MB&F has been creating some unique and bold horological timepieces since 2005 and 2019 marks their 14th year of innovative & wild watchmaking adventure. The latest from MB&F LM Thunderdome is a first-ever collaboration between two legends Eric Coudray and Kari Voutilainen. The technical construction originated with Coudray and it was Voutilainen who interpreted the mechanism into the aesthetically refined movement that inhabits LM Thunderdome.
The proprietary TriAx mechanism consist of 413 components and with a diameter of only 35mm its a mechanical wonder. The new TriAx mechanism fulfils MB&F’s directive to Eric Coudray in spectacular fashion. The LM Thunderdome engine with three axis,two cage configuration has the largest range and fastest rate of balance positional displacement known throughout the history of watchmaking. In a rather more accessible context, this means that LM Thunderdome offers a visual spectacle that the horological world has never seen before.
Legacy Machine Thunderdome engine features superlative hand finishing throughout, at the highest level of 19th century style. Sharp internal angles, unachievable by machines, are bevelled and polished by hand. The softly luminous Geneva waves characteristic of Voutilainen are applied by hand, as are the frosting and engraving on the power-reserve indication. The guilloche dial plate around the multi axis rotating escapement was also made in house by Kari Voutilainen
LM Thunderdome will be available in two limited editions of 33 pieces pieces in platinum , with light-blue guilloché dial for approx $280,000 and further 10 pieces in Tantalum (five each with aventurine or blue guilloché dial)
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With the Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept Aventurine model, H. Moser & Cie. lets you voyage deep into the Milky Way, bringing not just the moon to your wrist, but the stars as well! Paying tribute to the lunar body, the interpretation of the moon phase it provides is minimalist yet highly poetic, in a model featuring an aventurine dial stripped of indices and logo and twinkling with light.
The Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept Aventurine is available in two sensual models: 5N red gold, and steel. These two materials magnify the beauty of the aventurine dial, offering a stairway to the stars. An alligator leather strap completes the piece; black for the red gold model, midnight blue for the steel version.
It is powered by the HMC 801 hand-wound Manufacture calibre, equipped with an interchangeable Moser escapement, ensuring the watch has a minimum 7-day power reserve, with an indicator on the movement side. The moon phase display system is an extremely precise display that can be set to within a minute. It can be easily adjusted using the push-button located on the case flank, aided by the small central arrow-shaped seconds hand, which is a 24-hour indicator.
Available in 5N red gold or steel, each model is released in a limited edition of 50 pieces.
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On December 25 fifty years ago, Seiko introduced the world’s first quartz wristwatch (Seiko Quartz-Astron 35SQ). It was a watch that revolutionized the watchmaking industry and its launch remains one of the most important landmarks in Seiko’s history. The Quartz Astron set a new standard in wristwatch precision with an accuracy rate of +-5 seconds per month, made possible by several technological advances including the tuning fork shaped quartz oscillator and the open type step motor which are still standard components of quartz watches today. Soon after the launch of the Quartz Astron, Seiko opened most of its patents to the world, a move that helped bring the advantages of quartz timekeeping within the reach of all. The Seiko Quartz Astron is recognized as one of Japan’s greatest achievements, giving all mankind access to high precision timekeeping and changing the way time was told around the world.
The latest Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is a remake of the original Quartz Astron and is presented in 40.9 mm,hand carved 18k gold case. The dial has a very distinct grained vertical hairline patten and the yellow gold hands and multifaceted indexes have been painted in black just like its predecessor. The newly developed Caliber 3X22 used in the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is the world’s thinnest GPS solar caliber, the watch connects automatically upto twice a day to the GPS network and maintains precision of one second every 100,000 years.
The case back is marked “Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Quartz Astron, released on Dec 25, 1969”
The letters “Limited Edition” and the serial number 01/50-50/50 are inscribed on the case back as proof of this limited quantity edition.
Limited edition of only 50 pieces will be available at Seiko boutiques worldwide from December 2019. Retail is approx
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Every serious watch enthusiast is aware of the eye and neck strain involved when working on small watch components and watch movements. MB&F has teamed up with Loupe System to bring out the best magnification equipment for watch lovers and collectors. The trendy rocket shaped Project LpX has a universal clip in the case, allowing you to attach the loupes to any mobile phone or tablet, and thus use them to take macro photos or videos.
