A New Chapter In Swiss Watchmaking History Zenith Launches Defy Lab Watches

Thursday, September 14, 2017, Zenith is writing the future of the brand and setting a new chapter in the history of Swiss watchmaking. Following the release of the first El Primero automatic chronograph (with an oscillation frequency of up to 5 Hz and a timing accuracy of 1/10 seconds) based on extraordinary watchmaking technology in 1969, Zenith achieved breakthroughs in innovation through basic research and grandly launched Defy Lab watch.

   This watch not only has a groundbreaking new oscillator-its invention, the challenge is no less than the seventeenth century Christian Huygens laid the principle of mechanical clocks-but also the innovative material Aeronith. It is not an alloy, but a foam metal hybrid material that is 2.7 times lighter than titanium, 1.7 times lighter than aluminum, and 10% lighter than carbon fiber. The production process of this mixed material involves cutting-edge technology, which requires aluminum to be heated to a melting point first. Alu 6082 is often used in the navy field because of its excellent corrosion resistance. The successful development of this innovative watch is due to the accumulated expertise and synergy between the brands of the LVMH Group’s watch department, and also thanks to Guy Sémon for his leadership and supervision.

   Defy Lab is the first and only mechanical watch to embody a revolutionary evolution of the principle of the balance with hairspring more than three centuries ago. Since 1675, Christian Huygens has proposed the balance spring principle to the Royal Academy of Sciences in the form of a clock, which has not been challenged. Although it has been improved and even optimized to the greatest extent, it has never been questioned like today, but is considered eternal and immutable.

   The new oscillator is made of monocrystalline silicon and is integrally formed. Its details are finer than human hair and it is used to replace the balance with hairspring. Conventional speed control mechanisms contain about 30 components, which need to be assembled, adjusted, set, tested, and lubricated. The thickness is usually 5 mm. In contrast, the new speed control mechanism contains only individual components and is only 0.5 mm thick. The new Caliber ZO 342 movement has a vibration frequency of up to 15 Hz, an oscillator swing of +/- 6 degrees, and a power reserve of nearly 60 hours. Its vibration frequency is three times that of the El Primero movement. The power reserve must also exceed 10%. The amazing vibration frequency makes it nearly 10 times more accurate, and the average daily difference can be controlled within 0.3 seconds.

   General mechanical watches run for 24 hours at full string, and with the loss of energy, their accuracy continues to decrease. And this new type of oscillator can maintain the same accuracy at 95% power reserve, far more than 24 hours. No more contact means no more friction or wear, so no lubrication is needed. In addition, the new oscillator is not sensitive to temperature differences, gravity, and magnetic fields, eliminating the key weakness of the conventional balance-spring assembly that causes box changes due to the above situation, leading to reduced accuracy.

   This watch is triple certified, including the precision timepiece certification issued by Besançon Observatory on behalf of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, the certification mark is a snakehead emblem. In terms of thermal performance, the scope of the ISO-3159 standard has also been expanded. The daily error of the watch is only 0.3 seconds. The deviation value at different temperatures has also been certified, which is twice as high as the standard. Finally, the watch meets the ISO-764 standard and can withstand a magnetic field of 1,100 Gauss, which is 18 times beyond the standard.

   The significance of this watch is not only to reshape the Huygens principle with another mechanical mechanism, it also opens up a whole new perspective and takes mechanical watchmaking to a new dimension. It is also the first watch in the industry to be equipped with an Aeronith case (44 mm in diameter and 14.5 mm thick). The first batch of Zenith Defy Labs is limited to 10 pieces, each of which is unique in appearance and color. The watches are presented with exclusive gift boxes as a commemorative event, including personal invitations to participate in media conferences and visits to Zenith Timepiece Factory. Personal invitation. Customers will receive pre-ordered watches and be personally entertained by Jean Claude Biver, head of LVMH’s watch division, Julien Tornare, CEO of Zenith, and Guy Sémon, general manager of TAG Heuer. It is reported that Zenith Defy Lab watch sells for 29,900 Swiss francs, equivalent to about 200,000 yuan.

