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Jaeger-Lecoultre presents the Reverso Tribute minute repeater

Jaeger Lecoultre presents the Reverso tribute minute repeater

Ninety years after the birth of the Reverso, and 150 years after creating its first minute repeater, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater. Offered in a limited edition of 10 pieces, this exquisite new timepiece unites two of the key themes that have defined La Grande Maison for much of its history: an exceptional expertise in chiming watches and the timeless story of the Reverso.

With its distinctive Art Deco lines and swivelling case, the Reverso is one of the world’s most recognisable wristwatches. Its story embodies Jaeger-LeCoultre’s eternal pursuit of beauty and aesthetic refinement, expanding the Reverso’s stylistic realm by harnessing the full potential of its unique design. Allied to this is the Manufacture’s endlessly inventive quest for technical advancement – from the revolutionary idea of a case that could be flipped over, and the ingenious mechanism that made it possible, to the development of complications specific to the Reverso.

 

A distinguished legacy in chiming watches

In the 1990s, amid the rebirth of mechanical watchmaking that followed the quartz crisis, the Reverso – with its distinctive rectangular case – became the vehicle through which the Manufacture would redevelop its expertise in high complications. Having mastered the added challenge that rectangular movements dictate an entirely different architecture from that of traditional round movements – a particularly demanding challenge for chiming mechanisms – Jaeger-LeCoultre presented the Reverso Répétition Minutes in 1994. It was the first time the Maison had miniaturised a minute repeater for a wristwatch and was the world’s first rectangular minute repeater movement.

In fact, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s mastery of chiming mechanisms dates back to the very foundation of the Manufacture in 1833, and its deep expertise is today confirmed by an archive of more than 200 chiming calibres. Since that first Reverso minute repeater of the 1990s, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s engineers and designers have redefined the benchmark for acoustic quality, harnessing new technology in service of this noble tradition.

A new expression for the Minute Repeater

Embodying technical advances such as Jaeger-LeCoultre’s patented trebuchet hammers, silent regulator and a new generation of gongs, the Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater is powered by a revised version of Calibre 944 – a movement entirely conceived, designed and produced within the Manufacture. The new timepiece is distinguished by dials on both the front and reverse sides, bringing a fresh visual expression to the timeless Reverso design, as well as to the minute repeater mechanism itself. While the dials both display the same time, they are very different in character – one exuberant, the other more sober. Both are a testament to the beauty of fine movement decoration and the exceptional level of craftsmanship that resides within the Manufacture.

The front dial is entirely skeletonised, revealing the full complexity of the minute repeater mechanism and presenting a mesmerising display of moving parts when the minute repeater is activated. Beneath a large bow-shaped bridge that sweeps from 11 o’clock to 7 o’clock, the components appear almost to be floating in three dimensions, the sense of visual depth and transparency enhanced by faceted indexes that are cantilevered from the chemin de fer minutes track. With a gleaming golden finish, the bridge, hour markers, gongs and several other components perfectly match the colour of the rose-gold watch case.

While the exuberance of the front dial contrasts with the rectilinear geometry of the Reverso case, the relative sobriety of the reverse dial echoes and amplifies those straight lines. Vertical Côtes de Genève stripes extend over the entire height of the main plate, which also serves as the dial. Showcasing the timekeeping mechanism, with subtle colour accents provided by blued screws and golden hands and hour markers, the cool silver tone of the metal provides an elegant counterpoint to the warm rose gold of the case.

Set into the side of the watch case, the slider that activates the chimes has been specially designed for the new Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater to be as slim as possible, without sacrificing ergonomics. Visually complementing the Art Deco lines of the case, the effect is one of great refinement.

In showcasing both technical complexity and the aesthetic crafts, the Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater underlines the eternal modernity of the Reverso design, marrying the technical prowess of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre to its eternal quest for new forms of visual expression.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

REVERSO TRIBUTE MINUTE REPEATER

Case material: Pink Gold

Case dimensions: 51.1 x 31 mm

Case thickness: 11.41 mm

Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 944, manually wound

Functions: Hours and Minutes on two dials, minute repeater

Power reserve: 35 hours

Water resistance: 30 m

Strap: Brown alligator

Limited edition of 10 pieces

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HUBLOT – Spirit of Big Bang gold crystal

HUBLOT – Spirit of Big Bang gold crystal

Gold crystal: alchemist Hublot creates magic

“Fusing and creating new materials is nothing new for Hublot: it is part of the brand’s very essence. But now, the Manufacture has entered a new universe – the transmutation of metals – with its metallurgy laboratory and R&D department reproducing the rarest form of gold on earth: the crystallised native gold known as gold crystal. With its double limited edition Spirit of Big Bang Cristal d’Or available in 39 and 42 mm, Hublot is not only transmuting gold, it is also transforming the DNA of its watchmaking signature – the Big Bang – into the tonneau shape of its Spirit of Big Bang. An alchemy of materials and spirit.” – Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO

It is often said that what Nature creates cannot be reproduced, as natural processes require both time and a complexity which are beyond the realms of human endeavour. Once again, Hublot has made the impossible possible by transmuting gold into its rarest and most exclusive form: gold crystal. This form of gold is unique, since it is impossible to reproduce two identical gold crystals. Beyond the fascination that gold has exerted on man since the dawn of time, it embodies everything that makes Hublot so distinctive: materials, minerals, metals; their fusion and their transformation into new forms of expression, unique and quite unexpected. An alchemy expressed both in the transmutation of the raw material and in the chemistry created by the spirit of the watch itself. This is the Spirit of Big Bang Gold Crystal.

