Month: May 2013

Clear The Ethereal. Timeless Beauty: 2015 Cartier Skeleton Watch Masterpiece Selection

In recent years, as the growth of the watch market has slowed down, many brands have relatively conservative attitudes to their own R & D creation and production marketing. Therefore, at the two main exhibitions in Switzerland every year, the masterpieces that can make the participants exclaim are beginning to become rare, and some of the new characters who have been fanatical in the past few years have gradually died down.
   In my opinion, Cartier is a rare number among them, and it can even be called the mainstay of the watch industry: from fine watchmaking, formal watches, to jewellery watches, and craft watches, in recent years there have been a large number of Published styles; more brilliant performance in creativity and quality.

   When a high-quality hollow watch is hollowed out of the main board and the plywood, it must remove the maximum degree of excess to show the sense of etherealness. Of course, the overall beauty of the movement must also be considered, and the ability of the plywood to support and fix parts must not be weakened. The dual requirements for craftsmanship and aesthetics are very high. The picture shows the 9622MC bracelet movement carried in the Carier Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton sapphire crystal skeleton watch.
   In order to strengthen its influence in the field of professional watchmaking, Cartier has doubled its focus on the movement technology since the launch of the Fine Watchmaking series. However, what distinguishes Cartier, which also has a high jeweler status, from traditional professional watch brands is that the interpretation of fine watchmaking is not limited to the mechanical structure of complex functions. Presented in a style and beauty, each watch watch must not only have an exhilarating function, but also show Cartier’s unique aesthetic style. And the hollowed out watch that combines craftsmanship and aesthetics is obviously the key project that Cartier has developed in recent years.
Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon celestial tourbillon skeleton watch with 9461MC bracelet movement.
   Last year, Cartier released two skeletonized watches in the watchmaking series, Tank Skeleton and Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton. They used the art of hollowing to interpret the legendary ‘tank’ watch. The aesthetics and craftsmanship made four of them shocked. This year, Cartier has continued to show the hollow stunts, not only launched the Skeleton hollowed out version of AstroTourbillon, but also launched three new top-level complex functions including the new perpetual calendar, tourbillon, minute repeater, and the most complicated Cartier watch in history—Rotonde de Cartier Large complication watches are also presented in the form of skeleton watches, the thickness of the movement is even only-5.49 mm, straight into the extraordinary realm of ultra-thin skeletons
See through the Supreme Complex Craftsmanship
Rotonde de Cartier large complication watch
   When a high-quality hollow watch is hollowed out of the main board and the plywood, it must remove the maximum degree of excess to show the sense of etherealness. Of course, the overall beauty of the movement must be considered, and the ability of the plywood to support and fix parts must not be weakened The dual requirements for craftsmanship and aesthetics are very high. Therefore, to this day, only a few top brands are proficient in the technology of making hollow watches, and exquisite hollow watches, especially hollow watches with complex functions, have become rare watch crafts.
   Rotonde de Cartier large complication watch, 950 platinum case, 45 mm diameter, hour, minute indication, perpetual calendar (date, week, month), tourbillon, minute repeater, 406MC automatic winding movement, energy storage 50 Hours, sapphire crystal, back case back, alligator strap, waterproof to 30 meters, Geneva mark.
   Rotonde de Cartier large complex function watch If you want to look at the most complicated watch in Cartier’s history by strict standards, the movement is only partially but not completely hollowed out, but it does not completely meet the definition of ‘hollowed out watch’, so the brand Nor did Skeleton name the Grande Complication. However, this does not detract from its technical achievements. After all, the thickness of this movement, which combines three complex functions such as a perpetual calendar, a flying tourbillon and a minute repeater, is only 5.49 mm, not to mention it is still automatic What about the chain movement. How thin is it? Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Hybrids Mechanica 11 ultra-thin tourbillon watch released last year, the movement is 8.09 mm thick, while Vacheron Constantin is equipped with a perpetual calendar, tourbillon, and three-question Patrimony Traditionnelle Caliber 2755, the movement is 7.9 mm thick.
Grande Complication’s 9406MC self-winding movement is only 5.49 mm thick.
