Time is running out!

Each of us has its own countdown. For watchmaking companies, it usually starts in the spring. When the annual international exhibition of watchmaking in the Swiss city of Basel comes to an end, when the winners are announced and prizes awarded for innovation, original ideas and unique concepts. So this year, the Basel again identified the main favorites for the coming year. So the time has gone ...

CORUM: Golden Bridge Automatic Gold Bridges

The unique Golden Bridge Automatic watch movement is placed in a barrel-shaped case of 37.2 by 51.8 mm in red or white gold, slightly curved for easy wearing on the wrist. Clockwork "baguette" with a linear automatic winding device has a platinum inertial load and a winding drum with a sliding spring. Balance frequency: 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations per hour. Gold platinum and bridges of 750th gold with guilloche coating. Power reserve - 40 hours. In 2011, this model is released in a limited edition, which includes 130 pieces of red gold and 70 pieces of white gold.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Presents Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea

The old 1959 watch was a source of inspiration for the brand's engineers when creating the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea. It was decided to release a new version of the legendary watch in two versions. Watchmakers increased the size of the steel watch case from 39.8 to 40.5 mm, the image of a scuba diver decorating the historical model was saved on the back case.

The European version of the watch has a matte black dial with luminescent hour markers, and in the American version, the black center of the dial is surrounded by a gray ring. The watch has a Memovox Caliber 956 movement with a 45-hour power reserve. The model for European diving enthusiasts is released in a limited series of 959 copies, and the American version - 359 copies.

Montblanc Chronograph - TimeWalker TwinFly

The TimeWalker collection has replenished with the new TimeWalker TwinFly model, the release of which is limited to 300 copies.

Own automatic movement of caliber MB LL 100 with a column wheel, two winding reels and vertical disc clutch is placed in a round case made of titanium with DLC coating. Case diameter is 43 mm. Two winding reels provide 72-hour power reserve.

Hours and minutes are indicated by large arrows on the main dial, the small second is moved to “6 o’clock”, the date window is located at “9 o’clock”. The 60-minute and 60-second chronographs are located in the center of the dial, thereby freeing up space for the second time zone located at 12 o’clock. The uniqueness of the model is given by the flyback function, which, by pressing a button, returns the large second hand to its initial position.

Van Cleef & Arpels - Five Week Hot Air Balloon Model

The watch and jewelry brand Van Cleef & Arpels presented the Five Weeks In A Balloon model, based on the novel of the same name by Jules Verne, as part of the Poetic Complication collection.

On the dial, made in the technique of champleve (chiseled enamel), it is as if reproduced a picture of the journey of three Englishmen in the African sky. In addition, behind the external beauty of the model lies the technically complex mechanism produced by the Jaeger LeCoultre manufactory, with two retrograde hands: an anchor for minutes, and a clock for a bird flying above the cloud.

Hearts and Arrows Backes & Strauss

All series of these unique watches are limited by a small number of copies and created for true connoisseurs of watch and jewelry art.

Backes & Strauss manufactory uses only first-class diamonds in its watches and uses the services of the best suppliers. The craftsmen have been working on diamonds for a very long time, so that every corner, every facet matches all the others, and they are symmetrical. If you look at them from above, you can see the "arrows", and below the "hearts" are visible. Despite the fact that diamonds can lose one carat of weight, their radiance, brilliance can not be compared with anything. All Backes & Strauss watches are dedicated to foggy and proud London. The company released three lines: The Berkley, The Piccadilly and The Regent.

Versace Perpetuelle Watch

The Perpetuelle watch model is distinguished by the image of three circles, located one in another, which remind of the Universe, the scattering of diamonds on mother of pearl is similar to the starry sky. Add to this a chic welt decorated with engraving "sun rays" and a large logo. The outer surface of the body is generously encrusted with diamonds. The watch has a thin crocodile leather strap. The Perpetuelle model is a chic accessory with a philosophical “sound”, which is what a watch from Versace should be.

Ralph Lauren Sports Watch with Elm Wooden Dial

The Bugatti brand this year inspired the exploits of Ralph Lauren designers. The Sporting Watch With Elm Burl Wood Dial is inspired by the 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The main detail of the watch design is a wooden rim framing the dial. The case with a diameter of 44.8 mm is made of polished steel. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Water resistant 50 meters. The manufactory movement from IWC has a power reserve of 45 hours.

