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Swatch’s Gamechanger

April 26, 2013

Can you think of a swiss made mechanical  for 100 swiss francs? No. Swatch makes it possible with  Swatch Sistem51.

Swatch-Sistem51-2The decade-old brand  launched Swatch Sistem51 at the Baselworld 2013. It’s a fully automated assembly made mechanical movement composed of only 51 components, a 90 hour power reserve and a selling price of no more than 100 Swiss Francs. The movement is an automatic, but in place of the rotor,  it has a transparent disc rotating around a central screw. This allows users to see into the movement and all the intricate details of the 51 components. It offers the advantage of not having to wind the watch every day like an automatic and the ability to see the movement unblocked by a rotor such as in a hand wound watch.

It has 51 components compared to most mechanical watches which have double that number. It’s a great accomplishment indeed.

Interestingly, the material that the movement is made is called ARCAP, an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc with exceptional anti-magnetic qualities. The components are hermetically sealed within the case, preventing moisture of foreign objects from interfering within. The movement itself is 100% assembled by machines. The components are welded together to form an assembly centered around a single screw, and the advanced design of the escapement does away with the need for a regulator. The rate in fact is set in the manufacturing process by a laser, which means manual adjustments are totally unnecessary Top it all off  itcomes with a 90-hour power reserve. What more do you need in life?

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Swatch Fest Collection 2010

August 16, 2010

Swatch Group brings you these adoring and exceptional pieces  heralding the festive season

rado true sport

The Rado True Sport, the new sporty piece of this contemporary high-tech collection is in black matt ceramic and accentuated by the sapphire crystal of the dome. The effortless, round curved silhouette of the bracelet and case gives the True Sport a sense of continuity in its form.

The use of luminous directly applied to the dial’s deep matt background gives the indexes and hands energy and life. The Chronograph version features three counters, the date at 4 o’clock, providing precision with style. It is the bright yellow second hand that adds the finishing touch to the timepiece. Price Rs 54,500.

swatch raspberry

Playing with the theme: pink is the colour of the moment, Swatch brings this audacious Irony Diaphane Chrono. The lightweight pink link bracelet is fashioned of anodised aluminium and grips a transparent clear plastic case. A smooth aluminium bezel in a matching shade of pink frames a sun brushed pink dial with a fine white minute ring and 12 white crystals set to indicate all hours. A date window with black numerals on a white ground is positioned midway between 8 and 9 o’clock. Creusé chrono counters and the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock feature pink subdials, white numerals and indexes, and silver hands. A slim silver central chrono seconds hand complements the chrono counters and bold, tie-shaped silver hour and minute hands with superlite highlights mark the time of day. Price: Rs 7400.

jaquet droz eclipse

A real feat of watchmaking,  Jaquet Droz’s The Eclipse not only displays the day, month and year, but also the phases of the Moon which have fascinated astronomers, explorers and artists of all times and every culture. On the dial, a Moon with a smiling face inspired by 19th century engravings playfully appears and disappears behind a matt black disk that sharply offsets the brilliance of the dial. Evolving day after day, subtly changing with each new dawn, the Moon in all its forms watches over this exceptional timepiece. Within the 43 mm red-gold case, an intensely black Grand Feu enameled dial welcomes 8 stars, inspired as much by the favourite number of the Manufacture as by the symbolism of the star that is so dear to Jaquet Droz. Price on request.

How about a watch that combines the radiance of steel with the warmth of rose gold?Longines has now added a model in rose gold and steel where the alluring sparkle of the diamonds that cover the dial light up the night with a thousand stars. Called PrimaLuna Thousand and One Nights Longines has chosen to add a new light to its Longines PrimaLuna collection by enhancing a watch made of steel and rose gold with a shower of diamonds whose brilliance sets alight the depths of darkness. The dial is covered with 314 VVS Top Wesselton diamonds (0.376 carats) and its bezel is set with 44 VVS Top Wesselton diamonds (0.299 carats), which sparkle like the stars in a clear night sky. Available in three sizes (23 mm, 26.50 mm and 30 mm) it houses either a quartz movement or a self-winding mechanical movement. This collection is fitted with a silvered flinqué dial, a mother-of-pearl dial or a white dial, the Longines PrimaLuna features hands either in blued steel or echoing the warm tones of the rose gold of the case. Longines’ PrimaLuna models are available on a steel and rose gold bracelet or a black alligator strap. In some versions the sleek curves of the case or the delicate surface of the dial is enhanced by a slash of diamonds. Rs 2,23,500.

