Month: April 2020

This Moment Is Proud Of You Tony Parker Announces His Retirement Tissot Watches Engraved Its Basketball Highlights With Time

Eighteen years of the NBA journey, four NBA championship trophies, the first non-US player to receive FMVP, a global ambassador of Tissot watches with thousands of honors, an NBA superstar known as the ‘French sports car’ Tony Park announced his retirement on social networks and said goodbye to the beloved arena with a simple ‘I decided to retire’. At this moment, Tissot watches sincerely pays tribute to its many-year-old friend Tony Parker. Thank you for your dedication and courage on the court. We are always proud of you!

Tissot global spokesperson Tony Parker announces official retirement

  When the world was caught by the Raptors and the Warriors, the news of Tony Parker’s retirement was like a deep-water bomb that bombarded the hearts of the fans. The youthful light flashed like a movie. His Retirement is like a youthful farewell ceremony, which makes people reluctant but has long been prepared.

Tissot global spokesperson Tony Parker wears Tissot Tengzhi series solar NBA special watch

  Parker’s excellence is obvious to all, and Tissot watches are fortunate to witness every highlight moment he created. During his service, he won the championship four times in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, and was elected the most valuable player in 2007, becoming the MVP of the year. But his glory and excellence are not just these medals and trophies, but also a record of his hard work and perseverance. In the regular season, he played 1151 times, averaging 15.5 points and averaging 5.6 assists per game; in the playoffs, he played 226 times, averaging 17.9 points and averaging 1 game Performed an average of 5.1 assists.
  From the San Antonio Spurs to the Charlotte Hornets, from the age of 19 to the NBA, to the 37-year-old to say goodbye to basketball, Parker left countless strokes on his basketball battlefield. Regardless of its superb skills or impressive record, Tissot watches store it in the magic box of time. No matter how time passes, memories will always be bright, and we are always proud of you!

Technical Parameters
Tissot Solar Series NBA Special Watch RMB 8,600
-Made in Switzerland
-Quartz movement
-Antimagnetic titanium case, NBA official logo
-Touchscreen sapphire glass with anti-glare coating
-Water resistance to withstand pressures equivalent to 10 bar
-Rubber strap with push-button folding clasp
-Size: 45mm * 45mm


Love And Hate Are Inextricably Bound By Watchmaking And Magnetism (On)

For a long time, watchmakers have been working hard to protect the clock movement from magnetic fields. But with the advancement of technology, the visionary minority has found a way to turn magnetism into advantage. In this two-part series, we will unveil the love-hate struggle between watchmaking and magnetism.

Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P concept watch, Lip Nautic-Ski watch and IWC engineer automatic watch

   Although invisible and intangible, the influence of magnetic force on the precision clock adjustment mechanism always exists. At first, watchmakers rarely paid much attention to magnetic problems, because early portable instruments themselves were not precise, and any deviation caused by the damage of nearby objects was unlikely to attract attention. From 1675 to 76, Christiaan Huygens invented a hairspring, and the accuracy of pocket watch timing ushered in flying. It was not until the early eighteenth century that the application of steel hairsprings made the effect of magnetic phenomena on the normal operation of mechanical movements manifest in a quantifiable way.

Christian Huygens

Early antimagnetic alloy
   In the age of enlightenment, only sailors noticed the influence of the guide on marine astronomical clocks and other deck clocks. The latter two are delicate and fragile, and must be protected from moisture, so the sailor stored it with another equally important and delicate device, the compass, for the first time at sea, which made the problem even more prominent. The watchmaker quickly realized that, as with temperature changes, magnetic forces can misalign the carefully adjusted clock mechanism, whether it is stored in the narrow space of the officer’s cabin or on the deck next to the compass, the final solution is to use the astronomical clock Keep it separate from the compass. However, the wheels of history are rolling forward, and the global industrialization wave is intensifying. By the mid-nineteenth century, electric motors had expanded to various uses and equipment. In order to maintain the accuracy and reliability of the clock, the watchmaker must come up with a low-cost method to effectively shield the magnetic field from the damaging effects of the movement.

