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SIHH 2012 Preview: Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph

January 1, 2012

Yesterday we launched the first post about the new watches that are being launched at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) will start again, where 19 brands will be exhibiting their new marvelous watch collections. And, Baume & Mercier just released the pictures of the Capeland Flyback Chronograph 42mm in stainless steel with black dial.

Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph

Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph

Baume & Mercier is a real watch brand that has been founded in 1830 and has seen many faces. The last couple of years they went back to the basics and in 2011 they presented a complete new face of the brand and it’s collection with the following four families:

- Linea (Ladies Collection)
– Capeland (Male Mechanical Collection)
– Classima (The Classic Collection)
– Hampton (The Rectangle Collection)

This year we already guessed would be a consolidation year and the launch of the smaller version of last year’s flagship model: The 46mm Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph with reference 10006.

Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph Automatic

Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph Automatic

It was a logical and we dare to say wise move to make such an elegant and historic piece in a smaller version. The 2011 version with a white dial is 46mm and this years edition is a more modest 42mm, like all the other Capeland models in the collection. Both models are inspired by the original version from 1948!

Each part of the self-winding movement with the great flyback chronograph function, which is manufactured by La Joux Perret, is visible through the sapphire crystal case-back, including an open-worked rotor, with the” Côtes de Genève” design finish and snail décor, with the Greek Phi letter, which Baume & Mercier uses as their logo.

2012 Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph 42mm

2012 Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph

Baume & Mercier expects to deliver the first pieces of this elegant timepiece during Spring this year. But as a WatchFreak you know all Swiss Watch Brands have huge back logs, therefore please contact your Authorised Dealer to reserve yours:

The Americas: Tourneau at phone number: +12127587300.

Latin America: Berger Joyeros at phone number: +525556161594.

Europe: Ace Jewelers at phone number: +31205711560.

Middle-East: Baume & Mercier Boutique The Dubai Maill at phone number: +97143398880.

Asia: King Fook Hong Kong at phone number: +85228903733 .

Australia: Watches of Switzerland at phone number: +61 2 9251 0088.

Stay tuned for more SIHH 2012 news and please share your opinion about these new timepiece here below.

SIHH 2012 Preview: IWC New Pilot Watch Collection

December 31, 2011

It has been known for a while that this year IWC is unveiling a new range of Pilot watches. As the Pilot collection of IWC is a legendary and hard seller, the expectations are high. One model has been released already:

IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph Top Gun 2012

IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar

On Monday January 16th, 2012 the 21th edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) will start again, where 19 brands will be exhibiting their new marvelous watch collections. And, IWC just released the images of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar, named after the former location of the US Navy Fighter Weapons School (which is also known as TOP GUN).

The 48 mm case is dark grey ceramic – in the photos it seems to have a glossy finish – with a dial that has faux patina and a green nylon strap. Inside is the IWC cal. 89365 flyback movement, similar to that in the Portuguese Chronograph Yacht Club.

Alongside the chronograph, the Top Gun Miramar range will also have a 48 mm Big Pilot with a similar design.

IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Backside

IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Backside

The press release also indicates that we can expect the following eye candies:

- an all new Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar with similar design elements as the Chronograph Top Gun Miramar and the same movement, caliber 51111, as the regular Big Pilot’s Watch;

- a first for the regular collection: new Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun features a perpetual calendar with its four-digit year display, moon phase display and seven-day power reserve;

- What everyone expected: the size of the regular Pilot’s Watch Chronograph increase with 1 mm, now 43 mm in diameter.

- A logical move in the sequel: the launch of the new Pilot Watch Mark XVII with a diameter of 41 mm (2 mm larger than the previous Mark XVI).

- The gold chrono is back: the Spitfire Chronograph with its IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre will be available in red gold.

- A long anticipated version: new Pilot’s Watch World Timer with a 24-hour ring that makes it possible to look at all 24 time zones, including the Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). The city ring shows the names of 23 places around the globe, each of which represents a time zone. The dial shows local time, which can be adjusted forwards or backwards in one-hour steps – also when crossing the International Date Line.

- A new 46mm Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph and features new red design elements on the dial.

The IWC Pilot 2012 TOPGUN Ceramic Fighters Watch

The IWC Pilot 2012 TOPGUN Ceramic Fighters Watch

As the waiting lists have been long for several years already for new IWC models, make sure to pre-order yours at your local Authorised Dealers:

The Americas: IWC Schaffhausen Boutique Brighton Beach at phone number: +13107340520.

