished and hand-chamfered
Rotor: 22-carat white gold segment, black ADLC coated sections

Case
Material: Grade 5 black DLC coated titanium
Diameter: 47.00 mm
Thickness: 15.00 mm
Crown: 2 positions, integrated split-second pusher
Crystal: box sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on inside surface
Back: sapphire crystal
Water resistant: 30 metres/3 ATM/100 ft

Strap
Black rubber strap with grade 5 titanium deployant buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 5 pieces

Worldwide retail price
CHF 66,700 before tax (subject to change)

Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition

After nearly two decades of partnership, Swiss watchmaker Breitling and luxury automotive manufacturer Bentley Motors are celebrating the launch of the Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition, produced in an exclusive series of just 25 pieces.

Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition

The Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition features a 42 mm case in 18 k red gold, rectangular chronograph pushers, a gold-brown alligator strap, and a transparent sapphire caseback revealing the magnificent movement with its 22-karat gold oscillating weight.

Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition

The highlight is the special chronograph tourbillon calibre and cage seen through the distinctive green dial, reminiscent of the British racing green color associated with other models in the Breitling and Bentley collaboration.

Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition

Powered by the Manufacture Caliber B21, this COSC-certified tourbillon movement has a power reserve of approximately 55 hours and is water-resistant up to 100 meters.

Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition

Technical details

Model: Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition
Reference: RB21201A1L1P1

Movement
Caliber: Manufacture Caliber B21
Diameter: 35 millimeters
Depth: 8.15 millimeters
Winder: automatic
Power reserve: approximately 55 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: tourbillon chronograph, column-wheel, vertical clutch, 1/4th second, 60-minute counter
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: 18 k red gold
Diameter: 42 millimeters
Thickness: 15.25 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glareproofed on both sides
Case back: screwed 18 k red gold, sapphire crystal
Crown: non screw–locked, two gaskets

Dial
Green
Super-LumiNova® luminescent hour and minute hands

Strap
Gold-brown alligator leather strap with folding clasp

Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Blue Limited Edition (with titanium case and blue sunray brushed dial)

Tag Heuer presents a new Carrera Heuer 02T version sporting an azure hue and fitted on a grade 2 titanium bracelet. Equipped with the COSC-certified Heuer 02T calibre, this new tourbillon chronograph dressed in a grade-5 titanium case is a limited edition of 250 pieces.

Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Blue Limited Edition (with titanium case and blue sunray brushed dial)
A symbol of technology and an example of total control of industrial processes and manufacturing costs, the Carrera Heuer 02T movement features a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and an ultra-light carbon and titanium tourbillon cage. But one of the main challenges for the La Chaux-de-Fonds watchmakers was to house the chronograph functions, the self-winding mechanism and the flying tourbillon in a calibre with a diameter of 31 mm.

Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Blue Limited Edition (with titanium case and blue sunray brushed dial)

The new edition impresses in blue, from the bridges of the tourbillon cage to the rubber that protects the crown and pusher buttons. For the first time, the Carrera Heuer 02T has a full dial with a blue sunray design creating the most beautiful effect.

Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Blue Limited Edition (with titanium case and blue sunray brushed dial)

The ceramic tachymetric bezel is finished in the azure blue with hypnotising reflections. The oscillating mass has been given a blue PVD coating so as not to be out of place in this composition.

Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Blue Limited Edition (with titanium case and blue sunray brushed dial)

This new model comes with a grade-2 titanium bracelet featuring a steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons. The Carrera Heuer 02T is priced at 20,500 Swiss francs.

Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Blue Limited Edition (with titanium case and blue sunray brushed dial)

Technical details

Model: Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T COSC
Reference: CAR5A8C.BF0707

Movement
Calibre Heuer 02T COSC

Case
45mm diameter
Titanium grade 5 polished, fine brushed case
Ceramic blue polished tachymeter fixed bezel
Domed, beveled sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Blue rubber, titanium grade 5 standard crown at 3 o’clock
Titanium grade 5 pusher button at 2 o’clock
Titanium grade 5 pusher button at 4 o’clock
Titanium grade 5 screwed sapphire case back with special engraving, limited numbered xxx/250
Water resistance: 100 meters

Dial
Blue sunray brushed dial
3 counters:
– 3 o’clock: rhodium plated polished, “azurage” minute chronograph counter ; rhodium plated polished hand
– 6 o’clock: blue tourbillon
– 9 o’clock: rhodium plated polished, “azurage” hour chronograph counter ; rhodium plated polished hand
Rhodium plated polished applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova©
Rhodium plated polished hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova©
Rhodium plated, blue central hand
Rhodium plated, blue TAG HEUER applied logo
Carrera Heuer 02 T Chronograph Chronometer printed

Strap
Titanium grade 2 H-shape bracelet
Titanium grade 2 and steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons; TAG Heuer shield

Available from
March 2021

Suggested retail price
20,500 CHF

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet welcomes a new Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph watch model to its Code 11.59. It is for the first time that Audemars Piguet has taken a daring decision to combine the classicism and prestige of the flying tourbillon with the modernity of the flyback chronograph.

Limited to 50 pieces, this complex watch endowed with contemporary aesthetics and distinct architectural elements brings forward the Manufacture’s progressive approach to traditional craftsmanship. The blue lacquered inner bezel nicely frames the watch’s alternation of open-worked rhodium-toned and black galvanic bridges that confers a unique 3D effect and reveals part of the watch’s beating heart.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

This high complication watch unites an 18-carat white gold case with a three-dimensional architectural face design blurring the line between dial and movement. The contrast of rhodium-toned and black galvanic open-worked bridges honed from titanium and nickel silver, brings depth and play of light to the watch. The movement as well as all design elements, which count more than 100 hand-polished angles, are meticulously finished by hand with an alternation of satin-brushing and sandblasting.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon ChronographThe transparent chronograph counters at 3 and 9 o’clock reveal part of the complex mechanism, while the impactful flying tourbillon makes its rotation at 6 o’clock. The blued lacquered inner bezel, white gold hands and chronograph rings add a subtle touch of colour, which is enhanced by the watch’s dark blue hand-stitched alligator strap.

The watch’s rhodium-toned open-worked bridges, visible through the sapphire caseback, reveal the complexity of self-winding calibre 2952, which combines the modernity of the flyback chronograph with the prestige of the flying tourbillon.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The complex double curved sapphire crystal, which perfectly integrates the geometry of the watch’s extra-thin bezel, offers a unique perspective on the dial’s contemporary aesthetics and refined hand-finishing.

The sapphire caseback reveals through its satin-brushed and sandblasted openworked bridges part of calibre 2952, the Manufacture’s newest self-winding movement endowed with a flying tourbillon and a flyback chronograph. The open worked rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight harmoniously matches the color of bridges and case.

Audemars Piguet & Tourbillon Wristwatches

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph continues to uphold the Manufacture’s pioneering development in terms of tourbillon wristwatches. The tourbillon invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801 was a rare find in pocket watches across the world and almost entirely absent from wristwatches before 1986. To this day, it has remained a symbol of watchmaking excellence and art as only a few watchmakers are trained to perfect this mechanism.

In the early 1980s, Georges Golay, Audemars Piguet’s General Director, challenged Serge Meylan, a young constructor newly arrived in the workshops, to give life to the first self-winding tourbillon in the history of wristwatches – a considerable challenge as the movement had to fit in an ultra-slim 5.3 mm-thick case. Serge successfully met the challenge and this tourbillon is still one of the smallest in the world today with a diameter of 7.2 mm, as well as one of the lightest at just 0.123 grams. Introduced in 1986, this wristwatch forged a new path for the entire high-end watchmaking sector, which renewed ties with this complicated mechanism.

The Manufacture combined the tourbillon and the chronograph for the first time in 1999 in the Jules Audemars Tradition d’Excellence n°1 wristwatch – a limited edition of 20 pieces in platinum uniting tourbillon, chronograph and minute repeater in a movement entirely developed and produced in house. It was followed in 2003 by Audemars Piguet’s first chronograph tourbillon movement, hand-wound calibre 2889, launched in the Royal Oak collection (ref. 25977). Since then, this complicated movement has seen numerous evolutions across the Manufacture’s collections.

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph represents, however, the first time this combination is evolved at Audemars Piguet with a flying tourbillon – a complicated mechanism which the Manufacture first released in 2018 in the Royal Oak Concept collection.

By bringing together the chronograph and the flying tourbillon in its latest Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection, the manufacturer continues to move ancestral craftsmanship forward by preserving and reinterpreting traditions. Ahead of its time, this Audemars Piguet watch released in 1986 combines the world’s first self-winding tourbillon wristwatch mechanism with an avant-garde design.

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph / 41 mm, Reference: 26399BC.OO.D321CR.01

Functions
Flying Tourbillon, flyback chronograph, hours and minutes

Case
18-carat white gold case
Double glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 30 m

Movement
Self-winding Manufacture Calibre 2952
Diameter: 32.6 mm (14 ½ lignes)
Thickness: 9.13 mm
Number of parts: 479
Number of jewels: 40
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 65 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Dial
Lacquered blue inner bezel, openworked dial, blued 18-carat white gold hands

Strap
Hand-stitched “large square-scale” blue alligator strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp

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A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD, the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD and the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD

At the Watches & Wonders event in Shanghai in 2020, A. Lange & Söhne unveiled three extraordinary models of the 1815 watch family with the epithet “Homage to F. A. Lange”. The three limited editions with cases made of exclusive honey gold as well as special movement decorations and dials are dedicated to Ferdinand Adolph Lange.

In 2020, A. Lange & Söhne is celebrating two historic milestones: the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the pocket watch manufactory in Glashütte and the 30th anniversary of the brand’s revival.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD, the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD and the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD
A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD, the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD and the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD

With the introduction of a pocket watch production on 7 December 1845, Ferdinand Adolph Lange laid the cornerstone for Glashütte to rise to prominence as a watchmaking hub. To celebrate the 175th anniversary, A. Lange & Söhne has introduced a special set of three limited-edition models of the 1815 watch family in honey-gold cases – the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD, the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD and the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD. All three models belong to the 1815 watch family that refers to Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s birth year in its name.

1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange”

The newly developed 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” is one of three models of an exceptional anniversary collection. Limited to 100 watches and exclusively available in A. Lange & Söhne boutiques, the rattrapante chronograph puts the focus on the eponymous complication. It features a case in honey gold, a black dial, and special movement finissage.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD

The honey-gold case of the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” has a diameter of 41.2 millimetres. The rare case material developed explicitly for A. Lange & Söhne is characterised by exceptional hardness and a warm sheen. For the first time, it has now been combined with a black dial in solid silver that highlights its modern, captivating looks.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD

A. Lange & Söhne’s sixth split-seconds chronograph stands out with another premiere: for the first time, the complication is in the spotlight. The superposed chronograph and rattrapante sweep-seconds hands make it possible during a running time measurement to ascertain any number of lap times within the course of a minute.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD

The chronograph sweep-seconds hand, the lower hand, consists of pink-gold-plated steel. It entrains the superposed rattrapante – also called split-seconds – hand made of rhodiumed steel. Both hands start together when the pusher at two o’clock is actuated. The rattrapante sweep-seconds hand can be stopped independently of the chronograph sweep-seconds hand and then resynchronised with it.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD

This function is controlled with the pusher at ten o’clock. If it is actuated during an ongoing measurement, the rattrapante sweep-seconds hand stops and displays the lap time while the chronograph sweep-seconds hand keeps running. A second actuation of the pusher causes the rattrapante sweep-seconds hand to catch up and then synchronise with the chronograph sweep-seconds hand. This lap-time measurement procedure can be repeated as many times as needed.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD

The complex chronograph/rattrapante mechanism is located on the movement side of the new L101.2 manually wound calibre. The control of elapsed or lap-time measurements is handled highly precisely in the classic manner with two column wheels. Like the rattrapante clamp that blocks the rattrapante hand in the lap-time display mode, it is visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback. This allows the precise switching processes to be observed in detail.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD

When fully wound, the mainspring barrel delivers a power reserve of 58 hours. In connection with the screw balance, also manufactured in-house, the freely oscillating Lange balance spring guarantees excellent rate accuracy at a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour (3 hertz).

The artisanal finish of the manually assembled 365-part movement is inspired by the bench-marks developed by Ferdinand Adolph Lange to make his calibres inimitable. The raised Ger-man-silver frame parts are endowed with granular surfaces that are reminiscent of his historic pocket watches in the 1A quality category.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD

Among other features, they had gold poising screws, screwed gold chatons to secure the bearing jewels and a hand-engraved balance cock. Today, these traditional quality hallmarks can again be found in many A. Lange & Söhne timepieces.

All upper sides of the moving parts of the rattrapante chronograph, such as levers, springs, and jumpers, are decorated with straight graining while the chamfers are polished. Chamfer polishing of acute interior angles presents a particular challenge. It is a clear indication of the immense manual work involved in such movements. The required degree of perfection is achievable only by experienced finishers with sharp special tools. Great caution is needed during the assembly of the granular frame parts since the sensitive surfaces do not tolerate even the most minute scratches.

All of the fine lines of the free-hand engravings on the balance cock and the chronograph bridge as well as the inscriptions on the bridges are black-rhodiumed. The dark hue of the galvanically applied coating adds plasticity to the engravings. The contemporary evolution of traditional finissage techniques reflects the manufactory’s ambition to never stand still.

