Archive for September 2010

RJ enters India

September 29, 2010

titanic dna

Romain Jerome in India

You thought that Swiss watches only had diamonds. How about watches with inaccessible materials like moon dust, parts of the Apollo 11 rocket and bits of spacesuits? Romain Jerome has done it or plans to do it. The Swiss brand now comes with “Titanic DNA” watches, made from steel and coal from the ocean liner that sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, which is now available in India.

Called Titanic-DNA rusted steel T-oxy III Chronograph, this model is equipped with a new movement developed by Concepto for RJ, the “C21RJ21”. This movement discovers variants of slate-gray and black and is equipped with a navy anchor as the oscillating weight. With a diameter of 50mm – 53mm including the screw-in crown – it features articulated horns and push buttons which blend perfectly with the design of Titanic-DNA timepieces, integrating the characteristic transverse paws.

The dial architecture is constructed on different levels, overlaying matt velvet finish for the back, a satin finish for the famous transverse cross and the Roman numeral XII, snailed counters, and numerous variations of black, with texture and hues obtained by vapourising charcoal dust from the wreck itself. The oxidised steel bezel is the result of an extraordinary blend of authentic steel from the wreck lying 3840 meters under the sea, and from the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, where the Titanic was constructed nearly a century ago.

Interestingly, the design of the small chronograph counters recalls those of steam engines; the hands are inspired by the anchor of the Titanic; and the unbalance takes the shape of a piece from the wheelhouse – a  host of refined finishes that echo the greatest naval achievement of the Belle Epoque. Price: On request

Available at: Jot Impex, T: +91 011 2569 2255 / +91 98102 70199

New Tissot Emissary

September 29, 2010

Tony Parker Tissot Emissary

Thiebaud with Parker

French professional basketball player Tony Parker has joined the Tissot ambassador team. The captain of the French national basketball team and NBA’s San Antonio Spurs player scores highly on the international scene for his energy, apparent fearlessness and strong sense of social responsibility. As Official Timekeeper of FIBA (International Basketball Federation), Tissot visibly shares the new ambassador’s dedication to performance and looks forward to a winning partnership.

Tony Parker has enjoyed an impressive career to date. His success with the French national team, which he led to a bronze medal in the 2005 European Championships, parallels an outstanding NBA track record. He has a trio of NBA Champion titles to his name from 2003, 2005 and 2007 and has been an NBA All Star on three occasions. In 2007 he was honoured as the MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the NBA finals, the first foreign-born player to do so. At the contract signing, Tissot President François Thiébaud commented, “His natural talent and focused determination are deeply impressive and our partnership will help spread his inspirational qualities around the world.

The Tissot involvement in basketball also appears destined to grow at a rapid date. Already in 2009, the first year of collaboration with FIBA, the Swiss brand was entrusted with the timekeeping and data handling for EuroBasket in Poland. Building on its success in this role, Tissot this year has been honoured with the same responsible role at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for men in Turkey (August 28–September 12), and for women in the Czech Republic (September 23–October 3).

Sporty & Stylish

September 29, 2010

Swarovski’s Octea in orange, red

octea orange

Swarovski “Octea” line has played a considerable part in the collection’s success to date. Now it offers three new colour variations—orange, red and black. “Octea Sport” in orange unites dynamic colouring, timeless design and an impeccable watch mechanism. At the same time, it offers all the features that brought its predecessor worldwide acclaim. The unidirectional rotating bezel is made entirely of faceted crystal and represents a significant technical achievement. This time it is exclusively clear crystal, with highlights provided by an eye-catching orange scale divided into minutes. Beneath the anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the luminescent hands and central second hand pass orange hand-applied indexes and Arabic numerals. The aperture for the date indicator is positioned at 3 o’clock, close to the Swan that replaces the 12. The sophisticated dial combines matt grey and sunray silver grey finishes, while the notched crown, which features a cabochon covering the Swan motif, completes the steel 39-mm case that houses the watch’s Swiss made ETA movement.

octea black

Complementing the sunray cut crystal of the bezel, six clear crystals punctuate the vibrant orange of the rubber strap at regular intervals, each of the crystal highlights is set and screwed down with the greatest craftsmanship. The faceted horns and ardillon buckle, as well as the case engraved with the Swanflower™ motif make this model unique and instantly recognisable.
The other “Octea Sport” models – in red and black – offer the same watchmaking finesse, with a clear crystal and red or entirely Jet Hematite crystal bezel. A red or black dial beautifully sets off the silver hand-applied indexes, and the black version offers black PVD Arabic numerals and logo. The pieces are completed with six clear crystals on a red rubber strap, and by tone-on-tone Jet Hematite crystals on a black strap, creating an incredibly elegant effect. Price Rs. 38,500.

