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The laureates of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva 2013

The laureates of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva 2013

Version française ici Friday, November 15th 2013, held the awards ceremony of the 13th Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prize at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. All of the most influential players in the watch industry gathered in one place in order to elect the best watch designs of the year. Among the nominees, three were presented on Luxury Activist, 2 received an awards … Girard Perregaux, L’Aiguille d’Or for its Echappement Constant The Girard-Perregaux Manufacture has been awarded by “L’Aiguille d’Or”, the most coveted award in the watch industry for his bold Constant Escapement LM. “This award is the recognition of the innovation and technical mastery of the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture” said Michele Sofisti (CEO Sowind Group). The Constant Escapement LM is the embodiment of our vision of watchmaking as an art in movement. It is a tribute to our history, creativity and has been the trademark of Girard-Perregaux since 1791. ”…

The Tourbillon, master complication in watch-making since 1801.

The Tourbillon, master complication in watch-making since 1801.

Watchmaking is an Art old of several centuries. everyIn the heart of the art of watchmaking, the Tourbillon is not only a beautiful piece of human engineering but also a very useful one in the exactitude control. The principle of a Tourbillon   As you can see here above, the tourbillon is a concentrate of ingenuity. It eliminate most of the errors of rate, especially in the vertical position, for a wrist or pocket watch. The principle, despite the fact that each watchmaker has been adding their own touch, is about a mobile-cage in which all components are inside. The balance spring and the escapement are usually in the center.     Some history The invention of the Tourbillon, and its first patent was accomplished by Abraham-Louis Breguet. The famous Swiss brand archives tells us that Breguet invented the Tourbillon idea in 1785 and only in 1801, after some improvements,…

Baume & Mercier, Linea Day and Night collection

Baume & Mercier, Linea Day and Night collection

Baume & Mercier is one of the important players in the Swiss Watch industry. With more than 200’000 timepieces produced every year, definitely makes them as an important reference. This year they are launching the new Linea Day and Night collection as a symbol of timeless femininity and elegance. The strenght of Baume & Mercier is to be loyal to its heritage and to use it to project the future. With the Linea Day & Night collection, Baume & Mercier reinvents every year this elegant timepiece for women since the 50’s. Since the launch of the first Linea model, it has been continuously reinventing itself, especially since its revival in 1987. Today, the Linea collection is dedicated to women who wishes to accessorize their watch with different bracelets, colours, decoration and diameter. Women are multi-facetted and they consider their watch as a companion for each great moment of their existence….

C3H5N3O9, explosive timepieces project

C3H5N3O9, explosive timepieces project

Some timepieces are outstanding for their design, others for their movement, some for the material in which they are build, and others…. it is a full concept without boundaries to creativity. This is the case of C3H5N3O9. Watch out! C3H5N3O9 is both the molecular formula for nitroglycerine and a horological experiment. It started in 2008 when Felix Baumgartner and Maximilian Büsser shared the same original idea of this outstanding brand. Mr Baumgarter is also the co-founder of Urwerk with Martin Frei. Both, they had the idea of a concept featuring a movement inspired by a Wankel engine. The principal of Wankel engine was that the main 4 stages (intake, compression, combustion and exhaust) took place in one rotation. The mouvement is inspired by this construction as it has an epicyloid. Experiment ZR012 is a limited edition of 12 pieces in natural Zirconium. There is also a Black version of 12…

Hublot new ambassador: Guga Kuerten, brazilian tennis star.

Hublot new ambassador: Guga Kuerten, brazilian tennis star.

Hublot just announced this week that world famous brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten, became the new ambassador for the swiss watch brand. To celebrate this event, Hublot launched a very limited edition called the King Power Guga Bang. Gustavo Kuerten, aka Guga, is three-time winner at Roland Garros and former world number 1 tennis player. He is today member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Guga joins a group of world class elite atheltes who became Hublot ambassadors. Athletes like Dwyane Wade, Usain Bolt or Falcâo Garcia. The new King Power Guga Bang is the alliance between Hublot and Guga’s charity activities. In deed, the tennis champion created an organization to offer opportunities for children, teenagers and people with disabilities. The Guga Kuerten Institute promotes sports workshops and educational activities. The new King Power Guga Bang bears Guga signature and part of the sales of this watch will go…

Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick, icons are forever

Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick, icons are forever

In Timepieces manufacturing, some watches entered a timeless position, meaning that some of them are forever. They become icons for the brand and for the people who wear them. At Victorinox Swiss Army, we can consider that the Maverick is one of them.   Victorinox has year by year supporting Maverick and we can say that today they got just about everything right. The recognizable Bezel, the two layered dial and the crown protection. These details and more make this watch a great classic in the watch industry. And as we can see on the pictures below, this great work already started a couple of years ago with the previous models.   Today, the Maverick has many elegant design details and the collection also evolved towards more colours as you can see here: From a technical point of view, the Maverick is a Swiss made watch with a Ronda 715…

Vianney Halter Deep Space, a 3 axis tourbillon coming from outer space!

Vianney Halter Deep Space, a 3 axis tourbillon coming from outer space!

Version française ici Vianney Halter is never conventional and shares through its watches its own universe. Again, his latest creation is surprising. Deep Space is a marine chronometer with a 3 axes tourbillon. Real UFO, orbiting the “watch planet“, it challenges time and genres. Is it a spaceship or is it a watch? Probably a bit of both … He admits, this creation is linked to the rediscovery of the classics of science fiction such as Star Trek Deep Space Nine (DS9 or DSN). These stories have revitalized his creative approach and led to the birth of the Deep Space Series. The official announcement film breaks the usual standards of watchmaking codes. Several reminders to the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey is present. The use of the tourbillon is commonplace in recent years. Any brand wanting a certain “prestige” had to fit to its collection such movement with this complication and to claim…

Rafael Nadal, ambassador for Richard Mille, wins Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal, ambassador for Richard Mille, wins Roland Garros

Version française ici On Sunday, June 9, 2013, the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal confirmed for supremacy on clay, winning for the 8th time at Roland Garros. It is thus the only player to have won 8 times the same Grand Slam. It was also a victory for Richard Mille,  that since 2010, made for Nadal a RM 27 Tourbillon Watch in Limited Edition of 50 copies of a value of over 600,000 euros. His opponent, David Ferrer, was sponsored by Bovet, could not win and lost in 3 small sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. This timepiece comes from an original Concept Watch. The case weighs only 19 grams with a design-based carbon nanotubes. The tourbillon is a lightweight, 3.5 grams, titanium and Lital (an alloy of aluminum and lithium). The whole movement is suspended by a system of steel cables of 0.35 mm diameter to absorb shocks and significant accelerations during games….

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Version française ici Reinventing the time each year by offering a blend of traditional watchmaking, technical innovation and innovative design, this is the challenge that is launched with the Harry Winston Opus adventure. The new episode of this amazing and enigmatic “Haute Horlogerie” saga, called Opus XIII. It was highly anticipated, and once again, it defied the rules of conventional watchmaking, exceeding all expectations. It is almost impossible to understand the workings of this watch with simple images, which is why I strongly suggest you watch this video before reading further.  An original display 59 pivoting peripheral hands for minutes display Placed one after the other in a peripheral ring, minutes indicators align a circular path every minute past in a retrograde. Every 5 minutes appears a red hand improving readability. The 59 indicators retire in unison when the hour has passed through the action of an ingenious outer ring reset. 11 rotating…

Watchmaking and Ballooning: at the crossroads of passions

Watchmaking and Ballooning: at the crossroads of passions

Version française ici We are used to seeing the watch brands invest into aviation, polo, cricket or golf events… but rarely into Ballooning. Breitling, Parmigiani and Zenith were able to clearly stand out from others by investing successfully and with originality into this sport that combines flying pleasure, sharing and discovery of the environment in which we live. What are the highlights? What are the similarities between these two worlds? Is it ultimately a good way of communication? Breitling and the Orbiter missions On March 1st 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones took off from the mountains of Château d’Oex (in Switzerland) for a nonstop journey of 45 755 km km around the globe. After two unsuccessful attempts, in 19 days they accomplished the “round the world balloon” dreamed of Jules Verne. Visibility for Breitling was extraordinary as the event coverage is global. This partnership has resulted in the production of four special…

Discover the brand Louis Chevrolet watches by AJS Production.

Discover the brand Louis Chevrolet watches by AJS Production.

