Posts Tagged ‘ timepieces ’

Armani Creates Swiss-made Watches


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Iconic Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has created his first ever line of Swiss-made watches, which were unveiled Sunday in Milan during the city’s men’s fashion week. Presented at the Teatro Armani in Milan (a former Nestlé factory converted into a performance space by the fashion brand), the watches are Armani’s first ever Swiss-made timepieces. The designer treated a select group of attendees to a preview of the full collection. A few key stages in the manufacturing process were undertaken with a group of craftsmen showing off the handiwork that goes into the timepieces, which are designed to mix innovation and tradition.

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Ziiiro Eclipse Watch


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While the brand has always specialized in minimalistic timepieces, this thing takes things to new heights. As the name would suggest, the watch’s design was inspired by  a solar eclipse. The watch’s durable stainless steel face features an all black dial with a luminous circle equipped with two tiny hands that display both the minutes and hours. It glows in the dark, meaning you never need to fumble for  a phone in the theater trying to tell the time, and it’s high quality silicone rubber constructed strap was built to last. It also comes in your choice of either Black, Grey or Snow color ways.

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Casio G-Shock GB-X6900B Bluetooth v4.0


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Casio G-Shock introduced some of its most tech-savy releases to date with the debut of Bluetooth technology for its timepieces, the GB-X6900B. Essentially it’s like the DW-6900 but this design incorporates Bluetooth v4.0 and boasts a new 2.0 engine that allows for two-way communication between the watch and your smartphone via a free app. Thus, your watch can be used for everything from operating music playback and setting alarms to receiving email and call notifications.

BaselWorld 2013 – La Ferrari Watch by Hublot


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BaselWorld 2013 certainly saw some impressive timepieces unveiled but few could hold a candle to the  jaw-dropping Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari watch from Swiss watchmakers, Hublot. This mesmerising timepiece was the star of the show at BaselWorld and it isn’t difficult to see why when you see it in action. Hublot and Ferrari are a match made in heaven as they are two brands positively steeped in luxury and this exemplary Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari watch superbly demonstrates what happens when two luxury powerhouses come together.

 

Wooden Watch Collection by Ab Aeterno


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From a sundial, to a water clock, to the rings of a tree, we have developed our ability to measure time from  the resources around us. Italian watchmaker Ab Aeterno draws on the beauty and richness of the Australian landscape to create their collection of wooden watches. As a combination of modern Citizen movement technology and ageless materials (the brand’s name means from time immemorial) these are timepieces that are both organic and precise. Crafted from 100% natural sandalwood, each watch is hypoallergenic and, thanks to the wood grain, visually unique.

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HM5 “On The Road Again” Watch


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MB&F has unveiled a brand new timepieces with a 1970s twist – the HM5 ‘On the Road’ – which takes inspiration from the details and bodywork of cars from the era. The brand said: “Horological Machine No.5 is the epitome of the ‘70s – a time when everything seemed possible: space exploration, supersonic flight, hovercrafts, jet packs and the first supercars like the Lamborghini Miura.” The HM5 is built like the first supercars of those amazing years – complete with chassis, aerodynamic bodywork, rear flaps, exhaust ports and dashboard. Like the instrument panel on an early 70s speedster, the HM5′s display shows the hours and minutes in an mph/rpm fashion. The unmistakable wedge-shaped case of On the Road Again is direct homage to the plucky Amida Digitrend, you know that digital LED-look display. It also takes unmistakable cues from the sleek low-slung supercars of the epoch, with louvres on their near horizontal rear windows blocking sunlight and heat.

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The functional louvres on HM5 do the opposite in that they open to allow light down onto the Super-LumiNova numbers on the hours and minutes indication disks to charge them. The disks are actually flat on top of the movement (under the louvres), not vertically at the front of the case where they appear to be thanks to some optical magic. Opening and closing the louvres also changes the dial’s light intensity. The louvres are opened and closed by a slide set into the side of the case. Another distinguishing feature of supercars are large dual exhaust pipes that are usually seen accompanied by a roar of engine noise and smoking rubber. But HM5’s exhausts are not there to expel combustion gases in a throaty roar, but to drain water in case – like James Bond’s Lotus in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ – HM5 gets wet. From a technical point of view, HM5 innovates by combining an automatic movement with an optical-grade sapphire prism, which reflects light 90 degrees and magnifies it by 20% – allowing to display bi-directional jumping hours and minutes vertically. The HM5 is released as a limited edition of 66 pieces in zirconium.

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