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"

Friday, July 17, 2009

Analog clocks

Analog clocks usually indicate time using angles. The most common clock face uses a fixed numbered dial or dials and moving hand or hands. It usually has a circular scale of 12 hours, which can also serve as a scale of 60 minutes, and 60 seconds if the clock has a second hand. Many other styles and designs have been used throughout the years, including dials divided into 6, 8, 10, and 24 hours. The only other widely used clock face today is the 24 hour analog dial, because of the use of 24 hour time in military organizations and timetables. The 10-hour clock was briefly popular during the French Revolution, when the metric system was applied to time measurement, and an Italian 6 hour clock was developed in the 18th century, presumably to save power (a clock or watch chiming 24 times uses more power).

Another type of analog clock is the sundial, which tracks the sun continuously, registering the time by the shadow position of its gnomon. Sundials use some or part of the 24 hour analog dial. There also exist clocks which use a digital display despite having an analog mechanism—these are commonly referred to as flip clocks.

Alternative systems have been proposed. For example, the Twelve o'clock indicates the current hour using one of twelve colors, and indicates the minute by showing a proportion of a circular disk, similar to a moon phase.


It could not have been long after man first became cognizant of his reasoning faculties that he began to take more or less notice of the flight of time. The motion of the sun by day and of the moon and stars by night served to warn him of the recurring periods of light and darkness. By noting the position of these stellar bodies during his lonely vigils, he soon became proficient in roughly dividing up the cycle into sections, which he denominated the hours of the day and of the night. Primitive at first, his methods were simple, his needs few and his time abundant. Increase in numbers, multiplicity of duties, and division of occupation began to make it imperative that a more systematic following of these occupations should be instituted, and with this end in view he contrived, by means of burning lights or by restricting the flowing of water or the falling of weights, to subdivide into convenient intervals and in a tolerably satisfactory manner the periods of light.

These modest means then were the first steps toward the exact subdivisions of time which we now enjoy. Unrest, progress, discontent with things that be, we must acknowledge, have, from the appearance of the first clock to the present hour, been the powers which have driven on the inventive genius of watch and clockmakers to designate some new and more acceptable system for regulating the course of the movement. In consequence of this restless search after the best, a very considerable number of escapements have been invented and made up, both for clocks and watches. Only a few, however, of the almost numberless systems have survived the test of time and been adopted in the manufacture of the timepiece as we know it now. Indeed, many such inventions never passed the experimental stage, and yet it would be very interesting to the professional horologist, the apprentice and even the layman to become more intimately acquainted with the vast variety of inventions made upon this domain since the inception of horological science. Undoubtedly, a complete collection of all the escapements invented would constitute a most instructive work for the progressive watchmaker, and while we are waiting for a competent author to take such an exhaustive work upon his hands, we shall endeavor to open the way and trust that a number of voluntary collaborators will come forward and assist us to the extent of their ability in filling up the chinks.


The problem to be solved by means of the escapement has always been to govern, within limits precise and perfectly regular, if it be possible, the flow of the motive force; that means the procession of the wheel-work and, as a consequence, of the hands thereto attached. At first blush it seems as if a continually-moving governor, such as is in use on steam engines, for example, ought to fulfil the conditions, and attempts have accordingly been made upon this line with results which have proven entirely unsatisfactory.

Having thoroughly sifted the many varieties at hand, it has been finally determined that the only means known to provide the most regular flow of power consists in intermittently interrupting the procession of the wheel-work, and thereby gaining a periodically uniform movement. Whatever may be the system or kind of escapement employed, the functioning of the mechanism is characterized by the suspension, at regular intervals, of the rotation of the last wheel of the train and in transmitting to a regulator, be it a balance or a pendulum, the power sent into that wheel.


Of all the parts of the timepiece the escapement is then the most essential; it is the part which assures regularity in the running of the watch or clock, and that part of parts that endows the piece with real value. The most perfect escapement would be that one which should perform its duty with the least influence upon the time of oscillation or vibration of the regulating organ. The stoppage of the train by the escapement is brought about in different ways, which may be gathered under three heads or categories. In the two which we shall mention first, the stop is effected directly upon the axis of the regulator, or against a piece which forms a part of that axis; the tooth of the escape wheel at the moment of its disengagement remains supported upon or against that stop.

