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Friday 30 October, 2009 - 13:20 PM EDT

Vacheron Constantin wins Watch of the Year Prize

‘Historiques American 1921’ wristwatch model

Geneva, Thursday October 29th 2009 – Just two years after being awarded the 2007 Watch of the Year Prize (for the Patrimony Contemporary Retrograde Date and Day model), Vacheron Constantin once again takes the top spot on the winner’s podium with the 2009 Watch of the Year Prize, this time for its ‘Historiques American 1921’ model.

Born of a determination to highlight the wealth of our heritage, its design is inspired by an avant-garde cushion-shaped wristwatch featuring a crown at 1 o’clock, created for the crown in response to the wishes of an American client in during the Roaring Twenties. It blends creativity embodied in the daring style of the 1920s, with rigorous technical sophistication expressed through the new mechanical manual-winding Manufacture 4400 movement bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva to which we are firmly committed.”

‘Historiques American 1921’

Born of a determination to highlight the wealth of the Vacheron Constantin heritage, the ‘Historiques’ line is intended to revive models symbolising the spirit and expertise of the brand through contemporary contemporary reinterpretations.

After presenting the reinterpreted Chronomètre Royal 1907 on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, in 2008 Vacheron Constantin presented the ‘Historiques American 1921’, a piece inspired by an avant-garde cushion-shaped wristwatch featuring a crown placed at 1 o’clock and confidentially produced for an American client during the Roaring Twenties. In keeping with the spirit of that era, Vacheron Constantin has once again returns to creative roots by combining inventive design with rigorous respect for history in this eloquent tribute to the 1920s.

Radiating classic and understated elegance as well as genuine originality, this ultimate ‘dandy-style’ watch faithfully echoes the original with a 40 mm-diameter cushion-shaped case crafted in 18-carat pink gold and distinguished by diagonal time read-off and a crown positioned at 1 o’clock. The sandblasted dial is graced with 12 painted black Arabic numerals arranged around an equally black-painted railway track minute circle. The hands are in black oxidised 18-carat gold. Topped by a slightly convex sapphire crystal, the case is fitted with a transparent back enabling one to admire the exceptional finishing of the mechanical manual-winding Calibre 4400, developed and crafted in-house by Vacheron Constantin and bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, it measures 28 mm in diameter, 2.8 mm thick, and is endowed with an approximately 65-hour power reserve. This new model is water-resistant to pressures of 3 bar – equivalent to 30 metres – and is teamed with a hand-sewn saddle-stitched strap in dark brown alligator leather fitted with an 18-carat pink gold pin buckle shaped like a half Maltese Cross.

Produced in limited quantities, the ‘Historiques American 1921’ is bound to delight connoisseurs and devotees of classic and daring fine watchmaking who are looking for distinctive timepieces and whose horological curiosity naturally draws them to its timeless aesthetic and functional qualities.

[Source: Vacheron Constantin International – Press Communication] 


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Thursday 29 October, 2009 - 10:00 AM EDT

Audemars Piguet: The Royal Oak Carbon Concept

High-performance applications

Carbon fibre has been the preferred material for high-performance applications that demand sturdiness. Formula 1 race cars, America’s Cup yachts and, even aerospace vehicles, have fully leveraged the material’s technical properties: strength and lightness.
Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet is a pioneer according to the use of carbon fibre for function as well as form. The Royal Oak Carbon Concept is surprisingly light thanks to materials such as forged carbon, amorphous carbon coatings, ceramics, titanium, and anodized aluminium, which forms the watch’s green central bridge. The absence of a dial provides a full view of the hand-wound Caliber 2895 movement’s key components: the tourbillon carriage—comprising more than 70 parts yet weighing a mere 0.45 grams—and the column wheel, which is the chronograph’s nerve centre. Audemars presents a novel twist on the 30-minute chronograph with a linear minute counter consisting of two columnar scales, with tens of minutes on the left and single minutes on the right. Tiny windows that correspond to each numeral mark elapsed time by changing from white to black. The wearer shifts from winding to time-setting by adjusting the stem.

Technical data:

Calibre: 2895, hand-wound with tourbillon
Total diameter: 151/3 lignes (34.60 mm)
Casing-diameter: 33.80 mm
Thickness: 12.01 mm
34 jewels
384 parts
Power reserve: 237 hours
Cadence of the balance:
21,600 vibrations per hour
Finishing: hand-polished bevelling, sides hand-drawn with a file, matt surface, sapphire-blasted
Carbon mainplate, eloxed aluminium bridges
Forged carbon
Ceramic bezel
Caseback ring in black PVD-coated titanium
Diameter: 44 mm
Total thickness: 15.85 mm
Sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance: 100 m
Display Integrated onto the movement
Graduated dial ring with luminescent hour-markers and white minute markers
Openworked luminescent hour and minute hands
Strap Hand-sewn alligator leather with large square scales,
AP folding clasp in titanium
Hours and minutes
Linear chronograph minute counter with central sweep seconds hand
Power-reserve indication
Selection indicator


[ Audemars Piguet's Official Web Site ]

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Wednesday 28 October, 2009 - 12:20 PM EDT

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin

The AMVOX2 DBS Transponder

The AMVOX2 DBS Transponder is the most recent addition to the exclusive AMVOX range of timepieces created jointly by Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin – and the most vivid example yet of the powerful synergy between the two companies. A dramatic fusion of high-tech engineering skills and the finest watchmaking expertise, this revolutionary timepiece features an integrated transponder circuit that allows the owner to unlock or lock their Aston Martin DBS simply by pressing the sapphire crystal.

Like the AMVOX2 Chronograph DBS, this elegant new timepiece has no push buttons: the vertical trigger system of mechanical levers patented by Jaeger-LeCoultre allows the chronograph to be started, stopped and reset by pressing the sapphire crystal. Augmenting these functions in the AMVOX2 DBS Transponder is a miniaturised transmitter system that controls access to the owner’s DBS. As the driver nears the car, they simply press the ‘OPEN’ position on the watch glass (between 8 and 9 o’clock) and the door-opening system is activated.

Pressing the ‘CLOSE’ position (between 3 and 4 o’clock) locks the car again.
The unique connection between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin is evident elsewhere on the watch, too. The exquisitely detailed dial features a suspended metallic grey DBS logo, there is a subtle Aston Martin emblem on the movement operating indicator, and the ruthenium grey bridges, satin finish and black background evoke the look of the DBS’s instrument panel. The outer dial ring, meanwhile, has an opening that allows a tantalising glimpse of the chronograph functions – just as the slender wheel rims of the DBS expose the mighty brake calipers behind.

Created specially for Aston Martin DBS owners, the AMVOX2 DBS Transponder is the first mechanical timepiece to operate not only as a chronograph but also as the key to a luxury sports car. An engineering masterpiece in miniature, its beauty and functionality stand as testament to the inspiration and expertise of the partnership that created it.

Possible Related Links:

Jaeger LeCoultre's Official Web Site ]


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Wednesday 28 October, 2009 - 11:10 AM EDT

Watches in Series

Magnun, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Miami Ink, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalic and

Magnum, P.I. (1980-1988)

Thomas Magnum is employed on the Hawaiian estate of a wealthy absentee whose owner’s name is Robin Masters. The estate is run by Jonathan Higgins and Magnum is private detective whose cases frequently have a humorous overtone and always just enough danger.

 Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) wears a Rolex GMT Master Watch.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-)

CSI is a spin-off of the CBS network series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The series is an American crime drama television one that trails the investigations of a team of Miami-Dade forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and other crimes.

Nick Stokes (George Eads) wears a Rolex GMT Master II Watch.

Miami Ink (2005-2008)

Miami Ink is a reality show focusing on a Miami Tattoo parlour run by a group of Tattoo Artist who are friends. All of them are highly skilled.

Ami James wears a Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph Watch.

The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008)
After retrieving the philosophical stone at an auction but losing his girlfriend, the librarian Flynn Carsen has a breakdown. Flynn travels to New Orleans and he has a crush on a French singer (Simone Renoir).

Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) wears a Cartier Santos Watch.

Man vs. Wild (2007-)

Man vs. Wild, also called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls or Ultimate Survival, is a survival television series hosted by Bear Grylls, on the Discovery Channel. In the United Kingdom, the series is shown on both the Discovery Channel and on Channel 4.

Bear Grylls wears a Breitling Emergency Watch.

Possible Related Links:

Rolex's Official Web Site ]

Breitling's Official Web Site ]

Cartier's Official Web Site ]


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Tuesday 27 October, 2009 - 09:50 AM EDT

Barack Obama's Vulcain Cricket Anniversary Heart Watch

Swiss watch maker Vulcain presented President Obama’s Vulcain watch

(Barack Obama's Vulcain Cricket Anniversary Heart Watch)

Even thought Barack Obama usually wears his Jorg Gray 6500 watch, he does have other timepieces. Since the 1950s, it is a Vulcain tradition to give out watches to US Presidents and so, in order to continue with this habit, the latest timepiece they've sent to the oval office is quite stunning. President Barack Obama received a precious Stainless Steel Vulcain Cricket Anniversary Heart Watch. This unique timepiece is part of the classic Cricket Watches named after their loud alarms. According to the mechanical Vulcain Cricket V-18 movement’s alarm, it is one of the loudest on the market and it is also easy to set through the upper crown on the right side of the watch (using the central ring on the dial). The wristwatch also features a 42mm wide case, also water resistant to 50 meters.

The retail price of the stainless steel version of the Vulcain Anniversary Heart Watch is about $6,500. It is unclear whether versions such as the pictured one with the message to Barack Obama will be available at all to the public, as it is likely a one-off version reserved for the President himself. The Vulcain Anniversary Heart watches come in various tones as well as in 18k gold.

Technical Data:

Diameter 42,00 mm
Caliber Vulcain Cricket V-18
Power reserve 42 h
Water resistance 50 m / 160 ft
Functions Hour, Minute, Second, Alarm

[Source: Vulcain Watches' Official Web Page]  

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