Black watches out of Baselworld – Black is black Replica Clearance

As we saw at Baselworld, black watches are in. And we’re not just talking about watches with a black dial and a black strap: no, watches are increasingly sporting ultra-black cases and even black movements, particularly in skeleton watches. So, following on from the automotive industry’s flirtation with black vehicles of every size and shape, watchmaking is going full black, and every style of watch is affected: sports watches, classic watches, haute horlogerie and the avant-garde, as well as women’s watches and jewellery watches.

The cases of these “total black” watches are generally made of stainless steel, titanium or ceramic. While ceramic is relatively easy to colour, this is not the case with steel. Two coating techniques are used to produce a jet-black finish: PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) and DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon). The majority of the timepieces presented here make use of these technologies.

Ultranero. The new Octo by Bulgari is defined by its colour. Produced in Finissimo Tourbillon, Solotempo and Velocissimo (chronograph) versions, it comes in a titanium (for the tourbillon) or DLC-treated steel case, and its dark looks are enhanced by a lacquered or polished dial and bezel, with matching alligator or rubber strap. The pink gold hands, indexes and crown – capped with a black ceramic insert – lift and lighten the total black look. Here, black provides a particularly elegant costume, particularly in the tourbillon version, driven by the BVL 268 calibre, the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement.


Raymond Weil also goes for the darkly sophisticated look in its new Freelander Squelette Black, whose black PVD-treated steel case, black crown, dial and leather strap are offset by the gilded indices and hands. The self-winding skeletonised mechanical movement, calibre RW4215, with its ruthenium finish, adds to the mystery of the piece.

While the Armin Strom Watches Price Replica Skeleton Pure watches also have skeletonized moves and hand-engraving, the outcomes are more modern and less “decorative,” without the intricate patterns and textures found on the surfaces of their movement. “Actual” in this case refers to the simplicity of the design and how Armin Strom was able to decrease the ARM09 movement to its bare minimum. In reality, they assessed the movement in the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure watches into the ARM09-S (“s” for skeleton) for its minimalized look in feel.The surfaces of the movement bridges are brushed while the edges are beveled making for a nice, albeit much simpler look when compared with the effect we found on the Armin Strom One Minute Skeleton. Honestly, the real difference between the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure and One Week Skeleton is that the ornaments on the skeletonized movement surfaces. The One Week Skeleton is a portion of a more limited edition (of only 50 pieces) with the patterns and fine details, while the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure is available as two limited editions of 100 pieces, with exactly the same style of movement skeletonization but without the decorative features – though there is still a great deal of hand polishing.

Carl F. Bucherer puts a contemporary face on its famous GMT model, with a deep matt DLC-treated steel case and bracelet, driven by manufacture calibre CFB 1901.1, COSC-certified and capable of displaying three time zones simultaneously. The Patravi TravelTec Black provides optimum readability against its dark dial thanks to light-coloured hands, chronograph registers and indexes.


At Baselworld 2016 Chronoswiss unveiled two new models in its classic Sirius collection that are likely to appeal to the Lucerne-based watchmaker’s younger and more daring clients. The Sirius Flying Regulator and the Sirius Flying Regulator Jumping Hour, equipped with automatic manufacture calibres C.122 and C.283 respectively, feature a DLC-treated stainless steel case and galvanised black dial, giving the traditional regulator display and slim round case a very contemporary chic, amplified by a sporty red regulator hand and carmine stitching.


The stunning Epic SF24 by Jacob & Co., with its vertical digital GMT movement, comes this year in a Racing version, available in several colours. The all black model has a DLC-treated grade 5 titanium case which is particularly good match for this powerful-looking timepiece. Dial, hands, indexes and, of course, strap – everything is black, except for the name of the time zone city, in the iconic split-flap display, and the charming jumping hour cam located between 1 and 2 o’clock.


