Escapements A headlong race

— The escapement is a fundamental and complex part of the movement currently experiencing a period of extreme effervescence. Competition between high-end brands is thus migrating to the heart of the Rolex Replica watches.


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The escapement is the organ that performs the fundamental measurement of time inside a movement. It is the place where energy becomes information. In this respect, it may be regarded as a mechanical processor. In recent years, innovations on the regulating organ had tended to concentrated on one particular area, as silicon made a noteworthy entrance into watches’ very heart. Although this material does indeed represent a minirevolution, it takes the place of other materials within escapements, and the latter are almost exclusively of the Swiss-lever type. There has however been a recent shift in this focus.

Horological history has been largely written in terms of the progress made on this part of the movement. The lever escapement established itself along with the wristwatch, as the bulkier and more energy-hungry and detent and pin-pallet types with their respective variations gradually disappeared along with the pocket watch. It was not until 1990s, when Omega acquired the patents for the co-axial escapement invented by Georges Daniel, that a new system made a front-stage appearance – and even then, the co-axial is merely an incremental improvement of the Swiss lever escapement, that Omega has since begun to use in a number of its models.

Then in 2011, Urban Jürgensen announced that it has succeeded in miniaturizing the detent escapement. This is no mean feat, since this type is reputed to be both fragile and capricious. On a similar note, Christophe Claret presented the Maestoso at Baselworld 2014, equipped with a fully operational detent escapement of which several have already been made, including several acquired by Bulgari for its Ammiraglio Del Tempo. This strange system conceals its mode of operation, since the balance oscillates, the seconds hand moves on, but the detent itself makes such tiny and quick jumps that one cannot help wondering whether it is actually working.

 

Christophe Claret Maestoso

Christophe Claret Maestoso
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A shared quest

Interest in detent escapements goes back a long way, since it used to be known as the “chronometer escapement”. This was the type equipping marine timepieces that used to be of such vital use to sailors in maritime navigation. There is another type of historical escapement, the so-called échappement naturel that dates back to a concept invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet. Since 2011, four brands have presented their own version. Those by F.P. Journe, Laurent Ferrier and Kari Voutilainen use comparable principles, while the fourth and typically standout variation stems from Ulysse Nardin. To emphasize its resolutely vanguard approach, the latter now also offers its third innovative in-house escapement, a variation on the lever escapement, made of silicon like its recent predecessors. It belongs to the new family of systems distinguished by their geometry and their sophistication – the most famous being Girard-Perregaux’s Constant Escapement. Its highly complex butterfly shape stems precisely from its constant-force nature expressed in the name. It is also the only concept that regulates both the rhythm of the oscillations and the force transmitted to the balance – a guarantee of precision timekeeping.

While undoubtedly both difficult and costly, research in the domain of escapements is also a ticket to glory when it yields results. Nonetheless, with the notably exception of Omega, it remains the preserve of small and medium-sized brands that remain dedicated to faithfully perpetuating this noble heritage.

Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Anchor Escapment

Ulysse Anchor Escapment
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Armin Strom Replica Watches The Racing Manual

— For the 2014 Formula 1 season Armin Strom proposes an updating of its Racing collection, with two new calibres made from a Formula 1 engine.


Racing Manual


Convinced that, just like a Rolex Replica watches, a car can be recognized by its heart, the Armin Strom manufacture has dismantled the engine in order to select the components with the most suitable physical and aesthetic properties to be transformed into Omega Replica watchmaking parts. This approach, with the help and friendly supervision of the Team, especially the driver and Brand Ambassador, Max Chilton, lies behind the collection’s two new models, the Racing Gravity, and the Racing Manual.

The Armin Strom Racing Manual is above all a study of profile. The purity of the decoration seems to have been inspired by aesthetic norms approaching those determining the aerodynamics of the racing car. The machining of the visible bridges on the dial side reflect the forms, which hold the secrets to Formula 1 performance. This watch is based on calibre AMW11, which has a 5-day power reserve.

 

Armin Strom Racing Manual

Racing Manual
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Bedat & Co Collection N°3, ref. 384

— The volute of woman’s grace.

Bedat & Co Collection


A movement between the two World Wars from the 1920′s to 1930′s created an eclectic and influential visual arts design of rich colors, bold geometric or curves shapes, and lavish ornamentation called Art Deco.

