zaterdag 3 november 2012

Christmas Swiss Watches - Part One

Some of the finest Swiss brands have eventually released their end-of-the-year models. Please enjoy below a selection from the most representative brands.

LONGINES The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7

Established 1832 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, Longines enjoys a long tradition of supremely elegant timepieces. The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 draws inspiration from this rich history, and the brand's longstanding association with the world of aviation. The refinement of this single-pusher chronograph is sure to impress. Its steel case measures 49 mm in diameter and houses the calibre L788, an exclusive column-wheel movement developed for Longines. The black dial, set at an angle of 50° to the right, and the bold white Arabic numerals give this watch a character of its own. The tachymeter scale around the outside of the dial together with the "Breguet" hour and minute hands complete the eyecatching aesthetic of this watch, which is mounted on a black alligator strap. The back of the case is fitted with a cover that opens onto a sapphire crystal to reveal the movement in motion.
Automatic, column-wheel chronograph, calibre L788.2, 13¼ lines, 27 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 54-hour power reserve
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph and tachymeter
Steel, 49 mm
Single pusher at 12 o'clock, incorporated into the crown
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Engraved and numbered back cover opening onto a sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 30 m / 3 ATM
Black, angled 50°to the right
10 white Arabic numerals, white minute circle and tachymeter scale
Rhodium-plated "Breguet" hour and minute hands
30-minute counter at 12 o'clock, small seconds and date window at 6 o'clock
Black alligator with buckle


Seductive, sporty and chic, the Miros collection from Maurice Lacroix returns centre-stage. Its distinctive features are the same, its proportions as perfect as ever, its principle still "less is more". The Miros Date by Maurice Lacroix, in versions for men and women, is the ultimate in sophisticated elegance. Hours, minutes, seconds, date. Nothing more. The men's model comes with five variations while ladies are spoiled for choice with a full seven versions. The 32 mm case exists in steel, in pink gold-plated steel, and set with diamonds. The elegantly sporty dial is a pleasing blend of balance and lightness; only the date window at 3 o'clock marks a hiatus in the harmonious proportions. The Miros Date is the one accessory that guarantees men and women will make the right impression whenever style and elegance are de rigueur.
Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Steel, 32 mm
Bezel in steel, steel with black PVD treatment or 18k pink gold-plated, plain or set with 60 TW VVS-VS diamonds (0.45 ct)
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside
Water-resistant to 100 m / 10 ATM
Silvered or black with sunbrushed finish and horizontal lines
Plain or set with 9 TW VVS-VS diamonds (0.045 ct)
Black or 18k pink gold-plated hourmarkers and numerals, with or without rhodium-plating
Luminescent hour and minute hands
Date window at 3 o'clock
Brushed steel, triple links, central link in fine steel with black PVD treatment or 18k pink gold-plated, folding clasp with pushers


If ever a dive chronograph could capture the spirit of the moment, this is the one. The Pontos S handles short intervals with ease, and with a modern design that strikes the perfect balance of form and function. The stainless steel case - 43 mm in diameter - is water-resistant to 200 metres. It features a winding crown and pushers whose shape is designed for easy grip while accentuating the chronograph's assertive personality. The internal rotating bezel breaks with convention. As well as creating a more streamlined aesthetic, this concept minimises wear. A patent has been filed for this original feature. The chrono counters on the dial are visually balanced and easy to read. Proposed in a range of colours, the Pontos S is driven by the Valjoux 7750 automatic movement which has nothing to prove in terms of performance and precision.
Automatic, personalised calibre ML112 (Valjoux 7750 base), 25 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 46-hour power reserve, rhodium plating
Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph
Steel, 43 mm
Internal black rotating bezel in brushed aluminium
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, engraved back
Water-resistant to 200 m / 20 ATM
Black, sunbrushed
Applied hourmarkers and diamond-polished hands, enhanced with Superluminova
12-hour counter at 6 o'clock, 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock, small seconds at 9 o'clock
Date window at 6 o'clock
NATO nylon strap to match the dial with steel buckle, or triple row steel bracelet with double security folding clasp and extension system for wearing over a diving suit

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