Ulysse Nardin riding the waves

The “brand with the anchor” is taking to the seas, at a rate of knots, as official partner to Artemis Racing, one of the teams competing in the 35th America’s Cup.

Like many of his compatriots, British skipper Iain Percy is as much a dab hand at humour as he is at taking the helm of his ultra-fast catamaran. The bewhiskered sailor spoke affably about the partnership that now unites Artemis Racing, one of the challengers in the next America’s Cup, and Montblanc rplica watches uk manufacturer Ulysse Nardin, part of Kering group. The two will sail side by side until 2017 under an agreement that will go beyond simply procuring visibility and boosting the brand’s credentials. This, in substance, was the announcement made by Patrik Hoffmann, CEO Ulysse Nardin, at Baselworld where he was joined by Percy and by Loïck Peyron, a member of the Artemis design team.

Ulysse Nardin’s maritime connections are well-known, not least among sailors themselves who are familiar with the quality of the marine chronometers that the brand was, until recently, still producing. That it should take once more to the seas was therefore only a matter of time. However, sound management principles dictated that Patrik Hoffmann and his team wait for exactly the right opportunity. After all, Ulysse Nardin will be more than just a logo placed prominently on a boat that will race in one of the world’s most hotly disputed regattas; it intends being very much part of the action. The craft that compete in the America’s Cup are literally flying machines with hydrofoils that easily take them to speeds of 90 km/h. They are the nautical equivalent of a Formula 1 racing car and, unsurprisingly, demand extraordinary resources in terms of R&D and design. Which is where Ulysse Nardin will step in. The performance of the boat often makes the difference, and Artemis Racing is delighted to welcome onboard these innovators and experts in micro-engineering, as Iain Percy explained.

How did the first meeting with Patrik Hoffmann go?

Iain Percy: We were in Le Locle to discuss a possible partnership and the conversation naturally turned to technology and innovation. Patrik Hoffman is definitely product-focused and so is Artemis. Ulysse Nardin designs and builds complicated replica watches for sale, and we do the same with high-speed sailboats. We each talked about what we do, and realising how much we had in common really made us want to work together.

How will you team up?

Each boat must comply to strict specifications known as class rule. These can disallow the use of certain electronic systems, for example. Our engineers will meet their counterparts at Ulysse Nardin to develop technical solutions that can be used on the boats. We have a great deal to learn from watchmakers, who are well-versed in the art of simplification and use their expertise to create reliable and efficient systems. At sea, we have to be able to move parts quickly and precisely. Ulysse Nardin’s expertise will be extremely useful in developing ingenious solutions.

Inversely, how can engineers at Ulysse Nardin benefit from Artemis’ experience?

Today’s boats are replete with high-tech materials that could interest Ulysse Nardin. We’ve also thought about taking cheap replica watches onboard for testing. But no firm decisions have been made as yet.

The partnership with Ulysse Nardin ends with the America’s Cup in 2017. What races are planned between now and then?

The America’s Cup World Series begins this year and will continue into 2016 with events in Portsmouth in Great Britain, Gothenburg in Sweden, Hamilton in Bermuda, and Chicago. These regattas help crews train in real-life conditions in preparation for the America’s Cup. They will be an opportunity for Ulysse Nardin to discover first-hand the world of competitive sailing and share it with its partners.

“The Mastery of Time” comes twice to Italy

“The Mastery of Time”, an exhibition which traces the history of time measurement from its origins to the present day, will take up residence inside the historic Ambrosian Library in Milan, during the Universal Exposition Milano 2015 cheap replica watches and the Salone del Mobile. The event will coincide with the presentation of the Italian version of the eponymous book on which it is based.

There could be no more magnificent setting for “The Mastery of Time” exhibition than the Ambrosian Library in Milan. Named after the patron saint of the Lombardy capital, this extraordinary building, established in the early seventeenth century, houses the Codex Atlanticus of Leonardo Da Vinci, a collection of some 1,100 pages bearing scientific and technical drawings by the Italian master, and which are preserved in this bastion of culture. The exhibition curated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie will thus be in perfect osmosis with its setting, as it is this most celebrated Renaissance genius who imagined the fusee-and-chain concept as a means to provide a constant flow of energy. Still today, prestigious watchmakers employ this technique, dating from the 1490s, to resolve the thorny issue of amplitude in a mechanical Montblanc replica watches store.

