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Baselworld Daily News | March 19, 2016 - Moon phase / Raymond Weil / Alpina / Dreyfuss & Co.

24 WATCHES DA ILY N E W S SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016 MOON PHASE MADNESS T ODAY ’S T OP WAT CH BR ANDS BRING T HE ALLURE AND ROM ANCE OF T HE MO ON T O T HE W RIS T A L PIN A USE S I T S NE W F LY BACK CHRONO GR A PH CA LIBRE IN A NE W PILO T’S WAT CH R AY MOND W EIL M A RKS I T S A NNI V ERSA R Y W I T H A SKELE T ON WAT CH NE W WAT CH F E AT URE S E T ERN A’S CALIBRE 39 by Roberta Na as FLYBACK TIME HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY! DREYFUSS & CO INTRODUCES SERIES 1924 Glam Moon, Charriol. HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon, Arnold & Son. freelancer Skeleton, Raymond Weil. S ince the dawn of time, the moon has been an inexhaustible source of mystery and a true symbol of romance. From songs to photographs and paintings, the eternal moon in all its glory has brought endless pleasure to our lives. This may well be why so many watch brands are putting time and research into the development of special watch- es for both men and women that depict the phases of the moon in ever more creative renderings. Moon phase watches are visually arresting timepiec- es that operate via a small disk within the mechanics of the watch. The disk rotates slowly showing the waxing and waning moon cycles. Typically, moon phase indications are found in calendar watches, and generally the disks are painted enamel or made of precious stones such as aventurine or lapis lazuli for added allure. Arnold & Son, an independent watch brand, may well be making one of the big- gest moon phase displays at the show thanks to the introduction of the new HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon watch. Part of the brand’s Royal Collec- tion, the alluring timepieces features a full-dial double moon and stars indication. In fact, the watch (part of the brand’s Royal Collection) has two indica- tions: the moon as seen from the Northern and the Southern hemispheres. The stunning translu- cent blue lacquered guill- oche dial features a moon disc with golden stars and two realistically engraved moons. One 29 mm moonphase disk (depicting the moon as seen from the Northern Hemi- sphere) is positioned in an aperture running from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock on the dial, while the second similarly sized mirror image disk (depicting the moon as seen from the Southern hemisphere) is positioned from 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock. Across the disk, stunning stars appear, mimicking their constellations. The 42 mm rose gold watch is powered by the hand-wound manufac- ture-made A&S 1512 calibre with moon phase complication fully integrated into the calibre instead of being an added module. The movement is one of the most accurate moon phase trackers on the market, with only one day’s deviation every 122 years. As if all of this weren’t enough, the masters at Arnold & Son slyly placed a third moonphase indica- tor on the reverse side of the movement, visible via the transparent sapphire case back. On a more classic level, Frédérique Constant unveils a new Automatic Perpetual Calen- dar watch with beautiful moon phase indication at 6 o’clock. Offering several different dial colours, including midnight blue, the brand powers the watch with the Manu- facture FC-775 calibre with perlage and circular Côtes de Genève decoration. The stunning watch is a 42 mm three- part case (offered in steel or in gold) and has a see through case back for viewing the elegant movement. Opting for a shimmering women’s beauty, Charriol unveils its newest St. Tropez 35 Glam Moon watch. Powered by a quartz movement, the 35 mm stainless steel watch offers hours, minutes, date and moon phase aper- ture from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock on the mother-of- pearl dial. Making the watch even more beautiful is the fact that the bezel is set with purple amethysts, pink sapphires and white diamonds in a delicate grad- uated-size setting that the brand refers to as “degradé’.” The watch is finished with the brand’s signature cable bracelet. by Carol Besler by Sabine Zwet tler by Sabine Zwet tler T he Full Black Alpiner 4 Manufac- ture Flyback Chronograph is the newest model from Alpina to contain the company’s first in-house manufacture flyback chronograph move- ment, the automatic Calibre AL-760. It has a 4 hertz frequency, date at 6 o’clock, a power reserve of 38 hours and a flyback function, a mechanism invented in the 1930s to aid pilots in navigation. The 132-year-old company premiered the movement in 2015, with its AL-760 patented direct flyback technology, a return-to-zero mechanism. It took Alpina three years to develop the new movement, a 233-component movement of modular construction, of which 96 components are dedicated to the flyback module. Alpina recognises this is a pared-down number of components, and responds with a quote from the French poet and pilot Antoine de Saint-Éxupéry: “Perfection is attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.” Alpina adds: “Nothing can break down and fail if it is not there in the first place.” The chronograph function is designed as a mod- ule, fitted specifically to be mounted on the top of the Alpina base Calibre AL-710. The design of the watch is contem- porary, with a black PVD coated steel case and dial with beige hands and lumi- nous indexes. The black leather strap is trimmed with beige stitching. Like all Alpina sport watches, it is anti-magnetic and anti-shock protected. It is water- resistant to 100 metres. O n the occasion of its 40th anni- versary this year, the Geneva- based independent watch brand introduces a skeleton timepiece in its flagship freelancer collection. Sleek and stylish, this new 42.5 mm freelancer showcases the profound watchmaking expertise of the company’s in-house Research and Development department since its inception in 1999. Black all over – from its PVD-coated steel case to its calfskin leather strap – it plays with con- trasts, alternating between see-through components and refined rose gold detail- ing. The central hour-, minute- and sec- ond-hands as well as the indexes are rose gold plated, and two sapphire crystals protect the various components. The wide aperture on the black galvanic dial invites aficionados on a journey right into the heart of the automatic winding mechanism featuring a 38-hour power reserve. It offers an open view of the meticulous circular-grained bridges and ruthenium finish of the Swiss-made skeleton movement. T he Swiss brand, part of City Champ Watches & Jewellery Ltd., showcases a new series of vintage-style watches that are equipped with Eterna’s Calibre 39. The watch, housed in a sturdy 45 mm case featur- ing a double angled bezel, has a clean analogue display and aviator aesthetic with large luminescent Arabic hour markers and hands. The Limited Edi- tion 1924 Calibre 39 (250 pieces) with 65 hour power reserve and 20 jewels has curved parallel lugs and sits on a canvas strap. “The Dreyfuss & Co 1924 Series featuring the Eterna Movement Company Calibre 39 provides the per- fect synergy for our family Group of Swiss brands now that we are all part of City Champ Watches & Jewellery Ltd.”, says Victoria Campbell, CEO of The Dreyfuss Group. New from sister brand Rotary is the Legacy GMT, a quartz watch with a second time zone indicated. Other features include a date window, large luminescent hour markers and hands and a distinctive five-link bracelet. Glam Moon, Charriol. 1.1, A9 1 5.0, A03 1.0, C35 Full Black Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph, Alpina. Series 1924 Limited Edition Calibre 39, Dreyfuss & Co. Legacy GMT, Rotary.

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