Swiss luxury powerhouse watch makers are enticing discerning customers ahead of the winter holidays with a series of spectacular new watches.
Ulysse Nardin – Sonata Streamline
Inspired by the aerodynamic aesthetic of superyachts, the Sonata Streamline reveals a strong and streamlined case with two available dial versions for a 2012 introduction that is powerfully masculine. Sonata’s distinctive design traits are in line with its performance, being run by a patented self-winding manufacture caliber – a caliber developed in-house over the course of seven years by Ulysse Nardin visionaries, engineers and technicians that presents unprecedented precision and multiple functions. The movement combines a 22-karat-gold rotor with a silicium anchor escapement. Both the anchor and escapement wheel are manufactured from silicium – a groundbreaking development. Features of equal importance include the movement’s merging of the melodic, “chime” alarm setting showing a sub-dial at 2 o’clock that indicates the hour and minute alarm setting with a countdown indicator positioned above 10 o’clock.
Panerai – Radiomir Composite 3 Days and Radiomir Composite Black Seal 3 Days Automatic
Panerai’s Composite is a synthetic ceramic created by the electro-chemical process of ceramization of aluminium, a material remarkable for its characteristics of hardness and lightness. Panerai Composite has a high resistance to scratches and high temperatures, but it also very comfortable to wear, with a matt appearance which gives the watch a particular sports elegance. e technology of Panerai Composite is combined with the 1930s appeal of the classic Radiomir cushion case in the new Radiomir Composite® 3 Days – 47mm and the Radiomir Composite® Black Seal 3 Days Automatic – 45mm, two models with movements completely designed and created by Officine Panerai in the manufacture of Neuchâtel.
Radiomir Composite® 3 Days has is calibre with a power reserve of three days, achieved by two spring barrels connected in series, and it is an impressive 16½ lignes in diameter. The dial of the calibre has the construction devised by Officine Panerai in the late 1930s to enhance readability even under very poor lighting conditions: two superimposed discs contain the luminous material, the light from which shines through the apertures in the upper one corresponding to the markers. Its quintessential design is enhanced by the small seconds dial at nine o’clock and by the inscription Radiomir Panerai.
Radiomir Composite® Black Seal 3 Days Automatic – 45mm has a power reserve of 72 hours achieved by means of two spring barrels powered by an oscillating weight which winds in both directions. The name Black Seal, printed on the dial, is a proprietary name of Officine Panerai which evokes fascinating memories of the history of the brand: Black Seal was one of the names used to describe the slow-speed torpedoes, the midget submarines on which the commandos of the Italian Navy carried out their heroic under water enterprises during the Second World War, with Panerai watches and instruments on their wrists
Harry Winston – Ocean Tourbillon Big Date
Of all the complications in haute horlogerie, none demonstrates time quite like the tourbillon. Despite the fact that the tourbillon is now over 200 years old, its creative potential is still apparently limitless –as evidenced by Harry Winston’s fascination with creating some of the most unusual and profoundly thought provoking tourbillon timepieces to be found anywhere. The tourbillon is traditionally mounted on the plate of the watch and can only be seen (when it is visible at all) from one angle. The Ocean Tourbillon Big Date, on the other hand, departs radically from the conventional tourbillon construction, to create a “floating tourbillon” –one in which the tourbillon carriage and the regulating organs carried on it appear to float freely in space, and not only that, but do so with no immediately visible mechanical connection to the rest of the movement. The effect is achieved through the use of sapphire crystals, on the front and back of the 45-mm diameter timepiece, and a special bridge which “suspends” the tourbillon cage apparently in empty space. Harry Winston’s new tourbillon has hand-wound mechanical movement equipped with a power-reserve of 110 hours.
Zenith – Captain Tourbillon
The first classic tourbillon with a three-hand display in the Captain Collection, the Captain Tourbillon conceals beneath its understated elegance a world of perfectly mastered complexity. The construction of a tourbillon is one of the most difficult horological feats to accomplish. This mechanical device enhances precision by counter-balancing the gravity-induced disturbances affecting the regularity of the balance. The correction is achieved by the fact that the balance and the escapement spin on their own axis. Within an asymmetrical design, the Captain Tourbillon unveils the wealth of its mechanism featuring an off-centred rotating carriage that performs one rotation per minute and incorporates a small seconds hand. While the timepiece is above all classic by nature, it also pays homage to the Zenith heritage by picking up the codes that have forged its identity: an automatic El Primero calibre, a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour, a 50-hour power reserve, and a dial generously revealing the movement. The elegant dial is graced with a brushed silver-toned centre, a grained silver-toned hour circle and a polished minute circle with a velvet finish. Meanwhile a transparent sapphire crystal case-back provides a chance to admire the El Primero 4041 S movement, a miniature mechanical masterpiece equipped with 199 parts and the world’s only tourbillon beating at a high frequency, with a 25% higher number of to-and-fro balance movements than on other constructions.
adapted from http://journal.hautehorlogerie.org
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