Some one hundred emblematic pieces

The purpose of “The Mastery of Time” is precisely to highlight the importance of the inventions and discoveries that have punctuated the history of time measurement, one of the most fabulous adventures known to Man. From the earliest gnomons to contemporary micromechanical marvels, it highlights some one hundred objects. Each bears witness to the ingenuity Man has deployed throughout the centuries in his quest to master his temporal environment. Presented chronologically as a series of tableaux, the exhibition leads visitors through the succession of technological and scientific breakthroughs that led to the very notion of precision. This science has advanced in the company of art, and more specifically the artistic crafts which have embellished horological history. They ensure that the timepieces on display in Milan are truly masterpieces which contain centuries of invention and expertise. For the past twenty years, this know-how has been the focus for the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte. Also based in Milan, it too lends its support to the exhibition at the Ambrosian Library.

The measurement of time in six chapters

This exhibition takes root in the eponymous book by Dominique Fléchon, an historian at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. First published in French in 2011, it has since been translated into English and Chinese. This authoritative work will now be presented in the language of Leonardo da Vinci, in an augmented and updated version, at the same time as the exhibition it inspired at the Ambrosian Library. “The Mastery of Time” unfolds in six chapters that recount advances made since the first units of measure, imagined by the Babylonians, to contemporary technical and precious fine replica watches for sale. These same six chapters form the structure of the exhibition in Milan.

Never before has such a sum of knowledge been compiled into a single tome that follows the history of time measurement from its origins to the present day. In this respect, “The Mastery of Time”, which is published in Italian by Marsilio, is an essential part of any horological library. An art book as much as a reference work, like the exhibition that accompanies it, it engages us with time no longer through necessity but with new understanding and passion.

“La Conquista del Tempo”
Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Sala Federiciana
Piazza Pio XI, 2
20123 Milano

April 15th – June 14th 2015

“La Conquista del Tempo”
La storia dell’orologeria dalle origini ai nostri giorni :scoperte-invenzioni-progresso
Dominique Fléchon
Prefaced by Franco Cologni

Jointly published by Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and Marsilio
300 colour illustrations, 456 pages
Price: €75

Chopard L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon

Lorsque Chopard rend hommage à la belle horlogerie, c’est de la plus belle des manières. Inscrite dans la lignée des montres L.U.C 1963 et L.U.C 1963 Chronograph, la L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon concentre le meilleur de la haute horlogerie Chopard. Son cadran de Swiss replica watches uk haute facture est en émail Grand Feu. Son mouvement tourbillon est certifié COSC et présente une réserve de marche de 9 jours. Couplée avec son apparence à l’élégance classique et discrète, la L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon est une œuvre complète de l’art horloger.

L’esprit d’excellence de Chopard est présent dans tous les aspects de la nouvelle L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon, ses matières, ses techniques de réalisation, son mouvement, son esthétique et son ergonomie.

Un attachement fort à l’histoire de Chopard

1963 est l’année à laquelle la famille Scheufele est devenue propriétaire de la maison Chopard. Hommage discret à la tradition familiale, les montres L.U.C 1963 renvoient directement à l’esthétique des montres de poche que la maison fabriquait alors. Cet ancrage historique est également une source d’inspiration horlogère. L’esprit de Chopard Manufacture est de perpétuer la qualité de la production historique de Louis-Ulysse Chopard, fondateur de la marque. Cet attachement à la haute horlogerie se fake watches online store traduit de multiples façons.

Le charme discret d’un cadran en émail

La grande tradition horlogère s’incarne dans le cadran de la nouvelle L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon. Il frappe par sa luminosité, par l’intensité de sa couleur blanche et par sa brillance naturelle. Il est réalisé en émail Grand Feu traditionnel. D’une grande exigence, l’émail Grand Feu rend également le cadran inaltérable. Il est constitué d’une plaque saupoudrée de poudre d’émail puis passée au four à haute température (900°C), d’où l’appellation Grand Feu. L’opération, manuelle et artisanale, est répétée à nombreuses reprises avec à chaque fois le risque que le cadran se détériore.

Ce dernier est ensuite poli à la main pour gommer les micro-bulles formées à sa surface. Enfin, une dernière couche dite de fondant, ou feu de glaçage, cuit un émail transparent qui confère une brillance unique. Chopard renoue avec le charme discret et désuet des cadrans en replica watches uk émail et entretient un savoir-faire artisanal ancestral. Les complications de la L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon apparaissent alors.

Un nouveau calibre adapté au cadran en émail

Le calibre L.U.C 02.19-L1 est une évolution du 02.01-L, dont l’épaisseur a été diminuée de 0.6 mm. Chopard a offert ainsi de la place au cadran en émail, naturellement plus épais que la moyenne. Ce calibre exceptionnel est muni d’un tourbillon à six heures et d’une durée de marche de 9 jours. Il présente un pont de tourbillon à deux points de fixation contre quatre habituellement. Ajouré, affiné, il est soigneusement anglé et satiné pour couronner la beauté des finitions du mouvement.