The mysteries of gold crystal

Hublot invites you into the heart of a unique form of expertise, into the mysteries of the most precious and fascinating metal, as well as one of the oldest, born as the universe was created during the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago.The natural crystallisation of gold dates back tens of millions of years, to the time when the mountain ranges were formed. It was in these crevices in the earth that jets of pressurised heated water extracted the gold, redepositing it within seams in the rocks. As the rocks eroded, these seams were carried away by rain and water and deposited in the beds of rivers, creating nuggets of gold. On rare occasions, the right natural conditions would allow the gold to remain in its natural state: gold crystals, the rarest form of gold on earth.

A true alchemist for our times, Hublot has now mastered a unique technique allowing natural crystallisation to be reproduced almost exactly. By heating the purest 24-carat gold to its melting point of 1064.18 degrees Celsius, its atoms are vaporised into a gaseous mixture before interlocking as the temperature is lowered, forming an open angular structure. Thousands of small crystals join together to create an architecture which is random, unique, and impossible to reproduce. The most perfect of these crystals are then carefully selected, with no more than 20% of the crystals produced making the grade.


A gold and lacquered dial
The expert hands of the master dial-maker apply the gold crystals to a black dial covered with a fine layer of transparent lacquer; the manufacturing process took this craftsman a year to research and develop, and the application must be undertaken in a controlled atmosphere to ensure no air bubbles can form on the surface. It takes around twenty layers of lacquer to encapsulate the gold crystals, and the dial is then polished to render the lacquer invisible, and perfectly smooth and uniform.

Spirit of Big Bang Gold Crystal
The Spirit of Big Bang is Hublot’s tonneau-shaped watch, and it adopts all of the design codes of the iconic Big Bang: the six H-shaped screws on the bezel, the lugs either side of the case, the overmoulded rubber screw-down crown decorated with the iconic H, the sandwich type construction. To provide a perfect contrast with the gold of the crystals, the Spirit of Big Bang Cristal d’Or’s case is covered in black ceramic and paired with a black alligator strap stitched onto rubber. Available in 39 and 42 mm, it will display the time for 50 hours without any winding of its Caliber HUB1710 automatic mechanical movement.
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HUBLOT BIG BANG DJ SNAKE

HUBLOT BIG BANG DJ SNAKE

The most streamed French artist in the world, with a slew of international hits, DJ Snake is joining forces with Hublot to unveil an exclusive creation: the Big Bang DJ Snake. A watch boasting a myriad of facets, just like the talented artist who inspired it.

“To be able to wear – and also offer my fans – a watch which reflects my personality is something that has been very important to me since the start of my partnership with Hublot. I am delighted to have been able to combine my inspiration with the expertise of the fantastic watchmakers and technicians at this Swiss brand.” – DJ Snake


“DJ Snake turns everything he touches to gold! We are thrilled to have been able to channel his outstanding creativity into this new limited edition piece. The result is truly multifaceted, just like DJ Snake’s talents!” – Ricardo Guadalupe, HUBLOT CEO

DJ Snake has such a huge presence in today’s musical landscape that he needs no introduction. The electronic music star first came to public attention with the track “Turn Down For What”, released in 2013. Since then, the hits have racked up: “Lean On”, “Loco Contigo”, “Let Me Love You” with Justin Bieber, and “Selfish Love” with Selena Gomez. Diplo, Kanye West, Lil Jon… the collaborations keep on coming! He became the first French artist to have two songs with over a billion plays on Spotify, and the awards have rained down: Billboard Music Awards; MTV Music Awards; and no fewer than three NRJ Music Awards.

Hublot and DJ Snake have been partners since January 1st 2018, when he presided over the decks at Hublot’s closing evening during the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Three years later, the first watch of this partnership is being unveiled:  The Big Bang DJ Snake.

The instantly recognizable and iconic design of the Big Bang now has an iridescent shine, with countless blue and purple hues. The bezel and the six titanium components of the 45-mm case are treated with a special and technical manufacturing process, similar to a black PVD treatment.  During the process, the different components of the watch must each be placed in specific positions when they are coated with different colors. The result is an optical effect in which the colors of the watch change depending on the light and when viewed from different angles. Not only that, but the surface of the parts was hardened before the iridescent treatment in order to improve its adherence. This operation is a complex one as it is difficult to obtain the same gradation of colour on each of the 100 watches being produced. The cut-outs on the outer edge of the bezel were designed by DJ Snake himself. These notches make the Big Bang DJ Snake immediately recognisable, distinguishing it from other collections. An illustration of the “Art of Fusion” philosophy so dear to Hublot!

On the upper face of the sapphire dial in the same colours as the case, a globe is featured, the signature of the electronic music star. A nod both to his travels across the planet for his concerts and to the fact that his hits have made the world his home. The lower section is skeletonised and treated to create sections with a black fumé finish.

This semi-transparent finish allows a glimpse of the famous calibre HUB1242 UNICO movement, a flyback chronograph with a power reserve of 72 hours.

Limited to 100 pieces, the Big Bang DJ Snake will be supplied with two straps which are easily interchangeable thanks to Hublot’s patented One Click system. The first is made from rubber, with a grey, black and purple camouflage pattern echoing the myriad colours reflected by the watch case. The second, also rubber, has a black ribbed structure. The clasp on these straps also features the same “Newton’s Rings” effect as the case and bezel.

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Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch

Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch

A high-precision chronograph  embellished with a unique natural Swiss stone dial  in support of the Monegasque Association Against Muscular Dystrophy

Chopard has once again committed itself to the Only Watch sale by offering a one-of-a-kind timepiece inspired by nature: the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch chronograph, specially created in support of the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy. Since 2005, this charity project has brought together more than 50 watch manufacturers in a formidable creative drive.

Bearing ultimate testimony to the expertise and inventiveness of Chopard’s watchmakers, the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is distinguished by its dial in Swiss granite from the Graubünden region, speckled with blue and green inclusions recalling the colours of the Alpine massif seen from the sky. It brings two novel touches to the Alpine Eagle collection: for the first time, a case made of beadblasted Lucent Steel A223 and a calf leather strap. Three patents have been filed for the chronometer-certified Chopard 03.05-C flyback chronograph movement that powers it.

