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Friday 11 February, 2011 - 12:40 PM EST

Girard Perregaux

Wristwatch Innovator





Francois Bautte founded Girard Perregaux in 1791. He was soon known because of his ultra-slim timepieces and his manufactory in Geneva was graced Queen Victoria of England.

In 1837 when Jacques Bautte and Samuel Rossel inherited the legacy of the esteemed Jean-Francois Bautte, Constant Girard took over the ownership of the company. In 1856 the name of the enterprise was transformed into Girard-Perregaux and it moved to La Chaux-de-Fonds following the marriage of Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux.

Constant Girard, the wearing watches on the wrist innovator, implemented the idea when Emperor Wilhelm I ordered to deliver the first ever wristwatches to officers in the German Imperial Navy in 1880. As a consequence, 2000 Girard Perregaux watches were manufactured. As wristwatches were not accepted at that moment when pocket-watches ruled, the manufacture of wristwatches ended till 1930 when the company sold more wristwatches than pocket ones restarting the wristwatch manufacture again. Girard-Perregaux was the pioneering company in Switzerland to fabricate quartz watches on an industrial scale.

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Thursday 10 February, 2011 - 11:30 AM EST

Breitling Windrider Callistino

Sheer Femininity



Breitling Windrider Callistino Caliber Breitling 72
Caliber: Breitling 72 // Battery: 377 // Battery life: 3-4 years

Callistino is the most feminine of Breitling's watches. Its dials are exclusively crafted in mother of pearl, as only this treasure from the seas is deemed worthy to adorn this model. In natural or colored shades, each dial may be set with gems on request. Through the elegance of its lines, Callistino has won over the most demanding ladies while retaining all the technical characteristics inherent to the brand. Like all models in the Windrider line, Callistino offers considerable flexibility in the choice and combination of dial colors, leather straps, metals and precious gems. Moreover, the smallest Breitling watch also delivers top performance: case water resistant to 100 meters (330 ft), three gasket crown, sapphire crystal glareproofed both sides, and SuperQuartz TM chronometer-certified movement.


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Other related links:

Breitling Navitimer's History

Breitling Navitimer's Watch

Breitling Navitimer 1952 Special Edition

Breitling Navitimer 1952 Quantieme Perpetuel

Breitling Navitimer Heritage, Caliber Breitling 35

Breitling Navitimer Fighter

Breitling Navitimer Olympus

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute

Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant

Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Datora

Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant 1903

Breitling Windrider Chronomat Evolution

Breitling Cockpit Lady

Breitling Wings automatic

Breitling Crosswind

Breitling Crosswind Racing

Breitling Crosswind Special

Breitling Crosswind Special Limited

Breitling Headwind

Breitling Callisto




Possible related Links and Source:

[ Breitling's Official Website ]

[ Breitling for Betley's Official Website ]

[ The Breitling Watch Blog ]

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Wednesday 09 February, 2011 - 10:40 AM EST

Rolex: THE PERPETUAL





The movement that was just as important to Rolex as the Oyster case was the first Perpetual. Rolex had used movements made by Eagler from the very beginning. The first one was de Rebberg which came in a wide variety of sizes and also in versions with a subsidiary seconds hand, with a sweep seconds hands or without any seconds hand. It was a simple, robust and versatile movement that served Rolex well for almost 20 years

Then, Rolex produced the Hunter movement which was the first one that was regularly capable of being timed to chronometer precision. These chronometer movements were often either 17 or 18 jewel models with capped escape jewels.

Even though the Oyster was proving very successful and met or exceeded all of Wilsdorf’s hopes for it, there was one problem: he needed an automatic system. Once again Rolex (or Aegler, who actually patented it) took the read of patient modification of an existing product. The first perpetual models are simple subsidiary seconds 8-3/4”’Hunter movements with the “Auto-Rotor” mechanism bolted straight onto the back. This arrangement had three additional benefits. First, the watch could be wound manually if needed. The facility to wind the automatic watch is now something to be taken for granted, but it is interesting to note that all of the early automatics ere incapable of manual winding. Apart from its use during periods of enforced idleness, the manual facility on the Rolex Perpetual gave confidence to those people who still did not trust the watch yet.
Second, because the rotor swung through a full rotation, there was nothing for it to hit, so the movement received no shocks through the sudden braking of a weight. Besides, the watch was less noisy as Rolex advertised: “Rolex, the silent self winder”.


Finally, the arrangement allowed the watchmaker to remove the whole of the automatic mechanism with only two screws and then be faced with a simple manual movement that he would instantly recognize. This is an important factor in the success of Rolex’s automatic movement.

The exact date of the launch of the Rolex Perpetual would seem to be in late 1933 or early 1934. No earlier Rolex advertisement makes any mention of the watch. The first Perpetuals were produced in a case that was another classic Rolex modification, simply the first model Oyster Royal with a new, deeper back.

What we must not forget is that in introducing the Perpetual in 1934, Rolex chose to do so in the depth of the worst depression the industrial world had seen, and as the world’s economies began to improve the Perpetual was waiting.

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Tuesday 08 February, 2011 - 11:20 AM EST

Rolex Explorer





With black dial, large luminous triangle marker at 12 and luminous Arabic numerals for the other quarters, The Explorer is one of the most recognizable Rolex watch together with the Datejust. An explorer watch is the one that has its dial described. It was first designed and made in honor of Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, the first to reach the summit of Everest wearing Rolex watches. The Explorer was design for explorers and so it had a high visibility dial, an extra strong case and, under request, they could even be lubricated with a special oil which could withstand temperatures between -20ºC and + 40 ºC without changes in its viscosity. The Rolex Explorer line was designed with extremely challenging conditions in mind.  This Rolex watch line was the one that received first the triangle marker at the top of the dial

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Monday 07 February, 2011 - 11:30 AM EST

Breitling Blackbird

Absolute discretion


breitling Windrider Blackbird caliber breitling 13
Caliber: Breitling 13 // Vibrations per hour: 28.800 // Jewels: 25

The chief characteristic of the Blackbird is its all mate steel case, corresponding to demand from military pilots. Named after the famous American trisonic reconnaissance aircraft, the Blackbird is entirely designed to absorb light and eliminate any reflections. The rider tabs, pushpieces, crown and even the screws are matte-finished throughout. The Blackbird is also distinguished by its resolutely angular styling. For example, the hour division on the surface of the bezel is subdivided into twelve sloping sides and the unusual pushpieces are designed in the same spirit. This singular aesthetic appeal is echoed in the bracelet, a Pilot Special with special satin-brushed matte finish, specially designed for the Blackbird.




Check out Breitling's watches at Interwatches!








Other related links:

Breitling Navitimer's History

Breitling Navitimer's Watch

Breitling Navitimer 1952 Special Edition

Breitling Navitimer 1952 Quantieme Perpetuel

Breitling Navitimer Heritage, Caliber Breitling 35

Breitling Navitimer Fighter

Breitling Navitimer Olympus

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute

Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant

Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Datora

Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant 1903

Breitling Windrider Chronomat Evolution

Breitling Cockpit Lady

Breitling Wings automatic

Breitling Crosswind

Breitling Crosswind Racing

Breitling Crosswind Special

Breitling Crosswind Special Limited

Breitling Headwind

Breitling Callisto

Breitling Callistino





Possible related Links and Source:

[ Breitling's Official Website ]

[ Breitling for Betley's Official Website ]

[ The Breitling Watch Blog ]

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