A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Dual Time

A. Lange & Söhne presents three models of the Saxonia watch family with a new dial design that further enhances their intrinsic gracefulness: Saxonia, Saxonia Automatic, and Saxonia Dual Time.

“Never stand still” is not only Walter Lange’s personal motto, it also motivates the product developers at Lange. Their tireless pursuit of the perfect replica Omega watches has inspired the discreet dial design refinements of three Saxonia models. Particularly in a watch family innately characterised by such elegance and purity, each element, be it ever so small, has a visual impact on the overall appearance of the respective model.

Saxonia Dual Time, Saxonia and Saxonia Automatic: the new generation Since it was launched 20 years ago, the Saxonia has been a permanent part of the manufactory’s repertoire. In their search for a more prominent face that would befit the new generation of the Lange classic, the designers sketched out numerous variations of the dial, most of them differentiated merely in nuances.

Just a few precisely placed accents graciously emphasise the sublimely chiselled face of the Saxonia family’s models. The solid-gold applied hour markers have been moved toward the periphery of the dial and are executed as double baton appliques at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’Clock. The slightly extended black graduations of the minute scale are also more striking. For the Saxonia Automatic and the Saxonia Dual Time, the tens markers of the subsidiary seconds dial have been endowed with numerals. All modifications were made in the interest of improved legibility.

The designers slightly reduced the case size of two models. The diameter of the Saxonia with the proven L941.1 manufacture calibre is now 35.0 millimetres. With a reduced diameter of 38.5 millimetres, the Saxonia Dual Time is now the same size as the Saxonia Automatic.

Its conveniently adjustable second zone time and superb legibility make the Saxonia Dual Time a perfect companion for individuals who feel at home around the world. At the same time, like the other members of the Saxonia watch family, it pays tribute to the homeland of A. Lange & Söhne. In Saxony, where craftsmanship is a centuries-old tradition and which has a deeply ingrained penchant for aesthetics, Ferdinand A. Lange found the ideal setting for the establishment of his watchmaking company in 1845. His graceful, dependable and precise pocket Rolex Replica Watches sale soon ranked among the world’s finest timepieces. This ambition is still upheld by the A. Lange & Söhne brand today. The three new Saxonia models live up to it in every respect. Their lavishly finished movements epitomise Saxon watchmaking artistry. The hand-engraved balance cock transforms each timepiece into a precious one-of-a-kind treasure.

In favour of a “democratic” certification for watches

Once upon a time there was the Poinçon de Genève, a hallmark introduced in 1886 and already intended as an effective measure against counterfeiting. Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the famous COSC), which certifies the precision of Swiss replica Omega watches sale that meet its criteria, dates from 1973 in its present form. For a long time, the two set the standard and served as a reference for Swiss watchmaking. However, recent initiatives have shown that there was still room for new ways to put quality to the test.

Launched ten years ago, Label Qualité Fleurier originated from an idea by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, and Michel Parmigiani, the acclaimed watchmaker behind the eponymous brand. They were soon joined by Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet. The objective: to push the envelope for Swiss replica watches uk that must be 100% Swiss. To date, only 3,000 watches have made the grade. As if this weren’t enough, Omega entered the fray late last year with its Master Co-Axial Officially Certified, a new standard that was developed in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute for Metrology, and which imposes stringent requirements with regard to resistance to magnetic fields.

To the uninitiated, such a profusion of tests and standards could easily seem like a rather bewildering maze. Not so. From the point of view of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie Cultural Council, which it is my honour to chair, two points must be made. The first is of an historical nature. The various initiatives which have been instigated over the course of the decades have all looked to raise the standards of certification, a fact illustrated by the latest rules introduced by the Poinçon de Genève. Granted, different systems can take different approaches, but all aim to guarantee the quality and excellence of a timepiece, whichever route it chooses in its ascension of Everest.

The second is an observation. All these certifications are conducted and guaranteed by bodies that operate independently of the watchmakers themselves. This is a non-negotiable condition, without which such systems would lose all credibility in the customer’s eye. In this light, the mention of the Patek Philippe Seal inevitably raises eyebrows. Not that we are casting doubt on the excellence of the Maison’s timepieces. Neutral certification, carried out by an independent body and not by the brand itself, would only be all the more appreciable. After all, other systems are democratically open to any watchmaker tempted by the challenge. In its desire to be judge and jury of its own merits, Patek Philippe asserts a sovereign stance. And closes the door on any attempts at dialogue with the profession. The question of labels and certification, a matter of significance to popular Omega replica watchmaking, will be examined in detail in the next HH Mag.

