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Wednesday 22 July, 2009 - 12:20 PM EDT

IWC 2009 Collection: The Little Prince

a tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


The Little Prince (French: Le Petit Prince), published in 1943, is French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's most famous novel. Saint-Exupéry wrote it while living in the United States. It has been translated into more than 180 languages and sold more than 80 million copies making it one of the best-selling books ever.

An earlier memoir by the author recounts his aviation experiences in the Saharan desert. He is thought to have drawn on these same experiences for use as plot elements in The Little Prince. Saint-Exupéry's novel has been adapted to various media over the decades, including stage, screen and operatic works.



Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and The Little Prince


There is The Museum of The Little Prince in Hakone, featuring outdoor squares and sculptures like The B 612 Asteroid, The Lamplighter Square, the sculpture of the little prince. There is a large Little Prince Park, The Consuelo Rose Garden. But the main part of the museum is the indoor exhibition. Before France adopted the Euro as its currency, Saint-Exupéry and the little prince were on the French 50 Franc banknote; the artwork was by Swiss designer Roger Pfund. One of the anticounterfeiting measures on the banknote was micro-printed text from Le Petit Prince, visible with a strong magnifying glass.







In 2006, IWC honoured the early pilots with a limited edition of chronograph watches dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, well known pilot and author of one of the most famous novel of all times: The Little Prince.

In 2009 the fourth and final series of watches dedicated to Saint-Exupéry was launched. It is a Big Pilot’s model, made in a limited edition of 1.900 timepieces




Technical Data




Features

Mechanical automaticmovement, date
Showed that a 24-hour display (UTC monitors), time
Shows that can be used for an hour through the steps
Crown, the center seconds stop function,
Soft iron inner case, returned to sculpture, limited
Version: 1 platinum (not to sell), 250 white
Gold, 500 index rose gold, stainless steel 1188



Sports
Caliber 30710
Vibration 28,800 / hour / 4 Hz
Jewelry 23
Power reserve 42 h
Voluntary winding-up

Case
Materials platinum, platinum, rose gold,
Stainless Steel
Sapphire glass, convex, Turner,
Secured on the downward pressure
6 bar water resistance
44 millimeters in diameter
Height 12.9 millimeters

Weight
Watch platinum Brown buffalo strap with two hundred and ten grams
Watch white water buffalo and Brown 172 grams of gold bracelet
Watch the Rose Gold and Brown buffalo strap 168 grams
Watch stainless steel and brown buffalo strap 115 grams












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Tuesday 21 July, 2009 - 16:10 PM EDT

Man on the Moon: 40 years - Omega Speedmaster

Speedmaster X-33, the space exploration pioneer

A moon landing is the arrival of a spacecraft on the surface of a planet's natural satellite and, in this case, it specifically refers to landings on the lunar surface of Earth's Moon. The first human-made object to reach the surface of the Moon was the Soviet Union's Luna 2 mission on September 13, 1959. The United States's Apollo 11 mission was the first manned spacecraft to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969.


The Apollo 11 crew from left to right: Neil Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and , Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot.





On July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong said: "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."




The Lunar Module "Eagle" consisted of two parts: the descent stage and the ascent stage. The descent state provided the engine used to land on the moon. It had four legs, a storage area for experimental gear, and a ladder for the crew to climb down to the moon's surface. The descent module also served as the launch platform for the ascent module when it came time to leave. The ascent module carried the crew back to the Command Service Module.


To walk on the moon's surface, the astronauts needed to wear a space suit with a back mounted, portable life support system. This controlled the oxygen, temperature and pressure inside the suit.


The crew spend a total of two and a half hours on the moon's surface. While on the moon's surface, the performed a variety of experiments and collected soil and rock samples to return to Earth. An North American flag was left on the moon's surface as a reminder of the accomplishment.



First watch on the Moon and Mars only the sky is the limit.



Exactly at 2:56 GMT on July 21, 1969, the landing of the first humans on the Moon is seen as Neil Armstrong said That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. After satisfactorily passing exhaustive tests designated by NASA, Omega Speedmaster was chosen as the first watch taken to the space. It was worn for intra and extra vehicular activities, including the moonwalks, on all the missions. During extra vehicular activities the astronauts wore the watch on the outside of their pressure suits. After that it became Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph, the first Moon Watch. It is still present on Shuttle missions nowadays.
In 1970, the chronograph feature of the Omega Speedmaster Professional was fundamental for giving guidelines to the crew that used the Lunar Module as a lifeboat in space and successfully returned to Earth.




Today, on its way to the planet Mars, Omega's Speedmaster X-33 is the pioneer of the space exploration. After 5 years of development and tests, Omega presented a new Omega Speedmaster X-33 watch in 1998, which is now flight-qualified by both NASA and the Russian space agency MIR astronauts and cosmonauts. It is also included as an item of standard equipment and is worn for extra-vehicular activity.
