Available at Swarovski, 231, Link Corner Building,Shop No.3, Linking Road, Mumbai 400050, T: 26402510. Swarovski, 14-A, Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003, T: 41757395

Only One

September 27, 2010

Blue Wave with 1925 chrono

blue wave

Hermann Grieb—watchmaking genius and one of the three partners comprising GRIEB & BENZINGER—has  conjured up a masterpiece of watchmaking: a rare Minerva column wheel chronograph movement estimated to be from about 1925. After countless hours of total restoration, hand skeletonization, hand-engraving and guilloche, the vintage base Minerva movement awakens to new life to become a characteristic new horological piece of art in typical GRIEB & BENZINGER style: the 18-karat gold monopusher skeletonized chronograph christened The Blue Wave.

The company’s typical blue platinum coating of the base plate has also found its way into the new unique piece. The base plate was first hand-skeletonized to its barest minimum in characteristic wave style and the case back hand-guilloche. All 34 steel screws were polished by hand and classically tempered a cornflower blue over an open flame. Today, steel screws are generally blued by use of galvanic coating.
In its heyday, Minerva was one of the finest and best chronograph makers in the world. Chronographs had already been in existence since around 1800, however Minerva was one of the first chronograph makers to incorporate a minute counter. Minerva named its company after the Roman goddess Minerva. Traces of this Roman deity can be found again and again in fine watchmaking—even A. Lange & Sohne has immortalized various depictions of the goddess as a motif or symbol on its most exclusive pocket watch cases. The Blue Wave is one-of-a-kind-watch and there will only be one lucky timepiece enthusiast worldwide to have the pleasure of wearing this exclusive watch on his or her wrist. Price: (€ 87,500).

Available at Georg Bartkowiak, T: +49-7231-983000 (office)& +49-171-4426903.
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Sleek & Strong

September 21, 2010

Omega’s New Constellation range

New Constellation, a stunning new collection of watches from Omega reinforces its commitment of combining the best designs with the most innovative technology – this range presents a mix of sleek and strong looks. At the heart of the launch lies its promise of design superiority and exclusivity. In addition to traditional designs, the New Constellation offers to consumers contemporary yet dressy designs. The women’s design introduces leather straps for the first time in the Constellation range.

New Constellation Ladies

The white Constellation Ladies timepiece with a polished 18 Ct red gold case and a white alligator leather strap is an ideal accessory for any stylish wardrobe. Its dramatic brushed 18 Ct red gold bezel features Roman numerals, are coated with white Super-LumiNova. The silver lacquered dial features a supernova pattern which explodes from the Constellation star. Price: Rs 3, 47,000.

New Constellation Men's

Adorned with the 34 full-cut diamonds, a black alligator leather strap and a shaded grey dial makes this striking watch a unique creation. The polished facetted hour and minute hands are coated with white Super-LumiNova, which makes it easy to read in all light conditions. Price: Rs 5, 29,000.

For Him & Her

September 15, 2010

Milleret launches `soul mates’

soul mates gents

Celebrating the spirit of togetherness, the new ‘Soul Mates’ collection from Milleret is a tribute to love. Ideal for couples, the range comes with matching designs. Diamond encrusted classic dials ensures glamorous sophistication which is hard to resist.

soul mates ladies

The dial is understated, making this a timepiece for the lady who revels in freedom, for whom elegance, rather than time, is of the essence. For men, the collection offers pieces which define perfection and sturdiness. Fascinating style and traditional elegance, it is a must have for all those in love! Price: Rs. 76,100

Available  at Ethos/Kamla Retail (Vashi), Arena (Breach Candy and Borivali)

Vacheron’s Overseas in Titanium

September 14, 2010

Vacheron Constantin’s Dual Time for all seasons

dual time in titanium

Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas collection dedicated to travel as its name implies is based around three best-sellers – Overseas Self-Winding, Overseas Chronograph and Overseas Dual Time – available in steel, gold and steel/titanium versions. It is now rounding off the Dual Time range by introducing a steel with a titanium bezel variation. The Overseas Dual Time Self-Winding Steel and Titanium is both resolutely sporty and elegantly distinguished. It adjusts smoothly to all kinds of situations, whether on golfing greens, at sea, in the mountains or during chic evening occasions. The elegant design of this model is adorned with subtle shades of grey created by the steel base, the titanium bezel and the slate grey dial. Grey reigns supreme and unrivalled on this new model reflecting the signature features. These include sleek lines, a generous  42 mm diameter, a titanium  bezel with a cut-out inspired by the Maltese Cross, water resistance to 15 bar equivalent to a depth of 150 metres, along with the emblematic Overseas motif depicting a two-masted sailboat engraved on the solid case-back.

In addition to its classic hours, minutes and seconds functions, the Overseas Dual Time Self-winding Steel and Titanium features two subdials – one for the date at 3 o’clock and another for the dual time zone at 6 o’clock – along with a power-reserve display and a day/night indicator. Its tech-oriented, sporty grey dial ensures excellent readability of the various functions. Mechanical self-winding Calibre 1222 is protected by a screen that makes it completely insensitive to the effects of magnetic fields that are omnipresent in our daily environment and can be detrimental to the regularity of rating and thus the precision of the watch. Finally, the construction of the pusher and its protected crown ensures completely secure handling. The watch is delivered with two straps – one in anthracite grey alligator leather and the other in black rubber. Price on request

Available Vacheron Constantin at The Boutique, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi & Dia Store- Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai