Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jumping Petals!

This one sort of slipped under the radar on me, so apologies one and all.  But when I saw it this morning as the sun was rising over the Pacific here our little seaside paradise, I thought of those dreadful mornings I spent as a Northern Youth growing up in Ohio.  Around this time of year my father would be out at 7:30 AM in his pajamas, snow boots and overcoat.  There would be blankets over the hood of the old Buick station wagon, and a series of extension cords jury rigged to a hair dryer.  My father, cursing under his breath desperately trying to warm the hood of the car so that the engine might start.  No, I have no sense of nostalgia for those "halcyon" days.

But for those of you in more unforgiving climbs, I thought this might offer you some small measure of cheer to help celebrate the shortest day of the year with today being the Winter Solstice.  Ladies and gentlemen; boys and girls allow me to introduce the Surya from Frédéric Jouvenot.

Courtesy of Frederic Jouvenot

And because sometimes pictures (particularly moving ones) speak louder than words, here is a brief video showing the progression of time from midnight to noon -

And here are the details, straight from the source.  So be sure to get out there and embrace the sun - at least as much as you can ; )

- New face indicating the passage of 24 hours with day and night ( patented system ) - Hour display without discs or hands, replaced by 12 petals with 12 jumping hours
- Display of minutes via a disc turning in the center of the watch
- White gold bezel set with 54 round diamonds totaling 2.15 carats
- 12 pink sapphire-set dial elements
- 88-piece limited edition
- Swiss made
- Two-year warranty

Details of the movement :
- Exquisite workmanship mechanical movement with hours and minutes. Black gold balance with screws - Movement bridges decorated and engraved with rhodium plated côtes de Genève
- Dial and bridges polished angles
- Screw-adjusted balance, frequency of 28,800 vph

- A hundred components are found inside the heart of the sun, measuring 12 mm in diameter and 5 mm in heig - Automatic winding, 50-hour power reserve
- 47 jewels

Details of the casing :
- White gold case, crown and back, 50 m waterproof
- Face and back sapphire glass cover with antirefective coating
- White gold folding clasp
- Black or pink alligator leather strap
- Case diameter : 42 x 52 x 14 mm

Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - in 2 Blog Posts!

Okay, it is that time of year.  Now unless you're talking about a SWATCH, or perhaps a 3thirty3 ; )  watches and other expensive luxury items are not generally what I tend to think of as Christmas/Holiday gifts (sorry to disappoint you gentle readers), but having said that here are the 12 things that I'd plump for if money was no object, so herein my personal 12 Days of Christmas part the first -

1.  The newly christened Filip & Co. Cleveland Ohio City -

Courtesy of Filip & Co.

2.  From the frozen, dark NORTH -  the Sarpaneva Korona K3 Northern Stars -

Courtesy of Sarpaneva

3.  At Tempus Fugit we like nice stuff, but we also like to do good.  So the upcoming Edelberg "Polio" pen is right in our wheel house!

Courtesy of Edelberg

4.  The folks at Frederique Constant like to provide a wonderful watch at a wonderful price, here's my pick -

Courtesy of Frederique Constant

5.  Whenever I need inspiration, I turn and look at what Patrik is doing at GoS watches -

Courtesy of GoS Watches

6.  And when you're toting all that stuff somewhere, you need a good bag.  This is the classic red from Ruitertassen.

Courtesy of Ruitertassen

The HMS Ten

From Romain Gauthier

Courtesy of Romain Gauthier

A little something to ask Santa for.

41 mm in platinum, white and red gold.

All the "in house" trimmings to keep you warm in this cold season.



The superbly finished movement features an innovative flat crown on the back, which is easy to wind on the wrist. The case is available in red gold, white gold and platinum and has a diameter of 41mm.

Technical specifications

Indications: Off-centre hours, minutes and small seconds. 
Case options: 18kt red gold, 18kt white gold, and titanium 950
Dimensions: 41mm x 12.1 mm, water resistance: 10m /1 atm / 30’
Strap and buckle: alligator leather hand-stitched in Switzerland with pin buckle in metal to match the case.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Vintage BR 126 Insignia

From Bell & Ross -

Courtesy of Bell & Ross

And here are the specs -
Limited edition - 99 pcs.

Self-winding mechanical movement.
Functions : hours, minutes, seconds. Two-counter chronograph (60-seconds and 30-minutes accumulators). Date.
Steel case with black PVD finish. 41 mm diameter.
Black dial. Numerals, index and hands covered in a photo-luminescent coating. (Superluminova).
Sapphire antiglare crystal.
Water-resistance 100 meters.
Black rubber strap.
Steel pin buckle with black PVD finish.
Bell & Ross designed the Vintage BR 126 Insignia (special edition of the Vintage BR 126 Original Carbon) to pay tribute to air forces enrolled in World War II.
These watches are inspired by the timepieces of the 1940s, and display the cockade of the nations involved. Their round 41 mm diameter steel case is typical of the wristwatches of this era, while the black matte PVD coating is inspired by the aeronautical instruments.

The Imperial

From Celedon -

Courtesy of Celedon

Another proud to be Chinese brand has emerged - this is Celedon.

More to come on these folks, so stay tuned.  For now, here are the details -

Numbered Edition of 100 pieces worldwide, with 50 pieces in each Dial Edition,
with “首” to denote Imperial First Series and "貳" to denote Imperial Second Series

Choice of Dial Colour - Imperial Red (First Series), Blanc de Chine (Second Series), and Midnight Blue (Second Series)

Beijing Manufactory SB18-6 thin in-house manufacture movement, 26 x 4.01mm

Movement decoration and technical details - 
Robust 3/4 plate architecture inspired by classical 19th century watches
Four gold chatons descended from the chatons of the First Generation Chinese wristwatches, the Tianjin Wuxing (1955) and Beijing SB1 (1958)
Heat-blued screws
Swan neck regulator
Chinese Scroll Stripes 
Hand-applied perlage on the movement baseplate
Flat balance
Shock protection
21,600 vph

Two-piece case with threaded caseback, engraved legend with serial number, 38 x 9.2mm

Sapphire crystal front and back (curved front crystal)

Tri-faceted dauphine hands and hour markers

Textured Plum Blossom Guilloché dial, inspired by China’s first serially-manufactured wristwatch, the Wuyi from 1958
(First Series)

Textured Peacock Guilloché dial, inspired by Classical Chinese ink brush "Birds and Butterflies" paintings
​(Second Series)
CELADON Crown dial signature, inspired by the Grand Tradition of Vintage Chinese Watches and with profound influences from traditional Chinese culture

Tang buckle with engraved CELADON Crown

Presented in a handmade leather watch case, designed specifically for the CELADON Imperial to fit its dimensions exactly. The case functions as a travel tray as well, and is further contained in a rigid paper box, itself handmade.

One year worldwide warranty, with lifetime complimentary servicing accorded at discretion

Optional blued steel dial signature (a world first), hour indices and hands

Optional Bespoke Monogramming service, where the connoisseur's initials, Chinese seal or coat of arms may be engraved anywhere on the watch (where practicable) by hand

Optional hand-stitched bespoke strap in any skin and design, measured to wearer’s wrist exactly with just a single hole

Optional hand-stitched bespoke leather watch case in any skin and design, to fit more than one watch