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DeWhat? DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1

DeWhat?  DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1Selling for 400,000 Euros at the OnlyWatch auction before it had been shown to anyone, the DeWitt Concept No.1 was a beast to behold last week at Baselworld. Devoloped with French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, this gothic pirate spaceship of a watch is taking the steampunk oeuvre to new heights with its expanding riveted case, flying tourbillon, five barrels and a 21 day power reserve.

I had a private viewing of the watch and took these shots...

DeWhat?  DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1

DeWhat?  DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1
DeWhat?  DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1
DeWhat?  DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1
DeWhat?  DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1
DeWhat?  DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1Some perspective on the size from the DeWitt watchmaker

DeWhat?  DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1The entire time I wondered why this watch looked familiar
...then I figured it out!

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Phenomenal Photos of the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Tourbillon

Phenomenal Photos of the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso TourbillonThe Purists have posted some pretty amazing shots of the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 as well as some brain busting technical information.

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Phenomenal Photos of the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Tourbillon
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CAD SCHMAD - Finally, A Real Photo of the Concord C1 Vertical Tourbillon Gravity

CAD SCHMAD - Finally, A Real Photo of the Concord C1 Vertical Tourbillon GravitySometimes these CAD renderings start all looking the same to me. Concord thankfully has provided The Watchismo Times with the first real world photos of their anticipated C1 Tourbillon Gravity. The Tourbillon is placed vertically and viewable from the side of the watch. More next week from Basel...

CAD SCHMAD - Finally, A Real Photo of the Concord C1 Vertical Tourbillon Gravity
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First Look! Bell & Ross BR Instrument Grand Minuteur & Minuteur Tourbillon

First Look!  Bell & Ross BR Instrument Grand Minuteur & Minuteur TourbillonThe Watchismo Times is proud to introduce the first look of two new watches from Bell & Ross. The Limited Edition BR Instrument Minuteur Tourbillon and Grand Minuteur.

First Look!  Bell & Ross BR Instrument Grand Minuteur & Minuteur Tourbillon
First Look!  Bell & Ross BR Instrument Grand Minuteur & Minuteur TourbillonUsing aeronautical instrumentation, the highest standard for readability, reliability and performance, Bell & Ross designers have sought to reproduce as faithfully as possible a cockpit timepiece that fits on the wrist.

In 2005 Bell & Ross launched the INSTRUMENT line, which upended traditional watch making with its innovative concept and design. It has since established itself as an icon watch.

In 2007 Bell & Ross made a noted entry into fine watchmaking with the BR01 INSTRUMENT TOURBILLON fitted with an outstanding grande complication movement.

In its constant quest for innovation, this year Bell & Ross is introducing a Grande Complication with functions never before seen in watchmaking: the GRAND MINUTEUR.

BR INSTRUMENT MINUTEUR TOURBILLON and BR GRAND MINUTEUR
High-quality Watchmaking (the movement) + High-Technology (the case) + High Readability (the dial)

Armed with its experience in the field of aeronautical instrumentation and fine watchmaking,
Bell & Ross is presenting two new exclusive and complementary grande complications:

A tourbillon, a large timer, a power reserve indicator and a small second hand: four complications and two exclusive movements fitted to two outstanding watches designed for two worlds.

The BR GRAND MINUTEUR is a time measuring tool with specific, exclusive functions. The hour counter is connected to a large counter, the timer, that measures short times. An additional Flyback function launches a new measurement almost immediately.

High-quality Watchmaking:
The large, double scale timer (sixty and ten divisions) is an additional timepiece that measures a duration of time in hours and minutes from a chosen moment. This large stand-alone timer is fi tted with a Flyback, a system for resetting to zero and quickly relaunching the measurement. The Flyback optimizes the precision and rapidity in measuring several successive time intervals. The hour and minute display is supplemented by a small, stand-alone counter for seconds and a 10-day power reserve indicator.

High-Technology:
The ultra-light titanium case, the carbon fi bre dial and the aluminium movement bridges all contribute to making the watch lightweight and high performing. Its angle rib structure and DLC fi nish coat (Diamond Like Carbon, friction resistant to more than 4000 Vickers) reinforces the solidity of the case.

High Visibility:
The dial design optimizes readability by disassociating the time indications and putting them in order of priority: four stand-alone counters indicate in order (based on their diameter) the timer function, hours and minutes, power reserve and seconds. Giving precedence to the Timer function answers a functional requirement and turns the BR GRAND MINUTEUR into the ultimate professional measuring tool.