Zenith Introduces El Primero Chronomaster Open

Swiss watchmaker Zenith introduced its new model - El Primero Chronomaster Open. It will be available in four different versions: with a stainless steel case and a silver or black dial; with a case of 18 ct pink gold with a silver dial; with a combination case in rose gold and stainless steel with a silver dial. The diameter of the case on both sides protected by sapphire crystal is 42 mm.

The large aperture attracts attention on the dial, through which you can admire the caliber with circular grains Cotes de Geneve and beveled bridges. At the “3 o’clock” position there is a second chronograph counter, at the “5-8 o’clock” interval - the power reserve indicator, at “9 o’clock” - the seconds indicator and tachymeter scale on the flange.

Overhead hour markers, hour and minute hands are luminescent. The model is equipped with an El Primero mechanism with a balance frequency of 36 thousand alterations per hour, power reserve - 50 hours.

Split Hornograph by Perrelet

Perrelet watch manufacture engineers have created a new series of chronographs that have outstanding features of the 21st century. The first series, 50 pieces, is a watch with a black "skeletonized dial. The case of this watch skillfully combines elements from 18-carat pink and white gold. The next series is 27 cases in an 18-carat pink gold case with a blue" skeletonized "dial. Both versions are equipped with an automatic mechanism of their own production caliber P-241.

The barrel and mechanism bridges are elegantly decorated. The power reserve is 46 hours. Behind the anti-reflective sapphire crystal there is a complex dial with four rotating disks - this is a stopwatch, date, minute drive and a split-chronograph. The watch is equipped with a genuine leather strap with a steel snap-lock, decorated with an insert of 18 carat pink gold.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon with Gold Bridge

The dial design with Arabic numerals, silver dial and leaf-shaped hands of blued steel brings us back to the past. The rose gold case is distinguished by the purity of lines and has a classic diameter of 40 mm. The angle of curvature of the ears is ideally designed for a snug and comfortable fit to the wrist.

The back cover is attached to the case with 6 screws and has a traditional engraving with the serial number of the model. The Girard Perregaux 9610 caliber consists of 224 parts, and the tourbillon mechanism with a diameter of 1 cm is assembled from 72 components and weighs only 0.3 grams, about the same as a swan feather. The series is limited to 50 copies.

Smalto debut collection: just Timepieces

In Smalto's debut collection - Timepieces - there are three main areas: Core, Sport and Mechanical. The first of these, Core is the most extensive. This includes watches and chronographs for every day: men's - large, classic and women's - stylish, richly decorated. The Sport range still exists in the Volterra and Siena variants. The company relied on quartz movements, which are equipped with all watches Core and Sport.

The Bassano line, which, as the manufacturers assure, is a real watchmaking item, with an intricate window on the dial through which the Swiss movement is visible, has become a kind of “outlet”.

Precision above all: Pour le Merite by A. Lange & Sohne

This is the fourth model in the A. Lange & Sohne collection, called Pour le Merite. The new mechanism uses: a chain drive with a fusee and a tourbillon with a patented design for stopping the second hand. The tourbillon rotor is visible in the window of the second watch scale. Its purpose is to reduce the deviation of the course caused by the influence of gravity on the balance.

The stately case with a diameter of 41.9 mm is made of platinum or pink gold. A new manufactory caliber Lange L072.1 is installed in it. The diameter of the mechanism is 33.6 mm. Platinum watches are released in a limited edition of 100 pieces, which emphasizes their exclusive character.

Roger Dubuis presents La Monegasque Chronograph

The watch company Roger Dubuis introduced the new La Monegasque collection based on the caliber of the RD680 chronograph, which is dedicated to Monte Carlo and all its famous symbols. For example, a casino, the colors of which adorn the dial of the limited edition Big Number series of 88 pieces.

The La Monegasque chronograph is offered in a rose gold case with a diameter of 44 mm. On the dial are located: a 30-minute timer at the 3 o’clock position and a small second dial at the 9 o’clock position. "Heart" La Monegasque - mechanical caliber RD 680 with automatic winding from a microrotor on 42 stones. The power reserve is designed to work for 48 hours.

Jean Richard Presents Bressel 1665

Dedicated to the founder of the brand, Daniel Jean Richard, this collection bears an expressive name indicating the place and year of birth of the master. The Bressel 1665 Small Hour & Minute model shows an original combination of features on the dial. The center of the hour and minute hands is shifted to the 12 o'clock position, freeing up space for the date, power reserve and second hand. Such an unusual arrangement of watch functions contrasts with the use of very familiar details: Roman numerals, a road-type switch mechanism and hands in the form of blued steel petals.