This versatile rocket ship offers dust-free storage of the highest quality magnification loupes, but does much more than that while sitting on a desk looking pretty: Project LpX is a smile-on-your-face reminder of the space-themed stories many of us read as a child, inspiring countless dreams of space travel and explorations of the unknown.
The rocket can be configured to accommodate one, two, or three Loupe System loupes, each hidden inside the rocket to be revealed at the owner’s leisure (and pleasure). The three anodized aluminium “stage” components attach to each other using a clicking bayonet system (similar to the lens mount for an SLR camera),making them easy to assemble and disassemble (or play with). Project LpX comes with two Loupe System loupes in different strengths: 3x and 6x magnification.
The anodized rocket base emits a cosmic glow in the dark.The light comes from a self-luminous tritium capsule with a half-life of 15 years.The glow requires no supplementary power sources and it is not affected by temperature, humidity, or altitude. Polished and satin-finished stainless steel, non-articulated landing structure is also attached to the base so that Project LpX can stand on its own.
Project LpX will be available for $ 3300 in 4 limited editions of 99 pieces each in black, blue, red or green.
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Ulyses Nardin does it again with the latest Hourstriker Phantom, a well designed watch that rings on the hour and half-hour on command, and not only allows you to tell the time, but also to hear it. Ulyses Nardin collaborated with the french firm Devialet which is world acclaimed for innovation and excellence in audio inventions.
The Hourstriker Phantom is equipped with a with a classic striking mechanism, a hammer hits a timbre generating sound frequencies, when emitted, tells the time on command. However, in the Hourstriker Phantom, the heel of the timbre is fixed by a system of torsion arms that change the direction of the action forces induced by the timbre’s vibrations. In a classic system, the forces produced are essentially in the watch’s movement, which generates a small amount of air that is then displaced by the various components of the watch. With the Hourstriker Phantom, the action forces created by the timbre thus find their way outside of the watch itself. These forces are vigorously transferred using a transmission arm to a thin membrane, which is found on the bottom side of the watch. As the membrane has a large surface area, a large amount of air is displaced, which results in a high sound level. One could compare this to a loudspeaker and its cone and membrane.
The Hourstriker Phantom is equipped with the UN-610 automatic manufacture movement. The polished 43 mm titanium case also amplifies the sound and extends its resonance to 85 decibels. The case back of the watch has been perforated with eight openings which allow the sound to be amplified to a great audible level. At three o’clock, a small “rose gold” chip disappears and reappears depending on whether you want to activate or deactivate the striking mechanism (ON/OFF button).
Hourstriker Phantom enhanced by a black alligator strap and will be sold as a limited edition of 85 pieces at CHF 72,500 each
The latest from HYT is a result of three years of development and many man hours. The H5 will be making its presence felt at the Watch Time New York Show. HYT H5 has the latest hand wound 501 caliber and the whole mechanism harnesses the potentially paradoxical power of mechanical and fluid technology. The hand-winding mechanism sets a consistent pace and releases precisely the right amount of energy for two contrasting immiscible liquids to flow inside the capillary tube to represent the recent past and the near future. Visible through the sapphire case back, an intricately shaped cam offers thirteen different possibilities to adjust and index the hour and minute indications, ensuring they operate as one. an over-sized, curved lever connects the movement’s collaborating elements. This orchestrates a complex chain reaction, whereby the caliber pushes against a regulating bellow with walls four times thinner than a human hair to launch time’s next twelve-hour journey.
The domed sapphire glass is ingeniously curved around a bold stainless steel case to simultaneously present and protect. stratified metal components, stepping and sinuous lines support the design’s strong storyline. The innovative neoralite external flange, with its cut-out numerals further enhance the H5’s fascination with perspective. The striking vertical digits appear to float around the watch during the day and start to glow as darkness falls. Created from one single piece of luminescent,super-luminova®-filled,translucent material, this component’s complex production process involves 3d printing, molding, injection and subtle grinding. like natural erosion, personal evolution continues around the clock, time after time. Both variants come with a 65 hour power reserve and are water resistant upto 50 meters.