Longines New At Basel 2014: Classic Replica Series 1935 Pilot’s Watch-reproduces The Acclaimed Classic Design

The original Longines Heritage 1935 Pilot Watch (Longines Heritage 1935) was originally designed for pilots, but eventually became a hot watch among the public. The replica watch launched this time follows the original design, with a pincushion stainless steel case and a grooved crown. A typical pilot’s watch, its matte black dial is embellished with large white Arabic numerals and is coated with a Super-LumiNova luminous coating.

The original Longines classic replica series 1935 Pilot’s Watch is a watch originally designed for the Czech Air Force. Due to its highly acclaimed reliability and stability, the watch was highly sought after shortly after its release to the public. In the advertisement at the time, this series of watches was hailed as the most perfect invention of modern technology, not only the ideal accessory for pilots, but also the first choice for every sports enthusiast. In 1935, the watch was the most cutting-edge watch at the time, equipped with a robust movement and an unbreakable glass.

Longines Classic Replica Series 1935 Pilot’s Watch features typical pilot watch design features. Large white Arabic numerals are printed on the matte black dial, and the rhodium-plated frosted hollow hands are treated with Super-LumiNova luminous coating to form a distinctive The visual contrast is easy to read. The small second hand and date display window are set at 6 o’clock, and the track-type minute ring is in harmony with the dial.
The Longines Classic Replica Series 1935 Pilot’s Watch has a pillow-shaped stainless steel case with a diameter of 42 mm. The slightly hemispherical smooth outline of the case is highlighted by the chamfered design. The grooved bezel makes this watch more attractive and truly loyal to the prototype. The watch is equipped with the L615 self-winding movement, with a power reserve of 42 hours, each with a unique number.
[Watch description]

Longines Classic Replica Series 1935 Pilot’s Watch Watch Number: L2.794.4.53.0 Price: New Price
The original Longines Heritage 1935 Pilot’s Watch (The Longines Heritage 1935) was originally designed for pilots, but eventually became a hot watch among the public. This watch has a 42-mm diameter pin-shaped steel case and is equipped with the L615 self-winding movement. The matte black dial is printed with white Arabic numerals and is coated with Super-LumiNova®, the small second hand and date display window are set at 6 o’clock, and a black alligator leather strap is provided.
Technical Parameters
Watch number number, unlimited
L2.794.4.53.x
Movement Automatic mechanical movement L615 (ETA 2895/2)
11½ minutes, 27 jewel bearings, 28,800 vibrations / hour
42 hours power reserve
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds and date display at 6 o’clock
Case Cushion, 42 mm, stainless steel
划 Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with reflective coating on the inside
Waterproof performance Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters)
Dial Matte black with 11 Arabic numerals printed with Super-LumiNova®
Hands Pear-shaped hollow hands, rhodium-plated, matte, coated with Super-LumiNova®
Strap Black Alligator Buckle Strap

Breitling Launches Navitimer 8 Unitime World Time Watch

Inspired by the classics of the 1950s, Breitling has launched a new travel timepiece-the Navitimer 8 Unitime World Time Watch (model: AB352113). With a diameter of 43 mm, the new watch is available in silver dial and black dial. The former is more classic and the latter is more modern.

   The dial is decorated for 24 hours and the world city circle, so that the wearer can easily read the time information in 24 time zones. The watch is equipped with a rotating bezel, which is engraved with 60 tooth marks, and can be timed by arrows. It is equipped with Caliber B35, which was released in 2015. This is the first non-chronograph self-calibration released by Breitling.

A 1950s Breitling Unitime World Time Watch
   Unitime is the true classic of Breitling. The original Unitime world time watch from the 1950s proved that in addition to chronographs, Breitling can also produce simple, beautiful, and refreshing timepieces in other fields. Previously, Breitling also introduced the modern Unitime world time watch, but most of them have integrated timing functions. Although the new Navitimer 8 Unitime is retro-styled, it also uses modern technology, such as the two-way independent adjustment of the hour hand mechanism, which allows the wearer to easily adjust the local time when getting off the plane.

