Newsletter – Newsgroups, watches from Baselworld and tennis extremes Swiss Movement Replica Watches

My 101st newsletter for WorldTempus introduces the first of my interviews with the leading watch industry CEOs conducted at Baselworld this year. What better way to start than a chat with the irrepressible industry veteran Walter von Känel, CEO of Longines, who covers the crisis in Hong Kong, the theme of ladies’ watches and the smart watch craze with aplomb. Later on this week we publish our interview with Carlos Rosillo of Bell & Ross, who explains that the brand’s AeroGT concept car could be yours, if you have €2 million to spare. 

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The TAG Heuer Autavia Cup has entered its second round and a clear preference among fans for which model should be re-issued at Baselworld 2017 is already discernible. Tomorrow you can read Camille Gendre’s interview with Jeff Stein from OnTheDash, the world authority on vintage Heuer chronographs who helped TAG Heuer with this original crowdsourcing project.

With the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters under way this week, we take a look at which watches the world’s top tennis players will be wearing on or off-court. From the high-tech Seiko Astron GPS Solar of world number one Novak Djokovic to the white ceramic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak of Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, the world’s tennis stars help to cover all tastes in watches. Discover a different tennis star and his watch every day this week on the site.

After his provocatively titled “Size matters” article generated considerable interest on the site, David Chokron is back this week with a look at the extremes from this year’s Baselworld. Beyond the usual most-complicated and most-certified pieces, he also digs deepeer to present the “most geographic”, the “most frosted” and the “most leather”. Find out more on Thursday. 

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The Mirrored Force Resonance observe that we obtained into the deal was the very first one which comes in 18k rose gold, and it is also known as the “Fire” variant (Fire is the expression Armin Strom gives to its rose gold watches). In May earlier this season, Armin Strom followed up with a less expensive steel variant known as the Mirrored Force Resonance Water (a pretty cool title for a steel version). The lugs, which curve very slightly downwards, are notable and beefy. The bezel is rather expansive too. Collectively, they create the Mirrored Force Resonance watch look quite big. On the wrist, the watch surely has a lot of presence, plus the animated dial brings a good deal of attention, but more on the dial later.The crown is quite thick and muscular, which makes winding a snap and above the crown is a pusher at two o’clock. This pusher is one of the neatest and coolest things about the watch because it allows the user immediately reset the two moments hands. So the idea here is to end the watch and let it run for a bit and then reset the two seconds hands and allow them to run and achieve resonance.Overall, the circumstance is neatly completed and a little detail that some readers may not see is that there’s a small lip to the bezel at 6 o’clock. This is a layout trait of ancient Armin Strom watches where owners can opt to engrave their ribbon or whatnot on the watch. Owners of the Mirrored Force Resonance watch can choose to do the same if they wish or leave it as it is.The dial is the ideal aspect of the watch because unlike F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance, whose movement can only be admired through a sapphire display case back, both resonating equilibrium wheels of this Mirrored Force Resonance watch are visible from the dial side. A fast glance of the opinion is all you want to remind yourself that you are wearing something that’s quite specific on the wrist.

Armin Strom – Gravity Sailing Replica Wholesale Center

The Gumball 3000, as it is known, began life on British beaches, but has become a truly global event, with the course shifting every year to keep things interesting. The rally, that has not avoided controversy because its foundation in 1999, is popular with celebrities and wealthy civilians, all of whom drive the car of their decision onto the public street course in pursuit of glory or the excursion of a lifetime. How then, will a project that intends to inject a number of the Gumball Rally’s characteristic chaos into the new fare?When I heard of the triple-header release, I didn’t have a clue what to expect. The Gumball Rally appeared a very “out there” choice of cooperation for such a strait-laced brand, but one I had been anticipating seeing. I sort of expected that Armin Strom goes down the wacky Swatch course and totally trick out these timepieces with daring, goofy images and eye-popping fonts rather than the (understandably) more controlled approaches of brands such as Omega with the America’s Cup Watch or Tag Heuer using the Formula One bits. What resulted was something in between that could either hit the right balance or leave you feeling a bit flat.The problem with pulling off a celebratory collection in this way is getting enough occasion branding into the piece with no becoming a grotesque billboard. With this collection, Armin Strom have managed to incorporate the Gumball 3000 script logo into the design, but does this work? Do these watches have sufficient Gumball to send the ideal message, or does the labelling jar a lot with its fancy framework? Let us take a look at the collection, piece by piece to learn.

