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CELSIUS X VI II MICRO-MECHANICAL REMONTAGE PAPILLON TOURBILLON MOBILE PHONE - APPROX $275,000 EACH

CELSIUS X VI II MICRO-MECHANICAL REMONTAGE PAPILLON TOURBILLON MOBILE PHONE - APPROX $275,000 EACHIf you won't be in Switzerland next week for the Baselworld watch fair for the world's first public viewing, don't worry, The Watchismo Times has an exclusive sneak peek of this über-gadget, the CELSIUS X VI II micro-mechanical tourbillon cell phone!

CELSIUS X VI II MICRO-MECHANICAL REMONTAGE PAPILLON TOURBILLON MOBILE PHONE - APPROX $275,000 EACH
Celsius is a French company founded in 2006 by four young entrepreneurs. In March 2010, after three years of research and development with icons like Richard Mille and controversial movement maker "Confrerie Horlogere Hublot" (formerly BNB Concept), Celsius X VI II are launching a range of high-end micromechanical phones featuring some exceptional patented mechanical complications.

CELSIUS X VI II MICRO-MECHANICAL REMONTAGE PAPILLON TOURBILLON MOBILE PHONE - APPROX $275,000 EACH
The first creation, a cell phone merged with a tourbillion watch featuring a patented Remontage Papillon mechanism, heralds a new generation of objects with high emotional value. CELSIUS X VI II reinvents micro-mechanical applications to humanize the future of communication: pushing the boundaries of established watchmaking, each creation will be a significant step towards the dream of a completely mechanical mobile phone: a phone in which every function will operate mechanically, solely through human energy.

CELSIUS X VI II MICRO-MECHANICAL REMONTAGE PAPILLON TOURBILLON MOBILE PHONE - APPROX $275,000 EACH
Celsius X VI II has developed its first papillon item as an accessory for the contemporary aesthete. The successive design sketches reveal a quest for perfect elegant - skilfully contoured lines, fine materials and subtle details - through a functionalist approach, beauty without excess. The quality of the manufacture hints at a fine watchmaking influence. The pieces of the case are of the best workmanship, and most of the roughly 547 mechanical components are hand-finished. The aesthetic design plays with transparency to reveal the magic of the technology, to an even greater extent than would be allowed by the butterfly design alone.

CELSIUS X VI II MICRO-MECHANICAL REMONTAGE PAPILLON TOURBILLON MOBILE PHONE - APPROX $275,000 EACH
The fact nonetheless remains that, tucked away inside its hinge, the item conceals a patented system that is activated when the wings are unfolded. Based on complex micromechanics, this innovation has its name - "Remontage Papillon" (butterfly rewinding) - spelled out on the top wing. Its presence has much to do with making this creation a favorite among enlightened enthusiasts. This ultimate appeal is an asset that opens up new horizons, as Celsius X VI II begins to explore mechanical functions that will revolutionize the world of communications, things never before seen or heard that in the future will become a major sector of the prestige market.

Celsius X VI II is fundamentally an innovative brand that combines mobile telephony with prestige watchmaking in creating nomadic objets d'art.

A dream that embraces a concept that is still impossible today but may one day come true: an entirely mechanical cellphone!

It will be unveiled next week at Baselworld 2010, starting price will approximately €200,000 ($275,000)

http://www.celsius-x-vi-ii.com


CELSIUS X VI II MICRO-MECHANICAL REMONTAGE PAPILLON TOURBILLON MOBILE PHONE - APPROX $275,000 EACH
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Semi-Precious Leak - Richard Mille's RM018 "Hommage to Boucheron"

Semi-Precious Leak - Richard Mille's RM018 Soon to be announced Richard Mille 018 "Hommage a Boucheron" with purported precious stones for the mechanism.

Reminders of Mille's original Mauboussin concepts developed in the Nineties with Renaud et Papi.


Semi-Precious Leak - Richard Mille's RM018
Semi-Precious Leak - Richard Mille's RM018
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Unseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!

Unseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!The DeWitt Incognito Watch Concept No.1 was part of yesterday's Only Watch auction in Monaco but was the only watch not presented to bidders. The buyer, Mr. Jimmy Tan (Prince Jewellery and Watch Company), one of the best-known Hong Kong distributors of Haute Horlogerie paid 400,000 Euros (approx $550,000). The watch will be delivered and hopefully unveiled early in 2008. All that is known about the watch is that it's equipped with a flying tourbillon regulator endowed with a 21-day power reserve. The supporting structure of the mechanism, made from a lithium-aluminium alloy.