Omega Marine Astronomical Clock

   By the 1930s and 1940s, most watches were equipped with bimetal balances and blue steel hairsprings, both of which were easily magnetized. One solution is to replace traditional steel with new alloys (which are less sensitive to magnetic fields) to make certain parts. The development of Ferro-nickel Alloys is the first step in the right direction. Although it is not completely diamagnetic, iron-nickel alloys have the advantage of restoring regulation performance away from the magnetic field. The reason is simple. The alloy is not magnetized. However, some wristwatches are exposed to strong electric or magnetic fields, and more advanced solutions must be found.

IWC Engineer Automatic Watch

IWC Advertising for Engineer Watches, 1964

Looking for a solution
   During this time, watchmakers observed that movements equipped with beryllium bronze (Glucydur) balances and iron-nickel balance springs needed more complete protection in certain environments, such as cockpits, electric locomotives, or factories using a large number of electric equipment. They also noticed that watches with dust caps are not as easily magnetized as watches without protection. This has prompted some brands (IWC pilots and engineers, Rolex Milgauss, Omega Ironmaster) to rely on the soft iron inner shell design to create professional timepieces that can withstand magnetic fields of up to 1,000 Gauss. This inner shell (or Faraday cage, considering that the dial is also made of soft iron) can effectively isolate the stainless steel mechanical parts and ensure accurate timing even when exposed to a strong magnetic field environment.

Rolex Ref.6543 Oyster Perpetual Milgauss watch, produced in 1955

Omega Ironmaster CK2914 watch

If you can’t beat
   From the 1950s to the 1960s, these watches reached their peak. During the same period, some brands began to turn their attention to motor cores, and Mallory and Co. Inc. invented the coin cell battery to make this innovation possible. The main difficulty at the time was not how to create a watch powered by electricity, but to provide it with a lasting, and more importantly, autonomous power source. Attempts have been made: the first example is said to be a pocket watch, produced around 1910, but only at the prototype stage. It wasn’t until the mid-twentieth century that the advent of zinc-mercury batteries made it possible to conceive small, autonomous power equipment. In an article in the Journal Suisse d’ Horlogerie published in October 1955, André Beyner introduced a wristwatch driven by a conventional mechanism combined with a miniature motor. According to André Beyner, this watch has been in operation since December 1953.

How Hamilton Electric Watches Work

   Soon after, in November 1956, a French company specializing in electric and electromagnetic clocks Léon Hatot (brand name ATO) released an electric watch at the annual meeting of Société Française de Chronométrie. Hatot’s watches are equipped with early transistors and Mallory zinc-mercury batteries. The seeds it sowed quietly took root in the United States and sparked a revolutionary storm. In January 1957, Hamilton, an American watch brand based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, launched the first series of electric watches (regulated by electromagnets)-codenamed Project X. The famous Ventura watch is Developed from this. Today, Ventura is still one of Hamilton’s main collections, and now Ventura watches are driven by quartz movements.

Lip Nautic-Ski watch

   The French company Lip is not far behind. In December 1958, Lip launched the R27 watch, followed by Nautic-Ski, which originated from a project launched ten years ago. At about the same time, Elgin, another American company, joined in. The sales war has begun. This will be one of the most prosperous periods of mechanical watchmaking, from project establishment to research to release. Finally, the Longines Conquest Electric Calibre 400 was born in 1962.
Love and hate are intertwined with watchmaking and magnetic force (Part 2)


Everything You See Is Art Patek Philippe High Jewellery Watch

Patek Philippe’s new Ref. 4895R Calatrava High Jewellery Watch follows the classic elegant appearance of Calatrava and is set with brilliant diamonds, blooming a magnificent fire. Crafted by watchmakers and case craftsmen, this jewellery watch masterpiece combines the extraordinary creativity of Patek Philippe’s design department with the craftsmanship of jewellery manufacturers to present an unparalleled artistic beauty.

