Month: January 2013

Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’ Art Master Series Les Aérostiers Hot Air Balloon Watch: 航 妙妙 旅

• Superb fusion of arts and craftsmanship
• Hand-carved, carved and skeletonized enamel
• 2460 G4 / 1 movement developed and manufactured by the brand
• Original slide or jump time display
   Flying is a human dream since ancient times. After countless magical, difficult and great attempts, this dream finally became a reality at the end of the 18th century. ‘Air Experiment’ successfully defeated gravity for the first time. How many unknown secrets can these experiments reveal for the sky that humans have long been yearning for and full of imagination? The brave and fearless hot air balloon pilots (aérostiers) in the early days kept on going to the sky by burning courage, talent and a little madness. People are joyfully sending off these amazing hot air balloons slowly. Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’ Art series Les Aérostiers hot air balloon watch is a work that pays tribute to this scene in history. The brand’s hand-carved masters completed a pioneering work on the dial: exquisite hand-engraving and micro-engraved hot air balloons were suspended and embedded on the translucent hollow enamel background. Hot air balloon flight feat.

   Vacheron Constantin strives to interpret the wonderful story of aerial adventure in an innovative way. In addition to exquisite carving techniques, the dial also uses a hollow enamel process, which is the first time that the brand has used this rare process. The fusion of craftsmanship coincides with the brand’s philosophy of inheriting traditional craftsmanship and artistic accomplishments. The new Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Master Series Les Aérostiers hot air balloon watch is equipped with the 2460 G4 / 1 caliber developed and manufactured by the brand, and combines the artistic beauty and superb craftsmanship through unique display methods: the original movement design ensures time The display is integrated with the aesthetic design of the entire dial.
Carved gold balloon
   The masters of hand-carving at the Vacheron Constantin workshop experienced a veritable challenge: adding layering to the original two-dimensional pattern, and adding color through polishing. Each hot-air balloon takes at least three weeks to make to fully present the subtle features and decorative details of the prototype. As a result, the dial presents a miniature landscape made of many wonderful patterns.

   The sculpting technique requires the removal of excess material to present a ‘relief’ effect. Because of the irreversibility of this process, extremely delicate and skilled operating skills are required. The hand-sculpture master first traced the layers using copper engraving technology, and then carefully carved on rare materials to create smooth and round effects. This step constructs the pattern of balloons, baskets, and lines of rope. The carving knife used for engraving needs to be sharpened continuously to achieve the required precision effect during use. The subsequent polishing process is more complicated, with all the small details including characters, animals and balloon decorations to be considered. At this time, each master of arts and crafts will use his own unique methods and tools: small stones, brushes, sanding paper and files, which make the different gold textures show a rich gloss level, thus showing a unique visual effect.
Color magic of openwork enamel
   Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’ Art Les Aérostiers hot-air balloon watch dial with transparent texture sky blue, dark blue, turquoise, brown or burgundy as the background, showing a light and ethereal effect. For the first time, the brand has adopted this special enamel technique, which is mastered by only a few enamel painters. The layout of the hollow enamel is similar to the filigree enamel, and its manufacturing method without the support of the base is the same as the miniature stained glass window. The balance between the different colors is extremely delicate, and the polishing process of the partition is also ingenious.

   Each watch is also equipped with a digital dial and strap in the same color as the background color. The inner bezel used to fix the enamel is also decorated with engraved patterns inspired by balloon ropes, and is made of 3N, 4N or 5N gold materials, depending on the model.
Exquisite movement shows superb skills

   The translucent effect of the hollow enamel allows the wearer to enjoy the transmission mechanism and turntable of the 2460 G4 / 1 movement. This unique hand-wound movement features a hands-free time display. The digital dial delicately displays the time through the four windows between the hollow enamel patterns on the dial edge. Four different digital dials clearly show the hour, minute, day of the week, and date-the first two are sliding and the last two are jump-type. Through the transparent case back, the wearer can also appreciate the finely modified and polished movement, and the polishing level adheres to the tradition of superb watchmaking skills. The golden oscillating weight is also engraved with the series’ unique micro-arch hot air balloon pattern, which complements the hot air balloon theme.
Interpretation of five flying feats with gold carving skills
   France, which brings together science, magic and dreams, is also a pioneer in the field of hot air ballooning. The Métiers d’ Art Master Series Les Aérostiers hot air balloon watch traces five exciting flying feats in history. At the end of the 18th century, these extraordinary initiatives not only fascinated the royal family, but also surprised the public.