1815 THIN HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange”

With the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange”, A. Lange & Söhne celebrates the establishment of Saxon precision watchmaking 175 years ago, when Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded his manufactory for fine timepieces. The two-hand watch in a limited edition of 175 pieces features a case in Lange’s exclusive honey gold, a white enamel dial, and special movement finissage.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD

With its numerous traditional hallmarks, the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” is also reminiscent of his legendary pocket watches. At the same time, it unites two features that also characterise Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s designs and developments: perfection and clarity.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD

The case is merely 6.3 millimetres high and has a diameter of 38 millimetres. Just like the hands and the buckle, it consists of honey gold, an alloy developed exclusively for and used only by A. Lange & Söhne. Thanks to special admixtures and special thermal treatment, the metal is harder and thus more scratch-resistant than other gold alloys with a fineness of 18 carats. It was used for the first time in 2010 for the three watches of the “165 Years – Homage to F. A. Lange” anniversary edition. So far, only eight limited editions of watches cased in this exceptional gold alloy with its warm glow have been launched.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD

The L093.1 manufacture calibre of the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” is a modern interpretation of Lange’s product philosophy. With a power reserve of 72 hours, the 2.9-millimetre-high manually wound movement proves that compact dimensions and performance are not mutually exclusive. The freely oscillating Lange balance spring has a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour. In combination with a classic screw balance, it assures optimised rate accuracy.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD

In all of its artisanal facets, the manually assembled 167-part movement pays tribute to the style introduced by Ferdinand Adolph Lange. Contrary to the Glashütte ribbing commonly used in other Lange models, the German-silver three-quarter plate has a granular surface texture often found in historic Lange pocket watches.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD

The crown and ratchet wheels are visibly integrated in the train bridge and decorated with perfectly executed circular graining. Gold chatons secured by three thermally blued screws trace the path of the power transmitted from the mainspring barrel to the escapement. The invisible quality hallmarks include the two-fold assembly of the movement which guarantees technical and visual perfection.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD

The freehand engraving on the balance cock is the signature element of all Lange manufacture calibres. The fine lines of the floral pattern are black-rhodiumed, just like the inscription on the plate. The dark hue of the galvanic coating echoes the grey of the dial imprints and at the same time amplifies the three-dimensional effect of the engravings.

TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange”

This special model shows how A. Lange & Söhne has evolved the tradition of precision watchmaking and repeatedly infused it with fresh momentum. Five classic complications are combined in a unique masterpiece of technology called TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite”, introduced in 2017. As a tribute to Ferdinand Adolph Lange, a limited special edition in honey gold is now debuting with a black-rhodiumed dial made of the same material.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD

With the dial of the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange”, A. Lange & Söhne has taken a totally new approach. It is black-rhodiumed and, like the 43-millimetre case, consists of solid, 18-carat honey gold. The raised numerals and scales as well as the logo contrast vividly against the dark background. They are not applied and instead are raised from the material by about 0.15 millimetres. In combination with the relief, this creates an incomparable three-dimensional effect.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD

The hands of the time and calendar displays as well as the black-rhodiumed lunar disc are made of the same gold alloy. Its two glistening, slightly cambered moons are framed by hand-engraved stars. The dial and the lunar discs are crafted in-house to assure the perfect implementation of the innovative design idea.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD

With calibre L133.1, the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” is endowed with a movement of peerless complexity; it consists of 684 parts. It fully complies with the rules of classic precision watchmaking with design details such as column-wheel control for the rattrapante chronograph, the screw balance, and its artisanal finissage.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD

When it was introduced in 2017, the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite” was among the highlights at the SIHH salon in Geneva. The combination of five complications in this arrangement is unique.

As long ago as 2005, A. Lange & Söhne had already created a watch with a fusée-and-chain transmission, a tourbillon, and a rattrapante chronograph: the TOURBOGRAPH “Pour le Mérite”. But the addition of a perpetual calendar required more than 200 extra parts, dramatically changing the power flows in the movement and requiring a new design concept.

With analogue displays, the perpetual calendar indicates all month durations correctly until 2100. After a one-time correction, the calendar is then properly calibrated for the next century. It has three subsidiary dials. The date at twelve o’clock and the day at nine o’clock are indicated with honey-gold hands. The month and leap year are both displayed at three o’clock. The upper half of the analogue date accommodates the moon-phase display which is calculated at an accuracy of 122.6 years.

 

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD

The connection between the perpetual calendar and the rattrapante chronograph posed a special challenge for the engineers. This is because when both the chronograph function is used and the calendar displays switch, mechanical conflicts must be avoided alongside amplitude fluctuations that could have a negative impact on rate stability.

Here, A. Lange & Söhne was able to benefit from its many years of experience in the development of highly complex chronographs. The top-mounted rattrapante (or split-seconds) hand in blued steel can be stopped independently of the gold-plated chronograph hand and also resynchronised with it via the pusher at ten o’clock.

This allows any number of lap times to be stopped during a running time measurement. The mechanical switching processes are controlled with two column wheels and can be observed in real time through the sapphire-crystal caseback. The 30-minute-counter at nine o’clock completes the repertoire of chronograph displays.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD caseback

With their carefully orchestrated interaction, the tourbillon and the fusée-and-chain transmission minimise two unavoidable physical phenomena that are common in all mechanical watches: gravity and the waning force of the mainspring. In 1994, A. Lange & Söhne succeeded for the first time in integrating a fusée-and-chain transmission in the compact dimensions of a wristwatch.

Via a fusée connected to the spring barrel with a chain, the power of the mainspring is delivered to the movement with constant force thanks to the ingenious way in which the principle of levers is harnessed. A planetary gearing mechanism inside the fusée assures that the flow of power from the mainspring barrel to the escapement is not interrupted while the watch is being wound.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD

The special finissage of the calibre L133.1 was produced with a great artisanal effort and distinguishes itself from the first generation in essential details. The surfaces of the German-silver bridges and cocks are granularly textured and endowed with black-rhodiumed inscriptions. The filigreed lines of the manually engraved chronograph bridge are black-rhodiumed as well. This increases the three-dimensional effect of the pattern as well as the modernity of the traditional technique.

The artisanal decoration also includes the straight graining on the chain. The black polish on several areas of the curved tourbillon bridge challenges the skills of the finissage experts to the utmost. The tourbillon cage is suspended between two diamond endstones as was the case in Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s historic pocket watches of the then highest quality level, the 1A category.

A. Lange & Söhne “Homage to F. A. Lange” Special Edition Honey Gold Series: the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD

Other technical details of that category included a balance wheel with gold poising screws and screwed gold chatons to secure the bearing jewels. To top it off, a diamond end-stone was integrated in the hand-engraved balance cock. When reincorporating the company, Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein adopted numerous 1A quality criteria in the new product philosophy to build a bridge between tradition and modernity.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Calibre Heuer 02 Tourbillon “ODD BALLS” Edition

Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer presents a special edition of its iconic COSC-certified tourbillon chronograph Carrera to be auctioned as part of the “ODD BALLS Charity Auction” imagined and led by founder of Revolution, Wei Koh. The unique piece will join other watches and artworks in the digital fundraiser mid-June. The totality of the proceeds will be donated to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

TAG Heuer is leveraging its watchmaking expertise to give a generous watch enthusiast the opportunity to directly contribute to the global efforts in fighting the pandemic. This unique piece of horological excellence will forever be a meaningful tribute to the world’s strength, resilience and solidarity in these difficult times.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Calibre Heuer 02 Tourbillon “ODD BALLS” Edition

The one-of-a-kind design will be presented in the one-week online auction hosted on a Givergy platform for Revolution (#bidonourballs). The buyer will be invited to TAG Heuer’s Swiss manufacture in the Fall to meet the watchmakers who worked on their watch and receive it, complete with a personalized engraving. They will also be hosted by the brand for an exclusive experience at an iconic motor-racing event in 2021.

The Carrera Chronograph Calibre Heuer 02 Tourbillon is a striking wrist-worn work of art in a 45-mm black sandblasted ceramic case with a fixed black matte ceramic tachymeter scale bezel, black PVD steel pushers, crown and sapphire case back, on a black leather-on-rubber alligator strap.

The avant-garde black opalin skeletonized dial design, with rhodium-plated chronograph subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock, features an exclusive variation of the TAG Heuer shield logo, inverted to represent the #StayHome spirit in the form of a house. The applied indexes and the hour and minute hands are polished and satin-finished, then lined with Super-LumiNova®.

The black flying tourbillon beats subtly within the latticework dial at 6 o’clock. Around the open case back, a special engraving including the name of the donator and “REVOLUTION – COVID-19 SOLIDARITY AUCTION – UNIQUE PIECE” recognizes the extraordinary circumstances which led to the creation of this special edition.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Calibre Heuer 02 Tourbillon “ODD BALLS” Edition

The COSC-certified Calibre Heuer 02T in-house movement features a black column wheel and a carbon tourbillon upper cage, it beats at 28’800 A/h (4 Hz) and has a power reserve of at least 65 hours.

The special edition TAG Heuer Carrera marries bold design and Haute Horlogerie technical prowess, infused with an emotional message of courage and hope that will accompany the wearer of this exclusive piece for a lifetime.

Technical details

Model: TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Calibre Heuer 02 Tourbillon “ODD BALLS” Edition, Reference CAR5A90.FC6415

Movement
TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 02 Tourbillon manufacture movement
Automatic chronograph combined with a COSC-certified tourbillon
Diameter: 31mm
Black top plate with Côtes de Genève decoration
Black column wheel
Carbon tourbillon upper cage bridge
Power reserve of at least 65 hours

Display
Chronograph: hour, minute and second counters; tourbillon

Case
Diameter 45 mm
Matte black sandblasted ceramic
Matte black ceramic fixed bezel with tachymeter scale
Beveled, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Alternate finishing black PVD, black steel, rubber standard crown, push buttons and screwed sapphire case back
Personalized engraved case back

Dial
Black opaline skeletonized dial
Black flange with 60 second/minute scale
Rhodium-plated alternate finishing chronograph with minute and hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock
Black alternate finishing tourbillon
Rhodium-plated alternate finishing indexes and hands with black Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium-plated polished central hand
Special edition rhodium-plated reversed shield logo

Strap
Matt black alligator leather and rubber strap
Black PVD titanium folding clasp

Edition
Unique piece

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Tourbillograph Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Graham presents Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Tourbillograph, a 100-piece limited edition high complication watch to mark the 10th anniversary of Graham’s very first Tourbillograph. This new timepiece houses the G1780 automatic column-wheel chronograph-tourbillon movement.

This timepiece has a 47 mm superlight carbon composite case. A carbon trigger, bezel, dial and buckle, as well as a tourbillon cage weighing just 0.485 g, contribute to the Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Tourbillograph being less than 100 g.

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Tourbillograph Limited Edition

In performance terms, movement details such as Incabloc® shock absorbers, black low-friction coating on the column wheel, an oscillating mass with ceramic coating and anti-magnetism are signatures of staying power. The progressive integration of tourbillon tradition, steeped in history, into a reliably sporty watch is mirrored by the watch’s entire design language.

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Tourbillograph Limited Edition

Two patented inventions were made in the process. First, the offset construction and the open cage of the Tourbillon allow other wheels of the movement to intersect with the Tourbillon’s orbital plane. This in turn allows a wider opening in the dial to see the device at work and integrates it completely into the movement. The inventors have named this design cintré.

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Tourbillograph Limited Edition

The second is the Tourbillon which rotates between two characteristic bridges, designed for rigidity in a bent shape which is in the best tradition of English high precision timepieces of the 18th century. It makes the Tourbillon of the Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Tourbillograph more rugged and reliable than a Tourbillon volant or flying Tourbillon only mounted on one side.

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Tourbillograph Limited Edition

Even the black rubber reset pusher has a patterned Clous de Paris and easy to grip surface. And golden elements on the dial remind the carbon to keep its feet on the ground.