More info via Timezone

Other record breaking sales included the Patek Philippe Nautilus Pièce Unique for 525,000 Euro (approx $740,000) and the follow-up Richard Mille/Philippe Starck collaboration that hammered at 320,000 Euro (approx $450,000).

Unseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!
Unseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!
Only Watch auction-->Link
DeWitt website-->Link
Patek Philippe website-->Link
Richard Mille website-->Link

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Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium Tellurium

Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium TelluriumI'm proud to be one of the first to unveil the Richard Mille Planetarium Tellurium. A massive achievement in horology with an entirely new mechanical interpretation of a centuries old tradition - Depicting the universe as clockwork. Created by the revolutionary independent watch brand, Richard Mille (with obvious watch case design) and developed by mastermind Stephen Forsey and Robert Greubel of CompliTime and an exclusive look into his original drawings for the Planetary Tellurium below the photos...

Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium Tellurium
Text by Theodore Diehl for Richard Mille (For the complete story, visit Horomundi-->LINK)

"Despite its enormous complexity, the Richard Mille Planetarium- Tellurium is designed to be: - easy to understand - easy and practical in use - precise and reliable This means that for the first time, an object of this type will be able to be operated by someone who is not a specialist.

UNDERSTANDABLE VISUAL REPRESENTATION

First of all, the diameter of the earth has for practical and aesthetic reasons been notably enlarged in the Planetarium-Tellurium (in reality, the earth is 109 times smaller than the sun) allowing a good view of the continents and indeed of countries. All the planets can be seen perfectly, although these, as explained above, are not to scale regarding size and distance. The indications (date, equation of time, zodiac) are represented in an easily readable and consistent way, and on a separate area from the layout depicting the rotation of the planets.

Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium TelluriumIndications, front panel

REPRESENTATIONS AND INDICATIONS

Astronomic representations (R) and indications (I)
  1. - Rotation of the earth on its axis (R)
  2. - Rotation of the earth around the sun (R)
  3. - Obliquity of the earth (R)
  4. - Rotation of the moon on its axis (R)
  5. - Rotation of the moon around the earth (R)
  6. - Phases of the moon (I)
  7. - Equation of time (I)
  8. - Mercury (R)
  9. - Venus (R)
  10. - Sun (R)
  • Rotation of the earth on its axis (R) One rotation on its axis in 24 hours. Error: +1° in 7.7 years
  • Rotation of the earth around the sun (R) One rotation in 1 year. Error: -1° in 2 million years. This rotation is used as the basis for indicating the seasons, the equinoxes, solstices and zodiac signs, represented in their respective windows.
  • Obliquity of the earth (R) Exact rotation, the tilt of the earth’s axis between the two poles: 23.5°. This tilt towards the sun provides a perfect understanding of the phenomenon of the seasons.
  • Rotation of the moon on its axis and rotation of the moon around the earth (R) The calculation of the rotation is based on a synodic month of 29.53058912 days (time interval between two new moons). Error : +1° in 168 years.
  • Phases of the moon (I) The phases of the moon are represented on the moon itself with a surrounding ring that represents the area visible from the earth.
  • Equation of time (I) The equation of time is represented by a hand and a dial divided into sectors on the front part of the planetarium. The hand represents in + or – the minutes that must be added or subtracted from the mean time in order to obtain the true solar time.
  • Solar time. Associated with the equation of time, it represents the true time in relation to the sun. This indication is connected to the planetary mechanism and is on the dial.
  • Mercury (R) Representation of Mercury performing a rotation around the sun in 87.9 days. Mercury does not rotate around its axis.
  • Venus (R) Representation of Venus performing a rotation around the sun in 224.7 days. Venus does not rotate around its axis.
  • Sun (R) Static representation of the sun in the centre of the Planetarium Tellurium.
  • Time indications - Hour - Minute - Time zones - Date (Perpetual calendar) - Day (Perpetual calendar) - Month (Perpetual calendar) - Year, decade (Perpetual calendar) - Leap year - Power reserve - Seasons, equinoxes, solstices, Zodiac signs
MATERIALS USED Titanium, steel, brass, gold, silver, red corundum

Another unique aspect of the Richard Mille Planetarium-Tellurium is the addition of a perpetual calendar to the astronomic representations in combination with a détente chronometer escapement. The addition of a highly accurate going train and winding barrel of the planetarium to this escapement make this the most accurate clockwork Planetarium Tellurium of its kind.

