The New Bovet Pininfarina Cambiano watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands

What happens when you bring together Swiss and Italian watchmakers?

You get the Bovet Pininfarina Cambiano watch. A watch unique to both companies yet designed to show each company’s style.

The Cambano watch was designed along the lines of Bovet’s Amadeo case style. What is unique about the Amadeo cases is that you can detach the straps on the watch and turn it into a pocket watch or pendant watch using a chain that can be bought along with the watch.

The watch is made of steel and is 45mm wide. The case is circular with the thickness giving the watch an appearance of a small can. The backside of the watch has a clear crystal so you can see the gears involved in running the watch.

The clock hands are triangular in design and the second hand has a unique snake like serpentine design. The hour indices are not marked by numbers, instead they are noted by black lines. All of the hands are treated with a luminescent material making them visible in low light conditions.

The crystals on the clock face and back are a very high quality AR coated sapphire crystal. The crystal is so clear that you often forget that there is a crystal there. You get the urge to stick your finger into the watch to play with the dials only to have your fingers press against the super clear crystal.

The movement system is based on the Valjoux 7750 system. However Bovet and Pininfarina added their own unique parts to the system, changing the style of the set up. Nevertheless the main driving mechanism is based on the trusted Valjoux 7750 so you can be assured that the watch is not completely running on a newly designed system, which might break down on you.

The Cambiano is, like nearly all high end luxury watches, limited edition. There will only be a certain number produced and as new sets of Bovet and Pininfarina watches come out each year, the supply inevitably depends on the demand.

The price of the Cambano is roughly $24,200. Although the price is very high it is as expected for a high end collaboration between two luxury watch makers. What is laughable about this edition is that the chain used to turn the watch into a pocket watch is sold separately. You would think that the chain would come with the watch since you’re paying more than 24 thousand for it. But I don’t think those who can afford this watch would be bothered by any additional purchases.

Here is a video review of the Cambiano.

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The Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic Professional Chronograph Valjoux

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands


Tissot the luxury Swiss watchmaker recently released the Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic Professional Chronograph Valjoux. Fusing design with technology the Seastar 1000 allows for action packed adventures as well as calm and relaxed occasions.

The design of the Seastar 1000 was based around the concept of a diver. The Seastar’s main selling point is its ability to go down to a pressure of 30 bars. That’s around 1,000ft below sea level, more than enough for professional divers.

The 1000 features a divers buckle and extension making it easy for divers to handle the watch. The indexes as well as the clock hands are coated with SupeLuminova allowing for visibility deep under the surface of the sea.

A unique feature of the Seastar 1000 family is that the watches come with their own helium valve which automatically depressurizes the watch, a lifesaving feature. What could be worse for a diver than diving deep down into the sea and thinking your good on time only to find out that the pressure has damaged your watch and you won’t have enough time to go back up.

The case of the 1000 is made of stainless steel .The clock face is a sapphire crystal coated with anti reflective material. The bracelet is rubber and can extend to adjust to the users wrist size. The back of the watch has a clear sapphire crystal that allows the user to view the mechanisms that drive the watch. A total of 25 jewels make up the gears that run the watch.

The watch has two push down buttons on the left side to control the timers. The indexes representing the time and the seconds are engraved on. The craftsmanship shows up through such small details on the watch.

An automatic movement system drives the 1000. The movement is based on the Valjoux 7750 Chronograph, a highly proven and dependable mechanism used by most luxury watches and watchmakers.

Dimensions and Weight
• Width= 49mm
• Height=49mm
• Thickness= 18.37mm
• Weight=167g

There will only be 1000 pieces of the Seastar sold. Each will go for about $2250. The price is quite high but then again the watch was made for professional divers.

Overall the Seastar 1000 is a well-made watch for professional divers. Built with the highest grade materials and the famous Valjoux 7750, the 1000 provides everything necessary for you to go down into the sea and explore without the worry of a watch that might break on you or give you incorrect information.

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The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg and Cerlati Edition watch.

Written by Debbie. Posted in Girard-Perregaux, Men's Watches

Girard-Perregaux, in collaboration with the boutique Zegg & Cerlati, has recently released a new limited edition version of the brand’s iconic WW.TC (World Wide Time Control) collection, the aptly named Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg & Cerlati Edition.

Girard-Perregaux launched the WW.TC collection in 2000 and it quickly became a mainstay of the Swiss brand, a company that dates back to 1791. With over two centuries of history, it comes as no surprise that they elected to produce this limited edition watch for Zegg & Cerlati, one of the world’s pemier watch and jewelry boutiques.