An original design inspired by the beauty of the Alps

Above and beyond its technical prowess, the Alpine Eagle collection has been a guarantee of aesthetic finesse ever since its launch, entirely aligned with Louis Sullivan’s “form follows function” doctrine. The new Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch fully reflects this principle. On the right-hand side, the chronograph pushers are subtly and discreetly integrated on either side of the protective crown guards so as to preserve the Alpine Eagle’s characteristic harmony of form and symmetry.

With the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch, harmony also reigns supreme on the dial, which is adorned with a carefully selected natural Swiss stone: an exceptional granite quarried in the canton of Graubünden. Its blue and green inclusions have been chosen to evoke the beauty of the Alpine forests and lakes as seen from the sky by an eagle.

One of these breathtaking landscapes is the Lauenensee. This lake in the canton of Bern is a place dear to Only Watch founder and organiser Luc Pettavino, who liked to go there with his son Paul, whose illness gave rise to this charity project. It is also an iconic landmark for Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, who presented the Alpine Eagle collection there for the first time in 2019, along with his father and son. Their shared admiration for this place of refuge justifies the rich decorative work gracing the dial, and exuding a sophistication that contributes to the aesthetic originality and symbolic value of the watch.

The addition of the black counters for the 30-minute, small seconds and 12-hour indications – respectively placed at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock – is carefully designed to highlight the natural hue of the granite. To enhance the legibility of measurements, the dial transfers and the three hands linked to the chronograph function match these precious inclusions, as well as the tachymeter scale, also discreetly punctuated by blue-green transfers at the 100, 160 and 240 graduations. Divided into four steps, the scale features intervals varying from 5, 10, 20 or 40km/h per line. This arrangement facilitates the reading of average speed measurements.

The Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is the first timepiece in the collection to be fitted with a black calf leather strap.

A cutting-edge chronograph movement

The extra-wide 44 mm-diameter case of the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is sculpted in Lucent Steel A223, an innovative steel alloy made from 70 percent recycled material and developed by Chopard for its anti-allergenic properties and its robustness, as well as its incomparable brilliance achieved through a meticulous resmelting process. In another first, this material has been beadblasted, thereby creating an even nobler texture and accentuating the avant-garde spirit of Lucent Steel A223.

At the heart of the case beats a sophisticated chronograph movement manufactured by Chopard’s Artisan Watchmakers and endowed with a precision chronometer, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Chopard Calibre 03.05-C has a 60-hour power reserve and also features an elaborate design guaranteeing accurate adjustments and optimal use of the timekeeping functions. Equipped with a column wheel, it represents the culmination of several technical innovations for which Chopard has filed three patents resulting from the daring approach of its research and development teams.

Firstly, it is equipped with a unidirectional gearing system that avoids energy losses while ensuring fast winding, a function particularly appreciated for chronographs which are known to be consistently energy-hungry. In addition, its vertical clutch mode guarantees an accurate start for time measurements. This chronograph calibre is also of the flyback variety, enabling smooth and seamless short-time measurements thanks to three elastic-armed pivoting hammers that facilitate zero-resetting the counters.

Chopard and Only Watch, a heart-felt partnership

The ninth edition of Only Watch – considered the world’s most important charity watchauction – will be held on 6 November in Geneva. More than 50 watch manufacturers have each donated a unique timepiece, specially created for the occasion. The profits from this sale will be entirely donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy to help fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disease affecting 250,000 children, adolescents and young adults worldwide. Since its creation in 2005, Only Watch has already raised over 70 million Swiss francs.

“We are delighted to support the cause of major scientific research into a disease that affects so many children and adults”, says Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. “Ever since our first participation in 2005, this longstanding commitment has enabled us to develop unique and daring models stemming from lengthy aesthetic and technical research, endowed with powerful distinctive features that our collectors have not necessarily expected.”

The Alpine Eagle collection: reinterpreting an icon

Devised by three generations of gentlemen in the Scheufele family, the Alpine Eagle collection is a modern reinterpretation of the St. Moritz, the first horological creation by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele in the late 1970s. With its pure and assertive design, Alpine Eagle enriches this heritage with powerful inspiration drawn from Nature. Featuring a round case with stylised flanks; a material exclusive to Chopard (Lucent Steel A223); a crown engraved with a compass rose; a bezel with eight functional indexed screws; a textured dial with deep colours and luminescent indications; and a seconds hand shaped like an eagle’s feather, Alpine Eagle radiates a resolutely contemporary look of refined elegance.

Chopard’s independence and integrated skills enables the Maison to perform the entire range of the collection’s production and assembly stages in its own workshops, from movement to bracelet as well as components and case.

Technical details

Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch

in beadblasted Lucent Steel A223

One-of-a-kind model

 

 

Case:

Beadblasted Lucent Steel A223

Total diameter                                                                                 44.00 mm

Thickness                                                                                        13.15 mm

Water resistance                                                                            100 metres

Crown in beadblasted Lucent Steel A223

with compass rose                                                                         8 mm

Crown guards and pushers in beadblasted Lucent Steel A223

Caseband in beadblasted Lucent Steel A223

Bezel in beadblasted Lucent Steel A223 with eight screws set at a tangent

Glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Exhibition case-back with glare-proofed sapphire crystal and Only Watch logo

 

Movement

Mechanical movement with automatic winding                        Chopard 03.05-C

Column-wheel chronograph with integrated construction

Number of components                                                                310

Diameter                                                                                          28.80 mm

Thickness                                                                                        7.60 mm

Number of jewels                                                                           45

Frequency                                                                                       28,800 vph (4 Hz)

Power reserve                                                                                60 hours

