In 1762, a man by the names James Arnold opened a small workshop in London. Over the next 250 years, his small workshop would grow and become home to one of the best known watchmakers: Arnold & Son. Since it’s meager beginnings, the British based company has grown and flourished, producing a variety of complications which have stunned the world. Now they have revealed their latest accomplishment: the Ultra Thin Tourbillon Escapement, or UTTE for short.
The UTTE clocks in at a slim 8.34mm thick, making it the thinnest tourbillon in the world.
The star of Arnold & Son’s UTTE is the movement contained within the piece. The brand new caliber A&S8200 is a tourbillon movement which measures a mere 2.97mm thick and 14mm in diameter. The movement was created entirely in-house by Arnold & Son in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The minuscule movement took several years of development to create, but is well worth the wait. In addition to being the thinnest tourbillon in existence, the A&S8200 was engineered to use the same double-barrel system common in Arnold & Son timepieces. This results in a miraculously thin movement with a spectacular 80 hour power reserve.
The A&S8200 is a mechanical feat on it’s own, but overall the UTTE is an aesthetic wonder. Set into a 42mm case, the dial of this piece features a beautiful radial design, complimenting both the time display with Roman numerals and the tourbillon, which also functions as a minute indicator.
The UTTE will be available in rose gold and palladium. It will be produced in a limited edition of 50 pieces of each metal.
To learn more about Arnold & Son and the thinnest tourbillon, visit www.arnoldandson.com.
-Written by Selena DiGiovanni
Last May, Girard-Perregaux revealed a piece unlike any on the market. Inspired by timepieces from the end of the 19th century, the piece harkened back to another time. Despite it’s vintage roots, the piece had a certain modernity, giving it an overall timeless effect. This piece was the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges.
The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges features a case and bridges fashioned from pink gold, brilliantly contrasting the the anthracite coated gray tone of the main plate. Each bridge is given special attention, first openworked and then carefully hand-polished. Each skeletonized bridge is completed with delicate hand-guilloching. A total of seven days is required to obtain a perfect finish on the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, due to the number of close angles and minute details. This attention to detail gives the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges a distinct look.
The intricate inner workings of the piece also received special attention. The tourbillon within the piece requires the assemblage of 72 components, which are assembled in a diameter of 12mm. Inside the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges beats the self-winding caliber GP9600, which features a micro-rotor beneath the barrel. The detailed insides of the piece can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back.
The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges features a power reserve of 48 hours, demonstrating a perfect blend of craftmanship and technological skill.
Getting your hands on one of these spectacular pieces may be a bit difficult, however, as the edition was limited to a total of 50 pieces.
To learn more about the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, visit www.girard-perregaux.com.
-Written by Selena DiGiovanni
An announcement this week from Ulysse Nardin has given watch lovers and deep sea divers something to get very excited about: the Black Sea Chronograph.
The Black Sea Chronograph is the newest in Ulysse Nardin’s line of Black Sea water timepieces, and it certainly lives up to it’s predecessors. In addition to the typical chronograph face, there is a date indicator at the 4 o’clock position. Next to the date indicator, at the 6 o’clock position, rests a 12 hour counter. The Ulysse Nardin anchor is emblazoned across the main dial, and is also delicately attached to chronograph seconds hand.
The 45.8 millimeter case is crafted from rubber-coated stainless steel, and features a sapphire crystal case back. The strap is also crafted from rubber for unlimited comfort, as are the rubberized pushers, increasing the functionality of the piece. The buckle and other smaller portions are made using ceramic.
The Black Sea Chronograph is self-winding with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. With the addition of a rubberized screw crown, the Black Sea Chronograph is water resistant up to 200 meters. The Black Sea Chronograph also features glowing capabilities in dark situations.
With stunning design and stunning functionality, the Black Sea Chronograph is sure to leave those who see this timepiece on your wrist more than just a little green in the gills.
To learn more about Ulysse Nardin and the Black Sea Chronograph, visit www.ulysse-nardin.ch/.
