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i_3240_1ZENITH

Academy Georges Favre-Jacot

Still located in the premises where it was born in 1865, Zenith is celebrating its 150th anniversary by introducing an exceptional watch imbued with the visionary genius of its founder, Georges Favre-Jacot. Genius was indeed required to transpose the fusée and chain system borrowed from historical marine chronometers to the tiny space of a wristwatch. This highly complex device serves to compensate for the progressive reduction in the force of the barrel as the power reserve is discharged, and to maintain the perfect stability of the force with no loss of amplitude. In concrete terms, the mainspring transmits its energy to the helicoidal fusée devised by Zenith via a 18-cm chain that wraps itself around the barrel. By adjusting variations in tension, the fusée ensures the regularity of the force distributed to the gear train and then to the silicon escape wheel. 150-piece limited edition.
Movement
Mechanical hand-wound constant-force El Primero 4810 calibre with fusée and chain transmission connected to the barrel, COSC-certified chronometer, 36,000 vib/h, 797 parts (including 575 for the fusée and chain), 30 jewels, 50-hour power reserve
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, power-reserve indicator
Case
18K pink gold, 45 mm Cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)
Dial
Grained silver-toned Barrel between 10 and 11 o’clock Fusée between 1 and 2 o’clock
Bracelet/strap
Rubber-lined brown alligator leather, 18K pink gold folding clasp

i_3205_1BREITLING

Chronoliner

Already serving as “official supplier to world aviation” in the 1950s and 60s, Breitling now finds inspiration in a model from that era to present its new Chronoliner. This chronometer certified by the COSC, like all Breitling chronographs, is pursuing the brand’s longstanding aeronautical tradition in a spirit that is both modern and timeless. Its distinctive features include a broad scratch-resistant high-tech ceramic bezel with a star-shaped cut-out that facilitates handling as well as white ceramic numerals creating an optimal contrast. The second timezone is easily read off by means of a red-tipped hand together with a 24-hour graduated rotating bezel equipped with an ultra-accurate ratcheted system. The dial is distinguished by its perfect readability, with white luminescent hour-markers standing out against a black background, oversized hour/minute hands and luminescent counter hands. The model is complemented by a comfortable and distinctive steel mesh bracelet.
Movement
Mechanical automatic Breitling 24 calibre, COSC-certified chronometer, 25 jewels, 28,800 vib/h
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, 24-hour 2nd timezone display
Case
Polished steel, 48 mm Black ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel Cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides Water-resistant to 100 metres (10 bar / 330 ft)
Dial
Black
Bracelet/strap
Ocean Classic steel mesh or Navitimer

i_3218_1CHRISTOPHE CLARET

Aventicum

Christophe Claret pays tribute to Aventicum, the ancient capital of Roman Helvetia, and its museum. One of the many treasures to have been excavated here is a solid gold bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. The watchmaker has reproduced this bust and placed it at the centre of the dial, in the form of a gold micro-sculpture. Less than 3 millimetres high, this likeness is magnified using an astonishing optical system known as the mirascope: two parabolic mirrors are positioned one above the other; the topmost mirror has a hole in its centre. The object to be viewed is placed on the bottom mirror, reflected by light rays, and magnified to twice its size. The bust appears to be projecting out of the dial. Each of the watch’s decorations is inspired by Roman art, such as the patented sapphire oscillating weight that is embellished with five racing chariots. Aventicum is proposed as two limited series with 68 pieces in pink gold and 38 in white gold.
Movement
Mechanical automatic, AVE15 calibre, 186 parts, 28 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, twin barrels, decorated sapphire oscillating weight, 72-hour power reserve
Functions
Hours, minutes
Case
18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold and grade 5 titanium with anthracite grey PVD treatment, 44 mm Sapphire crystal and transparent back Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)
Dial
Labyrinth motif Mirascopic bust of Marcus Aurelius in micro-engraved gold in the centre Carbon fibre hands
Bracelet/strap
Black alligator with black stitching

i_3197_1ARTYA

Son of Earth Farfalla

The highly original, shimmering new Farfalla watches by Artya are part of the Son of Earth collection and play with the colours of nature as well as subtle light effects. The most immediately striking aspect is the dial with its countless different shades, stemming from the incorporation of genuine butterfly wings, naturally in compliance with the relevant authorities. These stunningly beautiful wings are enriched with gold leaf in order to create an incomparable chromatic balance. This is the work of an artist, Dominique Arpa-Cirpka, who makes each watch a unique and almost living creation that subtly changes appearance as the day goes by. As always with Artya models, each customer is offered a chance to personalise the hands and the case – the latter being available in several sizes of 38 mm and up.
Movement
Mechanical automatic, 25 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 42-hour power reserve
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Case
316L stainless steel with ArtyOr lateral inserts Sapphire crystal and back Water-resistant to 50 metres (5 bar / 165 ft)
Dial
Butterfly wings enriched with gold leaf
Bracelet/strap
Hand-sewn black leather with black topstitching

