Month: June 2011

Master’s ‘photographer’ Exhibition Rome, Italy Preview

The Baume & Mercier watch was unveiled at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni on 5/28. The exhibition was unveiled by Jean-Christophe Sabatier, Caroline Gaudriault and Gérard Rancinan, director of marketing and communications for the Baume & Mercier brand. Itinerant exhibition enters the second stage. Following Paris, this photo exhibition was exhibited in Rome. After the 6/15 Rome exhibition, this photo exhibition will continue to travel around the world from 2009 to 2010.

    Many high-profile masters in the world of photography today are pleasantly surprised on this unique night, including Mimmo Jodice, Nan Goldin, Don Mac Cullin, and more. The ‘Photographer’ exhibition is held in the same place as the well-known FotoGrafia Festival in Rome. Therefore, the elite of the international photography industry, as well as many journalists and photography enthusiasts, gathered here in order to see the shocking exhibition.


Vacheron Constantin Launches Metiers D’ Art #master

Every member of the Vacheron Constantin family knows the enthusiasm required for the production of high-end watches, because without enthusiasm, there will be no requirements. Although the attic artisans have become a history of nostalgia, the attic artisan workbench displayed in the lobby of Vacheron Constantin’s headquarters seems to bring back the glory more than 250 years ago. Today, with the dedicated work of each watchmaker and craftsman, the brand’s unwavering watchmaking spirit and outstanding and immortal production technology are displayed. For more than 250 years, each employee of Vacheron Constantin’s enthusiasm and belief in the pursuit of excellence has become the driving force for the long-term development of the brand. At the same time, passing on and inheriting the spirit of the founders and predecessors, Vacheron Constantin brings more people the joy of sharing time. Vacheron Constantin is convinced that time is also a form of memory. Persistence in faith and dreams are one of the brand’s iconic qualities. Vacheron Constantin has always paid attention to the inheritance and development of watchmaking technology, especially the production technology that can show artistic beauty, including enamel, carving, machine-engraved pattern and gem setting, etc. all professional decoration technology for watchmaking. The development of the brand continues to this day through the creation of art-grade work on the wrist. There is no doubt that only a few master watchmakers have mastered these craftsmanship.
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’ Art Master Series
     In 2004, Vacheron Constantin launched the ‘Explorer Series’ limited timepieces, which gave birth to the Métiers d’ Art master series. This collection reflects the brand’s determination to apply traditional watchmaking techniques to the production of high-end watches. The ‘Explorer Series’ is the culmination of a collaboration between watchmakers and enamel artisans. Each of them has its own strengths, combining traditional and modern watchmaking techniques, and injecting the pursuit of art, creating stunning watch works in both mechanical and aesthetic terms. The dial uses an intricate and ancient ‘high-temperature open flame’ enamel process, with a specially made automatic winding movement, to display the time in an enviable way.
Jiang Stanton ‘Métiers d’ Art La symbolique des laques’ watch series
Limited edition: 20 sets are released each year, each set contains three watches of Songhe, Meiying and Zhuque
Case: 4N 18K rose gold or 18K white gold case
Diameter: 40 mm
Function: hour and minute display
Dial: Japanese-style dill painting technical face plate
Movement: Hollow 14K gold 1003 SQ bracelet movement
Kinetic energy: 30 hours reserve
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Alligator leather strap with half Maltese cross buckle
     The “Les Masques Masks” watch series of the Métiers d’ Art master series (the first mask watch was released in 2007) also perfectly embodies the decoration craftsmanship and clock technology. This timepiece showcases the skills and production experience of watchmaking masters and sculpting craftsmen. They lead people through time and space, explore the roots of humanity, and express the essence of soul in a unique and beautiful way.
     The ‘Métiers d’ Art Les Masques Mask’ watch series launched by Vacheron Constantin and the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva not only strengthens the brand’s belief, but also proves the importance of culture and art and excellent watchmaking technology. This cross-disciplinary collaboration subtly blends watchmaking and decorative arts with a low-key presentation of Vacheron Constantin’s core values: excellence, innovation, openness, respect for tradition, and shared enthusiasm. Today, Vacheron Constantin is bold again and is about to launch a new ‘Métiers d’ Art La symbolique des laques’ watch series. It will be completed in Japan, and for the first time, part of the production process will be completed outside Geneva. In fact, the mysterious maki-e is from the traditional lacquer decoration process of ancient Japan.
     Vacheron Constantin’s design department has long conceived a combination of lacquer painting and watchmaking, but it has not been able to find a suitable brand that can spark out until the emergence of the Kyoto brand Zôhiko with the same concept. It was the bold innovation of the mask series and the marriage of art and craftsmanship that made Xiang Yan actively contact Vacheron Constantin in the autumn of 2007, expressing his desire for cooperation. Opportunity and luck play an important role together, and cooperation can only be achieved if they have the same preferences and values. Just like Vacheron Constantin and Xiang Yan’s instant hit comes from the respect and persistence of the two parties for their culture, craftsmanship and traditional arts. Vacheron Constantin has a long history from 1755, and Xiang Yan, founded in 1661, has more than 100 years of history than Vacheron Constantin. Both have 600 years of professional experience and knowledge.