-Written by Selena DiGiovanni
Bell & Ross, the French watch company, is known for making timepieces that try to replicate and revive early watches which influenced history. In the 2011, this company brought back the first wristwatches worn during the First World War: the Pocket Watch 1 (PW1) and its wristwatch development, the Wrist Watch 1 (WW1). The watches show a parallel between the history of aviation and watch-making. Bell & Ross have created the PW1 and WW1 Argentium, a new oxidation resistant alloy, to create watches that is unique and deep in its look as well as its vintage appearance.
In the Vintage WW1 Argentium, Bell & Ross bring back the high-quality design and feature of early wristwatches. It pays tribute to the first wristwatches worn by pilots in the 1920s. One way this watch differs from the other WW1 models is that it has a smaller diameter (41 millimeters) compared to the others, which measure 45 millimeters in diameter. The silver case, which is made of a more striking and resistant silver alloy, further has a unique luster not seen in the others. Lugs welded to the side of the watch give impression of horns and are attached to thin leather straps, all of which work together to give the watch an authentic, vintage look. Inside the case is a manual winding movement.
The silver version of the Vintage WW1 Argentium has a sunburst dial with opalescent reflections. The hands, numerals, and index marks are in applique metal. The ruthenium version has a deep-gray sunburst dial that contrasts nicely against the silver case. Covering the dial of these watches is a dome shaped glass that is made from sapphire.
Vintage WW1 Argentium Technical Specifics:
Movement: mechanical manual
Case: 41 mm diameter, made of argentium, a sterling silver alloy that has high tarnish resistance
Functions: hours, minutes and small second hand.
Dial: Comes in two versions – silver or ruthenium finish, sunburst,
Small seconds subdial at the 6 o’clock position
Applique metal numerals and index
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire, dome shaped
Water resistance of up to 30 meters
Strap: grey alligator leather
Buckle: pin, argentium
As the press release by the brand points out, “The WW1 Argentium models are the perfect embodiment of Bell & Ross’s mission: to turn back time in order to add new treasures from the past to its collection. The firm is restoring silver to its rightful place. And by improving the properties of the metal, Bell & Ross ensures its new models are of a unique quality. Charismatic, bright and precious: the latest Vintage inspirations from Bell & Ross are born.”
The Italian luxury outdoor watch manufacturer Officine Panerai has long been producing high-end, precision timepieces for people of various backgrounds and occupations. Panerai has also specialized in providing reliable timepieces to those in industries such as diving and was even trusted to provide watches for those in the Italian Marina Militaire, the Italian Navy.
While Officine Panerai has been known to create precision instruments for individuals in demanding occupations and in very official positions, they have also partnered with Italian exotic sports car manufacturer Ferrari for a collection of timepieces bearing the famed Ferrari logo. While Officine Panerai appreciates all things luxurious, it appears that they have and always will have a special connection to the seas.
Having such a fondness for the high seas, it makes sense that Officine Panerai has long been a supporter of sailing. They are such avid promoters of the sport that they host an intercontinental circuit of competitions exclusively for classic yachts. The iconic brand has been sponsoring the classic yacht competition aptly named the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge for eight successive years thus far. And being such an avid promoter of classic yachts and sailing, it is no surprise the Officine Panerai has now partnered with the Atlantic Yacht Club’s Panerai Transat Classique 2012.
To celebrate the special partnership with the Atlantic Yacht Club and the Panerai Transat Classique 2012, Panerai presented an exclusive limited edition Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio timepiece. The Luminor 1920 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio watch comes fashioned in a brushed titanium case and polished titanium bezel. The case back comes with a special inscription with the logo of the race and will be presented to the winner of the race as well as a limited 500 units for sale.
Other notable features of the watch include a split-second chronograph, manually wound Panerai p.2006 calibre movement, an 8-day power reserve indicator and an hours/minutes/seconds indicator. The Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio also comes equipped with a lever device which seals the winding crown to ensure water resistance to about 100 meters and is reported to be highly readable and visible in low light and even underwater. The rubber strap ensures comfort and durability when used while sailing or any other activities.
The limited edition Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio will make an extra special gift for anyone who appreciates the sport of sailing and is an avid fan of the Atlantic Yacht Club’s Panerai Transat Classique. If you are interested in this watch, be on the lookout for this piece sold exclusive at Panerai boutiques in the coming weeks.