Archive for April 2011

Schwarzenegger on your wrist

April 20, 2011

Audemars Piguet’s Arnold Schwarzenegger watch

schwarzenegger watch

Now a Arnie (of The Terminator fame) watch. You read it right. Audemars Piguet and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have collaborated to create the ultimate collector timepiece, The Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger the Legacy Chronograph, a perfect blend of strength and control.

This limited-edition timepiece is a vibrant tribute to this long established friendship and like the previous designs in the Royal Oak Offshore portfolio draws inspiration from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s onscreen roles as well as his human values. Like all the timepieces created in close cooperation between Audemars Piguet and Governor Schwarzenegger, the Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Chronograph is a masterpiece of rugged elegance. Since the collaboration debuted in 1999, the sale of these timepieces has also raised millions of dollars and brought awareness to After-School All-Stars, a charitable organization founded in 1992 by Schwarzenegger. To date charitable contributions from the watches has raised a total close to $10 million.

The Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Chronograph is issued in a 1,500- piece limited edition, each engraved on the back with the inscription Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy. Inspired by the case of the Royal Oak Offshore Arnold All-Stars Chronograph it is the first Audemars Piguet watch to feature an all-ceramic 48-millimeter case middle and bezel. The watch is supplied with an anthracite aramid fibre strap, along with an additional strap in hand-sewn black crocodile leather with large square scales. Proceeds from sale of this model will serve to fund the “After School All Stars” foundation.

Schwarzenegger and AP’s powerful partnership dates to the summer of 1998 when the film star, a long-time connoisseur and collector of fine watches, visited Audemars Piguet’s headquarters in Le Brassus, Switzerland. Arnold’s eye for detail and appreciation of superb craftsmanship mirrored Audemars Piguet’s world-class reputation for technological innovation and cutting edge design. The following year, Schwarzenegger collaborated on the design for the first commemorative timepiece which heralded his film End of Days.

In the years to follow, the relationship expanded with the establishment of an on-going charitable partnership between AP and Arnold, who during the partnership became the 38th Governor of California. The fruits of these efforts are an array of limited-edition timepieces which include the introduction of the Jules Audemars Double X Chronograph created for The Sixth Day in 2001 followed by the Royal Oak Offshore T3 Chronograph, inspired by the 2003 film The Terminator 3, and the largest Offshore ever produced; the Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger Chronograph with date and small seconds; a Jules Audemars Chronograph & Perpetual Calendar; and a Jules Audemars Dual Time Power Reserve as well as the Royal Oak Offshore All-Stars Chronograph in 2008. Furthermore, these watches have become highly sought after by collectors and aficionados alike.

Breguet @ Basel World ‘11

April 19, 2011

Hora Mundi Calssique 5717 was the cynosure of all eyes at  Basel World 2011 Breguet pavilion

At Basel World 2011 Breguet, arguably one of the world’s oldest watchmakers, presented new luxurious timepieces, namely the groundbreaking Hora Mundi, a model from the Classique, one from the Tradition collection and the new Type XXI flyback chronograph.

Hora Mundi Classique

The beautiful Hora Mundi Classique 5717 is the first mechanical watch ever, with an instant-jump time-zone display system. This Breguet Hora Mundi Calssique 5717 watch combines this iconic complication with synchronized indications for date, day/night and city. That means that this travel watch enables the wearer to instantly switch the time for two pre-selected time zones, with a simple press of a button and without the slightest disturbance to the operation of this dashing timepiece. Changing the time zone affects not only the time, but also the date synchronised through a “tracking” calendar system – and the day/night indicator. Breguet had already introduced a first Hora Mundi watch in 1996, in the Marine line. The 2011 version has markedly different functions. In addition to the hour, minute and second in the centre, it has a completely original date display that makes use of a dragging disc.

How does the instant-jump time-zone display system works?

