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Uncovered United States Naval Issue Tudor Submariner


By de Boulle on March 20th, 2015

It has been well recorded throughout history Tudor Submariners involvements as the official timepiece of the French Marine Nationale, it has been much less clear the involvement in the United States Navy. It has been recorded the Tudor Submariners were used by certain units in the 1950’s and 1960’s but recently a relic from the past has been uncovered shedding more light on the watches history. What makes this find so special is that it has both issue number as well as case back engravings.

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Heavenly Exploration with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel


By de Boulle on March 20th, 2015

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Brevity has never been a specialty of Jaeger-LeCoultre and their latest perpetual calendar the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillion Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel is no exception! After you give yourself a few moments to let the name sink in, the timepiece is a pure beauty and offers far more than you might imagine at first glance.

The gorgeous granual blue dial, modeled after the celestial canopy on a perfectly clear night is sure to be the first element to capture your attention. Further exploring the celestial beauty can be seen at 3 o’clock a perpetual moon phase, which is integrated with the perpetual calendar system.

At the watches 12 o’clock position you will see the traditional perpetual indications along with a complete zodiac calendar. At the 6 o’clock hour you can see the stunning in-house tourbillion with cylindrical balance springs. Unlike other tourbillion the Quantième Perpétuel unit does not have the negative effect on the power source like we you would typically find with a perpetual calendar. Additionally, unlike many tourbillion, the case is constructed entirely of titanium, making it lighter than most others and managing the power in the most effective way.

The pre-programming on this timepiece are simply outstanding allowing the calendar and moon phases to be adjusted simultaneously. From our experiences with a perpetual, this is a great feature.

With a 22k self-winding rotor showing a reproduction of the gold medal won by Jauger-LeCoultre in the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition, the Quantième Perpétuel is a watch to be worn.

 


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Girard-Perregaux 1966 with Guilloche Dial


By de Boulle on March 4th, 2015

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Last year the Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection grabbed our attention as a very functional and wearable offering. Furthermore the 1966 Limited Edition in enamel was a simply incredible piece due to the intricate miniature detailing and cloisonné work. A year later, Girard-Perregaux has revealed the 1966 with a guilloché dial.

 

The technique ‘Guilloché’ refers to engraving a dial in hollowed, concentric patterns utilizing a large hand-turned rose-engine lathe. The new model employs this process to give the flinqué dial a webbed appearance, with each arabesque section beginning at the center and ending at the hour markers.

 

Along with the ‘Guilloché’ engraving, a raised bezel gives the 1966 further depth. The watch features a wonderful balance between the engravings, black printing, pink gold batons and feuille hands. Additionally the date window is carved out, and the effect of matting creates a highly inclusive design.

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One of the outstanding features of the Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 watches is their face size. Typically we have seen dress watches at 40-41mm range, but the 1966 has ever so slightly downsized to 38 mm. Those few mm make a world of difference for many wrist sizes out there along with simple design cues.

 

Within the new 1966, the caliber GP03300 beats at 4 Hz. It is a self-winding manufacture movement that is finished with circular graining, Geneva stripes and an 18k gold rotor. The power reserve measures in at approximately 46 hours. Along with the mens watch, the 1966 is offered as a 30 mm ladies’ model with a bezel set with 60 diamonds. The men’s and ladies’ models are both offered with black alligator straps, curved to follow the contours of the case.

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The Girard-Perregaux 1966 with guilloche offers a number of wonderful features. The combination of pure design with classic artisanal work and reserves its size to a formal 38 mm.


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