The new Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot by Zenith has a 45 mm black ceramic case. The dial-less design features black faceted luminescent hands and indices, which stand out against the splendid movement: the new manually-wound El Primero 4805 with a tourbillon at 6 o’clock and a fusée-and-chain at 10.30 and 1.30. These are the lightest elements of the watch, standing out visually against the anthracite mainplate and bridges. The dark theme continues with a perforated rubber strap with PVD-treated titanium folding clasp.


TAG Heuer has also chosen ceramic for its new Carrera-Heuer-01 model, which is also available in titanium and steel. The caseband, lugs, bezel and pushers on the 45 mm case are made of ceramic, while the black cutout dial and its registers open onto the Heuer 01 manufacture chronograph movement, whose black upper bridge is skeletonised.


Total black is not a new idea for Hublot: this year, it celebrates the tenth anniversary of its “All Black” concept, and it does so with a rather contradictory piece. The case of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire All Black, as its name suggests, is made of black smoked sapphire. Every other element of the watch is black: the dial is black translucent composite resin, and the screws, crown, pushers and clasp are manufactured from PVD-treated titanium, as are the components of the HUB 1242 UNICO movement. As a final touch of sophistication, even the luminous coating on the hands and indexes is black! The result is a transparent all-black watch.


And there’s more…

In addition to the models presented above, the photo gallery continues our exploration of black with timepieces by Hamilton, Czapek, Romain Gauthier, Seiko, Ulysse Nardin, Armin Strom, Girard-Perregaux and HYT. Click on the big image at the top of the page.

Armin Strom – Mirrored Force Resonance Replica Buyers Guide

I have a recollection of Claude Greisler, technical director at Armin Strom, mentioning the term “Mirrored Force Resonance” to me at one of the many watch shows around the world and telling me to watch out for it. The intriguing concept was since lost among the glut of press releases we receive every day at WorldTempus… until now. The small, discreet but fully-fledged manufacture in Bienne positively blows the competition out of the water at this year’s SalonQP by presenting a brand-new in-house movement that uses a new, patented, technology developed exclusively by the brand.

Although the concept of resonance has been known in the field of horology for some time, dating back to the use of pendulums in clocks, very very few watchmakers have incorporated it into timepieces, probably because of the extreme precision required to achieve resonance within the small confines of a watch movement. Not to be confused with oscillation, which is the physical motion that provides the power in a quartz watch, for example, and has also been used in mechanical watches such as the TAG Heuer Mikrogirder, the phenomenon of resonance involves two oscillating bodies (in this case, two balance wheels) vibrating at exactly the same frequency. To achieve this, one balance wheel acts as the “exciter”, transmitting its energy to the other (the “resonator”), which absorbs it with the result that the two bodies become perfectly synchronized. To achieve this, the distance between the two bodies must be calculated to perfection.

The resonating equilibrium wheels are a part of Armin Strom’s new ARF15 movement, which can be developed and manufactured in-house. Research and evolution took more than two and a half years and also a large portion of it moved towards finding the best shape for the resonance clutch. It is a hand-wound movement comprising 226 parts and has a power reserve of 48 hours delivered by 2 mainspring barrels, which are clearly observable via the sapphire display case back. The movement is neatly decorated with finishes like perlage, circular graining, Côtes de Genève, mirror polishing, and brushing to create a modern and specialized look.There’s quite a lot to like about the newest Mirrored Force Resonance watch from Armin Strom. The most critical of all is that it’s one of those few watches available that uses the principle of resonance in its own timekeeping, making it quite distinctive. This brings us to our second point, and that is despite the technical movement of this watch, it remains highly legible and practical, which to me is a sign of good layout and also a testament to the amount of work and thought that the team in Armin Strom have placed into the watch.From a strictly functional and functional point of view, I find it very hard to fault this view. It even has a zero-reset function to allow users to admire and see the consequences of resonance at work. The only question here is do you like how it looks? And that’s a purely subjective thing. I think that it looks pretty nice, the dialup, particularly, is mesmerizing to look at and quite legible. If I were to nitpick, then I will say there is not much to see from the situation back side of the watch and also that the finishing is a small chilly. The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch in 18k rose gold is restricted to only 50 pieces and is priced at 67,000 CHF.
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The specific benefits of resonance in a mechanical watch movement are the stabilization of the movement’s going rate, conservation of energy and a reduction in the negative effects of shocks. The latter benefit is particularly interesting, since in the case of a shock to one of the two balance wheels, the other one will automatically speed up to compensate before the oscillation of the two balance wheels once again reaches equilibrium. In the case of the new Armin Strom Cognac Watch Cena Replica Calibre ARF15, this takes just a few minutes, while 10 minutes is required to achieve resonance when the watch is wound up from standstill.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the greatest of them all?

