Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Future is Now!

From Bell & Ross -
BR-X1 SKELETON CHRONOGRAPH

Courtesy of Bell & Ross

Limited to 250 pieces, this is a CRACKER!

Courtesy of Bell & Ross

A special movement from Bell & Ross.  Self-winding mechanical, skeleton chronograph.  Hours, minutes, small seconds with a date at 6 o'clock.  The chronograph measures time periods via 60- second and 30-minute timers.

The case boasts a diameter of 45 millimeters.  It is crafted from titanium and ceramic with rubber inserts.  The push-pieces are referred to as "toggle".  I like that!  The back is a display back with a tinted sapphire crystal.

The dial is - wait for it...
grey-tinted mineral glass!  How cool is that?!?  The hands are skeleton and filled with Superluminova.

Anti-glare sapphire crystal on top, water resistant to 100 meters.  The strap is made of woven black rubber.

The future is NOW! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Four Great New Silverstones!

From GRAHAM -

SILVERSTONE RS ENDURANCE 12HR 
Courtesy of Graham
Silverstone RS Endurance 12HR
46 mm steel with black PVD case, calibre G1735 automatic tri-compax chronograph, date at 9 o’clock with white and orange striped disc date referring to race track’s painted kerbing edges, 25 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 46 hour power reserve, black ceramic bezel with orange tachymeter scale, orange aluminum ring under the bezel with “Clous de Paris”, black-smoked openwork dial, automobile brake disc-shaped seconds counter with orange indicator, sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces, smoked sapphire crystal case back, integrated black tire tread rubber with orange inset. 




SILVERSTONE RS ENDURANCE 24HR 

Courtesy of Graham



Silverstone RS Endurance 24HR
46 mm steel with black DLC (diamond-like carbon) case, calibre G1751 automatic chronograph, mono-pusher movement with chronograph function for minutes and seconds and additional chronograph for 24 hour counter with flyback (independent working), date at 9 o’clock with white and red striped disc date referring to race track’s painted white and red kerbing edges, 25 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hour power reserve, black ceramic bezel with red tachymeter scale, red aluminium ring under the bezel with “Clous de Paris”, black- smoked openwork dial, 24HR counter, automobile brake disc-shaped seconds counter with red indicator, sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces, smoked sapphire crystal case back with limited edition serial number, integrated black tire tread rubber with red inset, limited edition of 250. 






SILVERSTONE RS SKELETON 

Courtesy of Graham
Silverstone RS Skeleton
46 mm steel with black DLC (diamond-like carbon) case, calibre G1790, automatic skeleton chronograph, shaded grey, rhodium and gold (18K) movement with hand-drawn strokes decoration, 29 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 46 hour power reserve, black ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale, lateral porthole on the case at 10 o’clock to admire the escapement and balance wheel, gold (18K) crown secured by a bayonet system and red safety ring, gold (18K) knurled aluminium ring under the bezel, black dial, sapphire crystal with GRAHAM inscription, anti-reflective coating on both faces, see-through sapphire crystal case back




SILVERSTONE RS SUPERSPRINT 

Courtesy of Graham

Silverstone RS Supersprint
42 mm steel case, calibre G1702 automatic chronograph, date at 6 o’clock, 59 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 40 hour power reserve, black ceramic bezel with grey tachymeter scale, red aluminium ring under the bezel with “Clous de Paris”, black-smoked openwork dial, minute scale with 1/8th second mirror graduation which allows accurate chrono reading in the reflection, sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces, see-through sapphire crystal case back, integrated black tire tread rubber with red inset. 

Doing Good - B.R.M.

I had actually received this a few days ago, but I don't think it's too late -
Courtesy of B.R.M.
This is one of the latest (and in my opinion coolest) B.R.M. watches to come "down the pike" in quite some time!

This wonderful bijoux was specially created to help support Seeds of Africa.  And because they are doing a GREAT deed, I'll let them explain it in their own words -

Seeds of Africa Foundation ranks among the world’s smartest, most inspiring educational initiatives, and BRM Chronographes Americas is honored to support the incredible philanthropy. Dallas fans can join the cause – and join in the revelry with Big D’s culinary rockstars – by heading to SOA’s Chefs & Seeds bash tmw night! Snag tickets online now at SeedsOfAfrica.organd head to Trinity Groves for the sweet soiree – and don’t forget to check out the one-of-a-kind auction items, including our custom timepiece celebrating the foundation’s Ethiopian heritage.