   The Métiers d’ Art Master Series Les Aérostiers hot air balloon watch-Versailles 1783, showcases the first high-altitude hot air balloon designed by Étienne de Montgolfier. The ‘air experiment’ carried three animals: sheep, rooster and duck, and their successful survival proved that the oxygen content at a certain height is sufficient. Below the plump 5N gold balloon, the hoop and swinging rope pattern carved in platinum and slightly damaged during landing are clearly visible.

   Métiers d’ Art master series Les Aérostiers hot air balloon watch-Paris 1783, for the first time on a human ‘sky trip’. This high-altitude hot air balloon installation is still designed by Étienne de Montgolfier, and the dial is a subtle depiction of the two ‘sky travelers’. In the sky blue hollow enamel background, the gorgeous pink gold and white gold balloons are also engraved with the sun, constellation, iris, garland, badge and flying eagle pattern.

   Métiers d’ Art Master Series Les Aérostiers hot air balloon watch-Paris 1784, this hot air balloon is equipped with a hot air balloon flight pioneer Blanchet (Blanchard) designed to control the hot air balloon flight track system. This ingenious ‘wing’ device can also be clearly seen on the dial of the watch. Although the final landing location of the flight was far from the plan, it provided a lot of inspiration for its inventors and other hot air balloon pilots.

   Métiers d’ Art series Les Aérostiers hot air balloon watch-Bordeaux 1784, shows that the whole of France was involved in the grand event of conquering the blue sky. This flight test in Bordeaux carried a total of three travelers, which became an indisputable spectacular wonder at the time. The master watchmakers detailed the actual details on the dial, the balloon is decorated with a variety of fabrics and decorative patterns, and depicts a mythological scene.

   Métiers d’ Art series Les Aérostiers hot air balloon watch-Bagnole 1785, tens of thousands of people witnessed the flight and thundered applause. The basket made of elegant white and gold seems to be suspended on a blue hollow enamel background, and the upper part of the balloon is colored by electroplating. Seven years after the flight, the hot-air balloon canvas was made into the clothes of Republican volunteers.
   The Métiers d’ Art Master Series Les Aérostiers hot-air balloon watch not only vividly illustrates the multiple journeys of mankind to conquer the blue sky, but also shows the dynamic era inspired by the pioneering spirit. These scenes are reproduced artistically by the hands of Vacheron Constantin’s masters of arts and crafts. There are five watches in this series, each limited to five.
Technical specifications
Métiers d’ Art Master Series Les Aérostiers Hot Air Balloon
Model 7610U / 000G-B210-Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Hot Air Balloon Watch-Paris 1783
7610U / 000G-B244-Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Hot Air Balloon Watch-Versailles 1783
7610U / 000G-B243-Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Hot Air Balloon Watch-Paris 1784
7610U / 000G-B246-Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Hot Air Balloon Watch-Bordeaux 1784
7610U / 000G-B245-Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Hot Air Balloon Watch-Bagnole 1785
Geneva-Certified Timepiece
Movement 2460 G4 / 1
Vacheron Constantin develops and manufactures itself
Automatic mechanical movement
31 mm in diameter (11¼ French cents), thickness 6.05 mm
Power reserve of about 40 hours
Vibration frequency 4 Hz (28,800 times per hour)
237 parts
27 gems
Display functions Hour, minute, day of the week and date
Displayed by the same color digital dial
Case 18K White Gold
40 mm diameter, 12.74 mm thickness
Case back with transparent sapphire crystal
Water resistance factor tested at 3 bar atmospheric pressure (about 30 meters)
Dial 18K Gold Hand Carved Balloon
Hollow enamel (plique-à-jour) sky background
Strap Double blue / green / brown / dark blue / burgundy Mississippi alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, saddle stitching, large checkered
Buckle 18K white gold folding buckle
Polished Half Maltese Cross Design
Each model is limited to 5 pieces and has a unique number
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Audemars Piguet Royal Limited Chronograph