The clock will be unveiled at the September 2007 Tempus - Temple of Time in Singapore.

A one of a kind creation, the price? Well into seven figures.

More information at Horomundi here-->Link
Richard Mille website-->Link

Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium TelluriumView of the interior without the Sun in position.
Titanium bridges/plates


Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium TelluriumPlanetarium Terrurium Drawings
by Stephen Forsey of (Greubel Forsey)

Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium Tellurium
Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium TelluriumThe latest Richard Mille RM011 Chronograph
Photos by Mike Disher of TimeZone

Highlights of other Planetary devices, clocks and watches include the 18th century Planetarium clock below by Jean-Andre Lepaute of France.

Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium TelluriumTable Clock with Planetarium circa 1770
Collection of the Beyer Museum

Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium TelluriumOur solar system has even been reduced to a mechanical wristwatch with this recent Christiaan van der Klaauw "Planetarium." Previously featured here-->Link

Other phenomenal wrist galaxies like the 1985 Ulysse Nardin's Planetarium Copernicus and more recent, the Trilogy Set including the Astrolabe.

Boy, if I didn't feel small in this Universe, I sure do now!


Lastly, learn about the very first mechanical astronomical device nearly 2000 years old, the ancient Greek Antikythera Celestial Calculator-->Link

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New York Times Spotlights Automotive Trends & Wristwatches

New York Times Spotlights Automotive Trends & WristwatchesArticle Here-->Link

New York Times Spotlights Automotive Trends & WristwatchesRichard Mille RM012-->Link

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Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of Time

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of Time The TEMPUS TIME TEMPLE All‐Black Commemorative Collection

I'm not sure what happened or when but it seems everyone and their mother wants an all black watch these days. Whether it's PVD coated, carbonized, ceramic or whatever, people want to be apart of the horological Blacksploitation of luxury timepieces. So...that brings me to the September 2007 Tempus "Temple of Time" watch festival in Singapore. Put together by The Hour Glass, it's the largest watch event in Asia and likely becoming one of the most influential. KokChoon of Horomundi.com has detailed the information for this All Black series here-->Link

He's also has taken some great photographs of the prototype black PVD RM016 by Richard Mille (shown above) and more here-->Link


The RM016, encased in special micro-sandblasted, titanium, features a skeletonized automatic winding movement with hours, minutes, date and adjustable rotor geometry. The design allows the wearer to optimize and personalize the movement's winding mechanism to suit both sporting and non-sporting environments. Edition of 25
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Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeJAEGER-LECOULTRE Gyrotourbillon All Black
Edition of Three

The limited edition Gyrotourbillon, 18k yellow gold covered in black, spherical tourbillon, equation of time, perpetual calendar, date/month/year retrograde indication and eight day power reserve.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeAUDEMARS PIGUET Maserati MC12 All Black
Edition of One

On the heels of the Audemars Piguet’s, Maserati MC 12 roadcar inspired timepiece, the limited edition Black Millenary MC12 Tourbillon and chronograph. A reinterpretation of its predecessor’s engineering and aesthetics.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeDE BETHUNE Big Power All Bl ack
Edition of Ten

Features the DB22 movement of the De Bethune “Power” series, with a patented new function which allows the speed’s regulation of the winding system through the crown in the middle position. Set it in standard position for a quiet motion or in sport position for an active response.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeHUBLOT Bigger Bang All Black
Edition of Five

The Bigger Bang is the world’s first tourbillon column-heel chronograph with direct coupling on a flying tourbillon.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeHUBLOT Big Bang All Black
Edition of 50

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeCarrera Calibre 360
Edition of Ten

The Carrera Calibre 360 PVD, the world’s first ever 1/100th mechanical wrist chronograph with a movement 10 times faster than the fastest movement in any watch.

Black is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of TimeSINN U1 Diver
Edition of 250

Made of German submarine steel, tested by Germanischer Lloyd, the global authority in pressure testing of submarines.

