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Breitling Premier Tourbillon

Breitling unveils three tourbillon chronograph watches as a tribute to Léon, Gaston and Willy Breitling.

The luxury Swiss watch brand has partnered with the specialty movement maker Manufacture La Joux-Perret to develop the B21 tourbillon with a chronograph movement.

Precious metals (gold or platinum) and a domed open caseback characterize the Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42. It comes in three variations, each named for one of the Breitling founding fathers.

Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Léon Breitling

The Léon Breitling features a solid 18 k red gold case with a silver dial and brown, semi-shiny alligator strap. The Gaston Breitling pairs a solid 18 k white gold case with an anthracite dial and black alligator strap.

Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Gaston Breitling

The Willy Breitling, meanwhile, is a vision in solid platinum with an admiral blue dial and black alligator strap. Each watch features the stylized square pushers and Arabic numerals that are hallmarks of the Premier line.

Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Willy Breitling

Their symmetrical dial design, harmonious interplay of numerals and tone-on-tone colorways perfectly balance the undisputed star of the show – the tourbillon – that takes center stage at 12 o’clock.

The open sapphire crystal caseback is domed to allow for full appreciation of the B21 movement, where the oscillating weight and reverse side of the tourbillon appear in contrasting 18 k gold.

Technical details

Model: Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Léon Breitling
Reference: RB2120211G1P1

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber B21 (Manufacture La Joux-Perret)
Diameter: 35 millimeters
Depth: 8.15 millimeters
Winder: self-winding mechanical
Power reserve: approx. 55 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: tourbillon chronograph, column-wheel, horizontal 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
Height: 50.03 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glareproofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed 18 k red gold, sapphire crystal
Crown: non-screw-locked, two gaskets

Dial
Silver
Super-LumiNova® luminescent hour and minute hands

Strap
Brown alligator leather strap with 18 k red gold folding buckle (22/18 mm)

Model: Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Gaston Breitling
Reference: JB2120A61B1P1

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber B21 (Manufacture La Joux-Perret)
Diameter: 35 millimeters
Depth: 8.15 millimeters
Winder: self-winding mechanical
Power reserve: approx. 55 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: tourbillon chronograph, column-wheel, horizontal clutch, 1/4th second,
60-minute counter
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: 18 k white gold
Diameter: 42 millimeters
Thickness: 15.25 millimeters
Height: 50.03 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glareproofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed 18 k white gold, sapphire crystal
Crown: non-screw-locked, two gaskets

Dial
Anthracite
Super-LumiNova® luminescent hour and minute hands

Strap
Black alligator leather strap with 18 k white gold folding buckle (22/18 mm)

Model: Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Willy Breitling
Reference: LB2120171C1P1

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber B21 (Manufacture La Joux-Perret)
Diameter: 35 millimeters
Depth: 8.15 millimeters
Winder: self-winding mechanical
Power reserve: approx. 55 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: tourbillon chronograph, column-wheel, horizontal clutch, 1/4th second,
60-minute counter
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: platinum
Diameter: 42 millimeters
Thickness: 15.25 millimeters
Height: 50.03 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed platinum, sapphire crystal
Crown: non-screw-locked, two gaskets

Dial
Blue
Super-LumiNova® luminescent hour and minute hands

Strap
Black alligator leather strap with 18 k white gold folding buckle (22/18 mm)

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The new variation of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph juxtaposes 18-carat pink gold and black ceramic. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor unveiled in 2021, this new timepiece is limited to 50 pieces and combines contemporary design with ancestral know-how.

It comes in a two-tone black ceramic and 18-carat pink gold case that highlights the complex architecture of the collection along with the three-dimensional aesthetic of the movement.

With its contemporary design, black ceramic provides a blank canvas for the traditional skills of the Manufacture’s craftspeople. Each component is pre-polished and pre-satin-brushed before being painstakingly hand-finished with the brand’s trademark alternation of satin brushing and polished chamfers. These finishes can notably be admired on the model’s case middle, offering a fascinating interplay with the light.

The ultra-thin bezel, stylised lugs, crown and push-pieces are all crafted in 18-carat pink gold for a powerful and elegant contrast that harmoniously matches the ceramic and illuminates its dark aesthetic.

Echoing the two-tone case, the architectural movement is comprised of openworked bridges in both black and pink-gold tones, matching with the pink gold-toned balance wheel. The 18-carat white gold hands bring light into the heart of the movement, while the bridges and decorative elements feature 111 V-angles that have been sandblasted, satin-finished and polished by hand.

The decoration of the movement underlies the technical and extremely precise know-how of Audemars Piguet’s artisans. This meticulous work provides an interplay of shiny and matte finishes that create a captivating play with light reflections, bringing depth to the different levels of the movement.

The transparent chronograph counters and the flying tourbillon cage at six o’clock also reveal parts of the watch mechanism below, allowing the viewer to admire the finesse of the different decorative techniques. This timepiece has a water resistance of 20 metres.

Inside beats the Calibre 2952, Audemars Piguet’s latest automatic movement that is equipped with a hypnotic flying tourbillon and a contemporary flyback chronograph. This mechanism allows the chronograph to be reset and restarted with one push, without having to stop it first. This high-complication caliber is capable of delivering 65-hour power reserve.

The sapphire caseback reveals essential elements among the movement’s 479 components, including the 22-caratpink gold oscillating weight. The caseback also bears the engraving “Limited Edition of 50 Pieces.”

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph/ 41 mm
Reference 26399NR.OO.D002KB.01

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 2952
Total diameter: 32.6 mm (14½ lignes)
Total thickness: 8.22 mm
Number of parts: 479
Number of jewels: 40
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 65h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, flyback chronograph, hours and minutes

Case
Black ceramic case middle
Bezel, lugs, push-pieces and crown in 18-caratpink gold
Case thickness: 13.8 mm
Case diameter: 41mm
Double-curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 20m

Dial
Black lacquered inner bezel, 18-carat white gold hands.

Strap
Black textured rubber-coated strap with 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp

Bvlgari Octo FinissimoTourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic Platinum, Ref. 103510

In 2020, Bulgari achieved a sixth consecutive world record in ultra-thin watch segment with the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic.

Its self-winding skeleton movement with a monopusher chronograph and tourbillon functions is housed within a thickness of only 3.5 mm. This extremely thin high complication watch is now available in a new platinum interpretation.

Its 43 mm case, topped by a white gold and ceramic crown, frames an elegant open-worked dial with two grey chronograph counters, entirely revealing the BVL 388 skeletonised in-house calibre and its tourbillon at 6 o’clock.

The watch face is swept over by blue hands matching the alligator leather strap secured by a platinum buckle.

Technical details

Model: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic Platinum, Ref. 103510

Movement
Mechanical ultra-thin Manufacture automatic-winding skeletonized movement with tourbillon and single push-piece chronograph – Calibre BVL 388 (3.50 mm thick). 52-hour power reserve, 21’600 VPH (3 Hz) frequency.

Case and dial
43 mm platinum case with transparent caseback, 7.40 mm thick, white gold crown with black ceramic insert and white gold push-buttons; open-worked dial with grey chronograph counters and blue hands. Water resistant to 3 ATM.

Bracelet
Blue alligator bracelet with platinum buckle.

TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Sergio Perez Edition

In November 2021 to mark the Mexico City Grand Prix, TAG Heuer released Special Edition of its iconic TAG Heuer Carrera tourbillon chronograph and produced a unique version especially with Mexican F1 pilot Sergio Pérez, the TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Sergio Perez Edition, of which only two pieces were produced.

One is the driver’s personal watch and the second was auctioned to support the Checo Pérez Foundation. The bold and sophisticated 45-mm timepiece is made of high-performance and lightweight Grade 2 titanium, coated with DLC (diamond-like carbon), with a ceramic bezel for a full matte black aesthetic with elegant and subtle rose gold accents, a contemporary tribute to the famed racing chronograph designed by Jack Heuer in 1963.

Powered by the tourbillon manufacture movement Heuer 02T, this unique interpretation of the TAG Heuer Carrera showcases the brand’s most advanced watchmaking techniques, signature design codes and expert craftmanship.

The custom-made TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Sergio Perez Edition sports a special “SP” marking on the dial as well as his motto “Never Give Up” engraved on the case back. Symbolically the sapphire crystal case back also features the date of the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix, Pérez’s home race, on 07.11.21, where he achieved a podium finish.

TAG Heuer is the Official Watch of the Monaco Grand Prix  and in 2022, Sergio “Checo” Pérez won the 79th Monaco Grand Prix for the first time with this personalized edition of the TAG Heuer Carrera on his wrist.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Split-Seconds Monopusher Chronograph

Vacheron Constantin has created a unique Les Cabinotiers timepiece endowed with a minute repeater equipped with a centripetal flying strike regulator and a split-seconds monopusher chronograph.

Equipped with the new manual-winding in-house Calibre 2757, this unique Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Split-Seconds Monopusher Chronograph is in keeping with the grand tradition of Vacheron Constantin’s complicated watches.

The construction of this calibre, which consists of integrating an additional split-seconds chronograph mechanism into a basic minute repeater movement, represents a technical feat. The combination of these functions with a tourbillon has rarely been seen in the world of pocket watches, is almost non-existent in the world of wristwatches, and represents a first for Vacheron Constantin in a wristwatch.

This timepiece is also distinguished by a concern for the purity of the dial and the legibility of its chronograph functions. The tourbillon is visible only through the case back, while the off-centre display of the time and chronograph indications highlights the two central chronograph hands. The presence of a minute repeater is revealed by the slide-piece positioned on the left-hand side of the watch.

As early as 1819, Vacheron Constantin produced a pocket watch with independent deadbeat seconds and quarter repeater, at the time one of the first of its kind, which is now kept in the private collection of the Maison.

The deadbeat seconds mechanism, which allows the central second hand to advance in one-second jumps, played an important role in the measurement of short times. By making this mechanism independent by means of an additional gear train, watchmakers developed what is considered the ancestor of the chronograph towards the end of the 18th century. With such a device, it is now possible to stop the seconds hand without affecting the time indications.

The split-seconds chronograph was first introduced with a single-hand system in 1831, followed by the two-hand configuration in 1838. Vacheron Constantin quickly integrated these developments into the pocket chronographs of the time, as confirmed by an 1889 split-seconds timepiece dispatched to Buenos Aires for a horse racing enthusiast.

Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers have developed the 698-component manual-winding Calibre 2757. Such a large number of parts denote a rare degree of horological complexity. Even in the world of grand complications, calibres are often of simpler design and made with far fewer components.

