“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.

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

Dates
April 15th – June 14th 2015

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

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

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.

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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

Three Things to Know About the Patek Philippe Chiming Jump Hour

The ornate, double-dialed Grandmaster Chime has dominated coverage of Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, which the brand marked last year. It is an amazing timepiece that makes a big statement. The Swiss fake watches we’re going to look at today is its counterpoint. With one dial and two hands, it appears to be the paradigm of simplicity, but it’s not.

The Patek Philippe Chiming Jump Hour is one of the timepieces Patek Philippe has created to celebrate its 175th anniversary. Bearing Reference 5275P-001, it will be produced in a limited edition of 175 pieces, priced at SFr. 310,000. As the name indicates, this watch offers a jumping hour display with minutes and small seconds, and it strikes a single chime at the top of each hour. Let’s take a look at why this cheap replica watches is much more than meets the eye.

patek chiming jump hour

1. Complexity and Rarity

The old adage about not judging a book by its cover was written for the Chiming Jump Hour. If you don’t think a watch that looks this simple can be complex, consider this number: 438. That’s how many parts there are in the movement. Remember, this best Swiss replica watches displays hours, minutes, and seconds, and it strikes a single chime at the top of each hour. That’s it. Compare the parts count with (apparently) much more complicated Patek Philippe Caliber R TO 27 PS found in the Ref. 5539. That movement offers central hours and minutes, small seconds, a minute repeater and a tourbillon, and it contains 336 parts – 102 fewer than the Chiming Jump Hour. That gives you a sense of the 5275P’s hidden complexity. As we’ll discuss below, most of the complexity is due to the fact that all three time displays are of the jumping variety – a so-called “triple-jump” timepiece.

Now consider that this entirely new, highly complex movement, that took four years to develop and that has four patents, will be used exclusively in the Chiming Jump Hour, which is a limited edition of 175 pieces. That so much effort would be invested in a movement that will appear only once, in a limited-edition timepiece, is remarkable.

patek chiming jump hour

2. Energy Management

Striking and jumping complications are power-hungry, and this replica Montblanc watches has four of them. Most repeating watches employ a second mainspring to power the strikes. Most jumping displays employ separate springs to store and release energy. Yet the Chiming Jump Hour has only a one mainspring, and a small spring for the jumping seconds. The chime, the jumping hours (displayed on a heavy disk), and jumping minutes are all powered by the lone mainspring, yet the power reserve is a healthy 48 hours.

Patek accomplished this with a combination of new and patented mechanisms, and with modern materials. Specifically, the lever and the wolf-tooth wheel in the jumping seconds system are made from Silinvar, Patek’s version of silicon. The material is extremely light and almost friction free, so it saps very little energy. We’ll discuss the springless-jumping displays in the next section. Patek’s achievement is such that even with a single mainspring, the Chiming Jump Hour offers a 48-hour power reserve. This is especially remarkable when you consider that at the top of each hour, the chime strikes while the hours, minutes and seconds jump simultaneously.

patek chiming jump hour

3. Synchrony

When the hands on a traditional Swiss replica watches uk circle the dial, you don’t even think about whether they all cross 12 at precisely the same moment. However when hands jump instantly, the eye will catch even a tiny discrepancy in the motion. To make sure the Chiming Jump Hour’s hands jump at precisely the same moment, Patek had to devise a new mechanism, and it is protected by another patent.

Patek says that the mechanisms it devised not only store the energy required to make the jumps, but they also synchronize the jumps. The fourth wheel (seconds hand) carries a snail cam that allows a ruby pallet to drop over the cam’s peak after each full revolution. Via a lever, this briefly releases the center wheel (minutes hand), allowing it to turn clockwise by six degrees concurrently with the fourth wheel. The center and fourth wheels advance at the same moment, so the seconds and minutes hands jump simultaneously.

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