Latin America: Berger Joyeros at phone number: +525556161594.

Europe: Ace Jewelers at phone number: +31205711560.

Middle-East: IWC Schaffhausen Boutique Istanbul at phone number: +90 212 224 4604.

Asia: IWC Schaffhausen Flagship Boutique Hong Kong at phone number: +85228292729.

Australia: Watches of Switzerland at phone number: +61 2 9251 0088.

Stay tuned for more SIHH 2012 news and please share your opinion about these new timepieces here below.

BaselWorld 2010 Preview: Itay Noy Watches

March 12, 2010

It will be the first time that Itay Noy will be exhibiting his wonderful artisan watches at BaselWorld this year. Make sure not to miss his stand, he will personally be at Hall 5.1 Stand V06.

As you know I was blown away when I found about Itay Noy and his watches when I read an article about him in the in-flight magazine flying from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv :) Click here to read the article I wrote back in 2008.

Today I had the honor to have a sneak preview of the newest models designed and produced by Itay Noy and ofcourse he authorized us to publize them here, a true WatchFreaks premier:

Itay Noy ID Classic

All new case - Itay Noy ID Classic

Itay Noy ID Classic side view

Side view of the all new Itay Noy Classic ID Watch

Itay Noy Watch Max

New Itay Noy Watch (42,3mm Automatic)

Itay Noy 2010 watch

New Itay Noy Watch (New case and Automatic movement)

Itay Noy ID Japan Watch

ID Collection by Itay Noy - Japan Edition

 The last watch is the Japan Edition of the all new ID Collection by Itay Noy. He told me that the ID Collection will be available in Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic and Greek (and probably some more languages).

I can’t wait to see them in real life. As of Thursday 18 March 2010 they will be on display during BaselWorld at Hall 5.1 Stand V06. For an overview of the current collection of Itay Noy you can visit the official website (Itay-Noy.com) or the Ace Jewelers eBoutique (AceJewelers.com).

Breaking News: IWC SIHH 2010 Novelties

January 2, 2010

Happy New Year to all you WatchFreaks. Thank you for your support in the last year. It seems 2010 is going to be an innovative watch year :)

There have been speculations about a new IWC Yacht Club and a new IWC Grande Complication…

I just received the newest Europa Star Magazine in the mail and what a great way to start the new year!

Ofcourse I have to share the article with you, so hereby a scan of the article with TWO pictures:

New IWC Watches SIHH 2010

New IWC Watches SIHH 2010 (Source: Europa Star Nr. 298 6)

You are seeing it correctly… The new IWC Yacht Club became a Chronograph… In a Portuguese version… This is the long awaited waterproof Portuguese Chronograph… WOW! Can’t wait to see it in person on January 18th… 16 more nights to go ;)

And, how beautiful: A Retrograde Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere by IWC. I fell in love with the Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere when it came out three years ago… I love the cobalt grey dials of the white gold IWC watches… And The retrograde date is splendid. Beautiful composition in my opinion.

I hope to receive the official pictures in less that two weeks and then we will post them here, for now I hope you enjoy the article (click on it for full size).

The Masters of Haute Horlogerie

August 14, 2008

Recently, I have been watching a series of videos on TheTimeTV titled “The Masters of Haute Horlogerie”. Being relatively new to the world of watches, it was really nice to be able to have a deeper insight about the various positions in the watchmaking world.

Technically speaking, these videos (as well as many other similar videos) can be found in the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie website (which I did try to find), but to me, I found it a little difficult to navigate around. But, there are so many interesting tidbits and I still had a good time reading about them. It is really amazing that there are so many dedicated professionals who are still faithfully producing the watches by hand.

I was watching with fascination about the movement designer, stone setter, the engraver and many more.  I am also beginning to wonder more. For example, in the instance a the stone setter, there seems to be zero tolerance of trembles. Any slight movements seems to be able to cause a failure. In fact, only the skilled stone setter understands how to combine precious stones with metal in a harmonious manner. As for the movement designer, he seems to have the biggest responsibility of all. He has to be responsible for the design and layout of combining all the various components and harmonising them as one.