Given this intensely technical nature, Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers have nonetheless risen to the challenge of elegance by successfully arranging the complications of this timepiece within a remarkably slender movement measuring barely 10.4 mm thick and 33.3 mm in diameter.

Calibre 2757, operating at a rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz) and endowed with an approximately 60-hour power reserve, enables short time measurement with 1/5th of a second precision appearing on the graduated minute-track. The unusual configuration of the dark grey dial has been designed to ensure optimum visibility of the split-seconds chronograph.

The hours and minutes are displayed on an offset subdial, leaving room for the 30-minute chronograph counter prominently placed at 2 o’clock. The layout is complemented by small seconds at 6 o’clock, indicating that the watch is in operation, thereby leaving plenty of space for the two central chronograph hands.

The very construction of the movement, particularly in terms of its chronographic functions, is based on the imperative of performance. In the watchmaking world, where many great inventions belong to the past, innovation often consists in optimising the operation of a calibre.

This approach begins with the development of the movement and continues with the use of new materials. This same approach is reflected in Calibre 2757, whose additional split-seconds chronograph plate has been specially designed to ensure efficiency thanks to the in-depth arrangement of its components.

This optimisation of volumes, despite the thinness of the calibre, is also accompanied by new materials. Some of the wheels in the going train have been made of titanium or electroformed in nickel- phosphorus with a toothing profile specific to Vacheron Constantin, the goal being to ensure better gear penetration so as to avoid any jerking of the seconds hand. Silicon, an ultra-light material that requires no lubrication, is also used for one of the split-seconds levers and its insulator.

These savings in component weight and friction thus reduce the loss of energy amplitude from the barrel, thereby maintaining a comfortable power reserve of up to 50 hours with the chronograph activated.

For short-time measurements, a function demanding extreme regularity in terms of precision, Vacheron Constantin watchmakers have opted for a construction with two column wheels: the first devoted to the chronograph and the other to the split-seconds mechanism. This chronograph is thus controlled by a single pusher at 2 o’clock for the basic functions (start/stop/reset) and by the one at 4 o’clock for the split-seconds (stop/reset).

Pressing the latter stops the seconds hand on an intermediate time while the first hand continues running. Pressing it again enables the split-seconds hand to join the first seconds hand in counting off time. Two scales further enhance the technical nature of this timepiece.

The tachymeter scale, screen-printed in white on a 1,000-metre base, enables the average speed in km/h to be calculated over the first minute of timekeeping; the telemeter scale in red is used to calculate distances of up to 20 km according to the speed of sound (340 metres/second).

The chronograph functions are complemented by a minute repeater, activated by the lever on the left-hand side of the case. An essential complication for musical watches, the minute repeater has been part of Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking vocabulary for more than two centuries, sounding the hours, quarters and minutes on demand.

The first known mention of a Vacheron Constantin chiming watch in the production records dates back to 1806, with a gold quarter-repeater pocket watch. Since that date, chiming and repeater watches have been part of the Maison’s heritage that has continued to grow over the decades.

Calibre 2757 is the direct heir to this tradition, benefiting from the technical developments perfected within the Manufacture. These include an ingenious centripetal flying strike regulator.

In a minute repeater watch, this mechanism regulates the duration of the musical sequence so that the notes can be heard distinctly and harmoniously. This system is distinguished by its two weights whose very special shape has been optimised to act as a brake by means of centripetal force acting on the governor’s rotating shaft, thereby evening out the energy released by the barrel and regulated by the tourbillon. This original device is also perfectly silent. Visible exclusively through the caseback, the tourbillon is distinguished by a carriage whose shape is inspired by the Maison’s Maltese cross emblem. Held by a delicately hand-chamfered bridge, this regulator carriage performs one complete rotation per minute.

Presented in a 45 mm-diameter 750/1000 5N pink gold case with an exhibition back and on an alligator leather strap with gold folding clasp, this watch represents a technical feat as well as epitomising extraordinary mastery in the field of watchmaking finishing.

A signature feature of Vacheron Constantin watches is that each component is finely decorated with hand-made finishes before being assembled, even when destined to remain hidden. These surfaces that is alternately bevelled, polished, satin-finished, frosted, circular-grained or engraved and beadblasted create a play of light that brings out all the magic of Vacheron Constantin’s calibres and contributes to the brand’s intrinsic anatomy of beauty.

The assembly, setting into operation and casing-up of this Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater split-seconds monopusher chronograph movement thus represents only one third of the time devoted to the watch, as opposed to two thirds devoted to the calibre finishing.

The contrast between the bridges and maintaining plate with Vacheron Constantin’s signature black coating and the “metallic” moving parts already acts as a revelation of this kinetic art, which takes shape thanks to the meticulous attention lavished on details.

On the dial side, the skeletonised bridges, with their hand-chamfered and straight-grained flanks feature a circular satin finish. The wheels, with their chamfered arms, are burnished and polished, a complex operation that requires special tools for the titanium wheels.

On the caseback side of the movement, the watchmaker in charge of the timepiece – who carries out all the assembly and finishing operations right the way through to timing and casing-up in the manner of 18th century cabinotiers – has created an original decoration, in keeping with this remarkable timepiece.

The blackened bridges featured a hollowed-out surface that has been sandblasted to a very fine grain by hand, topped by a mirror-polished sink. This magnificent execution, which plays on the reflections of light between the matt and the shiny, brings out the “musical” components of the movement. The strike governor is notably engraved with the initials J.M.C. in tribute to Jean-Marc Vacheron and features a bar whose delicate rounding off involves 12 hours of meticulous hand craftsmanship. The Tourbillon Bridge is engraved with Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross emblem.

The single-piece watch Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Split-Seconds Monopusher Chronograph features a concern for impeccable finishing and meticulous decoration of all watch components, even those that remain invisible, vividly illustrating Vacheron Constantin’s theme for 2022:”The Anatomy of Beauty®”.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Split-Seconds Monopusher Chronograph
Reference: 9750C/000R-002C

Movement
Calibre 2757
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
33.30 mm diameter, 10.40 mm thick
Approximately 60 hours of power reserve
2.5Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
698 components
59 jewels
Poinçon de Genève

Functions
Off-centred/Offset hours and minutes
Chronograph
Split-seconds chronograph
Small seconds
30-minute counter
Minute repeater
Tourbillon

Case
18K 5N pink gold
45 mm diameter, 16.4 mm thick

Dial
Dark grey dial
Hours, minutes and seconds hands: 18K 5N pink gold, polished
Chronograph and split-seconds chronograph hands: gold-toned aluminium, matt

Strap
Black Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Buckle 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp, Half Maltese cross-shaped

Box
Les Cabinotiers box

Edition
Single-piece edition “Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon Nanograph

During Watches and Wonders 2022 exhibition in Geneva, TAG Heuer introduced the new Carrera Plasma, featuring lab-grown diamonds.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma, powered by the H02 Tourbillon Nanograph movement, has Diamant d’Avant- Garde lab-grown diamonds set in the case, and features embellished indexes.

The lab-grown diamonds used in the TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma are manufactured by a network of partners such as Lusix, Capsoul and Diamaze.

The 44 mm watchcase of the TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma is predominantly made of sandblasted anodized aluminum, which results in a perfect complement to the lightness and color of the material and the strength and purity of the diamond. TAG Heuer’s designers have additionally developed a black ceramic polished bezel bringing even more emphasis to the elegance and contrast patterns of the timepiece.

To push the avant-garde even further, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has joined forces with Capsoul – a start-up pioneering the field of diamond design – to craft a spectacular crown at 3 o’clock, entirely executed in diamond. The two pushers on each side of the crown have been embellished with a black DLC coating, which brings to the watch a refined matt touch, contrasting with the brightness of the diamond.

The special polycrystalline diamond dial is one of the highlights of this new TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma timepiece. This diamond effect on the specially created dial plate is a sum of crystals being grown as one.

This represents another type of a rich CVD growth, where many diamonds create spectacular reflections and a diverse visual effect while still constituting a single diamond piece. At 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, the minute chronograph counter and the chronograph hours counter feature a black polycrystalline diamond plate and are equipped with a polished rhodium-plated hand to truly support the light interaction.

The 11 indexes in white gold are set with a diamond each and sport a double index at 12 o’clock. The polished, rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with matt black lacquer are topped with white Super-LumiNova® and showcase a rhodium-plated central hand. The TAG Heuer logo with “Carrera” printed in black rounds up this sparkling dial, which is designed in perfect harmony with the rhodium-plated bezel.

The movement inside this watch is also a real masterpiece. The impressive TAG Heuer Nanograph calibre carries the groundbreaking in-house carbon hairspring, developed by the TAG Heuer Institute and brought to life by the same CVD method as the lab-grown diamonds.

The carbon hairspring delivers exceptional levels of anti-magnetism, shock resistance, stability across temperature ranges and refined geometry for excellent chronometric performance. This also represents a truly magical way of mastering the carbon material in and outside the timepiece, as well as a full and fusional integration of carbon throughout the watch and with the innovative lab-grown diamonds.

The movement is TAG Heuer’s in-house Heuer 02 automatic chronograph, a Swiss-made movement with a 65-hour power reserve in a unique version especially developed for the TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma. This special edition has been extensively hand-finished and features the oscillating weight in the form of the TAG Heuer shield.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma comes with an elegant black leather strap with black stitching and a black titanium grade 2 ADLC-treated clasp for an even bolder look.

Technical details

Model: TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon Nanograph
Reference: XCBN5A90.FC8315

Movement
HEUER02 Tourbillon Nanograph, COSC-certified

Case
44 mm diameter
Sandblasted black anodised aluminium case set with 48 lab-grown diamonds (4.2 ct in total)
Fixed tachymeter bezel in polished/satin black ceramic
Domed sapphire crystal
Crown made of lab-grown diamond (2.5 ct in total) at 3 o’clock
Sandblasted push buttons and push covers in black ADLC-treated steel
Black sandblasted caseback in anodised aluminium with 4 black anodised titanium screws

Dial
Rhodium-plated brass base dial covered with a polycrystalline diamond plate (3.9 ct)
Rear flange with 2 counters on the 60 seconds/minute scale:
3 o’clock: minute chronograph counter, black polycrystalline diamond plate (0.25 ct) and brass ring with black opaline finish, polished rhodium-plated hand
9 o’clock: chronograph hours counter, black polycrystalline diamond plate (0.25 ct) and brass ring with black opaline finish, polished rhodium-plated hand
11 rhodium-plated white gold indexes set with lab-grown diamonds (0.4 ct in total) and a double index at 12 o’clock
Polished rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with matt black lacquer and white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium-plated central hand
Polished rhodium-plated applique and black lacquer caseback “CARRERA” print

Strap
Rolled-up strap in black calfskin with black lining
Black sandblasted ardillon clasp in titanium grade 2 with ADLC treatment
Total diamond carat weight: 11.7 ct

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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: Zenith 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: Zenith 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.