Annual balance with balance-spring featuring a flat terminal curve

Patented chronograph zero-resetting system with pivoting hammers and elastic arm

Patented seconds hand zero-resetting system

Patented vertical coupling clutch

Openworked tungsten alloy central rotor

Chromometer-certified (COSC)

 

Dial and hands

Dial made of granite from Switzerland’s Graubünden region

Black counters with white transfers

Applied rhodium-plated numerals and hour-markers enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®

Black inner bezel ring and chronograph counters

Rhodium-plated baton-type hours and minutes hands enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®

Rhodium-plated, turquoise-tipped arrow-type seconds hand with eagle feather counterweight

Rhodium-plated, turquoise-tipped chronograph counter hands

 

Functions

Central hours, minutes and chronograph seconds

Semi-instantaneous date display between 4 and 5 o’clock

Chronograph with flyback function

30-minute counter at 3 o’clock

12-hour counter at 9 o’clock

Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Stop-seconds function

Strap and clasp

Black calfskin strap with black bridle stitching and beadblasted titanium inlay

Triple folding clasp in beadblasted Lucent Steel A223

Ref. 298609-3005 – in beadblasted Lucent Steel A223

One-of-a-kind model created for Only Watch

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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN DISEÑA LOS CRONÓGRAFOS INSPIRATION4 EN APOYO DE LA PRIMERA MISIÓN CIVIL A ÓRBITA DE LA HISTORIA

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN DISEÑA LOS CRONÓGRAFOS INSPIRATION4 EN APOYO DE LA PRIMERA MISIÓN CIVIL A ÓRBITA DE LA HISTORIA

Cuatro exclusivos relojes de aviador de la Manufactura, en representación de los cuatro valores de la misión —Liderazgo, Esperanza, Generosidad y Prosperidad— viajarán al espacio
antes de ser subastados en apoyo al St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Schaffhausen, 26 de agosto de 2021 – IWC Schaffhausen ha diseñado y donado varios relojes de aviador cronógrafos de exclusivo tema espacial en apoyo de Inspiration4, la primera misión civil a órbita de la historia, en representación de los cuatro valores que la impulsan: Liderazgo, Esperanza, Generosidad y Prosperidad. Los miembros de la tripulación llevarán los relojes en su viaje al espacio. A su regreso, se subastarán para recaudar fondos y promover la labor salvavidas del St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, parte del objetivo de la misión.

El Reloj de Aviador Cronógrafo Edición “Inspiration4” incorpora una caja fabricada en cerámica de un sorprendente color blanco. Un color único que se obtiene en un complejo proceso de fabricación, en el que se mezclan, en una proporción muy precisa, óxido de circonio y otros óxidos metálicos. La cerámica de ingeniería es una de las sustancias más duras del planeta y ocupa el segundo lugar, solo superada por el diamante, en la escala Vickers. La esfera lacada azul oscuro de este modelo se ha estampado con innumerables estrellas para mostrar la profundidad y la oscuridad del espacio. También incorpora el logotipo de Inspiration4. En su interior late el movimiento de cronógrafo calibre 69380 de manufactura IWC. Todos los relojes presentan un fondo de caja de titanio grabado con el nombre de la misión, pero cada uno lleva grabado un valor diferente de la misma, acorde con el miembro de la tripulación que lo lleva. Los cronógrafos están dotados de una atractiva correa de caucho blanco con forro de piel.

El nombre de Inspiration4 se ha escogido como reconocimiento a su diversa tripulación de cuatro personas, un grupo que apoyará la labor del St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital y que enviará un mensaje humanitario de esperanza en su viaje a órbita baja de varios días. Un desplazamiento que encarna una nueva era para los vuelos espaciales y la exploración humana. La misión es una idea de Jared Isaacman, un emprendedor de 38 años y consumado piloto que también ejercerá de comandante. El lanzamiento está previsto para septiembre desde el mítico Complejo de lanzamiento 39 del Centro Espacial Kennedy de Florida. La nave orbitará en torno al planeta a una altitud de aproximadamente 357 millas (575 kilómetros) y a una velocidad superior a las 17 500 millas por hora (27 360 km/h). Tras el viaje, que durará varios días, la tripulación realizará la reentrada en la atmósfera y se espera que americe sin problemas en la costa de Florida.

«Desde que nuestro fundador, Florentine Ariosto Jones, viajó de América a Suiza para revolucionar la relojería, hasta llegar a nuestro inagotable apetito actual por la innovación, IWC ha sido siempre una empresa de pioneros. Por eso estamos tan orgullosos de formar parte de la misión Inspiration4, una misión que comparte muchos de nuestros valores y con la que haremos historia para recaudar fondos para una causa que no puede ser más noble»,

Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen

«Inspiration4 es la culminación del sueño de toda una vida y en representación de toda la tripulación, quiero agradecer a IWC Schaffhausen que se haya unido a nosotros a bordo y haya apoyado nuestra misión de recaudación de fondos para el St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital» indica Isaacman.

UNA TRIPULACIÓN QUE REPRESENTA LOS CUATRO VALORES DE LA MISIÓN

La esencia de Inspiration4 es su única y diversa tripulación. Isaacman es el líder de la misión y actuará como comandante. El comandante, fundador y CEO de Shift4 Payments y consumado piloto militar y civil, tiene en su haber varios récords mundiales de aviación. El lugar de la misión correspondiente a la Esperanza ha sido concedido a Hayley Arceneaux, un asistente médico de 29 años que sobrevivió a un cáncer pediátrico. El Dr. Sian Proctor, por su parte, un emprendedor de 51 años con formación de piloto, ganó el asiento en representación de la Prosperidad al declararse vencedor en una competición corporativa. Por último, el asiento correspondiente a la Generosidad será ocupado por Christopher Sembroski, un empleado de la industria aeroespacial de 41 años y veterano de la Fuerza aérea estadounidense que fue el afortunado ganador de una campaña de recaudación que sorteaba un asiento en Inspiration4.