The new collections of Bedat & Co capture the essence of women, inspired by artworks of Art Deco artist Paul Kiss; a table lamp in wrought iron and alabaster and a wrought iron and marble console table which are voluptuous like a woman can be.

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N°3 collection Ref. 384.031.S02
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The Art Deco-inspired Reference 384 offers a graceful blend of feminine sophistication and refined elegance expressed through a timeless composition.

Its case set with the purest diamonds and forming the delicate curve of the tonneau or barrel shape – an iconic reminder of the Art Deco era – asserts itself as a true classic on women’s wrists.

Bedat & Co 384.060.S01

N°3 collection Ref. 384.060.S01
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Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship

— Denmark and New Zealand retain their crowns at the Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship.


2014 Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship, Helsinki, ©  Mick Anderson

The 49er Class renewed its reputation as the most exciting class in the Olympic regatta with over 130 boats competing for the 18th European title in a final day of theater-style racing that drew big crowds to the Helsinki shore.

In the lead up to the event, attention was focussed on the rivalry between the leading Australian crew of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen and the New Zealand team of Pete Burling and Blair Tuke who, between them, had won the last five World Championships and whose rivalry will be renewed in the next America’s Cup.

These two crews were in first and second place going into the final three races. The New Zealand crew raced perfectly all day, while disaster struck for the Australians in the form of a broken wire and a capsize that pushed them back down to fourth place behind the leading European crew from Germany (Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel) and the British team of Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign.

In the 49erFX Class, the Danish team of Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen went into the three Grand Final races just a point behind the New Zealanders Alex Maloney and Molly Meech.

The next stop for the Kiwis and many of the other top teams in the 49er and 49erFX classes is Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic test regatta next month, followed by the World Championships in Santander in September.

Seiko has been the Class Sponsor of the 49er Association since 2007 and to presented Velatura Replica Watches Sale to all the medalists. After the award ceremony, the Class President Marcus Spillane said, “With Seiko as our long term class partner, we are able to push sailing forward in ways not possible without their support. Working with Seiko gives us the profile and ambition to take skiff sailing to new heights, including our live broadcasting packages and format innovations. They are truly a wonderful partner.”

 

The victorious Danish crews. Their Velatura Rolex Replica watches collection grows larger.
© © Mick Anderson

 

Montblanc Replica Watches Video. Anniversary Celebration for Meisterstück

— Montblanc Swiss Replica Watches Sale celebrated the Meisterstück anniversary during the Black & White weeks in Hong Kong and unveiled its Meisterstück 90 Years Collection.


The collection does not only include the red-gold-plated Meisterstück writing instruments, but also new products of the cheap Fake Rolex Watches, Leather and Jewellery category.

 

A. Lange & Söhne Living is learning…

— On 9 July 2014, seven A. Lange & Söhne trainees received their diplomas as certified cheap Rolex Replica watchmakers.


Walter Lange hands the diplomas over to the graduates © A. Lange & Söhne

All the graduates began to work in the manufactory the day after receiving their diplomas. They benefit from a wide variety of entry-level job options within the manufactory’s different ateliers. Exciting perspectives for their unfolding careers await them in departments devoted to the assembly of complications, to service, or to product development, for instance.

Patience was likely the most important character trait that Dresden native Ferdinand A. Lange brought along to Glashütte in 1845. It is where he trained 15 young men to become watchmakers, among them a plasterer, a quarry worker, and several straw braiders. He expected patience of them as well, even after they had completed their official apprenticeships, because “there is always so much to learn every day,” as he stressed in a letter to the Saxon Ministry of the Interior in January 1852.

Patience and eagerness to learn are also among the strengths of the seven youngsters who at A. Lange & Söhne accepted their diplomas on 9 July 2014. “Both assets will play an important role during on-the-job familiarisation,” said manufactory director Tino Bobe in a conversation with the graduates. The apprenticeship, he noted, is only the first step in a learning process that does not end when the training phase is completed. Swiss Cheap Omega Replica Watchmakers not only need artisanal skills and technical knowledge, they must also acquire routine by intensively training the different steps involved in assembling a movement. “In my experience, it takes about 12 to 18 months for a staff member to attain roughly 80 per cent of the capacity of a colleague who has been pursuing the same activity for five years,” Tino Bobe pointed out.

“It’s delightful to see how experienced staff members help their young colleagues out by revealing tricks that simplify one or the other assembly step,” notes Tino Bobe. The graduates are encouraged to preserve their curiosity and willingness to keep learning. And in moments when they might be tempted to just give up, there is one trait that helps most: patience.

