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Valbray Oculus Titanium Full Black

The majority of all wristwatch designs are round, and so watch companies must find ways to distinguish themselves from the competition, especially companies that have not been established for many years and that are not backed by a huge corporation, which can be very difficult. Valbray, a company we first covered in 2011, has found a unique approach to differentiating their timepieces: they have a patented circular diaphragm, on the dial of all their timepieces, that opens and closes by turning the bezel. This particular model is the Oculus Titanium Full Black that is in grade 5 titanium and has a 46 mm diameter. It features a multi-layered honeycomb grid dial and oversized skeleton hour and minute hands. Everything is in matte black, except for a few polished accents along the bezel edge, crown and pushers. Inside, is a Valjoux

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Valbray Oculus V.01 Chrono Argentique

The Valbray V.01 is a double-display timepiece, with a diaphragm mechanism fitted on a rotating bezel. This innovation allows the wearer, by manually rotating the bezel, to easily switch between a basic 3-hand watch and a more complicated chronograph. The main innovation is the "rotator," which is a 16-blade (diaphragm) that opens and closes on the dial by turning the bezel clockwise or counter-clock wise. The "rotator" uses ceramic ball bearings that do not require lubrication and with arms that allow radial shock absorption.

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Valbray V.01 Collection - Baselworld 2011

At Baselworld 2011, I had a chance to learn about a very interesting young Swiss start-up watch brand, Valbray. Founded by Côme de Valbray and Olga Corsini, the first Valbray timepieces were introduced at GTE 2010/Baselworld 2010. The Valbray V.01 is a double-display timepiece, with a diaphragm mechanism fitted on a rotating bezel. This innovation allows the wearer, by manually rotating the bezel, to easily switch between a basic 3-hand watch and a more complicated chronograph.

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