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: Zenith 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The 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.

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

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

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.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” (reference 425.050)

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.

The honey-gold case of the 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” (reference 425.050) 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’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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Technical details

Model: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 RATTRAPANTE CHRONOGRAPH Honey Gold “Homage to F. A. Lange”, Reference 425.050

Movement
Calibre L101.2
Number of movement parts: 365
Number of rubies: 36
Number of screwed gold chatons: 4
Power reserve: 58 hours when fully wound
Frequency: 21600 semi-oscillations per hour
Beat-adjustment system: Eccentric poising weight
Diameter: 32.6 mm
Height: 7.4 mm

Case
Honey gold
Diameter: 41.2 mm
Height: 12.6 mm

Dial
Solid silver
Hands: rhodiumed, pink gold, honey gold, white gold

Edition
Limited to 100 timepieces, available exclusively in A. Lange & Söhne boutiques

Recommended retail price in Germany including VAT
126, 700 Euros

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” (reference 239.050)

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.

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.

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.

The L093.1 manufacture calibre of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” (reference 239.050) 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.

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.

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.

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.

Technical details

Model: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” Honey Gold, Reference 239.050

Movement
Calibre L093.1

Case
Honey gold
Diameter: 38 mm
Height: 6.3 mm

Dial
Enamelled copper-dial in white
Hands: Honey gold

Edition
Limited to 175 timepieces

Recommended retail price in Germany (including VAT)
32, 200 Euros

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange”(reference 706.050)

Introduced in 2017, the A. Lange & Söhne TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite” is a horological masterpiece featuring five classic complications: Perpetual calendar, chronograph, rattrapante function, fusée-and-chain transmission and tourbillon.

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.

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.

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.

With calibre L133.1, the A. Lange & Söhne 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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Technical details

Model: A. Lange & Söhne TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite” Honey Gold “Homage to F. A. Lange”, Reference 706.050

Movement
Calibre L133.1

Complications
Perpetual calendar, chronograph, rattrapante function, fusée-and-chain transmission and tourbillon

Case
Honey gold
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 16.6 mm

Dial
Honey gold, black rhodiumed
Hands: yellow gold, blued steel, honey gold

Edition
Limited to 50 timepieces

Image Credit: Lange Uhren GmbH

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.

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.

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

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph (Ref. 3940)

IWC’s latest Haute Horlogerie creation, the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph (Ref. 3940) combines a flying minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock with a retrograde date display at 9 o’clock and a flyback chronograph. The model is available in two versions, both limited to 50 watches.

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph, Ref. IW394005 Boutique Edition: 18-carat Armor Gold® case, blue dial, gold-plated hands, 18-carat gold appliques, blue alligator leather strap by Santoni.

One is housed in an 18-carat Armor Gold® case with a blue dial featuring the maritime inspired design cues of the Boutique Editions. Thanks to its improved microstructure, this innovative new material has considerably higher hardness values than traditional 5N gold alloys. A second version is available in platinum.

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph, Ref. IW394006: Platinum case, silver-plated dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliques, blue alligator leather strap by Santoni.

The IWC-manufactured 89900 calibre is self-winding and builds up a power reserve of 68 hours. The chronograph displays stopped hours and minutes in a single totaliser at 12 o’clock.

Thanks to its hacking tourbillon, the watch can be stopped completely, allowing the time to be set with down-to-the-second accuracy. The pallet lever and escape wheel are treated with Diamond Shell® technology, giving it an extremely hard surface that reduces friction and improves the flow of energy in the movement.

Technical details

Model: IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph (Ref. IW 3940)

Functions
Flying hacking minute tourbillon at 6 o‘clock
Retrograde date display
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counter combined in a totaliser at 12 o‘clock
Flyback function

Movement
IWC manufacture calibre 89900
Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph/4 Hz
Jewels: 42
Power reserve: 68 h
Winding: Automatic
18-carat gold oscillating weight

Case, dial and strap

– Ref. IW394005: 18-carat Armor Gold® case, blue dial, gold-plated hands, 18-carat gold appliques, 18-carat gold oscillating weight, blue alligator leather strap by Santoni
– Ref. IW394006: Platinum case, silver-plated dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliques, 18-carat gold oscillating weight, blue alligator leather strap by Santoni

Glass: Sapphire, arched edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 43.5 mm
Height: 16 mm

Edition
Limited to 50 watches

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bell & Ross R.S.19 Chronographs Limited Editions

Celebrating the fourth year of their partnership with the Renault F1®Team, French-Swiss watch maker Bell & Ross has created four new driver’s chronographs of the R.S.19 collection.

The men behind Bell & Ross and Renault F1® Team are poised to take the competition to another level this year thanks to a strong new pairing in the drivers’ seats: Nico Hülkenberg (GER) and new signing Daniel Ricciardo (AUS).

At the respective headquarters of Bell & Ross and Renault F1® Team, two passionate teams are out to conquer time with their precision-engineered machines. The personal and professional stories behind these men of action embody identical values: performance, dedication, technical expertise and courage.

Anyone who follows the sport of F1® knows that the winning formula is always teamwork. It takes hundreds of people to get their two men over the finish line, after all, –and the same goes for exceptional watchmaking. Since 1977, as with the centuries old Swiss tradition, the engineers and designers at Renault F1® Team have sought velocity through mechanical accuracy and collaborative innovation; they share the conviction that every millisecond counts.

Teamwork isn’t just limited to the individual teams –as Bell & Ross’ R.S.19 watches prove, their respective passion really can crossfertilize, creating more than the sum of their parts. To celebrate the perseverance, talent and training needed to achieve the highest performance, a team-inspired campaign will accompany the new collection launch. Daniel, Nico and other extraordinary people will walk the public through the life, rituals and preparation of both Renault F1® Team and Bell & Ross teams.

With 2019’s Formula 1®season well underway, Renault F1®Team faces its most exciting opportunity in years. The talent behind the wheel and the technology being harnessed are unmatched. The same goes for Bell & Ross’ R.S.19 collection novelties that are more track-ready than ever.

The Bell & Ross R.S.19 collection races ahead with a pair of carbon-dialed chronographs, color-keyed in keeping with Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg’s steering wheels.

Bell and Ross BR V3-94 R.S.19 & BR 03-94 R.S.19 Chronographs

Shaped by Bell & Ross’ expertise in crafting ultra-functional tool watches for professionals, this year’s Renault F1®Team ‘R.S.19’ watch collection is built on two limited-edition chronographs, fit for the uncompromising environment of a modern F1® cockpit.

The BR V3-94 R.S.19 and BR 03-94 R.S.19 share the same ‘engine’ and styling language, yet are mounted on two differing, equally iconic ‘chassis’. The BR V3-94 R.S.19 sports the classic circular case of Bell & Ross’s Vintage collection –now tuned-up to 43 mm ‘XL’ proportions– and the BR 03-94 R.S.19 features the utilitarian 42mm across square of its Instrument watches.

The similarities start with the highly legible, luminescent dials: derived from the Renault F1® Team steering wheel color coding introduced in the R.S.17 collection. This time however, a dial made of F1®’s essential high-tech material: carbon fiber. It provides a sleek background to the signature Renault F1® Team yellow and black colors, plus the green, red and orange found on cockpit buttons.

Each model benefits from a bi-directional timing bezel for ‘on the-fly’ timing, knurled for a better grip while wearing gloves. When things come down to the wire, there’s the high-precision stopwatch functionality of their chronograph mechanics, which can record events to an accuracy of an eighth of a second, over the course of 30 minutes.

The BR V3-94 R.S.19 and BR 03-94 R.S.19 are each limited editions of 999 pieces.

Bell and Ross BR-X1 R.S.19 Skeleton Chronograph

The ergonomic design and ultra-functionality of Bell & Ross’ BR-X1 gets the R.S.19 treatment, making every second count. With every BR-X1 chronograph, Bell & Ross has pushed with the limits of extreme micro-engineering, stripping the movement, dial, case and pushbuttons down to their purest functionality: raw performance at its most uncompromising and streamlined, which is reminiscent of Formula 1®.

Designed as a high-octane race car for the wrist, the BR-X1 R.S.19 has been created for fully functional operation at the wheel: ergonomic ‘rocker’ push-buttons suitable for use with gloves, highly legible dial details colored in keeping with Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg’s cockpit controls and extreme lightweight thanks to the combination of grade 5 titanium, ceramic and rubber.

The square case of the BR-X1 is surrounded by a bumper in micro-blasted ceramic and rubber that acts as a peripheral protective shell. Rubber grip elements have also been integrated into the case to ensure better handling when activating the chronograph’s ‘rocker’ push-buttons, even while wearing gloves.

New to the BR-X1 this year is the addition of a ‘time marker’ outgrowth to the dial’s circumferential bezel ring. Following a hot lap, the team back in the pit lane can instantly mark wherever the chronograph’s yellow running seconds hand has been stopped, by rotating and aligning its yellow triangle. Following a second lap, the respective times can be instantly compared.

The BR-X1 R.S.19 is a limited edition of 250 pieces.

Bell and Ross BR-X1 TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH R.S.19

Meaning ‘whirlwind’ in French, the tourbillon is the ultimate tune-up in the high-octane world of Haute Horlogerie –and sure enough, Bell & Ross’ Renault F1®Team R.S.19 collection benefits from the addition of a particularly sporty example.

Whirring the ticking escapement and throbbing balance-wheel around by 360º per minute, the tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock evens-out the pull of gravity across the movement’s regulating parts, improving timekeeping and reducing friction at certain pinch points: an ingenious invention dating back over two centuries.

Like an F1® engine itself, the manufacturing and hand-assembling of a tourbillon cage, with a far smaller balance-wheel to fine-tune as it rotates inside this cramped space, is an extraordinary undertaking.

The vision is mesmeric, however –a thrilling showcase of fine mechanical watchmaking. In combination with the stripped-back and highly technical case design of the BR-X1, fitted with Bell & Ross’ new lap-by-lap time marker around the bezel and stopwatch chronograph functionality, the R.S.19 Tourbillon is a turbocharged triumph of precision engineering and passion.

The BR-X1 TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH R.S.19 is a limited edition of 20 pieces.