   Cartier’s intentions are not only here. The start of the minute repeater is replaced by a push button to avoid the disadvantages of starting with incomplete power, and the sound quality is even better. In addition, this movement is certified by the Geneva Seal. Through the transparent design of the dial and the transparent bottom cover, the complex structure and perfect decoration of the movement can be seen. Show the brand’s strength in the field of complex machinery.
AstroTourbillon Skeleton skeleton watch
   Cartier first introduced the Celestial Tourbillon skeleton watch in 2010. Due to the closed design at that time, this mechanism was covered with a mysterious veil. This year, the brand launched a skeleton version, which finally made this mysterious mechanism public. world. Cartier cleverly folded the structure of the 9461MC movement on the center, using only the Roman numerals XII and VI as the bracket of the movement, leaving a large area of ​​transparent space, creating a tourbillon in the infinite universe The magnificent scene of operation.
   Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon skeleton tourbillon skeleton watch, 18K white gold case, 47mm diameter, hour, minute indicator, tourbillon, 9461MC hand-wound movement, energy storage for 48 hours, sapphire crystal case back, crocodile leather Strap, waterproof 30 meters, limited to 100 pieces.
A century-old classic
   According to rumors, the first skeleton watch appeared in 1760. Master watchmaker Andre-Charles Caron hollowed out fine parts such as the main board, bridge and gear. Watch history has written a new page. A high-quality skeleton watch, each part after the skeleton must be carefully polished, chamfered, decorated and carved to show an unparalleled streamlined posture and gorgeous and complex totem aesthetics.
   Cartier’s Crash Skeleton Skeleton Watch and Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton Sapphire Crystal Skeleton Watch respectively show the exquisite beauty with the skeleton movement and the unique sapphire plate.
   Crash skeleton watch, 950 platinum case, diameter 28.15 × 45.32 mm, hour and minute indication, 9618MC hand-wound movement, Roman numeral skeleton bridge, power storage 3 days, sapphire crystal case back, waterproof 30 meters , Alligator leather strap.
Crash Skeleton skeleton watch
   Crash Skeleton skeleton watch Cartier launched the Crash watch in 1967, the exaggerated and imaginative style has made it an immortal classic watch in the last century. Cartier this year reinterpreted this legend with the concept of ‘openwork’, challenging Crash’s distorted case shape. To this end, the watchmaker specially extended the irregular shape of the case to the movement design, carefully arranged the structural layout of the 9618 MC movement parts in a situation that seemed to be ‘hit’, including the gear train and the direction of the bridge. , So that the configuration of the movement fully matches the classic irregular contour of Crash. The completely hollowed out movement plate is specially carved into exaggerated and distorted Roman numerals, which is directly used as the faceplate of the watch. It not only displays the unique beauty, but also echoes the theme of Crash.
9618MC bracelet movement
Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton skeleton sapphire crystal skeleton watch
   The Cartier Tank watch, officially launched in 1917, was born in an age that celebrated the combination of speed and endurance, boldness and precision, beauty and rigor. The Tank watch allows the person wearing it to show a representation that reflects the memory of this era: an era that is time-centric regardless of economics, culture and aesthetics. In his nearly one hundred years of career, Tank has not diminished his glory and has not changed significantly due to the changes of the times. However, he has also constantly responded to the various features of different eras, both sticking to the basic elements of geometric aesthetics. We also continue to develop and design and develop a wide variety of watches with different personalities. The Tank Louis Cartier sapphire crystal skeletonized watch released by Cartier last year was very popular as soon as it was launched. Obviously, the elegant aesthetics of the Tank watch and the unique skeletonized movement really seem to be a match made in heaven. This year, a rose gold version will be launched to give the watch a gentle and noble appearance.
   Tank Louis Cartier sapphire crystal skeleton watch, 18K rose gold case, diameter 30 × 39.2 mm, hours, minutes, small seconds, 9622MC bracelet movement, sapphire crystal skeleton design, power storage 3 days, sapphire crystal mirror and watch Back, water resistant to 30 meters, alligator strap.
9622MC bracelet movement
   Tank Louis Cartier’s 9616 MC sapphire crystal skeleton watch and the rose gold version of the 9622 MC skeleton skeleton movement, creatively using the sapphire crystal part of the main plate of the movement, more clear and transparent than ordinary skeleton watches, Created a new vision of watch design. Cartier has registered a patent for this original design. Discussing its function again, the 9616 MC and 9622MC movements are composed of tightly connected metal rings, as if in a suspended state, to set off the refined beauty of the movement. The round bridge structure metal ring shows the harmony beauty of Tank Louis Cartier sapphire crystal skeletonized watch.