For example, assume it is 4 pm in Paris on the 25th of the month. Rotating the combined crown/pushpiece reveals “Paris” in the window at 6 o’clock, then the crown at 3 o’clock is used to set the hands to 4 o’clock and the date to 25, taking care that the day/night indicator shows the sun. For quick display of the local time in Sydney, the crown/pushpiece is first rotated to bring up the name of the Australian city in the window at 6 o’clock; the watch then automatically sets itself to Sydney time. Since the difference in time is nine hours, the hour hand will move forward by nine hours. At the same time, the date will change to the 26th and the day/night indicator will turn to show the moon. When it is 4 pm in Paris, it is in fact 1 am the next day in Sydney. Once the watch has been preset, the double instant-jump time-zone display system will simultaneously change all the indications – hour, date and day/night – in a coordinated way from Paris time to Sydney time when the wearer simply presses on the crown/pushpiece.

Three variations of the Hora Mundi watches are available and each of them depicts one part of the globe: the European and the African continent, the Americas, or Asia and Oceania. This amazing Breguet watch features a 44 millimeters wide platinum or 18-carat red gold case or 950 platinum, 13.55mm thick.

classique 7337

The second novelty from the Breguet Classique collection is a refine and elegant Breguet Classique 7337watch, with Breguet’s characteristic asymmetrical style,an off-centered chapter ring and small seconds at 5 o’clock. The day and date are displayed on either side,while the age of the moon indications are set at the top.The beautiful hand-guilloche dial is a true representative of the company’s never-ending quest for exclusivity and excellence. It features the ultra-thin Calibre 502.3 QSE1 movement with 35 jewels. The automatic movement is fitted in the 39 mm wide case, made of 18-carat yellow, white or pink gold. Sapphire crystal is present on both front and back of the case of this lovely watch, and the strap is brown crocodile leather.

tradition 7057

The next Breguet newcomer is member of the Tradition collection. The Breguet Tradition 7057 Watch features an 18-carat white, pink or rose gold case, with 40 millimeters in diameter. Off-centered black dial (made of electroplated 18K gold) is shifted upwards to reveal the hand-wound Calibre 507 DR1 movement with 34 jewels. Power reserve indication is engraved on the front and back of the movement.

The Breguet Type XXI watch was inspired by the Type XX chronograph designed by Breguet for the Aéronavale française (the French naval air arm) during the 1950s. Its technical distinctiveness lies in a chronograph minutes counter positioned in the centre, like the seconds counter. The self-winding mechanical calibre also has a flyback function, which is specific to aeronautics and allows the chronograph counter to be reset to zero and restarted instantly with a single operation.

type xxi

Introduced in 2011, the new Type XXI has for the first time acquired a grade 2 titanium case with a black lacquered rotating bezel sporting numerals in relief. Its aesthetic was inspired by that of the former Type XX models from the second generation, developed between 1970 and 1984. Its functions include a date, a 24-hour indicator and a small seconds hand. Its case, 42 mm in diameter, is watertight to 100 metres thanks to a screw-locked crown.

Dior’s Unique Watch

April 13, 2011

Dior’s Chiffre Rouge vintage comes into two colours

chiffre rouge

The asymmetrical architecture of its case that groups all its controls together on the widened right-hand side makes Chiffre Rouge unique.   Identifiable also because of its “irreductible” calibre, an exceptional automatic movement developed for Dior Homme in limited and numbered editions by the prestigious Swiss Manufacturer Zenith. Dior brings to you a 38mm chronograph for a vintage and sporty look. Adding to the earlier collection, the new vintage watch comes in two different coloured straps-Blue and Brown. These coloured dials come with elaborate matt and sun brushed subtle effects, matching with the alligator straps. With only 200 limited edition pieces worldwide, each watch has a number engraved on the case-back. Price Rs 210,000.

Available at Johnson’s Watch Co, K-1 Connaught Place, New Delhi; Watches of Switzerland, 231, Link Corner Building, Shop no.2, Linking Road, Bandra(W), Mumbai; and The Helvetica – Chennai Citi centre, No 7, Dr.Radha Krishnan Salai, Chennai.