To celebrate the partnership established between Audemars Piguet and Italian racing champion Jarno Trulli, Audemars Piguet launched the new Royal Oak Offshore Chuli Limited Chronograph to convey the common values ​​of both: Huai Pursuing perfection and precision with passion, we adhere to the most stringent requirements. Audemars Piguet releases Royal Limited Chronograph
The Royal Oak Offshore Chuli Limited Chronograph inherits the design principles of high-end sports cars, with a case made of high-tech innovative materials and an excellent chronograph movement. The case with a diameter of 42 mm and a water resistance of 100 meters is made of forged carbon. In the high-end watch industry, Audemars Piguet is the first watch factory to master the technology of forged carbon and first to use it for watch making. To make the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph’s case, a total of 12.5 grams of carbon strands are required. It is forged under high temperature and high pressure of 300 kg / cm2. When drawn into a straight line, it is equivalent to nearly 100 kilometers of carbon fiber! The middle ring of the case made in this way is extremely lightweight. As the bezel is the most susceptible part of the watch, the classic octagonal bezel of this watch, Audemars Piguet decided to use the ceramic gold (Cermet) material used by the aerospace industry to make the space ship’s heat shield. The name of ‘Porcelain Gold’ is a combination of ‘ceramics’ and ‘metal’. This composite material combines the advantages of ceramics and metals. It not only has extremely high hardness (its Vickers hardness reaches 1450) but also Shockproof, high temperature resistance, and corrosion resistance.
Superb performance for perfect driving
In addition to its excellent physical and chemical characteristics, porcelain gold is also selected for its beauty: the dark gray porcelain gold bezel is mirror-polished and polished, reflecting the light of eight bright polished stainless steel screws. For the finishing touch. The deep gray of the porcelain gold bezel and the black of the forged carbon case reflecting the wave of light are a perfect match, giving the overall exquisite elegance. The sandblasted and matte-finished titanium crown, chronograph button and bottom case outer ring add a deeper shade of gray to the main tone. On the dark gray dial decorated with Audemars Piguet’s exclusive ‘Méga Tapisserie’ oversized checkered pattern, red hour markers, hour and minute hands, and the chronograph central seconds hand create a lively effect. The sapphire crystal transparent bottom is branded with the signature of Chu Li in red, showing the sportsman’s style of the watch. The Royal Oak Offshore watch is like a high-speed sports car on the starting line, full of horsepower under the control of the driver.
A high-end sports car is indispensable with a full-powered engine. Similarly, the Royal Oak offshore Chuli limited chronograph is also equipped with a movement that is not idle. Through the sapphire crystal transparent base, you can see the exquisite movement. This Cal.3126 / 3840 self-winding movement, developed on the Cal.3120 basic movement designed and manufactured by Audemars Piguet Watch Factory, ensures that the watch reaches a state of excellence in accuracy when traveling. The adjustable weight balance with eight small weights and the horizontal-to-horizontal balance bridge design greatly improve the performance and reliability of the movement. In addition, in order to make the wearer more comfortable, Cal.3126 / 3840 movement has the date instant change and quick adjustment performance, and has a power reserve of up to 60 hours. When setting the time for the watch, the movement also comes with an intimate device that stops the second hand from moving.
Limited release
Cal.3126 / 3840 movement’s technical performance is impeccable, and its exquisite exquisite decoration is also appreciated. The Audemars Piguet watch factory is an example of the fine decoration of the movement. Of course, this completely hand-assembled movement cannot be an exception. The bridges have been carefully chamfered and polished and polished with Geneva ripples, and the machine has been polished with double-sided pearl dots. The hand-decorated parts are innumerable. The 22K gold automatic plate is specially plated and fully integrated into the modern design. The automatic plate is engraved with the emblems of the Audemars and Piguet families. The Royal Oak Offshore Chuli Limited Chronograph is equipped with a black rubber strap and a titanium folding clasp with sandblasted and matte finish. Due to the rare performance of the Royal Oak Offshore Chuli Limited Chronograph and the use of extremely complex materials, it is limited to 500 pieces, each numbered sequentially.