A midi, l’indicateur de réserve de marche est gradué sur huit jours. Il rappelle que le calibre L.U.C 02.19-L1 est doté de la technologie brevetée Quattro® donnant au mouvement un autonomie de 216 heures. Ses quatre barillets fournissent leur énergie au mouvement de manière fluide, régulière, participant ainsi à la qualité chronométrique de ce Montblanc replica watches uk garde-temps d’exception.

Précision et harmonie esthétique

Suivant la volonté de Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-président de Chopard et fondateur de Chopard Manufacture, la précision de marche de la L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon est certifiée par le C.O.S.C. comme la totalité des montres L.U.C présentant une indication des secondes. Ce modèle est également porteur du Poinçon de Genève. Il est le garant d’un niveau de finition extrêmement élevé des composants. Ils sont en effet anglés, étirés, perlés et/ou polis selon leur position et fonction dans le mouvement. Cette certification a récemment été enrichie et porte désormais sur la totalité de la montre, ses composants, sa régularité de marche ainsi que son boîtier.

Avec 40 mm de diamètre pour 10,60 mm d’épaisseur, la L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon possède des proportions harmonieuses. Ces dimensions sont volontairement modestes. Ainsi, ce garde-temps est d’une authentique élégance classique. Avec ses flancs bombés et satinés, sa lunette fine, la boîte en or rose saura ravir les amateurs d’horlogerie. Ses cornes aux lignes sophistiquées affinent la montre tout en lui procurant un extraordinaire confort de porté.

Ce raffinement est le principe qui a guidé la création de cette montre de haute horlogerie. La finition méticuleuse de tous ses composants répond à l’exclusivité de son cadran. La qualité de sa construction mécanique est renforcée par la praticité de sa longue réserve de marche. Sa rigueur chronométrique se mêle à la beauté de la cinétique de fake watches uk son tourbillon. La L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon sera uniquement disponible aux cents premiers passionnés éclairés qui y auront accès.

Brand to Watch: Angelus Returns

Baselworld is the peak time of year for the launch of new replica watches uk. But every so often it also serves as the coming-out party for a new brand that’s entering the market. Such is the case for Angelus, a name with serious watchmaking history. Angelus was a Swiss brand of some repute until (like many of its compatriots) it was wiped out by the quartz revolution in the 1970s. Now it’s making a return under notable new management. At Baselworld, Angelus will launch with its first new watch, the U10 Tourbillon Lumière. But in order to appreciate this accomplishment, we have to take a look at where the brand comes from.

Angelus Manufacture 560

Angelus was founded by the brothers Albert and Gustav Stolz in 1891, in Le Locle. The Stolzes had studied under Henri Sandoz of the Tavannes Watch Company, and began their own company at a time when the cheap replica watches uk business was booming. In the coming decades they established Angelus as a respected maker of both watches and watch movements. By the 1930s, its chronographs had become a major part of the business, and would become the brand’s most renowned creations. Angelus quickly adopted the design (conceived by Breitling) of a two-pusher chronograph, like this one from 1935.

Angelus 1935 Chronograph 560

The brand also became known for its portable clocks and table clocks with eight-day power reserves and a host of functions, like alarm, barometer and thermometer. But the watch that would make everything possible for Angelus was the Chronodato. In 1942, the company introduced the first widely-produced chronograph wristwatch with calendar function. The top Montblanc replica watches had a bicompax design to display the running seconds and a 45-minute counter; a date hand circled the dial, and month and day were displayed in apertures at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively.

Angelus 1942 Chronodato 560The Chronodato paved the way for the brand’s pièce de résistance in 1948: the Chrono-Datoluxe. Using Angelus’s caliber SF250, the Chrono-Datoluxe again had a bicompax chronograph display, to which it added a moon-phase at 6 o’clock. But the watch’s real significance was that it was the first serially produced Swiss replica watches uk with a digital date display. Two numeral disks rotated underneath the window between 11 and 12 o’clock, right beside a day display.

Angelus 1948 Chrono-Datoluxe (3x) 560

Angelus had made a name for itself, but its time in the sun was unfortunately brief. By the end of the 1960s the Swiss watch industry was in decline, and that process was severely accelerated by the advent of quartz replica watches uk sale. Production was shut down in the 1970s; Angelus became known as a darling of vintage-watch collectors.

