ULYSSE NARDIN - CLASSICO SCHOONER AMERICA

Ulysse Nardin Honors the America’s Cup Namesake with New Classico America. In August 1851, members of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) raced the “America” schooner to victory in England’s Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup. After this triumph, the trophy was renamed the America’s Cup in honor of the winning vessel. It is the oldest trophy in international sporting; it remains the most important yachting competition of all time; and is the apex of yachtsmen’s careers. However, the America’s Cup is far more than a race; it’s also a symbol of design innovation.

Celebrating the groundbreaking engineering of the original “America” that led to this landmark moment in yachting history and showing support of the 35th America’s Cup as an official partner of Team Artemis Racing, Ulysse Nardin introduces Classico America. A limited-edition of 30 pieces, each in 18-karat-white and rose-gold with enamel cloisonné, the Classico America is a winning timekeeper.

Set within a 40mm-diameter dial is an authentic depiction of the America in all its glory. The ocean seems to brace for the schooner’s cutting-edge hull to slice through the surface. The daunting terrain of the Isle of Wight is its backdrop and pales in comparison to the ship’s colossal masts and sails. It’s as if one can feel its speed and is transported back in time to partake in the excitement of the America getting ready to secure the trophy. Its seafaring force is undeniable and brought to life through the enamel cloisonné technique.

Handcrafted in-house at Donzé Cadrans, a member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies, the process of enamel cloisonné is extremely intricate and mastered only by a few. In this method, opaque or translucent colors are derived by mixing proportions of elements to achieve specific combinations, often kept a secret. Each section is divided by fine gold wire, and it takes more than 500mm of the wire to make the cloisons. Moreover, every cloisonné dial requires 50 hours of artisan expertise and 26 processes to complete. Like winning the America’s Cup, achieving the art of enamel cloisonné is no easy feat.

The America set the precedent for what the America’s Cup would come to stand for: a race that advanced the sport through the revolutionary design and engineering of vessels that would break both boundaries and records. Sharing in this approach, Ulysse Nardin imparts its innovative spirit with the Classico America, a timepiece that commemorates the America and the wave of milestones she continues to inspire.

Limited to 30 pieces Rose Gold / 30 pieces White Gold.

ULYSSE NARDIN - EXECUTIVE SKELETON TOURBILLON

Excellence in featherweight form. Airy and barely light enough to be felt on the wrist, the new Executive Skeleton Tourbillon is nonetheless the center of all attention. Transparent yet powerful, this sleek watch exudes modernity in no uncertain terms. Within an ultra-light titanium and ceramic case, it showcases the aesthetic codes of the Executive collection, making way for the essential.

Distinctive and modern, the Executive collection unabashedly flaunts its generously-sized attributes. It embodies the avant-garde spirit fueled by know-how and inventiveness that has guided Ulysse Nardin throughout its 170 years of existence. Expressing an exploratory nature steeped in watchmaking expertise, the new Executive Skeleton Tourbillon timepiece combines lightness, purity and technical features in a creation full of strong character.1713-139_pr-sml

Featherweight Reigning atop its category, the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon presents unparalleled lightness, despite its substantial size – 45 mm in diameter – and its character capable of competing with the heavyweights of watchmaking excellence. This triumph takes the form of a round titanium case, water-resistant to 30 meters, which is topped with a ceramic bezel that matches the crown in black. Dressed in a dark shade, its athletic case middle further enhances the sleek and translucent mechanics that power the watch.

In the ring In the middle of the ring, it is all about the essentials. The signature features of the Executive collection – oversized Roman numerals and hour-markers and imposing sword-shaped hands – seem to to be suspended in midair. With its deep black color, the raised rectangular bridge stresses the skeleton watch’s place in Ulysse Nardin’s eminently contemporary collection. The movement has been carefully hollowed out to highlight these identifying features while preserving the power of its instantly recognizable aesthetics.1713-139sml

A knockout victory The watch’s finely shaped silhouette is matched by the power and performance of its beating heart, vibrating at a frequency of 2.5 Hz. Its complex mechanics, revealed in all their glory by the transparent sapphire crystal and coated with PVD and ruthenium, sketch a series of lively lines. With its exceptional power reserve of 170 hours and tourbillon made from silicium, the manually wound UN-171 Manufacture movement indicating the hours and minutes is tuned for endurance and accuracy. Sophisticated yet technical, a variety of finishes and colors enhance the refined architecture of this Ulysse Nardin Manufacture caliber.

To securely attach this distillation of avant-garde creation to the wrist, the carbon fiber-style strap is connected to the case by three distinctive claws and is fastened by a folding titanium clasp.

