Friday, October 20, 2017

BVLGARI – OCTO Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton Platinum
















BVLGARI
OCTO Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton Platinum 40 mm



OCTO FINISSIMO TOURBILLON SKELETON
REVEALING THE WORLD RECORD

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Taking one’s time is an invitation to do things with greater finesse. Continuing its quest for beauty and elegance, Bulgari achieves a new feat with a skeleton-worked new interpretation of its Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, the world’s slimmest tourbillon.

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The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton is driven by an ultra-thin, entirely openworked tourbillon comprising 253 parts, featuring 13 jewels and eight ball bearings serving to reduce the overall thickness of the calibre.

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Beating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, the movement delivers a 62-hour power reserve.

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To ensure perfect efficiency and precision, its barrel spring is equipped with a slipping spring and the tourbillon cage is fitted on a peripherally-driven ultra-thin ball-bearing mechanism.

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This exceptional and exclusive movement houses a barrel held by three ball bearings, an innovative feature serving to double the height of the barrel spring and thus achieve an 80% increase in power reserve, an impressive accomplishment for such a slim tourbillon model.

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To highlight such a movement with the panache it deserves, the case of this new Octo is made of platinum.

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The philosopher Emmanuel Kant famously stated: “Appearance requires art and finesse: truth, calm and simplicity”.

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The new Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton would doubtless have delighted him.

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TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Model: OCTO Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton
Ref. 102719

Movement
Manual winding mechanical Finissimo Skeleton flying tourbillon movement,
sapphire mainplate, Caliber BVL 268,
Tourbillon cage mounted on ball bearings,
Plate and black bridges are covered with Diamond Like Carbon (D.L.C.)
Components: 253.
Frequency: 21,600 V/H, (3 Hrz) 
Jewels: 13
Power reserve: 42h
Size: 32.60 x 1.95mm thick.
Indication of the hours and minutes.
Flying tourbillon at 6-o'clock position
Finishing: Chamfered, circular satin-brushed gear wheels, three ball bearings for the barrel.
Functions
Hours and minutes.
Flying tourbillon

Dial
Skeletonised.
Metal applique
Metal skeletonised hour and minute hands.
Crystal
Sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Case
Satin-polished platinum case.
Diameter: 40 mm
Platinum crown with ceramic insert.
Back: Sapphire crystal, screwed, special engravings
Water-resistant to 30m.
Bracelet
Black alligator leather strap with pin buckle.

Price: 140,000 EUR

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

ORIS – Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Edition




















ORISBig Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Limited Edition

Return flight

Oris introduces a limited edition watch inspired by the historic Dewoitine D.26 aircraft


Oris is proud to introduce a limited edition watch into its Big Crown family celebrating the unique role played in aviation history by the Dewoitine D.26 aircraft. The Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Oris Limited Edition remembers the training aircraft designed by the French engineer Emile Dewoitine and will be limited to 1,931 pieces.

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Behind the watch is a new partnership between Oris and ‘Hangar 31’, a group of volunteer enthusiasts who preserve and fly the historic Dewoitine D.26 aircraft from their base in the Swiss town of Grenchen, in the foothills of the Jura Mountains. Hangar 31’s motto is ‘Conservare et volare’, conserve and fly.

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The story of the Dewoitine D.26 286 HB-RAG begins when it was put into service on August 20, 1931, one of 11 aircraft commissioned by the Swiss government and built under licence by the Eidgenössische Konstruktionswerkstaette K+W (Federal construction workshop) in Thun, Switzerland. It remained in the Swiss Air Force until 1948 and was used to instruct trainee pilots. After it was decommissioned, it was used to tow glider aircraft into the air in Lausanne, Sion and Zurich. A long period of neglect followed, before it was restored and then exhibited in a museum in Dübendorf, near Zurich.

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In 2015, the Dewoitine D.26 286 HB-RAG was passed into the care of Hangar 31, who maintain it and regularly fly it, continuing its historic story. Today, it’s one of only two original D.26s still flying.

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Oris has a rich aviation history and has worked with a number of non-profit organisations that conserve heritage aircraft. The company’s links with flying go back to the dawn of flight in the early 1910s when it produced its first aviation-inspired watch. Oris’s first pilot’s wristwatch followed soon after and is celebrated a century later with this year’s 1917 Limited Edition. The Big Crown family was introduced in 1938 as war loomed, and proved an invaluable tool to pilots who needed a clearly legible timepiece with an oversized crown that made the watch easy to adjust while gloved during flight.

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The Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Oris Limited Edition unites all of these influences. The watch is based on the original Big Crown design and inherits its fluted bezel and central pointer date hand, now Oris’s signature complication. Its stainless steel case is 40mm in diameter; its brown leather strap, green dial and special leather pouch are inspired by finishes and materials in the D.26’s cockpit; and it’s powered by an automatic mechanical movement.

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We’re delighted to support Hangar 31s work preserving the Dewoitine D.26 and to be perpetuating the story of this historically significant aircraft,’ said Oris Chairman Ulrich W. Herzog. ‘Oris is a historic watchmaker with very close ties to the world of aviation, and it’s part of our vision to continue supporting the work of organisations such as Hangar 31 – without them so much of our shared heritage would simply disappear.’

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Oris’s support is vital to the future of both the D.26 and our organisation,’ said Peter Brotschi of Hangar 31. ‘We’re extremely grateful for the company’s commitment to our work and delighted by the Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Oris Limited Edition, a fitting tribute to a remarkable watchmaking story and a remarkable aircraft.’

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Technical Specifications

Model: Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Edition

Ref. No. 01 754 7741 4087 LS, Ø 40mm, stainless stee

Movement
Mechanical movement Cal. 754, (based on Sellita SW 200-1),
Automatic winding pointer date Developed by Oris.
    Dimensions: Ø 25.60 mm, 11 1/2’’’
    Winding: Automatic winding, bi-directionally rotating red rotor
    Power-Reserve: 38 hrs
    Vibrations: 28’800 A/h, 4 Hz
    Jewels: 26
Functions 
Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds,
date centre hand, instantaneous date, date corrector,
fine timing device and stop-second
Case
Oris Big Crown, Ø 40.00 mm, 1.575 inches, Stainless steel
    Material: Multi-piece stainless steel case
    Size: 40.00 mm, 1.575 inches
    Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
    Case: Back Stainless steel, screwed, special engravings
    Operating: Devices Stainless steel screw-in security crown
    Water Resistance: 5 bar
    Interhorn: Width 20 mm
Dial
Green
Material: Green dial
Luminous Material Indices, numbers and hands with Superluminova C1/C3
Strap
  • Dark brown leather strap
  • Brown leather strap

Limited edition 1.931 pieces

Extras
Special box, certificate, additional leather strap, limited to 1931

Swiss retail price:
CHF 1,850 with - Leather brown strap


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