Lange Watchmaking School graduates

Company founder Walter Lange shares the excitement as seven graduates of the Lange Breitling Replica Watchmaking School receive their diplomas.
© A. Lange & Söhne

 

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Frédérique Constant Healey GMT 24H Collection

— Frédérique Constant continues its partnership with Austin Healey and launches the new Healey GMT 24H collection.


Frederique Constant Healey GMT 24H ref.350HS5B6


This new range comprises three Cheap Swiss Replica Watches powered by the FC-350 Automatic GMT movement, and offering 38-hour power reserve. They feature the hours, minutes, seconds, date and GMT 24H functions. The local time can easily be set up via the hour hand. In fact, all features can be accessed and adjusted through the single crown. The GMT module is an in-house conceived, developed and assembled.

The Rolex Replica watches come in a 42mm diameter case – water resistant to 50 meters (5 ATM – topped with a convex sapphire crystal. They features an engraving of the NOJ393 Healey on the case back, together with a round aperture, through which the balance wheel can be seen.

The date counter is at the 3 o’clock position, and the unmistakable Healey logo stands at 6 o’clock. The hour and minute hands are with a luminous white finishing, and the dials all feature a luxurious guilloche decoration.

 

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Healey GMT 24H ref.350CH5B4
© Frédérique Constant

Two of the new models (ref. FC-350HVG5B4 and FC-350CH5B4) are presented with a rose gold plated case and hand-applied rose gold plated indexes. A dark brown leather racing strap further enhances the new range’s sporty image.

The third model (FC-350HS5B6) comes in polished stainless steel, with silver dial, hand-applied indexes and a leather racing strap in black with white stitch accents.

Each model will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 2,888 pieces and will be delivered in a specially designed gift box and accompanied by a Healey NOJ393 car miniature model.

With a “starting line” price of just CHF 1,550, these timepieces are the perfect accessories of Gentleman drivers!

Vulcain The ascent of K2: 60 years of excellence

— This summer, Vulcain pays tribute to the 60th anniversary of the ascent of K2 made by 14 climbers from the Italian Mountain Club in 1954.


K2 1954 Vulcain

Vulcain has always been associated with sporting achievements. Alongside supporting Real Madrid in the 30s, or sounding the underwater depths of Hannes Keller in 1961, the Manufacture has also distinguished itself when it comes to conquering mountains.

Three mountain expeditions deserve a mention: the first in the Andes, in the heart of the Cordillera Vilcamba in the centre of Peru. On August 5th 1952, a French-Belgian expedition directed by Bernard Pierre and two American teams conquered the north face of the Salcantay, one of the Andes’ untamed peaks, which reaches to a height of 6,264 metres. Shortly after this achievement, Vulcain received several testimonies from this roped party highlighting the intrinsic qualities of their Cricket Vulcain Fake Watches Sale. These were effectively part of the entire ascent, reaching a height of more than 6000 metres.

1954, Ascension of K2

The second noteworthy expedition took place 60 years ago. In order to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Italian Mountain Club, a team of 14 transalpine climbers swore that they would conquer K2 for the first time – that legendary Himalayan summit in the Karakorum range. Led by Ardito Desio, a professor of geology, 700 porters carried more than 13 tons of material to the base camp located at an altitude of more than 5,000 metres. On July 31st 1954, the roped party with Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni reached 8,612 metres accompanied by their Crickets.

A few years later, in 1958, a team that once again consisted of Bonatti and other members of the first expedition set off to conquer Gasherbrum IV (7,980 m), a Karakorum peak reputed to be inaccessible. This time, Vulcain equipped the climbers with Crickets.

The Breitling Replica watches from this small Swiss Manufacture achieved considerable success with these extreme climbers. Publications at the time proudly announced that these timepieces served “their owners faithfully by providing the exact time and by chiming at the right moment”.

In 2011, Vulcain paid tribute to this achievement by intro – ducing its 50s Presidents Heritage model.

 

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50s Presidents Heritage, 2011.
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Ascension of K2, the Italian route

At 8,612 metres, K2 is the second highest mountain in the world after Everest.

This expedition by the Italian Mountain Club was the first to climb K2 via the historic Abruzzi Spur – named following an attempt in 1909 by the Duke of Abruzzi up to 6,000m.

The Abruzzi Spur route is the most oft used trail. Around 75% of climbers choose this route. It starts at 5300 metres at the bottom of a ridge, drops gently for several kilometres and continues up to the 8612 summit.