Technical specifications
Breitling Navitimer 8 Unitime World Time Watch
Model: AB352113
Diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: 14.38 mm
Case material: stainless steel
Dial color: black or silver
Timescale: Arabic numerals and city circles
Fluorescence: numbers and hands
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Alligator leather strap or stainless steel bracelet
Movement: Independent Caliber B35 movement
Functions: hour, minute, second, date, world time
Diameter: 36.6 mm
Thickness: 7.8 mm
Power reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Automatic
Vibration frequency: 28,800 times / hour (4 Hz)
Officially certified by COSC
Bi-directionally wound ball bearing rotor
Two-way independent adjustment of the hour hand
Price: To be determined
Time to market: May to June 2018

Vacheron Constantin And The Swiss Pavilion Present The Exhibition ‘arts, Craftsmanship And Design: Time In The Eyes Of Ecal And Swiss Craftsmen’ At The Expo In Milan

‘Arts & Crafts & Design: Time according to ECAL and Swiss Craftsmen’ exhibition will be from May 1 to 10, 2015 Held at the Swiss Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015 on March 31. The exhibition was presented by Vacheron Constantin, the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL), and the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’ Arte. The preview of the exhibits will be held at the Milan Furniture Fair at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi in Via Gesù 5 Milan. It will be on display from April 14 to 19, 2015, opening hours 10 am to 7 pm.
Swiss Pavilion at Milan World Expo 2015 – May 1 to October 31
From left to right: Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Faresin (Formafantasma Studio) meet with Inimfon Archibong, a student of the ECAL Masters in Luxury Design and Technology course
   The 2015 Milan World Expo was held from May 1st to October 31st, 2015. Swiss watch brand Vacheron Constantin is pleased to be a partner of the Swiss Pavilion, sharing its watchmaking enthusiasm and ideas with guests. This event is a valuable opportunity for countries to communicate with each other and showcase the unique expertise and craftsmanship of each region.
Preparation for the exhibition ‘Arts, Crafts, Design: Time in the Eyes of ECAL and Swiss Craftsmen’: Picnic Bags Made of Horse Gear and Saddle Making Tools
Preparation for the exhibition ‘Arts, Crafts, Design: Time in the Eyes of ECAL and Swiss Craftsmen’: Picnic Bags Made of Horse Gear and Saddle Making Tools

   The exhibition ‘Arts, Crafts, Design: Time in the Eyes of ECAL and Swiss Craftsmen’ is the result of a tripartite collaboration, including ECAL International Academy of Art and Design, the Colony Arts and Crafts Foundation dedicated to promoting arts and crafts, and Swiss watch brand Vacheron Constantin. Since 2013, Vacheron Constantin and ECAL have co-sponsored master’s courses in luxury design and technology to provide professional training for creative and artistic talents who are interested in the luxury world. Each year, students taking this course have the opportunity to collaborate with Vacheron Constantin and develop a specific creative program.
Preparation for the exhibition ‘Arts, Crafts, Design: Time in the Eyes of ECAL and Swiss Craftsmen’: Preparation of materials before blowing glass, vases made with glass blowing machines
Preparations for the exhibition ‘Art, Craft, Design: Time in the Eyes of ECAL and Swiss Craftsmen’: Desert Landscapes, 5 dishes co-created with ceramic artists
   This original idea blends contemporary art creation with traditional craftsmanship. Since the course was launched, 12 ECAL students have combined their creativity with the rich experience of Vacheron Constantin craftsmen to create unique works that showcase the diversity of arts and crafts and their association with contemporary art creation. These 12 ‘duo’ works all focus on the same theme-time, or more accurately-the cycle of the four seasons. The materials used in the work are diverse, including paper and glass.