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Monday 20 July, 2009 - 08:50 AM EDT

NEW: Bell & Ross introduces the new BR 01-93

24h GMT Watch with GMT Function




Bell & Ross introduces the new BR 01-93 24h GMT watch designed for long travelers with its GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) function displaying the time at two different points on the globe simultaneously. The white hands on the main dial indicate the time at the wearer’s current location while the orange hand on the 24 hour graduated inner bezel shows the time in his country of origin. The large, white photoluminescent numerals, the inner bezel and the orange-colored GMT hand stand out against the black of the dial for perfect readability. This model comes with a glass bead blasted steel case with carbon powder coating, a black dial with the numbers, indexes and hands coated with photoluminescent finish for night reading, anti-reflection sapphire crystal glass is water-resistant for up to 100 meters and its strap comes in rubber or heavy-duty synthetic fabric.




Technical specifications


Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds. Second time zone
(Unidirectional interior bezel graduated to 24h). Date.

Case: Size 46 mm. Glass bead blasted steel with carbon powder coating. Screw-in crown.

Dial: Black. Numbers, indexes and hands are coated with a photoluminescent finish for optimal night reading.

Glass: Anti-reflection sapphire crystal.
Water-resistance: 100 meters.

Strap: Rubber or heavy-duty synthetic fabric.












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Friday 17 July, 2009 - 10:00 AM EDT

Omega and Michael Schumacher





Michael Schumacher was born 3 January 1969, in Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany. He is a former Formula One driver and also a seven-time Formula One world drivers' champion. Nowadays, he is a current advisor and also an occasional test driver for Ferrari. He is the only German that won the Formula One World Championship. In a 2006 FIA survey, Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver of the season among Formula One fans.

Steel on steel
Reference: 3211.31.00





MOVEMENT

Caliber: Omega 1164
Self-winding chronograph, chronometer movement with rhodium-plated finish
Power Reserve: 44 hours

CRYSTAL
Domed anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

CASE & DIAL
Stainless steel case
White dial

WATER RESISTANCE
Down to: 100 meters
330 feet

Size
Gents
Case Diameter: 40 mm

Features:
Date
Chronograph
Chronometer
Small seconds
Tachymeter




Steel on steel
Reference: 3212.80.00




MOVEMENT
Caliber: Omega 1164
Self-winding chronograph, chronometer movement with rhodium-plated finish
Power Reserve: 44 hours

CRYSTAL
Domed anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

CASE & DIAL
Stainless steel case
Blue dial

WATER RESISTANCE
Down to: 100 meters
330 feet

Size
Gents
Case Diameter: 40 mm

Features:
Date
Chronograph
Chronometer
Small seconds
Tachymeter



Ref.: 321.32.44.50.01.001
Steel on rubber strap
Reference: 321.32.44.50.01.001


MOVEMENT
Caliber: Omega 3313
Self-winding chronograph movement with column wheel mechanism and Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision stability and durability of the movement. Free sprung balance, with date, hour, minute and continuous small seconds hands, central chronograph hand.
Power Reserve: 52 hours

CRYSTAL
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment inside

CASE & DIAL
Stainless steel case
Black dial

WATER RESISTANCE
Down to: 100 meters
Case Diameter: 44.25 mm


















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Wednesday 15 July, 2009 - 09:20 AM EDT

Girard–Perregaux & the Colorado Grand

20th anniversary of the Colorado Grand

As a way of commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Colorado Grand (a 1000-mile American rally which unites 75 race and sporting automobiles built prior to 1961), Girard Perregaux introduced a limited edition chronograph which was produced in series of 50 pieces available exclusively in the United States.

This Girard-Perregaux Sport Classique Colorado Grand Fly-back Chronograph stainless steel watch that features a sporty silver dial with luminous hands and index markers, chronograph counters at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock and the Colorado Grand logo below 12 o'clock as well as transferred on the sapphire crystal caseback, in a 40 mm case shown here on a brown alligator strap with steel deployant. The Girard-Perregaux Sport Classique Colorado Grand Fly-back Chronograph watch features a self-winding movement with a fly-back chronograph complication, a 46-hour power reserve. It is water resistance up to 30 meters.







Technical specifications
FLY-BACK CHRONOGRAPH
COLORADO GRAND
Steel case
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Height: 12.40 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
See-through case-back fastened with 6 screws with a special transfer of the Colorado Grand logo
Water resistant to 3 ATM

Girard-Perregaux Movement GP337A
mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 13’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 63
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute, small second, date, fly-back chronograph

Alligator strap with folding buckle









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