Enquiries: info@avstev.com.au (02) 9363-1088

H. MOSER & CIE. PRESENTS THE SWISS ALP WATCH S: S FOR SMART, SEXY AND SWISS MADE

In January 2016, H. Moser & Cie. joined the smartwatch debate, causing a stir with its Swiss Alp Watch, a fully mechanical Swiss Made model with a contemporary design. The message from the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture was clear: "We're not straying; we're remaining true to the tradition of mechanical watchmaking; that's what we do, and we do it well". The message was widely appreciated, and the 50 Swiss Alp Watches were immediately popular with collectors. The now iconic Swiss Alp Watch is added to the H. Moser & Cie. collection in a model with a midnight blue fumé dial: the Swiss Alp Watch S. 8324-0201_SDT_RGB_glowSML

H. Moser & Cie. is an advocate of traditional watchmaking values, retaining a sense of humour and a subtly provocative character that have become its signature while blending classic with sexy. The Swiss Alp Watch S fits perfectly into this collection. Its rectangular case with soft, rounded corners is topped by a crystal with curved edges, for a resolutely contemporary look. The classic dial reveals a deep, mysterious lustre in midnight blue fumé. This effect is further enhanced by the refined black alligator strap and by the form movement that drives it – the hand-wound HMC 324 calibre. With this combination of traditional cues and current lines, the H. Moser Swiss Alp Watch retains an allure that is both symbolic and spirited.

 

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To the delight of enthusiasts, the Swiss Alp Watch S is now introduced in the Manufacture's increasingly-diverse range – not just as a limited edition – to join the Endeavour, Venturer and Pioneer families. Like the Swiss Alp Watch, the S model still does not allow the wearer to make calls, hunt Pokémon, or to try out the latest Snapchat filters. However, it continues to claim its place as an instrument for measuring time rather than consuming it. It redistributes priorities: taking time for oneself and one's loved ones, with no filter, interface or embellishment.

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Frederique Constant presents the new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture

This fall, Frederique Constant adds a novelty to one of its best-selling collections: the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture. Frederique_Constant_2016_Slimlinline_Moonphase_Manufacture 2

The Manufacture Collection is the pride and joy of the brand. With over 20 in-house calibers in its portfolio, Frederique Constant can definitely assert its status as a true manufacture and allows the brand to offer a range of beautifully designed watches of high quality at accessible luxury prices. Swiss distinction is assured thanks to the attention-to-details ideal that goes into handcrafting in-house movements, the high-end finishing and the elegance of the timepieces.

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The strength of the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture is its ultra-flat characteristics as well as its sleek elegance and simplicity. Telling time as never been so clear. The new version features a new ivory-colored dial with sunray decoration and applied silver color indexes, adding chromatic richness to an existing classic palette of tones including ivory, blue cobalt and chocolate dials. The revival of this model’s dial gives the watch a more vintage, stylish look.

The dial displays the central hour and minutes hands and the detailed moonphase and date counter complete with an illustration of the moon and stars. The balanced 42mm case along with the uncrowded dial makes telling time a simple pleasure. The automatic manufacture caliber, FC-705, is entirely in-house developed, in-house manufactured and in-house assembled. The particularity of this movement is that all functions are adjustable via the crown, no push button is added for a smoother, more comfortable functionality. A peak at the see-through back-case reveals the finely decorated movement displaying several of Frederique Constant’s expertise such as perlage & circular Côtes de Genève decoration.

Enquiries (02) 9363-1088 / info@avstev.com.au

ULYSSE NARDIN - MARINE CHRONOGRAPH ANNUAL CALENDAR

They say the art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity, and this timekeeper is no exception. The annual calendar offers a mechanical solution of the utmost elegance, favoring technological simplicity and ease of use. Marine_Chrono_Annual_Calendar

Simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve. It is the ultimate test of experience, the final push of genius. With the new Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar, Ulysse Nardin has successfully applied this new paradigm to premium watchmaking. The product of a quest for perfection, its annual calendar offers a mechanical solution of disconcerting purity. Simple to use, adjustable both on the front and back, this piece is imbued with the values of innovation, reliability and high-precision that are so cherished by the watchmaker. Its UN-153 calibre is entirely manufactured in-house—including the silicium balance-spring.

Halfway between a perpetual calendar, which doesn't need correcting before the year 2100, and a simple calendar that requires five manual adjustments a year, the annual calendar is mechanically programmed for one year: it recognises months composed of 30 and 31 days, but not February. It therefore only needs to be corrected once a year.

But where classic devices involve up to thirty components, watchmakers at Ulysse Nardin have managed to develop a system containing around only a dozen elements. In a development of the simple calendar developed for the UN-118 caliber, the annual calendar needed only three additional wheels—a challenge that personifies the spirit of Ludwig Oechslin, the genius creator for whom simplicity is a philosophy. Marine_Chrono_Annual_Calendar_ The new UN-153 caliber is manufactured entirely in-house and beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, proof of its extreme precision. As for the silicon balance-spring and escapement, they are provided by the company Sigatec, which is co-owned by Ulysse Nardin.

This particularly well designed movement allows the time and calendar pointers to be moved in either direction. The model also includes a chronograph feature. Apart from the central hands indicating the hours, minutes, and seconds, the 30-minute counter is displayed at 3 o'clock, the hour counter at 6 o'clock and the small second counter at 9 o'clock. The latter also features a month display, which includes sub-dials offering useful guide-marks when setting. Finally, the date is displayed in a window at 6 o'clock.

A worthy inheritor of the lineage established by the Marine Chronometer Manufacture (2012) and the Marine Chronograph Manufacture (2013) models, the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar bears the same outstanding classic forms as sailing instruments, including a ribbed bezel, a screw-crown guaranteeing perfect water-resistance, a full lug width ensuring admirable stability on the wrist and a generous 43 mm diameter case for excellent readability.

An incarnation of the extraordinary history of the manufacturer, equipped with the latest technological advances in chronometry, this new model for 2016 conveys the ever vibrant spirit of Ulysse Nardin.

WHEN TWO LEGENDS MEET

Some meetings seem inevitable. For example, the day that Rolls-Royce spent with H. Moser & Cie. These two prestigious firms share many of their values: more than a century of history, timeless elegance, iconic models, and cutting edge technology which embraces tradition and expertise. On May 7th, members of the Swiss Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club discovered the world of H. Moser & Cie.; works of art on four wheels met those driven by them.Venturer_Small_Seconds_RREC_2327-0204_PR_Lifestyle During their annual general meeting, 90 members of the Swiss Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club stopped in at Schaffhausen to meet fellow admirers of mechanical treasures and lovers of fine craftsmanship. They were welcomed at Charlottenfels, Heinrich Moser's family home. It now houses the Moser Family Museum, where they were able to trace the exceptional career of the brand's founder, and admire some of his creations. They were then introduced to the brand's very latest creations: three limited edition pieces created by H. Moser & Cie. exclusively for members of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club. Sporting a midnight blue fumé dial adorned with the club's logo, the Venturer Small Seconds and Endeavour Small Seconds – available with or without a diamond-set bezel – feature many very subtle references to Rolls-Royce. These three limited editions are engraved on the back and, on the Venturer model, the movement has been designed to evoke the iconic grille of the Rolls-Royce, visible through the sapphire case back.

Venturer_Small_Seconds_RREC_2327-0204_Back_LifestyleDuring this exceptional event, which highlighted two true passions, watches and cars competed to astound all those present. 35 vintage Rolls-Royce models, some dating from the pre-war years, formed a guard of honour in front of Charlottenfels, a place steeped in the history of H. Moser & Cie., a gateway between the past and present, a testimony to the excellence of those brands which have become icons. Venturer_Small_Seconds_RREC_2327-0204_PR_Lifestyle_2

SPOTLIGHT ON THE NEW FREDERIQUE CONSTANT SLIMLINE AUTOMATIC

Since 1988, Frederique Constant has been extracting the best of Swiss traditional historic watchmaking, in order to create "accessible luxury" watches. With the new Slimline Automatic range, Frederique Constant demonstrates once again its profound attachment to its DNA and its desire to offer beautiful timepieces at affordable prices. Frederique_Constant_2016_Slimline_Automatic_FC-306MR4S4&FC-306MR4S6

Frederique Constant watches are exclusively manufactured by hand, while the processes involved are regulated with the latest precision equipment available in the industry backed by years of research and development. Unlike other brands, Frederique Constant watches are not only made for the elite, but for all watch lovers who know how to recognize the value of work well done by a master watchmaker, who knows how to assemble the smallest, complicated elements and make them into something very special. In 2016, Frederique Constant confirms with the new Slimline Automatic the "accessible luxury" spirit, on which lays the foundation of the brand since its creation.

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Timeless chic Modernity and tradition mingle harmoniously within this new creation. Housed within a thin case with refined lines, the Slimline Automatic displays the apparent simplicity of a studied sophistication permeating every detail. For instance, the white dial is embellished with a circle of black Roman numeral indexes, providing this masculine model with a timeless character. The dial sports a square date window delicately positioned at 3 o'clock that ensures optimal readability.

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The owner of this watch will appreciate the sleek round case that features a 40 mm diameter taking into account contemporary preferences. These new watches are powered by the FC-306 automatic caliber, a 25-jewel movement oscillating at 28,800 beats per hour, boasting tried and tested reliability and resistance. This movement provides a 42-hour power-reserve and drives the minute, hour and date functions.Frederique_Constant_2016_Slimline_Automatic_FC-306MR4S6

Like all the models of the new Slimline Automatic range, its refined casing is snapped with a sapphire crystal glass at the back, which enables amateurs to admire the movement of their timepiece.It is water-resistant to 30 meters. The back of the watch is engraved with the name Frederique Constant and the watches individual reference number that attests of its authenticity.FC-306MR4S4Each version of the Slimline Automatic watch is fitted with a leather strap and pin buckle matching the color of the case: black for the stainless steel model and chocolate brown for the rose gold plated variation.

www.frederique-constant.com

 

 

Trainmaster Worldtime - The first to feature 24 time zones and date-day functions

 

BALL Watch Company reveals the new Trainmaster Worldtime, a new edition featuring an improved  world time module and a pure design that will delight all watch lovers.

