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Elegantly functional

July 27, 2010

Ventura watches as fashion accessory

Ventura watches are the coolest watches going around. The digital ones comes with 12 or 24 hour format setting, perpetual calendar with setting of 3 formats, chronograph 24H/M/S/100“-Sec, countdown 24 hour, display back light, EasySkroll® operating system and are water resistance. Ventura’s Kappa featured here was designed by Swiss architect, Hannes Wettstein, and was one of the last timepieces that he designed. Wettstein took Ventura’s watches in a new direction by de-emphasizing its place as a fashion accessory and re-emphasizing elegant functionality. The models below show this new mindset. v-tec Sigma, created by Paolo Fancelli was recently featured in the motion picture Bangkok dangerous with Nicolas Cage.

ventura kappa

Alfred Brodman, Bo Hansen and Günter Wermekes were original designers for Ventura and they influenced the entire world of luxury watches. Bo Hansen’s watch design now sits in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.

Oris Quartet

March 12, 2010

Briefly: Oris unveils Darryl O’Young Limited Editions, BC3 Sportsman, Oscar Peterson Limited Edition and Col Moschin at BaselWorld 2010

Darryl O’Young Limited Editions

darryl o’young

The Oris TT3 is back – with a vengeance and it’s ready to wipe the track with other motor sports watches. Excited by the Type 997 Porsche cars driven in competition by Darryl O’Young, the PCCA Double Class A Champion, Orishas designed two watches with a cool, sporty andtechnical look. Each model is limited to 997 units – a nod to the Type 997 Porsches.

Influenced by the technical features on the awesome Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and the 911 GT3 Cup, both sizes of watch (43.50 mm and 41.00 mm) guarantee maximum wearer comfort. The curved cases are black DLC coated for durability as well as added style. The sporty rubber strap with its flexible lugs ensures a snug fit on the wrist. The unusual glass dial is printed with a wheel rim pattern and offers a glimpse of the quality automatic mechanical movement, as well as the calendar date wheel. This creates an eye-catching 3D layered dial effect. The Superluminova numerals on the dial are the same Microgramma typeface as used on the Porsche cars.

BC3 Sportsman

bc3 sportsman

The Oris BC3 Sportsman is a redesign of one of Oris’ most popular pilots’ watches, which was first launched ten years ago. The 2010 version has a completely new 42mm case and slick, sporty proportions. ‘Sportsman’ refers to the first classification level for aerobatic pilots and was influenced by Oris’ partnership with pilot Don Vito Wyprächtiger. A test pilot for world air race champion Hannes Arch, Vito is a young gun with aspirations of his own in the world of aerobatics. Purely mechanical, the BC3 Sportsman is reliable, dependable and lacking frivolity. The screw-down crown, high water resistance (10 bar/100m) it comes with choice of three straps – classic leather, elegant stainless steel and sporty rubber.

Oscar Peterson Limited Edition

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Oris’ track record in producing limited edition watches is almost as distinguished as the track record of the man to whom Oris dedicates its latest jazz watch: Oscar Peterson. Regarded by many as the greatest jazz pianist of all time, his career and chosen instrument inspired the special design features of this elegant watch.

The delicately applied indices take the form of piano keys and sit atop a central dial ring with concentric grooves. This dial ring is reminiscent of an LP and refers to the hundreds of recordings Oscar Peterson made during his career. Oscar Peterson loved watches with Roman numerals and this limited edition honours that – even displaying the VIII in gold plate – a reference to the eight Grammys he won during his lifetime.

The case back carries the Oscar Peterson lion logo and the limited edition number from 0001/1925 to 1925/1925, chosen because it was the year the great man was born.

Col Moschin Limited Edition

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During their gruelling training missions, members of the Col Moschin Italian Special Forces unit have tested an essential new tool: the Oris Col Moschin Limited Edition. Based on the innovative Oris ProDiver it has accompanied these elite troops on 9000m parachute jumps and sea dives in depths of more than 40m. It has also been tested on draining hikes and missions through inhospitable terrain. In every situation it proved equal to the challenge. Anti-magnetic properties ensure it remains accurate during flights, 1000m water resistance makes it unbeatable in the water, and the sturdy titanium case with its tungsten top ring and crown protection system make it an awesome force on land.

The patented Oris developed Rotation Safety System is an extra safety element for the seas. With its camouflage gunmetal colours it won’t blow your cover, but the red, white and green power reserve will make sure you stand out from the crowd.

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

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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.

Zenith’s Elite 681 Ultra Thin

March 5, 2010

Briefly: Zenith’s Elite 681 Ultra Thin to be launched at Basel World 2010

zenith elite 681 ultra thin

Zeinth’s classically handsome model features a new ultra-thin 40mm-diameter case housing the ideally suited extra-slim (3.81 mm) Elite 681 self-winding calibre, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and ensuring a 50-hour power reserve.