In the first escapement invented and, indeed, in some actually employed to-day for certain kinds of timekeepers, we notice during the locking a retrograde movement of the escape wheel; to this kind of movement has been given the name of recoil escapement. It was recognized by the fraternity that this recoil was prejudicial to the regularity of the running of the mechanism and, after the invention of the pendulum and the spiral, inventive makers succeeded in replacing this sort of escapement with one which we now call the dead-beat escapement. In this latter the wheel, stopped by the axis of the regulator, remains immovable up to the instant of its disengagement or unlocking.

In the third category have been collected all those forms of escapement wherein the escape wheel is locked by an intermediate piece, independent of the regulating organ. This latter performs its vibrations of oscillation quite without interference, and it is only in contact with the train during the very brief moment of impulse which is needful to keep the regulating organ in motion. This category constitutes what is known as the detached escapement class.

Of the recoil escapement the principal types are: the verge escapement or crown-wheel escapement for both watches and clocks, and the recoil anchor escapement for clocks. The cylinder and duplex escapements for watches and the Graham anchor escapement for clocks are styles of the dead-beat escapement most often employed. Among the detached escapements we have the lever and detent or chronometer escapements for watches; for clocks there is no fixed type of detached lever and it finds no application to-day.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Breitling replica watches - What you need to know

Breitlings are watches that over the years have gained a great name in the time piece industry due to the popularity and preference of the elite class. Breitlings originally had been preferred by pilots, but as time went by more and more people started appreciating the larger size and detailed work of these watches. There is a great deal of work put into manufacturing these watches and at some point in time were very difficult to replicate. Today there are many models that can not be distinguished if they are real or replicas.

Asian cheap Breitling replicas can be spotted very easily because for one, the mechanism is not a 7750 automatic movement and does not function like the original. Also very often you will see in cheaper Breitling replica models, they have days and dates or days and months on the chronograph dials instead of having numbers. These are a BIG NO!! Breitling has never produced such watches with these characteristics, so once you see these, know that it is a cheap Asian model. The majority of Breitling watches have automatic movemens except for a specific model that has used a quartz mechanism (Breitling Aeromarine Colt). The Navitimer, Breitling for Bentley, Aeromarine, Avenger, Chronomat Evolution, Super Ocean and Windrider use automatic movements. So don’t be fooled in purchasing a Breitling that has ticking seconds instead of sweeping seconds because it can be noticeable that it is a cheap replica.

Swiss Breitling replica watches on the other hand are very close to the original models. 95% of the times they can not be noticeable, not even to the most experienced jeweler unless the case back is opened, and even then, the jeweler may have a difficult time figuring out that the watch is not the original. They have been replicated so well that many people on the internet try to sell Swiss Breitling replica watches as the original watch. Swiss Breitling replicas have a starting price of about $350 and reach a maximum of $550. There are a few models that run close to the $750 range but this is due to the fact that they have a Swarovski Crystal bezel (instead of diamonds). carry the finest Bretlting replica models that are currently available in the market, and the best way to distinguish this is to compare the actual pictures that are on the site with actual pictures from original Breitling resellers or even the official site itself. If you are a Breitling fan and would like some more useful information on how to pick out the best replica Breitling, you can send an email to with your questions, and we will do our best to help you choose the best model for you. Thanks for reading. Happy, safe and smart Breitling replica watch shopping.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Concord C1 Chronograph

Concord C1 Chronograph
Concord C1 Chronograph is the crowning achievement from Concord. This is a state of the art watch. It combines rubber and steel like no other watch in its class. Concord C1 Chronograph is simply a must have watch for all swiss watches collectors and afficionados. C1 Chronograph watch comes with boxes, papers, manuals, and trinkets. Rubber strap, One piece pull out crown with o ring.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Nathan Petrelli wears Rolex Submariner

Nathan Petrelli wears Rolex Submariner

Adrian Pasdar in TV series Heroes plays Nathan Petrelli, son of Angela and Arthur Petrelli, brother to Peter Petrelli, biological father of Claire Bennet and a New York politician. He wears Rolex Submariner watch in the Heroes, as you can see on this picture.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are suing Tutima watch

Tutima watch

Actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are suing a film distributor and watch company for Tutima watch advertisements tied to the 2008 film Righteous Kill.
The series of promotions included one print advertisement which showed the actors faces and their names above a picture of a Tutima watch and a Righteous Kill video clip that appeared on Tutima watch website, according to the lawsuit.

"De Niro's and Pacino's policies concerning commercial endorsements and tie-ins are common knowledge in the entertainment industry. Tutima watch's actions have damaged De Niro's and Pacino's valuable reputations and diminished the commercial value of their name and images."