Technical details

Model: BR V3-94 R.S.19 Limited edition, REF. BRV394-RS19

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.301 Automatic mechanical

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, central chronograph seconds

Case
43 mm in diameter
Satin-polished steel
Bi-directional rotating steel bezel with black anodised aluminium ring with scale and countdown timer
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Screw-down crown and push-buttons
Sapphire case back
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Carbon fibre
Applique Super-LumiNova®-filled numerals
Metal skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Carbon-effect calfskin or satin-polished steel
Buckle: folding. Satin-polished steel

Edition
Limited edition of 999 pieces

Model: BR 03-94 R.S.19 Limited edition, REF. BR0394-RS19/SRB

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds
Tachymeter scale on the flange

Case
42 mm in diameter
Satin-finished polished steel
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bi-directional rotating bezel with anodised aluminium insert
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Carbon fibre
Metal applique Super-LumiNova®-filled numerals
Metal skeleton Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Perforated black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel

Edition
Limited edition of 999 pieces

Model: BR-X1 R.S.19 Limited edition, REF. BRX1-RS19/SRB

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.313
Automatic mechanical
‘X’-shaped upper bridge
56 jewels, 28,800 vph
Skeleton chronograph

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Skeletonised date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, central seconds
Tachymeter scale on the flange

Case
45 mm in diameter
Titanium and ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker push-buttons
Case-back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centred on the balance
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Skeleton dial
Metal applique Super-LumiNova®-filled numerals
Metal skeleton Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Perforated black rubber
Buckle: pin. Steel with black rubber over-moulding

Edition
Limited edition of 250 pieces

Model: BR-X1 Tourbillon R.S.19 Limited Edition, REF. BRX1-CHTB-RS19/SRB

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.283
Hand-wound flying tourbillon
Mono-pusher column wheel chronograph
282 components, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph
4-day power reserve

Functions
Hours and minutes
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 11 o’clock, 60-second counter at 1 o’clock
Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Case
45 mm in diameter
Satin-polished titanium and matt ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker mono-pusher
Sapphire case back with anti-reflective coating
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Skeleton
Metal applique Super-LumiNova®-filled indices
Metal skeleton Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Perforated black rubber
Buckle: pin. Steel with black rubber over-moulding

Edition
Limited edition of 20 pieces

Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon

Two years ago, Zenith introduced the revolutionary Defy El Primero 21, the only high-frequency automatic chronograph designed to measure hundredths of a second, ushering watchmaking firmly into the 21st century. In 2019, the Swiss Manufacture is taking another big leap with the Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon: an innovative model powered by the El Primero 9020 calibre and its two separate escapements.

One of the latter serves to keep the chronograph beating at an exceptional frequency and power the 1/100th of a second display, while the other ensures the lasting precision of the watch. This model is available in two limited editions: a 10-piece platinum version and a 50-unit carbon interpretation.

With its DEFY collection, Zenith is constantly innovating and setting the standard for tomorrow’s watchmaking: after the unequalled Defy El Primero 21, the first serially produced mechanical chronograph to provide hundredth of a second measurement; followed by the Defy Lab, the world’s most accurate mechanical watch with an unprecedented oscillator, the Haute Horlogerie manufacturer is unveiling the Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon. This unprecedented combination of horological complications –two tourbillons and a 1/100th of a second chronograph – features truly exceptional qualities.

A distillation of technology, innovation, performance and design, the latest addition to the Defy collection asserts itself in terms of both its construction and its aesthetics. For this model, Zenith has developed two tourbillons, a first for the Maison. In an additional feat, one of the tourbillons (at 10 o’clock) is coupled with and regulates the chronograph measuring and displaying hundredths of a second in a perfectly legible manner.

Beating a frequency of 50Hz (360,000 vibrations per hour) with its carriage performing a complete rotation every five seconds, this tourbillon is the fastest in the world. It drives the chronograph hand at the amazing speed of one full turnof the dial per second. The second tourbillon (at 8 o’clock), operating at 5 Hz with a carriage performing one rotation per minute, regulates the rate of the watch, meaning the hours, minutes and seconds.

Echoing this dual architecture, two dedicated barrels – one for the watch and the other for the chronograph – store and deliver energy. They respectively provide 60 hours of power reserve for the watch and 50 minutes for the 1/100th of a second chronograph.

Heir to the legendary 1969 El Primero, this new high-frequency in-house movement drives the hours, minutes, 1/100th of a second chronograph, 60-second and 30-minute counters (at 6 and 9 o’clock respectively), along with a chronograph power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. As a further guarantee of precision, the El Primero 9020 calibre is chronometer-certified by an independent body (TimeLab).

While vividly expressing futuristic, technical and assertive watchmaking, the Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon also stands out for its powerful aesthetics.

With its generously open-worked dial accentuated by a two-tone treatment – a new signature of Zenith Haute Horlogerie movements –El Primero 9020 and its 311 components are shown to full advantage. The blue-treated tourbillon carriages with the Zenith star, along with the bridges and baseplate, feature polished angles that further enhance the 3D view of this stunning mechanism in motion.

Whether crafted in platinum with the collection’s characteristic satin-brushed and polished finishes and a sapphire case-back, or entirely made of carbon, the case is water-resistant to 100 metres. It is secured to the wrist with a luxurious high-tech black rubber strap,coated with alligator leather or Cordura-patterned.

Effectively combining aesthetics, functionality and polymorphism, its composition is resistant, durable and hypoallergenic, while offering infinite possibilities for variations in textures, colours and topstitching. The platinum Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon is available in a 10-piece limited edition, while the carbon model is limited to 50 units.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon, Platinum
Limited Edition of 10 pieces, Reference: 40.9000.9020/78.R582

Movement
Movement El Primero 9020, Automatic
Calibre 15 ¾ “` (Diameter: 35.8 mm)
Movement thickness: 7.9 mm
Components: 311
Exclusive two-tone signature on plates and bridges
Jewels: 59
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve approx.: 50 hours
Finishes: Special oscillating weight with satin-brushed finishes

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

Case
Diameter: 46 mm
Diameter opening: 36 mm
Thickness: 14.50 mm
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Material: Platinum 950
Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Open-worked
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted gold, coated with Super-LumiNova® SLNC1

Strap
Black rubber with black alligator leather coating
Buckle: Titanium & white gold double folding clasp

Model: Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon, Black carbon
Limited Edition of 50 pieces, Reference: 10.9000.9020/79.R918

Movement
Movement El Primero 9020, Automatic
Calibre 15 3/4“` (Diameter: 35.8 mm)
Movement thickness: 7.9 mm
Components: 311
Exclusivetwo-tone signature on plates and bridges
Jewels 59
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve :approx. 50 hours
Finishes: Special oscillating weight with satin-brushed finishes

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

Case
Diameter: 46 mm
Diameter opening: 36 mm
Thickness: 14.50 mm
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Material: Black carbon
Water-resistance 10 ATM

Dial
Open-worked
Hour-markers: Black ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with black Super-LumiNova®
Hands: Black ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with black Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Black rubber with Cordura-patterned blue rubber
Buckle: Titanium double folding clasp with black carbon head

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked, Black Ceramic Model

Presented at SIHH 2018, this new limited edition version of the Audemars Piguet 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.

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.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Black Ceramic

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.

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.
This 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.

Each 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.
The 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.

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.

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.

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

Collection: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25th Anniversary Editions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bell & Ross – BR-X1 White Hawk & BR-X1 Tourbillon White Hawk

Bell & Ross’ latest aeronautical watch line, the BR-X1 White Hawk offers two stunning pilot watches : BR-X1 White Hawk & BR-X1 Tourbillon White Hawk.  Produced in limited editions, these two models, both feature revolutionary construction and sophisticated watchmaking finishes, take inspiration from the colors of private jets.

On these models, the grade 5 titanium cases are covered with a white ceramic «belt». Titanium is micro-blasted and ceramic is matte to avoid reflections caused by light. The white and grey of the case depict the colors of the most beautiful private jets.

The push buttons are made of high-tech ceramic with rubber inserts to optimize their grip and strength. A rubber button grip insert is also built into the case at 9 o’clock to enhance the activation of the chronograph’s functions and a red rim highlights them for optimal readability. This fundamental complication enables short time measurements and is an indispensable tool for air navigation.

The BR-X1 White Hawk is limited to 250 pieces where as the  BR-X1 Tourbillon White Hawk is available in an ultra-limited edition of 20 pieces only.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR-X1 WHITE HAWK, Reference: BRX1-WHC-TI

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.313
Automatic mechanical
‘X’-shaped upper bridge
56 jewels, 28,800 vph
Skeleton chronograph

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Skeleton date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds

Case
45 mm in diameter
Microblasted titanium and matt white ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker push-buttons
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Case-back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centred on the balance

Dial
Sapphire crystal
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled indices
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Bi-material: rubber and grey calfskin
Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel and rubber insert

Edition
Limited edition of 250 pieces

Model: Bell and Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon White Hawk, Reference: BRX1-CHTB-WHC

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.283
Hand-wound flying tourbillon
Mono-pusher column wheel chronograph
282 components, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph
4-day power reserve

Functions
Hours and minutes
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 11 o’clock, chronograph 60-sec timer at 1 o’clock
Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Case
45 mm in diameter
Micro-blasted titanium and matt white ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker mono-pusher
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Sapphire case-back with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres.

Dial
Sapphire crystal
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled indices
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Bi-material: rubber and grey calfskin
Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel and rubber insert

Edition
Limited edition of 20 pieces

Bell & Ross BR-RS17 Collection – BR 03-94 RS17, BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph & BR X1 RS17 Tourbillon Chronograph

Since its foundation in 1994, Bell & Ross has been creating high grade aviation watches for fighter pilots and aviators all over the world. In February 2016, the watch brand made its first foray into the racetracks by joining the highly exclusive world of Formula 1 and becoming the official watch partner of the Renault Sport Formula One Team.

The collaboration with the French F1 team led to a first collection of watches named BR X1 RS16, in reference to the car unveiled that year. In 2017, Bell & Ross is strengthening its partnership by releasing a series of three new high-performance watches inspired by the steering wheel of the new Renault RS 17 F1 car:-

  • BR 03-94 RS17
  • BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph
  • BR X1 RS17 Tourbillon Chronograph

The design and color codes of these high-tech timepieces allow the time to be read quickly and accurately. The principle evokes that of an F1 steering wheel, on which each piece of information is paired with a different color.

This enables the driver to recognize them instantly, without any risk of error. The materials used – Carbone Forgé®, titanium or ceramic – are identical to those used in Grand-Prix racing cars.

Designed for racing drivers, the new Bell & Ross BR-RS17 collection is made up of truly exceptional watches. Their design, inspired by Formula 1, brings together the latest technological advances and the most innovative materials used in the racing world. These quintessential sports timepieces also take the lead in terms of legibility and finishes.