First Look!  Bell & Ross BR Instrument Grand Minuteur & Minuteur TourbillonResearch of Grand Minuteur case and dial designs

First Look!  Bell & Ross BR Instrument Grand Minuteur & Minuteur TourbillonResarch of dial designs

First Look!  Bell & Ross BR Instrument Grand Minuteur & Minuteur TourbillonResarch of dials

First Look!  Bell & Ross BR Instrument Grand Minuteur & Minuteur TourbillonResearch of power reserve indicators


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MB&F introduces Limited Edition Titanium Horological Machine No.1 - The HM1 Ti

MB&F introduces Limited Edition Titanium Horological Machine No.1 - The HM1 TiI had a blast trying on a MB&F HM1 (and HM2!) late last year and decided to buy one if Max would give me an installment plan of $100 a month for 1500 months. Sadly, I am still sans Horological Machine.

But now I have my heart set on the Ti, a just-announced limited edition of ten HM1 in Titanium casing. Maybe a layaway plan this time Max?

From Max just a few hours ago...
"We will be unveiling on September 7th HM1-Ti, a very special 10 piece limited edition of “Horological Machine No1” . Out of the 100 HM1 movements to be crafted between 2007 and 2009, only 10 will conjugate this amazing Titanium case (a real feat to achieve) with a new sapphire dial partially unveiling the Tourbillon system and the amazing hour/minute floating synchronizing wheel."

MB&F introduces Limited Edition Titanium Horological Machine No.1 - The HM1 TiHM1-Ti is an extremely sophisticated timepiece on many levels: visually, technically and emotionally. As much, if not more, art and sculpture as micro-engineering.

HM1-Ti is an avant-garde three-dimensional timekeeping machine broken free from constraints imposed by traditional horology.

The relatively light weight belies the architectural volume of HM1-Ti's grade 5 titanium case; a case whose complex modular construction enables every part to be independently
refurbished.

The radical three-dimensionality of the case construction may turn heads; however, the
totally original and highly intricate movement inside, with its 376 parts and 81 functional jewels, ensures that HM1-Ti will turn minds as well.

MB&F introduces Limited Edition Titanium Horological Machine No.1 - The HM1 TiThe challenge of applying a variety of multi-faceted fine finishes to the difficult-to-work titanium has been rewarded by the vibrant juxtaposition of light reflecting off the contrasting highly polished and matte-satin surfaces.

An extra-wide custom tapered strap, complemented by a bespoke white gold and titanium folding buckle, completes the timepiece and reinforces the highly technical nature of the case.

HM1-Ti is a limited edition of 10 pieces


Movement:
Raised central one-minute tourbillon, separate hours and minutes, seven-day power reserve.
Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph.
Automatic winding.
Four mainspring barrels in parallel.
Number of jewels: 81 (all functional).
Number of parts: 376 (including jewels).

Functions:
Left dial: Hours
Right Dial: Minutes and Seven-Day Power Reserve

Case:
Titanium Grade 5 - Limited Edition of 10.
Dimensions: length 41mm, width 64mm, height 14mm.
Number of parts: 48.

Sapphire crystals:
Dial side with anti-reflective treatment on both faces.
Display back with anti-reflective treatment on single face.

Dial:
Open dial with etched sapphire Hour and Minute bridges.
Power reserve displayed by rotating disk.

Strap & Buckle:
Extra wide black hand-stitched alligator strap with white gold/titanium folding buckle.

Presentation box:
Bespoke ETRO pin-stripe flannel and leather designer carry bag hosting the presentation
box.

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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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"A Rare Mixture of Art, Science & Mechanics" - Greubel Forsey Film

A short film about the dynamic duo watchmaker/inventor team of Greubel Forsey.

"The whole idea was not to accept that everything has already been invented in watchmaking. We do have our page in the history of watchmaking to write."
-Robert Greubel



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Or download the higher quality version here-->Greubel Forsey film (70MB)

When you see the video, you'll have a better understanding why about two watches a month are produced...