Although there are other watch movements on the market that use the phenomenon of resonance, the new Calibre ARF15 by Armin Strom works differently. It is the only one whose construction has a physical connection between the two balance wheels, in the form of a patented resonance clutch spring that has taken the brand over two years to develop because of its highly complicated shape. This spring drives the symmetrical seconds display, which is arranged vertically on the dial. Compared with other resonance movements, this spring connects not the balance wheels themselves but the balance spring studs, the exact point on the balance that receives the impulses from the pallet fork. The addition of this spring also offers a much better visual appreciation of the resonance phenomenon, while the two balance wheels rotate in opposite directions to each other (hence the “mirror” in the mirrored force resonance).

Armin Strom Mirrored Resonance Fire

This exciting new technology debuts today at SalonQP in London in an 18-carat red-gold case with a diameter of 43.4mm. The new watch would not be an Armin Strom if it did not show off all the beauty of this new movement design to the full, complete with its meticulous fine watchmaking finishing, through one of the brand’s typical skeleton dials and a transparent sapphire crystal case back.

Also true to the Armin Strom ethos, the Mirrored Resonance Fire model is exclusive (a limited edition of 50 pieces) but by no means excessive in terms of its price, particularly given the precious metal case and the years of development work involved. The 67,000 Swiss franc price tag is entirely reasonable for such a technological breakthrough.

Armin Strom – Rose Gold Edge Double Barrel Replica Suppliers

From a purely functional and functional point of view, I find it very difficult to fault this watch. It even offers a zero-reset function to permit users to admire and see the consequences of resonance on the job. The only question here is do you like how it looks? And that is a purely subjective matter. I think it looks pretty nice, the dialup, particularly, is mesmerizing to look at and very legible. If I were to nitpick, then I’ll say there is not much to see from the situation back side of the watch and that the finishing is a small cold. As its name plainly suggests, the Mirrored Force Resonance employs the principle of resonance to improve its chronometric performance. Resonance, within the field of physics, refers to the phenomenon where a vibration or external force drives another system to oscillate with increased amplitude. In watchmaking, it generally indicates the usage of two oscillators beating in close proximity to strengthen their beat pace. The idea is that if resonance takes place, the 2 oscillators will begin to beat in sync with one another and with greater stability. This, then, translates to greater precision and greater chronometric performance.Now, the thing concerning design watches is that they’re amazingly rare. The Armin Strom Skeleton Watches Replica Mirrored Force Resonance watch, so, joins a very exclusive club of watches.

Introduced in March at the 2016 Baselworld, the Edge Double Barrel is a manual-wind model, powered by a new Armin Strom movement, housed in a 46.80 mm case. The ARM16 caliber is composed of unusual polygon and angular-shaped components and is visible from the front and back of the timepiece, through a sapphire case back. The cross-grinding surface decoration gives an industrial look to this watch with a captivating aesthetic.

Many of the components of the ARM16 movement look very similar to Mr. Edge’s, the official ambassador of the collection. The creation of the artist Herbert Krake, aka Tarkin, serves as a communication tool. With his Transformer-like, brawny physique, the futuristic Mr. Edge makes an intense impression, matching the bold statement and design language of the Edge collection. The robot’s likeness will appear on advertising and marketing support for the collection, which Armin Strom plans to extend with forthcoming new models.