BR 03-94 RS17

This series includes only chronograph models. The new Bell & Ross BR-RS17 collection features a wide range of color shades. These vivid hues are found on the steering wheel of the Renault F1 single-seater. For example, the flange on the two BR X1 chronographs features the same shimmering tones as the dial wheel at the center of the F1 RS17 steering wheel.

These complementary primary colors, rarely used in high-end watches, allow functions to be identified and prioritized. The time, chronograph, date, seconds and power reserve (where applicable) have each their own color. This ensures the display is exceptionally clear and easy to decipher, and read reliably at a glance.

BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph

On the three watches, the elements relating to the chronograph complication are partially coated in “Renault” yellow. Ever since the French constructor entered F1 in 1977, its single-seaters have sported this shade.

Aviation and motor racing have many points in common: both rely on innovative materials, just as the latest Bell & Ross’ collection.

The case of the BR X1 is made of Carbone Forgé® and the dial of the BR03-94 is crafted of carbon fiber, both of the models being inspired on the steering wheel of the Renault F1 RS17. This lightweight and highly resilient composite material is used in aircraft fuselages and in bodies of racing cars. It is perfectly suited for the structural components subject to extreme mechanical stress.

BR X1 RS17 Tourbillon Chronograph

The engineers at Bell & Ross have reworked this material in order to meet the quality criteria of watchmaking. They redesigned its fibers, the resin that holds them in place, and the tooling needed to create its finish. The results are perfectly watertight cases for the X1 models of impeccable quality.

Both the aviation and automotive industries use ceramic, which is mostly used in the brakes of racing cars because it does not heat easily. The case of the BR 03 is made from this very hard material used to create components that are resistant to high temperatures.

Racing car tires are made from rubber. This material, with a very powerful grip, is used on the rim of the case and the push buttons of the BR X1 ensuring an excellent handling of the timekeeping function and a greater accuracy. The straps are also made from innovative materials. On the BR X1, rubber is paired with carbon fiber for a very sporty look.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 RS17

This timepiece features a ceramic case designed to withstand shock and a sporty carbon fiber dial that makes it exceptionally well suited to the motor racing world. This lightweight, resilient material evokes the steering wheel of the Renault F1 car.

The Start & Stop push-button of the chronograph features yellow anodized aluminum. This iconic color has been used since Renault first entered Formula 1. It is also found on the internal bezel that features a tachymeter scale used to calculate the speed of a car: an indispensable function for a racing driver’s watch.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR 03-94 RS17

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.301
Automatic mechanical

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date
Chronograph for short time periods: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds
Tachymeter scale on the flange

Case
42 mm in diameter
Matt black ceramic
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Carbon fibre
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals
Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Straps
Woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: Pin. Black PVD coated steel

Edition
Limited edition of 500 pieces

Bell & Ross BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph

This is an extreme variation of Bell & Ross’ iconic watch, the BR 03. It boasts all the elements that are essential to a chronograph watch designed for race drivers.

Highly sophisticated, its skeleton mechanism allows its gears to be admired through the grey-tinted sapphire crystal. The “rocker” type push buttons activate the chronograph function with great accuracy. They are made from high-tech ceramic and capped with yellow rubber for an improved grip.

The bezel features a tachymeter scale designed for calculating racing speeds. Lastly, the dial flange is split into several hour segments, each of which has a corresponding color. This color segmentation makes the measured time easier to read.

The chronograph hands are yellow, the date is red, the small seconds hand is green and the hour hand, white. The latter is coated in SuperLuminova that guarantees excellent legibility, both day and night.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR X1 RS17 Skeleton Chronograph

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.313
Automatic mechanical
‘X’-shaped upper bridge
56 jewels, 28,800 vph
Skeleton chronograph

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Skeleton date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds

Case
45 mm in diameter
Carbon Forgé® and ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker push-buttons
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Case-back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centered on the balance
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Grey-tinted sapphire crystal
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Bi-material: rubber and carbon fibre
Buckle: pin. Black PVD* steel finish and rubber insert

Edition

Limited edition of 250 pieces

Bell & Ross BR X1 TOURBILLON R.S.17

The hand-wound chronograph of the highest level of complication and a tourbillon make this watch an outstanding piece. It is incredibly complex, built with miniscule pieces and housed inside a “floating” cage that is fitted on a hub but appears to float in the air.

The chronograph function is activated by a paddle-style mono-pusher positioned to the right of the case. The key component of the system, the column wheel, coordinates the starting and stopping of the chronograph. The timer indications are red and yellow.

The 4-day power reserve is shown in green, and white hands coated in SuperLuminova indicate the time. This special coating guarantees legibility, even at night.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR X1 Tourbillon R.S.17

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.283
Hand-wound Flying tourbillon
Mono-pusher column wheel chronograph
282 components, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph
4-day power reserve

Functions
Hours and minutes
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 11 o’clock, chronograph 60-sec timer at 1 o’clock
Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Case
45 mm in diameter
Carbon Forgé® and ceramic with rubber inserts
Rocker mono-pusher
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Sapphire case-back with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Grey-tinted sapphire crystal
Metal applique Superluminova®-filled indices
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Bi-material: rubber and carbon fiber
Buckle: pin. Black PVD steel finish and rubber insert

Edition
Limited edition of 20 pieces

Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph

Celebrating Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph opens a new chapter in the partnership that unites Hublot and the world famous super car manufacturer based in Italy. The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years is available in three versions — King Gold, PEEK Carbon, and Titanium — each of which is produced in 70 limited editions.

Created and designed by Ferrari, under the leadership of Head of Design Flavio Manzoni, the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is like one of the super cars produced in Maranello. And with good reason: this watch was designed by Ferrari using the same creative processes as that used to develop a new sports car.

The starting point for the designers was the Hublot movement—the “engine” of the watch—around which they freely designed a high performance chassis. Like that of a Ferrari, its lattice structure—that is unique in the world of watchmaking—offers maximum strength for minimal weight.

Thus, the black structure on the dial holds the chronograph counters and offers excellent legibility. The crown at 4 o’clock —raised by a black PVD Titanium insert decorated with the famous Prancing Horse—reduces the size of the watch to the greatest possible extent, and increases its aerodynamic look. Finally, the red push-button is strategically placed to facilitate its use—even when driving—and makes the design more ergonomic.

The Hublot manufacture took this design by Ferrari and applied its expertise in engineering, materials and watchmaking, to make these aesthetic and technical concepts feasible. The result is a chassis case with a modular construction of three components—skeleton middle, container, and back cover—that is true to the styling imaged by Ferrari.

Available in King Gold, Titanium versions, the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is also offered in PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) Carbon, a multi-layer hypo-allergenic material—made from particularly long carbon fibres—that is extremely durable and reliable.

This is not the only innovation: two lateral push-buttons make it easy to change the strap, whilst offering maximum security. As with all of the coloured components of this new Techframe, the two lateral push-buttons are made in the famous P485 Ferrari red.

The back cover of the case is engraved in black with “Limited Edition, No. XX/70”, and the sapphire back is adorned with “Ferrari 70 Years”. This Tourbillon Chronograph is driven by a movement that was designed and developed by Hublot: the new HUB6311 calibre with manual winding—253 components — offers 5 days of power reserve.

The single-button chronograph—one button for the start stop reset functions—that is considered as the best of the best by specialists, is handled by an original lever in Ferrari red anodised aluminium.

Treated with ruthenium anthracite, this finely tuned “engine” also stands out by its imposing tourbillon that is visible on the dial.

Thanks to an ingenious construction principle, this innovative mechanism offers both the aesthetics of a flying tourbillon and the operational stability of a tourbillon with two pivot points. This double advantage is made possible by a sapphire crystal, which is practically invisible, placed above the cage that rotates once a minute and holds the upper part of the tourbillon using a bridge.

The Ferrari logo is clearly visible at the 9 o’clock position whilst the Hublot logo is at 5 o’clock. The sapphire dial reveals the cutting edge mechanics that it shelters, and an external raised section holds the timer.

A matt black block designed by Ferrari, affixed to the sapphire holds a race-inspired twin half-second counter at 3 o’clock, the minutes counter at 11 o’clock and the column wheel at 1 o’clock—the brain controlling this sleek chronograph with tangential coupling.

The highly technical interchangeable black rubber strap is fitted with a folding clasp with a cover in PVD titanium with a plate decorated with King Gold, PEEK carbon or titanium, with the Hublot logo.

Technical details

Model: Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph

References
408.NI.0123.RX (Titanium) – Limited to 70 pieces
408.OI.0123.RX (King Gold) – Limited to 70 pieces
408.QU.0123.RX (PEEK Carbon) – Limited to 70 pieces

Case
Skeleton in titanium, glossy micro-blasted (Titanium), King Gold, glossy micro-blasted (King Gold) or Unidirectional PEEK Carbon
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 14.80 mm
Back: Titanium, glossy micro-blasted (Titanium) or King Gold, glossy micro-blasted (King Gold) or Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (PEEK Carbon); “LIMITED EDITION, No. XX/70” engraving in glossy black lacquer
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with internal and external anti-reflective treatment
Back cover crystal: Sapphire with internal anti-reflective treatment, adorned with “Ferrari 70 Years”
Screws: Black PVD Titanium H-screws (Titanium and King Gold) or Titanium
(PEEK Carbon), polished head, micro-blasted cavity and notches
Crown: Titanium, glossy micro-blasted (Titanium) or King Gold, glossy microblasted (King Gold) Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (PEEK Carbon); Insert in black PVD titanium with engraving of the Ferrari logo (Cavallino Rampante), indexed, double sealing system
Push-button: Lever in Red (Ferrari) anodised aluminium, micro-blasted ; Switch in black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted, polished head
Water resistance: 30 metres or 3 ATM

Dial
Sapphire, highlight in matt black varnish, counters in matt black varnish
Hands: Satin finished, Rhodium treated (Titanium and PEEK Carbon) or 5N Gold (King Gold) and white SuperLuminova®

Movement
HUB6311 – Manual winding Tourbillon Chronograph, developed and manufactured by Hublot
Number of components: 253
Frequency: 3 Hz (21’600 Al/h)
Power reserve: 115 hours

Strap
Smooth black rubber (interchangeable)
Folding clasp in Black PVD Titanium and Titanium or King Gold with Hublot logo filled with glossy black lacquer
Strap holding system: Support block in Titanium, glossy micro-blasted (Titanium), King Gold, glossy micro-blasted (King Gold) or in Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (PEEK Carbon); 2 push-buttons in Red Ferrari anodised aluminium, micro-blasted (Titanium and PEEK Carbon) or Black PVD Titanium, micro-blasted (King Gold)

IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph (Ref. IW393101)

The prestigious Da Vinci line from Schaffhausen based Swiss luxury watch manufacture welcomes a new high complication watch: the Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph. Equipped with the new in-house 89900 calibre, this timepiece combines a classic tourbillon, a chronograph and a retrograde date

The most conspicuous feature of the 18-carat red gold Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph (Ref. IW393101) is the flying tourbillon. The tourbillon cage is bearing-mounted only at one end, on the underside, and is not connected to an upper bridge. The tourbillon also features a technically complex hacking function that guarantees down-to-the-second accuracy when setting the watch.