Technical details

Model: Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Tourbillograph Limited Edition

Functions
Tourbillon mechanism
Column wheel chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter and 12 hours counter)
Hours, minutes, seconds

Movement
Calibre: G1780, automatic column-wheel chronograph-tourbillon
28’800 A/h (4Hz)
Incabloc shock absorber
Movement finished with perlages, Geneva stripes, manually chamfered & polished edges. Column wheel with polished segments on base cog wheel with black low friction coating
Tourbillon cage 0.485 grams: 48 components 18K solid gold components
Off-centre construction at 4 o’clock, complete see-through tourbillon
Tourbillon construction protected by two patents
Double bridge construction with red gold (18K) upper bridge
Black gold skeletonised rotor with 18K solid gold oscillating weight
34 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours
Movement certification: Chronofiable® (improved shock absorption)

Case
47 mm superlight black carbon composite case
Black carbon fast-action start / stop trigger
Black rubber reset pusher with “Clous de Paris” high grip pattern
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
Domed see-through sapphire crystal case back with red “superlight carbon” inscription and limited edition serial number engraved
Bezel: Black carbon bezel
Water resistance: 330 feet / 100 m / 10 bar

Dial
Black carbon dial with white Super-LumiNova coated numerals
Golden hands (5N) with white Super-LumiNova
White varnish chrono hand
Minutes counter with golden ring (5N) and white varnish hand
Seconds counter with golden ring (5N) and golden hand (5N)
Tourbillograph inscription around the seconds counter

Strap
Integrated black rubber strap with “Clous de Paris”
Black carbon pin buckle

Edition
Limited edition: 100 pieces

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked, Black Ceramic Model

Presented at SIHH 2018, this new limited edition version of the Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked watch has successfully merged the sleek glamour of the black ceramic case, bezel and sapphire case-back with the blackened mainplate, as well as the rhodium plated barrel, balance wheel, Tourbillon Bridge and gear train.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked, Black Ceramic Model

The watch features a two-tone black rubber strap with elegantly understated colour highlights on the sides, in a choice of grey, blue, green and gold. These models are limited to 25 pieces in each bracelet colour.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked, Black Ceramic ModelTechnical details

Model: Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked

Movement
Hand-wound Manufacture Calibre 2936
Total diameter 29.90mm (13 ¼ lignes)
Total thickness 8.07mm
Number of jewels 28
Number of parts 299
Minimal guaranteed power reserve 72h
Frequency of balance wheel 3Hz (=21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Tourbillon, chronograph, hours, minutes and small seconds

Reference 26343CE.OO.D002CA.03
– Case: Black ceramic case, 44mm, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 20m
– Dial: Open-worked, satin-brushed black dial, black counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel
– Bracelet: Two-tone black and green rubber strap with titanium AP folding clasp

Reference 26343CE.OO.D002CA.04
– Case: Black ceramic case, 44mm, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 20m
– Dial: Open-worked, satin-brushed black dial, black counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel
– Bracelet: Two-tone black and pink gold-toned rubber strap with titanium AP folding clasp

BREITLING for Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon Chronograph

Launched in 2005, the BREITLING for Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon Chronograph is an extraordinary timepiece that embodies a blend of technology and tradition.The Mulliner Tourbillon chronograph is also a rare and indeed extremely rare model, since only a few pieces made each year.

Behind the closed doors of the prestigious Mulliner workshop at the Bentley factory in Crewe, a hundred or so craftsmen and technicians lavish the utmost care on fulfilling the most specific wishes of Bentley owners.

BREITLING for Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon Chronograph

While exclusivity comes at a price, it also brings its share of privileges, since each Mulliner Tourbillon is customized by its future owner. According to his personal preferences, he can choose the type of case – in platinum or in yellow, rose or white gold – the dial colour or the exact shade of the crocodile leather strap. Even the precious wood decoration on the back of the watch comes in a choice of six types of veneer.
BREITLING for Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon ChronographThis masterpiece also has an exceptional heart in the shape of hand-wound Breitling Caliber 18B, a Tourbillon chronograph movement exclusive to “ Breitling for Bentley ”. The tourbillon is a sophisticated mechanism constituting one of the most ingenious mechanical watch complications: the balance, balance-spring and escapement are contained within a carriage spinning on its axis, a construction which compensates for the variations in rate that occur when a watch is in a vertical position.

This is not the only special feature of this mechanism: its “30-second ” type chronograph mechanism is distinguished by its central hand revolving around the dial in half a minute instead of the usual 60 seconds; this apparently surprising configuration enables extremely precise read-off for the fractions of a second, in this case 1/6ths. It is also endowed with a 15-minute totalizer and a pointer-type date display.

BREITLING for Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon ChronographEach automobile that emerges from the Mulliner workshops is unique… and such is also true of each Mulliner Tourbillon, thus guaranteeing its owner the certainty that he will never see an identical watch. Each hour-marker on the dial is fashioned from natural hand-crafted mother-of-pearl.

Both literally and figuratively, each Mulliner Tourbillon carries the hallmark of its owner, including his initials engraved on one of the movement bridges. Protected by a sapphire crystal, the precious wooden ring is available in the same shades and veneers as the Bentley Mulliner trim: burr walnut, dark stained burr walnut, madrona, birds eye maple, burr oak, olive ash.
BREITLING for Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon ChronographThe countless ways of personalising a Mulliner Tourbillon chronograph are directly inspired by those offered by the Bentley Mulliner workshops in Crewe.

Technical details

Model: Mulliner Tourbillon chronograph

Movement 
Mechanical hand-wound Breitling Caliber 18M, Tourbillon regulating system, COSC-certified chronometer

Functions 
Hours, minutes, seconds, pointer-type date display, 30-second chronograph functions with hand sweeping the dial in half a minute (providing 1/6th of a second display), 15-minute totalizer, rotation pinion bezel with variable tachometer (circular slide rule)

Case 
Platinum, 750 (18K) yellow, rose or white gold
Domed antiglare sapphire crystal
Back with precious wood surround in a choice of six veneers to match those
used by Bentley
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial 
A choice of colour, hand-cut mother-of-pearl hour markers

Bracelet/Strap 
Crocodile strap (in a choice of colours) or metal bracelet

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25th Anniversary Editions – Re-edition of the Original Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph and the New Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

First launched in 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore collection celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. To mark this historical milestone, Audemars Piguet presents special anniversary edition of this prestigious line by creating three new versions of the iconic sports watch: a re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph, as well as a brand new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph with a contemporary dial design developed in two versions.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25th Anniversary Edition Re-edition of the Original Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph

After the introduction of the original Royal Oak Offshore in 1993, more than 120 references of this 42 mm model have been launched in various materials such as stainless steel, titanium, gold and platinum. In 2018, further to the re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore, Audemars Piguet introduces a new special series available in either stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold, each one limited to 50 pieces.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25th Anniversary Edition Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph in Pink gold

These two models are inspired by the previous Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph (26388PO & 26288OR), with an entirely redesigned movement, developed exclusively to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore collection. Featuring the combination of materials that is often presented on Royal Oak Offshore models, the crown and pushpieces are now crafted in ceramic instead of metal and rubber.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25th Anniversary Edition Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph in stainless steel

The new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph also presents a brand new dial constructed as a true piece of contemporary architecture, which demonstrates the bold approach that Audemars Piguet has always sought to convey through the aesthetics of its Offshore collection, while always being true to its DNA.

Technical details

Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph, Reference: 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25th Anniversary Edition Re-edition of the Original Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 3126/3840
Total diameter: 29.92 mm (13 ¼ lignes)
Total thickness: 7.16 mm
Number of jewels: 59
Number of parts: 365
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 50h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz): 3 Hz (=21,600 vibrations /h)

Case
42 mm stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, case back engraved with the “Royal Oak Offshore” logo in the centreand the word “AUTOMATIC”, blue rubber-clad push-pieces and screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Blue dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, blue counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, blue inner bezel

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

Functions
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date

Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, Reference: 26421ST.OO.A002CA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25th Anniversary Edition Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph in stainless steel

Movement
Hand-wound Calibre 2947
Total diameter: 39.78 mm (17 ½ lignes)
Total thickness: 11.60 mm
Number of jewels: 30
Number of parts: 353
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 173h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz): 3 Hz (=21,600 vibrations /h)

Case
45 mm stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, stainless steel bezel, black ceramic screw-locked crown and push-pieces, sand blasted titanium push-piece guards, water-resistant to 100m

Dial
Black dial, white gold hour-markers with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle

Functions
Tourbillon, chronograph, 30-minute counter, seconds counter, hours and minutes

Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, Reference: 26421OR.OO.A002CA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25th Anniversary Edition Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph in Pink Gold

Movement
Hand-wound    Calibre 2947
Total diameter: 39.78 mm (17 ½ lignes)
Total thickness: 11.60 mm
Number of jewels: 30
Number of parts: 353
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 173h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz): 3 Hz (=21,600 vibrations /h)

Case
45 mm 18-carat pink gold case, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, pink gold bezel, black ceramic screw-locked crown and pushpieces, sandblasted pink gold pushpiece guards, water-resistant to 100m

Dial
Black dial, pink gold hour-markers with luminescent coating

Functions
Tourbillon, chronograph, 30-minute counter, seconds counter, hours and minutes

Bracelet
Black rubber strap with 18-carat pink gold pin buckle

ANGELUS U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante

The Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante is a three dimensional and modern mechanical wrist watch that unites three coveted “haute horlogerie” complications: the tourbillon, fly-back double column wheel chronograph and split-seconds (rattrapante), while also boasting automatic winding with a power reserve display.

Angelus brand proudly carries a long tradition in innovative chronograph wristwatches: this history of manufacture chronographs for the wrist began in 1925 with a monopusher. The company’s first highlight was the 1942 launch of the Chronodato, the world’s first serially manufactured chronograph with calendar. Throughout subsequent decades, Angelus released ever more groundbreaking chronographs, many of them including world-first complications.

ANGELUS U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante watch with fly-back double column wheel chronograph and split-seconds

It took almost five years of intensive research and development secured by several patents to create the U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante. It features a one-minute tourbillon, a fly-back double column wheel chronograph, a split-seconds (rattrapante), a self-winding mechanism and a power reserve indicator. However technically complicated that combination is, it is the movement’s contemporary architecture and three-dimensional design that make the Angelus Tourbillon Rattrapante truly unique.

All of these complications have been reengineered based on structural optimization and skeletonized to reveal as much of the movement as possible on the dial side, all while ensuring maximum legibility of the time and chronograph functions. The skeleton bridges alone allow the display of no fewer than 15 different wheels dial side.

ANGELUS U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante watch with fly-back double column wheel chronograph and split-seconds

The movement hosts a number of complications – all fully integrated rather than modular add-ons – that are built on several layers, all visible thanks to the skeletonized bridges that create a form evoking the “A” of Angelus. To further increase the impression of depth, the movement is fully transparent around the tourbillon and treated in various shades of black and grey.

ANGELUS U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante watch with fly-back double column wheel chronograph and split-seconds

A tour of the open dial begins with skeletonized central hour and minute hands. High legibility is ensured by high-contrast black movement bridges underneath light-colored hour and minute hands, as well as the fact that the latter have slightly curved profiles to catch the light from any angle.

The one-minute tourbillon occupies a quarter of the dial space and can be appreciated through the skeletonized movement plate and bridges at 10 o’clock. The tourbillon is high beat with 4 Hz / 28,800 vph, a perfect fit for the watch’s character.

The tourbillon cage is entirely made of non-magnetic material and reduced to the maximum to further minimize mass and optimize performance. Not only can the tourbillon itself be fully admired dial side, but also all its gearing, creating an intriguing micro-mechanical display.

ANGELUS U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante watch with fly-back double column wheel chronograph and split-seconds

The power reserve indicator, with visible gears and wheels, is positioned at 8 o’clock directly integrated onto the skeletonized bridge: a green sector indicates ideal torque while red highlights that it’s time to wind the watch.

ANGELUS U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante watch with fly-back double column wheel chronograph and split-seconds

The chronograph function of the U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante is among the most refined and complicated in existence: the split-seconds or “double” chronograph. This type of chronograph is highly complex to achieve, especially when combined with a tourbillon, as the energy consumption of a rattrapante mechanism is very high.

ANGELUS U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante watch with fly-back double column wheel chronograph and split-seconds

The rattrapante (or split-seconds) function allows the timing of different events that begin but do not end together, for example the times of two runners. Two separate chronograph second hands are set one over the other; the one underneath is the split-seconds hand.

When the chronograph is started, both hands start moving in lockstep together, until a press of the pusher in the crown “splits” them, with the top hand continuing and the bottom split seconds hand stopping to allow an intermediate time to be noted. By again pressing the pusher, the split-seconds hand will instantly catch up to the main chronograph hand, ready again to record a new intermediate time. Integrated onto the bridge at 3 o’clock, a 30-minute counter completes the chronograph functions.

The visible column wheel for the split-seconds function is beautifully placed at 4 o’clock, positioned just below the 30-minute counter. The observer can even watch it in operation when the split-seconds function is activated. A second column wheel on the back of the movement controls the chronograph.

Whereas the majority of chronographs operate in the sequence push-to-start, push-to-stop, and push-to-reset, Angelus’ U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante is first of all a “fly-back” chronograph, which means that the timing operation can be directly reset and restart without having to be stopped first. The fly-back function is very useful as it allows instant restarting of the chronograph with one push of the button instead of the three pushes necessary for standard chronographs.

The fly-back function is especially complicated to achieve when combined with the split seconds complication as the fly-back mechanism has not only one, but two, central chronograph hands to reset and restart. In addition, the forces generated on the split seconds mechanism during the instantaneous reset and restart are significant. Therefore, all of the different chronograph functions have to be painstakingly set and optimized by the master watchmaker during assembly in order to guarantee smooth operation of all functions.

