Saturday, June 24, 2017

MONTBLANC – TimeWalker Date Automatic

















MONTBLANCTimeWalker Date Automatic Steel 41 mm

TimeWalker Automatic Date


For watch lovers who appreciate the sporty design and spirit of racing, the Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date offers a pure and bold timepiece with a 41 mm stainless steel case combined with the emblematic unidirectional rotating black bezel made of shiny high-tech black ceramic for utmost robustness and durability that allows the user to track a second time zone if desired.

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Powered by the automatic calibre MB 24.17, the indications include the hours, minutes and seconds in the centre and a date in an aperture at 3 o’clock. The readings are all highly legible thanks to large Arabic numerals, a precise silvery-white minute track, and red markers that all contrast beautifully against the black dial. The seconds hand has also been highlighted with the tip of the Minerva arrow — a nod to the rich horological heritage of the TimeWalker collection. The dial with its scale from 5 to 60 is clearly reminiscent of the Minerva stopwatch dials from the beginning of the 20th century, providing this pure model with the utmost racing pedigree.

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The design codes from the racing world can be found in the semi-skeletonized horns that are reminiscent of the air intakes on a car’s bonnet, the knurled finishing on the black DLC crown which has been inspired by the petrol tank cap on vintage racing cars, and the black perforated straps (either in leather or rubber) that look like the driving gloves that racing drivers wore in the past. There is also the choice of an elegant and new performance metal bracelet with three links. For practicality and comfort, the rubber strap has been designed with a raised grip pattern on the inner lining to provide better aeration to the skin and a better adhesion to the wrist. All straps come with satinated stainless steel pin buckles.

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To reach maximum reliability and performance, each Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date is water-resistant to 100 metres and has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, simulating real-life wear for over 500 hours.

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TECHINCAL SPECIFICATIONS
 

Model: TimeWalker Date Automatic
Ident. 116059

Movement:
Calibre MB 24.17
Type of movement:
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, date
Number of Jewels:  26
Power Reserve: Approx. 38 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Displays:
Hours, minutes, seconds from the centre;
12-hour scale on the unidirectional rotating bezel
Date window at 6 o’clock

Habillage

Case:
Stainless steel, matt satinated case
Dimensions: 
Diameter= 41 mm; Height = 11.38 mm
high-tech black ceramic bezel with
silvery-white engraved 12-hour scale and knurled finishing on the flank
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire and antireflective crystal
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of smoked sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 10 bar (100 m)
Dial:
Black dial, rhodium-plated Arabic figures and SuperLuminova indexes,
rhodium-plated luminescent dauphine hour-hand and minute-hand,
red baton second hand with Minerva arrow at the extremity;
Silvery-white flange with SuperLuminova indexes
Crown: Black DLC with knurled finishing and Montblanc emblem in relief
Wristband:
Perforated black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle

Certified by the Montblanc Performance Test 500
(* SuperLuminova® is not a trademark owned by Montblanc)

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Friday, June 23, 2017

BREITLING – Superocean 44 Special





















BREITLINGSuperocean 44 Special

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A diver with a steely temperament

With its sturdy steel case, its ultra-legible dial and its rotating high-tech ceramic bezel, the new Superocean 44 Special plunges securely to a depth of 1,000 m (3,300 ft). This special series with its technical and original style is available in black or blue versions.

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On land, in the air or beneath the sea: Breitling shares the spirit of performance wherever great feats are at stake. Since 1957, the Superocean line has been dedicating the finest technology to serving diving professionals and devotees of aquatic adventures.

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Among all the Breitling instruments dedicated to conquering the depths, the Superocean 44 Special is distinguished by its rotating bezel made of ceramic, an ultra-hard and scratch-resistant material designed for the most extreme missions.

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This black or blue bezel, matching the dial, is teamed with a steel case that is satin-finished on top and polished on its sides and crown. The eminently masculine, technical and powerful look continues on the steel bracelet with its extremely rugged construction, or on the black or blue rubber strap with raised central motif, Breitling signature or a row of holes.