The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg and Cerlati Edition.

Protected by a 43mm bead blasted steel case and sapphire crystal, the dial is a design of a black and steel, partial world view encompassing much of Europe, Africa, the Atlantic Ocean and parts of North America and Asia, with Zegg & Cerlati’s base of operations, Monaco, as the center. Besides the standard hours, minutes and seconds hands in the center of the dial, there is a small 60-second counter at 3 o’clock, a small 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock. Surrounding this is a world-time with day/night indicator. Finally, on the outer ring is a list of the major cities representing the 24 time zones with the exception of the Zegg & Cerlati logo at 12 o’clock representing the Eastern European Time Zone, in which Zegg & Cerlati’s principality of Monaco resides. This feature is to show the global stock market times, a feature aimed at the probable concerns of anyone fortunate enough to afford one. Features all available on the WW.TC Financial, the model this watch most closely resembles in terms of functions.

Girard-Perregaux is one company that has been designing and constructing their own movements in-house for some

The GP033C0 Movement.

time now, and this watch is definitely a beneficiary of that. Like the WW.TC Financial, this watch uses the automatic GP033C0 movement, which claims a power reserve of 46-hours. It is this movement that allows for the exceptional functionality of this watch.

The black rubber strap, in conjunction with the black and steel colored map design of the dial and the steel case contrasts nicely and makes this piece very attractive but its the functions that put this piece over the top. The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg & Cerlati Edition is an ideal watch for the financial guru, especially one who also desires exclusivity, as this watch is a limited run of only 15 pieces that will be available only through Zegg & Cerlati boutiques.

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Schofield Watch Company: The Vision of Giles Ellis

Written by Debbie. Posted in Schofield Watch Company, watch history

The Schofield Watch Company was founded through the vision and dedication of founder, Giles Ellis. The

Schofield Watch Company founder Giles Ellis.

company was just recently introduced into the highly competitive world of high-end watches at the 2011 Saatchi Gallery SalonQP (an exhibition of watch companies and their wares), receiving critical acclaim which led to an extended waiting list for their models. The Schofield Watch Company’s surprising early success wouldn’t be possible without founder Giles Ellis’ vision and extreme dedication and attention to detail.

The Schofield Watch Company is an independent company, based just north of Brighton in a small village in rural Sussex, England.  Ellis founded the company in order to design a watch that he himself would like to wear. In fact, initially the company was not supposed to be a commercial venture but simply a personal enterprise to create a luxury watch to Giles’ own exacting and meticulous standards and his own unique style.  Giles himself spent countless hours meticulously detailing every facet of the business and involving himself in everything from picking parts suppliers, logos, the website, photography and almost every other possible variable involved in crafting the brand and its products. His meticulous attention to detail meant he spent an inordinate amount of time just to find suppliers that offered the quality he desired and, upon realizing that one watch would require nearly 4000 man-hours to complete he founded the Schofield Watch Company. Giles spent several years working on all of these aspects, and without his efforts there would be no Schofield.

That Giles’ first model designs, the Signalman GMT PR and the Signalman DLC GMT PR, were so well received owes to his history. Giles’ father is a skilled woodworker and his mother is a sculptor while Giles himself has embarked in endeavors as diverse as owning a business restoring antique musical instruments to designing components for high-end hi-fi equipment and mountain bikes. With his background in graphic and product design and the monolithic 18th and 19th century British lighthouses that he drew the inspiration from for his first models, it should be no surprise that the Signalmen models were so highly praised, in spite of focusing on aspects other than fashionability in the designs.

The first models released by Schofield, the Signalman GMT PR (left) and the Signalman DLC GMT PR (right).

In a quote from the company’s website Schofield says “My motivation isn’t driven by a desire to be fashionable. I am a man obsessed with detail and thoroughness. If I design something it has to be thoroughly thought through without gaps. I like to know every detail has been considered. With great design, I engage with the fact that the people who make and design things of great beauty have invested their love, care and attention into every minute facet of its creation. It is this sense of refinement and thoroughness that inspires and motivates me.”

The result of Giles’ tireless work ethic and dedication to detail was the critically-acclaimed launch of his passion project. What lies in store for the future of the Schofield Watch Company is unsure, but if early success is any indicator, it is a future that will be highly anticipated by watch enthusiasts and collectors everywhere.