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'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch Auction

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch Auction
The first "Only Watch" auction of 2005 was so wildly successful raising €1.9 million Euros for charity (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), there was little doubt they'd try to follow it up. Two years later, it's back with more rare machines from todays most desirable brands. The event, commissioned by Prince Albert II of Monaco, will offer 35 limited edition and one-of-a-kind prototype watches, or as the horologically correct say "Piéce Unique". The watches will be auctioned at the upcoming 2007 Monaco Yacht Show by Antiquorum. Last years largest fundraiser of €285,000 was the collaboration of Richard Mille and Philippe Starck. They have teamed up again for the ultra-futuristic model titled, “An integral interpretation in titanium" (Shown Above).

Some other highlights...

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionRodolphe "Instinct Chrono 180° Only Watch”

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionPatek Philippe, Ref 5712T “Nautilus Titanium”, Genève

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionHublot "Big Bang Only Watch” Pièce Unique.

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionBreguet "Chronograph Classique A Rattrapante” No. 1 of a limited edition of 7 pieces.

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionAudemars Piguet "Royal Oak Offshore Volcano”, first in the series.

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctiondeLaCour "Saqra Weekend Graphite” No. 1 in a limited series of 5.

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionIWC - International Watch Co. Schaffhausen “Fliegeruhr 5026, Perpetual Calendar”

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionOfficine Panerai ”Radiomir 10 Days GMT Pink Gold”

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionJaquet Droz “Les Douze Villes Monaco”


'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionPierre Kunz, “Chrono Sport Monaco” Genève

'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionDe Bethune “Time-Zone No.0”
A prototype of a limited edition watch

Previously featured here.

For additional information and to see all 35 models, go here-->Link

Other brands represented at Only Watch 2007; Blancpain, Chopard, Corum, Daniel Roth, DeWitt, Eterna, Franck Muller, Frédérique Constant, Gerald Charles, Girard Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Harry Winston, Instrument et Mesures de Temps, Jaeger LeCoultre, Louis Vuitton, Mauboussin, Omega, Piaget, Swatch, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Zenith.

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New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMF

New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFThe latest of the Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMF series. Can't afford a $250,000 Richard Mille? You might consider this $2900 wristular dashboard chronograph complete with an arching direct jump hour display powered by a modified Valjoux 7750 automatic movement.

New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFPreviously featured Azimuth Gauge Mecha

New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFAlso just unveiled, the Azimuth Round 1 Bi-Retrograde. The top arc indicates the minutes while the bottom arc displays the hours with hands that snap back to their starting positions after reaching the ends of their respective cycles via a modified ETA 2836-2 mechanical movement


New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFAzimuth is also annoucing their new SP-1 Mechanique concept watch. Nicknamed the ‘spaceship watch’ with a rendition of Earth, a globular decorative feature that makes one rotation every 60 seconds. A jumping hour display powered by a Unitas 6497 movement finely finished in Cotes de Geneve stripes, a rotating disc, framed by the short end of the 3-dimensional minute hand, is a jumping hour complication. The broad minute hand comes finished with a skeletonized outline that resembles a space shuttle hurtling across the universe. Link

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TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO WATCH HAS GONE BEFORE!

TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO WATCH HAS GONE BEFORE!
Great article by Nick Foulkes from FT about the current 'Garage Watchmakers' of todays exclusive independent boutique brands like MB&F, Urwerk, Richard Mille, Vianney Halter, Hautlence, FP Journe, HD3, and Greubel Forsey.

Article PDF-->Here


via Ian Skellern @ OurWorld

Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016

Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016
Not slated for public viewing until late March, here is a leaked peek of the Richard Mille RM011 Flyback Chronograph. Vaucher base with a Dubois Dépraz module, an "annual calendar-flyback-chrono" with an extra 60 minute countdown at nine o'clock. The month indicator is at 4 o'clock. The price will range between 50 to 60 thousand euros. (The lower end of their price range!)

Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016
Click here for close-up of watch. As usual, great dimensional use of negative space

Via KronosBlog & ThePurists

Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016And a preview of their new extra flat automatic 'RM016', an entirely new form from Richard Mille

Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016

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CELSIUS X VI II MICRO-MECHANICAL REMONTAGE PAPILLON TOURBILLON MOBILE PHONE - APPROX $275,000 EACHSemi-Precious Leak - Richard Mille's RM018 "Hommage to Boucheron"Unseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!Out of this World! The Richard Mille Planetarium TelluriumNew York Times Spotlights Automotive Trends & WristwatchesBlack is Red Hot at the 2007 Tempus Temple of Time'Only Watch' 2007 - Rare Limited Edition Wristwatch AuctionNew Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFTO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO WATCH HAS GONE BEFORE!Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016

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