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Until 1883, American cities were using their own local time setting in relation to the sun’s position. During the 19th century, revolutions like telecommunications and the railroad system led to a standardization of time. Today, the planet is divided by 24 standard time zones, socially and professionally more linked than ever.

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WORLD TEMPUS - Frédérique Constant Interview with Peter Stas

WORLD TEMPUS - Our editor-in-chief spoke to the Frédérique Constant CEO about the brand’s aggressively priced Slimline Perpetual Calendar watch launched at Baselworld 2016.Peter Stas CEO Frédérique Constant

Last year you were ahead of the curve with your horological smartwatch and this year you have stolen the thunder with an 8,000 Swiss franc perpetual calendar. How do you do it? It’s not so difficult. We already had a perpetual calendar movement with Ateliers de Monaco[Editor’s note: the high-end watch brand that belongs to the Frédérique Constant Group]that was much more complicated. We just adapted this to make it as cost-efficient as possible and design it so that no adjustment was required during the movement’s assembly. But first of all we designed the dial so that the layout was adapted to a 42mm case size. We went through about 30 different proposals before we found the one we liked. Once we had that we designed the movement underneath to match the locations we needed for the pivots. Since we do everything in house we don’t have any external costs. If you tried to do this with an external supplier you would already have a 40-50% mark-up and all these different external margins add up to make a much more expensive end-product. The big question then, of course, was what the retail price should be. Other brands have a perpetual calendar for 10,000 Swiss francs, but we can make our full margin at 8,000 Swiss francs. For a brand like us, this is still an expensive watch. We were only planning to make 500 but we already had 350 orders in Basel so we have doubled this to 1,000.
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Have your watchmakers had to adapt to working on a perpetual calendar movement, since it is one of the most complicated types of movement? We have made a lot of effort here in terms of our workflow. We produce 20,000 in-house movements a year, so we have developed detailed instruction manuals and tooling manuals for all our staff. The department responsible for this prepares all the material and then passes this on to the T1 department [Editor’s note: the department responsible for movement assembly]. This was one of the reasons that we decided that the movement could not be adjustable.

We are now seeing increasing competition on price even in the segment for complicated watches such as tourbillons and perpetual calendar models. Could this work to the advantage of Frédérique Constant over the coming years? Our perpetual calendar is a reaction to the strategy of other brands. They have encroached upon our territory and we have reacted to that. We could react to the tourbillon in the same way very easily. I could come to Baselworld next year with a tourbillon for 12,000 Swiss francs, no problem. Should we do that, though? I’m not sure and I have another idea instead.

Frédérique Constant was one of the first Swiss brands to react to the smart watch trend with the Horological Smart Watch. How is the product doing one year on? Last year we got an enormous response for the Horological Smart Watch. We sold 16,000 of them in just six months, but we don’t want to become associated only with this watch and we also need to defend the remaining 93% of our production. We have recently signed a contract to acquire the licence to the patents of Fullpower. We are going to expand our software team in Geneva to 12 persons to cover the firmware, the iOS app, the Android app and the cloud. We will move the cloud to AWS [Amazon Web Services] in Europe in the next few weeks and will therefore no longer have any issues with privacy. We are working on a ladies’ version that we plan to launch in September. It will be quite flat and 33mm in diameter and as far as I am aware there is no similar smart watch for ladies on the market at the moment.

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Signing a new partnership agreement with Gwyneth Paltrow is another big step for the brand. How did this come about? We said last year that we wanted to communicate more on a global level as several existing sponsorship agreements were coming to an end. I decided that I wanted to find an A-list ambassador that we could use globally. This started a whole process to find the ambassador and we already went down one dead-end which proved too expensive. I’ve heard Gwyneth Paltrow speak and she is very intelligent and she seemed perfect for the brand. Aletta and I met her in Los Angeles and we connected because we share similar values as far as our charity work is concerned. We have signed a two-year agreement for worldwide use in all media.

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The original article at worldtempus.com can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1ZuNTaW

Gwyneth Paltrow gives her thoughts on the new Delight Automatic in an exclusive interview

Last Baselworld, the Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant announced its new global charity ambassador Gwyneth Paltrow. Strongly involved in charity work, Gwyneth Paltrow and Frederique Constant are supporting DonorsChoose with a new international charity advertising campaign. During the shooting, Mrs Paltrow gave us an exclusive interview and a photo diary that we are happy to share with you. You shall discover her favourite Frederique Constant timepiece and her passion for the charity world.

In this advertising campaign Gwyneth Paltrow wears the new Classics Delight Automatic watch which features a jewel automatic movement, and of which 50 dollars of the sale price will contribute to support the DonorsChoose association. With mother’s day just around the corner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Frederique Constant are delighted to introduce two new models to the dazzling Classics Delight collection.  Most women will be thrilled to feel that such a beautiful gift is also helping someone, somewhere to live a better life.