When the crown is pulled out, two levers grip the balance rim like a clamp and block the mechanism consisting of the balance, wheel train and hands. New geometry in the pallet and escape wheel combined with diamond shell technology ensures that the watch’s 68-hour power reserve when fully wound is maintained despite the additional complications.

Furthermore, the pallet and escape wheel are made of diamond-coated silicon, an extremely hard surface with good sliding properties that reduces friction and thus resistance, which in turn benefits the power reserve. The chronograph function at “12 o’clock” allows stopped times of up to 11 hours and 59 minutes, which can be read off as easily as the time of day. The central seconds hand measures stopped times to an accuracy of one-quarter of a second.

The third complication, besides the chronograph and the tourbillon, is the retrograde date display, located on the left-hand side of the dial.

The hand shows the date from the 1st to the 31st of the month as it moves across an arc and then, at the end of the scale, reverts to its starting point. In months with fewer than 31 days or when the watch has not been used for a while, the date display can be advanced rapidly and conveniently using the crown. Compared with a traditional date window, the analogue display turns the passage of time into a much more vivid experience.

The Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph’s precious red gold case with golden push-buttons and lugs has a carefully balanced appearance. The movable horns ensure that the dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni with its 18-carat red gold folding clasp fits perfectly around the wrist.

The harmonious arrangement of the three complications on the silver-plated dial, with the chronograph function at “12 o’clock”, follows the typical IWC pattern.

The watch, which is water-resistant to 3 bar, has a transparent sapphire-glass back. Looking through it, we see the new IWC-manufactured 89900 calibre with its solid red gold rotor. The watch is 44 millimetres in diameter and 17 millimetres high.

Technical details

Model: IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph, REF. IW393101

Functions
Retrograde date display
Flying hacking minute tourbillon at “6 o’clock”
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at “12 o’clock”
Flyback function

Movement
Mechanical chronograph movement
Self-winding – IWC-manufactured 89900 calibre (89000-calibre family)
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 42
Power reserve: 68 h
Winding: Automatic
Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on balance arms
18-carat red gold rotor

Case, dial and strap
18-carat red gold case, silver-plated dial, dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni, 18-carat red gold folding clasp
Glass Sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 44 mm
Height: 17 mm

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual “Pour le Mérite”

In 2017, the fifth masterpiece – TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite” – joins in A. Lange & Söhne’s “Pour le Mérite” series.

Unveiled at SIHH 2017, this high end horology creation combines the fusée-and-chain transmission with a tourbillon, a chronograph, a rattrapante function and a perpetual calendar.

In October 1994, A. Lange & Söhne presented the first collection of the new era, including the legendary TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite”, the first wristwatch with a tourbillon and a fusée-and-chain transmission.

It was followed in 2005 with a further model in which these two elaborate constructions were united: the TOURBOGRAPH “Pour le Mérite”. But there was more: a chronograph with the rattrapante function made it the manufactory’s most complicated watch at the time.

Now, the movement has been endowed with a fifth complication. In the development phase, the integration of a perpetual calendar in the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite” presented the engineers of the Saxon manufactory with a formidable challenge: to orchestrate the interaction of the complex mechanisms in such a way that mechanical conflicts or unwanted energy losses could be prevented.

In this project, the perpetual calendar mechanism had to be built around the tourbillon. Consequently, only about two thirds of the movement surface were available, and this necessitated a redesign of the basic calibre. At the same time, the developers did not want to noticeably increase the height of the movement.

The TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite” is the epitome of classic watchmaking: its hallmarks permeate all domains from design and engineering to consummate, flawless artisanship. The dial itself reflects the traditional approach in timekeeping.

Arabic numerals, a railway-track minute scale, blued steel hands for the time and rhodiumed gold hands for the calendar as well as the cloverleaf arrangement of the subsidiary dials pay tribute to the famous A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches.

Tradition also governs technical details such as column-wheel control for the chronograph and rattrapante mechanisms as well as the screw balance. Finally, it manifests itself in typical quality elements such as the two diamond endstones that suspend the tourbillon cage or the black-polished tourbillon bridge. The stately platinum case with a diameter of 43 millimetres is a fitting stage for this horological masterpiece.

Technical details

Model: A. Lange & Söhne TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite”
Reference 706.025: Platinum version with solid silver argenté dial

Movement
Calibre L133.1
Diameter: 32 mm
Height: 10.9 mm
Power reserve: 36 hours when fully wound

Functions
Perpetual calendar, chronograph, rattrapante function, fusée-and-chain transmission and tourbillon

Case
Platinum
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 16.6 mm

Dial
Solid silver, argenté-colored dial
Hands: Rhodiumed, blued steel, yellow gold, white gold

Strap
Black alligator leather strap with platinum buckle

Edition
Limited to 50 timepieces

Suggested retail price
490, 000 Euros

Image Credit: Lange Uhren GmbH

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

This high-tech, haute horology creation from Bell & Ross’ BR-X1 line combines two prestigious horology complications – Mono-pusher chronograph and Tourbillon – inside a painstakingly crafted Sapphire exterior which offers unlimited opportunities to admire the beauty of mechanical movement.

The BR-X1 CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE is built around a Flying Tourbillon master grand complication and Bell & Ross has added an ultra elegant mono-pusher chronograph. This unique and exclusive Haute Horlogerie caliber is prepared to be roused by the exquisite poetry of its movement.

The chronograph complication is visible and provides a privileged window into its many intricacies. Even the casual observer can admire the column wheel under the dial at 12 o’clock, the semi instantaneous jumping hand (rather than a traditional sweeping hand), and the power reserve indicator of 100 hours (at least 4 days) at 9 o’clock.

Masculine through and through, the main plate and pillars have been machined from a single block of metal. The perfectly executed skeletonizing of the movement, in a stunningly contemporary style and finish, allows the exceptional mechanics of this “horological turbine” to be observed when starting, stopping and resetting.

True aficionados will appreciate the extreme sophistication of the BR-X1 CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE with its 30-minute counter at 10 o’clock and 60-second counter at 2 o’clock for the chronograph functions. These are engaged by the mono-pusher rocker –positioned at 2 o’clock– which controls the Start, Stop and Reset functions.

A treat for the eyes, this outstanding timepiece offers breathtaking views into its inner workings. The power reserve differential and the barrel are also visible on the back. In a similar theatrical fashion, the flying tourbillon cage with the logogram “&” can be seen from every angle.

The extreme transparency of sapphire allows the eye an unequaled opportunity to virtually travel inside the movement and see the ingenious interactions in all their glory. Cutting a watchcase from a solid block of sapphire is an extremely difficult process. It takes long hours of machining, then polishing, to produce one.

The Bell and Ross BR-X1 CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE case is cut from 9 blocks of sapphire: middle piece, back, top, crystal and the four bumpers and is assembled with screws.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph Sapphire
Limited Edition of 5 Pieces
Reference: BRX1-CHTB-SAPHIR

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.285
Hand-wound flying tourbillon
Mono-pusher column wheel chronograph
282 components, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph
4-day power reserve

Case
45 mm in diameter
Sapphire

Dial
Skeleton
Metal appliqué indices with Superluminova inserts
Metal skeleton Superluminova-filled hours and minutes hands

Functions
Hours and minutes
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 11 o’clock, chronograph 60-sec timer at 1 o’clock
Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Strap
Bi-material strap
Translucent rubber with metallic Kevlar weaving
Buckle: pin. Polished steel

Bell & Ross Instrument De Marine Collection – BR01 Instrument De Marine, BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph and BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph

With this new collection, Swiss luxury watch brand Bell & Ross pays tribute the legendary marine chronometers. The new Marine Instrument collection by Bell & Ross takes the essence of the legendary 18th century clock invented by John Harrison and scales it down to watch size.

At that time, ship’s clocks were housed inside square wooden cases. However, the display was round, just like the majority of modern watches: a circle within a square. In the design of these new watches, Bell & Ross combines contemporary and retro touches, and the materials play a very important role:-

  • INDIAN ROSEWOOD: This wood harks back to the hull and masts of the vessels and to the cases used to house the ship’s instruments at the time. Indian rosewood is a rare timber, of a warm pinkish red in color, with an elegant texture and very fine grain. It does, however, offer very high compressive strength. Working it requires a very meticulous approach. Firstly, it is shaved into very fine sheets, which are pressed, machined and then varnished.
  • BRONZE: The cases of the BR 01 Marine and BX1 Skeleton Chronograph are adorned with bronze, an alloy that brings to mind the brass used for the surrounds on the original ship’s clocks. When it comes into contact with air and moisture, this material takes on a brown or greyish-green patina. With no two-oxidation processes alike, these watches are transformed into unique pieces.
  • ROSE GOLD: This material is used for the BX1 Tourbillon Chronograph case. Rare and noble, gold is the perfect choice for such an exceptional model. Its warm color also pairs beautifully with the Indian rosewood.
  • GRADE 5 TITANIUM: The watchmaker has chosen modern, lightweight and resilient Grade 5 titanium for the central container section.

Bell and Ross BR 01 Instrument De Marine

A faithful rendering of a ship’s clock as a wristwatch, this model is similar to the iconic BR 01 in its execution. The BR 01 Marine Instrument has a stylish, subtly retro design. This watch has a case, bezel and winding crown made from bronze. Only the case-back features more contemporary titanium. In a final touch, an elegant band of rosewood encircles the dial of the watch.

The dial pairs white lacquer, Roman numerals and fine blued steel hands, in tribute to the aesthetic of these 18th century instruments. The small seconds dial, with its delicate graphic layout, sits at 6 o’clock.

The mechanism selected is a hand-wound movement, as would have been used in this era. It has a central hour and minute display, with the seconds at 6 o’clock. Finally, the power reserve, which, at 56 hours, is much greater than usual, is a tribute to long ocean crossings.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR 01 Instrument De Marine
Limited Edition of 500 Pieces

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.203
Hand-wound mechanical
17 jewels, 21,600 vph
56-hours power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
46 mm diameter
Precious wood, titanium and CuSn8 bronze
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
White lacquer
Roman numerals
Blued hands

Strap
Brown alligator
Buckle: pin. Bronze

Bell and Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph

Bold and stylish, this chronograph is equipped with an automatic skeleton movement. This ultra-sophisticated mechanism can be admired through the sapphire crystal dial, which has a slight grey tint like the sea on a stormy day. It is paired with a minute track featuring Roman numerals and gilt applique indices, covered in SuperLuminova. The skeleton theme is continued with the gilt hands.