Inventions – Case studies Replica Watches Free Shipping

Anyone interested in watch publicity will immediately notice how much effort is spent on the watch’s history. Today, this is known as storytelling. Not to be confused with telling stories…

As in life, so in watchmaking. Children love to be told stories. They lull babies to sleep, reassure children and distract teenagers. Once childhood is over, however, stories no longer fit the bill. A mature adult wants facts. In watchmaking, the many “reissues” and “reinterpretations” sometimes give off a whiff of authenticity but fail to provide any substance. And that’s where some brands have come to realise that they need to go… further.

The movement is Armin Strom’s avant-garde, 34-jewel calibre ARM16 included of 194 components. A closer look reveals hand-beveled bridges that comparison with cross-grinding surface finishing, which adds to the Armin Strom Edge Dual Barrel’s overall industrial look. The most satisfying element of the movement is going to result from manually twisting it while watching the dual barrel system and internal workings from the other hand. It is a motion that the brand is proud of, and also this design really helps to show it off.While that the Armin Strom Edge Double Barrel watch might be seen as somewhat of a polarizing design for some watch lovers, it offers a lot of value for collectors interested in sci-fi industrial layout and luxury Swiss watchmaking. It matches traditional watchmaking with contemporary design elements and results in a distinctive, high quality experience for the wearer. The Armin Strom Edge Double Barrel see in 18k rose gold is limited to 100 pieces and retails for 39,900 CHF. Collaborations between luxury watch brands and world-renowned sporting events are not anything new, but the products these marriages sire are always worth examining. It is pretty hard to imagine the way the new, especially those known for serious haute horlogerie, will tackle the task of fusing their ideology with that of another institution.

The tortoise’s first steps

It’s difficult to pinpoint which was the first company to give tangible substance to the history of its products, to incorporate external elements to support the legend. But Cartier, as is so often the case, probably opened the door. It was one of the first brands to incorporate an element completely alien to the watchmaking world into its pieces: tortoiseshell. At the time there were no stories to tell, just the wish to add a new and exclusive dimension to the concept of luxury. The company used the material in some of its table clocks, and from that point the idea took off.

If they were going to use tortoiseshell, why not include other elements, if they underpinned the DNA of the piece? Initially, the answer was obvious: because it wasn’t possible. Twenty-five years ago, cases were made of gold, steel or platinum; there were no composite materials that allowed the inclusion of external materials.

Golden age of creativity

But around the turn of the millennium we began to witness the appearance of exotic composites. RJ – Romain Jerome’s Une watch featured a case made of steel from the Titanic – a controversial idea given that the famous shipwreck cost the lives of 1500 people. Subsequently, the company extended the concept to other, less divisive subjects, such as the Statute of Liberty. Saint-Honoré wasn’t far behind, with its Tour Eiffel watch.

What about a work of art inside a watch? This idea germinated in the minds of Stephen Forsey and Robert Greubel, leading to the conception of their Art Piece, which includes a micro-sculpture visible through the crown. This haute horlogerie project with its strong artistic dimension caught the imagination of Christophe Claret: the Aventicum includes a bust of Marcus Aurelius, or the Kaaba in Mecca.

Watch whimsy

Others latched on to the idea, but didn’t elevate it to such heights. Watchmaking is a serious business, but it doesn’t have to be. In Basel, Armin Strom Watches Replica unveiled a watch containing a 1762 cognac. Speake-Marin’s version featured a 1780 rum. A drop of claret, anyone?

In the absence of great vintages, watchmakers have turned to other unusual materials. They may or may not be precious, but they are always interesting. Italian watchmaker Giuliano Mazzuoli succeeded in making a watch case out of cement and marble. To fuse the two, he used sand, which is also the primary material of HYT’s Sand-Barth, whose case contains genuine sand from the island of St Barts in the Caribbean. The brand is no newcomer to the idea – the case of its H1 Cigar contained flecks of Cuban tobacco leaves. A precious material indeed, though not as precious as gold, the path explored by Richard Mille. At the beginning of the year the watchmaker unveiled an RM 037 whose NTPT carbon case contained real gold leaf. In the end, as far as materials go, no one can be expected to achieve the impossible. But there’s nothing to stop them trying!