L.Leroy International Chronometry Competition

— L. Leroy received the First Prize for Chronometry in the Tourbillon category in the Third International Chronometry Competition.

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This year, 17 Replica Watchesmaking houses took part in the competition: 14 Swiss, 1 German and 2 French, where a total of 38 chronometers were presented (double that of the previous competition in 2011).

The Award was presented at the Time Museum at the Palais Granvelle in Besançon on October 24, 2013.

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Osmior Tourbillon Régulateur © L.Leroy

Over the course of its history, L.Leroy – a company founded in Paris in 1785 – has won a total of 384 Gold Medals in chronometry competitions. The Leroy 01, a legendary timepiece equipped with 26 complications, won the Jury’s Special Grand Prix at the 1900 World’s Fair and remained the world’s most complicated Omega Replica watches for nearly a century.

The self-winding Tourbillon Régulateur in pink gold from the Osmior range is an exclusive new creation by the House’s watchmakers inspired by the extraordinary timepieces displayed in the brand’s private museum. It offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the tourbillon system with an escapement train (pallet and wheel) machined from pure diamond, which makes the mechanism much lighter and harder.

The movement that drives the Tourbillon Régulateur is produced by the Manufacture Horlogère de la Vallée de Joux (MHVJ), part of the Swiss Festina Group, as is the Manufacture des Spiraux et Echappements SA, which produces the entire escapement, including the balance spring. Thanks to this major asset, the brand is able to equip the vast majority of its models with exclusive Manufacture calibres. “This prize is not merely something for our technicians and UK Omega Replica watchmakers to be proud of,” declared Group Chairman Miguel Rodríguez, “it is also proof that we command expertise worthy of the greatest names in fine watchmaking.”

IWC auctions unique piece and builds a school in Cambodia

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The full proceeds of CHF 173,000 will be used to finance the construction of a new school building with integrated library in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia

A unique piece by the Swiss luxury Replica Watches manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen was among the timepieces under the hammer at the Sotheby’s Geneva auction of Important Omega Replica Watches. The unique Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” in platinum (Ref. IW502801) was sold for CHF 173,000. Together with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, IWC is using the proceeds to support the construction of a school with a library in Cambodia, thereby contributing to the fight against illiteracy.

Seventy years following the first publication of “The Little Prince”, the most successful work by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, IWC Schaffhausen has again made a special contribution to supporting the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. The Swiss luxury Rolex replica watches manufacturer put the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” in platinum with midnight blue dial up for sale as part of an auction held by Sotheby’s Geneva. The unique timepiece was auctioned together with a limited reissue of the English first edition of “The Little Prince” and a reproduction of the original French manuscript. The full proceeds of CHF 173,000 will be used to finance the construction of a new school building with integrated library in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia, which is already under way. “This auction is a sign of our respect for the Foundation’s commitment to fighting illiteracy. As a glob- ally successful company, we take our social responsibility seriously and have since 2006 maintained a collaborative relationship with Saint-Exupéry’s heirs and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, which is based on the humanistic values of the renowned pilot and author,” comments Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, re- garding the auction.

Together agains t illiteracy

Olivier d’Agay, great-nephew of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Director Saint-Exupéry – d’Agay Estate, is delighted with the result of the auction: “Not only did the highest bidder acquire a precious unique timepiece, they can also rest assured that their contribution will be put to good use. With the proceeds of the auction we will help provide Cambodian children with a school education and thus a better future. Reading is key to their development and self-realization.” The Foundation works closely with the non-governmental organization Sipar, which combats illiteracy in Cambodia. More than 200,000 children have benefited from access to books and literacy activities through the creation of libraries and education centres. Mobile libraries bring reading material to remote areas, and every month Sipar publishes books in the national language Khmer, including “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Thanks to this cooperation and with the support of IWC Replica Watches Schaffhausen, a new school building with five classrooms and a library is currently being built in the village of Roluos in the province of Siem Reap. The school is scheduled to be opened in spring 2014.

“Without the commitment of strong partners such as IWC Schaffhausen, we would be unable to fulfil our mission,” emphasizes Olivier d’Agay. “IWC has close links with the world of aviation, and shares the values of Saint-Exupéry. We are working together to help young people to build their own futures, and encourage them to take responsibility and adopt an active role in society. We are delighted to be able to offer young people a perspective for the future thanks to the significant proceeds from this auction,” adds the great-nephew of the world-famous author.

de Grisogono Tondo By Night, blue

— Following the presentation of the red and green Tondo Replica Watches uk, here is the blue Tondo!

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The Tondo line was launched in 2012. At Baselworld 2013, this feminine line has welcomed the new red, green and blue models.

Like the other Tondo Rolex Replica Watches, the case of the Blue Tondo is made of “Pearly PhotoLuminescent Fiberglass Composite”. The watch is animated by the SF 30-89 automatic movement featuring a reverse oscillating weight.

The bezel of this blue model is set with 48 blue sapphires, while the oscillating weight is adorned with 60 blue sapphires.

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Blue Tondo © de Grisogono Replica Watches

Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage

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Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage © Zenith Replica Watches

This year, the Manufacture is pursuing its tribute to the famous navigator Christopher Columbus by introducing this heir to marine chronometers in a splendid interpretation calling upon the finest artistic crafts such as enamelling, engraving and micro-painting. It thereby expresses perfect mastery of these historical skills that have been adorning Zenith creations for almost 150 years. This exceptional entirely hand-finished model issued in a 10-piece limited edition is accompanied by three major horological discoveries: a patented gravity control system; a fusée and chain transmission mechanism; and an exceptional frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour.

A pioneering spirit, a love of challenges and a thirst for exploration: the very same passion and the same quest for uncharted horizons guided Christopher Columbus and Georges Favre-Jacot – the former when he set sail across the vast expanse of ocean to open up a westward route towards the Indies; and the latter when he founded Zenith in 1865 by inventing the very first industrial fake Omega watch manufacturing company or “Manufacture”. Almost a century and a half later, the brand with the guiding star is still faithful to this pursuit of precision and innovation, as is notably illustrated by over 300 patents.

The Manufacture proved this determination in 1969 by creating the legendary El Primero automatic movement, which is still the world’s most accurate series-made chronograph. Moreover, fine watchmaking is not confined to the realm of mechanisms. Confirming its tradition of refined watch exteriors, notably embodied in a number of enamelled pocket Omega Replica Watches, Zenith once again delights collectors and connoisseurs of rare models by presenting the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage – a limited edition that stands out from the rest of the line by its magnificent décor. It represented a challenge not only for the artisans, but also for the watchmakers and engineers who had to rework the movement. They occasionally pushed the boundaries of feasibility in seeking to accommodate these ornamental elements within the same 45 mm-diameter case in rose gold and beneath the same domed sapphire crystal – while making no compromises on precision and reliability. The result is a vivid illustration of Zenith’s creative daring and of its ability to combine a dream mechanism with exceptional decorative touches stemming from the most prestigious artistic crafts.

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Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage © Zenith Technical sophistication reigns supreme on the front

On the dial side, Zenith opted to give pride of place to the horological feats incorporated in the replica Rolex watch, while maintaining an open architecture providing a chance to admire its three original mechanisms in action: the barrel with its fusée and chain transmission (at 10.30 and 1.30), gyroscopic gravity control system, and the high-frequency regulating organ at 6 o’clock. Yet this technical, three-dimensional appearance does not preclude considerable aesthetic sophistication, as well as the use of the finest artistic crafts that Zenith is devoted to perpetuating. The three gold subdials (hours/minutes at 12 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock, power reserve at 4 o’clock) are finely guilloché, enamelled in white and fitted with blued steel hands and screws echoing the grand watchmaking traditions. The plate has been entirely hollowed out by hand so as to leave only the Zenith logo and a flurry of stars standing out in relief; and the troughs thus created have been filled with midnight blue lacquer. The counterweight of the gravity control system has also been enhanced with a sophisticated and poetic touch by a hand-crafted micro-painted depiction of the Southern hemisphere.