Amethyst Allure

April 12, 2011

Octea Lady from Swarovski is a must-have for fashionistas


octea lady

Femininity and elegance are underlined by a hint of amethyst in this Octea Lady watch by Swarovski. A must-have for fashionistas! The 32mm case is in stainless steel with an amethyst satin bezel. The dial is prune-coloured, sunray pattern; numbers – hand-applied silver coloured indexes and Arabic numerals. The strap is a stainless steel bracelet. The movement is Swiss quartz. Price Rs 35,000


Available at: Swarovski, Linking Road, T: 022 26402510; Swarovski, Atria Mall, T: 022 24813320-21; Swarovski, Palladium Mall, T: 022 66100142

Swatch May ‘11 launch

April 12, 2011

Tissot’s first analogue perpetual calendar


tissot tradition

Powered by a totally new movement, the Tissot Tradition G15.561 is the brand’s first ever analogue perpetual calendar timepiece. Its perpetual calendar facility will operate without any adjustment necessary for the entire 21st century, automatically taking leap years in its stride. The new Tissot Tradition collection sets new standards in harmoniously marrying ultra-modern and nostalgic elements. High-tech operation is clothed in contemporary materials to create a vintage look, rooted in details such as guilloche decoration and a gently curved case. Complementing the elegant appearance is excellent wearer comfort due to a slender, contoured form. These timepieces offer levels of quality and finesse that are otherwise unknown in their price segment. There are several watches making up the 2011 Tissot Tradition range – both chronographs and Gent models with three-hand mechanisms. Dial colours of anthracite, silver and black act as signatures of suave style and confirm that the timepieces were designed with today and tomorrow in mind. Fine detail on the dials remind of the inspirations provided by yesterday, as do the classical stainless steel and leather attachments. Traditionalists not willing to compromise on performance and style, yet drawn to novelties, will feel totally at home with a Tissot Tradition.  Price: Rs.19,900.



swatch gents

Swatch continues its fun-filled celebration of colour with new Gent Coloured Collection, comprising five trendy new colours of the—pink, dark blue, light-blue, green and orange. Plastic is the ultimate Swatch material, and these New Gents feature big, transparent coloured plastic cases, with sun-brushed dials and rugged silicone straps in the same five colours. Price: Rs 2950.


Freelancer, a new avatar

April 8, 2011

Raymond Weil Freelancer 42mm comes with a chronograph

Freelancer, a successful collection of the Raymond Weil independent family’s Swiss Brand, continues to evolve, always remaining true to the brand’s classical watch making tradition, with up-to-date lines, dials in timeless shades and increasing refinement.



With three hands and a date window, a visible balance wheel or a chronograph, the collection is being offered in three case sizes, 29mm, 38mm and 42mm. The ladies models, occasionally adorn their bezel or indexes with diamonds, dancing gracefully to time’s music. This year, the brand offers the collection’s amateurs a new chronograph model, still in a 42mm size, with an opalescent dial and faultlessly elegant blue hands.


The watch’s dark brown leather strap contrasts perfectly with the iridescent dial and the polished and satin finishes of its steel case. This new model with its intentional, calming simplicity, has is irresistibly attractive. Price Rs 1,43,870.

Zenith Elegance

April 7, 2011

The mechanism in Zenith Elite Captain Dual Time makes it possible to adjust the second time zone with a simple gesture

zenith elite captain dual

Zenith Elite Captain Dual Time associates a stream lined design and a strong identity expressing a very masculine elegance. Equipped with a GMT hand with a different design it has a blue pointer that ensures optimal readability. This hand is set using a push-piece at 10 o’clock. This mechanism makes it possible to adjust the second time zone with a simple gesture, without risking the deregulation of the time on the watch. The 40 mm watch is available in two versions with a silver or black “Clou de Paris” guilloché dial, in a steel case, with a metal bracelet or alligator-skin strap.

The watch which comes with 50hrs power reserve is inspired by the Captain line created in 1952, a leading collection of Zenith automatic watches. The watch makes clear allusions to historic timepieces—its dauphine hands, facetted with rhodium-plating and long markers that are hand-set. The manufactured movements, decorated with Côtes de Genève and circular-graining are visible through a sapphire case back. Price: Rs. 2,39,000

Available at Chennai: Helvetica, Spencer Plaza,T: 28490013, New Delhi: Johnson Watch Co. (C.P.),T: 41513121 – Johnson Watch Co. (South Ex.),T: 24642255, Mumbai: Times of Lord, Kemps Corner Ph: 23695254, Swiss Paradise Luxury Timepieces Borivali (W),T:28980507, Mumbai-400092, Kolkata: The Prime, Luxury Watch Boutique, Forum Mall,T: 22837185