The artistic charm of high jewelry

 The new Ref. 4895R timepiece features an 18K rose gold case, following the classic round case design of the Calatrava watch first introduced by the brand in 1932, and turning it into a pavé diamond “garland” display stage. 162 baguette diamonds (approximately 5.62 carats) surround the dial, forming five rows at most, and the charming glow of fire extends to the strap. All baguette diamonds are embedded in the base using a setting technique, which brings the warm rose gold tone of the bezel to the white contrast of the diamonds. This setting method poses a great challenge to diamond selection: the diamond must first reach the level of internal flawless clarity, and it must have the excellent white luster of top Wesselton diamonds; it must also be perfect in size, shape and cut To ensure that 162 individual baguette diamonds match perfectly and elegantly. The task of selecting diamonds rests with the gem experts of Patek Philippe. They spend a lot of time holding a magnifying glass to carefully identify hundreds of diamonds, placing them side by side, constantly screening, rematching, and reassembling until they finally find an artistic sense of tassel Shaped 162 diamonds. The classic 18K rose gold pin buckle is also set with 20 baguette diamonds (approximately 0.72 carats). In contrast, the selection of these diamonds is relatively easy. The large square scale crocodile leather strap shines in black, matching the color of the dial.

 Before inserting a matched gem, the gemstone craftsman must refer to the accurate drawing to cut each elongated diamond into a shape that matches its location to ensure a perfect fit between adjacent diamonds. All this shows that the value of high-end jewelry watches is not only related to the price of gemstones, but also to the hard work of designers, gem experts, gem craftsmen and jewelry inlayers, who spend weeks creating the perfect watch. Make it shine on the wrists of extraordinary Patek Philippe users.

Superb craftsmanship of the dial craftsman

 The design of the dial is both understated and luxurious. Deep black contrasts brilliantly with the brilliant white of diamonds and the warmth of rose gold. This full black color is derived from the color formed by twelve consecutive varnish coatings, and each color must be absolutely flawless. If a layer of varnish is left with dust, even the slightest dust will destroy the effect of the entire dial, so it must be operated in a clean room environment. In addition, each varnish layer must be completely dry and checked to determine that there are no air holes before proceeding to the next layer. Subsequent key operations include drilling the pivots of the sword-shaped hour and minute hands, and drilling 24 miniature nail holes for 12 arrow-shaped hour markers to securely fix it to the dial from the back. The production of 18K gold hands and time scales also takes a lot of time. The two facets of the sword-shaped hour hand and the three facets of the hour mark are mirror-polished, and the extended ridges with a sharp outline in the middle make the geometric three-dimensional shape clearer. The slightest imperfection will not be tolerated throughout the production process. Once a flaw is found, there is only one way to deal with it: discard it. Patek Philippe does everything it can to make the bezel, hour markers, and hands into small, perfect pieces of art. Indeed, the time required to create the dial of the Calatrava Ref. 4895 fine jewellery watch is much longer than the entire time required for many watches.

The core technology of watchmaking

 In addition to the superb skills required to make the case, set the gems, and create the dial, Patek Philippe’s core technology cannot be ignored. This is the hand-wound mechanical movement Caliber 215 that drives the hands of the watch. This legendary movement has maintained a highly accurate timekeeping since its birth more than 40 years ago. With the transparent cover of the new Calatrava Ref. 4895R watch, we can see its gorgeous style. The elegant curved gear splint, spring splint, balance splint, and independent escapement splint are all decorated with Geneva stripes, and the mirror chamfer finishes dazzle the edges. Part of the motherboard can be seen from the gap between the splint and the gear, and its surface is decorated with swirling circular patterns composed of countless tiny overlapping, cloud-like stripes. The frequency of this movement is 28,800 half-oscillations (4 Hz) per hour. It is equipped with a Patek Philippe Gyromax® balance and the patented Silinvar® silicon Spiromax® hairspring. This innovative silicon material has unique physical properties and geometric structures, which guarantees the watch’s excellent travel time accuracy. Of course, the accuracy of the travel time is also overseen by Patek Philippe, the most stringent quality standard in the watchmaking industry. According to its requirements, the movement time of Caliber 215 movement is less than -3 to +2 seconds per day. The gold-plated ‘PP’ engraving on the escape wheel splint indicates that this timepiece meets this highest requirement.