To celebrate the successful second season of the Armin Strom Watches For Sale Replica Sailing Team, Armin Strom created a limited commemorative edition of its Gravity collection and offered the team’s skipper Flavio Marazzi the first of 32 watches produced for the series. Armin Strom owner Serge Michel presented the special timepiece to Marazzi during a ceremony on July 10 at the Lake Garda competition in Malcesine, Italy.

Striking black and orange colorations on Gravity Sailing’s dial and strap match the design of the team’s catamaran and its sail. This automatic timepiece, with 5-day power reserve, small seconds and off-centre time indications comes in a stainless steel and black PVD case measuring 43,4 mm in diameter. The micro rotor of the calibre AMR13 is visible from the dial side.

The watch is fitted with a black alligator strap and stainless steel PVD black ardillon buckle. It is delivered with an additional black rubber strap. A double-fold clasp in stainless steel PVD black is available on option.

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Currently the Armin Strom Sailing Team is in fourth place in the Great Cup 32 2016, which is held across Europe. The catamaran reaches speeds of up to 40 knots and appears to soar airborne when at top velocity. Skipper and helmsman Marazzi is Switzerland’s most successful sailing competitor, a four-time Olympian, and an Armin Strom ambassador.

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Armin Strom – Max Chilton at the Verizon IndyCar Series Low Price Replica

Former British Formula 1 driver Max Chilton will be an official partner of the Armin Strom Mens Watches Replica watch company for this year’s Verizon IndyCar Series. The partnership is set to increase awareness of the independent Swiss watch brand in the U.S. and Canada.

Regardless of the visible balance wheels, the dial stays very legible. The ideal half of this dial homes the sub dial that tells the time. The hour and minute hands are made from rose gold. The newest and the version of the watch form a smaller circle within the dial. I’m not so sure that I want to be reminded of the watch’s name on the dialup, but that is not a deal-breaker for me personally. That said, I’d however, favor a cleaner design.To the left are two subsidiary seconds dials with quite cool-looking triple-spoke seconds hands. What’s even neater is that the next hands twist in opposite directions. The top hand spins counter-clockwise, while the reduced hand moves in a clockwise direction. It creates a fairly nice looking effect. Based on Armin Strom, it takes less than 10 minutes for the effects of resonance to take hold of the two running moments hands, after which you will see them beating in unison.And further to the left of both subsidiary seconds dials are the stars of this watch – both resonating balance wheels. The 2 wheels oscillate in a rather unusual speed of 25,200bph, but what is really unique about it is the patented resonance clutch that connects both equilibrium wheels via the equilibrium spring studs (the endings of the balance spring). This clutch enables the transmission of vibrational forces between both equilibrium wheels, letting them find a natural rhythm so that they can beat in unison. Rather than a clutch or linking mechanism, both F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance see and Beat Haldimann’s H2 Flying Resonance are concerned with adjusting the distance of the two oscillators to create the effects of resonance.

Chilton’s first race is today, March 13, at the Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the season will take him to Long Beach, Fort Worth, Toronto and 10 other cities before the last race in Sonoma on September 18. Armin Strom’s logo will appear on Chilton’s helmet and car, as he drives for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“I’ve been a big fan of Armin Strom Skeleton Watches Replica watches for some time following an ambassador relationship with them while I was in F1,” said Chilton. “The detail and craftsmanship that goes into every model is amazing. I’ve been to the factory several times and have a great relationship with the team there; so now to be partnering with them is a real pleasure.”

Serge Michel, owner of Armin Strom said, “We’re delighted to have Max back as an official brand ambassador. His passion and commitment to innovation and excellence matches our own. We’re especially pleased as this sponsorship presents opportunities for us to promote the brand with many of our North American retailers.”

Watches & Gamble – Four Top Highlights of Watches And Wonders Miami Swiss Movement Replica Watches

When the Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH) announced late last year that it would be sponsoring Watches & Wonders Miami over President’s Day Weekend, and working with the Miami Design District (MDD), there was some skepticism – especially in America. It is no secret that many of the watch boutiques at the MDD are experiencing slow traffic in their stores, and so the concept of having to dress up boutiques, bring in new product and attract a crowd was daunting. However, the event, which took place from February 16 through the 19, was a definite success.

In total, 21 brands participated in Watches & Wonders Miami (WWM), 15 of which have boutiques in the Palm Court area (see the list below). Another six brands (Armin Strom, Ralph Lauren, Romain Gauthier, Romain Jerome, Kari Voutilainen and F.P. Journe) opened pop-up boutiques on the third level of the Palm Court space to show off their watches. Many of the brands with permanent boutiques added special installations including art, activities and mini museum-like collections in their stores. All of the brands brought in timepieces never before seen in the United States – including those launched at the recent SIHH. Additionally, some brands even unveiled all-new watches at the show.

