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Aspen One Black Piste by Aspen Watch and Jewelry

February 10, 2010

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The Black Piste, an Aspen One Special Edition.

(Aspen, Colorado, USA) - A new design titled The Black Piste has been added to the Aspen One timepiece collection. This new model has already been dubbed "The Understatement Watch."

Aspen One is the first luxury timepiece introduced by the Swiss-based company Aspen Jewelry and Watches. Aspen One is a limited edition, Swiss-made timepiece, and is a tribute to Aspen and its crown jewel, Aspen Mountain.

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Exclusive and Robust
The precious Swiss-made timepiece, including the Black Piste, is offered in 18-karat white gold and red gold. The Black Piste contains a DLC coating, yielding a strong, scratch-resistant case that is nearly impossible to damage. The DLC coating also gives the watch an exclusive and robust look. For this edition of Aspen One, the oscillating weight is also black.

I Know, But I Don't Show
Aspen One has a golden heart. If you look closely at the Black Piste, you will see that this watch also has a white gold or red gold case. While the crown and the push buttons are made of these precious metals, they are not coated with DLC. The hinges of the double case, in which you'll find a specially designed compass, are white or red gold as well. If you wear a Black Piste, you'll know that you have an 18-karat white or red gold watch around your wrist, yet the DLC coating conceals this, a stylish statement for the times we are currently living in. "I know, but I don't show," was a quoted repeatedly at the launch of the Black Piste, resulting in the fitting nickname, "The Understatement Watch."

First Black Piste Presented To A Ski Icon
On December 5 in Aspen, Colorado, founder and CEO of Aspen Jewelry and Watches René van Ass presented the first Black Piste to Klaus Obermeyer, an international icon who resides in the American ski resort. This pioneer of the mountains is the founder of Obermeyer Sport, a high-tech clothing brand, whose headquarters is based in Aspen. Recently, Klaus Obermeyer turned ninety years old, and he is still skiing every day.

Unique Features of Aspen One
All models of Aspen One boast unique elements that are specific to Aspen. A specially designed compass shows you where you are on top of Aspen Mountain. The number four on the dial is orange, which is the time to change your ski strap to your après-ski strap (done in a few seconds with a technique similar to removing a ski from a boot). In keeping with the tradition of the Ute Indians of Aspen, this color symbolizes prosperity. Orange is also the color of mountain security. With your watch comes a pair of beautiful deerskin gloves, specially made for Aspen One. One of the gloves has a cut-away, so you can always see your Aspen One.
Aspen one is a tribute to Aspen Mountain, the bold mountain commonly referred to as Ajax. The elevation of 3,276 feet from the base of the mountain to its peak is the basis for Aspen One's limited edition. By buying this watch, you buy one virtual foot of this glorious mountain. This fact will be shown in a delicate way on the mountain. In a beautiful location named the Black Diamond, a special monument has been constructed. Three rock formations will feature the names of all watch buyers and their unique virtual elevation number.

Technical Specifications

18 karat white or red gold
Limited edition, 3,267 numbered pieces with inscription of the owner's name
Automatic movement, ETA 2894-2 with chronograph
Case size: 45mm
Water resistance 3 ATM (30m)
Sapphire glass on the front and inside of the watch
HR 900 (height resistant) glass on the compass and back of the case
Compass is provided with a Swiss Trek floating disc and engraved with Aspen area indications
Separate hands for seconds, minutes and hours
Vibrations per hour: 28,800 (4 Hz)
Jewels: 37
Power reserve: 42 hours
Temperature resistance 50 ˚C - 122 ˚F
Ski strap: calf skin / calf skin
Après-ski: alligator skin / calf skin
Changing technique: watch 'skibinding technique' - patent pending
Gloves: Castelijn & Beerens U.S. deerskin watchgloves for Aspen One.
Style: unisex

Retail $45,000 rosé gold / $49,000 white gold

Source: Aspen Watch and Jewelry

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