Precise And Durable Three Glashütte Original Watches

As one of the representatives of German watches, Glashütte Original also features high technical content, strong functionality, and durable products. Simple design and practical functions make Glashütte original and Swiss watch that pay attention to dial design different. Today I will recommend three original watches from Glashütte to watch the German style.
Glashütte Original Eccentric Moon Phase Watch Series 1-90-02-42-32-05

Watch Series: Art and Craft Series
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: Stainless steel
Strap Material: Crocodile Leather
Domestic public price: ¥ 101500
Watch details: glashutte / 24875 /
Comment on this model: This watch has a diameter of 40 mm and a case thickness of 12.7 mm. The case is made of stainless steel. The round white silver-plated dial has an off-center design with appliqués on the dial. At the top left of the dial is the time display, with a short note as the time scale, a small seconds dial at six o’clock, a blue platinum hand, and luminous treatment. The upper right is the moon phase display, and the lower right is the date display window. It is equipped with a cal.90-02 movement, with a diameter of 32.6 mm and a thickness of 7 mm. The screw balance with 18 gold screws oscillates 28,800 times per hour, uses 47 gems, and provides 42 hours of power reserve. . With stainless steel folding clasp and black alligator strap. Back-through design, water-resistant to 50 meters.
Glashütte Original MP Large Calendar Moon Phase Watch Series 100-04-32-12-04

Watch Series: Essence Series
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: Stainless steel
Strap Material: Crocodile Leather
Domestic public price: ¥ 99500
Watch details: glashutte / 36281 /
Comment on the watch: The watch has a diameter of 40 mm and a case thickness of 11.52 mm. The case is made of stainless steel. The round frosted silver-painted dial, from the outside to the inside, is the track time scale, the black Roman numeral time scale, the moon phase display window from ten to eleven, and the date display window from four to five. Blue pointer. The caliber model is Cal.100-04, with a diameter of 31.15 mm and a thickness of 5.6 mm. It oscillates 28,800 times per hour. Incabloc absorbs shocks and uses 55 gems to provide 55 hours of power reserve. Black Louisiana alligator leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp. Back-through design provides water-resistant depth of 50 meters.
Glashütte Original Power Reserve Watch Series 1-65-01-22-12-04

Movement type: manual machinery
Case material: Silver-plated
Strap Material: Leather
Domestic public price: ¥ 103500
Watch details: glashutte / 24862 /

Comment on the watch: The watch has a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 11.7 mm. The case is made of silver-plated material. The round white also uses an eccentric design. The upper left of the dial is a time display, using a short note as a time scale, a small seconds dial at six o’clock, using blue hands, and processed by luminous. The upper right is the power reserve display panel, and the lower right is the date display window. The movement has a diameter of 32.2 mm and a thickness of 6.1 mm. It oscillates 28,800 times per hour, uses 48 gems, and provides 42 hours of power reserve. The black leather strap is fitted with a butterfly clasp, which is also silver-plated. Back-through design provides water-resistant depth of 50 meters.

Summary: In Glashütte, not only are the first-class watchmaking masters gathered, but also many watchmakers, pointers and balance wheel manufacturers. Their goal no doubt points to the development of high-quality watches. With Germany’s industrial tradition of focusing on technology, they have produced many excellent watches and made Glashütte a watchmaking mecca alongside Switzerland.

The Most Noteworthy Watches Of The Antigoron Auction In Geneva In November 2015 Top 10

On Sunday, November 8th, 2015, the Antioch Laurent’s ‘Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces’ auction will be held at the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva. Before the official opening of the auction, watch collectors can enjoy participating models at pre-shows in Hong Kong, Singapore and Geneva. A total of 319 timepieces participated in this auction. The outstanding creations of Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Breguet and Vacheron Constantin complement each other.
Patek Philippe Ref. 2499/100 18K Yellow Gold Watch

   The focus of this auction is a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499/100 gold watch. Ref. 2499/100 is considered to be one of the most representative and most collectible complication watch models produced by Patek Philippe. According to the experts of Antiguru, Patek Philippe has produced a total of 349 Ref.2499 / 100 watches in history, most of which are gold case models. The auctioned watch, produced in 1981, is very exquisite and rare, with a round chronograph button and 30-minute chronograph, perpetual calendar and moon phase profit and loss display function. Estimate before auction: 270,000 to 370,000 Swiss francs
Patek Philippe Ref. 3450 18K Yellow Gold Watch

    Another highlight of the auction was a Patek Philippe Ref. 3450 18K yellow gold watch. From 1981 to 1985, Patek Philippe produced a total of 244 Ref. 3450 watches. The watch that was auctioned was produced in 1984 and originated from an Austrian family. The client’s father bought it in Beyer in Zurich that year and it is in excellent condition. This very rare Ref.3450 18K yellow gold watch is equipped with a perpetual calendar, moon phase profit and loss and leap year display functions. Estimate before auction: 80,000 to 120,000 Swiss francs
Rolex Ref. 6062 Stelline 18K Rose Gold Watch

    Antigoron is pleased to present the Ref.6062 Stelline 18K rose gold watch to Rolex lovers. The watch has been owned by a family since it was sold and has never appeared on the auction floor before. This Ref.6062 Stelline 18K rose gold watch, produced in 1951, is very beautiful and rare. It has a barrel-shaped case design, and is equipped with a ‘Super Oyster’ crown and a three-calendar and moon phase profit and loss display function. Estimate before auction: 250,000 to 350,000 Swiss francs
Audemars Piguet ‘Batman and Night and Day’ 18K White Gold Watch