Nonetheless, I think everyone who is interested in watches should still take a look at the articles or watch the videos at least once. As for me, I have watched them at least twice, and each time, I get more amazed and strengthen my belief that as long as there are these passionate professionals around, the watch industry is only going to get better. Perhaps you really need to take a look to believe my words? You can find them all in Fondation de le Haute Horlogerie or TheTimeTV.

BaselWorld 2008 Update: Oris

April 3, 2008

WatchWorld already posted on a new Oris watch, but I wanted to share this magnifant piece with you: Oris TT3 Chronograph Black

Oris TT3 Black

The new Oris TT3 Chronograph Black has a complete black case (44,5 millimeters) made of black coated titanium. The bezel, crown, push pieces and lugs are also complete black!

Technical Information:
Oris TT3 Chronograph Black
Ø 44.50mm, Case thickness 15.85mm
Ref. 674 7611 77 64 RS

Oris TT3 Black Chrono

Mechanical automatic movement with stop watch function. Centralised hour and minute display, small second display at 9 o’clock. Decentralised minute and hour counters, centralised second counter. Date at 6 o’clock. Carbon dial with black coated numbers, black hands with luminous inlay. Grade 2 black coated titanium case with tachymeter bezel. Screwed case back with mineral glass. Waterproof to 10 bar/100 metres. Quick Lock stainless steel crowns and pushers coated with black PVD. Sapphire glass curved on both sides with double-sided anti-reflective coating. Rubber strap with integrated flexible lugs and black PVD coated stainless steel folding clasp.

BaselWorld 2008 Update: Breitling

April 3, 2008

Breitling is one of the first brands to send out a newsletter with the newest models that they are launching today in Basel during THE watch event of the year: BaselWorld 2008.

Chrono-Matic 49

Breitling Chrono-Matic 49

A tribute to a pioneer, a tribute to an era: in launching the Chrono-Matic 49, Breitling revives one of the most famous models in its history – and indeed of watchmaking history as a whole – in a entirely new way.

Flashback to 1969, when Breitling creates the first selfwinding chronograph movement. This major invention was to enable the development of a whole range of chronographs named Chrono-Matic, forerunners of the current vogue for extremely large-sized watches, and featuring an original and distinctive appearance.

Fast forward to 2008: the new 49 mm-diameter Chrono-Matic is inspired by the generous volumes of the original model and by its modern design with unmistakable Sixties and Seventies accents including taut, angular lines and geometrical rectilinear hands with a square base or arrow tip.
The red-rimmed totalizers lend a technical touch, while the dial reflects the traditional configuration of the totalizers at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
The signature reproduces the Breitling symbol used from the 1950s to the 1970s, with the brand name capped by an applied gold capital B.

In keeping with its consistently innovative momentum, Breitling has also revised several details in a decidedly contemporary spirit. The rotating pinion bezel driving the slide rule takes the form of a black rubber-molded steel construction. The new woven steel bracelet, designed specifically for this model, makes an unusual contrast with the pure lines of the case.

In addition to the steel version, the Chrono-Matic 49 also comes in a red gold limited edition of 500. It is available with various dial colors, including magnificent motifs against black or bronze backgrounds created using the “épargne” method.

The Chrono-Matic 49 is powered by Caliber 14, a reliable and high-performance movement that is chronometer-certified, as indeed are all Breitling movements. A classic entirely in sync with its times – on land, at sea and in the air.

Avenger Seawolf Chrono

Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono

A body of steel, cutting-edge technology: Breitling plunges towards new records by presenting the Avenger Seawolf Chrono, the world’s only chronograph to be both watertight and operational at a depth of 3,300 feet (1000 meters).

Whereas most chronographs cannot be activated while diving so as to prevent water seeping in through the pushpieces, Breitling has achieved a major technical breakthrough by developing the magnetic pushpiece principle, involving controls operated through the metal of the case and thus avoiding any direct contact between the pushpiece and the movement. This exclusive Breitlingpatented device represents a peerless technical accomplishment that is matched by a powerful and functional design.
The sturdy steel case fitted with a decompression valve features alternating matt satin-brushed upper surfaces and polished sides – as does the rider-tab bezel.

The dials are adorned with large “stencil” type numerals, oversized hands and luminescent markers that remain clearly visible in the darkness of the ocean. The chronograph displays are both original and efficient, with an additional central sweep second hand for the minutes and a 1/10th of a second totalizer at 2 o’clock. The three registers feature a fine grid pattern that varies according to the angle at which the light strikes it.