The steel case Bressel 1665 with a diameter of 38 mm with harmoniously curved lines adorns the new bezel with a perfectly rounded shape. The sapphire crystal case back reveals a self-winding movement. The model is offered with a bezel decorated with diamonds or in a rose gold case.

Ultra Flat Tonda 1950 by Parmigiani

Made in pink or white gold, the Tonda 1950 is a new classic ultra-flat watch. The PF 701 movement with a diameter of 30 mm and a thickness of only 2.6 mm is finished with special care, which is famous for watchmakers Parmigiani. The watch mechanism plate is made of nickel silver with sandblasting, pearl graining and rhodium-plated. The bridges are also made using sandblasting technology, calibrated, decorated with a decorative coating by Cote de Geneve, then the edges of the bridges are beveled manually and covered with rhodium. The power reserve is 42 hours, the clock mechanism is equipped with a microinertial load of platinum of the 950th sample with a shifted center.

New Chanel Collection - J12 Chromatic in Titanium Ceramic Case

In March this year, at the international exhibition Baselworld 2011, Chanel Fashion House introduced a new collection of J12 Chromatic watches. Novelties are made of a titanium-ceramic alloy, which is very scratch resistant and in its hardness approaches sapphire.

The main highlight of the new model is the case material - it is a saturated gray titanium-ceramic alloy, which differs from ordinary ceramics in high thermal conductivity, which allows the case to maintain a temperature close to body temperature, low density and higher strength. So, to scratch this case is almost impossible.

Watches in titanium ceramics are represented by a very diverse range: from the ladies' version of 33 mm with a quartz movement to the automatic models 38 and 41 mm. The watch is water resistant up to 200 meters. Each instance is adorned with an 18k gold bezel and encrusted with diamonds.

Elegance Linea by Baume & Mercier

The first watches from the Linea line were launched by Baume & Mercier back in the mid-1980s. The characteristic elements of the decoration have turned them into one of the most recognizable female models.

Distinctive features of the new Linea 10013 model are increased sizes, polished and satin surfaces, as well as the design of the bracelet. Other improvements include an added date at 6 o’clock, a second hand and marks “riveted” to the mother-of-pearl dial dial. Bezel is decorated with diamonds.

Dual time in one watch: Portofino Dual Time

The Portofino Dual Time watch from IWC manufactures home time on a small 24-hour dial, local time - with the central hour and minute hands, and the second hand is at the “6-hour” mark. The central hands are synchronized with home time, and when changing the time zone, the local time hour hand can be adjusted forward or backward. When crossing a 24-hour line, according to local time, the date also changes.

The two-way automatic winding mechanism 64710 has two “barrels” and a 72-hour power reserve, a frequency of 28,800 pc / h. The mechanism is processed and adjusted at the highest level and marked with Probus Scafusia (brand on the rotor). The case with a diameter of 45 mm can be made of stainless steel with a silver-plated dial or 18-carat red gold with a black dial, the home time indicator is divided into halves, one of which is “night”.

The front glass is convex - arched with a double-sided anti-reflective coating made of sapphire, as well as the glass in the back cover. Water resistance - 30 meters.

Officine Panerai: three days of one year in LUMINOR 1950 3 DAYS 47 MM

The new model from Officine Panerai - LUMINOR 1950 3 DAYS 47 MM has a unique Luminor case made of polished stainless steel, 47 mm in diameter, water resistant to 100 meters. On the front side of the case is placed Plexiglas, 3 mm thick, on its back case - sapphire crystal.

Dial "sandwich" in black. Arabic numerals and hour markers with luminescent coating. Manual winding mechanism, two winding reels, Incabloc shock-proof system, Glucydur balance, on 21 stones, 3-day power reserve, hours and minutes indication functions. The watch comes with two leather straps. Issued in a limited edition of 3 thousand copies.

"Chic" and "Sphere" from Police

Young, but not in need of introduction, the American brand of accessories and watches Police, introduced a new model of women's watches Bling.

The watch is equipped with a shiny snake-leather strap. The round dial is in a square gold case. The bezel is encrusted with crystal, which characteristically emphasizes the unique and exclusive style of the Bling model.

On the elegant dial at 12 o’clock there is a brand logo in the form of a Latin “P” decorated with precious stones. The other two smaller dials show the days of the week and date. The Sphere watch model is made using a combination of black and blue colors. A round bezel of a blue watch creates the illusion of depth and a celestial sphere.

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