The back is an open travel invitation

The back of the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage springs a big surprise with a vividly coloured and lively evocation of the famous navigator’s many adventures. This authentic miniature painting was created by the finest specialists in various artistic crafts using a sophisticated system of gold appliques fixed directly on the movement. In the foreground, on either side of the mechanism reminiscent of the gimbal suspension typical of marine chronometers, one may admire the finely engraved portrait of Christopher Columbus along with a sextant, the astronomical instrument serving to calculate longitude. The background bears a reproduction of the Santa Maria, the flagship with which Columbus sailed on his first voyage in 1492. The tiny manually cut-out and micro-engraved décor depicts the vessel in abundantly rich detail, particularly in terms of the ropes and rigging. The various sails, crafted in enamel on a cloisonné base using an engraved champlevé technique, are adorned with the famous red cross – replaced on one of them by Zenith’s famous guiding star in a nod to connoisseurs.

Behind the sailboat, the going-train bridge has been chosen to represent the ocean with a background engraved with tiny waves and then coated with a layer of translucent lacquer. In the background, the barrel bridge opens up the horizon with a micro-painted décor depicting a sky divided into day and night. In a subtle detail, the watchmakers of the Manufacture have arranged the movement structure in such a way as to reveal a small gilded gear train evoking sunrise or sunset. Integrating this décor called for a wealth of ingenuity, including finding points to which the applique elements could be fixed, while reducing the movement thickness and the spaces between the calibre and the ornamentation to an absolute minimum (less than a tenth of a millimetre beneath the sails). Entirely hand-finished by artisans gifted with great dexterity, the fabulous adornment of the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage makes each watch a unique work of art – and a true collector’s watch.

The quest for precision at the very heart of the movement

While Christopher Columbus pushed back the frontiers of the known world, this model named after him pushes the boundaries of time measurement by combining three mechanisms guaranteeing enhanced precision: a regulating organ with a high oscillating frequency (36,000 vibrations per hour) for dividing time into tenths of a second; a fusée and chain transmission system compensating for the inevitable variations in the force of a barrel while it is unwinding; and a patented gravity control module serving to neutralise the effects of gravity on the rate of a watch. In other words, it successfully solves the problems relating to actually wearing the watch (gravity) and to the length of time it can run independently (a drop in torque), while simultaneously ensuring remarkable precision in time measurement (linked to the oscillation speed of the balance). These feats are achieved by an exceptional movement comprising 939 parts, including 354 for the calibre itself that in turn houses the 173 elements of the gravity control module; while the fusée and chain system comprises 585 parts.

Fusée and chain transmission ensuring constant force

As a mechanical watch gradually winds down, the movement loses amplitude (corresponding to the balance-wheel’s angle of oscillation) and thus becomes less accurate. The fusée and chain transmission system serves on the contrary to keep the driving force perfectly stable throughout the full power reserve – with the helicoidal shape of the fusée compensating for the progress reduction in the force of the barrel.

The majority of 16th, 17th and 18th century pocket watches were equipped with a fusée, but today very few Rolex replica watch manufacturers are capable of transposing and fitting this mechanism within the confines of a wristwatch. With the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage, stemming from two full years of development, Zenith has now entered this highly exclusive club.

Transmission between the barrel and fusée is handled by an 18 cm-long chain comprising 585 parts. This highly complex construction features alternating double and intermediate links. Once assembled, it is capable of withstanding a traction force of more than 3 kilos.

Throughout the power reserve, the mainspring transmits its energy to the fusée via a chain that wraps itself around the barrel. By adjusting the variations in tension, the fusée regulates the force that is passed on to the going train – and thence to the silicon escape-wheel fitted inside the gyroscopic carriage. While it takes more than 50 hours (the power-reserve duration) for the chain to wrap itself around the barrel, winding via the stem provides a fascinating sight. These few seconds enable the fusée and the barrel to turn in opposite directions so that the chain wraps itself back around the fusée.