Patek Philippe’s dial making tradition

 The dial is often regarded as the facade of a watch and has a very important impact on the overall impression of the watch. As a result, dial artisans have become highly sought after professionals in the watchmaking industry, especially at Patek Philippe, who have a very close relationship with watchmaking workshops. In the early 1930s, Patek Philippe’s founding family was preparing to sell the company due to a lack of heirs. Geneva watch maker Stern Frères (Stern brothers) was one of the buyers preparing to enter Patek Philippe. Stern Frères was the most professional and well-known dial expert in the Swiss watchmaking industry at that time, and Patek Philippe was also one of its customers. Stern Frères is also located in Geneva, and the owners of both companies know each other and trust each other. Eventually, in 1932, Patek Philippe’s founding family trusted the company into the hands of the Stern brothers. Since then, the Stern family has always maintained their focus on ‘watch facades’ and has introduced various masterpieces of dials created using filigree enamel, enamel micro-painting, carved patterns, gem inlays, and fine wood inlays. The current president, Mr. Terry Stern, is the fourth generation member of the Stern family in charge of Patek Philippe. This family heritage fully proves that the family’s dial tradition has not been replaced by the brand’s watchmaking tradition, but a perfect combination of the two. Therefore, Patek Philippe still operates the dial manufacturing business, launching many dial art masterpieces, just like the dial presented in the new Calatrava Ref. 4895R fine jewelry watch.

  The above is the 2014 Basel watch related information carefully prepared by the staff in front of the Watch House. In the future, we will continue to provide more and more intuitive exhibition reports for everyone, please pay attention to it.

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Count Piaget Continues To Support Only Watch With A Technological Masterpiece

Every two years, OnlyWatch, the premier international watch charity event, brings together and displays unique masterpieces of timepieces. With funding from Prince Albert II of Monaco, OnlyWatch raises funds to support scientific and medical research on neuromuscular diseases and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

   For the eighth OnlyWatch this year, Piaget is pleased to once again contribute to the research and continue to support it. The brand designs and donates a unique orphan watch for the charity auction to be held on November 9, 2019. Before the auction, the lot will start its tour at the Monaco Yacht Show on September 25, 2019, and then stop in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States.

   Piaget CEO ChabiNouri shared: ‘Count Piaget is pleased to be able to support scientific research again. OnlyWatch raises public awareness of neuromuscular diseases through a global tour. This year, the brand is proud to donate a unique masterpiece: A watch that pushes the limits of feasibility. ‘

   Piaget Piaget launched a unique Altiplano UltimateAutomatic rose gold watch (model: G0A44535), the watch is decorated with blue like never seen before, which is also the theme color of OnlyWatch this year.

   Piaget’s designers, developers, engineers and watchmakers have worked hand in hand for a full three years to develop, produce and tune carefully to bring life to this ultra-thin masterpiece-every technical choice brings aesthetics Influence and vice versa.

   The Altiplano UltimateAutomatic 910P movement and case form an inseparable whole. The thickness of some parts is only 0.15 mm, and the entire watch thickness is 4.30 mm, which makes it one of the thinnest mechanical watches in the world. Out of the same concern for space optimization, the blue PVD-coated 22K gold oscillating weight is placed on the outer edge of the movement to reduce the thickness and further contribute to the overall slim achievement.

   The hour and minute display is also integrated into the movement, and the unique blue dial color is both cherished by Piaget and part of the brand’s heritage.

   The case back is engraved with the words ‘OnlyWatchUniquePiece2019’ to highlight the uniqueness of the masterpiece of timepieces specially designed for charity events. (Photo / text watch home Xu Chaoyang)