Four Key Highlights From WWM

One of the brands that unveiled new product at WWM was Parmigiani Fleurier, which showed off the new Tonda Annual Calendar watch and the Tonda Squelette. The Tonda Annual Calendar has both the retrograde annual calendar and a precision moon phase on the same dial. Housing the PF339 complex caliber, which uses the PF331 movement as the base, the new caliber has a module developed by Michel Parmigiani for the astronomical complexities. The automatic movement offers 50 hours of power reserve thanks to a series-mounted double barrel. The 40mm stainless steel Tonda 1950 Skeleton, also unveiled for the first time at WWM, is an ultra-thin watch with fully skeletonized dial. Because the new caliber PF707 is so thin already, finishing of the angles had to be done completely by hand so as not to weaken the components.  Each of the 18 angles on the bridges and mainplate are meticulously hand finished to the tune of about two weeks’ time by a master artisan. 

Four Top Highlights of Watches And Wonders Miami

Tonda Annual Calendar © Parmigiani Fleurier

Ralph Lauren, which displayed its timepieces in the pop-up boutiques on the third floor of MDD’s Palm Court, also elected WWM to unveil its newest Automotive Collection watch: the Automotive 45mm Skeleton Steel. Boasting – for the first time an Automotive Collection watch has done so– a steel bracelet. Making it even more alluring is the fact that the bracelet is easily interchangeable, and the watch – with signature amboyna wood bezel — is also sold with a brown alligator strap.  IWC’s F.A. Jones mechanical movement that is customized by Val Fleurier, and meticulously decorated powers it. The RL1967 caliber offers 45 hours of power reserve.

The Gumball 3000, because it’s known, started life on British beaches, but has become a truly global event, together with the course shifting every season to keep things interesting. The rally, which hasn’t avoided controversy since its foundation in 1999, is popular with wealthy and celebrities civilians, all of whom drive the car of their choice onto the public street course in pursuit of glory or the trip of a life. How then, will a project that aims to inject some of the Gumball Rally’s characteristic chaos into the brand fare?When I heard about this triple-header launch, I had no idea what to expect. The Gumball Rally seemed a very “out there” selection of cooperation for such a strait-laced brand, but one I had been anticipating seeing. I kind of expected that Armin Strom goes down the wacky Swatch route and completely trick out these timepieces with bold, goofy images and eye-popping fonts instead of the (understandably) more controlled approaches of brands like Omega with all the America’s Cup Watch or Tag Heuer with the Formula One pieces. What resulted was something in between that could either strike the right balance or leave you feeling a bit flat.The problem with pulling off a celebratory collection like this is becoming enough event branding to the piece with no getting a grotesque billboard. With this group, Armin Strom have managed to integrate the Gumball 3000 script emblem into the design, but does this work? Do these watches have sufficient Gumball to deliver the right message, or does the labelling jar a lot with its fancy framework? Let’s take a look at the set, piece by piece to find out.

Four Top Highlights of Watches And Wonders Miami

Automotive 45mm Skeleton Steel © Ralph Lauren

Other brands exhibiting at WWM set their sights on intriguing collectors and watch lovers with special in-store exhibits and experiences. TAG Heuer, for instance, launched its Museum in Motion – a traveling exhibition that showcases the brand’s history and design expertise. With more than 50 watches on display, about half of the collection came from the brand’s La Chaux-de-Fonds museum, and the other half belonged to collectors who allowed TAG Heuer to display them as part of the exhibit. 

Four Top Highlights of Watches And Wonders Miami

TAG Heuer Museum in Motion © WorldTempus / Roberta Naas

Hublot also had a unique boutique design and concept, showcasing limited-edition timepieces from around the world.  It also showcased for the first time in the USA, the new Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph, and to underscore the brand partnership, had an interactive Ferrari Driver exhibit, wherein guests could test their peripheral vision and be rated much like racecar drivers, by taking the Batak challenge. 

Four Top Highlights of Watches And Wonders Miami

Hublot Ferrari Driver exhibit © WorldTempus / Roberta Naas

*List of brands that participated in WWM, which have permanent boutiques at MDD, are A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Bulgari, Cartier, Hermès, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Louis Vuitton, Panerai, Parmigiani, Piaget, Tag Heuer, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels.