Archive for May 2010

Watch World

May 31, 2010

Here are some of my articles in Watch World, May 2010 issue

Little Master

Intro: Though fairly young, 15 years to be precise, Roger Dubuis has to its credit over thirty complicated movements. Hiren Kumar Bose

http://www.watchworldmagazine.com/watchworld/vol11/rogerdubuis.asp

The Zenith Of Adventure

Intro: Though he set out solo in a balloon to the North Pole, physician-explorer Jean-Louis Etienne had the company of Zenith El Primero Striking 10TH chronograph. Hiren Kumar Bose

http://www.watchworldmagazine.com/watchworld/vol11/zenith.asp

The Transformers

Intro: Montblanc’s Metamorphosis transforms the rules of  watchmaking by switching from a wristwatch to chronograph and vice versa within 15 seconds. Hiren Kumar Bose

http://www.watchworldmagazine.com/watchworld/vol11/montblanc.asp

Slice Of Time

The Independent Swiss Watchmakers’ Fair, which set ticking in Geneva, to make Mumbai the next destination. Hiren Kumar Bose

http://www.watchworldmagazine.com/watchworld/vol11/variety.asp

Fighter Plane series

May 26, 2010

Tweet: Must have for every flier

antonio bernini stealth

A whirlwind in a small case is how one defines the new collection from the Antonio Bernini series. The Fighter Plane series with distinctive features of a fighter plane in a watch combine the must have for every high flier. From aerodynamic dial to study the air motion, to shock absorbers, the model defines sturdiness in design. The perforated leather strap provides comfort against sweating. The layered dial and hardened crystal atop the case promises longevity of the watch.
The three models – Top Gun, Stealth and Phantom are inspired by the leading fighter planes of the world, a reflection of design, technology, power and masculinity. The price of Stealth model from the series ranges between Rs. 29, 995 to Rs. 32, 995.

Available at Watches And More Bangalore: Infantry Rd, Safina Plaza. T: 25589668/9; Delhi: Lajpat Ngr. II, Central Mkt. T: 41019778; Kolkata: Metro Plaza, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, T: 22882630 and Mani Aquare, Manicktala Rd. T: 40002951; Mumbai: Andheri, Infinity Mall, T: 26338132, 26398132; Breach Candy, Nxt to Cymroza Art  Gallery, T: 23620275 / 77; Goregaon, Oberoi Mall, T: 28425677; Lower Parel, Grd. Flr., High Street Phoneix,T: 24978605; Vashi, Inorbit Mall, T: 40135506

Citizen’s Time Watch

May 20, 2010

Tweet: Citizen’s radio-controlled watch

How about a radio controlled watch? Yes, you read it right.

Citizen’s (Calibre H610) is the Company’s first analogue chronograph capable of receiving standard time radio waves from multiple stations.

citizen's radio controlled watch

A radio controlled watch receives standard time radio waves that are broadcasted from radio wave transmitters and uses these waves to automatically correct the time and date.

The watch is designed to receive standard time radio-waves from five stations including Germany, the U.S.A., Japan (east and west), and China. As a result, it not only offers greater accuracy but added convenience too.

For world time, users can choose from 26 cities and UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). Simply turn the dial disk using the crown to switch the city. Doing this allows you to easily adjust the hour and second hands to the time zone of the city selected.

The pilot’s slide rule dial ring located beneath the glass and the precise 1/5 sec. chronograph symbolise the concept of an elaborate and masculine design that imparts the image of an airplane cockpit.

As the new radio control watch comes with an ‘Eco-Drive’ platform, it keeps running on any kind of light. Whenever exposed to any source of light, the watch charges itself and sustains even when kept in dark for some time. Price Rs. 66 k.

Available at Citizen outlet, T: (022)32648008b

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Maradona, now a watch

May 18, 2010

Tweet: Big Bang Maradona from Hublot

bag bang maradona

Hublot , a watch brand known for its close association with the game of soccer, has unveiled the Big Bang Maradona, a tribute to the legendary Argentine player Diego Maradona. Adorning the wrist of the ‘Hand of God’ now will be the chronograph bearing his own name. The Big Bang Maradona is a limited edition model in black ceramic, bearing the champion’s signature in sky blue on the dial, as well as his lucky number 10.