Technical details

Model: U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante

Features and Indications
Central hours and minutes, tourbillon, fly-back double column wheel chronograph, split-seconds (rattrapante), power reserve indicator

Movement and Finishing
Calibre: A-150, mechanical self-winding tourbillon split-seconds chronograph
Complications: One-minute tourbillon, fly-back chronograph, split-seconds, power reserve indicator
Jewels: 38
Diameter: 37.60 mm
Height: 9.35 mm
Power reserve: 45 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz / 28,800 vph
Balance wheel: Black gold-treated copper-beryllium
Escapement: Swiss lever
Regulated: Set to 5 positions
Gear train: Wheels with exclusive Angelus six-spoke design to maximize rigidity
Screws: Angelus three-point design torque-optimizing heads
Main plate and automatic bridge: Grey NAC-treated to maximize contrast and depth
Upper bridges: Black ADLC-treated
Column wheels: Black ADLC-treated and mirror-polished. Both the split-seconds’ column wheel on the dial side and chronograph column wheel on the back are visible
Tourbillon cage: Hand-chamfered and hand-polished. Black ADLC-treated second pointer
Movement finishing: Chamfered and polished edges, flat surfaces either satin-finished or sandblasted
Rotor: Black ADLC-treated with solid 22-karat white gold segment

Dial
Chapter ring: Hours, minutes and chronograph seconds markers
Counters: 30-minute counter laser engraved onto the upper chronograph bridge and rhodium treated. Power reserve indicator laser engraved onto the power reserve bridge, rhodium treated and filled with green and red lacquer
Hands: Skeletonized, sand-blasted with polished top hour and minute hands, sandblasted chronograph second hand with red tip, satin-finished split-seconds hand, sand-blasted with polished top power reserve hand, polished 30-minute counter hand with red line

Case
Material: Grade 5 titanium with black coating on the case band
Diameter: 47 mm
Thickness: 15 mm
Crown: Engraved with ANGELUS logo; 2 positions: 1. winding, 2. time-setting, split-seconds pusher integrated in the crown
Back: Transparent
Distance between lugs: 22 mm
Water resistance: 30 m / 100 ft / 3 atm
Crystals: Box sapphire crystal (front and back) with anti-reflective coating on the inside

Strap and buckle
Material: Black stealth alligator with titanium insert or rubber
Length range: 70 mm to 125 mm
Width: 22 / 20 mm
Buckle: Titanium, folding buckle engraved with Angelus logo

Limitation and reference number
Limited edition: 25 pieces
Reference number: 0CRAC.B01A.C003U

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked, 44 mm (Ref. 26347PT.OO.D315CR.01)

Crafted in highly precious platinum metal, this high horology creation from Swiss watch manufacture Audemars Piguet offers a spectacular display of time and chronograph functions, tourbillon complication and inner mechanisms through its open worked blue dial.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked

Equipped with a hand wound movement, this exclusive wristwatch boasts a tourbillon complication at 6’o clock in addition to chronograph functions and basic timekeeping features.

Surrounded by a blue inner bezel, the open worked blue dial also accommodates two subdials respectively for small seconds (at 9’o clock) and chronograph 30 minutes counter (at 3’o clock). It also features pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. The hand wound manufacture movement delivers 72h power reserve when fully wound.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked with Platinum case

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked watch features glare proofed sapphire crystal and caseback.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked

The Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked comes with a matching blue alligator strap with platinum folding clasp.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked
Reference: 26347PT.OO.D315CR.01

Movement
Hand-wound Manufacture: Calibre 2936
Total diameter: 29.90 mm (13 ¼ lignes)
Total thickness: 7.60 mm
Number of jewels: 28
Number of parts: 299
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 72 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (= 21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Tourbillon
Chronograph
Hours
Minutes
Small seconds

Case
950 platinum case, glare proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 20 m

Dial
Blue dial, openworked, satin-brushed, blue counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, blue inner bezel

Bracelet
Hand-stitched “large square scale” blue alligator strap with 950 platinum AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie

In 2015, Audemars Piguet unveiled the Royal Oak Concept RD#1 – the most sonically considered concept watch of modern times, propelling acoustic performance in chiming watches to unparalleled levels. Eight years in the making, with the watchmaker as key sound producer, that concept timepiece presented dynamic innovations that defied practical restrictions, such as waterproofing.

Now, just 12 months later, that concept has become reality. In 2016, Audemars Piguet presents an outstanding new wristwatch: the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie, a minute repeater of superior acoustic intensity with a supremely clear, sustained tone.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie

Three new pioneering chiming sound developments have become technological achievements, patented innovations. Presented in a super-light titanium case, this exclusive production timepiece is precision-made to awaken sound. It brings unprecedented acoustic performance, exceptionally refined sound quality and the clear, harmonic tone of traditional pocket-watches to a contemporary minute repeater wristwatch.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie titanium

Since the Manufacture was founded, generations of watchmakers have progressed complex mechanisms created in Le Brassus into future-forward technologies through every decade of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie watch

That tradition continues through pioneering chiming watches sound study programme, started in 2006, in collaboration with the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

Today, sound-measurement facilities are installed at the Manufacture, where various amplification methods, such as an anechoic chamber and microphone recordings, assist a dedicated team of watchmakers, artisans, technicians and academics in creating chiming technologies for the future. Restrictions of necessary technology, such as waterproofing, which diffuses sound, are being overcome; acoustic performance is scientifically augmented.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie

The outcome of the study programme is a new method for pre-preparing the steel used to create the gong structure, to achieve a unique minute repeater sound. A scientific system of performance targets was devised according to material cross-section, length and rigidity. Today, these pre-defined targets anticipate the final performance of the steel used by the watchmaker to make the gongs, assisting him to hone the right pitch, tone, and harmony. The result is a shortened, precision-mastered tuning process and a unique sound.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie

The Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie presents a newly developed case construction that prevents sound absorption, boosting amplification. In traditional minute repeater technology, the gongs are fixed to the mainplate.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie

In the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie they are attached to a new device, a material spread beneath the movement that acts as a soundboard. Now, the gongs transmit vibrations directly to the soundboard – not to the mainplate. The technology functions like the upper body of a guitar. With the vibration-to-air system improved, sound quality, tone and amplification are richer.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie

The striking regulator – the device that sets the pace of the striking sequence of hours, quarters and minutes – is redesigned. The anchor system is more flexible and becomes a shock absorber so that unwanted shock noise – created on action – is eliminated. Noise is almost imperceptible; poor frequencies are diminished and the pure, clear sound created by the watchmaker is freed. The result: a brighter, cleaner tone.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie

The Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is not simply a striking watch; it is devised as a musical instrument. In an acoustic guitar, the strings are pulled tightly over the bridge.

When plucked, the strings vibrate at a certain frequency and produce a beautiful, tonal sound. This sound is then carried into the body of the guitar – the soundboard – via the bridge. As it travels around the body of the instrument, the sound is amplified. No longer controlled by the player, the sound is freed.

In the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie:-

  • The gongs behave like guitar strings
  • The hammers are the guitar player’s fingers
  • The gong stud is the guitar bridge
  • The internal soundboard spread beneath the movement is the body of the guitar
  • The sound is amplified, the tone improved

In traditional chiming systems, when there is no quarter chiming sequence – for example, at 10.08 – there is a long silence between the hour and minute chiming sequences. In the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie, time spent waiting for the gongs to strike is reduced by up to 50 per cent. Furthermore, a security function prevents the user altering the time display while the striking mechanism is active. Timing is improved.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie watch

The Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie looks as good as it sounds: a visionary timepiece with a gleaming, futuristic character. The case is architecturally constructed in super-light titanium, while the blackened mainplate is the backdrop for the steel of the high-tech regulator.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie

Not only does the open-worked dial reveal the visionary technology within, it illuminates the true essence of this extraordinary timepiece: the movement. Decorated by hand, it is bevelled, polished, engraved and finished to perfection by the artists of Le Brassus.

Technical details

Model: Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie
Reference: 26577TI.OO.D002CA.01

Movement
Hand-wound Manufacture Calibre 2937
Total diameter: 29.90 mm (13 ¼ lignes)
Total thickness: 8.28 mm
Number of jewels: 43
Number of parts: 478
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 42 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (= 21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Minute repeater on two gongs
Tourbillon
Chronograph with central sweep-seconds hand
30-minute counter
Hours
Minutes

Case
Titanium case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, titanium bezel, black ceramic screw-locked crown, black ceramic and titanium push-pieces, titanium push-piece guards, water-resistant to 20 m.

Dial
Black dial, open-worked, satin-brushed, black counters, white gold hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel

Bracelet

Black rubber strap with titanium AP folding clasp

Arnold & Son Royal TEC1, New Reference with Palladium Case and Black Guilloché Dial

Globally renowned for its rich British heritage and inimitable excellence in watchmaking, Arnold & Son unveils a new reference of the TEC1 with a palladium case and a black guilloché dial.

The TEC1 wristwatch masterfully integrates three complexities never before combined by the brand in such an elegant rendition.

A tourbillon, a column wheel chronograph and an automatic winding system deftly blend in a superb avant-garde yet classic timepiece. The TEC1 is part of the sophisticated Royal Collection, which is inspired by the timepieces created in the early part of John Arnold’s life for King George III and members of the royal court.

Arnold and Son Royal TEC1 watch, new model with Palladium 950 case and Black guilloche dial

The sophisticated TEC1 is a worthy example of Arnold & Son’s innovative spirit, technical prowess and artistic achievement. The A&S8305 calibre is an exclusive mechanical selfwinding movement that offers hours, minutes, tourbillon and chronograph.

The challenge for Arnold & Son’s Research and Development team in creating this timepiece was the integration of a high-frequency tourbillon, a chronograph and an automatic winding system in a way that is elegant and technically advanced. As such, the traditional layout of a movement with these functions has been totally discarded and all-new engineering was required for the new calibre.

Arnold and Son Royal TEC1 watch, new model with Palladium 950 case and Black guilloche dial

The tourbillon escapement majestically occupies the entire top portion of the dial from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock with an oversized aperture that offers an incredible three-dimensional effect as the tourbillon cage rotates.

With a sapphire crystal and case back, the aperture allows for a view that is totally unencumbered and breathtaking. The TEC1 is the brand’s first high-frequency tourbillon, with 28,800 vibrations per hour and with a generous power reserve of 55 hours.

Arnold and Son Royal TEC1 watch, new model with Palladium 950 case and Black guilloche dial

The lower portion of the dial features the chronograph function, with the 60 minutes counter strategically located at 6 o’clock for harmonious balance. The seconds counter is offered via a central seconds hand.

Making the watch even more technologically savvy is the fact that it is built with a column wheel chronograph – whose large column wheel is visible via the transparent sapphire case back. Implementing an integrated automatic winding system that winds in both directions further highlights the haute horological finesse of the brand.

Arnold and Son Calibre A&S 8305 column-wheel chronograph tourbillon movement

In typical Arnold & Son tradition the 255-part, 30-jewel A&S8305 calibre is meticulously finished. Each palladium treated movement boasts manually chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes. The chronograph levers are satin-finished with hand-chamfered, polished edges and screws are blued with bevelled and mirror polished heads.

The highlight of the watch is a 22-carat red gold skeletonised rotor that is breathtakingly beautiful thanks to hand-engraved craftsmanship, its brushed surfaces and chamfered polished edges. The magnificent movement is housed in a superb 45 mm palladium case.

This new reference of the TEC1 featuring a black guilloche dial is a limited edition of 125 timepieces.

Technical details

Model: Royal TEC1
Reference: 1CTAG.U02A.C113G
Limited edition: 125 timepieces

Movement
Calibre: A&S8305
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, self-winding, column-wheel, ceramic ball bearing, 30 jewels, diameter 35.00 mm, thickness
8.15 mm, power reserve 55 h, 28,800 vibrations/h
Functions: hours, minutes, tourbillon, chronograph

Movement decoration
Palladium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, all chronograph levers are satin-finished with hand-chamfered and polished edges, circular satin-finished wheels, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads.

Tourbillon
Stainless steel tourbillon-barrette, satin-finished with hand-chamfered and polished edges. Hand-chamfered tourbillon cage with mirror-polished top bridge.

Oscillating weight
Hand-engraved 22-carat red gold, skeletonised with brushed surfaces and chamfered polished edges.

Dial
Black guilloche

Case
Palladium 950, diameter 45 mm
Cambered sapphire with antireflective coating on both sides
See-through sapphire case back
Water-resistant to 30 m

Strap
Hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research

Exceptional engineering and the power of sound merge in one of the most innovative concept watches created by a Swiss haute horlogerie watchmaking house.

The result of an in-depth eight-year sound research programme with three patents pending, this new Royal Oak Concept watch, a unique prototype, will be unveiled by Audemars Piguet at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2015 (SIHH) in Geneva.

Engineered within Audemars Piguet’s acoustic research lab, this new Royal Oak Concept is the first chiming watch so acoustically considered as to become a sound concept in its own right.

It has been sonically developed through an ongoing acoustic study programme in collaboration with the EPFL (EcolePolytechniqueFédérale de Lausanne) and it took three years to transfer that technological study into a watch concept. The result is scientifically defined sonic targets for watchmakers to measure and attain the ‘perfect’ minute repeater sound at a volume level never achieved before.

By applying the principles of stringed instrument making, Audemars Piguet has made a breakthrough in the acoustic quality of chiming watch technology and significantly enhanced sound transmission. In parallel, the Manufacture has innovated to overcome the necessary restrictions of water-resistance, which naturally dampens volume, with creative solutions increasing sound intensity.

Finally, to further improve sound perception, Audemars Piguet developed a new – almost silent – striking mechanism regulator. The result?  The volume, pitch, tones and harmony of sound in a modern water-resistant minute repeater watch are all scientifically enhanced.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research

For the first time in the history of chiming wristwatches, this timepiece isn’t a minute repeater simply meant for the confidential use of its wearer. Instead, its unique sound becomes a powerful experience to be shared.