     Métiers d’Art La symbolique des laques watch with built-in hollow 14K gold 1003 SQ bracelet movement, ruthenium-plated, developed by Vacheron Constantin, cast ‘Geneva mark’, the thickness of the movement is 1.64 mm, diameter 20.80 mm, 18 gems, 18,000 vibrations per hour. Loyal to the spirit of the Métiers d’Art series, the ‘symbolique des laques’ watch series will be launched in 3 years with different themes, each year a set of 3 new watches, limited to 20 sets . Each watch has a different theme, including a vast and profound treasure trove of traditional art from the Far East. Each design idea comes from an animal, a plant, or a mineral; they themselves have a certain meaning or blend with others: a fetish or historical hero with a combination of animals, animals and plants, a combination of plants and fictional or abstract traits and many more. These designs are derived from various materials such as literary works, poetry or legends. In watch production, Vacheron Constantin has selected 1003 model, 14K white gold hollow ultra-thin mechanical movement. In order to highlight the harmony of the watch and the exquisite dill painting process, Vacheron Constantin even uses ruthenium plating to soften the natural luster of gold and create a noble and elegant effect. Sapphire crystal glass allows people to appreciate the exquisite decorative patterns, especially the bevel cutting process completed by the brand in the Geneva plant. At the same time, the simple lines of the round case exude a subtle and pure feeling, echoing the Zen in the “Métiers d’ Art La symbolique des laques” watch series. The first set is based on the theme of ‘Three Friends of the Old Cold’ symbolized by pine, bamboo and plum. These three have passed from China to Japan at an early age, and are as popular with Japanese as they are in China. Because the three plants can withstand the cold weather, ‘Three Friends of the Old Cold’ stands for longevity, meaning friendship that can stand up to adversity. Pine trees are highly regarded for their longevity, strength, and longevity in winter. Bamboo is known as a gentleman who can adapt to the new environment without giving up his ideals; even if he has gone through the weather, he will not lose himself. The reason why plum blossoms are admired is that even in the cold winter, it still takes the lead in flowering and is the longest-lived fruit tree. In Chinese and Japanese culture, one should learn the spirit of ‘pine-like strength, bamboo-like firmness, and plum-like purity.’
Combination of pine, bamboo and plum with crane, bird and warbler
     The long-lived pine trees and white cranes are reminiscent of years of experience; the bamboo matches the finches, and the endless energy of the finches symbolizes the rising vitality of the bamboo; in the end, the plum blossoms are paired with nightingales, because the two greet spring with flowers and singing Returning to the earth symbolizes spring to return to the earth.
     Vacheron Constantin and Xiang Yan carefully selected these three pairs of patterns, each of which is a double-sided design, using a dill painting process. Many hidden places of Japanese lacquerware, such as the box price, but the bottom of the watch are also decorated. Vacheron Constantin painted the front of the watch with a plant pattern according to the Japanese tradition, and the bottom of the watch is an animal design.
First paragraph: Matsu to tsuru (松松 鹤)
     Pine trees are very popular in Japan because of their materials and curved shapes, but from art and literary works, this is really a traditional plant from China. Pine is an evergreen tree, so it stands for longevity and permanence. Whether it is Chinese or Japanese art, it is regarded as a blessing tree. It also represents cold resistance and the new year, and is an important symbol of longevity and eternal life. Like the pine tree, the crane also symbolizes longevity and noble elegance. Like the phoenix, it is the most mysterious bird in Eastern legends. It is said that cranes can live for thousands of years, but once they reach 600, they only drink cold water for a living. In addition, when it reached the age of two thousand, the clean white feathers turned black. In Taoist mythology, cranes are heavenly messengers of eternal people. In addition to its fabulous image, the Japanese are also attracted by its elegant and beautiful feathers. In winter, the Japanese are very much looking forward to the coming of the crane once a year, and even regard it as a sign of bringing wealth. Because of this, the crane was protected by the royal family and only for the emperor’s appreciation. Hunting was strictly prohibited until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
The second paragraph: Bamboo and bird (Take to suzume)
     In the Taoist and even Buddhist traditions, the tubular structure in the bamboo symbolizes ’emptiness’. For example, ‘Tao’ comes from the air and goes to the air. This air or space also represents the principle of tolerance and enlightenment. Bamboo is both flexible and firm, but can be flexed but not easily broken, representing a character of integrity. Although bamboo does not last as long as pine, it also represents longevity. A single bamboo shoot cannot survive for a long time, but the entire bush can be generated by a single bamboo shoot. Similarly, bamboo will die after it blooms, but some bamboos will only bloom once every 100 years, even if they say that their life span is quite long.
     Bamboo bushes especially attract sparrows to fly to build nests. Although sparrows are active and noisy, they are regarded as a representative of loyalty in Japan. They sing ‘唧, 唧, 唧’ all day long, which means ‘loyalty, loyalty, loyalty!’ In Japanese, so in the legend, the sparrow often represents loyalty and responsibility. The pairing of bamboo and sparrow also often appears in Zen paintings. Among them, bamboo represents the awakening of the soul and the release of worldly concerns, and the sparrow represents spontaneity and joy of life.
Paragraph 3: Ume to uguisu 梅 と 鸴
     Plum blossoms are known for their fineness and blooming in winter. Its faint floral fragrance exudes in the winter, reminding people of the coming of spring. Although the plum trees and flowers are not magnificent, their relaxed and refined qualities bring a touch of loneliness to the winter. Therefore, plum blossoms represent inner beauty and humility. The combination of plum blossoms and nightingales comes from Japanese culture. Both are ambassadors for the Spring: The first song of the Nightingale is called ‘hatsune’, the first song of the year. Plum blossoms and nightingales often appear in art and poetry. They are more often associated with snow, because plum blossoms often open early, so snowflakes are often stained on plum blossom petals.