The H5 by HYT comes in two limited editions, each of 25 pieces each. Both variants are priced at $55,000 each.
Handmade 1 is a serious effort by Greubel Forsey to represent the traditional way of watchmaking. In today’s times with latest technological advances and computer aided machines most of the watches are mass produced and the old handmade timepieces are a rare find. Robert and Stephen Forsey have intense knowledge of watchmaking and as entrepreneurs they take pride in creating a watch from scratch. Handmade 1 is 95% made using only hand operated tools , one single timepiece required an extraordinary 6,000 hours work (equal to three years man-hours), Hand Made 1 by Greubel Forsey takes traditional watchmaking to a new unprecedented summit.
The 272 movement components and 36 case parts are all made by well experienced team of craftsman with extraordinary precision and the finest craftsmanship. The Tourbillon carriage is also a great effort by the design team as its a difficult task to make one without machine help and specially when it consists of 69 complicated made components.
The only parts on the watch not made by hand are some case gaskets and the sapphire crystals. The 43.5mm wide, 13.5mm-thick 18 k white gold case looks great which is satin finished on the sides and the upper surfaces have been well polished. The hand enameled chapter rings paired with elegant, finely shaped flame blued steel hands make the open dial stand out.
This bold step towards artisanal watchmaking in the finest of craftsmanship is substantiated on the dial at 6 o’clock, where the inscription HAND MADE replaces the usual SWISS MADE. Greubel Forsey intends to only create 1 or 2 pieces of this stunning hand crafted timepiece with the intention to bring back the lost ancestral art of hand craftsmanship in watchmaking.
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Sector dials were very popular in the 1930s and many watchmakers introduced these unique dials which basically consists of concentric circles inside and outside the hour or minute markings with solid lines linking these circles.
Longines Heritage Classic is based and modelled on the similar vintage themed watches it produced in the 1930s, the latest is well designed with two tone finishing ,the hands made of blued steel are also similar to 1934 company museum piece . The stainless steel case measuring 38.5mm is a bit bigger than the original but is a perfect fit for the sleek and elegant look on any wrist.
The hour circle is well adorned with Arabic numerals and hour markers are in perfect sync with the satin finished silvered disk. To perfect this exceptional model Longines has looked into the finer details and even the doomed box glass sapphire crystal replicates the glass on the vintage original. Watchbazar loves the well placed small second hands which compliment the dial well. The Heritage Classic is powered by the updated calibre L893.5 with improved power reserve of almost 64 hours.
The Heritage Classic will be available with either a black or a blue calfskin strap as well as an extra NATO style leather strap.
Priced at $ 2,150
Jaeger-LeCoultre to mark their 180th anniversary in 2013 had introduced the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 which was a manifesto of JLC’s savoir-faire and a truly mechanical marvel. The latest version of The Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 is itself at a new level and JLC has used the rarely seen craft of meteorite inlay and hand-guillochage, engraving and grand feu enamel with sophistication of the highest order.
Housed in a 43.5mm pink gold case the watch showcases mechanical & artistic craftsmanship at its best. Watchbazar loves the insert of the Gibeon meteorite which was collected from Namibia. In addition to the meteorite inlaid on the German silver bridges, a disc of meteorite sits at the centre of the time display dial, surrounded by a ring of aventurine with applied indexes. On the chronograph display, an aventurine disc is encircled by a ring of white grand feu enamel, marked with elapsed seconds. The Day/Night display comprises a 24-hour plate on which two gold semi-circles are applied, one each for day and night. The white day section is well decorated with hand-guilloché, hand-engraved sunrays and an applied polished pink gold sun; the night section features applied polished pink gold crescent moon and stars, set on a rich blue background. All three dials are beautifully rendered with grand feu enamel.
Hand wound calibre 176 incorporates a well designed digital chronograph, which displays the seconds on a traditional round dial and elapsed minutes on an instantaneously jumping digital counter.
Only 8 watches of Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 “Meteorite” will be available for sale post November 2019 for $550,000