tissot lovely

An elegant cocktail of sparkle and minimalist measurements, the new Tissot Lovely timepiece will appeal to ladies looking for a watch that confirms their femininity with a stylish signature. A total of 37 Top Wesselton diamonds grace this proudly feminine watch and encircle a smooth round case with a diameter of just 19mm. A sextet of models offers a choice of colour and material combinations to create diverse “haute couture” style looks. Rows of small metal links in silver-coloured or golden PVD coated stainless steel form jewellery-style bracelets to match their respective cases. These are worn loosely around the wrist to emphasise the playful look. Alternatively, a classical leather strap and buckle securely attaches the Tissot Lovely. Dials are either silver-coloured, or come in delicate mother-of-pearl with their glistening effect enhanced by the addition of a single diamond. Price Rs 33k.

hamilton pulsomatic

Hamilton Pulsomatic is a digital timepiece with futuristic design. It has a science-fiction look, combined with elegance expressed by smooth shapes and surfaces. The brushed stainless steel case resembles a Space Age TV screen from the front, while a ridged effect on the sides and crown is strikingly contemporary. A sleek black screen adds another dimension to the high-tech appearance. Wearers of the original Hamilton digital watch in the 1970s included the famous American singer and actor Sammy Davis Junior, the 38th US president Gerald Ford and the Shah of Iran – the new piece promises to attract innovative individuals with an urge to differentiate themselves from frantic fashionistas.

The LCD on the Hamilton Pulsomatic is powered by an innovative Swiss automatic movement, the H1970. Fully charged the watch has a power reserve lasting 82 days. The robustness demanded by twenty-first century lifestyles is afforded by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and water resistance to a depth of 50 meters. And the ultimate touch of today is a choice of rubber strap as an alternative to a more classical stainless steel bracelet. Price 76,400.

ck post minimal chrono

Inspired by the influential post-minimal art movement, the simplicity of form, the essence of design, ck post-minimal chrono’s quartz movement is housed in an elegantly polished stainless steel black PVD case finished in mineral glass with a circular black dial. Black polished hands with white luminova clearly display hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions. The classic strap is made of rich black leather with a polished stainless steel black PVD buckle. Available in gent chrono size and water resistant up to 30mtrs. Price Rs 26400.

For Mom, the Dearest

April 9, 2010

Briefly: The Swatch Group presents  Mother’s Day watches from Jacquet Droz, Swatch and Tissot

The Cloverleaf

jacquet droz's cloverleaf

For 300 years, a cloverleaf has been engraved at the heart of Jaquet Droz creations as its secret signature. The new offering sets its most iconic motif in the light of day and the mysteries of the night. The watch comes with a dial in white mother-of-pearl or onyx to complement the case in white gold. Against this background of sober monochrome, the clover reveals the roundness of its leaves. Its magic properties, its promise of good luck, wealth or love… Sumptuously highlighted by a snow setting under which everything seems to disappear, this decorative challenge has required all the attention and virtuosity of its master stone-setters.

Fresh green, tender pink, light blue… a veritable symphony of colours lies under the dazzling white-gold hands. Feminine and precious, The Cloverleaf offers Jaquet Droz’s noblest secrets–its gold and precious gems. Price: Rs 17,48k

Heartfelt

swatch's heartfelt

For Mothers’ Day Swatch has come out with an elegant, sparkling and sophisticated timepiece, called Heartfelt. A light blue imitation crocodile pattern leather strap evokes a feathery, light-hearted joy. The shiny surface of the lightly moulded strap enhances the polished case and unmarked bezel fashioned of stainless steel 316L. On the sun brushed cream dial, sparkling white crystals indicate hours 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Finely drawn light blue Arabic numerals indicate hours 6, 9 and 12; slightly smaller light blue Arabic numerals mark all other hours. Shiny silver hour and minute hands and a delicate white seconds hand mark the time.  Price: Rs 5,300

Tissot Flamingo Diamonds

tissot's flamingo diamonds

Tissot Flamingo Diamonds celebrates femininity with a shower of sparkling diamonds and unmistakable elegance. The Tissot Flamingo Diamonds comes  with eight diamonds around the case and an extra helping of 20 others scattered around the dial. Underlining the fact that feelings for special mothers stand the test of time are a Swiss-made ETA movement and an elegantly domed sapphire crystal. On the dial, two digits in a botanical-inspired design mark 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock against a mother-of-pearl background.  A slim black strap, true to the flamingo-inspired name, is textured with fine lines to emphasise its slenderness. The polished, round stainless steel case hooks into the strap giving an overall look of contemporary jewellery. This stylish watch also represents excellent value – no gift should bear a price tag ! Don’t  mothers always like to think they have blessed their offsprings with taste and discernment.