Friday, June 26, 2009


In the James Bond film adaptations, Bond has been associated with several well-known watches, usually outfitted with high-tech features not found on production models. The Rolex Submariner, one of the few recurring models, was worn by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, and Timothy Dalton's versions of James Bond. Roger Moore also sported a number of digital watches by Pulsar and Seiko. Pierce Brosnan's and Daniel Craig's James Bonds were both devotees of the Omega Seamaster. The selection of James Bond's watch has been a matter of both style and finance, as product placement agreements with the watch manufacturers have frequently been arranged.


Fantastic watch as featured in the latest Bond film Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale.

Case: Stainless Steel
Face: Black
Bezel: Black
Size: 45mm Big Size
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Stainless Steel

Two types of Omega Seamaster were released to the public. One was the 007 Limited Edition Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m which was targeted mainly for the 007 watch collectors. This is the one with the 007 logo on the dial and the sapphire crystal lens used here was engraved inside with the Quantum of Solace markings.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A. Lange and Sohne

A. Lange & Söhne watches is a trademark of premier German watchmaking company Lange Uhren GmbH. Its watches rank among the finest in the world and sell in the same general price range as watches made by such top-tier Swiss firms as Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.

Lange was founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in the little town of Glashütte, near Dresden in the state of Saxony. In 1948, the post-war Soviet administration expropriated the company's property, and the Lange brand ceased to exist. But in 1990, after the collapse of the East German communist government, Adolph Lange's great-grandson, Walter Lange, restored the company with help from a family of Swiss watch manufacturers including IWC. Now A. Lange & Söhne (litt. A. Lange & Sons), like IWC, belongs to the Richemont group of companies.

All Lange watches are mechanical rather than quartz-driven, and, with the exception of a few special edition watches, all Lange cases are made of precious metals (gold or platinum) rather than steel. All Lange movements are developed, made, and assembled in-house. Lange is also a pioneer in watchmaking technology. For example, it developed a rare "double split chronograph" that enables a wearer to time two events for up to 30 minutes. The company also developed an innovative fusee winding system used in certain models.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Mechanical movements

Compared to electronic movements, mechanical watches are less accurate, often with errors of seconds per day, and they are sensitive to position and temperature. As well, they are costly to produce, they require regular maintenance and adjustment, and they are more prone to failure. Nevertheless, the "old world" craftsmanship of mechanical watches still attracts interest from part of the watch-buying public.

Mechanical movements use an escapement mechanism to control and limit the unwinding of the watch, converting what would otherwise be a simple unwinding, into a controlled and periodic energy release. Mechanical movements also use a balance wheel together with the balance spring (also known as a hairspring) to control motion of the gear system of the watch in a manner analogous to the pendulum of a pendulum clock. The tourbillon, an optional part for mechanical movements, is a rotating frame for the escapement which is used to cancel out or reduce the effects of bias to the timekeeping of gravitational origin. Due to the complexity designing a tourbillon, they are very expensive, and only found in "prestige" watches. The pin-lever (also called Roskopf movement after its inventor, Georges Frederic Roskopf), is a cheaper version of the fully levered movement which was manufactured in huge quantities by many Swiss manufacturers as well as Timex, until it was replaced by quartz movements.

Tuning fork watches use a type of electromechanical movements. Introduced by Bulova in 1960, they use a tuning fork at a precise frequency (most often 360 hertz) to drive a mechanical watch. The task of converting electronically pulsed fork vibration into rotary movement is done via two tiny jeweled fingers, called pawls. Tuning fork watches were rendered obsolete when electronic quartz watches were developed, because quartz watches were cheaper to produce and even more accurate.

Steinway and Sons

Steinway and Sons Luxury Swiss Watches

Pianist, designer and watchmaker, Fabrizio Cavalca has launched a line of Steinway & Sons Luxury Swiss Watches. The watches are inspired by the look of Steinway & Sons's grand pianos.
Steinway watch model D with 140 diamonds.

On the models D and M Steinway's logo can be seen on the to right hand corner of the watch dial. The seconds hand is skilled to resemble a tuning fork. The watch dial features a grand piano soundboard shape for the 18ct solid yellow gold, white gold or red gold with 12 hand attached strings on the dial. In the diamond version, instead of strings, the soundboard is decorated with 140 individually set diamonds. The strap is made of alligator or pure silk.

One of the watch models has a one-second metronome on the dial. The one-second metronome is developed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht who won the award for "Best Watchmaker" in the 2007 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. The "Seconde Métronomique" is a limited edition of 300 timepieces: 100 in solid yellow gold, 100 in solid white gold, and 100 in solid red gold.