The case comes in a choice of 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel, while the sapphire crystal exhibition back provides a fascinating view of the movement with its tungsten oscillating weight adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” pattern. The domed sapphire watch glass is glareproofed on both sides to enhance readability of the facetted hour-markers, sword-shaped hour and minutes hands as well as small seconds at 9 o’clock. This admirably restrained dial is available in silver, black, slate-grey sunray or white-lacquered versions, as well as three limited editions (brown sunray, silver sunray with diamond hour-markers and black sunray with diamond hour-markers). Clearly drawing on the brand’s heritage of mechanical movements and pure, uncluttered designs, the Elite 681 Ultra Thin is fitted with a black or brown alligator strap that is rubber-lined to enhance wearer comfort and equipped with an 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel pin buckle. It provides eloquent confirmation that understated elegance and aesthetic purity are truly timeless values.

Availabile at Johnson Watch Co., New Delhi, The Helvetica, Chennai

Very Human

March 4, 2010

Briefly: Issye Miyake’s Hu is futuristic and is inspired by nature’s organic shapes

issey miyake hu watch

“It truly is a creative bonding and all my life long feelings about watches as prosthetic extension of the body, the concept of anatomical contouring and the organics sculptural possibilities of materials that integrate into one single skin,” says Ross Lovegrove, the designer of “Hu” which simply means human.

Hu’s avant grande lines and its unique face stand out. To be sold under the Issey Miyake watch brand name, Hu is built by Seiko. Seiko and Issey Miyake (both Japanese) have actually been working together since 2001. The collection of unique timepieces, for both men and women, from Miyake Design and Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) has been created by Japanese and European designers. Each designer has created a timepiece collection that uniquely depicts their rendition of Issey Miyakes’ world while striking a balance between tradition and modernity. To date, a total of seven lines have been created, namely the Hu, Insetto, Ovo, To, Trapezoid, Twelve and Vakio, each with its own specialist look.
Hu’s organic shape, made of titanium and silicon materials, gently holds and melds into your wrist. The dial as a slight slope on a 25º angle to the right, which makes the dial naturally and easily viewable

Zenith’s Magic Letters

March 3, 2010

Briefly: Zenith’s Starissime Magic Letters is bespoke jewellery watch for Rs 34,49 lakhs

magic letters

Zenith’s Starissime Magic Letters is a haute jewellery watch and is unique as the letter on the dial’s face set in diamonds is a bespoke option. One can choose a letter one on the watch making it a one of a kind product that is personal and beautiful. Its diameter: (25.6 mm) and height (3.81 mm).The case is in 18-carat white gold set with 30 Wesselton diamonds. Hand-made gold dial with black Mother of Pearl. With power reserve over 50 hrs. the hours and minutes are in the centre. The small seconds-hand is at 9 o’clock, The 18-carat white gold simple buckle is stamped with the Zenith star on the cap and available in black galuchat strap.

Available on request. Price 34,49 lakhs.

Available at Johnson Watch Co. New Delhi and The Helvetica, Chennai

World’s thinnest watch

February 26, 2010


Briefly: At 5.25mm, the thinnest watch from Piaget

Piaget’s latest, Altiplano 43mm “anniversary edition”–Calibre 1200P and Altiplano 43 mm – Calibre 1208P are thinnest watch: their thickness 5.25 mm. It displays only essentials: hours and minutes. Both will be issued in two anniversary editions: one in 18-carat pink gold and the other in 18-carat white gold, each issued in series of 235 – a symbolic number echoing the movement’s record slimness: 2.35 mm. The individual number is engraved on the oscillating weight of each movement.

Altiplano 43 mm “anniversary edition” – Calibre 1200P

calibre 1200 anniversary edition

Whereas the gear trains of a classic movement usually measure around 0.2 mm, those of the 1200P are just 0.12 mm thick, which is scarcely more than a hair’s breadth (0.08 mm). It also has a balance with low inertia (2.90 mg.cm2), a frequency of 21,600 vph and an approximately 40-hour power reserve. Engraved with the inscription “1200P”, the case provides the perfect receptacle for the movement specifically made for the other. The glass is deliberately flat rather than convex in order to accentuate the slimness of the case. The various dial levels further reduces the thickness of the watch while limiting hand-setting heights. The case in 18-carat pink gold matched with a midnight blue dial, or in 18-carat white gold framing a black dial, is equipped with a transparent case-back enabling one to admire the movement and the crown bearing the “P” for Piaget. A pin buckle reflecting the aesthetic of the bezel complements the watch.

Altiplano 43 mm – Calibre 1208P

piaget calibre 1208P

The Altiplano 43 mm Calibre 1208P model’s oscillating weight is crafted from 22-carat gold, while a small seconds display at 4 o’clock enlivens the dial and makes the record 2.35 mm slimness of Calibre 1208P even more remarkable. Piaget sets two new records: that of the thinnest mechanical self-winding movement on the market at 2.35 mm; and that of the thinnest watch in its category, measuring a mere 5.25 mm.