In a nod to its aquatic vocation, the Avenger Seawolf Chrono has a special “yachting” graduation serving to count down the ten minutes prior to a regatta start.
Like all Breitling electronic watches, this champion of the depths is equipped with an exclusive SuperQuartz™ movement, ten times more accurate than a standard quartz movement.

A new milestone in the epic saga of Breitling “instruments for professionals” – on land, at sea and in the air.

Cockpit – Cockpit Lady
Breitling Cockpit

A pencil stroke, a master stroke: Breitling gives its Cockpit and Cockpit Lady models a whole new face by redesigning their dials in a manner imbued with refinement and elegance.

A dynamic move that further reinforces their character, while weaving particularly close ties between the men’s model and the ladies’ version.
Conceived in a resolutely modern spirit, the hour circle is punctuated by large Roman numerals featuring an original design. The dial center is enlivened by a square-cambered grid pattern lending added depth and movement. The resized hands are both more imposing and more readable, while the date appears through a finely crafted applied aperture.

Available in a broad choice of metals, dial colors and wristband types (bracelets or leather straps), the Cockpit and Cockpit Lady models will appeal to all those who do not necessarily need a chronograph, but are looking for an elegant, sturdy and reliable watch in the grand tradition of Breitling wrist instruments.

Embodying an ideal blend of luxury and performances, they are endowed with all the assets of exceptional sports watches: screw-locked crown and screwed in caseback, scratchresistant sapphire crystals glareproofed on both sides, rotating rider-tab bezel, water resistance to 1,000 feet (300 meters) for the Cockpit and 330 feet (100 meters) for the Cockpit Lady.

Both models are available in steel, in a two-tone version, in steel and rose gold as well as a precious rose gold version – with optional gem-set bezel on both steel and gold variations. Opulent design meets technical excellence, epitomizing the entire Breitling spirit – on land, at sea and in the air.

IWC Pilot’s watch for father and son

February 1, 2008

IWC Father & Son

Big Pilot’s Watch and Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI

IWC is launching this unique set as a small and large taster ahead of the sensational novelties coming from IWC to mark its 140th anniversary.

Two IWC pilot’s watches for the best partners in the world: father and son. In a form of lifetime male bonding, they share the major and minor exploits of their common adventures. Like a pilot and co-pilot, they work well together as an experienced team, and these two watches, which give outward expression to this sense of belonging together, unite them as a token of their friendship.

They have the same taste in traditional men’s toys. And when the pair go side-by-side through thick and thin, you can rest assured that they are a strong team – father and son, indeed. It is a kind of secret society like no other.

With its pilot’s watches for father and son, IWC is making a veritable partnership-based offer for father-and-son relationships: the Big Pilot’s Watch in platinum for the father, and its somewhat smaller counterpart in stainless steel for the son. Almost every father has great plans for his son, and our identification with our father leaves an impression over an entire lifetime. Whoever consciously fosters this valuable and intimate bond sends a clear signal with this pair of watches. Pilot’s watches for father and son are like a guide to masculinity and represent a perfect family unit. This is also true in technical terms, for both timepieces belong to one of the most distinctive watch families from IWC Schaffhausen – and they are tried and tested pilot’s watches through and through.

In this particular case, however, they are rather more than that – for they exhibit many resemblances. Like father and son. Both have the same rhodium-plated, light-coloured dial of the pilot’s watches, the same user-friendly onion-shaped crown of the early pilot’s watches from IWC, and the same black crocodile leather strap and characteristic steel rivets. Wear it and stand out from the crowd. Individually and even more so together. The only difference between the two watches is their size – like father and son. This ideal combination, which was designed specifically for this purpose – and for this purpose alone – is available not only as pilot’s watches for father and son, but also as pilot’s watches for father and sons in the context of a large family to ensure that fairness prevails and domestic harmony is maintained.

For those with a technical interest, ensconced behind the model for the father in its 46.23 15.8 mm platinum case is the Ref. 5004, the Big Pilot’s Watch with the 51111 calibre, the renowned long-running mechanical movement with an automatic Pellaton winding system, date and seven-day power reserve that is indicated on the dial. The antireflective sapphire glass is specially secured against displacement by a sudden drop in air pressure. And the watch is water-resistant to 6 bar.