i_3206_1BURBERRY

The Britain Icon Check for Men Limited Edition

Part of the brand-new The Britain Icon Check collection designed by Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer and CEO Christopher Bailey, this timepiece issued in a 20-piece limited edition is a compendium of the famous British brand’s design codes. Created in the 1920s, the “Check” motif featured on the lining of its famous trench coats finds new scope for expression in the form of a grid pattern serving as a watch dial. The latter, like the watch movement, was entirely crafted in Switzerland, sealing the encounter between the best of British design and Swiss watchmaking expertise. Crafted in anthracite DLC-treated titanium, the dial weaves an openworked motif providing tantalising glimpses of the mechanical calibre and its Côtes de Genève decoration.
Movement
Mechanical hand-wound, modified version of ETA 2824-2 base calibre, 17 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case
Polished and brushed anthracite DLC-treated titanium, 45 mm Scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal Water-resistant to 50 metres (5 bar / 165 ft)
Dial
Woven-effect openworked anthracite grid
Bracelet/strap
Black alligator leather with folding clasp
Other versions
Limited edition 20 numbered watches

i_3241_1SNYPER

Ironclad Steel PVD Black Red Edition

Established in Geneva in 2008, Snyper finds its inspiration in the equipment issued to Special Forces marksmen. Robust and technical, these Swiss-made watches are for men who demonstrate the same high expectations and complete self-control. The brand is committed to taking technology to new limits without compromise. This is evidenced in the powerful design of its Ironclad Steel PVD Black Red Edition. This imposing chronograph is proof of an unfailing desire to serve. Contrasting surfaces and depths play out across the dial while the case is an efficient mix of design and technique. The unmistakable signature feature of the two bars on the left side of the watch are for mounting Snyper modules: lifestyle accessories such as an LED/laser beam or a lighter/cigar cutter.
Movement
Mechanical automatic, Snyper F101 Chrono/Day-Date calibre, 25 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, personalised oscillating weight with grey PVD treatment, 48-hour power reserve
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, day, date
Case
Stainless steel with black PVD treatment, 53 mm Anti-reflective sapphire crystal Two bars at 9 o’clock for mounting Snyper ModulesTM Water-resistant to 100 metres (10 bar / 330 ft)
Dial
Black carbon fibre Hour counter at 6 o’clock, minute counter at 12 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock Day and date windows at 3 and 4 o’clock Numerals 1, 3 and 5, small seconds and inner bezel ring in red
Bracelet/strap
Black calfskin with alligator pattern, red stitching and stainless steel folding clasp with black PVD treatment

i_3242_1MONDAINE

Mondaine SBB Mini Giant

Authentic, iconic, simple, timeless. The new Mondaine SBB Mini Giant doubtless bears the world’s most famous dial. A functional and reassuring design found on all Swiss railway clocks. Loyal to the original while now available in a mini version with a 35 mm diameter, this new wristwatch is an appealing interpretation of the Giant model. The absence of lugs gives the impression of wearing the emblematic Swiss Federal Railway clock on the wrist, while ensuring perfect comfort for everyday usage. Available with a leather strap in the traditional red or black Mondaine colours, or with a Milanese mesh steel bracelet, the Mini Giant displays ineffably Swiss precision on its white dial with the famous red dot. A domed magnifying-effect crystal enhances the overall effect and makes this a collector’s item for all design lovers and Swiss train enthusiasts.
Movement
Quartz
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Case
Stainless steel, 35 mm Domed glass with magnifier effect Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)
Dial
White Black hands and hour-markers Red sweep-seconds hand with characteristic dot
Bracelet/strap
Milanese mesh steel or red or black leather

i_3194_1ALBERT RIELE |

Premiere

The incarnation of the aesthetic and creativity of Swiss brand Albert Riele, this chronograph seals the launch of its flagship Premiere collection. Its design is rooted in classic lines, drawn out by a myriad carefully orchestrated details that instil a contemporary touch. Elegant contrasts take form such as the mat black chronograph counters that stand out against the silvered dial. They are echoed by the inner bezel ring that is circled by a date scale. The expressive hands with their robust architecture offer maximum legibility, including at night thanks to the luminescent coating that also covers the hour-markers. All this is brought to life by a quartz movement, the Ronda 5040.F calibre. The watch is delivered on a leather strap with an additional steel bracelet.
Movement
Quartz, Ronda 5040.F calibre
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day, month, chronograph
Case
316L steel, 44 mm Anti-reflective sapphire crystal Water-resistant to 50 metres (5 bar / 165 ft)
Dial
Silvered and black Luminescent hands and applied hour-markers
Bracelet/strap
Black leather with butterfly clasp, and an additional steel bracelet