Watchmaking: The ETA C07.111 an evolution of the ETA 2824

February 13, 2013 | Watchmaking

Watchmaking: The ETA C07.111 an evolution of the ETA 2824

The all new ETA C07.111 movement makes its debut in the Tissot Powermatic 80.

With a power reserve of 80-hours, it can last nearly twice as long as a comparable movement, such as the 23-jewel ETA 2824 on which it is based. To achieve this level of power reserve, ETA (Swatch Group’s movement production arm) made a number of improvements. The engineers were able to save energy with the C07.111 by reducing the operating frequency from 4 to 3Hz (28,800 vph to 21,600 vph). Additionally, the use of a high-performance synthetic material (likely silicon) for the escapement also allows friction to be reduced, thus wasting less power. Furthermore, a reduction of the diameter of the barrel-arbor’s core made it possible to lengthen the mainspring, thereby allowing for an increased power reserve.



The New Halls are ready for Baselworld 2013

February 13, 2013 | Baselworld

The New Halls are ready for Baselworld 2013

The world’s biggest watch and jewelry show — Baselworld — will take place April 25 to May 2, 2013 in Basel, Switzerland. The huge exhibition center, (located at: Messeplatz CH-4058 Basel, Switzerland) consists of approximately 460,000+ square feet. For 2013, the Halls 1 through 6, have undergone a major 22-month long (430 CHF million) renovation, and the retrofitted halls are now ready for visitors. The new facilities, designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron has a more modern look, with a more compact exhibition site for better accessibility to the different watch and jewelry halls. Over a period of 8 days (+press day April 24th) Baselworld will see 104,000+ visitors for 100 countries, 1,815 exhibitors from 41 countries and 3,300 journalists from 70 countries.


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Vacheron Constantin at SIHH 2013

February 12, 2013 | SIHH, Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin at SIHH 2013

Last month at SIHH, Vacheron Constantin released new versions of several of their classic men’s lines, specifically the Patrimony Traditionelle Manual Wind in platinum with a new grey dial (pictured) and the Patrimony Traditionelle Chronograph in white gold with contrasting rose gold markers and hands.


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Jean-Christophe Babin moving from TAG Heuer to Bvlgari

February 12, 2013 | Bvlgari, TAG Heuer

Jean-Christophe Babin moving from TAG Heuer to Bvlgari

After over a decade at the helm of TAG Heuer, Jean-Christophe Babin is moving on to Bvlgari. Both TAG Heuer and Bvlgari are part of the world’s largest luxury group, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) which also owns Louis Vuitton, Zenith and Hublot.



Hands-On With The Baume & Mercier Clifton 18K Red Gold

February 11, 2013 | Baume & Mercier, Hands-On, SIHH

Hands-On With The Baume & Mercier Clifton 18K Red Gold

The highlight for Baume & Mercier at SIHH was the launch of their new Clifton collection. The collection consists of 7 variation, all housed in round, polished and satin-finished double-beveled cases. The Clifton 18K Red Gold (shown above) 39 mm, Clifton Complete Calendar (shown below) 41 mm, and Clifton Small Seconds 43 mm. A variety of sun satin-finished dials are available depending on the model.


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In-Depth: IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic

February 10, 2013 | By Angus Davies | IWC, SIHH

In-Depth: IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic

Schnell. Bremsen. Halt.

The first thing you notice about a high performance car is the acceleration. As the needle arcs around the tachometer and the low-profile tyres bite the tarmac, like a rabid Rottweiler, your body is thrust backwards into figure hugging seats.

The accelerative forces engender unreserved smiles from any self-respecting testosterone fueled gentleman. However, despite the g-force experienced when accelerating it pales by comparison with the forces experienced under braking.


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