The smaller edition for the son largely corresponds in technical terms to the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI with its 39311.5 mm stainless steel case and the 30110calibre automatic movement. It also has a screw-in onion-shaped crown, an antireflective sapphire glass secured against displacement by a sudden drop in air pressure, Pilot’s watches for father and son Big Pilot’s Watch and Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI a central seconds hand and a date display. This watch also sits comfortably on the wrist on a black, crocodile leather strap and is protected against loss by a strong folding clasp. It, too, is water-resistant to 6 bar.

A small but noteworthy detail eliminates undesirable mix-ups, particularly in the case of a crew with several sons: the inner circle on the back of the watch is reserved for an engraved name, which leaves not doubt as to who is ready for take-off.

IWC Father & Son Plane

Big Pilot’s Watch
Ref. IW5004

Features
 
 
 
    Mechanical movement, seven-day power reserve, automatic Pellaton winding system, date display, power reserve display, central seconds hand with stop function, Glucydur balance with high-precision adjustment cam on the balance bars, Breguet balance spring
 
Movement
 
 
 
Caliber   51111
Vibrations   21,600/ h / 3 Hz
Jewels   42
reserve   7 days (168 h)
Winding   automatic
 
Case
 
 
 
Material   platinum
Glass   sapphire, convex, anti-reflective, secured against a drop in pressure
Crown   screw-in
Water-resistant   6 bar
Diameter   46.2mm
Height   15.8mm
 
Weight
 
 
 
Watch in platinum with black crocodile leather strap and platinum folding clasp   226 g
     

Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI
Ref. IW3255

Features
 
 
 
    Mechanical movement, automatic winding, date display, central seconds hand with stop function
 
Movement
 
 
 
Caliber   30110
Vibrations   28,800/ h / 4 Hz
Jewels   21
Power reserve   42 h
Winding   automatic
 
Case
 
 
 
Material   stainless steel
Glass   sapphire, convex, anti-reflective, secured against a drop in pressure
Crown   screw-in
Water-resistant   6 bar
Diameter   39 mm
Height   11.5mm
 
Weight
 
 
 
Watch in stainless steel with black crocodile leather strap and stainless steel folding clasp

IWC Father & Son Navigating

New Watch Creations BaselWorld 2008

January 31, 2008

Several Swiss Exhibitors taking part in the BASELWORLD 2008 fair unveil, as a preview, some of their new creations:

PERRELET
The Double Rotor, a veritable Perrelet icon, has been spectacularly re-interpreted with a futuristic design, high-tech materials and innovative technology. Even though the titanium case gives this timepiece a resolutely contemporary character, it has remained faithful to the watch brand’s aesthetic identity, proving that it is possible to combine tradition with the future, and luxury with state-of-the-art technology.

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BREITLING
Having mastered the air, Breitling set out in the late 1950’s to conquer the seas with its Superocean diver’s watch. A tribute to time, the Superocean Heritage has taken on both the spirit and design of the original in this new chronograph version. The original B in gold above the Breitling signature is an invitation to travel as are the highly characteristic luminescent triangular hour hand andthe original sumptuous bracelet in plaited steel. A timepiece to win over both those who are nostalgic and those who are fascinated by the ocean’s depths.

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CONCORD
Rigorous and bold, the chronograph C1 declares its ambitions by taking robustness to the very limits of possibility, while dressing its imposing case in gold. Combining different materials with uncommon skill, Concord reveals its technological expertise in both research and innovation: from the strap fitted directly onto the case without any horns – a world first ! – to the spectacular sapphire crystal which literally emerges from the case, Concord has produced a truly =
rare and powerful creation.

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A.B.ART
The discreet design of this timepiece reinforces its calm strength. Both classic and modern, it will appeal to the sophisticated woman as much as to the easygoing man.

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ARMAND NICOLET
Armand Nicolet has embellished the plate and bridges of its first Venus 188 chronograph with a novel brand motif inspired by decorations from its haute horlogerie watches from the 1930’s. The watchmaker has revisited its past, placing its original expertise back at centre stage. Available in a stunning combination of colours, this limited series of 140 will appeal to collectors concerned about lastingexcellence.

