Thursday, August 27, 2009

Maurice Lacroix watches

Maurice Lacroix is a prestigious brand of Swiss watches from the Canton of Jura. Actual name "Maurice Lacroix" does not refer to an actual person, but was invented back in time by watch company for marketing purposes.

Maurice Lacroix
which has a more then 200 employees worldwide, is one of the most successful Swiss watch brands internationally, and is represented in around 4.000 selected specialist watch shops in more than 60 countries all over the world. The company is one of the last few independent Swiss watches manufacturers.

The Maurice Lacroix company elevated itself to the high ranks of Swiss watch manufactures, by both maintaining traditional 'Swiss watch making art' and by creating their own unique and highly complicated movements for its Masterpiece Collection.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Longines King George V Gold Club

The Hickstead Royal International Horse Show (GB), where Longines was the official partner and timekeeper, lived up to the expectations last weekend. The winner of the Longines King George V Gold Club on Sunday was Peter Charles (Great Britain) on Murkas Pall Mall H, followed by his two compatriots Tim Stockdale and Ben Maher.

Longines Press Award for Elegance 2009

At the Dublin Horse Show, the 7th and final stage of the Longines Press Award for Elegance, the American female rider Laura Kraut and the Swiss male rider Pius Schwizer have been awarded the prestigious prize. Longines watches would like to congratulate them on this achievement, not only reflecting their distinctive elegance, but also their exceptional sporting performance throughout the 2009 Nations Cup season. Longines was also very honoured to award the Longines Grand Prix to Toni Hassmann (Germany). The award for the Longines Best International Athlete went to Robert Yves Bost while Captain Shane Carey was Best Irish Athlete.

Among the ten best performing riders throughout the six previous CSIO events (La Baule, Rome, St. Gallen, Rotterdam, Falsterbo and Hickstead), the American Laura Kraut and the Swiss Pius Schwizer convinced the international jury of equestrian journalists most with their incomparable elegance at the Dublin Horse Show.

At this year's Dublin Horse Show, Longines is proud to serve for the fourth time in a row as official partner, timekeeper and title sponsor of the Longines Grand Prix.

The talented Toni Hassmann from Germany won the last Longines Grand Prix of the season, followed by the two Swiss Pius Schwizer and Beat Mandli.
Robert Yves Bost and Captain Shane Carey were respectively awarded the Longines Best International and Irish Athletes.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Calatrava watch

The Calatrava is a line of dress watches built by the premier Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe, introduced in 1932. These watches are among the least expensive watches offered by Patek Philippe; the price of the simplest of the Calatrava line for men is about $18,000 USD as of 2008.

These watches are simple compared to other watches from Patek Philippe. Some display just the hour and minutes, while others also display the seconds and the date, but none keeps track of what month it is or how many days are in that month, and none contains a chronograph. Various Calatrava models are available in quartz, automatic, and manual models.

Patek Philippe history

Amongst manufacturers, PP has a long history. Polish watchmaker Antoni Norbert Patek started making pocket watches in 1839 in Geneva, along with his fellow Polish migrant Franciszek Czapek. They separated in 1844, and in 1845 Patek joined with the French watchmaker Adrien Philippe, inventor of the keyless winding mechanism. In 1851, Patek Philippe & Co was founded.

In 1868, Patek Philippe made their first wristwatch. They have also pioneered the perpetual calendar, split-seconds hand, chronograph, and minute repeater in watches.

The company, like other Swiss manufactures, produces mostly mechanical movements of the automatic and manual wind variety, but has produced quartz watches in the past and even a digital wrist watch, the Ref. 3414. PP is notable for manufacturing its own watch components.

Patek Philippe timepieces have recorded high closing prices in auctions worldwide. A large part of the demand for auction pieces is driven by Patek Philippe themselves, as they are often purchasing in the auction market to add to the collection of the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. more information about patekphilippewatches: patekphilippe watches

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Antoni Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe watch

Antoni Norbert Patek (born June 14, 1811 – died March 1, 1877), Polish pioneer in watchmaking and a creator of Patek Philippe & Co. one of the most famous watchmaker companies.

On May 1, 1839 in Geneva, Antoni Patek together with another Polish immigrant, the gifted Warsaw watchmaker Franciszek Czapek established their manufacture producing watches. The company was financially supported also by its first workers, among others Polish watchmakers: Wawrzyniec Gostkowski, Wincenty Gostkowski, and Władysław Bandurski. The first pocket watches were produced on individual orders. Primarily the young’s firm artistic production reflected themes from Polish history and culture, such as portraits of revolutionary heroes, X and XII centuries’ legends, and the cult of the Polish The Black Madonna of Częstochowa.

The small company Patek, Czapek & Co, which employed a half-dozen of workmen, produced approximately two hundred watches of quality per annum. The few preserved specimens make it possible to note the degree of perfection of these first watches, result of a successful union between artistic research and the technical skill.

Among the collection of The Patek Philippe Museum there are watches presenting Coat of Arms of Princess Zubów from 1845 and the portraits of Polish general Tadeusz Kościuszko, and Polish prince and marchal of France Józef Poniatowski from 1948.

Antide Janvier

Antide Janvier (born in July 1, 1751 – died September 23, 1835) was a French clockmaker.

He was born in a village in the Jura, and learned the basics of his trade from his father, and was educated in Latin, Greek, mathematics and astronomy by a local abbé. At age 15 he built an astronomical sphere which he presented to the Academy of Sciences of Besançon, which won him wide admiration, and he began his career as an apprentice watchmaker.

He gained a reputation as a maker of ingenious and complicated clocks, including many astronomical clocks and clocks showing the tides. He was also famous for his "double pendulum clocks", also called "Resonance clocks", which he was the first to make. He eventually became Louis XVI's royal clockmaker. After the French Revolution he spent time in prison because of this royal association and then fell on hard times; his hardships were increased by the death of his wife in 1792. He sold his watches and equipment and designs to Abraham Louis Bréguet, who sold watches under his own name. Following the restoration of the monarchy under Charles X, he was awarded a small pension beginning in 1826, but died in poverty and obscurity.

The largest concentration of his masterworks open to the public is found at the Musée Paul Dupuy in Toulouse.

He authored and published an important textbook on the theory and practice of watchnaking: Manuel Chronometrique ou precis de ce qui concerne le temps, ses divisions, ses mesures, leurs usages, etc, Published 1821 by Didot, Paris (267 pages, Frontispiece and 5 engraved foldout plates).

He also produced a written account of 12 of his very original timekeepers, which was published 1827 under the title "Receuil des Machines composees et executees par Antide Janvier", which has been reissued 1995 in facsimile format by publisher "L'image du Temps"