The family-owned watchmaker took a passionate as well as a technological approach to the study programme, engaging a carefully chosen community of researchers, including watchmakers, artisans, technicians and academics.

The inner working of musical instruments was explored by a stringed instrument maker, an esteemed academic of the Geneva conservatory contributed on the subject of perceived sound, and an engineer from EPFL worked to improve sonic quality. Each added to the texture of the research programme, preventing it from becoming a simple academic exercise and highlighting sound as an expressive tool.

This new piece is a milestone in Audemars Piguet’s rich history of creating inventive, masterful and unique concepts: it breaks the rules of chiming watches by mastering sound.

Technical details

Model: Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research

Movement
Hand-wound Manufacture movement with minute repeater, tourbillon and column-wheel chronograph
Total diameter: 29.90 mm (13 ¼  lignes)
Minimal guaranteed power reserve> 48 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations / hour)

Functions
Hours and minutes
Chronograph with central sweep-seconds hand, 30-minute counter (at 3 o’clock)
Minute Repeater

Case
Titanium case, Titanium bezel, titanium push piece guards
Diameter: 44 mm
Water Resistance: 20 m

Dial
Black dial, black counters, Royal Oak concept hands with luminescent coating

Strap
Black rubber with titanium folding buckle

Arnold & Son Royal Collection – TEC1 (Technically Advanced Tourbillon Chronograph)

Globally renowned for its rich British heritage and inimitable excellence in watchmaking, Swiss luxury watch brand Arnold & Son unveils an inventive new timepiece that underscores its commitment to Haute Horologerie: Technically Advanced Tourbillon Chronograph: the Royal TEC1.

The new TEC1 wristwatch masterfully integrates three complexities never before combined by the brand in such an elegant rendition. A tourbillon, a column wheel chronograph and an automatic winding system deftly blend in a superb avant-garde yet classic new timepiece.

The TEC1, the brand’s third tourbillon, joins the sophisticated Royal Collection, which is inspired by the timepieces created in the early part of John Arnold’s life for King George III and members of the royal court.

This sophisticated new TEC1 is a worthy example of Arnold & Son’s innovative spirit, technical prowess and artistic achievement. The A&S8305 calibre is an exclusive mechanical self-winding movement that offers hours, minutes, tourbillon and Chronograph.

The challenge for Arnold & Son’s Research and Development team in creating this timepiece was the integration of a high-frequency tourbillon, a chronograph and an automatic winding system in a way that is elegant and technically advanced. As such, the traditional layout of a movement with these functions has been totally discarded and all-new engineering was required for the new calibre.

Arnold and Son Royal TEC1 (Technically Advanced Tourbillon Chronograph)

The tourbillon escapement majestically occupies the entire top portion of the dial from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock with an oversized aperture that offers an incredible three-dimensional effect as the tourbillon cage rotates.

With a sapphire crystal and case back, the aperture allows for a view that is totally unencumbered and breathtaking. The TEC1 is the brand’s first high-frequency tourbillon, with 28,800 vibrations per hour and with a generous power reserve of 55 hours. The lower portion of the dial features the chronograph function, with the 60 minutes counter strategically located at 6 o’clock for harmonious balance. The seconds counter is offered via a central second’s hand.

Making the watch even more technologically savvy is the fact that it is built with a column wheel chronograph – whose large column wheel is visible via the transparent sapphire case back.

Implementing an integrated automatic winding system that winds in both directions further highlights the haute horological finesse of the brand.

Arnold and Son Royal TEC1 (Technically Advanced Tourbillon Chronograph)

In typical Arnold & Son tradition, the 255-part, 30-jewel A&S8305 calibre is meticulously finished. Each palladium treated movement boasts manually chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes.

The chronograph levers are satin-finished with hand-chamfered, polished edges and all screws are blued with bevelled and mirror polished heads. The highlight of each watch is a 22-carat red gold skeletonised rotor that is breathtakingly beautiful thanks to hand-engraved craftsmanship, its brushed surfaces and chamfered polished edges.

Technical details

Collection: Arnold and Son Royal Collection
Model: TEC1 (Technically Advanced Tourbillon Chronograph), Reference: 1CTAR.G01A.C112R

Movement
Calibre: A&S8305
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, self-winding, ceramic ball bearing, 30 jewels, diameter 35.00 mm, thickness 8.83 mm, power reserve 55 h, 28,800 vibrations/h

Movement decoration: palladium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, all chronograph levers are satin-finished withhand-chamfered and polished edges, circular satin-finished wheels,blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads.Hand-engraved 22-carat red gold skeletonised rotor with brushed surfaces and chamfered polished edges.

Tourbillon: 18-carat red gold tourbillion-barrette, satin-finished withhand-chamfered and polished edges, tourbillon cage hand-chamfered and mirror-polished bridge

Functions
Hours, minutes, tourbillon, chronograph

Case, dial and strap
Case: 18-carat red gold, diameter 45 mm, cambered sapphire with antireflective coating on both sides, case back see-through sapphire, water-resistant to 30 m
Dial: anthracite
Strap: hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

AkriviA, the young Swiss luxury watch brand based in Geneva, manufactures exceptional haute-horlogerie timepieces. Founded by master watch maker Rexhep Rexhepi, the brand now unveils their first timepiece: the Tourbillon monopusher chronograph.

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

It was during his apprenticeship at Patek Philippe at the age of 14 that Rexhep Rexhepi first felt an intense desire to express a personal philosophy of watchmaking with an approach that would push the boundaries of execution and mechanism to new levels.

A decade of experiences after that daydream about the future would see AkriviA become a reality. AkriviA’s goals are simple: uniting the heritage of the Geneva watchmaking traditions with a contemporary approach that interprets timekeeping for the 21st century.

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

For the first masterpiece from the brand, Rexhep Rexhepi has chosen a stunning combination of two complications:-

  • Tourbillon –Most beautiful and complex mechanism in horology and also the most challenging complication to create.
  • Monopusher Chronograph – Chronograph is most desired watch function that suited to the typical timing tasks of everyday life. The Monopusher Chronograph has a history that dates back to 19th century and is rare and one of the oldest among various types of chronographs available.

The watch maker has combined the Tourbillon and monopusher chronograph complications in an elegant manner for a contemporary watch design and result is a high end complication watch integrated with a useful function.

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph is equipped with Caliber AA-01, a manual winding movement developed in Geneva. The movement which has a power reserve of 100 hours boasts functions such as tourbillon mononpusher chronograph, with hours, minutes, running chronograph minutes and seconds and power reserve indicator.

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

The chronograph mechanism is built up on the dial side, which is quite rare in the world of watchmaking. All of the bridges, springs, plates and the tourbillon cage, the balance with its gold timing screws, the chronograph wheel and many more details – have all been re-designed and for this reason many new parts were created from steel, which allows a high level of finishing as well as providing extensive longevity regarding wear and tear.

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

Some of these changes were purely visible in order to follow all the codes for the Geneva Seal; others were undertaken in order to optimize the monopusher chronograph functions for perfect chronometric results and the elimination of backlash when stopping and starting the mechanism.

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

The case of the watch, which is available in Steel or 18K 5N red gold, is inspired by the classical traditions; however, it is not copy of particular look or style of case design from the past. The case design recalls the elegant cases of the past only by indirect inference, yet its design is firmly rooted in the more dynamic lines of the 21st century.

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

And with an eye to the user, in order to make the  watch comfortable to wear, a lot of attention was paid to such details as the creation of  a streamlined, ergonomic case form and outline, the shape of the pusher as well as the  angle and direction in which the fingers touch the case when using the chronograph  functions. The anti-glare treated sapphire glass front and back provide the perfect window on the movement’s key features and the attention given to each detail.

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

With a philosophy identical to that used in the movement, the case is extremely finely finished in every detail as well as complex in its realization with more than 30 separate parts.

Technical details

Model: Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

Movement
Manual winding movement, Caliber AA-01
Tourbillon mononpusher chronograph, with hours, minutes, running chronograph minutes and seconds and power reserve indicator
Diameter: 30.00mm / Thickness: 7.40mm
Number of parts (Complete movement) : 286 parts
Number of parts (Tourbillon cage): 63 parts
Number of jewels: 33, Olive-domed and plate jewels
Power reserve: 100 hours / with chronograph engaged: 72h
Frequency: 21,600 vph

Chronograph
• Engages directly with the Tourbillon cage
• Column-wheel
• Snail type gear-trains design by AkriviA
• Steel parts decorated by inward angles and sinks
• Chronograph wheels and parts decorated by hand

Main Plate
• Interior and exterior flanks finished with angles and sinks polished by hand.
• Manual circular graining
• Rhodium finish

Bridges
• Interior and exterior flanks decorated with 10 inward angles created and polishedby hand.
• Angles and sinks with hand graining and polishing by hand
• “Côtes de Genève” decoration
• Manual circular graining even on non-visible parts
• Finishing of all steel parts with handmade blocked and facet polishing
• All inscriptions engraved by hand (“AkriviA”; N°, “Manufacturé à Genève”, logo)
• Nickel-rhodium finish
• Hand-engraved inscriptions finished in 3N gold

Tourbillon Cage
• Cage pillars in Titanium
• Bridges in hand blocked and facet polished steel
• Eight handmade and polished inward angles
• Swiss anchor escapement
• 60-second rotation
• Weight of the cage: 0.45g

Balance wheel
• Gold timing screws
• Diameter 9.60 mm

Displays
Hour and minute
Chronograph minutes and seconds
Segmented power reserve (100 hours)

Case
Available in Steel or 18K 5N red gold
Front sapphire glass crystal with anti-reflective treatment (both sides)
Lateral tab at 9 o’clock provides optimal ergonomic positioning of the fingers when engaging the chronograph
Case composed of 30 parts
Transparent back of sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment (both sides)
Hand engraved inscriptions placed on the circumference
Case dimensions: Diameter: 43mm/ Thickness: 12.90mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM (30m / 100ft)

Crown
In steel or 18K 5N red gold with engraved and polished AkriviA logo
Engraved circumference with “clous de Paris” decoration

Dial
Black PVD–coated German silver base
Silver pigments for the hour and minute markers (steel version) or blue pigments (red gold version)
Brushed and rhodium finished minute and seconds display
Brushed and rhodium finished power reserve sector
Hand engraved, blocked and facet polished decorative inset at 12 o’ clock
Hand engraved, blocked and facet polished decorative insert around the tourbillon cage in steel

Hands
Sword shaped hour, minute, seconds and chronograph minute hands in AkriviA design
Hands with Rhodium finish
Power reserve in brushed German silver with rhodium finish and red lacquer

Strap and Clasp
Hand-sewn black alligator
Choice of 18K, 5N red gold deployant clasp or pin buckle, both with hand-engraved AkriviA logo and hand stitched alligator strap

AUDEMARS PIGUET Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph Limited Edition

AUDEMARS PIGUET, the legendary Swiss watch Manufacture based in Le Brassus unveils Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph, a limited edition timepiece model equipped with complications and clothed in a case inspired by that of a 1920s cushion-shaped pocket watch belonging to its private museum.

Unveiled at SIHH 2013,  the Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph is produced in two 10-piece limited editions: one in pink and white gold, and the other in titanium and white gold.

The first version, featuring a pink gold case middle topped by a white gold bezel, associated with an anthracite dial, pink gold hands and hour-markers, lends the model an original and timeless charm.  The other version with its titanium case middle and white gold bezel offers the wearer the best possible auditory experience when the minute repeater is in operation.

Few people are aware that the quality of the sound emitted by a watch largely depends on the metal from which the case is made, as well as its volume. The larger the case and the lighter and harder the materials, the more it enables the acoustic waves to expand. The 47 mm titanium case thereby maximises the sound volume, thus enhancing connoisseurs’ listening pleasure.

AUDEMARS PIGUET Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph Limited Edition

In addition to its original design, this extraordinary instrument also houses an exceptional movement combining highly sought-after horological complications including a tourbillon regulator and a minute repeater mechanism. Assembled within a single mechanism and complemented by a chronograph function, they form a rare and outstanding whole.

The appealingly curved case of the Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph accommodates a mechanical hand-wound 13 ¼-ligne (29.90 mm) calibre that is  7.65 mm thick and comprises 504 parts – of which some of the individual elements and mechanical subsets are visible through the transparent case-back.

Moreover, the  83 parts composing the one-minute rotating tourbillon with its balance oscillating at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour may be admired through the dial opening, thus enabling the owner of this fantastic instrument to revel in the sight of this 0.4 gram regulator of which the constant revolutions are designed to enhance the precision of the watch.

AUDEMARS PIGUET Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph Limited Edition

This exceptional timepiece is also superbly crafted by hand according to the highest Fine Watchmaking standards in order to reveal meticulously worked parts fully respectful of tradition.

The patient finishing work, to which specialised artisans devote hundreds of hours, is clearly visible through the transparent case-back. Finishes such as bevelling, recesses, sinks and sandblasting are required countless hours of fine craftsmanship and incredible dexterity, in a process amounting to around one-third of the price of the movement.

Among the techniques used to make this movement visually appealing, bevelling is undoubtedly the most highly appreciated manual technique, as well as that which requires the greatest accuracy. This exercise, which calls for years of experience, consists in using a file to cut down the edges of components and in polishing them with a slightly curved burnisher, so as to highlight the rim by enabling the light to play across the bevels.

