January 2011


Revue Thommen reveals the GT 72 Movement, featuring a nice in-house very thing hand-wound movement. The watch reminds me a bit of the Nomos stuff.

REVUE THOMMEN – Classical 82 Round

Revue Thommen can pride itself on having produced over one hundred movements since 1853. In keeping with this proud tradition, its latest model, the Classical 82 Round, houses the brand’s GT 82 movement. Inspired by legendary pilot watches, this timepiece has a round case, though the dial is presented in a more contemporary fashion, with shades of pink gold delicately highlighting the hour-markers and hands. One of Switzerland’s oldest watch manufacturers offers here a neo-classical model that exalts simplicity, elegance and refinement in the purest tradition of horological savoir-faire.

Movement
Hand-wound mechanical GT 82, 17 jewels, 40-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Case
Stainless steel or 18K pink gold, 36 mm
Sapphire crystal front and back
Water-resistant to 30 m

Dial
Silvered or black
Hour-markers and Arabic numerals plated with pink gold
Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Strap
Alligator

Porsche Design released yet another Porsche-style watch with another 7750 Movement for SIHH 2011. Cool looking watches with great Porsche style, but they are all starting to blend into each other now.

PORSCHE DESIGN – P’6930 Chronograph

It’s not trying to hide it. In fact, it’s very proud of it! The P’6930 chronograph draws its inspiration from the legendary P’6910 and offers a variant with a consciously technical appeal. Its precision is enhanced by the use of titanium, the brand’s signature. An intersect between the automobile industry and watchmaking, it boasts many elements that evoke the Carrera GT: the pedal-shaped pushpieces, the grooved strap with its tyre-tread design, and the 7750 calibre “steering-wheel” rotor. A powerful, discreet and functional timekeeper, with well-oiled engineering.

Movement
Automatic, Valjoux 7750 calibre, COSC-certified, 28,800 vib/h, 25 jewels, 131/4 lignes, 48-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date and chronograph

Case
Titanium or black PVD-coated titanium, 47 mm
Anti-reflective, scratch-resistant convex sapphire crystal with minute-circle printed on the underside
Sapphire crystal back
Water-resistant to 50 m / 5 ATM

Dial
Black honeycomb
White skeleton hands, Arabic numerals and baton hourmarkers rhodium-plated or coated with green Superluminova
Black hour, minute and small seconds counters at 6, 12 and 9 o’clock respectively
Black, red-tipped direct-drive centre seconds hand
Date at 3 o’clock

Strap
Grooved black natural rubber, matching folding clasp in titanium

This new Epos Heure Sautante is the first Epos in a while that has intrigued me. The majority of their line kind of disappears into the woodwork due to their somewhat uninspired designs. This one has a great look, with a cool sunken date wheel. I like it.

EPOS – 3405 Heure Sautante

The 3405 Jumping Hours from Epos is an incomparable work of art. The time is displayed through a large off-centre window at 3 o’clock, a world first, while the date is displayed below the dial in a highly original round, recessed window. An instantly-identifiable, unconventional creation. The Côtes de Genève decoration on the dial adds the finishing touch to this remarkable work of precision.

Movement
Automatic mechanical, circular-grained EPOS HS, 21 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and date

Case
Steel with pink gold PVD coating, 43 mm
Anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Transparent back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Black with Côtes de Genève decoration
Luminescent hands and applied hour-markers
Jumping hours window and date at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively

Strap/bracelet
Black leather or stainless steel with folding clasp

Other versions
Stainless steel case, silvered, black or brown dial

Wow, now this is a cool watch!! The triple circle gear spins around and turns the square gear, which is very cool looking!

MAURICE LACROIX – Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde

Maurice Lacroix is never one to shy away from a challenge! Having pushed back the limits with the Roue Carrée by giving a totally new angle to mark the passage of time, Maurice Lacroix has now created a seconds mechanism that differs from its circular counterparts. Activated by a toothed clover-leaf wheel, the small seconds comes to life in a lively and steadfast rhythm provided by an openwork square wheel. To leave the seconds hand squarely in the spotlight, the hours and minutes are indicated by simple central hands coated with Superluminova. Contemporary and revolutionary, the Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde has given time a new philosophy, in which aesthetics and engineering go hand in hand.

Movement
Hand-wound, Maurice Lacroix ML 156 calibre, 18,000 vib/h, 34 jewels, rhodium, “Grand Colimaçon” (snailed) decoration, 45-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and power reserve indicator

Case
Polished and satin-brushed steel, 43 mm
Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screw-down back with large sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m / 5 ATM

Dial
Black or rhodium finish
Small seconds indicated by a square wheel
Seconds pointer at 6 o’clock coated with Superluminova, activated by a clover-leaf wheel at 9 o’clock
Diamond-tipped and facetted hands and seconds pointer, coated with white C1 Superluminova
Power-reserve indicator at 3 o’clock

Strap
Large-scaled black genuine crocodile, black calfskin lining, matching steel folding clasp

MAURICE LACROIX – Masterpiece Double Rétrograde Edition Limitée

Flagship of the Maurice Lacroix brand, the Masterpiece Double Rétrograde is celebrated for its interpretation of the retrograde complications that the company has mastered to perfection. This year, for the first time, it features a version with an automatic movement. In a beautifully balanced choreography, the striking blue dial displays a ballet of fine pink gold hands moving gracefully around arcs and circles, each at its own rhythm, each in its own corner. A bright and lively contrast that encapsulates the collection’s credo, “Never Stop Moving”. Series limited to 50.

Movement
Automatic, Maurice Lacroix ML 191 calibre, 18,000 vib/h, 74 jewels, rhodium-plated, vertically brushed, “Grand Colimaçon” (snailed) decoration, 52-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, second time zone and power reserve

Case
18K pink gold, satin and polished finishing, 46 mm
Anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal
Screw-down sapphire crystal back, numbered
Water-resistant to 50 m / 5 ATM

Dial
Solid 925 silver, deep blue, sunray satin finish
18K pink gold applied hourmarkers and hands
Retrograde second time zone and date displays at 12 o’clock at 6 o’clock respectively
Small seconds counter at 9 o’clock and power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock

Strap
Large-scaled black crocodile leather, black calfskin lining, with 18K pink gold folding clasp

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