It wasn’t until 2011 that it found new owners. And not just anyone: Manufacture La Joux-Perret. The highly regarded movement maker, based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, makes original calibers for a number of clients. It also has its own brand, Arnold & Son, which creates manufacture movements in the same facility. So Angelus seems to be in very good hands.

The new Angelus is run out of the same La Chaux-de-Fonds site as La Joux-Perret and Arnold & Son. Like those companies, it is also directed by CEO Frédéric Wenger and technical director Sébastien Chaulmontet.

But since La Joux-Perret already has a powerful small brand in the form of Arnold & Son – and one that has produced a host of innovative and distinct replica fake watches uk based on its golden-age watchmaking heritage – what is left for Angelus to do in this new incarnation. The answer: something completely different.

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The U10 Tourbillon Lumière looks unlike anything to have come out of the La Joux-Perret factories to date. It has an almost sci-fi appearance, with its 62.75-mm-long stainless steel case and seven separate sapphire crystals. Angelus refers to it as a “deconstructed movement,” with its tourbillon sitting apart from the rest of the mechanism. The inside of the tourbillon chamber has a matte black PVD finish to add to the dramatic effect. It is a flying tourbillon suspended above a titanium bridge.

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The U10 has a 90-hour power reserve, thanks to two serially mounted barrels. Caliber A100 has 38 jewels and beats at 18,000 vph. It is a manual-wind movement, and you can monitor the level of wind via a separate display window on the side of the case. The movement is finely finished, as can be seen through the caseback crystal.

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The dial, which displays hours, minutes and dead-beat seconds, is concave with a spoke-like design for the minutes track. The hands, as well as the indexes, are coated with Super-LumiNova that glows white and blue.

In total, the U10 case is 38 mm lug-to-lug and 15 mm thick. It makes a very imposing statement on a black alligator strap, which has a steel folding buckle. If someone is walking towards you wearing an Angelus, there will be no mistaking it. However, the chance of seeing one on the street is still minimal: only 25 pieces of this limited edition will be produced. Hopefully this is the first of many brave new releases from the revamped Angelus.

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Baselworld 2015 Preview: Hublot Brings Out New Big Bang Ferrari Models

Hublot has announced two new Swiss replica watches that will premiere at Baselworld 2015. The new Big Bang Ferrari comes in two different color combinations. Both versions have Ferrari characteristics that Hublot had not previously used, but are still distinctly Hublot in design.

These new Big Bang Ferrari models join the growing family of replica watches uk for sale made in the three-year-old partnership between Hublot and Ferrari. That partnership had its highlight so far in 2013, when Hublot introduced the MP-05 LaFerrari, a mechanical watch with a 50-day power reserve.

The new Montblanc replica watches are named for their coloring: the Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic and the Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic. They have 45-mm cases made fully in ceramic. Push-pieces for the chronograph, situated at 2 and 4 o’clock, are made of titanium and either satin finished (on the gray model) or PVD treated (on the black). The reset pusher beneath the crown is topped in titanium with the Ferrari name in red lacquer running across it.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic glamor 560

The loudest feature on the new Big Bang Ferrari is its strap. Made of black rubber and leather by Schedoni of Modena, Italy, each strap has a racing stripe running down its center. The Black Ceramic has a blue-and-white stripe to contrast the red, and the Grey Ceramic has black-and-white to play off the gray with somewhat greater subtlety. (Hublot says that the colors are meant to evoke Ferrari’s classic red and the gray of the North American Racing Team.) The straps have a titanium deployant buckle, engraved with the Hublot name.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic glamor 560

The dial is where we find all the Ferrari touchstones. The car brand’s logo, the prancing horse, appears at 9 o’clock. Across from it is the chronograph minutes counter window at 3, with a yellow-backed date aperture inside of it. (Through the openworked dial you can see the skeletonized date numerals in a rotating ring.) But the most prominent and novel feature of this Ferrari dial is the latticework that functions as a dial. This mesh echoes the grilles on Ferrari cars; it also lets you look through to the movement. Above the grille, the hands and indexes have Super-LumiNova coating and are either rhodium plated or coated in black for the gray and black models, respectively.

The new Ferrari pieces use the HUB 1241 Unico movement. This automatic caliber is a flyback chronograph with a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement can also be seen through the ceramic caseback, which includes a sapphire window.

Pricing for the new Big Bang Ferrari is not yet available, but each of the best luxury replica watches uk will be produced in a limited edition of 250 pieces. Gentlemen, start your engines.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic soldier 560

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic soldier 560