Monday, October 27, 2014

What if? 3thirty3

Dear readers,

as you know, I am a person who has a very difficult time keeping his opinions to himself.  I am a Northern Youth from a certain Northern Ohio town where if you ask a person what he is thinking - he will likely tell you!

As regular readers of this blog know, I worked for Tourneau in San Francisco under the legendary Javier Perrigo.  Following that I had a master class on, well, everything from Rick Marei at DOXA.

And since 2010 I've been writing this blog, working as a freelancer.  Advising and consulting. Getting paid.  But I wanted to do something more.  I wanted to try and find a way to take the strength that a watch or luxury brand might have and use just a portion of it for good - to try and solve an insolvable problem.  In 2013 that led to the Writing Wrongs Awards presented by the dynamic father and son team Carlo and Samuel Naldi of Edelberg.  This past year the Tempus Fugit Initiative sought to join together watch brands to unite to solve a common problem - and we did manage to raise quite a bit of money.

But singular actions do not always have the strength to see the long term problem solved.  Long term problems need long term solutions.  So allow me to introduce you to 3thirty3.

Courtesy of 3thirty3
A new brand I have launched with the idea of offering a quality watch, and donating 1/3 of the price (not the profit, but the total price) to charitable causes.  The watch you see above is the 3thirty3 Conservation Initiative.  1/3 of all sales will go to support the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.

Courtesy of 3thirty3
And the watch here is the 3thirty3 Water Initiative.  1/3 of all sales from this watch will go to benefit Drop in the Bucket to help provide safe, clean drinking water in areas that desperately need it.

The watches will be available in early January for sale, direct.  Here are some details:

40 mm stainless steel case, Swiss made, Ronda quartz movement, water resistant to 100 meters.
And one important thing, the straps for the watches are NOT leather!  These are just for the rendering purpose.  The straps will be made of sail cloth (top) with a Lorica underside.

Now, I realize that many of you do not want a new watch just now, but maybe you want to support the idea?  If so, a "Crowd Funding" campaign is underway to raise funds - and it also offers you the opportunity to pre-order one of these watches.


Thanks for your consideration.

80 Hours of Mido!

Allow me to introduce one of Mido's latest offerings - the Commander Caliber 80 Chronometer!
Courtesy of Mido
It is by now very well known that I have a soft spot for Mido, so it's always fun to report on something new from them.  This new offering sports a new movement - what Mido is terming the Caliber 80 which Mido informs us will have a power reserve up to 80 hours.  The movement has paid the statutory visit to the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres to pick up its COSC "bona fidēs ".  

The case is stainless steel, 40 mm in diameter, and warranted to be water-resistant to 50 meters or 165 feet - or to get all "nautical" on you - 5 bars.  Hours, minutes, seconds, day and date.

Here are the "vital statistics" straight from Le Locle -

Movement      
Automatic Mido Caliber 80 COSC (ETA C07.621 base) certified chronometer, 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.22 mm, 25
jewels, 21,600 A/H, NIVACHOC shock-absorber, NIVAFLEX NM mainspring, ELINCHRON II balance-spring. Finely
decorated chronometer movement with blued screws, decorated oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido
logo, functions HMSD+Day. Adjusted on 5 different positions for a high accuracy. Up to 80 hours of power reserve.

Case
Satin-finished stainless steel 316L, polished bezel, Ø40 mm 3 pieces, faceted and domed sapphire crystal, transparent 
case back to see the finely decorated and elaborate movement, engraved serial number, water‑resistant up to a pressure 
of 5 bar (50 m / 165 ft).
 
Strap 
Brown genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look and stainless steel folding clasp.

Dial    
Rhodium plated, sunray satinated, faceted indexes individually applied, indexes with white Super‑LumiNova®, day and
date at 3 o’clock.

Hands 
Diamond polished, hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova® for easy readability at night.