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Kees Engelbarts’ Newest Piece Unique is Certainly Unique

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches

Swiss-based watch craftsman Kees Engelbarts has recently unveiled his newest “Piece Unique,” the term he uses to describe his watch creations, and this timepiece is most certainly “Unique” from a visual standpoint.

Engelbarts started his career as a hand-engraver for various Swiss-watchmaking companies, engraving dials, cases,

The front of Kees Engelbarts newest “Piece Unique.”

movements, etc., until 1997 when he decided to begin creating his own watches. Engelbarts has spent the years since  hand-crafting watches and one of the techniques he employs in his watch creation is a 17th century Japanese engraving technique known as Mokume-gane. Mokume-gane is a technique used to imitate wood grain patterns in metal laminae by bonding two different colored metals or alloys that are compatible in their malleability and ductility without the use of flux or solder. Mokum-gane is certainly a principal design element that lends the term “Unique” to this piece.

Engelbarts’ latest “Piece Unique” features a dial made of oxidized Damast steel that can appear blue, violet and even yellow. The blue hour and minute hands contrast nicely with the skeleton-ised dial, which leaves much of the movement below exposed from the front. Several gears are visible as are the two main spring barrels, the balance wheel and parts of the bridges and main plate. The crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides ensures that these features are all easily visible. There is also a crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides on the backside of the piece, rendering the equally impressive sculpting on the backside, as well as more of the movement, visible.

The backside of Kees Engelbarts’ New “Piece Unique.”

The movement itself is actually a Technotime caliber 718. The Technotime caliber 718 is a manually winded movement and features a 120-hr power reserve. The complications and the finishes of the Technotime 718 are completely customizable and, besides its impressive five-day power reserve, it is reasonable to assume that is why Engelbarts would select this movement for this very detailed piece.

The movement and dial are both housed in a handcrafted, platinum case that measures 42mm in diameter with a height of 11mm. Kees Engelbarts has inscribed his full name on the outside of the case but other than that there are no other letters, numerals or symbols visible on the front of the case, which could lead to some difficulty getting an accurate reading of the time. The strap is made from black crocodile leather with a platinum clasp to round out the aesthetic features.

Despite featuring a quality movement in the Technotime 718, this timepiece is quite impractical as a time-indicator and is more of an artistic creation than anything. Still, Kees Engelbarts’ newest “Piece Unique” is an interesting and creative watch that continues Engelbarts’ history of unique timepieces and is sure to leave watch enthusiasts anticipating his next creation.

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TAG Heuer’s Latest Model in Carrera Ladies’ Watch Line.

Written by Debbie. Posted in TAG Heuer, Women's Watches

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer’s Carrera Ladies’ watch line has always offered feminine watches with an emphasis on an understated elegance and its newest in the line, the Rose Gold 27mm model, is no exception.

The Tag Heuer Carrera Ladies Rose Gold 27mm with the glossy white alligator strap.

A round 27mm case made of polished 18k solid Rose Gold with a bezel and crown also made of solid 18k Rose Gold  surround the white mother-of-pearl dial. The dial is protected by double-anti-reflective treated, scratch resistant crystal sapphire to ensure durability and clear readings. The indexes are hand applied and made of 18k solid Rose Gold while the polished 18k solid Rose Gold hour, minute, and second hands feature luminescent markers for easy visibility in less-than-quality lighting. At 3 o’clock is a small date window, big enough to be legible yet small enough to maintain the elegant simplicity of the device.

The Carrera utilizes an extremely accurate quartz movement. Quartz movements are battery powered and uses an electrical current to cause the quartz crystal regulator to vibrate consistently at a frequency of approximately 32,768 times per second. This provides the movement a near perfect precision with a variation of only a few seconds a month. The quartz movements used by TAG Heuer offer excellent resistance to magnetic fields and shocks. The batteries for the quartz movements in this watch have a service life of roughly 2 years and an internal End-Of-Life battery indicator that will cause the seconds hand to make four-second jumps at intervals of four-seconds to indicate the battery is weakening. The watch will, however, continue to display the correct time until the battery is completely spent. The features of the quartz movement ensure that this is a watch that will need minimum attention, as far as the movement is concerned, making it an ideal accessory for women who may be more-or-less careless in that regard.

The slight size of this watch epitomizes the emphasis on femininity of the design of this watch. The simple yet elegant appearance of this watch is emphasized by the slight contrast of the 18k Rose Gold components and the mother-of-pearl on the dial. The watch comes with the choice of either a black glossy alligator strap, to offer a contrast to the delicate colors of the dial and case, or a white glossy alligator strap to compliment the delicate colors of the dial and case, while both have an 18k solid Rose Gold pin buckle.

