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Iconic de Grisogono

April 12, 2010

Briefly: de Grisogono revisits its iconic models and enhances them in its new collection

instrumento uno

Instrumento N°Uno

For its 10th birthday, Instrumento N° Uno shows up in vividly coloured versions. On the men’s model, the green, red, or yellow colours of the hands, the Arabic hour numerals and the dual time-zone indices are matched by overstitching in the same shade on the alligator strap. The feminine variations lend a fresh and mischievous touch to the curving square case in blackened steel. The green, blue or pink sapphires set on the case frame dials punctuated with colourful accents and Pop Art style stingray straps. These dynamic, playful design elements enliven an iconic model housing a mechanical self-winding movement that drives two eminently useful and pleasantly readable dual time-zone and large date complications.



The flowing lines and harmonious proportions of the Instrumentino express their innate femininity through a new language, that of diamonds and precious stones. Featuring a rainbow spectrum of pink, blue, brown or green sapphires, the dial of this watch epitomising the spirit of de GRISOGONO collections reveals a new facet of its personality through a highly refined burst gem-setting motif. Clothed in this festive garment, the dual time-zone complication beats to the rhythm of a mechanical self-winding calibre, or a quartz movement. This precious watch appears elegantly attired in rose gold, while the more contemporary and sporting chic versions feature steel or PVD blackened steel. It coils gracefully around the wrist with a black, green, blue, white, pink or brown stingray strap matching the gem-setting.

Power Breaker

power breaker

An explosive cocktail of technical sophistication, taut lines and high-end finishes, the Power Breaker chronograph launched in 2005 now draws additional strength from the contemporary aesthetic codes of the Formula 1 motor-racing universe.  While the case boasting a complex four-part construction – bezel, middle, back and crown guard – remains identical to the original, the dial displays an original sporting dynamic. As it lines up on the starting grid of the race into the new decade, its design highlights the two chronograph counters with surrounds resembling those on a Formula 1 racing car instrument panel. The cut-out, green-tinted hour and minute hands further accentuate the model’s streamlined elegance. This mechanical spirit asserts itself within a powerful rose gold case and its name is hand-engraved at 7 o’clock on a high-tech dial enhanced by an aerodynamic piece of precious metal.

Instrumento Novantatre


First unveiled in 2007, the generous volume, sturdy lugs and cambered lines of the Instrumento Novantatre are lit up with a new radiance this year. Its distinctive sporting chic case is adorned with baguette-cut rubies, blue sapphires or diamonds. Their meticulous assembly creates a stunning geometrical effect that creates a striking contrast with the gem-setting on the dial. In addition to the oversized 9 and 3 o’clock numerals and the white gold hands, the dial is finely set with baguette-cut black or white diamonds, blue sapphires and rubies. The result is an exquisitely precious stage on which time is played out to perfection, directed by a self-winding movement indicating the date and months in addition to the hours, minutes and small seconds. To enhance the smooth appearance of these new variations, the curve of the watch, both for men and ladoes, is extended by a strap in pink stingray for the ruby version, in blue stingray to match the blue sapphires, or in black alligator leather for the diamond-set version.

Meccanico dG


Released in 2008 and winner of the “Prix du Public” at the Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix awards, the MECCANICO dG has been treated to a glamorous makeover. Distinctly less sporty and more refined, it is transformed into a precious model featuring delicate gem-setting enhancing the technical appeal of its mechanical movement driving a double analog and digital dual time-zone display. By associating the contemporary design of its brilliant or baguette-cut diamond-pavé case with one of today’s most complex movements, the watch achieves a perfect match between watchmaking and jewellery. Its hand-wound movement comprising no less than 651 parts was hitherto available in six versions issued in limited editions of 177. The line is now enriched with these three new rose gold variations set with brilliant-cut black or white diamonds or baguette-cut diamonds, issued in a strictly limited edition of 20.

All these watches will be soon available at de GRISOGONO Boutique, Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi  110070

Breguet’s Silicon Quest

April 1, 2010

Briefly: The silicon balance spring in Breguet Tradition 7047, unveiled at Basel World 2010 is technologically superior and is more precise, thanks to silicon being totally impervious to magnetic fields

breguet tradition 7047

Balance spring is the most responsive in terms of improvements to timekeeping precision and its performance crucial to the workings of mechanical watch movement. One of a series of vital parts at the heart of the movement, its regular oscillations gives the movement its rhythm and helps regulate the flow of time.

Anthony Louis Breguet conceived the “Breguet overcoil” spring in the year 1795. Two hundred years later it still is the reference in terms of balance spring. A.-L. Breguet got the idea of altering the balance spring’s terminal curve by raising its end and bending it slightly as a way of improving its isochronism. Another Breguet, Louis-Clement, in 1830 sought to prevail over magnetic fields by crafting balance springs in glass instead of metal. Breguet himself had made balance springs in gold to counter oxidation. One such cylindrical spring was fitted in the celebrated Marie-Antoinette watch; its shape was designed to improve considerably its isochronism by repoising its centre of gravity.