Home Away From Home Longines Cousin Christmas Tasting Report

The capital city, which has already reached the cold winter, has just ushered in another snowfall. Large swaths of snowflakes flutter like the goose feathers and flutter in the wind, covering the entire capital city instantly, and looking at the world, it becomes white. In this snowy season, we are about to celebrate Christmas. On the occasion of this holiday season, Watch House and Longines (Swiss Longines) jointly held the ‘House of Watches. Longines Masters are invited to participate in the 2012 Longines Christmas Tasting.’ 》 The event, the tasting event was successfully held on the afternoon of December 20th. On the day of the event, many netizens participated and were warmly welcomed by the Watch House and Longines. The question and prize draw session was even more exciting and fun. Let’s enjoy the live report together.

  On the afternoon of the event, our staff arrived early to prepare some refreshments and drinks for each upcoming guest for easy drinking.

Delicate snacks.

  Considering the number of people and the issue that does not affect the normal business, this event is divided into two sessions. The first event time has not yet arrived. Active netizens have come to sign in. I would like to thank all netizens for their love and love for Longines. The support of our watch house.

  As one of the speakers of today’s tasting, Mr. Conway Kai, the strategic consultant of the watch house, has won the unanimous recognition of everyone and is indeed an elite figure in the watch industry.
Conway Profile:
Editor-in-chief of ‘Boutique Shopping Guide’, well-known watch reviewer, published two authoritative books, ‘Patida Philippe Big Picture Book’ and ‘Cartier Appreciation Buying Guide’.

 Mr. Mao Zhuang, the senior editor of the Watch House, was the first speaker of the event. During his rigorous lecture, we learned about the development history of Longines.

  The first event was a wonderful lecture brought by Mr. Mao, the senior editor of our watch home. Mr. Mao introduced the history and development of Longines. The rigorous speech style gave everyone a history lesson about Longines.

After the lecture, everyone can freely communicate and try on their favorite Longines watch.

In their spare time, everyone is exchanging clock knowledge with Conway Kai.

The netizen tried on a Longines watch with the encouragement of the sales staff and took photos with his mobile phone.

This netizen is talking to sales staff.

  This netizen with a mobile phone is definitely our loyal netizen. He took out his mobile phone at the scene and opened the APP client of our watch home to inquire about Longines watches and communicate with the sales staff.
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 The beautiful netizen and the gentleman next to him came from Tianjin to participate in this event. Thanks again to the two netizens for coming to our event without fear of the cold.

  Beauty netizens are also the owners of Longines watches, trying on the new Longines watches on the spot and comparing them with their own Longines watches.

Another female netizen at the scene was also trying on a Longines watch.

  After trying on and communicating, there is also a prize quiz and raffle link. The picture above shows the staff at the Longines store drawing prizes for everyone.

  The gentleman took a customized Longines winter coffee drink set, and in the cold winter Longines gave him warm wishes.

The prizes in the answering section are also very rich, not only the prizes from Longines but also the prizes from our watch home.

The netizen won both the prize and the answer.

  The beauty netizen answered the questions three times in a row, and finally won the gift from Longines and our watch home. The netizen said that she only likes the brand of Longines, and she confirmed this through this answering link. She knows the history of Longines very well.

  The store holding the event with us this time is the Longines Direct Store, located at ‘Shop 109A, the first floor of Xindongan Plaza, 138 Wangfujing Street, Beijing’. Not only the quality of the products sold is guaranteed, but also the most complete Longines store.

Longines pocket watch series.

Summary: The happy time is always short. The three hours of two events passed quickly in the laughter of everyone. In this watch house, I would like to thank every netizen present, and also thank Longines watches. The warm hospitality at the Wangfujing store made us feel warm and enthusiastic in the cold winter. I wish Longines watches to be able to increase sales in the Chinese market.

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