According to Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver, “It all started when we saw him wearing a Hublot Big Bang on each wrist. We checked where he had bought it and found out that he was wearing two watches because he has two daughters. We loved the story and the emotion behind those watches. That gave us the idea that we should have him as an ambassador. ”

The model limited to 250 pieces is called the ‘Gamin en Or’ (meaning Golden Kid) and takes one back to the time, when a 12-year-old Maradona announced, “I have two dreams: to play in a World Cup, and to win it with Argentina.”

big bang maradona

The matt black oversized ceramic case of the Big Bang Maradona, measuring 44.5 mm in diameter, surrounds a black dial bearing Diego Maradona’s signature in blue, with his lucky number 10 on the 3 o’clock counter. This same blue is used for the indices and the seconds hand, and for the special 45 minute counter (to count down to half and full time!) at 9 o’clock. The Argentine Blue is applied on the appliqués, case back and stitches on the luxurious alligator leather strap as well. The case back features a portrait of the football legend, arms raised in victory!

In the past too, Hublot has been associated with the game of football. Being the official timekeeping partners of Man U and bringing out the Man U United Red Devil Bang Watch in 2008, a hit among football fans of the club.

Messi, the football icon

May 17, 2010

Tweet: Lionel Messi signs with Audemars Piguet

lionel messi

Lionel Messi becomes the first footballer to associate his name with a prestigious Swiss watch brand, namely Audemars Piguet.

Discreet, humble and committed Messi is serving as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. As Messi explains, “I am trying to use my fame to raise public awareness of the distress of women and children around the world! You have to believe in yourself and never lose sight of your dreams… but sometimes our dreams need a little helping hand.”

In its undisputed leadership role within the field of Haute Horlogerie, Audemars Piguet naturally surrounds itself with strong and powerful personalities embodying excellence and daring in their own field – be it sport, art, or technology. These partnerships owe nothing to chance; they serve to reaffirm the authentic values conveyed by the Manufacture and centred on the passion for exceptional watches and the expertise they enshrine.

“Lionel Messi is an exceptional man, the greatest player of his generation. This young and talented athlete not only embodies pure sporting genius, but also the courage and the determination of a man who fights against all odds to pursue his dreams. Above and beyond his intrinsic value, we are welcoming a big-hearted man with valuable human qualities into the Audemars Piguet family”, said Philippe Merk.

Knowing a true Breguet

May 17, 2010

Tweet: Easy steps identifying an authentic Breguet

Breguet watches are unmistakable for their perfectly rational styling where lines are clean and functions clear. Today Breguet watches carry the pedigree of an original design in sharp, blued-steel hands and the crisp engine-turning of the dial.

A Single Number

single number

Watch enthusiasts agree that each Breguet watch represents an exceptional standard of horological art that deserves to be identified for posterity. Since Breguet’s early days, the manufacturing numbers of its watches have enabled collectors to confirm their origin and provenance. In keeping with tradition, the unique production number assigned to each Breguet watch will testify to the talent and the care of its manufacture for generations to come.

The Secret Signature

secret signature

Their success soon made Breguet watches a tempting target for counterfeiters. In1795, Breguet came up with a counter-measure, the secret signature. Etched into the dial, the signature is all but invisible, unless the dial is examined in oblique light. Still a token of authenticity today, the secret signature has remained a feature of most Breguet dials down to the present.

Engine-Turned Dials

engine turned dials

An engine-turned dial is indisputably a true work of art. Around 1786, Breguet began fitting his watches with engine-turned silver or gold dials of his own design. The craft of carving recurring patterns in metal is rare today, but remains one of the details that identify Breguet watches. Manually engine-turned, the dials are celebrated for fitness of their patterns, reflecting the regularity of the movements within.

Sapphire Caseback

sapphire caseback

Breguet watches have transparent casebacks to reveal the complexity and finish of the movement, the soul of the watch.

Breguet Hands

breguet hands

Breguet watches have featured its founder’s celebrated hollow, eccentric ‘moon’ tip watch hands for over two centuries now. Designed around 1783, his slim, sleek hands proved an instant success and the expression ‘Breguet hands’ soon became a common watchmaker’s term. Simple and easy-to-read, they are found on most Breguet time­pieces and have been widely imitated by others. Unadorned, except for the celebrated hole near the tip, the hands bear the name of their designer.

Breguet Numerals

breguet numerals

Some Breguet watches display the distinctive numerals that AL Breguet designed. Although he himself was no calligraphist, Breguet’s Arabic numerals show his flair for combining function with elegance. Still used today, particularly on watches with enamel dials, Breguet numerals first appeared before the French Revolution when they shared the dial with tiny stars to mark the minutes and stylised fleur-de-lys at five minute intervals. By 1790, they had assumed their definitive form.

Lugs

lugs

Although essential only to wristwatches, the lugs that link the strap to the case bear all the hallmarks of authentic Breguet styling. Screw-pins, rather than the more usual spring bars, hold the strap between the horns, a solution that is not only better looking but also more secure. The lugs have to be welded onto the caseband as much for the technical reasons of rigidity and strength as for aesthetic consistency. Equally exacting is the drilling of the hole for the winding stem. Only absolute precision ensures a watertight case.

