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  1. CHARITY WORK For Veterans Day, Zenith is supporting the work of a US charity providing help and services for former soldiers and their families. A non-profit organisation, the Wounded Warrior Project aims to help former soldiers who have been wounded since 11 September 2001. Zenith has donated $25,000 to support their work. The brand has also released a limited edition of just 50 watches of the Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 USA Edition. The timepiece is based on a 1960s model, the Cairelli, which was made for the Italian army. The new watch has kept up the military inspiration, but adopted the colours of the US flag. The dial comes in matte blue with lume-coated hands and numerals. The bezel scale is also blue and features a red triangle. American patriotism is also on display on the rotor decorated by Geneva waves and visible through the sapphire caseback. The rotor is open-worked to reveal a star decorated with the Stars and Stripes. The 43mm-wide steel case houses an automatic chronograph movement with very contemporary performances. The calibre El Primero 405B with a power reserve of 50 hours drives the time information. Split-time measurements are measured with the central second hand and the 30-minute totaliser at 3 o’clock. The flyback function makes clocking up the times even easier. The Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 USA Edition is worn with a blue nubuck leather strap.
  2. MAJOR ACCORD This watch unveiled at the recent SIHH in Geneva sums up all the skills of the manufacture. It includes a perpetual date, a minute repeater and a multi-axial tourbillon. The hour and minute hands on the Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel move around an off-centred dial at 12 o’clock. Three counters signal the presence of a perpetual date. The day, the date and the month, which can be reset in both directions, will not need to be corrected until 2100. This limited edition of just 18 pieces also has a new-generation, multi-axial tourbillon that you can see at 6 o’clock. The gyrotourbillon with a titanium cage has been designed on a small scale and with a low weight (just 0.4 grams). It plays the role of a chronometric amplifier, while correcting any errors in the balance wheel and balance spring pairing. It is aided by a constant-force mechanism, which acts as a second source of energy. This exceptional timepiece also achieves the feat of playing the chimes of Big Ben with the help of a minute-repeater mechanism. Featuring four pairs of gongs and hammers, it chimes out clearly and powerfully on the hour, the quarter hour and each minute when set. To achieve such excellent sound quality, Jaeger-LeCoultre opted to weld the gongs to the dial crystal of the watch. And to optimise the tempo of each chime, a special system is used to reduce the gap between notes. This complication is perfectly integrated into the calibre 184. The same is true of the 1,050 components that went into making this hand-wound movement (50 hours of power reserve). Many can be seen at work through the back of the 43mm-wide and 14.08mm-thick grey-gold case. Price: 800,000 EUR
  3. CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY While the name Heuer is associated with competition, TAG, standing for Technique d’Avant-Garde, is linked to innovation. Both aspects come together in this surprising timepiece. The recent Calibre Heuer 01 and 02T watches gave a new impetus to TAG Heuer’s flagship Carrera collection. Cutting-edge watchmaking and contemporary design are what made these watches so attractive. The same features can be found in the new Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Nanograph Tourbillon with its monochrome open-work dial, encircled by a bezel including an impressive tachymetric scale. The hands and indices are all lume-coated. But what really impresses in this model by the LVMH-owned brand is the inclusion of the first hairspring made of a carbon composite. This component, the fruit of a specific manufacturing process, has a whole host of assets. The hairspring is robust and has survived the 5000G test, involving the watch being dropped from a height of one metre onto a hard surface, such as wood flooring. After the test, a silicon hairspring will tend to break, while a metal version is bent. The carbon composite hairspring is totally non-magnetic and resistant to magnetic fields. Along with an aluminium balance wheel, the hairspring also improves the accuracy of the automatic movement thanks to perfectly concentric oscillation. It complements the work of the tourbillon, which acts to limit the effects of the Earth’s gravity. Lastly, in the automatic movement (providing 65 hours of power reserve) housed in a 45mm-wide titanium case, a COSC-certified chronograph is on hand to take care of the split-time measurements. Price: 24,900 CHF
  4. SPIRIT OF THE DESERT The new Top Gun collection by IWC, a series of military watches unveiled at the SIHH, includes a ceramic timepiece developed in an original camouflage colour. After enjoying success in 2012 with the Miramar version, named after the Californian army base that is the home of the US Marines Corps, the Top Gun collection by IWC is back this year with some new, technically advanced pieces. Among the new models, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert” stands out with production limited to 500 watches. Top Gun came to fame with the 1986 film that launched the career of Tom Cruise, but it is in fact the name of a course taught to elite pilots in the US Air Force, the United States Navy Strike Programme. The Mojave Desert in California is the home, among others, of China Lake, the Naval Air Weapons Station, a military complex created in 1943. The mainly arid landscape and the sand hills in the desert, as well as uniforms worn by some US soldiers, inspired IWC to design a 44.5mm-wide watch case in beige ceramic – a colour that has never been used in watchmaking before. Matching this light and resistant shell, the dial nonetheless features a deeper colour with taupe brown tones. The time elements (indices, Arabic numerals, day, date and hands) are all coated in beige lume. The hours and minutes are placed in the centre, while the seconds are in a counter at 6 o’clock. For the chronograph elements, two sub-dials clock up the minutes (at 12 o’clock) and the hours (at 9 o’clock). Lastly, a double counter at 3 o’clock shows the day and date. These features are driven by the calibre 69380, generating a power reserve of 46 hours. Price: 8,900 CHF
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    SANTOS-DUMONT CARTIER