Over the years and so much progress in the art and science of horology watchmakers still cribbed about precision. But with arrival of silicon balance spring, courtesy Breguet in its Breguet Tradition 7047 model launched at Basel World 2010.

The balance spring is a very fine coil spring. Usually made of metal, it is vulnerable to shocks, magnetic fields and even the pull of gravity, which can cause warping.

Today, the new Breguet silicon balance spring is featured in the Breguet Tradition 7047 model with tourbillon and fusee-and-chain transmission. Inspired by the design of the first tourbillon-equipped pocket watches devised by Breguet, a platinum version is now available fitted with a movement fashioned in an anthracite-toned metal alloy.

What are the advantages of  a silicon balance spring?

  • Technologically superior
  • Needs less oil
  • Is more precise
  • Totally impervious to magnetic fields
  • Yields to a broad variety of shapes
  • Is lighter than metal and thus less prone to deformation
  • As components fashioned from silicon are subjected to a special process it greatly improves their resistance to handling and shocks

de Grisogono duo

March 25, 2010

Briefly : de Grisogono’s Fuso and Meccanico are two extraordinary watches priced at Rs 2 cr plus

Two dials, two timezones


Frequent travellers and everyone who regularly juggle timezones will surely be taken in by the latest de Grisogono collection, Fuso Quadrato (47mm) which features a totally original display of the second timezone function. A diaphragm mechanism hides or reveals it at will with its pair of distinct but equally handsome dials. The diaphragm’s 12 titanium blades can be either open to reveal the second timezone dial or closed to display only the local time in hours and minutes. At the heart of the watch a self-winding mechanical movement beats at 28,800 v.p.h. and provides a 42-hour power reserve. While the hours and minutes of local time are shown by a pair of centre-positioned hands, the second timezone is indicated on a 12 hour dial by a black frame hand.

The black upper dial’s centre area is satin-finished while its outer zone is fine-grain sandblasted. The de Grisogono-designed hour markers and applied numerals match the case metal color, as does the lower dial, featuring clou de Paris cobbled finish and a chapter inscribed with hour markers and Roman numerals.

Fashioned in 18K pink gold or white gold, its square silhouette’s sensual rounded lines are delicately arched outward in the 6-to-12 axis to hug the wrist closely, aided by the mobility of the strap lugs. The sapphire crystal itself is curved in harmony with the case profile. Water-resistant to 100 feet), the watch comes with a genuine alligator strap fitted with a triple deployment clasp color-matched to the case. Price: Fuso No1 (Pink Gold) Rs at 23,44,000 and Fuso No 2  (White Gold) is for Rs 24,97,000.

Marriage of  the best


Designed to display the time in two time zones, de Grisogono’s Meccanico dG’s ranks as the world’s first watch with a mechanical digital display as well as an analogue face. A single mechanical movement, two time zones, two types of display: the Meccanico dG breaks truly new ground; for the first time in watchmaking history, a digital display and mechanical power come together successfully.

A proprietary de Grisogono calibre, its hand-wound movement comprises 651 components. It offers an analogue display of the hours and minutes on the upper  dial and the digital display of a second time zone on the lower section. The latter features the tens of hours, the hours, the tens of minutes and the minutes. The mechanism is activated via movable micro-segments driven by a set of 23 cams combined with gears plus a triggering and synchronization device.

Meccanico dG  has a power reserve of some 35 hours. The latter is displayed by a hand in a 90° sector on the back of the movement and is visible through a shaped crystal caseback giving a glimpse of the brand’s famous emblematic scrolls. The Meccanico dG is water-resistant to 30 metres and comes in a choice of pink gold, titanium, titanium and rubber, titanium and pink gold or titanium and platinum. A crown at 3 o’clock controls the analogue time display. Two correctors serve to reset the second time zone; the left-hand one controls the hours, the right-hand one the tens of minutes and minutes. The strap is in natural vulcanised rubber and features a deployment clasp adorned with the de Grisogono emblem. The Meccanico dG is being fashioned in a limited edition of 177 watches. Price : Meccanico N06 (Pink gold and Rubber) Rs. 2,11,50,000, Meccanico N03 (Titanium and Platinum) Rs 2,05,63,000 and Meccanico N02 (Titanium and Rubber) Rs 2,00,00,000.

Available at de Grisogono Flagship Boutique, Boutique N211, Upper Grnd. Flr., DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Rd., New Delhi 110070. Ph. 91 11 4609 8271.