Richard Mille Replica Watches UK Concours d’élégance

— The brand associates its name to the Chantilly Art & Elegance Richard Mille contest, which opens on Sunday, 7 September, 2014 Cheap Fake Watches.


Richard Mille


The Chantilly concours d’élégance is a contest which has breathed new life into a French tradition that first emerged in the 1920s and had threatened to disappear until now.

Founded by Peter Auto, the show takes place in the Chantilly gardens, close to Paris and showcases an array of treasures from the finest garages and museums, coupled with the most exclusive concept cars designed by today’s carmakers.

Upholding the spirit of elegant car competitions of yesteryear, in which the men showing off their cars were accompanied by their wives, the procession of automobiles will feature models dressed for the occasion in creations by major European couturiers. In tune with the increasing feminization of the car world, the event is also a homage to Femme Mille—a theme to which the Jura-based Maison has dedicated the year 2014, with its top-flight feminine collection.

Chantilly Art & Elegance

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This automobile elite will be joined by 400 vehicles from clubs representing the most prestigious makes, such as Rolls-Royce, Delahaye, Facel Vega and Aston Martin.

The splendor of the estate and the château inspired the organizers to broaden the theme of the event to an «Elegant Sunday in the Countryside», a celebration of the manifold delights of the French way of life. With its vibrant blend of art and know-how, past and future, cars and couture, the day-long event highlights the myriad fields of French excellence, from fine arts to gastronomy and luxury goods.

Richard Mille invites all aficionados of art, cars and the finer things in life on September 7, 2014 to Chantilly to the Richard Mille Chantilly Arts & Elegance, without a doubt the prime elegant car event of the year in Europe.

Jaeger-LeCoultre and the 71st Venice International Film Festival

Sarah Gadon wearing a Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Replica Watches For Sale

Committed for the last ten years to preserving and enhancing the “seventh art”, a discipline closely related to the watchmaking profession in terms of the ingenuity as well as the artistic and technical mastery that both artisans and filmmakers must display, the name of Jaeger-LeCoultre is now associated with the world’s finest film festivals. A loyal partner of the Venice Film Festival, the famous Swiss Fine Watchmaking Maison will play an active part in the key moments of this event to be held from August 27th to September 6th 2014.

A symbol of virtuosity, Venice and its lagoon appeal as strongly as ever to the famous Swiss watch Manufacture. Jaeger-LeCoultre wished to strengthen its ties with the City of the Doges through new donations intended to enhance a unique place dedicated to art. The brand is beginning a three-year restoration programme of a historic monument very close to the hearts of Venetians: the “Scuola Grande di San Rocco”, the confraternity rendered unique by the creations of the painter Tintoretto.

Since Venice is also synonymous with expertise, and Jaeger-LeCoultre will be showcasing at the 71st Venice International Film Festival its new Hybris Artistica collection composed of 12 precious and exclusive watches symbolising the horological excellence of the Swiss Manufacture.

The Venice International Film Festival is also an opportunity for Jaeger-LeCoultre to honour the creative ingenuity of filmmakers by awarding the Glory to the Filmmaker Award. Each year, this distinction is conferred on a personality who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary cinema a special awards ceremony organised by the Biennale di Venezia. Past honourees include Ettore Scola in 2013, Spike Lee in 2012, Al Pacino in 2011, Indian film director Mani Ratnam in 2010, Sylvester Stallone in 2009, Agnès Varda and Abbas Kirostami in 2008 and Takeshi Kitano in 2007.

At the 71st Venice International Film Festival, the Swiss Fine Omega Replica Watchmaking Maison is also pursuing its support of the humanitarian NGO Emergency. For over 20 years, this humanitarian association has been providing emergency medical treatment to civilian victims of war, and for the past three years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been annually training the spotlight on this association through a special event held during the Venice Film Festival with support from the friends of the brand. On Thursday August 28th 2014 a dedicated Red Carpet action will be organised, featuring a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch specially engraved for this charity.

During the Awards Ceremony on the closing night of the festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre will present its iconic Reverso Replica Watches UK to the winners of the Best Film (Golden Lion) Award, as well as to the year’s Best Actress and Best Actor. These three personalised timepieces – adorned with a lacquered engraving depicting a lion, the symbol of Venice – are handcrafted in accordance with the finest traditions and bear the inscription “71. Mostra”.