The Tag Heur Carrera Ladies’ Rose Gold 27mm with glossy black alligator strap.

This is a simple, elegant watch that utterly embraces femininity through the size of the watch and the combination of the white mother-of-pearl of the dial and the Rose Gold of the case, indexes, hands, bezel and crown. This watch exudes the luxury and elegance of the woman wearing it, whether worn in a formal environment or a casual one. In short, the simplicity of design and operation of this beautifully understated watch sure to please almost any woman.

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Certina Unveils New Watch Honoring Sauber F1 Racing

Written by Debbie. Posted in Certina

Sauber F1 Racer Sergio Perez wearing the new DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team.

The Sauber Formula 1 Racing Team and Mexican driver Sergio Perez recently helped Swiss-watchmaker Certina unveil its new watch, the DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team, at Sauber’s company headquarters in Switzerland on June 19. Highlights of the event included when Perez, who had finished 3rd at the recent Canadian Grand Prix, was presented no. 2 out of the limited run of 2012 pieces of the DS Podium GMT by Certina CEO Adrian Bosshardt and later, when three journalists tried to match some incredible track times set by Sergio Perez on an F1 simulator. But the biggest highlight of this event, as it should be, was the watch itself.

This limited edition of the DS Podium GMT Chronograph has a polished-steel case with a polished bezel and tachymeter scale. At 3 o’clock is a screw down crown with side protection that is flanked at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock by push down chronographs. The backside of the case has an inscription of “Sauber F1 Team” and the team logo as well as the unique production number of each piece.

Housed in the case and protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the grey sunray-finish dial has a special twin-scale GMT and a small 60 minute counter at 3 o’clock, a small snailed 24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock, at 6 o’clock is a small snailed seconds counter as well as a small black-on-white date window at 6 o’clock to ensure optimal visibility. To ensure the time is clearly visible in different conditions of light, the 24-hour and GMT sub-dial hands, Arabic numerals (3, 9 an 12) and the indexes are applied with Superluminova and the centers of the large seconds and minutes hands are filled with the luminescent material, as well. This DS Podium GMT also boasts a water resistance at depths of up to 100 Meters.

The Certina DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team.

Since this limited edition watch was created to commemorate the partnership between Certina and Sauber Formula 1 Racing Team that started in 2005, it is only fitting that Certina adopted Sauber’s team colors of white, red and gray for the color scheme of this watch. The red stitching on the grey leather strap epitomizes the color scheme on this watch. The Certina DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team watch comes in a display case shaped like the nose from the Sauber F1 race car and also comes with a numbered, individual certificate.

This watch is sure to appeal to watch enthusiasts and Formula 1 Racing fans alike but unfortunately, due to the limited numbers being made, the Certina DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team watch is only going to be available in the countries of Germany, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Austria.

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Top 7 White Womens Watches for the Summer

Written by Debbie. Posted in Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands, Women's Watches

With summer already here outdoor living and exploring is now a must. Watches are back in season and for women this means a wide selection to choose from.

Here are the top white women’s watches one can buy for the summer.


1) Micheal Kors Mk5145 Women’s White and Gold Chronograph Watch
• Stainless Steel
• 32mm wide by 14mm-thick
• Push up deployment clasp
• Water resistant
• $140-$200 price range


2) Micheal Kors MK5300
• White plastic case
• 38mm wide by 12mm thick
• Push button deployment clasp
• Bezel Crystals
• $150-$230 price range


3) DKNY Ceramic Crystal Bezel
• Crystal Bezel
• Ceramic bracelet
• Faceted stick indexes
• $125-$200 price range


4) Marc Jacobs MBM 4537
• Polycarbonate Bracelet
• Bezel Jewel Case
• All white $156


5) Fossil Watch CE1000
• Ceramic case with white ceramic bracelet
• Bezel casing
• 3 sub dials
1) day of the week
2) date
3) 24 hours
• 38mm diameter, 11mm thickness
• $110


6) Anne Klein 10-9179WTWT
• Swarowski Crsytals
• Resin bracelet band
• Crystals on round case
• $42-$60

7) Michele “Tahitian Jelly Bean Carousel”

  • 40mm wide
  • Hour indexes in different colors
  • Sporty bracelet strap
  • $250-$300 price range

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Vulcain Nautical Heritage: Re-edition of the Classic Cricket

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Men's Watches, Watch Brands

Vulcain Nautical Heritage: Re-edition of the Classic Cricket

Vulcain Nautical Heritage Alarm Watch

Vulcain Nautical Heritage Alarm Watch

Swiss watch brand Vulcain, founded in 1858, was the first watch manufacturer to input an alarm feature into its wristwatches. Vulcain is reissuing the first timepiece that featured the alarm clock, the 1961 Nautical Cricket. The re-edition of the original, the Vulcain Nautical Heritage Alarm Watch, promises to be as admired as the first.