Glasutti 2012 New Series Watches German Brand Essence

As one of the main representatives of German high-end watches, Glashütte Original brings new works of this year at the Basel Watch Fair, including PanoInverse XL, PanoGraph, PanoMaticLunar, PanoReserve, etc. of the Pano Eccentric Dial Series The series has a variety of small changes this time. In contrast to the sports-oriented style guide last year, this year’s main shaft is pulled back to the traditional and complicated functions.
PanoInverse XL
    PanoInverse XL, launched in 2008, Glashütte presents the brand’s most well-known and charming double gooseneck trimmer on the dial, which is a classic. In the two new styles in 2012, the eccentric time dial has become smaller and the space has become wider. As for the original style, the finely polished 3/4 plywood, gold sleeve, blue steel pointer, and Conspicuous double gooseneck trimmer. It is equipped with Caliber 66-06 manual refining movement, with a power reserve of approximately 41 hours. The 42mm case is divided into red gold and stainless steel. The red gold material is limited to 200 pieces.
    The biggest feature of PanoInverse XL is that the escapement is front-facing and the charming double gooseneck trimmer is displayed on the dial. The new PanoInverse XL is available in two case styles, limited to 200 pieces in red gold.
    On Basel 12 years ago, Glashütte launched a limited edition of 50 ‘PanoRetroGraph’ models, with a flyback timing and a 30-minute timing, which has won the favor of many connoisseurs; later in 2002, the ‘PanoGraph’ was extended. The brand’s eccentric dial series adds another force. In 2012, Glashütte again launched a new style for ‘PanoGraph’, with red gold as the case material, a larger diameter of 40mm, and a relatively large dial, highlighting the visual effects of the Pano eccentric series. The eccentric design and large date window on the dial are consistent classic looks. The most special place is the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, which adopts three scales every 10 minutes and 3 independent hands, and a half-moon-shaped display dial. It has a sense of hierarchy and also gives a unique look to the timing function.
     PanoGraph is equipped with a flyback timing function, and is progressive with special, three every 10-minute graduations and 3 independent hands. The new ‘PanoGraph’ is equipped with a self-made 61-03 manual winding movement with a flyback timing function. The configuration of the flyback timer is also unique. Although the timing button is in the common direction of 2 and 4 o’clock, 4 o’clock is start / stop, 2 o’clock is flyback / reset, and it is special on the dial. Filling function description. Of course, since one of Glashütte’s self-made movements, how can German technology be less? Through the transparent case back, you can admire the 3/4 plywood, gold sleeves, balance screws and gooseneck trimmer.
    The PanoMaticLunar series has three new models this year, two stainless steel cases and a red gold case. In the 40mm case, the dial configuration is still presented in the most charming proportion, the large eccentric disk, the date window, and the moon phase window each perform their duties. The stainless steel case is available in silver and black dials, and the red gold case is paired with a silver dial. As for the moon phase at 2 o’clock, the color of the moon phase will also be matched with different colors. The PanoMaticLunar is equipped with a 90-02 automatic winding movement, decorated with 47 stones, a power reserve of 42 hours, and can watch delicate work such as 3/4 plywood, 21k gold skeletonized automatic disk, double gooseneck trimmer through the case back.
PanoMaticLunar has three new styles, two stainless steel and one red gold.