6 watches that have marked the start of 2015

It’s the start of a brand 2015 new Omega watchmaking year, and the tone will be set by the SIHH. While it’s too difficult to make out the main trends for the time being, we can nonetheless mention a few watches that already stand out from the rest. We have been lucky enough to discover some of them, while others remain a total mystery. But no matter; after all this selection is subjective.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept

Let’s start with the mystery watch, the one that Audemars Piguet has promised will revolutionize the world of minute-repeaters—a tall order! This timepiece will feature a manually wound Manufacture tourbillon equipped with a completely innovative minute-repeater mechanism developed in partnership with watchmakers, an engineer from the EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne—Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), a teacher from the Conservatoire de Genève music academy, and an artisan creator of stringed instruments. In short, a whole army of specialists whose research has resulted in this: a watch whose “phonic quality is so exceptional it has become a sonic concept in its own right,” according to the brand from Le Brassus. To tell the truth, we have yet to hear this little wonder chime, so expect our verdict after the SIHH!

Montre Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Squelette

Cartier is continuing its success story in the field of fine watchmaking. A new series of exceptional products is on the cards this year, from which we have selected the sculptural Rotonde Astrotourbillon. The caliber is nothing new, as it was unveiled for the first time in 2010. But the high quality Cartier Replica Watches stands out for its elongated carriage, which enables the balance to indicate the seconds and complete one circuit of the dial every minute. This rotation is even more spectacular because in this instance, it has been left visible for all to see. Finally, the plate of the manually wound 9451 MC caliber, reduced to the bare minimum, is held in place by just three supports: the Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’Clock, and the bar bearing the Cartier logo at 3 o’clock.

Piaget Altiplano Chronograph

This is the first chronograph in our selection, but it certainly packs a punch. It has been designed by Piaget and exploits all of the brand’s expertise in ultra-thin movements. The model is, in all likelihood, the thinnest manually wound flyback chronograph in the world. Thinnest in terms of its movement, which is just 4.65 mm thick, and in terms of its case, whose slim figure measures just 8.24 mm thick. A complication such as this requires extremely painstaking work in terms of design, construction and production. The thinness of the components should obviously not impinge on their reliability. This 883P caliber is derived from the 880P automatic caliber, and is the first chronograph in the Altiplano collection, whose esthetic codes are reflected in the timepiece.

Officine Panerai LUMINOR 1950 3 DAYS CHRONO FLYBACK AUTOMATIC Ceramica

This second chronograph in our series may have a breathtakingly long name, but that’s how things work at Panerai. It may not be the most poetic of names, but at least it says it all. As for esthetics, the model doesn’t break with the subtle stylistic exercises beloved by the Italian-Swiss brand… and Panerai enthusiasts! The model’s case is made entirely of matt black ceramic produced using zirconium oxide. The caliber is the in-house P.9100 which, as the watch’s name suggests, is self-winding. So who’s betting this watch will rank among the finest pieces at the SIHH?

Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum

Having a watch that gives all 24 time zones with the corresponding cities is both interesting and useful, especially if you’re traveling on a long journey. However the complication still needs to be readable, and this is the task Montblanc decided to tackle head on, achieving some pretty impressive results. The model, equipped with an automatic Sellita movement, allows the time around the world to be read at a single glance. The dial is made up of several layers. The center of the sapphire crystal main dial features an engraved map of the world as viewed from the North Pole. Underneath, a disk also made of sapphire crystal turning at the same speed as the hourly movement indicates day and night—practical for knowing which part of the world is working and which is sleeping! Two concentric circles are also positioned in this central area: the first bears the names of the cities, the second the 24-hour scale. To adjust the watch, the name and time of the desired city is lined up with the red marker printed on the flange at 6 o’clock.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Squelette

Skeleton watches have been fashionable for the last few years. Each brand is developing its own style—traditional, modern or downright avant-garde—within an extremely demanding art. Here again, esthetic concerns must not interfere with the fake Swiss Breiitling watches correct functioning while, at least in theory, making it possible to tell the time. If there was one brand we didn’t really expect in this field, it was Parmigiani Fleurier who, with this Tonda 1950 Squelette, presents a particularly harmonious creation that is remarkably balanced and subtle, particularly in terms of its surface treatments. The wonderful way in which the PF705 in-house automatic caliber is showcased is a real achievement.