Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine Ref. 30130/000P-9876 – A Visual Feast

The Caliber 2795, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin is a manual-winding movement made out of 169 small intricate components. This 27 jewel masterpiece is a tourbillon and operates at the 2.5 Hz or 18,000 vibrations/hour range. The main springs has approximately 45 hours power reserve.

Taking this beautiful movement, Vacheron Constantin married it into a 950 platinum curving 38 x 48.24 casing. This tonneau-shaped movement perfectly tailored to the case. Hence the birth of a 50 unit production run of the Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine.

The dial comes in a sandblasted finish with white gold Roman numerals and hour-markers. The mesmerizing tourbillon bearing the seconds hand sits at the 6 o’clock position.

The display case back with the large bridge in the center, gives an impression that the heart of the movement, the toubillon, has its own separate location compared to the rest of the mechanism. Regardless of the actual setup of the Caliber, it is a visual feast.

Whoever has the opportunity to get this watch is a very lucky person.

Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Automatic – Good Enough….

The Archimede Bronze Pilot offers a simple design. The brushed finish of the CuSn8 (92% copper, 8% tin) bronze shows quality of manufacture. At 42mm, this Archimede is properly sized in my opinion. The large crown is synonymous with pilot watches of old and a nice design attractive to an otherwise sterile watch case. Powered by ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, it should have at least 40 hours of reserve time. You can view the movement via an exhibition case back.

I do not own a bronze watch before. Although bronze is better for protection against corrosion due to the creation of a protective layer (the oxide, hence the patina), I can’t bring it to myself to get one knowing full well it will change the way it look in a short space of time. Nevertheless, I would eventually get one for the experience. What better model then this fine example to be the first.

New in-house movement by Tag Heuer; Calibre 1969

Tag Heuer has just launched its latest in-house movement, the Calibre 1969. A chronograph, it comes with a vertical-clutch system.

The new movement operates in the 28,800 vibrations per hour (4hz) range has a 70-hour power reserve capacity. Due to the larger main springs required, it thickness is at a respectable 6.5 mm thick.

The Calibre 1969 dial layout will have the chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock, the chronograph hours at 9 o’clock and the running seconds at 6 o’clock.

The movement features more than 200 components. Unfortunately, some parts still need sourcing from external manufacturers.

 

[Photos and info from http://www.calibre11.com/tag-heuer-calibre-1969-first-look/%5D

LEGO Is Set to Introduce A Wrist Watch Collection For Adults

Sometime in November 2013, LEGO will launch a collection of timepieces for men and women. Officially, these timepieces are referred to as the LEGO Watch System because pieces such as the bracelet links and bezels can be interchanged with each other. The manufacturer is ClicTime, the same company responsible for the children’s LEGO watches.

I believe, this could be a runaway success for LEGO. The brand has transcends itself to have a universal (ageless) appeal and this watch project is no exception. Personally, I will start to collect them when they are available for sale.

Photos sourced from A Blog To watch: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/lego-launches-wrist-watch-collection-adults/

If you are looking for a thin mechanical watch, look no further than the Altiplano series by Piaget

The Altiplano collection has been a mainstay of Piaget’s range for decades, and extreme thinness is its call to fame. The famous 9P and 12P movements Piaget are legands in their own right. The hand-wound 9P calibre was a technological revolution right from its creation in 1957. Three years later, in 1960, the launch of the 12P, the thinnest self-winding movement in the world made Piaget the undisputed champion of ultra-thin movements.

The Altiplano Skeleton (see top) housed the word’s thinnest skeleton movement at just 2.4mm. The skeleton movement allows an unobstructed view of the many intricacies inherent in the mechanism. The off-centre platinum micro-rotor is another Piaget innovation. Below is a picture that shows how thin this watch is.

Apart from the Skeleton, other designs are available. This next one is my favorite.

For a classic dress watch, the Piaget Altiplano Date 40mm is a must.

Overall, a set of designs that will continue to be the core of Piaget’s collection.

Van Cleef & Arpels Ballerine Enchantée watch has a unique way of telling the time.

Using a double retrograde movement complication, Van Cleef & Arpels is able to create a unique way of telling the time with this watch.

The rather large button at the traditional 8 o’clock position engages the mechanism. At rest, the two wings on the ballerina is positioned as it is in this picture. Once the button is engaged, the wings indicating the hours rises first (left), followed by the second wing (right) which positions itself against the minute scale. They remain in place, enabling the time to be read, then return simultaneously to their initial positions. One of the feats of this complication lies in its fluid movement: the ballerina appears to move her wings with grace and poise.

I can think of a few dial designs that could incorporate this special movement that would be more masculine in nature.