Junghans introduced an anniversary watch last month to mark the centenary of an architectural masterpiece by Philipp Jakob Manz. The terrace building in Schramberg is one of the most spectacular industrial buildings worldwide to be built on a sloping site. At the beginning of the 20th century there was an increasing requirement for workplaces in the already cramped valley in Schramberg. The nine-stepped terrace building was built directly on the slope, in less than two years. As a result, each watchmaker could benefit from direct daylight at the workplace. For decades, the building was the centerpiece of the Junghans factory.
2018 sees the monument to industrial architecture celebrates its 100th birthday, with 100 years of architectural history commemorated with a special timepiece – the limited edition Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau.
Junghans offers two different versions of this watch and both incorporate the distinctive elements of the industrial monument in Schramberg into their design: the minute track of the dial reflects the meandering design of the wall decorations in the terrace building, whilst the dark green of the wall tiles in the stairways can be found in the alligator leather strap. The case back delivers a direct view of the architectural work: an engraved image of the terrace building.
Hours, minutes and the chronograph second are shown by central hands. The running second lies at 9 o’clock, the 30-minute-counter at 12 o’clock and the 12-hour-counter at 6 o’clock. The hands are coated with Lume and the dial is protected by a convex hard plexiglass with coating for enhanced scratch resistance.
Inside the Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau watches works an automatic movement, the J880.1. It offers a power reserve of up to 48 hours. The cases feature a diameter of 40.7 mm and are water resistant up to 3 atm.
With a limited edition of 100 examples, the Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau features a gold case. Inspiration for the champagne-coloured dial with the three matt silver subdials was the stairway of the terrace building, which are in beige and white. The stainless steel version is limited to 1,000 watches and has a silver-plated dial.
Mathieu Legrand is adding some serious bling-bling to its current collection with the new Mille Étoiles. The watch manufacturer is introducing this new watch in two different versions – in gold and rosé gold – both equally cool. We’ve heard there might be a third one in the making but we couldn’t get our hands on it – or confirmation by the manufacturer for that matter- just yet.
This women’s watch is a real head-turner due to the numerous zirconia on its dial and with one of these two you are definitely going to draw attention to your wrist – and yourself. The Mille Étoiles is not for the watch lover who likes an understated look because with one of these watches a place in the spotlight is guaranteed.
The Mathieu Legrand Mille Étoiles features a fully paved dial, a small date window at 3 o’clock and a big small seconds including a black railway minuterie at 6 o’clock. The manufacturer has decided against traditional numerals or indexes and opted for coloured zirconia. These are of a deep blue in the rose gold version and of a bright green in the gold version. The dial is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
The bezel, the sides of the case as well as parts of the bracelet and the clasp are polished. This parts contrast nicely with the brushed parts, generating an overall charming look. The case measures 40 mm in diameter and is water resistant up to 10 atm.
The Mathieu Legrand Mille Étoiles is powered by a Swiss made quartz movement, providing great reliability combined with highest precision. It lies within a stainless steel case with PVD coating in gold or rosé gold.
Overall, this beautifully balanced watch will make for a stunning, reliable companion. It can easily be worn every day as well as on special occasions, and with its moderate size it should fit on most wrists. We already love the Mille Étoiles and are sure, you will too.
In the new Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold a mechanical movements meets Magic Gold, the hardest variety of gold in the world. It was developed by Hublot in a partnership with the EPFL and it is already patented.
The Big Bang Meca-10 is the very archetype of the Hublot philosophy. This watch is a demonstration of the journey undertaken by the Hublot Manufacture, a story with quite a few world firsts. The Maison sees materials as an endless source of possibilities and movements as the opportunity to escape watchmaking norms. And that’s what fans love about Hublot and its watches.
The Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold features a Hublot Manufacture movement with built-in mechanics – the HUB1201. The calibre features two parallel barrels with a rack-driven power reserve indication system, two racks sliding on a 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock axis, a double power reserve display and a Meccano-inspired architecture for an innovative construction. On the dial side, the Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold reveals the mechanics of the movement and the unusual architecture of its rack-driven 10-day power reserve.
The movement works at a frequency of 3 Hz and is made out of 223 components.
Magic Gold is the hardest gold on the market and it is highly scratch-resistant. Only diamond tools are capable of machining it and demonstrates a hardness of almost 1.000 Vickers. Magic Gold was created by the fusion of 24-carat gold and ceramic. Case and bezel are polished to achieve the best look possible. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The power reserve lays on 3 o’clock, a small second is placed at 9 o’clock and we love the unusual date display at 6 o’clock.
The case measures 45 millimetres in diameter and 15.95 in height. It is water resistant up to 10 atm and features a black rubber strap with structured lines. The buckle is made from black-plated titanium.
The Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold is a limited edition of only 200 pieces. So hurry up!
For everyone who wears mostly casual watches with a sporty attitude the purchase of a classic Dress Watch is probably not on top of the list when it comes to must-haves. But there are recurring events in everyone’s life – accompanied by a certain dress code – where the only option is to wear a decent Dress Watch ore none at all. A. Lange & Söhne, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Rolex and other manufacturers have several impeccable pieces for this kind of occasions in their collections and each would be an excellent choice. But does a lover of casual watches want to spend a lot of money on a piece that is only in his collection for rare events? Maybe not.
That’s why we introduce a new, completely Swiss made timepiece today that goes nicely with a fancy suit while not being incredible expensive: The André Belfort Le Maître.
The André Belfort Le Maître is a rather simple wristwatch that comes in a variety of different options. From very classy with a white dial and a stainless steel case, completed by a black leather strap up to a black dial combined with a PVD-coated gold case and a matching bracelet.
The dials are dominated by big roman numerals, the three hands are long, slender and come in a classic design. Besides that every dial shows a beautiful weaving pattern. The Le Maître features hours, minutes and seconds as well as a date window at 3 o’clock and a sapphire crystal.
The stainless steel case is round and the lugs are rounded too. That complements the look of the watch and assures that it sits perfectly on the wrist. With a diameter of 42 mm and a height of 11 mm the Le Maître comes in a reasonable and comfortable size. The watch is not too small for the male wrist while being understated.
The cases of all watches are water-resistant up to 10 atm.
The André Belfort Le Maître is powered by a Sellita SW200-1. The Swiss made automatic calibre has proven itself over and over again. It is one of the most widely used movements in a variety of watches from different manufacturers. It is known for its reliability and dependability, working powerful and precise. The sapphire crystal case back makes sure the calibre can be observed while working.
We think that one can’t go wrong with any of these watches. With six different versions everyone should find itself a suitable piece. And prices ranging from 2.600€ to 3.000€ for Swiss made automatic watches are reasonable.
Can silicone be glamorous? I asked myself before I ordered the Kailua Chrono from Riko Kona. A silicone chronograph that looks kind of upscale. I’m a glamour girl and I don’t wanna devalue my hand picked evening outfits with a silicone chronograph. I was sceptical – but I wanted to find out.
After a couple of days I received the package with my new Kailua Chrono from Riko Kona. The chronograph itself comes in a transparent plastic box with a hexagonal shape. Looks funky. I like it!
Quality and Design:
I cannot find any scratches or signs of poor workmanship. The watch looks really sturdy. The wristband is soft and feels comfortably. I like the gold parts. They harmonize so well with the rest of the watch. The design is indeed glamorous – not like the rest of the silicone watches out there. Definitely more upscale.
From this day on I kind of like silicone watches. But still – not every silicone watch is the perfect companion for me. Only my new Kailua Chrono from Riko Kona is allowed to party with me all night long! It goes perfectly with my evening outfits!