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New Delight Automatic

The Oscar-winning actress and the Delight Automatic is a match made in heaven. With her natural elegance and her touching beauty, Gwyneth Paltrow embodies perfectly the Classics Delight Collection.

Classical, elegant and feminine, these two new models feature a unique simple and discreet dial. Indeed, with just two hands and Roman numeral indexes, the guilloche dial looks slick and is easy to read. The mother of pearl outer-ring picks up and plays with the nuances of light, which compliments every detail of the Delight Automatic. As befitting such a feminine piece, the slim 33mm diameter case, gently embraces the wrist for the perfect fit.

Quality is found throughout the piece; you feel safe knowing that below the delicate curves of this timepiece the 306 hand-assembled FC-306 caliber is ticking away quietly. Tracking hours, minutes and the date. This automatic movement with its 25-jewels, has a 42-hour power reserve and beats at a frequency of 4 Hz (28’800 alt/h).

The fine metal bracelets that finish these timepieces elevate the Delight Automatic to delicate heights of beauty. While the gem-set crown is hidden delectation, catching the light for keen eyes to see.

Whether in steel or bicolor rose-gold plated, the Delight Automatic with its noble exterior will attract those who appreciate the most sophisticated design.

The collection has definitely seduced our international charity ambassador Gwyneth Paltrow. We let you discover her thoughts in an exclusive interview.

 

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Interview with Gwyneth Paltrow

Frederique Constant’s motto is « Live your passion ». Do you adopt this slogan also in your life? Or what is yours?

Gwyneth Paltrow: I am an absolute believer in living one passion. I feel incredibly fortunate that my work has always stemmed out of passion and continues to do so.

Which Frederique Constant watch is your favorite one?

Gwyneth Paltrow: Difficult to answer, because I like a lot! But my favorites are the Manufacture Slimline Moonphase for Ladies and the new Delight Automatic models.

Describe your first watch, who bought it, where you wore it and any memories you have it?

Gwyneth Paltrow: My first watch was a swatch watch. It was the 80’s and they were a massive trend. I was given a blue swatch by my parents for Christmas in 1984 and I was so thrilled! I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever owned.

How does "time" affect your life? For what activity can you always spare 10 minutes and for what activity do you never seem to have the time?

Gwyneth Paltrow: Like almost everyone I know in the world today, there never seems to be enough time to achieve all that we are meant to achieve on any given day. Time with my children provides the very best ROI for everyone involved, so I make sure to keep the same routine every week day so I never miss my time with them. I never seem to have a spare 10 minutes these days, but I meditate when I can.

Does a watch define your outfit? Red carpet Look, Casual Look

Gwyneth Paltrow: To me a watch is a good anchor. I always feel grounded when I have a watch on. It’s very presence reminds you that time is ticking away and we should always be doing what we are doing to the best of our ability.

Your involvement with Frederique Constant is driven by your passion for charity what is your first memory of being involved with a charity and did it set the tone for your adult life?

Gwyneth Paltrow: I grew up very involved in my community efforts to feed people with very little resources. I both prepared and served food both in California and NYC in soup kitchens. My mother always instilled in me a sense of responsibility to the society at large, and having the experience of working closely with populations who were struggling definitely engaged my empathy, my anger at the systemic problems, and my passion to be involved.

What causes are you most passionate about? Do you feel that there are any that are often overlooked and in greater need of public attention?

Gwyneth Paltrow: I can become very passionate about every single cause on the planet, GMO labeling, Clean water, Global warming, starvation; I could go on and on. I feel that education is power and that so many of our issues will be addressed if we have an education system in place that bolsters critical thought and passion in our next generations.

Today we see shoppers being more conscious of the goods they are buying where they came from and what the sales revenue ultimately benefits. When a shopper buys a Frederique Constant women's timepiece, a donation is made to significant women's/children's charities. How do you see this trend of "shopping to give back" evolving?

Gwyneth Paltrow: I believe that we are becoming more and more conscious as people and as consumers we want value besides the physical thing we are buying. What is the story behind it? How am I relating to it? What does it mean to me? I always say that people want a context around product. The more they feel the story, the more the product has an emotional component.

One of the best things about a fine timepiece is that it lasts in value - not only monetarily but also in sentimentality as an heirloom that is passed down through generations. What heirlooms were passed down to you, and what do you hope to pass down to your kids? 

Gwyneth Paltrow: My father’s wedding ring is my most precious heirloom. I will never take it off.

You are a globally recognized lifestyle expert. How do fine timepieces, like those crafted by Frederique Constant, fit as a quintessential lifestyle must-have? (Handcrafted in Switzerland, privately owed family company, charitable initiatives, lasting classic beauty in the design, etc..)

Gwyneth Paltrow: The reason I was so drawn to work with FC not only because they are a family owned company, making beautiful and reliable watches at a surprising price points, but that there is a deep sense of giving back.

What aspect of the watch world do you find most interesting and what are you most looking forward in terms of your work with Frederique Constant?