La tripulación está recibiendo formación para astronautas comerciales en SpaceX, un entrenamiento centrado en la mecánica orbital y en la operación en microgravedad y gravedad cero, junto a otras pruebas de esfuerzo. Además, recibirán formación de respuesta a emergencias, realizarán ejercicios completos de entrada y salida de naves espaciales y tomarán parte en simulaciones parciales y completas de la misión.

Si desea obtener más información sobre Inspiration4 y cómo contribuir y seguir este histórico viaje al espacio, visite www.Inspiration4.com y siga la misión en redes sociales en Twitter (@inspiration4x), Facebook (@inspiration4mission), Instagram (@inspiration4) y YouTube (@Inspiration4) para recibir las últimas noticias sobre el entrenamiento, la preparación y el calendario de la misión.

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN

En 1868, el relojero y emprendedor norteamericano Florentine Ariosto Jones viajó desde Boston hasta Suizay fundó la «International Watch Company» en Schaffhausen. Su visionario sueño era combinar los avanzados métodosde fabricación estadounidenses con la artesanía de los relojeros suizos para conseguir los mejores relojes debolsillo de la época. Al hacerlo, no solo sentó los cimientosdel exclusivo enfoque de la ingeniería aplicado por IWC, sino que también estableció la producción centralizada derelojes mecánicos en Suiza.

A lo largo de sus 150 años de historia, IWC Schaffhausen ha afianzado una reputación basada en la creación decomplicaciones funcionales —especialmente cronógrafosy calendarios— ingeniosas, resistentes y de fácil uso. IWC, que fue empresa pionera en el uso del titanio y lacerámica, se especializa actualmente en cajas de reloj deavanzada ingeniería fabricadas con los materiales más innovadores, como el aluminuro de titanio y el Ceratanium®. Dando prioridad al principio de «la forma sigue a lafunción» por delante de la decoración, las atemporales creaciones de la firma relojera suiza plasman los sueños y ambiciones de sus propietarios a lo largo de su viaje porla vida.

IWC obtiene los materiales de forma responsable y toma medidas para minimizar su impacto en el medio ambiente, creando relojes intrínsicamente sostenibles que están diseñados para durar generaciones. La compañía se enorgullece de formar a sus futuros relojeros e ingenieros, así como de facilitar un excelente ambiente de trabajo atodos los empleados. IWC también colabora con organizaciones que trabajan a nivel mundial para apoyar aniños y jóvenes.

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Greubel Forsey – Balancier Contemporain con nueva caja de oro rojo

Nueva caja de oro rojo para el Balancier Contemporain

Greubel Forsey abrió un nuevo capítulo en su historia con la presentación en 2019 del Balancier Contemporain, con unas dimensiones particularmente modestas: 39,6mm de diámetro, algo innovador para un reloj Greubel Forsey.

En un volumen reducido, el Balancier Contemporain encarna todos los códigos del universo de Greubel Forsey y explora con enorme detalle las tres dimensiones, sin comprometer nunca el rendimiento cronométrico: una verdadera proeza. Tras la versión en oro blanco, se presenta ahora con una nueva caja de oro rojo 5N y una esfera multinivel llena de contrastes que destaca la singularidad de cada una de estas estructuras.

Compuesto por 255 piezas, todas ellas fabricadas y acabadas con el espíritu artesanal de Greubel Forsey, el Balancier Contemporain representa un verdadero desafío arquitectónico. La construcción del movimiento se ha rediseñado completamente para reducir sus dimensiones, con la dificultad no solo de albergar el gran volante en un volumen compacto, sino también principalmente de lograr una creación armoniosa de proporciones óptimas, realizada prestando extrema atención a cada detalle. El Balancier Contemporain de oro rojo 5N juega así con las diferencias de niveles, materiales, volúmenes y acabados, y plasma a la perfección el universo de Greubel Forsey.

Un volante majestuoso, garantía de estabilidad y rendimiento

A las 06:00, captura la atención el gran volante, completamente desarrollado y fabricado en los talleres de Greubel Forsey. Su impresionante diámetro de 12,6mm le proporciona una estabilidad óptima. Se refleja en el telón de fondo de un puente negro pulido que da una impresión de gran profundidad del movimiento. El órgano regulador está equipado con una función de «freno del volante» que puede activarse tirando de la corona. Los seis tornillos de ajuste de oro se han colocado dentro de la parte lisa del volante para permitir un ajuste fino y limitar de este modo la fricción con el aire y las alteraciones que de ella derivan. El resultado es un mejor rendimiento cronométrico y un fácil ajuste.

El universo de Greubel Forsey en una caja de modestas dimensiones

Con un diámetro de tan solo 39,6mm y un grosor de 12,21mm, el Balancier Contemporain se caracteriza por su tamaño, ya que Greubel Forsey suele producir relojes de mayor diámetro. La emblemática caja de oro rojo se prolonga gracias a las asas de perfil tridimensional que forman sutiles y elegantes curvas sesgadas. Estos volúmenes originales destacan gracias a la alternancia de acabados : bisel y asas totalmente pulidos, lado de la carrura y fondo satinado. Sobre el bisel, el cristal de zafiro abovedado proporciona profundidad al movimiento. Por debajo, la arquitectura tridimensional de la esfera multinivel, realizada en los talleres, destaca cada una de las indicaciones.