The innovation of adding an alarm clock has made Vulcain watches popular with American presidents. Harry S. Truman was the first president to wear a Vulcain watch, and every president after him has owned one. This tradition has helped Vulcain watches become a recognized and respected brand.

The re-edition of the original Nautical Cricket from 1961 is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic model. Only 1,961 pieces will be made for purchase.

The original Nautical Cricket was created to compete with JLC’s 1959 Deep Sea Alarm watch. The two competing watches were very similar in design and features, but Vulcain’s growing reputation over the years has proved that their product is supreme.

The Vulcain Nautical Heritage was designed with divers in mind. With a water resistance up to 300 meters, or 990 feet, the alarm function can still be used under water. Its inner-rotating bezel will indicate the decompression stages the farther down the diver descends in water, and the alarm can still be heard clearly up to 220 meters. The Legendary Cricket V-10 alarm has 12-lignes in its mechanical hand-wound movement, an inner-rotating bezel, 17 rubies, and 157 parts with a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour. An exactomatic system and 42 hour power reserve lend to its impressive features. Along with expected features such as hours, minutes, and seconds, it has the mechanical alarm feature accompanied by a chiming clock lasting 15 to 20 seconds and luminescent numerals and hands.

The casing of the Vulcain Nautical Heritage is a 42 mm supercompressor steel and sapphire glass laid over a black dial with a 16-hole triple steel case-backing. It is not widely known that Vulcain was the first to implement the 16-hole case back, which boosts audibility of the alarm.

There are three choices of straps: alligator leather strap, black rubber tropic strap, or steel bracelet. A double folding steel buckle and engravings of the Swiss and U.S. patent numbers on the case back complete the look. Retail price is $5,975. View the Nautical Heritage watch at Vulcain’s official website.

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Roger Federer’s Rolex Watch Collection

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, Watch Brands

Roger Federer’s Rolex Watch Collection

Roger Federer, Swiss tennis star, has good reason to be a Rolex enthusiast. With their established chronomatic precision, classic designs, and sport-friendly features such as water resistance, athletes cannot help but love them. Federer has been an avid Rolex collector and endorser for several years, and he has acquired a few very special Rolex watches: the Day Date, Datejust, and a vintage Daytona from 1981.

Roger Federer's Collection of Rolex Watches

Roger Federer’s Collection of Rolex Watches

Rolex has been the leading name in luxury watches since the early 20th century when Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the Rolex brand, created precise and elegant watches made from Swiss parts. In 1910, Rolex received the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, the first watch to receive that honor that was not a marine chronometer. The award earned Rolex a reputation of precision, yet they have always maintained their elegant style.

Although Roger Federer is number 4 on the Forbes list “Top 50 highest-paid athletes” in 2011, not one cent of his earnings is spent on his growing Rolex collection. The only condition of his endorsement for Rolex is that he exclusively wears Rolex watches. Who would complain?

All of Federer’s Rolex watches have some kind of sentimental value. Most of his watches have an engraving to mark a special occasion, such as a birthday or an important win. Federer has three Rolexes that he chose to share via interview:

  • Day Date Watch – The Day Date watch is Federer’s first choice for night events and while on the tennis court due to its light-weight design. This watch was the first to spell out the day in its entirety on the dial.
  • Datejust – Federer received his Rolex Datejust at the Wimbledon trophy ceremony when he achieved his 15th Grand Slam tournament victory. His Datejust features a fluted bezel.
  • Vintage Daytona 6263 – This watch might be the most precious to Federer. Issued in his birth year of 1981, his wife tracked down this vintage piece for his, and the watch’s, 30th birthday.

Roger Federer prefers that his Rolex watches be made of stainless steel. He prefers stainless steel because they are light enough for him to wear them while playing tennis.

Roger Federer says “every Rolex tells a story.” Watch this video of his interview with Vijay Amritraj, in which he tells his own personal stories of his Rolex collection.

 

 

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