    FULL-SQUARE APPEAL The recent SIHH in Geneva brought several gems to light. One is definitely this Santos-Dumont watch, keeping alive the refined spirt of the original model. The name Santos-Dumont evokes the early history of aviation in the 20th century, but has also been closely linked to watchmaking since Louis Cartier created a wrist watch for his Brazilian friend in 1904. The Santos model was sold to the public from 1911, and later the Parisian luxury brand made it a collection in its own right. This year, Cartier has given new wings to the historic timepiece named after the intrepid aviator. The style of the new models is impeccable and true to the original. The case combines simplicity and distinction, and is made of steel, gold or both materials to suit all tastes. Here you can find all the notable design elements of Cartier watches. Visible screws are in evidence at the the top of the case. On the dial, blued hands point towards Roman numerals, and the winding crown features a blue cabochon. The secret signature in the figure VII has not been forgotten. Two sizes of case are available. There is a smaller version (38.5mm wide) or a larger model, so that the watches can be worn either by men or women. The Santos-Dumont by Cartier is also surprisingly slender, just 7mm thick. This is because the watch houses a quartz movement and not a mechanical calibre. The movement includes the latest innovations in terms of energy saving. As a result, the watch owner will only have to change the battery every six years. All the models are equipped with elegant alligator-leather straps. Price from €3,500
  6. EdgyGuyJide

    SANTOS-DUMONT CARTIER

  7. CHARITY WORK For Veterans Day, Zenith is supporting the work of a US charity providing help and services for former soldiers and their families. A non-profit organisation, the Wounded Warrior Project aims to help former soldiers who have been wounded since 11 September 2001. Zenith has donated $25,000 to support their work. The brand has also released a limited edition of just 50 watches of the Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 USA Edition. The timepiece is based on a 1960s model, the Cairelli, which was made for the Italian army. The new watch has kept up the military inspiration, but adopted the colours of the US flag. The dial comes in matte blue with lume-coated hands and numerals. The bezel scale is also blue and features a red triangle. American patriotism is also on display on the rotor decorated by Geneva waves and visible through the sapphire caseback. The rotor is open-worked to reveal a star decorated with the Stars and Stripes. The 43mm-wide steel case houses an automatic chronograph movement with very contemporary performances. The calibre El Primero 405B with a power reserve of 50 hours drives the time information. Split-time measurements are measured with the central second hand and the 30-minute totaliser at 3 o’clock. The flyback function makes clocking up the times even easier. The Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 USA Edition is worn with a blue nubuck leather strap.
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