Un viaje arquitectónico

Con tan solo mirarlo, el Balancier Contemporain nos transporta en un viaje arquitectónico escenificado en varios niveles. En primer lugar, con un largo puente pulido a mano sobre el que reina el volante majestuosamente a las 06:00. Por encima, un segundo puente graneado y biselado muestra el barrilete dorado con el grabado de Greubel Forsey. A las 08:30, en un plano ligeramente más elevado, gira el pequeño segundero y, dos niveles más arriba, se encuentra un puente de grano fino sobre el que se sitúa la indicación de reserva de energía de 72 horas, movida por una delgada aguja de acero azulado. Más a la derecha, a las 02:00, el contraste de colores resalta las indicaciones horarias, mientras que la presencia descentrada del disco horario/minutero destaca gracias al color gris antracita del contorno. Las horas y los minutos están posicionadas en un puente elevado en forma de trípode y están indicados por dos agujas de acero azulado con molduras y un plato pulidos a mano. El viaje por la superficie de la esfera termina con una abertura en la cima que revela el gran volante más abajo, fijado a la parte superior por un puente delgado, cuidadosamente biselado y «pulido en negro».

Una obra de arte oculta a la vista

En el dorso de esta creación subyace una obra de arte realizada con la maestría de los acabados artesanales de los relojes de Greubel Forsey. En la parte central aparece una placa circular de oro rojo grabada. A su alrededor se sitúa un puente de oro blanco en el que es posible descubrir los valores de los fundadores en palabras grabadas en relieve y posteriormente pulidas en negro, así como rubíes engastados en chatones de oro.

El Balancier Contemporain de oro rojo 5N nos sumerge en un emocionante viaje arquitectónico en el que podemos encontrar el enfoque tridimensional en todos los niveles. Todas estas excepcionales arquitecturas están realizadas cuidando al máximo los detalles y con una magistral artesanía en los acabados. El Balancier Contemporain, único por sus dimensiones, es un concentrado de conocimientos que ilustra todo el universo de Greubel Forsey.

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BIG BANG INTEGRAL TOURBILLON RAINBOW

BIG BANG INTEGRAL TOURBILLON RAINBOW

HUBLOT’S UNIQUE TAKE ON RAINBOW MAXIMALISM
Since 2017, Hublot has been setting its watches with all the colours of the rainbow. However, the watch brand has never combined all of its seven colours in one piece. Until now! Two exceptional High Jewellery pieces adorned with the full rainbow spectrum, from the case to the dial and to the bracelet.  Two Big Bang Tourbillon models made from King Gold or white gold, which allow a glimpse beneath the sapphire to reveal the fascinating automatic tourbillon manufacture movement.

While Hublot is now completely synonymous with its Art of Fusion, the watch brand is also a master of the Art of Colour. It excels at imbuing all the materials it uses with colour, from those it has built expertise in, such as sapphire, to those it has patented, like vibrantly coloured ceramic.

With a Pop Art spirit and a penchant for bright tones, Hublot loves its watches to really show their colours. Juxtapositions, gradations, contrasts, no Pantone is out of reach – not even the palette required for “Rainbow”. While the Rainbow trend has recently taken the fashion world by storm, for Hublot, this love of polychromy is anything but fleeting – unlike the rainbow itself – with the first Big Bang Rainbow released in 2017.

This piece totals almost 36 carats, with 484 invisibly set baguette-cut stones of seven different types to echo the seven visible colours of the spectrum: bright red rubies, fuchsia pink sapphires, ultraviolet amethysts, topaz in Klein blue, leaf green tsavorites, lemon yellow sapphires and bright orange sapphires. Two striking creations with generous dimensions of 43 mm; two unique pieces crafted from King Gold or white gold, with the integrated bracelet further reinforcing the visual impact, as the graduated spectrum of colours radiates outwards from the bezel to the bracelet.

The colour gradation is expertly executed, subtle yet captivating. It would be impossible to choose a favourite colour or stone. It must be said that, when it comes to perfectly combining and harmonising colours, Nature knows best. The continuous transition between the seven types of stones further accentuates the piece’s artistic appeal.
To reproduce the perfection of Nature takes 1200 hours of work, selecting the stones, choosing their colours, cutting them and setting them to ensure the perfect gradation of colours. Nothing is left to chance in this work of art, including its mechanism, a manufacture movement entirely designed and manufactured in-house. It features a tourbillon at 6 o’clock which is no less striking than the piece itself: self-winding, with a micro-rotor visible on the dial side, and three bridges made from transparent sapphire. Once again, Hublot has fused innovation with expertise, combining Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie in a truly stunning watch.

Multicoloured is no longer a fashion faux pas; rather a deliberate multifaceted style. With all the colours of the rainbow combined in a single watch, are you ready for a look versatile enough for your every mood?

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Richard Mille RM 60-01 Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de St Barth

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de St Barth

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de St Barth

LES VOILES DE ST BARTH RICHARD MILLE

Pasando bruscamente de la serenidad al extremo, Les Voiles de St Barth Richard Mille siempre se ha distinguido como una cita vanguardista en la que la competitividad y la tecnología más rompedora se dan encuentro. Richard Mille ha participado desde sus inicios en 2010.
Edición limitada de 50 unidades.
Richard Mille RM 60-01 Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de St Barth

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de St Barth

A lo largo de su primera década, la competición ha recibido a decenas de miles de regatistas y cerca de 500 embarcaciones llegadas de todos los rincones del mundo. Con un promedio de 80 tripulaciones compitiendo en 7 clases en cada edición, se ha impuesto rápidamente como uno de los platos fuertes de la temporada caribeña. La emocionante mezcla de condiciones extremas lo convierte en un evento auténticamente único.

RM 60-01 Cronógrafo automático Les Voiles de Saint Barth

CALIBRE RMAC2

Movimiento de cuerda automática con horas y minutos, contador de segundos situado a las 3, fecha de gran tamaño, mes, calendario anual, cronógrafo flyback con segundero central y temporizador de cuenta atrás de 60 minutos situado a las 9, totalizador de 24 horas situado a las 6, función UTC y rotor de geometría variable.

RESERVA DE MARCHA

Aproximadamente 50 horas (±10 %).
45 horas con el cronógrafo en funcionamiento. La duración real de la reserva de marcha dependerá del tiempo de utilización del cronógrafo.