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As far as the rest is concerned, the Superocean 44 Special features all the distinctive characteristics of an authentic professional diving watch. Water resistance to a depth of 1,000 m (3,300 ft). A twin-gasket screw-locked crown. A security valve serving to balance out pressure differences inside and outside the case.

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Large luminescent indications ensuring excellent legibility. Baton-type hands clearly distinguishing hours from minutes. Differently shaped hour-markers for five-minute intervals, quarters and 12 o’clock.

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A bezel with a unidirectional rotation system avoiding any inadvertent extension of dive times, as well as a ratcheted profile ensuring simplified handling, even with gloves.

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A seconds hand with a red tip and a small luminescent triangle serving at-a-glance checks that the movement is operating at any given time. Not forgetting a sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides to enhance legibility in the heat of the action.

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Inside this instrument with its steely temperament beats a mechanical selfwinding movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the ultimate token of precision and reliability.

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Technical specifications

Model: SUPEROCEAN 44 Special

Ref.: Y1739310|BF45|227S - Volcano Black Dial - Price €4 140,00
Ref.: Y1739316|C959|162A Mariner Blue Dial - Price €4 640,00

Movement
Caliber 17  (Base Movement: ETA 2824-2)
     Automatic Mechanical Selfwinding, high frequency
     (28,800 vph), 25 jewels
     COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute)
     Power reserve: min. 40 hours
     Calendar: Dial aperture
Case
Black steel with ceramic bezel:
  • Black
  • Blue
Back:  Screwed in
Water resistance:  1,000 m (3,300 ft)
Bezel:    Unidirectional, ratcheted
Crown:  Screw-locked, two gaskets
Crystal:  Cambered sapphire, glareproofed both sides
Dial 
  • Volcano Black
  • Mariner Blue
Dimensions
Diameter:     44.00 mm
Thickness:    14.20 mm
Weight (without strap):     116.67 gr.

Strap
/Bracelet:
Ocean Racer II (Black) or Diver Pro
Interhorn width : 22/20 mm
Buckle: Tang-type
Bbracelet: Professional III (Steel)

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Carl F. Bucherer – MANERO Flyback Bluish-grey Dial Steel


















Carl F. BuchererMANERO Flyback Chronograph Bluish-grey Dial Stainless steel 43mm


MANERO FLYBACK
GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES

Carl F. Bucherer launches three new variants of the Manero Flyback. A sophisticated chronograph movement with Flyback function ticks in a classic case made from warm 18-karat red gold or stainless steel. Three different dials in bluish-grey, black and champagne provide a totally unique look – short-time measurement with a certain something.

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A certain something with a classic look – this is the mark of the Manero series in the collection by Carl F. Bucherer. This is especially true for the Manero Flyback, available in a red gold or stainless steel case, exhibited in its new variants at Baselworld.

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The traditional brand from Lucerne has given the watch dial special attention and created three highly unique timepieces, each with its own character.


Stylish, classic and precious

The Manero Flyback is the perfect companion for the modern gentleman with a love of refined technology. The Flyback chronograph presents a cool and stylish look with its stainless steel case and its cockpit framed in a matt bluish-grey shade. Depending on the light, the color reflections vary between a soft green and a subtle blue. The hands and raised indices in stainless steel as well as with an alligator leather strap in gray round off the stylish look.

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The Manero in its 18-karat red gold case with matt black dial exudes a classic, pure style. The counters for both the small seconds at 9 o’clock and the stop minute at 3 o’clock are recessed and give the dial a sense of three-dimensionality with the raised outer flange.

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The design of the red gold chronograph is closely based on Carl F. Bucherer's new visual identity and leaves a particularly exquisite impression.

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The primary color of the galvanized dial is a shimmering golden shade of champagne. The red gold color of the case harmonizes with the hands and ten raised indices.


Classic rounded lines

In either red gold or stainless steel, the case reflects the lines typical of the Manero series, featuring its classic and modern round dial measuring 43 mm in diameter. Precise contours around the edges add an esthetic contrast to the soft curves of the bezel.