    PanoReserve also launched three new works, two with a stainless steel case and one with a red gold case; with a 40mm diameter, the stainless steel version has a choice of black and silver dials, and the red gold version comes with a silver dial. In the round case, an eccentric disk, a fan-shaped power reserve display, and a square date window, the geometric figures are arranged and combined on the screen to create a beautiful picture in perfect proportion. PanoReserve is equipped with a self-made 65-01 manual refining movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. It can be viewed through the back of the 3/4 plywood, 21k gold hollow automatic disk, double gooseneck trimmer and other delicate work.
PanoReserve also launched three new models, two stainless steel and one red gold.
Senator Observer 1911 – Julius Assmann
    In order to pay tribute to Roald Amundsen, Glashütte created the ‘Senator Observer 1911-Julius Assmann’ in 2012, limited to 25 pieces. The watch has a small three-hand indicator, a large large date window, and a power reserve display; the silver dial is delicately coated with three layers of white paint, and the function dials (small seconds and power reserve) on both sides are stacked with white paint. Out of level gap. The blue-steel hands with orbiting hour markers and Arabic numerals faithfully restore the works of 1910. The case is made of white gold and contains a 100-15 automatic winding movement; the case back is engraved with a limited number, Roald Amundsen’s 100th anniversary in Antarctica, ’14 Dec 1911 – 14 Dec 2011′ and ‘Tribute to R. Amundsen’ As a tribute to this historical figure.
‘Senator Observer 1911-Julius Assmann’, limited to 25 pieces.
Lady Serenade
    This year Glashütte specially created a new ‘Lady Serenade’ to reinforce the brand’s shortcomings on women’s watches. The biggest feature of the series is the soft lines across the dial, which outline a petal-like picture. The watch is a basic three-pin function with a date window. The diameter is 36mm. There are two choices of rose gold and stainless steel, and there are bezel-set diamond and non-set diamond models. There are three stainless steel materials with blue and white mother-of-pearl dials and crocodile leather straps of different colors. There are two rose gold materials with brown dials, namely white mother-of-pearl dials, and crocodile leathers of different colors. Straps are quite diverse. Lady Serenade is equipped with a 39-22 automatic winding movement and has a 40-hour power reserve. Through the case back, you can watch the skeletonized automatic disk, k gold sleeve, gooseneck fine-tuning device, and the fine sunburst sanding on the 3/4 splint.
The new women’s watch series ‘Lady Serenade’ has a petal-like pattern on the dial. Classic neat ordering, little red bright eyes, Senator Perpetual Calendar
    The last thing I saw was the new ‘Senator Perpetual Calendar’. This year, three new colors will be launched, including two stainless steel black and white dials, and red gold will appear on white dials. Elegant blue-steel big three-pointer indicator, full calendar indicator, orbital hour markers plus Roman numerals, and moon phase window are arranged neatly on the dial; as for the bright red dot below the brand name, In fact, it is a leap year indication. Red represents the current year as a leap year, and the following years are indicated by yellow, black, and white dots, respectively.
Senator Perpetual Calendar
    Senator Perpetual Calendar is equipped with Glashütte’s 100-02 self-winding caliber 100-02, with a vibration frequency of 28,800 times / hour and a power reserve of approximately 55 hours. The unique Glashütte 3/4 splint and 21k gold hollow automatic disk , Gooseneck fine-tuning device, these can be viewed through the case back.