    Audemars Piguet and automatic mechanical enthusiasts will be deeply fascinated by this, its full name: Audemars Piguet Piece Unique Magnificent Jewelled Automaton ‘Batman and Night and Day’ Yellow and Blue Sapphire Watch in White Gold. This is a unique creation with movement No. 366996 and case No. D94947, which was sold on February 25, 2002. The case is set with 38.18 carats of diamonds and 58.67 carats of blue / yellow sapphires. The total number of diamonds is 1599, many of which are specially cut. The watchmaker also specially equipped the movement with a bat animation mechanism. Like a minute repeater, the inner case is equipped with a sliding control device. Sliding to the right position, the diamond-paved bat will make a variable trajectory movement. Estimate before auction: 220,000 to 320,000 Swiss francs
Vacheron Constantin Ref.92115 Super Complex Rose Gold Pocket Watch

    Vacheron Constantin collectors will bid for Ref.92115 super-complex rose gold pocket watch. Ref.92115 super complex pocket watch was produced in about 2002. There are three pieces in total. Two of them are gold models. This unique double-covered hunting watch is large and heavy, very delicate, equipped with eight complex functions such as three questions, perpetual calendar, moon phase profit and loss display and timing. Estimate before auction: 120,000 to 180,000 Swiss francs
Rolex Ref. 6240 stainless steel watch

    In the economic boom of the 1960s, Rolex sought a solution to the desire for progress, and created the first fully waterproof chronograph with a screw-in crown, Ref. 6240. The timepiece that was auctioned was produced around 1965 and was one of the earliest watches ever produced. It is extremely rare. This stainless steel watch is equipped with a round chronograph button, a speedometer and a black anti-glare bezel. Estimate before auction: 100,000 to 150,000 Swiss francs
Guinand Type 1 Tourbillon Minute Repeater

    Pocket watch collectors will also compete in price for the Guinand Type 1 Tourbillon Minute Repeater. This is one of two pocket watches equipped with independent jumping seconds and tourbillon. It is also the only pocket watch known to have the first two plus three questions. Another pocket watch was built for the ‘World’s Fair’ in 1867. It is also equipped with a Gunand’s Type 1 tourbillon frame, but it does not have a repeater function.
   The pocket watch participating in the auction, circa 1870, is large and delicate, and perhaps the only one. It is equipped with a Guinand Type 1 tourbillon frame, a pivotal astronomical clock escapement, an amplitude control device and an 18K gold hunting case. Estimate before auction: 70,000 to 90,000 Swiss francs
Rolex Ref.6241 Paul Newman stainless steel watch

    The Andy Coulum auction presents an iconic Ref.6241 Paul Newman watch for Rolex collectors. The watch was produced in 1968 and features a round chronograph button and a black anti-glare tachymeter scale bezel. Estimate before auction: 60,000 to 80,000 Swiss francs
Breguet asks 18K gold pocket watch

    Antigoren experts are very honored to introduce the recently discovered Breguet three-question pocket watch. According to the Breguet archives, this pocket watch was sold to the Spanish royal family for 2,980 francs on April 21, 1818, and belonged to the same family for more than 140 years. This is one of the very rare three-question pocket watches, which fully demonstrates Breguet’s mechanical accomplishments. The pocket watch is large in size, in good condition, and equipped with jumping time and three questions. Estimate before auction: 50,000 to 100,000 Swiss francs
Rolex Ref. 18148 Guru Osho Day-Date 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Watch

    The last thing for Rolex fans is the Ref. 18148 Guru Osho Day-Date 18K yellow gold watch with diamonds and rubies. This exotic luxury watch is specially tailored for Indian spiritual master Osho, who is considered one of the most controversial spiritual leaders of the 20th century. The auctioned watch, produced in 1984, was paired with a non-Rolex 18K yellow gold bracelet set with 31 carat white diamonds. This lot also includes a photo of Osho wearing this watch. Estimate before auction: 30,000 to 50,000 Swiss francs
Pre-Exhibition Schedule
Hong Kong

When: October 26 and October 27, 11 am to 7 pm?
Location: 9 Queen’s Road Central 2505
When: October 29 and October 30, 10 am to 6 pm
Location: 6th Floor, Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Road
Time: November 5th, 10 am to 6 pm
November 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
November 7 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
November 8th from 9am to 5pm
Where: Rue du Mont-Blanc 3
Auction schedule
Time: Sunday, November 8 (first round 1-120 starts at 11 am; second round 121 to 319 starts at 2 pm)
Venue: Salon Saint Gervais Quai Turrettini 1 Mandarin Oriental Hotel