Archive for the ‘Tourbillon Watch’ category

RD takes it Easy

May 14, 2010

Tweet: Roger Dubuis EasyDiver Collection brings sophistication to leisure

How about housing a tourbillon inside a sports watch? Roger Dubuis did it in 2004 and soon became a new benchmark. Pursuing this avant-garde path, Roger Dubuis combined noble metals with moulded rubber, which it used on the bezel and crown of its new EasyDiver collection. The EasyDiver model is distinguished by its fluted bezel with large Arabic numbers against a contrasting background and by its triple lugs, features immediately associated with the brand. The robust steel case with a 46mm diameter houses an automatic mechanical movement meeting standards to carry the Poinçon de Genève. The dial, with its black sunray background, is dominated by a large luminescent Arabic numeral at 12 o’clock, while the applied hourmarkers, which are also luminescent, frame the small seconds counter. The black flange has a white transfer minute-circle.

easy diver chrono

The magnificent column-wheel chronograph movement highlights this brand-new steel case with its black and orange moulded rubber. The dial, with its silvered sunburst background, features applique numbers at 12 and letters at 6. For added depth, it opens onto two satin-finished zones above and below the black counters. The chronograph pushers feature orange and black moulded rubber elements to complement the bezel. The rubber strap is fitted with a steel folding buckle. This exclusive model which comes in a limited series of 280 is priced at Rs 15,90k.

easy diver ladies

At the very centre of the dial’s purple background is a clou de Paris motif encircled by white mother-of-pearl. The small seconds rotates at the heart of a purple counter that is also encircled by white mother-of-pearl. A white minute circle is displayed on the flange. The steel case, set with 36 diamonds, houses a self-winding mechanical movement with a steel folding buckle and comes in a limited series of 888 is priced at Rs 7,70k.

Available at Time Avenue, Mumbai, T: +91 22 2655 2828 and Kapoor Watch Co. New Delhi, T: +91 11 4134 5678

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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

Hublot’s bouquet

March 9, 2010

Briefly: Hublot to launch its King Power Alinghi (48mm), Big Bang In Red and Steel Tutti Frutti Rose at Basel World 2010

King Power Alinghi

king power alinghi

King Power Alinghi (48mm) in microblasted black ceramic and moulded black rubber comes in 6 relief black PVD H-shaped titanium screws. It has crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment. The Alinghi logo is at 9 o’clock. The hands are satin-finished microblasted black nickel with black SuperLuminova™. The mechanical skeleton chronograph is endowed with automatic winding, carbon bridges and possesses calibre Hublot HUB4400. The model is in limited of 333 pieces numbered from 01/333 to 333/333.

Big Bang In Red

hublot red

A crimson dial (38mm) decorated with a diamond bezel, a white ceramic case and an alligator leather and rubber strap. A gift that says more than any poem, a dress watch that proclaims love better than any words! A quartz movement watch, its hands are Rhodium faceted, diamond-set with white luminous markings.

Big Bang Steel Tutti Frutti Rose

The new Big Bang Tutti Frutti (48mm) features fine mother of pearl, which gives it a particular elegance. This is emphasised by its satin-finished case surrounded by pink sapphires, and the alligator bracelet that accentuates its distinguished allure.

hublot tutti fruti

An undeniably exquisite watch, it exudes a sense of masterful restraint. The hands are faceted, diamond-set, luminescent white, seconds hand with H-shaped counter weights This mechanical chronograph watch comes with automatic winding and Hublot Calibre HUB4300.

Corum’s Admiral Cup Tourbillon

March 9, 2010

Briefly: Admiral’s Cup Minute Repeater Tourbillon 45 to be unveiled at Basel World 2010

admiral cup tourbillon

To celebrate Admiral Cup’s fiftieth anniversary, Corum has chosen to associate to this eminently sporty watch with two of the most prestigious horological complications: the Tourbillon and the minute repeater.

The use of a minute repeater in a watch with marine connotation is not a common feature, however this complication concentrates the strength of two universes, as life on a boat is governed by night and day with ringing bells. From ‘action stations’ in the morning to the evening ring, and even during attention to colours, it is a sailor’s life that is punctuated by these ringing tones.

The model sports the CO 010 caliber. The development and adjustment of this exceptional movement took two entire years for which Corum required the participation of a dozen of its best watch-making craftsmen. Each of the components were conceived and developed to guarantee the precision and beauty of the tone by considering its ‘power’ (expressed in decibels), its ‘precision’ (note correctness), its richness (expressed in number of partials) and its  ‘reverberation’ (duration of each note). The minutes-rack, placed at the heart of the ringing mechanism, is inverted compared to traditional minute repeaters in order to bring strength and precision to each note. It has also been enlarged to permit a wider lift angle to each tooth, extending the time between notes. The racks hitting the gongs are made out of ultra resistant and hardened steel. Fixed to these racks, countersprings have been specially conceived to find the best balance of the hitting strength and speed.

During the ringing, the rhythm is regulated through the rotation of an inertial flywheel, visible on the movement’s back. The gongs, made from an alloy featuring a composition and thermal treatment that are a closely guarded secret, have been adjusted to strike the hours on an A note and the minutes on a C sharp note. These two notes have not been chosen randomly, their specific sequence forms a major third (two tones) with a more cheerful harmony than a minor third (one and a half tones). The precision of the whole mechanism is guaranteed through a Tourbillon with Silicium escapement and pallets offering reliability and durability.

Chopard’s Anniversary Gift

March 6, 2010

Briefly: Chopard  to unveil L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon at Basel World 2010

luc engine one tourbillon

Timed with the brand’s 150th anniversary, Chopard will unveil L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon, a timepiece which is a deliberate departure from the traditional principles of horological design. Machined like an engine block and mounted on silent blocks and held by 3 lever-arms inserted into the case middle this mechanical titanium thoroughbred has been produced in a limited series of 150. The case is of brushed/polished titanium (44.4 x 35.4 mm) with anti-reflective sapphire crystal front and back. The dial has Arabic numerals engraved under the crystal then dyed in black with the tourbillon cage and small seconds at 6 o’clock and power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. Available in hand-sewn black alligator with godroons and titanium buckle