Gwyneth Paltrow: I am hoping I will be able to go to Geneva to have a look inside the FC watch factory! I have always wanted to see a watch maker at work.

 

BALL Watch Revolutionary Enamel PaintPRINT®

Honour the special people and moments in your life on the case back of your BALL timepiece. NM2188C_ENG_Enamel PaintPRINT-01

Proud to be at the cutting edge of innovation technically wise, BALL Watch Company also knows how to stand out in terms of ideas and creative designs. The brand’s latest campaigns increasingly involved customers to be part of the production process by proposing different types of personalisation. Today, the brand introduces a new groundbreaking customisation process.

Inspired from the traditional pocket watches worn by the railroad employees, this option allows the addition of a personal photograph on the case back using revolutionary enamel PaintPRINT ®. Because time is not only measured in hours, minutes and seconds, but also in moments and the people you share them with. Very intuitive, a platform on BALL online shop offers customers to simply upload a photograph of their choice and celebrate the moments and people that empower them to live the life they want.

Signature of the brand, all BALL models are featured with an advanced Swiss luminous technology, the H₃ micro gas tubes – enabling clear time reading at any hour. Without requiring any external source of light or power, this technology is up to 100 times brighter than conventional luminous paint used in the watch industry. To make the back shine as bright as the front, BALL uses state-of-the-art enamel paint to apply each personal photograph in fine detail. A sapphire crystal protects the enamel painted photograph and can withstand a fall from one metre – guaranteeing the photo to last a lifetime.

Personalised name engraving or message on the case back is also a customising option alongside the enamel photo. Customers can bring the moments they hold close even closer with this special and robust customisation feature.

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The enamel paint feature is available on selected Fireman and Engineer models at shop.ballwatch.ch/enamel.

Today, more than ever, BALL Watch is continuing its journey and asserting its role as a key protagonist in the exploration of modern time and the evolution of watchmaking history.

GIRARD-PERREGAUX COMPETIZONE COLLECTION

Accuracy has always been at the heart of Girard-Perregaux’s efforts. The Manufacture, founded in 1791, is launching its first two chronographs with automatic winding as part of the new “Sport Competizione” collection, to maintain this tradition and highlight its enthusiasm for automobile racing. The first model, named “Stradale”,features an elegant design, while the second, known as “Circuito,” boasts radically more sporty lines. Both pieces express the same desire – that of a Maison renowned for its passion for excellence, wanting to give watch connoisseurs the chance to find their place in a world that is constantly moving.

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Keeping racing in mind

The new Sport Competizione collection of chronographs presented this year by the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture pays homage to speed by gleaning inspiration from the world of automobiles. This subtly retro-futuristic line unabashedly evokes the famous Club Italia chronograph which, when it was launched in 1987 at a time when quartz was king, signaled the start of the brand’s recovery of an emerging market that was searching for quality historical products.

The Stradale Chronograph

Determined to preserve the time-defying legend of these specialized instruments, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture chose to enclose the Stradale chronograph within a 42 mm diameter steel case. This contemporary size, combined with a classic design inspired by that of the best products of the golden age of the wristwatch, ensures that this piece united elements of elegance and dynamism and therefore will always remain completely timeless. The piece was crafted to be water-resistant to 30 meters in order to be unaffected by humidity anywhere in the world. The case-band features long, subtly rounded lugs that follow the natural curve of the wrist. It also presents “mushroom-type” push-pieces that are visually identical to those used during the golden fifties, and is adorned with a transparent sapphire crystal case-back, which enables aesthetes to admire the sight of the finishes of the GP03300 reference manufacture movement.

The manufacture caliber that powers this vibrant chronograph, measures 11½ lignes (25.60 mm) and 6.50 mm thick and is comprised of 435 components, including 63 jewels. Pulsating at 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), it has an autonomy of 46 hours once the movement is wound. In addition to indicating the classic time information, the dial, available as silvered or black, displays the times measured at the tip of the long central sweep seconds, as well as the elapsed minutes and hours in the additional counters, which are subtly sunken and delicately snailed. This most efficient model has a date window housed in a discreet opening between the fourth and fifth hour markers. Available with a black or silvered dial, this timepiece is available on an alligator strap fastened by an initialed folding clasp or on a steel bracelet.