Versace’s glam model

March 22, 2010

Briefly:Versace unveils “Destiny Spirit”,  a more glamorous version of its 2008 launch, at Basel World 2010

destiny spirit

Versace unveils “Destiny Spirit” the Maison’s new timepiece at the Basel Fair 2010. The watch, a more glamorous reinterpretation of the model first launched in 2008, is an even more perfect expression of the femininity and sensuality of the Versace woman. The steel case, with IP yellow gold treatment and engraved Versace logo, frames the black enamel dial embellished by the Medusa, unmistakable symbol of the Maison, positioned at 12 o’clock. Between the small case and the outer ring lit up by the Clous de Paris decorative detailing, precious mini spheres move sinuously to create a delightful motif. The strap in black crocodile skin completes the look of this timepiece

Tissot’s quartret unveiled

March 22, 2010

Briefly: Tissot unveils four new limited edition watches at Basel World 2010

The Tissot 2010 T-Race Thomas Lüthi Limited Edition

thomas luethi ltd edition

Swiss Tissot ambassador Thomas Lüthi will be racing in the brand new Moto2 class in the 2010 MotoGP World Championship and has a special new watch to mark the occasion, the Tissot 2010 T-Race Thomas Lüthi Limited Edition is dynamic and also highly desirable.While Lüthi’s Swiss nationality reflects the heritage and mythos of the Tissot brand, the design of his new timepiece clearly expresses his precision riding and powerful charisma. Limited edition 999 pieces.

The Tissot 2010 T-Race Nicky Hayden Limited Edition

nicky hayden ltd edition

Nicky Hayden is teaming up with a striking new numbered limited edition watch for the 2010 MotoGP season. The watch integrates Nicky’s colours and race number into a stunning GMT chronograph. Racetrack and bike inspired elements express themselves in high-tech, top quality materials, in a timepiece driven by a dynamic Swiss movement. Taking care of the demanding timekeeping needs of footballer Michael Owen in 2010 is a timepiece with precision, robustness and classical chic in its DNA. Limited edition 4,999 pieces.

The Tissot PRC 200 Michael Owen Limited Edition 2010

michael owen ltd edition

Dedicated to meeting the toughest goals for performance and style for the 4,999 wearers of the limited edition, the watch combines understated elegance with accuracy in a three-hand automatic. A transparent case back decorated with Michael’s Manchester United team number 7, a football and his signature confirm the watch’s additional role as talisman for the popular Tissot ambassador and his many loyal fans. Limited edition 4,999 pieces.

The Tissot Glam Sport Danica Patrick Limited 2010

glamsport danica ltd edition

The Tissot Glam Sport Danica Patrick Limited 2010 fulfills her clear wish to have a modern timepiece that expresses her sporty nature and love of elegance in equal measures. Contemporary elements such as a sculpted polished case and chic metal bracelet go hand in hand with intricate feminine details such as shaped hands and fine Roman numerals to mark key hours. The crowning glory comes in the form of 25 sparkling diamonds in a winning combination. Limited edition of 4,999 pieces

Dinosaur Poop Watch

March 17, 2010

Briefly: Swiss watchmaker Artya presents a timepiece made of fossilized dinosaur dung

artya corpolite

You have come across dials made of meteorite, moon dust and now a timepiece made almost entirely of dinosaur poop. Swiss watchmaker and designer Artya and designer Yvan Arpa presents its horological creation crowned with a dinosaur’s coprolite dial at Basel World 2010.

The fossilised dung used in the watch’s creation came from a plant eater that lived in what is modern-day United States some 100 million years ago. The strap, on the other hand, was fashioned out of American cane toad with an ardillon buckle.

According to an Artya corporate press release, “A relic of the Jurassic period, it has taken millions of years for this organic substance to embrace its present warm and matchless tints. Designed with an understated aesthetic sense, the dial is free of indexes or any other pointless features. In its mineral aspect, it forcefully underscores the pristine strength emanating from the very dawn of life. As a true memento, it is encircled in a round case sculpted in stainless steel grade 316 or, as an affirmation to its prehistoric lineage, in bronze with its characteristic blazing hues.”

The timepiece features self-winding mechanical movement; hour, minute, and second functions; a rotor polished with sodium bicarbonate; a 40-plus hour power reserve; non-reflective sapphire coating; water resistance to 30-meters and a two-year warranty.

The timepiece with limited edition of one piece will be valued at $11,290. Well, it’s not every day you can buy a watch made from fossilized dinosaur poop?

Fendi’s Crazy Cats

March 15, 2010

Briefly: Fendi to unveil Crazy Cats watch at Basel World 2010

crazy cats blue sapphire

Fendi will unveil Crazy Cats, an elegant yet whimsical timepiece at Basel World 2010. A masterpiece of innovation, design and Swiss Made craftsmanship with a fanciful touch, the polished stainless steel case of Crzay Cats has two crowns; one for adjusting the time, the other for rotating the index gem stones.

Crazy Carats has a patented, truly unique mechanism, which allows a woman to change the gemstones on her watch simply by turning the crown. Three different settings for three distinctive gemstone colour stories, using diamonds, rubies, sapphires and multi-coloured topaz.

crazy cats topaz blazing red

Bezels adorned with Top Wesselton VVS quality diamonds are also an option. Accompanied by a supple polished stainless steel bracelet and FF logo butterfly deployant buckle, Crazy Carats by Fendi establishes an unprecedented integration of jewellery and timepiece technology.