The shape of the fusée was dictated by the optimal force that the Zenith master-watchmakers wished to give the barrel. Its grooved conical contours as well as its dimensions are the result of lengthy and particularly complex complications performed for each of the seven construction stages. This fusée could doubtless never have been created without the full integration of all professions (notably including movement prototype making) cultivated in the Manufacture Zenith, nor without the use of sophisticated equipment. Such is indeed one of the core strengths of an integrated Manufacture.

Gravity control: defying gravity

While fusée and chain transmission eliminates variations in isochronism (the equal duration of the oscillations), the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage also cancels out another effect that is detrimental to the rate of a mechanical watch: the influence of gravity.

Working on the principle that keeping the regulating organ in a horizontal position engenders the best possible balance-wheel amplitude and thus results in optimal timekeeping precision, Zenith devised and patented a revolutionary module enabling the “heart” of the movement and the escapement to remain constantly in this position.

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An avant-garde system brilliantly illustrating the creative daring of the Manufacture, the gravity control system is also a tribute to history, since it is inspired by the marine chronometers that Zenith used to produce, borrowing from these legendary instruments the principle of gimbal suspension introduced in the 16th century on marine compasses so that they would stay horizontal despite the pitching and rolling of the boat.

The gravity control system with its self-regulating gyroscopic mechanism serves to maintain the regulating organ in a permanently horizontal position whatever the angle of the wrist and thereby represents the ultimate evolution of the marine chronometer. The brand with the guiding star is the only Replica Watches manufacturer to master this system – duly rewarded in the “Best Complicated Watch” category at the 2011 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix – that it invented after five years of intense development.

A stylish presentation box

Such an exceptional model deserved to be presented to its best advantage. The Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage comes in a precious mahogany box featuring ox bone inlays and that can also serve as a humidor with a capacity of 80 cigars. In homage to Christopher Columbus, this box is adorned with a screen-printed motif on parchment-style papyrus reproducing Waldseemüller’s planisphere (1507), the first world map to mention the name “America”.

A magnificent ocean voyage and a splendid voyage to the heart of the infinitely small: with this limited edition combining fine watchmaking and artistic crafts, Zenith is setting out to conquer fascinating new horizons, inspired as ever by a blend of daring, authenticity and pleasure.

Christophe Claret At Harrods

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The Christophe Claret exhibition at Harrods is extended until January 2014.

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From the beginning of September, the Christophe Claret collection can be seen in the “Fine Replica Rolex Watches Room” of Harrods, an exhibition devoted to independent Rolex replica watchmakers. The exhibition is extended until January 6th; one more reason to visit London. So head on over for your Christmas shopping!

Ladies’ watches Animal companions

— Ladies’ Omega Replica watches collections are brimming with snakes, great cats, fish and other species. Chaumet, Boucheron and van Cleef & Arpels provide good examples.

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Women love all creatures great and small – and so do watchmakers. A recurrent theme of fake Omega watch collections, this genre regularly graces watch dials, while animals also embrace bezels and even stretch lazily out across the straps. Occasionally amusing and often poetic, they provide formidable scope for creative expression.

Boucheron – Crazy Jungle flamingo serti

In its Crazy Jungle collection, Boucheron gives pride of place to the artistic crafts. Its artisans provide a stunning display of their talent through this colourful bird and the surrounding scenery that even extends on to the bezel. Mother-of-pearl, sapphires and diamonds meet and mingle in this poetic ensemble admirably embodying the in-house expertise.

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Crazy Jungle flamingo serti. © Boucheron

Why we love it: the artisans behind this replica Omega watch have succeeded in recreating surprising textural effects and a play on perspective, notably through the use of ultra-thin mother-of-pearl sheets (0.05 mm) that give the river a fascinatingly translucent appearance.

Chaumet – Montre Attrape-moi… si tu m’aimes large model

Graceful dragonflies flit across the dial of this joyful, airy interpretation of the Attrape-moi si tu m’aimes line. On this “large” model measuring 34.8 mm in diameter and issued in an 88-piece limited edition, Chaumet once again highlights its know-how in the realm of artistic crafts.