The sophisticated case is a symphony of titanium, rosewood and bronze. It encloses the bezel, push-pieces, crown and crown protector.

The automatic caliber provides a chronograph function, small seconds at 3 o’clock and skeleton date at 6 o’clock. The chronograph minute timer sits at 9 o’clock. Stripped of hands, it takes the form of an aluminum disc with a design clearly evoking a ship’s propeller.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR-X1 Instrument De Marine
Limited Edition of 99 Pieces

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.313
Mechanical automatic
‘X’-shaped upper bridge
56 jewels, 28,800 vph
Skeleton chronograph

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Skeleton date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds

Case
45 mm diameter
Precious wood and CuSn8 bronze
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centred on the balance
Water-resistance:100 metres

Dial
Grey-tinted sapphire crystal
Gilt appliqué indices with Superluminova inserts
Gilt skeleton Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands
Gilt aluminium 30-min chronograph timer disc

Strap
Brown alligator
Buckle: pin. Bronze

Bell and Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph

The most exclusive version, this Haute Horlogerie model houses an exceptional hand wound mechanism. This prestigious version is housed in an 18-carat rose gold and wood case.

In classic fashion, the central hands on the dial indicate the hours and minutes. Two gilt metal counter discs sit at 2 and 10 o’clock. The first is the 60-second chronograph counter, equipped with a 6 impulse per second sweeping hand. The second is the 30-minute chronograph counter, with its semi-instantaneous jumping hand.

The gilt tourbillon cage sits proudly at 6 o’clock. The skeleton work on the upper bridges allows a view of the exceptional chronograph movement that is triggered using the mono-pusher at 2 o’clock. A sophisticated hand-wound mechanism, the «flying» tourbillon has 282 minuscule constituent parts, and sits inside a delicate suspended cage. Unusually, it is fitted on the main plate without an upper bridge. This means it appears to float.

This incredibly complex movement benefits from a colossal 100-hour power reserve, equivalent to 4 days, indicated by a hand (like a petrol gauge) set at 9 o’clock. The brand’s signature, the iconic «&», marks the seconds on the tourbillon cage.

Technical details

Model: Bell and Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph Instrument De Marine
LIMITED EDITION OF 20 PIECES

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.283
Hand-wound flying tourbillon
Mono-pusher column wheel chronograph
282 components, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph
4-day power reserve

Functions
Hours and minutes
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 11 o’clock, chronograph 60-sec timer at 1 o’clock
Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Case
45 mm diameter
18 ct rose gold and precious wood
Rocker push-button
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Sapphire case-back with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Grey-tinted sapphire crystal
Gilt appliqué indices with Superluminova inserts
Gilt skeleton Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Brown alligator
Buckle: pin. 18 ct rose gold

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Collection New References – Harmony Complete Calendar, Harmony Tourbillon Chronograph, Harmony Chronograph, Harmony Chronograph Small Model and Harmony Dual Time

In 2015, to mark its 260th anniversary, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin unveiled the Harmony collection of timepieces boasting an unusual cushion-shaped case featuring pure, graphic lines.

This year, Vacheron Constantin enhances the Harmony collection by introducing new references equipped with several in-house calibers and developed around the chronograph, tourbillon or dual-time complications. A remarkable Harmony complete calendar model, equipped with an unprecedented in-house movement, is joining the ranks of these precious mechanical timepieces, all certified by the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Complete Calendar

The Maison Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch manufacturer engaged in uninterrupted activity since its creation in 1755.

One of the brand’s first wrist chronographs, dating from 1928, inspired the cushion shape and the eminently contemporary design of the models composing the Harmony collection. Its generous cases with reinvented lines are particularly suited to housing medium and high complications and Grand Complication calibers.

This year, Vacheron Constantin is introducing ten new references in the range, developed around a tourbillon monopusher chronograph, a monopusher chronograph with pulsimeter scale, a double-pusher chronograph, and a dual-time display.

A brand-new 2460 QC caliber with a complete calendar is joining this collection characterised by a blend of aesthetic and technical refinement. The dual time and double-pusher chronograph small models also come in non gem-set versions, ensuring they are equally suited to men’s and women’s wrists.

The models now entering the standard collection are among others distinguished from the collection launch limited editions by anthracite-colored numerals (instead of the blue ones on the 260th anniversary edition), a mellow opaline silvered dial, a new more contemporary  font for the counters, a reworked burgundy colour and a railway-track minute circle.

Like the most recent creations from the Manufacture, all these new models comply with the Hallmark of Geneva criteria guaranteeing their provenance, quality of execution and precision, durability and watchmaking mastery.

The Harmony collection once again demonstrates the complete mastery achieved by Vacheron Constantin, which has always successfully combined the art of shapes with that of time measurement. A curved caseband, a square bezel and a round watch crystal meet and mingle in this elegant reinterpretation of the monopusher chronograph with pulsimeter scale presented in 1928 by the Manufacture.

While the cushion shape had been chosen to highlight a chronograph caliber from the brand formerly used as a pocket watch, this same approach guided the creation of the models composing the Harmony collection. The inspiration stemming from the historical model is immediately perceptible, and yet each detail of the case has been infinitely rethought – including a study of its specific reflections – in order to provide a unique and unprecedented shape combined with appreciable user friendliness.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Complete Calendar

The classic and elegant design of the cushion-shaped rose gold case strikes a perfect balance with the optimal readability of the dial indications. Around its rim, the date is indicated by a central hand which culminates in a burgundy crescent.

The day and month, in the same deep red, appear through apertures in the upper half of the dial, while the lower half is devoted to displays of the moon phases and the age of the moon. These remarkably precise astronomical indications require adjustment only once every 122 years, instead of every three years for a conventional moon phase.

An all-new self-winding movement, Caliber 2460 QC – entirely developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin – powers this complete calendar. Equipped with 308 components, it beats at a frequency of 4 Hz. A transparent sapphire crystal caseback provides an admirable view of its inner workings and its high-end finishing.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Harmony Complete Calendar, Reference 4000S/000R-B123
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Caliber 2460 QC
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
29 mm (11’’’ ¼) diameter
5.4 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
308 components
27 jewels

Indications 
Hours, minutes
Central seconds
Complete calendar (day, date, month)
Precision moon phase
Age of the moon

Case 
18K 5N pink gold
40 x 49.3 mm, 11 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Mellow silvered opaline
Anthracite-colored painted Arabic numerals and minute-track
Burgundy painted calendar indications

Strap
Dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Tourbillon Chronograph

The inherently exclusive Harmony tourbillon chronograph achieves an impressive technical feat by combining the monopusher chronograph with a stunning tourbillon shaped like the Maltese cross, the Vacheron Constantin emblem.

It beats to the rhythm of Manufacture Vacheron Constantin manual-winding Calibre 3200, which features refined details such as the screw holding the column wheel also adorned with the brand emblem.

This movement – entirely developed, fine-tuned and produced in-house – was unveiled to mark the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin, after seven years of research and development. It is endowed with a number of technologically advanced features heightening the precision and reliability of its complex functions, while also enhancing its user friendliness.

By way of example, the dial provides a dragging-display 45-minute counter, instead of the usual 30-minute version. The lower 2.5 Hz frequency ensures an optimal view of the fascinating rotations of the tourbillon. This exceptional caliber, housed in this new version at the heart of an opulent pink gold case, will be available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Harmony Tourbillon Chronograph, Reference 5100S/000R-B125
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

Movement
Calibre 3200
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
32.8 mm (14’’’ ½) diameter
6.7 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
292 components
39 jewels

Indications 
Hours, minutes
Small seconds on tourbillon carriage (anthracite-colored screw)
Tourbillon
Monopusher chronograph (45-minute counter at 3 o’clock)
Power reserve

Case 
18K 5N pink gold
42 x 52 mm, 12.81 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial 
Mellow silvered opaline
Anthracite-colored painted Arabic numerals and minute-track

Strap
Dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph

A contemporary reincarnation of a 1928 Vacheron Constantin chronograph, the chronograph belonging to the Harmony collection clearly displays its kinship with the original model, while paying vibrant tribute to the latter.

Its generous pink gold cushion shaped case houses manual-winding Calibre3300, developed by Vacheron Constantin and ensuring a substantial 65-hour power reserve. It drives the hours, minutes and small seconds functions, along with a monopusher chronograph, a pulsimeter scale and a power-reserve indication. In a nod to the 1928 model and to vintage medical watches, it features a burgundy graduated scale painted around the rim of the dial and serving to calculate the pulse based on 30 heartbeats.

Whether visible or concealed, all the refined details of this chronograph epitomise the watchmaking art as practiced by Vacheron Constantin, expressed through details as such as the chronograph gears cut out to form the Maltese cross shape, or the screw holding the column wheel also adorned with the brand emblem.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph, Reference 5300S/000R-B124
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Caliber 3300
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
32.8 mm (14’’’ ½) diameter
6.7 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
252 components
35 jewels

Indications 
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Monopusher chronograph (45-minute counter at 3 o’clock)
Pulsimeter scale
Power reserve

Case 
18K 5N pink gold
42 x 52 mm, 12.81 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Mellow silvered opaline
Anthracite-colored painted Arabic numerals and minute-track
Burgundy painted pulsimeter scale

Strap
Dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph Small Model

The chronograph small model deploys its charms in a generous 18K pink gold cushion shaped case. At 37 mm wide, it is particularly suited to a wide variety of wrists, whether feminine or masculine.

The version with diamond-set bezel, dedicated to women, sparkles with diamonds of the highest quality, totalling 1.2 carats.

Its heart beats at a frequency of 3 Hz with manual-winding Calibre 1142, equipped with one of the most sought-after Fine Watchmaking complications: the chronograph. Calibre1142 is an improved version of an existing movement, now meeting the Hallmark of Geneva criteria with a higher frequency designed to increase the shock resistance of the balance-wheel.

