Sunday, January 31, 2010

Giuliano Mazzuoli Watches

After listing Dutch watchmakers, I will now try to catalougue some interesting watch brands from Italy


Another brand that hails from Florence,Italy.Guliano Mazzuoli watches are imspired by the pressure gauge.This company started producing watches in 2004 with ETA mechanism

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Steiner watches from Netherlands

The first Steiner watches were introduced to the Dutch market in 1980. The founder has since passed away and I belive his daughter continues running it
Below the price list from their website
STM39RG // Pink Gold 39 mm [€ 10.000]

STM42RG // Pink Gold 42 mm [€ 10.500]

STM39WG // White Gold 39 mm [€ 10.500]

STM42WG // White Gold 42 mm [€ 11.000]

STM39ST // Stainless steel 39 mm [€ 4.500]

STM42ST // Stainless steel 42 mm [€ 4.750]

STM42BO // Blackout 42 mm [€ 5.950]

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Van Der Gang Watches

A moonphase powered by a Valjoux 7753 movement

This company started in 1990 producing watches using ETA and Valjoux movements. In 2010 it will unveil its own in house movement

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gronefeld watches

Grönefeld GTM, a Tourbillon Minute Repeater, maybe one of the most coveted and luxurious timepieces ever built, was created by the Grönefeld brothers after four years of development and research following extensive trainings in Switzerland.
in a limited edition of only 10 gold models (325,000 €) and another 10 platinum pieces (385,000 €).

Its history began in 1912 in the town of Oldenzaal, Netherlands.The family heritage that started with Joseph Gronefeld is continued

Monday, January 25, 2010

Van Der Klaauw Watches

The Dutch contribution to the horology dates back to Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) whomade the first pendulum clock in 1656 and developed the balance wheel and spring assembly in 1675. Since 1974 there has been a revival in the Dutch Horology scene.
Far away from the hectic life in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the most northern province of Friesland,Christiaan van der Klaauw began creating his exceptional clocks in 1974 in a little town called Joure. A combination of timeless design, craftsmanship and a predilection for astronomy are the trademarks of his remarkable work. After becoming a member of the Swiss founded Horological Academy of Independent Creators, he presented his astronomical table clock as his masterpiece at the world’s biggest Horological Fair at Basel 1990. There he established his name among the top known clockmakers. The successor to this table clock was the "Pendule Variable", with which he won a gold medal for the most innovative design at Basel 1992. He now concentrates exclusively on the development of high quality watches. Especially his astronomical watches created quite a stir.

The Ariadne us definitely one of thre more affordable moonphase watches. Price US$5000
Features include day, date, month, moon phases and an indication of AM/PM through a 24 hour small clock at 9. Three register chronograph. The day indicator is in English.

The Christiaan van der Klaauw Planetarium in rose gold.

The watch features date and month displays, along with the heliocentric revolution of the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn! Sapphire crystals on both sides of the watch reveal the dial and movement workmanship. Christiaan himself paints the planet rings and orbits in his workshop, as well as produces all of the individual parts, gears and screws that comprise the planetary complication.

Massive 18K rose gold case. The rotor is made in solid gold, and both the rotor and the movement are completely engraved and decorated by hand by master engraver Jochen Benzinger in Germany.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Maurice Lacroix

Managed to rush down to JW watch to buy the Maurice Lacriox for Sing $1850

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dupey and Schaldenbrand


Reprising its famous Carré Cambré or "Cushion" shape so popular in the 1920's, this particular model was limited to 100 pieces only. Typical of the Art Nouveau motifs, its guilloché dial features the delicate "fritillary" (Fritillaria Meleagris), an almost extinct flower that can only be found in the Vallée des Ponts-de-Martel.
Based on the hand-wound AS Schild movement, caliber 1216, which was in production in the 1920's, the case is in .925 sterling silver with Palladium plating to avoid tarnishing. 17 jewels, sub seconds at 6 o'clock, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 30 meters.

Dupey and schaldenbrand

Carré Cambré Doctor

Long before the chronograph became synonymous with sports timing, it was primarily used for specialized industrial work, the military, and the world of medicine. Extra scales on the dial provided for precise measurements of certain periods of time.
In this particular limited edition, Dubey & Schaldenbrand present a typical mono pusher chronograph of the first generation with a pulsometer scale as used in the past by the medical profession for simplified pulse taking. Unique is the fact that the mono pusher was placed on the left of the case. The movement used in the "Doctor" is a manual wind, modified Valjoux Caliber 23 from 1916. Available in 18K Rose Gold, it is limited to 25 pieces only.

This brand was founded in 1946 and is headed by a woman watchmaker.Based in the Neuchâtel mountains and great-granddaughter of renowned watchmaker Meylan-Lecoultre, Cinette Robert presides over this brand

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Independant- Armin Strom

The new in house movement ARM 09. The plan is to manufacture 1000 pieces per year
Armin by Armin Strom Regulator Earth Retail price- $18,000 ARMIN STROM calibre ASR07
hand-winding movement with out of centre indications and retrograde date. 24 jewels power reserve of 46 hours

Armin Strom

Armin Strom Blue Chip Automatic- Retail price $7,900

Calibre: ASB11, self-winding movement
Jewels: 24
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case: Polished stainless steel with guilloched cuts on side Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
Dimensions: Diameter 46.5mm
Total height: 15.9mm
Water resistance: 50m

Armin Strom Blue Chip Skeleton Retail price-$38,000

Armin Strom has skeletonised watches by hand over 200 pieces over the last 30 years.Founded in 2006, Armin Strom SA is based in the watch-making center of Biel. The main investor is the well-known Burgdorf industrialist, Willy Michel.They have developed a concept that plays with the four elements: water, air, earth and fire. In 2008, the Regulator model was the first watch to be based on this concept. In 2009they moved to the new facilities and opened a real manufacture.The presentation of the own calibre, the ARM09, was in 2009.The company is split into two different brands, Armin Strom and ARMIN by Armin Strom. The first, bearing the name of the master skeletonizer, focuses on that very feat. Each movement is hand skeletonized by the company's team of expertly trained watch-makers.