Greubel Forsey Invention Piece No. 1

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Greubel Forsey Multi-Axis Tourbillon Videos
Richard Mille Planetarium Tellurium (developed with GF)

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Horologymnastics - Antoine Preziuso's B-Side

Horologymnastics - Antoine Preziuso's B-SideThe 2008 "B-Side", new from
Swiss watchmaker Antoine Preziuso

Horologymnastics - Antoine Preziuso's B-SideB-Side Dial

"A desire to "do different" is perfectly symbolized by the B-Side, a tourbillon watch designed to be worn in reverse. "More often than not we forget about, even hide, the reverse side of a watch when aesthetically speaking it’s certainly the most beautiful, akin to a sculpture. This inspired me to make this side the focus of attention while giving the B-Side a mechanism to pivot the case and read the time. Having said that, the days are gone when the watch was seen purely and simply as an object for telling the time, as time is now given everywhere. In fact I’m thinking of making the B-Side the sole theme of my next presentation at Basel. In a similar vein, we’ve launched a collection of "mechanical jewelry." These are pieces of jewelry that incorporate an aspect of a watch mechanism. Their purpose is not to give the time but to pulsate with a moon phase, rotor or tourbillon."



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SIHH Premiere - Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon

Debuting in April 2008 at SIHH in Geneva, Jaeger LeCoultre will be introducing another mindblowing Gyrotourbillon movement but this time as part of the Reverso collection. The Gyrotourbillon features a spherical tourbillon with two carriages spinning on two axes freeing the regulating organ from effects of gravity in all positions. Reverso watches can be flipped over for alternative displays. The 2006 Reverso a Triptyque, one of the most complicated watches ever made and also the world's first three faced watch.

The Gyrotourbillon 1 (above), first introduced in 2006 features a double cage tourbillon with equation of time and perpetual calendar and the Master Minute Repeater that produces tones at 55 decibels or double the volume of the world’s next loudest minute repeater.

To really appreciate the Gyrotourbillon, you must see it in action as shown on the video below;

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History of the Reverso - In 1931 British Polo Players in India requested a watch that could be worn during the hard charging clashes on the field. Responding to this Jacques-David LeCoultre and the Societe Jaeger turned to the most capable design engineer of the time, Rene-Alfred Chauvot. Chauvot’s solution was to make a watch that was a case inside a case. The inner case contained the movement and could be pivoted within the outer case (or carriage) that comprised essentially of a skeleton and watch lugs. Once the case was pivoted or reversed, the crystal was completely protected from blows. In 1991, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s CEO Gunther Blumlein unveiled the Reverso remade into a modern high complication with the Reverso 60eme. This was followed by a Reverso tourbillon in 1993 and a Reverso minute repeater in 1993. This year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre has exploited the unique architecture of the Reverso case to create the world’s first three faced watch. Fittingly this marvel dubbed the Reverso a Tryptique offers up a golden harvest of haute de gamme complication. (via Horomundi/Revolution)

Reverso Tourbillon via Timezone

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Basel Previews - $500,000 Zenith El Primero Zero-G Multi-Dimensional Tourbillon

Basel Previews - $500,000 Zenith El Primero Zero-G Multi-Dimensional Tourbillon
New top-of-the line Zenith debuting at Baselworld 2008 in April. This limited edition all-black PVD coated El Primero Zenith Zero-G Multi-Dimensional Tourbillon will start around 350,000 Euros ($500,000+).

And you may ask yourself, who would wear a watch like that? Well, below is Thierry Nataf, not only the president and CEO of Zenith, but also a member of the Zero-G Multi-Dimensional club for men.

Basel Previews - $500,000 Zenith El Primero Zero-G Multi-Dimensional TourbillonThe giant feathered and beaked watch on his other hand is Toodles the Hawk. He doesn't go anywhere without Toodles. Can somebody have a talk with Thierry?

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DeWhat?  DeWitt Incognito Steampunk Concept No.1Phenomenal Photos of the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso TourbillonCAD SCHMAD - Finally, A Real Photo of the Concord C1 Vertical Tourbillon GravityFirst Look!  Bell & Ross BR Instrument Grand Minuteur & Minuteur TourbillonMB&F introduces Limited Edition Titanium Horological Machine No.1 - The HM1 TiSemi-Precious Leak - Richard Mille's RM018 "Hommage to Boucheron""A Rare Mixture of Art, Science & Mechanics" - Greubel Forsey FilmHorologymnastics - Antoine Preziuso's B-SideSIHH Premiere - Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso GyrotourbillonBasel Previews - $500,000 Zenith El Primero Zero-G Multi-Dimensional Tourbillon

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