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The Circuito Chronograph Moving with the times, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture also wanted to offer lovers of up-to-date products a chronograph that successfully and harmoniously combines tradition and the avant-garde. When creating the Circuito version of the Sport Competizione collection, the Manufacture’s engineers and watchmakers opted for robustness and lightness by deciding on an innovative case, measuring 42 mm in diameter, which combines titanium and carbon, giving a metallic effect reminiscent of high-end car bodies. The use of this alloy meant that the case design had to be specifically developed to accommodate the composite material. Light and highly resistant, the case is water-resistant to 30 meters and features a design inspired by the chronographs of the golden age of wristwatches. The case protects the Manufacture's GP03300-0122 reference chronograph caliber from any outside damage. Meticulously finished in the traditional craft manner in the Manufacture’s workshops, this 25.60 mm (11½ lignes) mechanism featuring blued screws, a circular-grained mainplate, and bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève reveals some of its 435 components through its metallic case-back, including a number of its 63 jewels, the column wheel and the steel oscillating weight. The regulating organ can also be distinguished which, pulsating at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), gives this timepiece optimal accuracy during its 46 hours of operation. The Circuito is available on a carbon-effect calfskin strap fastened to the wrist by a double folding clasp in DLC-coated microbead-blasted steel. Designed for everyday adventure, this efficient chronograph houses a “honeycomb” open-worked composite dial recalling the radiator grilles and air inlets of automobiles for a confident sporty chic look.GP_LD_Competizione_T3

 

Frederique Constant Manufacture Perpetual Calendar

Designed in keeping with classical watchmaking principles, updated with innovative 21st century techniques the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar of Frederique Constant has been entirely created to meet customers requirements, which are : robustness, reliability and easy to adjust. The in-house movement encased in this watch, was entirely created by Manuel Da Silva Matos, R&D director, and Pim Koeslag, technical director of Frederique Constant, after two years of research and development, a creative tandem who constantly surprise us by the technical mastery displayed in their timepieces.

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The Frederique Constant Manufacture Perpetual Calendar is one of the most innovative yet easy to assemble perpetual calendar watch ever produced. The designers used the latest technology in the design of the movement parts. The calculations and the machines used to make the parts are state of the art and very precise.

Produced and assembled by the Frederique Constant watchmakers in our Plan-les-Ouates ateliers, the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar beats thanks to the new in-house FC-775 automatic calibre, which drives the hour and minute hands along with the perpetual calendar. The FC-775 calibre measures just 6,7mm thick, beats at a Frequency of 4 HZ (28’8000 vibrations per hour), has 26 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve. Frederique_Constant_2016_Perpetual_Calendar_Manufacture_FC-775S4S6_1

The finishing of the 191 parts, produced with the Frederique Constant CNC machines makes sure that this timepiece is a reliable gage of long-term functionality.

Inset buttons on both sides of the case are used to easily adjust the calendar mechanism. One button near 5 o’clock advances the moonphase, while another near 8 o’clock is used for the date of the week, and the one button at 10 o’clock advances the day and date simultaneously. When you adjust your perpetual calendar, you need to set the date first and then the day. To finish, the button near 11 o’clock displays the month and the leap year at the same time.  The hour and minute functions are adjustable through the crown. Once adjusted, this highly sophisticated mechanism will take into account the months with 30 and 31 days, the 28 days of February and also the leap year cycle with the return of 29 February every four years.

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Normally this watch shouldn't require any manual correction before 400 years, but as there is an exception in the Gregorian Calendar, the watch will need to be adjusted on March 1st 2100, which would have been be a leap year.

Appreciated as a masterpiece in its simplicity and refinement, the perpetual calendar shows the lunar cycles but also the minutes, hours, date, day, month and leap year in four digits.

Loyal to the signature codes of the Slimline collection, the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar calibre will be fitted according to your choice between rose gold plated or stainless steel case of 42mm.

The three first models of the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar range are presented with a very clean and pure dial, either silver or blue with the button-hour markers matching the color of the case. These beautiful models are capable of finding there way unscathed though passing and successive eras.

All dressed in the finest robes, these 3 new models are fitted with a sapphire case back enabling to admire the FC-775 movement with its Perlage & Circular Côtes de Genève decoration and with a case water-resistant to 3 ATM.

These magnificent timepieces are enhanced with a brown or black alligator strap and are presented in a luxurious wooden gift box.

The Frederique Constant Manufacture Perpetual Calendar is not only a great timepiece of Haute Horlogerie but is a beautiful time keeper that you can imagine your grandchildren’s children still wearing and cherishing in the future. As a family owned Watch Company, it was important for Frederique Constant not to create a simple watch but a real legacy for the future generation with a price range more than attractive.

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RAYMOND WEIL CELEBRATES THE ICONIC BEATLES

Swiss luxury watchmaker RAYMOND WEIL is thrilled to announce the most exciting partnership ever in the watchmaking industry and to present a unique maestro Beatles Limited Edition timepiece. This new milestone in the music icons series marks the Brand’s 40th anniversary and celebrates the greatest music band of all time. The maestro Beatles Limited Edition features a mechanical self-winding movement housed in a 39.5mm polished steel case. The 13 Beatles’ album titles are written all around the bespoke dial, with a special “Help” index at 4 o’clock which recalls the cover of the iconic album released in 1965. The silver galvanic dial matches the polished steel bracelet. It features the official Beatles logo and a date window at 3 o’clock. Finally, the case back presents a smoked sapphire crystal that carries the official Beatles logo and the limited edition number engraved. This unique timepiece paying tribute to the legendary Fab Four is limited to 3,000 pieces.