These finishes serve historically functional purpose, by protecting the movement against dust and humidity, and thus any risk of oxidation. Nonetheless, these finishes and decorations will only effectively magnify the beauty of the mechanism if the technique involved in this art is fully mastered.

AUDEMARS PIGUET Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph Limited Edition

In the case of this model, each part has been treated with infinite care. Some components, such as the hammers of the minute repeater striking mechanism which are visible through the case-back, combine two finishes entailing highly complex execution: a mirror polish that is so fine that artisans even joke among themselves that “a glance is enough to scratch it”; along with a bevelling featuring interior and external angles embodying the ultimate expression of the artist’s mastery.

These specific angles, which can be easily pinpointed in the mechanism, may be viewed as the secret signature of the artisan, and provide undeniable proof of the authenticity of a work performed by hand because no machine could possibly produce this type of finish.

Manufacture Audemars Piguet hand-wound Calibre 2874

These two intense and exceptional models, with their cases featuring a particularly distinctive design, share the same Manufacture Audemars Piguet hand-wound Calibre 2874, partially visible through the case-back and ensuring a 48-hour power reserve.

This watch interpreted in pink and white gold version fitted with an alligator strap is secured to the wrist by a pink gold folding clasp, while the titanium and white gold version of this Tradition watch comes with a white gold folding clasp.

Technical details

Model: Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph

Movement
Proprietary Calibre 2874, hand-wound
Total diameter: 29.90 mm (13¼ lines)
Movement thickness: 7.65 mm
Number of jewels: 38
Number of parts: 504
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 48 hrs
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vph

Case
Titanium case (47 mm), glareproofed sapphire crystal and case-back, 18K white gold crown, bezel, pushpieces and case-back.

Dial
Silvered opaline dial, pink gold applied Arabic numerals and hands.

Functions
Tourbillon, chronograph, minute repeater striking on 2 gongs, hours, minutes, small seconds.

Specific Characteristics
Triple complication movement
Column-wheel chronograph mechanism
30-minute counter
Hand-finished bridges and mainplate
Hand-finished cut-out parts (polished bevels, straight-grained on top and matt surface underneath)

Strap
Hand-sewn black “large square scales” crocodile leather with 18K white gold AP folding clasp.

Reference
26564IC.OO.D002CR.01
10-piece limited edition

RJ-Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Chrono Tourbillon

The Chrono Tourbillon is the new flagship model of the Titanic-DNA Collection by RJ-Romain Jerome. This timepiece is available in steel, black PVD or red gold versions. Each variant is issued in a 9-piece limited edition.

Fusing the material of the Titanic with the finest watchmaking expertise, the Chrono Tourbillon is as much an objet d’art as a temporal compass. Inspired by the theme of water, this watch revives the feelings of the first passengers who discovered the famous steamship of the White Star Line.

RJ-Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Chrono Tourbillon

The secrets of its motorisation are revealed through the open-worked dial: each tooth and each intricate component of the chronograph and tourbillon are immediately visible. The perfectly forged metal of the case evokes the power of the boiler room and the curves of the portholes through which voyagers could view the immensity of the world outside.

The metal of the bezel, stemming from the extraordinary fusion of materials from the Titanic recovered from the depths of the Atlantic and steel from the Harland & Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built a century ago, symbolises one of the secrets of the ocean most cherished by sailors.

Models

Chrono Tourbillon Black

RJ.T.TO.CH.001.01
Limited edition: 9 pieces
Price on demand

Chrono Tourbillon Red

RJ.T.TO.CH.002.01
Limited edition: 9 pieces
Price on demand

Chrono Tourbillon Steel

RJ.T.TO.CH.003.01
Limited edition: 9 pieces
Price on demand

GRAHAM-LONDON Silverstone Tourbillograph Full black

GRAHAM-LONDON Silverstone Tourbillograph Full black is a perfect companion for those who take risks and created to with stand extreme conditions. This timepiece is specified as an automatic column-wheel chronograph tourbillon.

The tourbillon complication inside this timepiece is an automatic one minute Tourbillon developed in the vein of the GRAHAM DNA with a powerful design and a rich technological content. The domed sapphire crystal offers unique full size dimensions (42 mm opening) and a see-through view on the beauty of the mechanism.

The 48 components of its skeleton cage interlace in layers and has been reduced to an extreme weight of only 0.485 grams. This construction, called cintré integrates the Tourbillon into the complex chronograph movement while using a large diameter balance wheel.

GRAHAM-LONDON Silverstone Tourbillograph Full black

Jointly developed with Manufacture La Joux-Perret, it is the result of a 4 year R&D program leading to two patents. Altogether, the engineering know how has lead to doing away with the intrinsic weaknesses of tourbillons. First its fragility. The reduced number of components, lightness and double-bridge construction guarantee stability and perfect rigidity. It is a shockproof Tourbillon.

Second, the sensitiveness to magnetism is also reduced through the systematic use of iron free components in the Tourbillon cage. The Tourbillograph calibre is equipped with a high quality chronometric escapement beating at 28’800 A. The Tourbillograph combines a Tourbillon and a column-wheel chronograph.

This movement offers at the same time the beauty of one of the best see-through Tourbillon cage and the resistance of a military watch. It is the only automatic Tourbillon that has successfully passed the Chronofiable test till date, the gold standard in the watch industry.

GRAHAM-LONDON Silverstone Tourbillograph Full black

Aesthetically, the Silverstone Tourbillograph Full Black is a sophisticated and classy racing instrument. The 48mm thin steel case is PVD-coated with black titanium carbide. So is the bezel. Its black dial and polished rhodiated numerals play with the light. Sometime visible, sometimes invisible.

Every single part of the movement is decorated and blackened with rhodium. The oscillating mass with a ceramic ball bearing wheel, the balance, the double bridge, the coq, are all black. A perfection even pushed to such details as having a fine regulating system with a micro metric screw on the balance wheel to optimize its adjustment and avoid variations. Even the column wheel alternates black and polished.

Suggested retail price for GRAHAM-LONDON Silverstone Tourbillograph Full black is 47’850 CHF.

Silverstone Tourbillograph models are also available in 18K red gold case with white or black dial and Black PVD and 18K red gold  case with black carbon dial.

Technical details

Model: GRAHAM-LONDON Silverstone Tourbillograph Full black
Ref. 2TSAB.B02A

Functions
– Column wheel chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours counter).
– Tourbillon mechanism.
– Hours, minutes, seconds.

Calibre
– Calibre G1780, automatic column wheel chronograph-tourbillon, 28’800 A/h (4 Hz),
– Incabloc shock absorber
– Ruthenium blackened movement with Haute Horlogerie finishing. Perlages, sandblasted, manually chamfered and polished bridges and bottom plate, column wheel with polished segments and black low-friction coating, ruthenium oscillating weight with skeletonised rotor and 925 sterling silver segment
– 34 jewels
– Power reserve: 48 hours
– Blackened tourbillon cage: 48 components, 0.485 grams. Off-centre construction at 11 o’clock. Complete see-through tourbillon. Two patents. Double bridge construction with black PVD coated upper bridge. “Black gold” balance.

Case
– 48 mm steel with black PVD case
– Steel with black PVD right hand start / stop and reset pushers with “Clous de Paris” high grip pattern
– Steel bezel with black PVD
– Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
– See-through sapphire crystal case back
– Water resistance: 160 feet / 50m

Dial
– Black dial with tachymeter scale on external ring
– Rhodiated hands and numerals
– Strap Black croco
– Black ceramic folding buckle

Retail price
Price: 47’850 CHF

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph

This year, Swiss luxury watch manufacture Audemars Piguet introduces a new masterpiece complication, the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph.

Equipped with the new in house selfwinding Calibre 2897, this high complication timepiece incorporates a tourbillon and a chronograph. Housed within a case that strongly hints at its innate sturdiness, protected by a sapphire crystal and a solid back secured by eight polished steel screws, the in house developed and produced Calibre 2897 is comprised of 335 parts.

The automatic winding is ensured by a peripheral oscillating weight, while its chronograph is equipped with a column wheel and its tourbillon optimises its rating precision. The Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph is in harmony with the finest watchmaking traditions, and yet turning it over reveals an eminently contemporary spirit.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph

It displays a sophisticated and powerful design, that of the legendary Royal Oak Offshore collection, supported by a combination of black-coloured materials: forged carbon for the case middle, ceramic for the bezel and rubber for the strap. A watch with two faces, an encounter between contrasts or a watchmaking union of opposites, the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph is an amazing blend of two worlds.

Calibre 2897 is a selfwinding movement entirely developed and produced by Audemars Piguet. It combines a tourbillon and a column-wheel chronograph. Its architecture is a tribute to the past. The rounded cut-out of the bridges, the S-shaped lever, the curves of the minutes-counter bridge and the characteristic toothing of the column wheel: everything about this mechanism displays consummate artistry, to the point of making us almost forget the functional aspect.

The finishing of the various parts is also loyal to the grand traditions of Fine Watchmaking. Several surfaces shine with a perfect polish, known as a mirror or specular polish, which catches the light and results in exceptional optical effects achieved by various polishing operations involving a succession of files, buffs, burnishers and various abrasives.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph

On all the interior and external corners, the sharp edges between the surface and the flanks are cut down to form polished bevels. This is the meticulous operation known as bevelling or chamfering, and which is entirely performed by hand on all parts.

The bridges and mainplate are rhodiumed, bevelled, circular-grained, beadblasted and hand-drawn with file strokes. After each of the parts is finished and decorated, the watchmaker performs a first “trial” assembly in order to set them into motion. Everything is then dismantled and each part is meticulously cleaned, before proceeding to final assembly and casing up. It takes around 15 days to produce a finished movement, which is then subjected to a number of different tests.

Automatic winding is ensured by a peripheral oscillating weight in 950 platinum, mounted on ball bearings. This choice serves to shift the weight of the rotor to the outer edge of the movement, thereby improving winding speed. A recess has been made in the case middle so as to ensure that this 180° oscillating weight can rotate a full 360°.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph

It is also worth specifying that this large 180° segment is optimally sized to enhance the efficiency of the automatic winding. Moreover, because of its position on the periphery of the movement, it does not increase the overall thickness, which enables the movement to maintain a slimmer profile. It also offers the additional aesthetic advantage of entirely freeing up the reverse side of the movement and thus providing full views of the mechanism, and particularly its column wheel, through the transparent back of the watch.

The Manufacture Audemars Piguet is among few elite watch manufactures which are capable of making their own tourbilllons. The brand has become a master in the art of defying the effects gravity and has over 16 movements equipped with a tourbillon. In 1986, Audemars Piguet was already the first brand to offer an ultra-thin selfwinding tourbillon wristwatch.

Representing watchmakers’ response to the laws of gravity, this invention serves to cancel out the disturbing effects of gravity on the movement’s most sensitive organs – the balance and spring assembly and the escapement – and to thereby achieve enhanced timing precision. To compensate for these disturbances, these organs are housed within a tiny feather-light mobile carriage that spins on its axis once a minute.

The tourbillon with its blackened titanium bridge is visible through a dial cut-out at 6 o’clock. Setting this tourbillon into motion represents a formidable technical challenge. A weight of just 0.017 grams serves to balance the carriage weighing a mere 0.45 g. Meanwhile, in terms of the lightness of the regulating organs themselves, the escapement weighs just 0.12 g. The experienced watchmaker devotes almost three days to assembling its 85 parts, while the overall movement takes over 15 days.

The Calibre 2897 reveal its column wheel, an attribute of the finest mechanical movements and which serves to coordinate the start, stop and reset phases. An ingenious coupling yoke principle has been developed in order to avoid the chronograph hand jerking when the timing begins, a characteristic flaw of this type of mechanism.

The development engineers have added a hook to the coupling yoke which thereby displays enhanced shock resistance when the chronograph is activated. The meticulous assembly and adjustment operations are entirely performed by hand and require particular care. The activation of the chronograph functions is thus carried out progressively in order to enable gentle and accurate tactile perception.

The Royal Oak Offshore is legendary watch collection synonymous with sporty masculinity. Once again, connoisseurs will delight in recognising the octagonal bezel punctuated by its eight trademark polished steel hexagonal screws.

The bezel is reinforced by the choice of black ceramics and by its finishing, in which the vertical satin-brushing of the surface makes a powerful contrast with the polished chamfers in order to sharp edges and clean-cut angles. The characteristically imposing and noble case middle is made from forged carbon.

While ceramics is known for its resistance and hardness, forged carbon is extremely light. This material widely used in the field of aeronautics was introduced by Audemars Piguet into the world of fine watchmaking. The technical nature of the details on the right side of the case further accentuate the case middle.

The push-piece guards are not part of the case but consist of two titanium parts secured to the case by four visible screws. The pushpieces themselves are composed of two parts: a base and a top that serves as a contact surface.

Finally, the dial features the signature “Méga Tapisserie” motif symbolising this collection, composed of straight parallel lines and taut shapes. Its 6 o’clock opening serves to reveal the tourbillon. Even the grooved rubber strap complies with the established Royal Oak Offshore codes.