PLATINA Y PUENTES DE TITANIO GRADO 5

Estos componentes, de titanio grado 5 con tratamiento PVD negro, otorgan gran solidez al conjunto y un acabado perfectamente plano a las superficies, cualidades esenciales para el perfecto funcionamiento del tren de engranajes.

La platina esqueletizada y los puentes han sido sometidos a largas y exigentes pruebas para comprobar su perfecta capacidad de resistencia.

CRONÓGRAFO FLYBACK

Gracias al pulsador situado entre las 4 y las 5 horas, es posible poner el cronógrafo a cero sin tener que detener el mecanismo. En un principio, esta función se desarrolló para pilotos, para que no perdieran tiempo (ni exactitud) al parar, poner a cero y volver a iniciar el cronógrafo al pasar por un punto de navegación.

CALENDARIO ANUAL

Semi instantáneo con ajuste automático de los meses de 30 o 31 días, la fecha de gran tamaño está situada en una hendidura horizontal perfilada a las 12 y el mes se sitúa entre las 4 y las 5 horas.

FUNCIÓN UTC

El RM 60-01 incluye una aguja UTC que puede emplearse como indicador de una segunda zona horaria o, en combinación con el sol y el bisel giratorio, para situar los puntos cardinales.

ROTOR DE GEOMETRÍA VARIABLE

El RM 60-01 emplea un sistema de geometría variable para optimizar el movimiento de armado del rotor.

Especificaciones del rotor
• Brazo de titanio grado 5
• Segmento de masa oscilante de oro blanco de 18 k
• Segmento de masa oscilante con 6 posibles posiciones ajustables mediante tornillos de titanio grado 5
• Alas de oro blanco de 18 k con alto contenido en paladio
• Rodamientos de bolas de cerámica
• Unidireccional: armado en sentido antihorario

Este diseño exclusivo Richard Mille permite adaptar de forma eficaz el armado del muelle real al nivel de actividad del usuario, en ambientes deportivos o no deportivos. Mediante el ajuste de la nervadura de seis posiciones es posible modificar la inercia del rotor para que el proceso de armado se acelere en caso de que la persona que lleve el reloj mueva el brazo con calma o se desacelere si realiza actividades deportivas.

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HUBLOT WELCOMES THREE MICHELIN STAR CHEF CLARE SMYTH AS FRIEND OF THE BRAND

HUBLOT WELCOMES THREE MICHELIN STAR CHEF CLARE SMYTH AS FRIEND OF THE BRAND

“At Hublot we work and think according to our motto ‘to be first, be unique, be different’, and we are proud to welcome Clare who so strongly embodies this ethos in her work in the UK and beyond. Cooking for and sharing meals with my loved ones is a source of great enjoyment, and I am delighted to celebrate a new Friend of the Brand from the world of gastronomy.” – Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot


London, UK Hublot is delighted to welcome Clare as a new Friend of the Brand, furthering our links with visionaries in the world of gastronomy.

Pioneering chef Clare Smyth has attracted world-renowned accolades and admiration for her ability to transform the finest local produce into globally acclaimed cuisine. Smyth’s restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, which she opened in the heart of Notting Hill in August 2017, exemplifies the spirit of innovation and excellence championed by Hublot. While offering a relaxed dining experience, Core by Clare Smyth has attracted the most prestigious accolades in fine dining by reinventing the best British produce and delivering a new, world-renowned experience. Core by Clare Smyth was the first restaurant to enter the Good Food Guide with a perfect 10 score, and in just three years was awarded three Michelin stars, with Clare becoming only the fourth British chef ever to achieve this honour in 2021.

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The Art of Fusion
Hublot’s mastery of ‘The Art of Fusion’ is most evident in our tradition of innovation. From the first use of rubber in fine watchmaking, to creating new precious alloys such as scratch-proof Magic Gold. Hublot has consistently pioneered by discovering new purposes for materials and boldly combining them. In Clare’s reinvention of the British potato in her signature dish, ‘Potato and Roe’, she elevates a humble staple of British produce to the pinnacle of haute cuisine with imagination and ingenious care. In this bold reinvention we are proud to see an affinity with both ethos and approach to watchmaking tradition.


Meticulous expertise and a passion for fine artistry, blended together with time, are the ingredients of both gourmet cuisine and Haute Horlogerie. Precise timing is essential for chefs and patrons alike from the moment of ordering, plating up on the pass, and through to service. On entering the dining room, guests at Core by Clare Smyth will see proudly displayed in the centre of the kitchen a Hublot Classic Fusion wall clock; the heart of the restaurant beats to Hublot time.

“Having been a fan of Hublot for some time, I am delighted to join the family.  I admire the bold forward thinking and creativity underpinned with precision and expertise that makes Hublot so extraordinary.” – Clare Smyth MBE, Three Michelin-starred British chef

Clare joins Hublot’s growing family of culinary partners, with three Michelin star chefs Yannick Alléno, Andreas Caminada and Paul Pairet partnering with the Swiss luxury watchmaker. Clare Smyth was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013 for services to the hospitality industry, and has been honoured to cook for some highly prestigious guests and at events including the Royal Wedding reception of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in 2018.

Her soaring reputation has also attracted many television appearances including MasterChef, Netflix’s The Final Table, BBC’s Great British Menu, and The Late Show. Clare was also awarded World’s Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, as well as the Chef of the Year Award at the National Restaurant Awards in 2019. In 2020, Clare announced her plans to open a new restaurant at a stunning location in Sydney in 2021. OnCore by Clare Smyth will overlook one of the most beautiful sites in the world, with a continued emphasis on sustainable food by harnessing the extraordinary local produce Australia has to offer.