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Frederique Constant New Watches at Baselworld 2016

Frederique Constant has always been quite competitive when it comes to the pricing of their watches, but this year they even went further with the introduction of perpetual calendar watch positioned at 8’000.- Swiss Francs! Peter Stas, CEO of the brands, explains us how this was made possible and the success that they are encountering with their own connected watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=tVxM2fxgikg&app=desktop

Thank you TheWATCHES.tv

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TAKES SHAPE

We are very excited to bring you some behind the scenes photos from the new departures watch zone at Sydney International Airport. Comprising a collection of some of the world's finest timepieces, Avstev is proud to represent Raymond Weil, Frederique Constant & Girard-Perregaux in this amazing new luxury shopping precinct. These photos were shot during setup, and before a lot of the watches had even hit the shelf! If you're heading abroad from Sydney, we'd love to hear what you think of the final product.

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PRE-BASEL: THE RAYMOND WEIL FREELANCER SKELETON

Swiss watchmaker RAYMOND WEIL celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and is marking the occasion with a new addition to its flagship timepiece collection. With the freelancer skeleton watch, RAYMOND WEIL transports you into the depths of the movement for a journey to the heart of watchmaking expertise.

Sleek and stylish, this new 42.5mm freelancer showcases the watchmaking know-how behind each of the independent Company's designs produced by the in-house Research & Development department since its inception in 1999. Black all over – from its PVD-coated steel case to its calfskin leather strap – the freelancer skeleton plays with contrasts, alternating between see-through components and sophisticated rose gold detailing which catches the light. The central hour, minute and second hands as well as the indexes are rose gold plated, and two sapphire crystals seal the various components. The wide aperture on the black galvanic dial invites you on a journey to the heart of the automatic winding mechanism featuring a 38-hour power reserve. It offers a perfect view of the meticulous circular-grained bridges and ruthenium finish of the Swiss Made skeleton movement.

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"This contemporary design embodies the spirit of RAYMOND WEIL: an independent, family-owned company which has been cultivating its watchmaking expertise for 40 years with innovatively designed and timeless creations", says Elie Bernheim, RAYMOND WEIL CEO and grandson of the Company's founder.

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Paying homage to the Brand’s independence and the visionary spirit of its founder, the freelancer collection was launched in 2006 by the third generation of the family. It has since become RAYMOND WEIL's signature collection as well as its bestseller.

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Expected release in Australia April 2016. RRP $4600.

PRE-BASEL 2016: SLIMLINE AUTO HEARTBEAT FROM FREDERIQUE CONSTANT

In 2016, the Swiss watch manufacturer Frederique Constant is further enriching and consolidating its Slimline collection, which has become over the years a brand icon with the new Slimline Auto Heart Beat. The absolute elegance of these three brand new models is due to their pure lines and the quality of the design, one of the slimmest models of Frederique Constant. Indeed with their 40mm case, available in a polished stainless steel or a luxurious rose gold plated, these new timepieces are visibly masculine and will look stylish on any man’s wrist.Frederique_Constant_2016_Slimline_Automatic_Heart_Beat_

A Vividly eye catching mix between classical timepiece and innovation especially as we catch a glimpse of the jewelled mechanism through the dial aperture at 12’ o’clock. The quintessentially classic and traditional design of Frederique Constant watches are nonetheless enhanced by numerous details that are often also innovative. It was Frederique Constant in 1994 that developed the very first Heart Beat watch by showing the mechanical movement and therefore created a trend throughout the Horological industry.

The result of an exercise in style, and with the focus on minimalism, the Slimline Auto Heart Beat reflects a movement towards the essential. These new timepieces incorporate specific codes that enhance its unique character and its extreme simplicity with its thin polished baton-type hours markers, along with a supremely pure dial, either dark grey or silver. The overall design of the new Slimline Auto Heart Beat make them light, both visually and physically.

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As Frederique Constant Slimline collection is synonymous of thin models, the Slimline Heart Beat houses the FC-312 caliber, an automatic movement that is one of the most slender in its category and drives the heart beat, hours and minutes functions. This movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 alt/h, has 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve. In order to protect the watch, the case is water-resistant down to 30 ATM.

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Finally, the Slimline Auto heart Beat is graced with a delicate alligator strap, either black or brown matching the colour of the case.

AVSTEV GROUP EXTENDS PORTFOLIO WITH THREE NEW PARTNERS

It is with great pleasure that the Avstev Group can officially announce that in 2016, we will bring to Australia three exciting new brands. Following SIHH 2016, Avstev has been appointed official distributors of H. Moser & Cie and Hautlence for Australia and New Zealand. This is in addition to the signing of Titoni to the group late last year. Avstev CEO & Founder Steven Rom comments:

"This will certainly strengthen our portfolio of brands in our 100% family owned business with our valued retail partners..."

We look forward to sharing with you these three tremendous brands moving forward.

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For any inquiries please contact us at info@avstev.com.au or (02) 9363 1088