Version française ici You know the car brand Chevrolet (General Motors Company) without doubt. But have you ever heard of the watch brand Louis Chevrolet? First years Louis Chevrolet, at the origin of the name, was born in 1878 in La Chaux-de-Fonds (NE-Switzerland), his father used to work in the watch industry. He spent the first part of his childhood in the Swiss Jura in Bonfol then Beurnevésin. In 1887, his family left Switzerland to join the Gold Coast in France and his father opened a small watchmaking workshop. Louis made ​​his apprenticeship at the Roblin, repair cycles renowned workshop. He won at the same time many bike races on the hilly coast of Beaune with its sponsor, the bike manufacturer brand “Gladiator”. These victories earned him to reach the capital Paris in 1899 to be semi pro racer on track. He works in parallel in the automotive industry and…

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement – A technical revolution Haute-Horlogerie style.

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement – A technical revolution Haute-Horlogerie style.

Version française ici During Baselworld 2013, Luxury Activist team got the privilege to have the new collections presented by Stefano Macaluso, Product Development Director at Girard-Perregaux. Much of the interview was devoted to a fascinating piece called Constant Escapement which has the advantage of surprise by a visible revolutionary escapement mechanism, and enhanced dial side. With this launch, the brand from La Chaux-de-Fonds continues the momentum of innovation and high technology characterizes the past 222 years. First of all, and we can not do otherwise, some basic watchmaking notions. The energy animating a watch can be produced in two ways. Either by manual manipulation of the crown, which comes to a tension spring in the barrel or by the rotor when the movement is said self-winding (or automatic). This energy must be dissipated slowly to ensure the watch the biggest reserve. If it was not regulated, the spring would relax a…

Baselworld 2013 – Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20

Baselworld 2013 – Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20

Version française ici Zenith offers 6 models Pilot Aircraft Type 20 to remember the historical and emotional association between the brand and aviation this year. Louis Bleriot and Léon Morane, famous pilots who wrote important lines in the history of the conquest of the air, frequently used Zenith watch them in flight. The Le Locle manufacture well developed rapidly in the market for aircraft instruments: Altimeter, aircraft watches for military and civilian companies. The Type 20 appeared in 1939 is now completely revisited by today’s standards. The housings of six different models, with a diameter ranging from 40 to 57.5 mm. 40 mm version is our Editor’s choice, because of its affordability and ease to be worn by the greatest number. The dial, in the purest tradition of instrumentation is matte black, without appliques, with painted SuperLuminova C1 index. The movement is an automatic Elite 683, 50 hours power reserve, 4…

Baselworld 2013 – Vicenterra GMT-3 Serie 2

Baselworld 2013 – Vicenterra GMT-3 Serie 2

Version française ici A little over a year after the launch of the GMT3, the young watchmaker from Jura, VicenTerra, is back with a new model. Vincent Plomb, the creator, is again noted by offering this time a more modern and dynamic variation of a beautiful spherical watchmaking Earth, based on the same architecture as the original subscription series. Legend: VICENTERRA GMT-3 Série 2 The main changes we noticed are: The dial, initially silver, is now obtained by lowering with laser the material and then covered with a matte black lacquer finish, and with a circular satin finish on the reliefs. Apart from the V to 5 hours, the other reliefs are performed without inserts. The shafts were blasted black PVD for the most beautiful effect. The hands as “dauphines shape” were designed and received a treatment of Super luminova C1 to improve readability in low light. The display disc Day-Night has…

Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari. Masterpiece of all records!!!

Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari. Masterpiece of all records!!!

Hublot revealed a new Limited edition called MP-05 LaFerrari. It was one of the highlights at Baselworld this year. And if you think Hublot is innovative, you do not realize how far they are ready to go in order to create outstanding timepieces. Check this out. Every year all great Watch manufacturers meet at Baselworld and their aim is to make their annual business and for sure to compete in terms of innovation and their capacity of being outstanding. And in this field Hublot is a world champion. One of their annual highlights was a Timepiece called MP-05 LaFerrari. A 50 day power reserve, basically a world record for a hand-wound Tourbillon wristwatch. The inspiration? The new supercar by Ferrari called LAFERRARI. Check the launch video of the car and you will understand the level of expectancy. Developed along the Car development itself in a complete collaboration with Ferrari team,…

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