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Attrape-moi… si tu m’aimes © Chaumet

Why we love it: the dial composed of a sapphire crystal with ivory-toned counter-painting on the underside sets a magnificent stage for the dance of the dragonflies enhanced by miniature-painted ribbons. The details are even more impressive when seen at close hand. Truly exhilarating!

Van Cleef & Arpels – Charms Extraordinaires Hirondelles

The swallow is the star of the show in the Charms watch that called upon the full force of the craftsmanship faithfully cultivated by Van Cleef & Arpels. The miniature enamel painting technique applied to mother-of-pearl serves to achieve the subtle shades of blue, pink and mauve enlivening the scene, forming an enchanting backdrop for two exquisite birds – all framed a triple row of colourful stones and diamonds adorning the bezel.

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Charms Extraordinaires Hirondelles © Van Cleef & Arpels

Why we love it: because this Omega Replica watch available in a 22-piece limited edition is made to be worn like a lucky charm, in more than one sense of the term. While the swallow is of course a symbol representing a promise of love and the return of spring, the lucky charm motif spinning merrily around the case is equally enchanting.

International Chronometry Contest L.Leroy winner

— Les Ateliers L. Leroy S.A.S. Besançon are the winners of the 2013 International Chronometry Contest in the “Tourbillon” category.

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Tissot S.A. Swiss Replica Watches UK Group in Le Locle is the winner in the “Classic” category. Louis Moiet takes the third place.

The winner in the school category is Mr Mathieu Douik. The announcement of the results took place on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at the Musée de Temps in Besançon.

The 38 competing exhibits filed by 17 companies (including 14 Swiss, two French and one German) and three UK fake Omega watchmaking schools were submitted from May 30th to three sets of measurements carried out in the official certified laboratories of the Besançon Observatory and the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute in Biel as well as undergoing particularly severe magnetic fields and shocks at the Haute Ecole Arc in Le Locle.

The tests require that in order to qualify, Replica Rolex watches UK must meet the international “chronometer” standard three times in succession with exposure to intense shocks and magnetic fields after the second series of tests and all this without any intermediate adjustment. This difficulty has not been reduced since the creation of this contest.

There was excellent participation in the “Classic” category which saw 20 pieces competing. 12 of them passed all three tests to be in the running for the three places on the podium awarded to those with the best marks which are then announced. The winners were Tissot S.A. for the first 2 places (878 and 850 points out of 1000) and Louis Moinet S.A. (728 points).

In “Tourbillon” (7 participants in all), Les Ateliers L. Leroy S.A.S. won the prize with 794 points, while most of the others did not stand up to the ordeal of shocks and magnetism.

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Osmior Tourbillon Régulateur LL104/1 © L.Leroy
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Mecanograph © Louis Moinet Replica Watches

Endorsement to the Womanity Foundation Bedat & Co

— Bedat & Co Genève has sponsored the Womanity Ladies rolex Replica Watches Lunch which took place on October 3th in Geneva.

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Over the years, Bedat & Co Genève has been catering elegant timepieces to women worldwide, despite being a male-dominated industry. To date, the stance and concept of the brand remain vigorousy with diverse efforts undertaken to accentuate the importance of females collectively.

Bedat & Co Genève holds firm to its precept by supportig the Womanity Foundation that advocates gender equality by recognizing and protecting women and girls’ rights to education and professional opportunities, in a safe and galvanizing environment. The Foundation is committed to mobilize the necesary resources to implement long term solutions towards women and girls’ empowerment, allowing them to pursue their aspirations, shape their future, and accelerate their progress within the community.

Bedat & Co Genève has sponsored the Womanity Ladies Lunch which took place on October 3th at Fendi Boutique in Geneva, and attended by 70 ladies handpicked by the commitee. Sculptor Eleanor Cardoso, Bedat & Co’s ambassador, was present at the event.

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The Womanity Ladies Lunch took place on October 3th at Fendi Boutique in Geneva. © Bedat & Co