Friday, October 24, 2014

The Airman No 1 and a True Brand Ambassador

Glycine has done it again - made a watch that I really, really want!  Seen one Airman, you HAVEN'T Seen 'em all!!!
Courtesy of Glycine
To be completely honest, there are a lot of great watches out there.  And Glycine is one of many brands making cool stuff.  And I'll go a little deeper on this watch in a few days.  But that's really not what I want to write about today.

What makes Glycine better?  At least for me, as it often does, it comes down to the people.  When I think back to my first BaselWorld as a member of the watch world's Fifth Estate, it was the man behind Glycine in North America - Norm Kushner that went way out of his way to make time for me, show me the collection and always made sure I had anything I possibly needed to cover Glycine.

Over the years I've grown to really look forward to my Glycine appointment as much to see Norm and hear some of his wonderful stories as to see the watches.

I am perhaps a bit too sentimental, but a person made the watch - not the brand.  A group of people helped build the brand - the brand didn't build itself.  And a PERSON is what makes that brand interesting, intriguing and (hopefully) wonderful.  And in Norm Kushner Glycine has one of the best possible people representing it.

Enjoy your watches!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tina Maze Joins Alpina

This just in from Alpina -
Courtesy of Alpina
Alpina Watches is pleased to announce double Olympic Ski Champion Tina Maze as its new global ambassadress for the brand and for its new COMTESSE lady collection.

With 2 Olympic gold medals at the last Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, 2 World Championships gold medals, 8 podiums at World Championships and a total of 23 victories, 68 podiums and the absolute record of 2414 points in one season in the Alpine Skiing World Cup, Tina is making skiing history and is currently one of the best female alpine skiers.

Tina Maze and Alpina are united by their love for Alpine sports and the Alpine universe and identify with the same "Alpinist" values which both believe are the foundations for any sports, professional and personal success.

"Food for Thought"

This just in from Girard-Perregaux and Christie's

Susan and David Rockefeller, Girard-Perregaux and Christie’s join forces and
present the premiere of “Food for Thought, Food For Life” documentary
to advocate for  environmental health and sustainability

philanthropists Susan and David Rockefeller, together with Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, Girard-Perregaux and auction house Christie's, presented a special premiere screening of “Food for Thought, Food for Life”, the latest documentary by Susan Rockefeller, at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai. The movie focuses on the development of healthier and sustainable food sources and the future of ecological and agricultural environments, underscoring  the Rockefellers’ advocacy work under their personal motto of ‘Protect What Is Precious’.

A roundtable discussion about “Food, Environment and Culture” followed the screening, and included the Rockfellers, Dai Jianjun, creator of the Dragon Well Manor restaurant and organic food pioineer, and Ma Jun, founder of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs, a leading figure in environmental protection in China. The  discussion focused on increasing people’s awareness about sustainable food practices and advocacy for a healthier planet and future.  

Inspiring dialogue and collaboration around sustainable business practices is a shared responsibility. Susan & David Rockefeller, Girard-Perregaux and Christie’s together share the belief that their joint event and subsequent collaborations are important steps toward a more healthy, sustainable future for all. "We should especially respect all living things and the soil and sea that support human life”, said Suan Rockfeller. “It is my life-long purpose to protect our planet, a place which defines the real meaning of wealth. I am very pleased to be partnering with Girard-Perregaux, a company which shares my values around sustainablity and combining creativity and tradition to create a better new world."

Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux
In line with the event and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the brand’s iconic ladies’ collection, The Cat’s Eye, Girard-Perregaux has created a ‘Protect What Is Precious’ special edition timepiece, designed in collaboration with Susan Rockefeller. The timepiece features 73 tsavorites on the white hand-polished mother-of-pearl dial ranging from bright to pastel gdreen, representing the “green ideals and values” that Girard-Perregaux and the Rockefellers jointly share. Designed for women who appreciate the preciousness of time, the beauty of nature and need to protect our planet, this special edition watch is engraved with the motto “Protect What Is Precious” to raise environmental awareness.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two New Versions for the HMS1 Line

I have to say that the folks in the PR department of Arnold & Son are some of the hardest working people out there.  I woke up this morning with this in my "in" box.  So without further ado, allow me to introduce:

Courtesy of Arnold & Son
 HMS1 1LCAP.S10A.C110A, 18-carat rose gold

Courtesy of Arnold & Son
and HMS1 1LCAW.S09A.C111W, 18-carat white gold

Now while it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that Arnold & Son simply knocked together a couple of watches one in white gold, one in rose gold, well that would be a bit short sighted.  Have an actual look at the dials.  Notice a few differences?  The devil, as they say, is in the details.  Arnold & Son have certainly come a long way from the "wilderness years" that troubled them in previous incarnations.  It seems that the horizon is bright, and a clear path has been charted.

Here are the details -

Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, hand-wound, 21 jewels, diameter 30 mm, thickness 2.7 mm, power reserve 90 h, double barrel, 21,600 vibrations/h

hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock

Movement decoration:
nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads

silvery-white guilloché

18-carat rose gold or 18-carat white gold, diameter 40 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m

hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather

1LCAP.S10A.C110A, 18-carat rose gold
1LCAW.S09A.C111W, 18-carat white gold 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Axis Pure

From Pinion -
Courtesy of Pinion
 Joining the growing stable of Pinion's collection, this is the Axis Pure Steel and Axis Pure Bronze
Courtesy of Pinion
The devil is in the detail, as can be seen in the dial.  Multiple layers and elements adding together to create a depth and texture rarely seen.

Both watches utilize the ETA 6498, the hand-wound wonder formerly known as the Unitas.

316L stainless steel and marine grade bronze.  The case measures 44 mm and is water resistant to 100 meters.
Courtesy of Pinion
The Axis Pure will be shipping next month (November 2014)