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LUMINOX
Luminox watches are made for life’s rugged adventures, and so is this new SR-71 Blackbird series with its Valjoux movement, limited to 500 units. All Luminox watches are Swiss Made and feature the self-powered Luminox illumination system, making it possible to read the time at any light level. Glowing continuously for 25 years without any other light source or electricity, it is brighter than ordinary luminous watches.

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ROMAIN JEROME
A specialist in transmitting the legend of the world’s most famous passenger liner, Romain me has produced a genuine masterstroke with this exceptional limited series of 9 watches. These rare pieces, equipped with a tourbillon and skilfully combining watch complications, innovative materials and bold design, are guaranteed to travel down through the ages and perpetuate the legend.

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ORIS
All 2008’s F1 circuits brought together in one high-mech timepiece: in other words, a must for motor racing aficionados! Evoking both the dynamic profile and high-tech style of today’s racing cars, its sleek design will really switch on racing enthusiasts. From Sao Paolo to Magny-Cours to Monte-Carlo, this limited-edition Grand Prix watch will charm fans of those gleaming high-powered machines.

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CAMEL ACTIVE
A masculine statement on the wrist: 44 millimetres of stainless steel and Swiss technology. Camel Active’s distinctive massive unidirectional bezel is combined with a go-through strap, luminescent hands and hour-markers and characteristic brown dial with horizontal rays. This reliable companion stands for performance, quality and style.

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A.B.ART
Refined beauty and sober materials rather than complications and glitter: the formula for this elegant watch is simple, like the other versions available in a range of muted colours.

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PORSCHE DESIGN
The purity of lines, the character of the materials and the absolute perfection of every detail: the highly distinctive spirit of the first chronographs designed by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche in 1972 has been well and truly respected. The cosmopolitan traveller will appreciate the original function of the second time zone indicating local time in 24 cities around the world. An innovative module makes this timepiece even more user-friendly and legible. The Worldtimer P’6750 is subtly underscored by its matt or black titanium case.

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MONDAINE
Ingenuity and simplicity are the elements which often distinguish an attractive piece of design from a truly iconic design classic. Since Mondaine launched the first collection in 1986, the simple design, unmistakable easy-to-read face, distinctive hands and famous red seconds-hand have made the Mondaine Official Swiss Railways Watch collection= successful the world over.

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IWC Factory Visit

January 22, 2008
After years of waiting, yesterday we visited the legendary factory of IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. On this occasion, Team Ace and 10 customers, huge IWC fans, had they honor to go see the factory. We departed Amsterdam around 7 am and arrived in Zürich around 8.30 am. From there, we traveled by car to the IWC Factory Schaffhausen.After a warm welcome by the host and our guide for the day, we had a grand tour through the factory and unfortunately we were not permitted to take pictures inside. At noon we had lunch at an amazing restaurant located literally in the water of the Rhine river, with a spectacular view of the biggest waterfall of Europe Schlossi Wurth.

After lunch we were transported by boat to the heart of the waterfall, and we were able to climb the rock in the middle of the thundering waterfall. IWC was founded by an American in 1868 in Schaffhausen, because this waterfall supplied the energy for the factory!

Rhein Falls

When we all dried up and recovered from the spectacle, we visited the test laboratory of IWC. One of the visitors wanted to test the resistance of his Big Pilot watch in a super strong magnetic field and realized only an IWC Ingenieur watch can withstand such strong fields. Since his movement got magnetized, the chief of the laboratory was so friendly to demagnetize the watch for him.

The new IWC museum opened up in June of last year and looks amazing. Not only is a huge selection of milestone pocket and wrist watches on display, it also has beautiful movies and a rotating wall with the history of the company and its collections. Our group voted the following watches as the most beautiful:

Portuguese The Original

After seeing the history we had the opportunity to view the new collections, who were presented by nobody else than the legendary Kurt Klaus. After welcoming him a couple of times in Amsterdam, it was a honor to meet him in his hometown and work space where he created the infamous Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar movement.

Kurt Klaus

After asking several times, they were able to locate the new Limited Edition Portuguese Regulateur Tourbillon watch. This was a prototype and was amazing to see the completely see-through tourbillon on full effect. We were able to take a picture of the white gold version:

Portuguese Regulateur Tourbilion

After seeing and trying on all the marvelous timepieces, we had a light dinner and rushed back to Zürich airport to catch our flight back to Amsterdam.


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