Caseband Fluting

caseback fluting

The fluting (fine grooves enhanced with double beading) on the caseband of Breguet’s watches is another of the discreet decorative details that constitute what has become known as the Breguet style. In common with many period Breguet timepieces, most of the modem wristwatches have fluted casebands — one of the features that set them apart from other watches The fluted pattern is cold-rolled into the caseband, then finished by hand on a mechanical work-piece holder. Fluting on the caseband, bordered by mouldings, guarantees the authentic Breguet watch.

Montblanc’s trio

May 15, 2010

Tweet: Montblanc’s Chronograph, Timewalker & Lady Elegance at your city boutique

montblanc star

Combining a resolutely sporty case with intensely guilloched dial, as well as heavy-looking Roman numerals at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock may not be liked by many. But who knows? Montblanc Star 4810 Red Gold Chronograph Automatic dauphine hands, the red-and-gold triangle pointing at the date window at 6 o’clock don’t  seem very natural. The watch is powered by the Montblanc 4810/501 Caliber, which is based on the well-known ETA Valjoux 7750 natural born automatic chronograph movement. Featuring power reserve of some 48 hours, this COSC-certified chronometer movement is accurate, reliable and you won’t have problems fixing it when it is broken, because just about any serviceman out there knows how to disassemble it with his eyes closed. Available in brown alligator-skin strap with 18 K red-gold pin buckle. Price Rs. 8,67,650

Montblanc Timewalker Watch with its fine surface finish, and sophisticated dial work of the Montblanc Timewalker make Montblanc watches are suitable for any occasions, formal and casual. All Montblanc Timewalker Watches are provided by self-winding Swiss movements. Montblanc Timewalker Automatic Chronograph watch also features a COSC certified self-winding movement. The  watch fits luminous hands and Arab markers, stop seconds, a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock, and chronograph counters at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. The automatic movement with chronograph functions and date display brings the watch owner to another level. More so when the world sees you wearing it with the black alligator-skin strap.   Price: 1, 32,700

montblanc profile lady elegance

The oblong is the inexhaustible motif of the Montblanc Profile Lady Collection. Conceived for women with the feeling for what is special the Montblanc Profile Lady Elegance Diamonds is both straightforward and playful. An exceptional jewel of a watch in valuable stainless steel that shows the time with clear elegance. A quartz watch, it constantly attracts attention through its imaginative diamond edging totalling 0.30 carat. The crossover numerals are already familiar from the limited Profile watches. At 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, 35 glittering top Wesselton diamonds assume the shape of Roman numerals which run over beyond the mother-of-pearl dial onto the lunette. Another eyecatching feature is the star-shaped Montblanc Diamond, which shines at 12 o’clock – symbolising the preciousness and timeless beauty. It is surrounded by seven smaller diamonds which enrich the clarity of this jewel of a watch with creative playfulness. Price: 240,550

Available at Oriental House, Law Garden, Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad, T: (079) 2644 5800, The Collection-UB City, Shop no. 2&3, 24 Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore, T: (080) 4173 8831, Leela Galleria, Hotel Leela Palace, 23 Airport Road, Bangalore 560 008, T: (080) 2525 0270,  Taj Chandigarh, Shop no.7, Shopping Arcade, Block 9, Sector 17A, Chandigarh,T: (0172) 465 2220,  ITC Park Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 132 TTK Road, Chennai,T: (044) 4208 1701 / 2499 3650,    The Taj Mahal Hotel, One Mansingh Road, New Delhi,T: (011) 2302 6131 / 32, Maurya Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Diplomat Enclave, New Delhi 110 021,T: (011) 2302 3035 / 2302 3256, Taj Deccan, Road no. 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, T: (040) 2332 8543,The Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Begumpet, Hyderabad, T: (040) 2340 0781,Majestic Park Plaza, Bhai Bala Chowk, Ferozpur Road, Ludhiana,T: (0161) 461 8361 / 62,The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai,T: (022) 2281 6827 / 2285 2151,Grand Hyatt Plaza, Vakola, Santacruz (East), Mumbai,T: (022) 3068 9001 / 02, JW Mariott, JuhuTara Road, Juhu, Vileparle (West), Mumbai,  T: (022) 2612 0362 / 64, Montblanc Jewellery Salon, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai,T: (022)  2287 1631 /2287 6336, F12, 1st floor, Inorbit Mall, Vashi, Navi Mumbai 400 705,T: (022) 2781 5580 / 81,Choice Apartment, Shop no. 4-6C, Dhole Patil Road, Pune, T: (020) 4002 6551 / 52.