Technical details

Model: Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph
Reference: 26550AU.OO.A002CA.01, Forged carbon case; bezel, crown and pushpieces in black ceramics; pushpiece-guards and fastening studs in titanium

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 2897 with tourbillon and column-wheel chronograph
Total diameter: (15½ lignes)
Casing diameter: 31.40 mm
Thickness: 7.75 mm
34 jewels
335 parts
65-hour power reserve
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz)
Variable-inertia balance with screws and balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve
Finishing: all parts finely hand decorated; bridges and mainplate rhodiumed, circular-grained, beadblasted and hand-drawn with file strokes; polished angles, bevelled screw rims and slots
Peripheral oscillating weight in circular satin-brushed 950 platinum

Functions
Hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph with central sweep-seconds hand, 30-minute counter (at 3 o’clock)
Tachometric scale on the flange

Case
Diameter : 44 mm
Thickness : 14 mm
Sapphire crystal caseback with Royal Oak Offshore engraving

Dial
Black with exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif, silver-toned counters
Applied and facetted white gold hour-markers with luminescent coating
Black flange
White gold facetted hour and minute hands with luminescent coating

Strap
Black rubber, adorned with two grooves
Titanium pin buckle

Badollet Crystalball Chronograph

Different kinds of dials, each offered in a choice of materials, a range of middle part variations: the Crystalball Chronograph by BADOLLET is capable of adapting to all kinds of aesthetic and technical desires.

Associated with an exceptional mechanism, its classic design can be interpreted in numerous different ways according to personal preferences.

The dial, featuring an hour circle with Roman numerals in white gold, id available in a choice of onyx, white mother-of-pearl, black mother-of-pearl, jade and lapis lazuli, and many others…

Badollet Crystalball Chronograph

The broad variety of middle parts imparts different technical features and qualities to this Instrument of Time. When fitted with a sapphire dial-ring, the Crystalball highlights the movement and adds a transparent touch to the case. Lightness is the keynote in the titanium version. Zirconium ceramics, an extra-hard material not sensitive to heat, imparts its strength to the case.

Issued in editions that are by nature limited and personalised, the Crystalball Chronograph is available in multiple combinations and available on a genuine crocodile leather strap complete with a white gold folding clasp.

Undoubtedly one of the hardest complications to fully master, the monopusher chrongoraph is one of the most subtle expressions of horological expertise. When combined with a tourbillon regulator, it becomes a truly exceptional work of art.

Its sophisticated, streamlined case in 150 palladium-coated white gold, measuring 44 mm in diameter, houses the imposing BAD1602 hand-wound calibre.

This monopusher column-wheel chronograph movement with tourbillon regulator is endowed with a 120- hour power reserve and drives the hour and minute indications, the 60-second and 30- minute chronograph counters at 1.30 and 10.30 o’clock respectively, the power-reserve display on the back of the movement, as well as a flying tourbillon appearing through the dial opening at 6 o’clock.

Visible through both the transparent case-back and the dial opening, the meticulous finishes – bevelling, circular graining and Côtes de Genève motifs – skilfully reveal the inherent added value of this Haute Horlogerie creation.

Technical details

Model: The Crystalball Chronograph

Movement
Calibre BAD1602
Manual winding
Monopusher chronograph with clutch on the tourbillon carriage, and with minute and seconds counting
Tourbillon visible at 6 o’clock on the dial side
120-hour power reserve with indicator visible through the case-back

Case
3 parts
Back and bezel in 150 palladium-coated white gold
Various types of dial ring: sapphire, white gold, titanium, ceramics
Colourless glare-proofed sapphire crystal on both sides, treated to ensure extreme hardness
150 palladium-coated white gold crown pusher
External diameter: 44 mm
Inter-horn width: 24 mm
Water-resistant to 30 metres

Dials
Onyx Stone, Lapis lazuli, black mother-of-pearl, white mother-of-pearl, etc.
Gold base
Hour circle with gold Roman numerals

Strap
Safari crocodile leather (alligator missisipiensis), hand-sewn saddle-stitched
Matt black or glossy
Double or Triple Folding clasp in 150 palladium-coated white gold
Pin buckle in 150 palladium-coated white gold

Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph Limited Edition

Launched in 2009, the Millenary Carbon One is exclusively developed by Audemars Piguet’s cutting-edge research laboratory which combines the finest talents – engineers, designers and watchmakers – from both of the company’s production sites in Le Brassus and Le Locle.

Produced in a limited series of 120 watches, this timepiece is inspired by motor sports and their extraordinary ultra-light high-performance speed machines, while adopting the oval shape of the Millenary as a spectacular playground. Its key strengths include a three-dimensional design, innovative materials, and a 100% proprietary movement equipped with a tourbillon, a chronograph and a 10-day power reserve.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph Limited Edition

The Millenary Carbon One embodies the pursuit of research into three-dimensional design that began several years ago with the Tradition d’Excellence N°5, the Millenary with deadbeat seconds, or the classic Jules Audemars Chronometer with Audemars Piguet escapement.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph Limited Edition

Three-dimensional design aims to move beyond the classic opposition between outside and inside, between the interior of the watch – its movement – and the exterior – meaning the case and the dial with its multiple displays.

Thanks to the open-worked dial, the Millenary Carbon One clearly reveals the manner in which its parts are layered on various levels. It shows a calibre featuring a modern design that plays on symmetrical effects such as between the barrels and their bridges on either side of the chronograph counter; on redesigned shapes such as the Tourbillon Bridge; and on materials.

The latter focus on black, with blackened steel for the bridges on the dial side, eloxed aluminium for the bridges on the underside and carbon for the mainplate. This is however a very special carbon, an isotropic material composed of carbon nanofibres injected at an extremely high pressure of 7500 N/cm2 and at a temperature of 2400°C in order to achieve a material boasting mechanical, physical and chemical stability in all directions.

This amorphous and chemically neutral composite material maintains its dimensions over a broad range of temperatures. Due to its absolutely minimal elastic deformation, this carbon also features exceptional mechanical properties well suited to driving in metal elements, such as the foot screws in the body of the mainplate. Once in place, these components thus guarantee optimal stability. Guided by a concern to achieve consistency and continuity, black high-tech materials are also used for the watch exterior.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph Limited Edition

The case is in forged carbon, an ultra-light and resistant material exclusively developed by Audemars Piguet, from the manufacturing method through to the related tools. The sophisticated shapes of the Millenary are achieved thanks to an appropriate mould.

Its exceptional hardness of 626 Vickers can be compared with the 420 Vickers score for alacrite, already a highly resistant material. The case middle and lugs are made all of a piece. Audemars Piguet then displays the full force of its expertise in the machining process. The inside of the case and the correction of the various drilled holes can thus be meticulously finished.

The result is a silky feel with softly rounded shapes for a sturdy yet ultra-light case : the Millenary Carbon One weights just 69.44 grams.

The bezel, crown and pushers are in ceramics, with a shiny black appearance that stands out beautifully against the matt shade of the forged carbon.

The blackened steel on the case-back and AP folding clasp on the strap adds another interesting visual contribution. Rarely has a palette of black shades been so subtle, magnifying the white and red accents of the hour- markers, hands, chronograph counter and power-reserve display that ensure optimal readability and enliven the dial of this extremely exclusive limited series.

Thanks to this plunging view of the movement and to the choice of materials, the predominant impression is black, sporty and high-tech, with a few touches of white and red that are distinctly reminiscent of racing car dashboard instruments. In another nod to the automobile world, the offset grid on the subdial at 3 o’clock evokes ventilation ducts and is a component in its own right, which means the dial has to be made in several parts.

Audemars Piguet Calibre 2884 is an oval hand-wound movement entirely developed and crafted by AP. It is a complex movement equipped with a tourbillon, an ultra-efficient column-wheel chronograph mechanism and twin barrels.

Audemars Piguet Calibre 2884 hand-wound movement

The 80-part tourbillon of the Millenary Carbon One is fixed to a blackened steel bridge with an entirely reworked design.

Mounted on an aluminium base and specifically built to match the dimensions of the oval case of the Millenary, the chronograph mechanism comprises an extremely efficient coupling lever.

Apart from its tip which is contact with the column wheel, the lever is entirely machined in black PVD-coated nickel. It enables double adjustment, thereby guaranteeing enhanced precision and avoiding any jerking of the chronograph hand when the function is activated. The position of the chronograph push-button adds to the originality and sporting character of this watch that resembles a stop watch.

The chronograph is stopped and started by the push-button at 10 o’clock, and reset by the one at 2 o’clock. The column wheel can be easily admired through the back of the watch which is fitted with a sapphire crystal pane, thereby also providing a chance to get a closer look at the skilfully cut black eloxed aluminium bridges and the elegant finishing featuring alternating polished and brushed surfaces.

The crown on this model is fitted with a torque-restricting device that avoids excess strain during the winding process.

The Millenary Carbon One is equipped with two parallel-coupled barrels ensuring an exceptional 10-day power reserve. The latter is read off on a red and white indicator positioned on the left of the dial.

This rapid-rotation twin-barrel system – with a maximum number of revolutions restricted to 19.75 – guarantees constant force during the full ten days of autonomy, thus resulting in enhanced efficiency and improved timekeeping. The available power reserve actually amounts to twelve days, but an ingenious locking system concentrates the watch operation on the ten days with the most regular running.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph Limited Edition

The barrels play a considerable role in aesthetic terms. Adorned with the prestigious Audemars Piguet signature, they appear in the very depths of the mechanism through the dial, at the heart of the movement, thereby accentuating the three- dimensional effect. The same goes for the carbon mainplate which can be glimpsed on an even lower level of the layered movement.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph Limited Edition

The Millenary Carbon One thereby perfectly integrates form and content. Calibre 2884 guarantees peerless performance, while the generous space provided by the oval shape of the case creates a spectacular stage-setting for the movement which is visible from both sides and thus becomes an integral part of the design.

Technical details

Model: Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph
Reference: 26152AU.OO.D002CR.01

Case
Forged carbon with black ceramic bezel, crown and push-buttons
Dimensions: 47 x 42 mm
Cambered glare proofed sapphire crystal
Blackened titanium back fitted with sapphire crystal
Limited edition of 120
Water resistant to 20 metres

Movement
Calibre: 2884 hand-wound with twin barrel and tourbillon
Carbon mainplate
Bridges in eloxed aluminium and blackened steel
Total diameter: 38.40 x 33.40 mm
Casing diameter: 37.40 x 32.40 mm
Thickness: 9.7 mm
30 jewels
336 parts
Up to 240-hour power reserve
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Finishing: all parts decorated by hand.

Dial
Open-worked to reveal the movement
White hour-markers with luminescent coating
Blackened luminescent hands

Functions
Hours and minutes
Chronograph
Power-reserve indicator

Strap
Hand-sewn “large square scale” crocodile leather with AP folding clasp in blackened titanium

Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote Limited Edition

The Graham-London Tourbillograph Woodcote watch is the gathering of a highly innovative design and a vitally technical conception. It is an immoderate and avant-garde machine which revolutionizes all you have learned about a Tourbillon before.

This extremely complication watch by GRAHAM incorporates the prestigious tourbillon complication and chronograph featuring 2 counters. The self-winding movement of the watch features high grade decorations.

Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote Limited Edition

Dressed in a 46mm case, the Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote watch is available in two versions: polished 18k 5N red gold case with hot-forged carbon fibre bezel or polished 18k 5N red gold and black PVD carbide on stainless steel case with hot-forged carbon fibre bezel.

Each version is limited to 50 pieces.

Technical details

Model: Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote Limited Edition

Movement
Calibre G1780. Tourbillon with chronograph function, featuring 2 counters: 12hours and 30 minutes. 42 hours power reserve.
A very high grade decoration of the movement:
Oscillating weight, bridges and plates: plated black gold.
Counterpoise: 18k gold secured by 10 polished screws.
Oscillating weight and chronographs bridges: Sunburst pattern.
Bridges and plates: circular-grained.
Brass and steel components: polished-chamfered.
Upper bridge of the Tourbillon: 18K 5N gold secured with 2 polished screws.
Lower bridge of the Tourbillon: satin-finished.
“Roue à colonnes”: polished and black PVD coating.

Case
46 mm, 16.50 mm-thick
2 versions: polished 18k 5N red gold with hot-forged carbon fibre bezel or polished 18k 5N red gold and black PVD carbide on stainless steel with hot-forged carbon fibre bezel
18K 5N red gold push buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock with “clous de Paris” motif for a better grip
Glass: Domed sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating on the both sides
Case-back with flat sapphire crystal see-through case-back secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 160 feet or 50 metres.