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The polished push buttons controlling the chronograph function not only emphasize the classic character of the watch, they are also highly functional with their larger surface area. This means the chronograph can be adjusted with just slight pressure from the fingertip.


Chronograph with additional functionality

The Manero Flyback chronograph is powered by the sophisticated CFB 1970 caliber, an automatic movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. Short-time measurement is regulated using a gearwheel; it also offers a Flyback function that enables several time intervals to be measured consecutively. The term flyback refers to the movement performed by the stop hands when the reset button is pushed while the stopwatch is running.

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The chronograph hands fly back to zero, while the wheels continue to run in the background – allowing the hands to resume as soon as the reset button is released. With conventional timepieces, it is necessary to press the button three times in order to measure successive time intervals: To stop the chronograph, reset and re-measure.

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The three new variants of the Manero Flyback once again emphasize the savoir-faire cultivated by Carl F. Bucherer in the heart of Switzerland since 1888.

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Technical specifications

Facts & Figures MANERO Chronograph Flyback in Stainless steel

Reference number: 00.10919.08.93.01

Movement:
Automatic caliber CFB 1970,
Diameter of 30.4 mm, thickness of 7.9 mm,
25 jewels.
Power reserve of 42 hours
Functions:
Chronograph: minute and second counters, flyback;
date, hours, minutes, small seconds
Case:
stainless steel,
Double-domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both sides,
Sapphire crystal case back,
Water-resistant to 30 m (3 atm),
diameter 43 mm, thickness 14.45 mm
Dial: Bluish-grey
Strap:
Louisiana alligator leather,
stainless steel pin lock folding clasp

Variants:
Reference number: 00.10919.03.43.01 - Red Gold 43 Champagne Dial
Reference number: 00.10919.03.33.01 - Red Gold 43 Black Dial
Reference number: 00.10919.03.13.01 - Rose Gold 43 mm Silver Dial
Reference number: 00.10919.08.13.01 - Stainless Steel 43 Silver Dial


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Carl F. Bucherer
Langensandstrasse 27
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Tel. +41 41 369 70 70
Fax +41 41 369 70 72
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bell & Ross – BR 03-92 DIVER Automatic
















Bell & RossINSTRUMENT BR 03-92 DIVER Automatic Steel 42 mm Professional Diving Watches



















THE FIRST SQUARE DIVING WATCH 
FROM BELL & ROSS

Man has always been drawn to the captivating beauty of the depths and the sense of freedom of the underwater world.

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When entering the salty water and feeling the pressure build as depths are approached, where survival depends on the legibility of the information... Bell & Ross diving watches offer the perfect solutions when exploring an environment that is as fascinating, as dangerous. The maritime expertise of the brand is born from the convergence of the knowledge and skills of designers, master watchmakers and underwater experts. The new BR 03-92 Diver watch is writing a brand new chapter in the story of the brand’s relationship with the oceanic world.

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BELL & ROSS AND DIVING: A PROLIFIC STORY

1997

In 1997, Bell & Ross became the leader in professional diving watches with the launch of the HYDROMAX®, an iconic model which still holds one of the most impressive records in the history of diving watch production.

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Designed to response to the most extreme conditions encountered in professional diving, the HYDROMAX® can withstand a pressure of 1.110 bar, equivalent to a depth of 11,100 meters, thanks to a major technical innovation: a case entirely filled with a patented transparent fluorinated oil.

2007

In 2007, Bell & Ross launched a new collection specifically designed for an underwater environment, the BR 02, which is instantly recognizable, thanks to its tonneau-shaped case; its helium decompression valve and its ultra-resilient domed sapphire crystal.

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2017

This year, with a wealth of experience in the aeronautical and military domains, master watchmakers, designers and seasoned divers joined forces to create a new professional diving instrument.

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Building on the strong links forged with the maritime world, Bell & Ross unveiled an all-new diving watch featuring the brand’s iconic square case: the BR 03-92 Diver, the first square diving watch created by the brand that offers water resistance to 300 meters. There are men and women whose professions expose them to extreme temperatures, violent acceleration or dangerous pressure. The BR 03-92 was designed for them.



TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 
TO SWISS STANDARDS

Only watches that meet the requirements defined by international standard ISO 6425 can be labeled as «diving» watches. The twelve-pages from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on diving watches contain an exhaustive list of the essential qualities of a «wristwatch designed to withstand diving in water at depths of at least 100 meters and possessing a system to control the time.»

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The general requirements for a professional diving watch recognized as such by standard ISP 6425 are, among others, a minimum water resistance of 100 meters and the presence of a time preselection device (a 60-minute calibrated uni-directional rotating bezel), which is protected against accidental rotation or incorrect setting.

During a dive, the legibility of the watch’s indications is critical, and may even be lifesaving. As a result, the indices must be easily legible at a distance of 25 cm in the dark.

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Likewise, the hour hand indication must be distinct from the minute hand, with the minutes more legible to allow for better time calculation. The watch must pass a series of demanding tests on its attachments and its resistance to impacts, thermal shocks in salt water and high pressure, among others.


A PROFESSIONAL SQUARE DIVING WATCH

The BR 03-92 Diver is a professional diving instrument, water resistant to 300 meters and driven by a Swiss self-winding mechanical movement with proven robustness and accuracy.

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With ergonomics perfectly designed for underwater use, the iconic Bell & Ross square case is equipped with a 60-minute calibrated uni-directional rotating bezel, whose luminescent dot at 12 o’clock is used to set time references, both on the surface and at depth. The bezel, designed for professional use, allows immediate calculation of the time spent underwater. It is uni-directional (meaning it can only be rotated in one direction –in this case, anti-clockwise) to prevent the references from being lost. If it is moved accidentally, it automatically shortens the dive time to avoid any risk.

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Screwed down to withstand the pressure at great depths, the crown of the BR 03-92 Diver is equipped with a guard that guarantees complete protection against impacts and optimal water resistance. The carefully designed crown is also fitted with a rubber insert for improved ergonomics.

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With its sophisticated design and uncompromised functionality, the new Bell & Ross diving watch is protected by a steel exterior to withstand the rigors of underwater exploration.

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The case is reinforced with a very thick back (2.80 mm on the BR 03-92 Diver, compared to 1.80 mm on the BR 03-92 Steel), once again guaranteeing extreme water resistance. Invisible from the outside, yet crucial for its reliability, the case of the BR 03-92 Diver is also equipped with a soft iron cage to increase its resistance to magnetic fields.

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A further guarantee of flawless water resistance, the sapphire crystal with antireflective coating is an impressive 2.85 mm thick, compared to the 1.50 mm on the classic steel BR 03-92. The deep black dial features indices in skeletonized metal applique filled with white Superluminova® for enhanced legibility, thanks to the maximum contrast between the black of the dial and the white of the time indications.

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The hour hand is orange and the minute hand contains white Superluminova®, allowing them to be distinguished at a glance; the minute hand is also used to calculate the dive time. Finally, the second hand is also filled with white Superluminova® so that the watch’s correct operation is clearly visible, even underwater.

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A RELIABLE INSTRUMENT 
FOR PROFESSIONAL DIVERS

Each Bell & Ross watch is designed in harmony with the context in which it operates. In the diving world, Bell & Ross has developed measuring tools that are perfectly adapted to the sub-aquatic environment, and are the efficient companions of divers under any circumstance.

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Legible, practical, accurate, reliable and unique in their distinctive square shape, Bell & Ross watches meet the exacting requirements of professionals and also reflect the personality of those opting for an everyday use.

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Technical Features

Collection: INSTRUMENT

Model:: BR-03-92 DIVER Automatic

Ref:  BR0392-D-BL-ST/SR

Movement
Bell & Ross Automatic mechanical movement:
Calibre BR-CAL.302

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and date.
Case
Diameter 42 mm
Satin-polished steel.
Unidirectional rotating steel bezel with 60-minute scale and black anodised aluminium insert. 
Dial
Black.
Metal applique skeleton Superluminova®-filled numerals and indices.
Crystal:
Sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 300 m
Strap
Woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
Buckle:
Pin. Satin-polished steel

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