Delivering a 48-hour power reserve, this exceptional calibre features refined details such as a screw holding the column wheel adorned with the Maltese cross, comprises 164 entirely hand-decorated components and drives the hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph Small Model
References:  5005S/000R-B139 & 5000S/000R-B139
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Caliber 1142
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
27.5 mm (12’’’) diameter
5.57 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
164 components
21 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph (30-minute counter at 3 o’clock)

Case 
18K 5N pink gold
5005S/000R-B139: diamond-set bezel (84 round-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 1.2 carats)
37 x 46.6 mm, 11.74 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial 
Mellow silvered opaline
Anthracite-colored painted Arabic numerals and minute-track

Strap
Warm grey Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time

Guided by this same vision of marrying tradition with cutting-edge technologies, the development of self-winding Calibre 2460 DT rounds out this range of exclusive Manufacture complications, by providing a dual-time display, along with a subdial devoted to the day/night indication.

This useful complication equips five different models: two elegant men’s versions in white gold and pink gold; smaller models intended for both men and women in a non-gemset pink gold version; as well as ladies’ variations with white or pink gold cases graced with a diamond-set bezel.

The sophisticated mechanism of Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460 DT enables smooth correction of all indications via the crown. A first notch enables simultaneous adjustment of local time and a second time zone, while a second notch activates travel time alone.

The movement with its generous 40-hour power reserve comprises 233 parts, all hand-decorated in keeping with the finest watchmaking traditions.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time

References: 7810S/000G-B142 & 7810S/000R-B141
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Caliber 2460 DT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
28 mm (11’’’ ¼) diameter
5.4 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
233 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Central seconds
Dual time
Day/night indication

Case 
18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold
40 x 49.3 mm, 11.43 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial 
Mellow silvered opaline
Anthracite-colored painted Arabic numerals and minute-track

Strap 
Black / dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp ; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Reference 7805S/000G-B155 & 7805S/000R-B140
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Calibre 2460 DT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
28 mm (11’’’ ¼) diameter
5.4 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
233 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Central seconds
Dual time
Day/night indication

Case 
18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold
Diamond-set bezel (88 round-cut diamonds for a total weight of about 1.2 carats)
37 x 46.6 mm, 11.18 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial 
Mellow silvered opaline
Anthracite-colored painted Arabic numerals and minute-track

Strap
Light blue / warm grey Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Reference 7800S/000R-B140
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Calibre 2460 DT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
28 mm (11’’’ ¼) diameter
5.4 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
233 components
27 jewels

Indications 
Hours, minutes
Central seconds
Dual time
Day/night indication

Case 
18K 5N pink gold
37 x 46.6 mm, 11.18 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial 
Mellow silvered opaline
Anthracite-colored painted Arabic numerals and minute-track

Strap
Dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph

Since 1858, the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret has been making the finest timepieces in terms of craftsmanship and performance. These values continue today with timepieces that capture the elegance of watchmaking past, and yet benefit from the Maison’s innovative in-house movements.

The new Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph celebrates the design codes of the past, while presenting a unique and contemporary interpretation of the tourbillon and chronograph complications.

The Heritage Chronométrie Collections draws its design inspiration from the Montblanc Pythagore timepiece. This wristwatch developed in 1948 featured a pure and elegant ivory dial with applied Arabic numerals and indexes, as well as a precise minute scale. Housed in a slim polished gold case with curved horns and a stepped bezel, the Pythagore epitomized classical Swiss fine watchmaking.

The new Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph is equipped with the Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R230; a pioneering calibre featuring two of the most significant chronometric complications: the legendary patented ExoTourbillon with a quick stop-second, and a monopusher chronograph with a twin barrel mechanism.

The one-minute ExoTourbillon complication, first introduced in 2010, was developed entirely in-house by the master watchmakers at the Montblanc Manufacture. The Exo in the name is derived from the Greek for external or outside and refers to the balance with screws, which is positioned outside of the tourbillon’s rotating cage.

This innovated patented mechanical architecture allows the cage to be smaller in size and free of the weight of the balance, saving 30 per cent more energy than a conventional tourbillon. The fact that the balance is positioned outside of the rotating cage also means that it isn’t affected by the inertia of the cage, therefore improving precision.

This tourbillon is integrated into Montblanc’s in-house chronograph calibre combining all the elements of a traditional chronograph with a contemporary high-performance construction: a monopusher with column wheel, efficient and precise vertical coupling, automatic winding with a 18-karat red-plated gold rotor, and two barrels for a power reserve of approximately 50 hours.

This movement also features a highly functional stop-second mechanism, which directly halts the screw balance by means of a tiny spring, and allows the user to set the seconds precisely. The stop-second mechanism instantly stops the balance from rotating, instead of halting the tourbillon cage, which can cause the balance to continue swinging and upset the precision. A red arrow hand is displayed on the tourbillon cage, along with a graduated scale around the outside, for the exact setting of the seconds.

Montblanc’s tribute to its fine watchmaking heritage carries through to the design of the timepiece with a sophisticated dial crafted out of a dyed dark blue aventurine. This semi- precious stone is a type of quartz with tiny inclusions that give it its glittering starry night sky qualities, creating an elegant backdrop for the indications. The bottom part of the dial houses the magnificent ExoTourbillon with its 18-karat red gold-plated bridge set against a silvery vertical satin-finished plate.

The hours and minutes are indicated with red gold-plated faceted sword-shaped hands that are slightly off-centered and positioned at the centre of a blued guilloché flinqué disc with a graceful wave decoration. This focal point not only provides the perfect balance to the ExoTourbillon at six o’clock, but also indicates the date via a red-tipped red gold-plated hand that points to the date marked around the disc.

For the chronograph function, the elapsed seconds (at eight o’clock) and minutes (at four o’clock) can be read on two semi-circular counters with hands of different lengths to match the appropriate sectorial scales. Other fine watchmaking details include a precise minute track around the outside of the dial for increased legibility, and a sparkling patented diamond at 12 o’clock, cut in the form of the Montblanc star emblem.

The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph comes in a slim, round, 44mm case in 18-karat red gold. Curved horns with characteristic facets, a stepped concave bezel, and a crown embedded with the Montblanc emblem, also contribute to the refinement of the timepiece. In addition to this model, Montblanc has unveiled a gem-set version with 76 diamonds on the bezel, which is limited to 28 pieces worldwide.

In order to ensure the highest performance and quality of its timepieces, Montblanc tests all of its Heritage Chronométrie Collections in its Montblanc Laboratory for over 500 hours. Called the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, this quality control examination has been completely developed in-house and evaluates timepieces in numerous simulated real-life situations. Where many tests only control the movement, Montblanc tests the final watch, making this certification something truly unique in fine watchmaking.

The Heritage Chronométrie Collections are also equipped with high-quality alligator leather straps crafted by the Montblanc Pelletteria, the Maison’s own leather manufacture in Florence Italy, enabling Montblanc to offer the utmost quality.

The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Collection is available in Montblanc boutiques worldwide from August 2016.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco Da Gama, Ident. 115128

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R230
Mechanical movement with double barrel, automatic winding mechanism with 18K red gold rotor, one-minute patented ExoTourbillon with quick stop-second mechanism
Chronograph: Monopusher with column-wheel and vertical coupling
Dimensions: Diameter = 33.7 mm; height = 8.65 mm
No. of components: 230
No. of rubies: 44
Power reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 9.7 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm2
Frequency: 21,600 A/h (3 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium plating and circular graining
Bridges: Rhodium plating and “Côtes de Genève”
Gear-train: Special tooth profile improves the efficiency of the power transmission

Functions
Displays (Watch): Off-centre hours and minutes. Date on an off-center subdial. Patented ExoTourbillon at 6 o’clock (one revolution per minute to indicate the seconds) with a red gold-plated tourbillon bridge
Display (Chrono): 60 elapsed seconds and 30 elapsed minutes counters with double indication hands and corresponding sectorial scales
Special features: Travel function with rapid reset of hour-hand and date display either forward or backward. Tourbillon can be stopped by directly halting the balance wheel.
Habillage

Case
18 K red gold, polished case with satin-finished interhorns
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment on both surfaces
Back: Screwed 18 K red gold back with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 44 mm; height = 14.79 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18 K red gold with Montblanc emblem in raised relief
Push-piece: Monopusher at “8 o’clock”

Dial
Upper part made of aventurine depicting the sky at night with the patented Montblanc diamond at “12 o’clock” and vertical satin-finished on the lower part, red gold-plated sword-shaped hour-hand and minute-hand, date shown by a hand with a little red crescent at its tip on a blued guilloché flinqué wave pattern decoration on off-centre dial, chronograph with two counters (one counter for 60 elapsed seconds at “8 o’clock” and a second counter for 30 elapsed minutes at “4 o’clock”) with double indication hands and corresponding sectorial sales

Wristband
Black alligator-skin strap crafted at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence with 18 K red gold pin buckle

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Performance Test 500

Model: Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco Da Gama Limited Edition – 28 pieces, Ident. 115129

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R230
Mechanical movement with double barrel, automatic winding mechanism with 18 K red gold rotor, one-minute patented ExoTourbillon with quick stop-second mechanism
Chronograph: Monopusher with column-wheel and vertical coupling
Dimensions: Diameter = 33.7 mm; height = 8.65 mm
No. of components: 230
No. of rubies: 44
Power reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 9.7 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm2
Frequency: 21,600 A/h (3 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium plating and circular graining
Bridges: Rhodium plating and “Côtes de Genève”
Gear-train: Special tooth profile improves the efficiency of the power transmission

Functions
Displays (Watch): Off-centre hours and minutes. Date on an off-center subdial. Patented ExoTourbillon at 6 o’clock (one revolution per minute to indicate the seconds) with a red gold-plated tourbillon bridge
Display (Chrono): 60 elapsed seconds and 30 elapsed minutes counters with double indication hands and corresponding sectorial scales
Special features: Travel function with rapid reset of hour-hand and date display either forward or backward. Tourbillon can be stopped by directly halting the balance wheel
Habillage

Case
18 K red gold, polished case with satin-finished interhorns, bezel set with 76 diamonds
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment on both surfaces
Back: Screwed 18 K red gold back with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter = 44 mm; height = 14.79 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18 K red gold with Montblanc emblem in raised relief
Push-piece: Monopusher at “8 o’clock”

Dial
Upper part made of aventurine depicting the sky at night with the patented Montblanc diamond at “12 o’clock” and vertical satin-finished on the lower part, red gold-plated sword-shaped hour-hand and minute-hand, date shown by a hand with a little red crescent at its tip on a blued guilloché flinqué wave pattern decoration on off-centre dial, chronograph with two counters (one counter for 60 elapsed seconds at “8 o’clock” and a second counter for 30 elapsed minutes at “4 o’clock”) with double indication hands and corresponding sectorial scales

Wristband
Black alligator-skin strap crafted at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence with 18 K red gold pin buckle

Edition
Limited Edition: 28

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Performance Test 500