Limited edition
50 pieces for both version

Models

Tourbillograph Woodcote Red Gold, Reference: 2TWAE.B02A.K49B

Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote Limited Edition red gold model

  • Case: Polished 18K 5N red gold with hot-forged carbon bezel.
  • Dial: Black galvanic. Carbon fibre for both 12 hour counter (at 6 o’clock) and 30 minute counter (at 3 o’clock). Index in 18K 5N red gold.
  • Hands: White luminescent red gold hour and minute hands. Chrono second hand and sweep second hand in red gold and white luminescent tip with red pointer. 12 hour and 30 minute counter chrono hands in red. Red gold chrono second hand and red sweep second hand with luminescent red tip.
  • Strap: Integrated black large scale croco strap or integrated Graham embossed hypoallergenic black rubber.
  • Limited edition of 50 pieces

Tourbillograph Woodcote red gold and black PVD carbide, Reference: 2TWAO.B01A.K49B

Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote Limited Edition watch with red gold and black pvd carbide case

  • Case: Polished 18K 5N red gold, black PVD carbide on stainless steel with hot-forged carbon bezel.
  • Dial: Black galvanic. Carbon fibre for both 12 hour counter (at 6 o’clock) and 30 minute counter (at 3 o’clock). Index in 18K 5N red gold. External ring with minute-circle in 18K 5N red gold.
  • Hands: White luminescent red gold hour and minute hands. Chrono second hand and sweep second hand in red gold and white luminescent tip with red pointer. 12 hour and 30 minute counter chrono hands in red. Red gold chrono second hand and red sweep second hand with luminescent red tip.
  • Strap: Integrated black large scale croco strap or integrated Graham embossed hypoallergenic black rubber.
  • Limited edition of 50 pieces

Graham Chronofighter Trigger Tourbillograph

In the beginning of 2005, to pay tribute to George Graham fantastic heritage to the watch history Graham London decided to add a magnificent collection; a symbol of tradition and passion for mechanical arts : the TOURBILLON.

The Tourbillograph was created and constructed in the vein of Graham’s “high adrenaline” timepieces: gutsy, sporty, functional, provocative yet very sophisticated. The complete construction of the cases is unique and allows a fascinating look through the refined mechanism of these fabulous “Tourbillons”. The Tourbillographs indicate on top of the hours, minutes and sweep seconds, located at the centre of the Tourbillon, two chronograph counters for the Minutes and Hours.
Graham-London Chronofighter Trigger TourbillographThe off-centre (“British eccentric”) construction of the Tourbillon has the advantage of being lighter and, therefore, more reliable including a better shock resistance. The enemy of the Tourbillon is the weight of its “cage” . The cage weighs 0.485 gr. and is made of 48 pieces. The double bridge construction on both sides, front and back, is classical “à la Breguet” and is clearly more reliable than a “Tourbillon Volant”.

The high frequency of the balance wheel: 28’800 alternations per hour permits an easier adjustment and a more precise running. The reinforced Incabloc anti-shock system, including spiral, balance, escapement wheels and anchor, guarantee an excellent shock resistance that is vital for a “sports” Tourbillon with chronograph function.

The off-centre construction with its unique “Coq” and upper bridge are shaped in the tradition of English high precision timepieces reminiscent of the 19th century, hence a “bow” to Graham’s heritage. A larger balance wheel that allows higher degree of precision.

All the Chronofighter RAC Trigger are powered by a column-wheel chronograph movement ensuring greatly enhanced precision, know as “roue à colonne” in french, hence the cryptic three letters “R.A.C.”. Made in 18 K 5N red gold, all feature a domed sapphire crystal on the front and a flat see-through back, highlighting the truly magnificent mechanism of these unique time machines.

Exquisite dials in form and function ooze the Graham spirit and underline our knack for refined details. The Chronofighter Trigger Tourbillograph comes in 5 different dials. Exquisite hand-sewn, black or brown, large scale alligator bracelets complement the great look of these latest Graham creations.
Graham-London Chronofighter Trigger Tourbillograph

Technical details

Movement
Calibre G1780. Tourbillon with chronograph function, featuring 2 counters: one for the 12 hours and the other for the 30 minutes. The sweep second is indicated by the large red hand. 42 hour power reserve.

Movement finishing
Oscillating weight, bridges and plates: plated black gold.
Counterpoise: 18k gold secured by 10 polished screws.
Oscillating weight and chronograph bridges: Sunburst pattern
Bridges and plates: circular-grained.
Brass and steel components: polished-chamfered
Upper bridge of the Tourbillon: 18K 5N gold secured with 2 polished screws.
Lower bridge: satin-finished.
“Roue à colonnes”: polished and black PVD coating

Case
5N red gold. 18K white gold start/stop lever
46 mm diameter. Thickness 16.74 mm. Standard pull-out crown.
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the both sides; domed case-back with flat sapphire crystal. See-through case-back secured by 6 screws.
Water resistance: 50 metres. (5 atm)

Hands
White luminescent red gold hour and minute hands. 12 hour and 30 minute counter chrono hands in red
Red sweep second with luminescent white tip
Hexagonal center of the 30 minute counter: reference to the hex screws used for chronograph release mechanism

Models

  • Tourbillograph Trigger Ruthenium: Ref. 2TTAR.B02A.C86B – Dial: “Côtes de Genève”. Ruthenium effect. Black colour for both 12 hour counter (at 12 hour) and 30 minute counter with hexagonal center (at 9 hour). Black large scale croco strap. Black rubber strap may also be available. Pin buckle 18K 5N red gold.
  • Tourbillograph Trigger Raven Black: Ref. 2TTAR.B01A.C86B – Dial: “Côtes de Genève”. Black dial. Black colour for both 12 hour counter (at 12 hour) and 30 minute counter with hexagonal center (at 9 hour). Black large scale croco strap. Black rubber strap may also be available. Pin buckle 18K 5N red gold.
  • Tourbillograph Trigger Havana: Ref. 2TTAR.C01A.C87B – Dial: “Côtes de Genève”.“Havana” brown dial. Brown colour for both 12 hour counter (at 12 hour) and 30 minute counter with hexagonal center (at 9 hour). Brown large scale croco strap. Black rubber strap may also be available. Pin buckle 18K 5N red gold.
  • Tourbillograph Trigger Carbon Black: Ref. 2TTAR.B04A.C86B – Dial: Black. Carbon fibre for both 12 hour counter (at 12 hour) and 30 minute counter. Black large scale croco strap. Black rubber strap may also be available. Pin buckle 18K 5N red gold.

ROMAIN JEROME Titanic DNA rusted steel T-oxy III Skeleton Chronograph Tourbillon

A high‐end watch inspired and designed to pay tribute to the great legends of our time. Romain Jerome presents a skeleton high-end timepiece as an assertive interpretation of the chronograph Tourbillon, being part of their Titanic-DNA collection – timepieces inspired and created in tribute to the Titanic, the Giant of the Seas.

ROMAIN JEROME Titanic DNA rusted steel T-oxy III Skeleton Chronograph Tourbillon

With its bold, powerful and imposing design, the Titanic-DNA rusted steel T-oxy III Skeleton Chronograph Tourbillon is a true instrument of chronometry. With a diameter of 50mm – 53mm including the screw-in crown – it features interchangeable horns and a push button which blend perfectly with the design of Titanic-DNA timepieces, integrating the characteristic of the transversal paw.

The skeleton dial is integrating various material (brass, black or, steel, pink gold 5N) mixing mat velvet finish, satin and shot-blasted finish for the Roman numeral XII. The Tourbillon carriage and the chronometry engine are magnified by the use of pink gold 5N.

Technical details

Model: ROMAIN JEROME Titanic DNA rusted steel T-oxy III Skeleton Chronograph Tourbillon

Skeleton high-end Timepiece
3 limited edition of 9 pieces
Movement: Tourbillon Chronograph, calibre 1450RJ by BNB
Number of jewels: 33 rubies
Power reserve: > 120 hours
Frequency: 21’600 A/h – 3Hz
Case: Steel and titanium. Diameter 50 mm.
Paws: 5N pink gold
Dial: Skeleton
Hands: Inspired by the anchor of Titanic
Bezel: Stabilised oxidized steel
Crystal: Sapphire with double anti-reflecting treatment Fund
Water resistance: 5 Atm.
Strap: Rubber
Clasp: Folding Buckle

Note: The rusted steel horological creations in the ‘Titanic DNA’ series features an oxidized steel bezel which is the result of an extraordinary blend of authentic steel from the wreck lying 3840 meters under the sea, and from the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, where the Titanic was constructed nearly a century ago. Official certificates of authenticity guarantee the origin of materials used.

Titanic-DNA rusted steel T-oxy III Skeleton Chronograph Tourbillon is a part of Romain Jerome “DNA OF FAMOUS LEGENDS”, a High‐end watch inspired and designed to pay tribute to the great legends of our time.

Marc Alfieri Time Measure Experience TME 01

The aesthetical concept of the Marc Alfieri TME 01 watch was to bring a new and fresh vision of « Haute Horlogerie » there is no mechanical parts on the upper face like the actual trend but a very technical dial easy to read with big luminous numbers and clears indications.

The idea was to bring fresh colours on this dial, like a space ship control board. The trust index and the power reserve indicator are located under the dial the two hand are moving on a vertical line, this was quite difficult to do.

At the back a large opening allow to see the movement treated in a sober way with a large “X” bridge screwed on a carbon fibre plate, the strong visual effect is due to the extreme degree of hand finishing done on all the components.
Marc Alfieri Time Measure Experience TME 01 watch
The movement is looked to the case with two “forks” located at 12 and 6. The screws are “half circle drive” type this allows a very precise torque proportioning during the screwing process. The straps are made of a new type of lizard skin called titanium lizard. Each strap will be individually hand crafted by a master from “Les ateliers de France”.

Each watch is delivered in a black aluminium tube sealed with a screwed cap, inside this tube the customer will find a USB flash drive containing the history of his watch on a video, this flash drive will be also used as the ID card of the watch.

Marc Alfieri Time Measure Experience TME 01 watch with tourbillon and chronographProduction of the Marc Alfieri TME 01 watch was limited to 20 pieces in Titanium, 20 pieces Pink gold, 20 piece carbon fiber/rose gold casing, and 3 one of a kind pieces with specials materials and finishes.

Technical details

Model: Marc Alfieri Time Measure Experience TME 01

Movement
CALIBER TM-01
• Manual winding Tourbillon movement (hours, minutes)
• Fly-back chronograph (hours minutes)
• Second time zone (with am/pm indicator)
• Power reserve indicator
• Trust index.
Dimensions of movement : 32,4mm X 47,10mm
Thickness : 7mm
Number of jewels : 33
Balance spring : Nivarox
Balance : inertia 10m/cm2, angle of lift 54°
Frequency : 21’600A/h (3 Hz)
Shock protection: KIF type;« X » bridge mounted on a carbon fiber plate.
Finishing: Anglage and finishing by hand; Bead-blasted and Rhodium plated « X » bridge

COMPLICATIONS
Tourbillon :
-Manufactured by BNB Concept for MARC ALFIERI
-Power reserve 120h
-Tourbillon located at 8h

Flyback chronograph: Mono counter, Mono pusher, Hour and minutes
Second Time Zone: Second time zone window; Am/Pm indicator for second time zone
Trust Index: Vertical « trust index » accuracy indicator; Located under the dial
Power reserve Indicator: Vertical power reserve indicator; Located under the dial.

Case & Dial
Watch case: Dimensions : 54 mm x 43 mm; Titanium Grade 5
Screws: Exclusive « half circle » screws in titanium grade 5
Crown: In titanium grade 5 double « o ring »
Dial: Deep black dial with big white super-luminova numbers and indexes separate machined plates
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-glare treatment (two sides)
Case back: in sapphire

Zenith ChronoMaster Tourbillon Moonphase Day & Night

ZENITH presents a Grande Complication novelty, a unique combination of a Tourbillon, a Date Chronograph, and a day/night and moon phase indicator.

A true technological revolution, the new El Primero 4034 movement comprises 353 parts and 35 rubies, and has a power reserve of over 50 hours. Technical prowess aside, the look of the watch harks back to the conventions of traditional watchmaking craftsmanship. The grain d’orge guilloché pattern on the dial, the wavy guilloché pattern on the counters and on the moon disk convey a touch of hand-crafted sophistication that is particularly elegant.

Zenith ChronoMaster Tourbillon Moonphase Day & Night

Made entirely of solid gold, with a 45 mm case, dial, appliqués and hands, the ChronoMaster Tourbillon El Primero Moonphase is made for those who love beautiful objects and especially for Haute Horlogerie connoisseurs. These timepieces – classical in rose gold with a silver dial or modern in white gold with a black dial – will be available in a limited (25 pieces for each model) and 2008 millésime.

Zenith ChronoMaster Tourbillon Moonphase Day & Night

Technical details

Movement
Caliber NEW El Primero 4034
Automatic Chronograph movement with Tourbillon, Moonphase & Day/Night display
15 1/2 “` caliber
Diameter : 35.50 mm. Height : 7.55 mm
353 components
36’000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve over 50 hours
35 jewels
Measures short time intervals to a 10th of a second
Automatic winding in both directions
Central rotor on ball bearings
22-carat gold oscillating weight with “Grain d’Orge” guilloché pattern.

Functions
Hour and minutes in the center
Date indication positioned around the carriage
Tourbillon:
•The carriage is positioned at 11 o’clock
•The carriage makes 1 turn per minute
Chronograph:
•Center seconds-hand
•30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
•12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Moonphase & Day/Night indicators at 8 o’clock

Case
Rose or White Gold case
Rose or White Gold ZENITH push buttons and crown
Diameter : 45 mm
Diameter opening : 35 mm
Curved sapphire glass with anti-reflection treatment on both sides
Transparent sapphire case back
Water-resistance up to 30 meters

Dial
18-carat gold “Grain d’Orge” guilloché dial and “wave” guilloché pattern on chronograph counters 18-carat rose or white gold hand-mounted applique roman numerals
Hands: All hands in 18-carat Gold

Strap
Handmade black alligator leather strap lined with silky Alzavel calfskin
Buckle: Rose or White Gold ChronoMaster triple folded buckle with ZENITH Star on the cap