Hublot continues to champion British excellence
Hublot is also delighted to form a connection with another leading light in the UK, joining Brand Ambassadors, Friends of the Brand and partners such as Dina Asher-Smith in the world of athletics, cricketer Kevin Pietersen, designer Samuel Ross and Chelsea Football Club.

Celebration of a new partnership
To mark the occasion, Clare hosted some of Hublot’s VIP clients and a selection of British press at Core by Clare Smyth in Notting Hill on Monday 21st June. Clare plated up a four-course menu consisting of consisting of Scottish langoustine, English wasabi and rose geranium, poached Cornish seabass, “Beef and Oyster” and a special golden Hublot edition of the Core-teser, while wearing the Hublot Classic Fusion King Gold Blue, which she recently chose at Hublot’s flagship boutique on New Bond Street.

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Skeleton Concept reimagines the Rolex GMT-Master II Batman for Paris Saint-Germain footballer Presnel Kimpembe

Skeleton Concept reimagines the Rolex GMT-Master II Batman for Paris Saint-Germain footballer Presnel Kimpembe

Skeleton Concept reimagines the Rolex GMT-Master II Batman for Paris Saint-Germain footballer Presnel Kimpembe

PRESNEL KIMPEMBE

Presnel Kimpembe was born on August 13, 1995 in France, to a Congolese father and Haitian mother. Named after his maternal grandfather, for him the value of family has always been of utmost importance. Passionated with football since a young age, Kimpembe took his first steps in football at the age of 10 years old. He made his professional debut for Paris Saint-Germain in 2014 and participated in the UEFA Champions league for the first time in February 2017. Presnel Kimpembe was born to become a winner: he won his first “French champion” title with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. France and the rest of the world had the pleasure to discover his talent and joviality over the summer of 2018, during which he was crowned World Champion with Didier Deschamps’ french team “les Bleus”. Since then, Kimpembe keeps playing for PSG as a centre-back with the club’s emblem bolted to his heart.

Skeleton Concept reimagines the Rolex GMT-Master II Batman for Paris Saint-Germain footballer Presnel Kimpembe

Skeleton Concept reimagines the Rolex GMT-Master II Batman for Paris Saint-Germain footballer Presnel Kimpembe

THE KIMPEMBE CONCEPT

When we first met with Presnel Kimpembe, we discovered a very passionate and creative man with a special sense of aesthetics and fashion.  It’s not for nothing that Kimpembe began his own streetwear collection in 2020. Once the football player finds an interest in something, he wants to get to the bottom of it, understand and master the subject to its smallest details. That’s also what happened during the process of creating his exclusive Skeleton Concept timepiece.

Never doing things halfway, Kimpembe challenged our watchmakers into skeletonizing his Rolex®  GMT-MASTER II “Batman”. A real technical challenge that has never been taken up by any other team of master watchmakers before us. Another requirement was to keep the “sportswear” aspect of the timepiece and intensify the blue color on the bezel, since it is his signature color.

A TECHNICAL FEAT

Due to the particularity of the movement and its 2 complications (the date disc and the second GMT time zone), hundreds of hours of hard work and several sketches were needed to create the design and craft it. Our master watchmakers had to use a lot of ingenuity and creativity in order to find the technical solutions to keep the complications working all the while skeletonizing the cutout of the dial and the rest of the movement in a harmonious and flattering way.

The density of the original movement of the GMT-Master II, required a particular attention. A special sandblasting treatment was made in order to keep the consistency of the timepiece and add a matte  aspect to its visual beauty. The movement has been fully refined. Its color is a beautiful pale Oyster steel gray that enhances the bi-color blue and black bezel – carefully chosen by the World cup Champion, Kimpembe. The matte bracelet in Oyster steel fits perfectly with the color palette chosen for this design.

Skeleton Concept reimagines the Rolex GMT-Master II Batman for Paris Saint-Germain footballer Presnel Kimpembe

Skeleton Concept reimagines the Rolex GMT-Master II Batman for Paris Saint-Germain footballer Presnel Kimpembe

A FLOATING VISUAL EFFECT ON THE MOVEMENT

The smooth handmade anglage adds life and volume to the movement that is achievable only in haute horology. The strong-edged plate with its Rubi creates a nice and delightful reflection of the light. Thanks to the superposition of the Sapphire module of the date, the numbers on the dial seem to be “floating”, as if suspended in air…. almost transparent.

We also gave Kimpembe a special nod: the number 3 on the date module is in blue – as “3” is his number on the football team. The Kimpembe Concept turned the GMT-Master II watch into a dynamic and elegant timepiece. The skeletonized timepiece is of exceptional finesse, the result is exquisite.

WORD OF PRESNEL KIMPEMBE

“Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve always been a fan of everything that has to do with customization. I have been lucky to learn more about the fascinating and complicated world of horology, thanks to the master watchmakers of Skeleton Concept. The process of personalizing my timepiece has been marvelous to me. I feel blessed and lucky to wear such a unique timepiece.

Specifications

MODEL CASE

 

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel

 

OYSTER ARCHITECTURE

Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown

 

DIAMETER

40 mm

 

MATERIAL

Oystersteel

 

BEZEL

Bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel.

Two-colour blue and black Cerachrom insert in ceramic,

moulded numerals and graduations

 

WINDING CROWN

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

 

CRYSTAL

 Scratch-resistant sapphire, , Cyclops lens over the date

 

WATER RESISTANCE

Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet

 

MOVEMENT

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, GMT function

CALIBER

3186, Manufacture Rolex

 

PRECISION

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

 

FUNCTIONS

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands.

24-hour display. Second time zone with independent rapid-setting

of the hour hand. Instantaneous date.

Stop-seconds for precise time setting

 

OSCILLATOR

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring.

High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers

 

WINDING

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

 

POWER RESERVE

Approximately 72 hours

 

BRACELET

Oyster, five-piece links

 

BRACELET MATERIAL

Oystersteel

 

CLASP

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with

Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link