Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum

In homage to the spirit of the legendary Montblanc Meisterstück Fountain Pen launched in 1924, Montblanc introduced a new watch collection to honour its 90th anniversary in 2014. From 2015 onwards this collection will assume its future position among the Montblanc watch families as the Heritage Spirit Collection.

Embodying all the codes of fine watchmaking down to the last and smallest detail it bears the signature of traditional craftsmanship, timeless design and flawless functionality. Based on refined design codes, the collection includes timepieces with elegant, clear dials and refined cases expressing the dna of Fine Rolex Replica Watches. Up to the Grand Complication, each model in the Montblanc Heritage Spirit collection makes its own statement, all timepieces being meticulously crafted.

The collection is enhanced by a new model that highlights again the ambition of Montblanc to share the passion for fine watchmaking. The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum interprets one of the most contemporary and useful complications – the world time function – in a new, innovative way. The earth is anchored at the core of this complication, that is named Orbis Terrarum, the Latin term for “globe”, “earth”, and “world”. This timepiece adopts a universal approach, telling the time in 24 timezones all over the world, thanks to a manufacture complication developed in-house by the Montblanc master watchmakers.

The inspiration for this complication came likewise from the history of horology and from Montblanc’s watchmaking past. The “Montres à eclipses” Best Replica Watches UK that had multiple layers of dials that could change their functionality or aesthetics – were some of the most fascinating complications at the beginning of the 20th century. Always reaching towards the pinnacle of its craft, Montblanc has developed a strong expertise for working on complications by using multiple layers – two examples manifesting this expertise being the Metamorphosis II launched in 2014 or the Rieussec Rising Hours from 2012.

The complication of the Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is simple to read and easy to use, displaying the time in different parts of the world in a practical and intuitive way. The dial is constructed in a multi-layer way. At its centre, the main sapphire crystal dial displays the continents as viewed from the North Pole which are encircled by the names of the 24 cities representing the different timezones. The continents are cut out from the rest of the disc that displays the oceans in a light blue colour. Under the main dial is a disc showing day and night as well as the 24 hours timezones, which rotates with the movement mechanism. To adjust the time, the desired local city needs to be first positioned at 6 o’Clock by the aid of the pusher at 8 o’clock. Then the hours and minutes (which are always linked with the day/night and 24 hours timezones disc) can be adjusted through the crown to adjust the correct local time of the desired city. Once this is done, in addition to the correct local time the correct time of all the 24 timezones will simultaneously be displayed around the sapphire crystal dial When travelling to another timezone, the new destination city simply needs to be placed at 6 o’clock. This adjustment is again done through the pusher at 8 o’clock which will turn at the same time the continents and cities, the day/night disc with the 24 hours timezones as well as the hour hand in jumps of 1 hour. The precise time of the minutes is not affected. Once this simple regulation is done, the local time of the new destination as well as the 24 timezones will be fully synchronized again.

Due to the innovative multi-layer dial construction, the times of all 24 timezones can be indicated. A day/night disc shows at a glance where it is day or night on the planet. The rotation of this disc changes the colours of the continents as seen on the dial, alternately from light (day) to dark (night). This innovative functional principle is rare to find in fine watchmaking.

The Buy Swiss Replica Watches UK is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement, calibre MB29.20, beating at the frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 hertz) with the exclusive complication developed in-house by Montblanc.

Like all timepieces of the Heritage Spirit Collection, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit “Orbis Terrarum” expresses the codes of fine watchmaking in every detail:

A 41mm case with refined and straight lines, a narrow convexly round bezel, anti-reflective cambered sapphire crystal, vertically descending flanks with horizontal satin finishing that beautifully contrast with the polished case, finely arcing horns, polished faceted hands in the classical dauphine shape, a crown with the Montblanc emblem in raised relief against a sand-blasted background, and a large-scale black alligator wristband with a triple folding clasp, for maximum comfort.

Montblanc shares its passion for fine watchmaking with the presentation of the new Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum model, an innovative model with an attractive value proposition.

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic

For years, the Portofino line from IWC Schaffhausen was seen as the silent star of the company’s product portfolio. Subject to continuous development, the line has increasingly been the focus of attention from watch devotees, its appeal based on minimalist design and discreet elegance. Now, in the shape of the Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic, the family has a new addition that celebrates the art of understatement with its own distinctive charm and style.

A wristwatch could hardly be more modest: with two hands and a winding crown, it has nothing to distract from the purist lines and clear-cut dial design. After all, the soul of genuine elegance lies in the art of omission. The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic (Ref. IW511101/IW511102) dispenses with any form of embellishment and was designed, purely and simply, to show the time of day. It also radiates composure and an undiluted aesthetic. It has a traditional, arched-edge front glass, which not only makes the 43.5-millimetre diameter of this harmonious model seem smaller than it actually is, but also gives the Swiss Replica Watches UK watch a classic, balanced appearance. In order to make the overall impression as discreet as possible, even the power reserve display has been moved to the back of the watch, where it can be seen through the sapphire-glass back.

Peerless mechanics in a traditional design

The IWC hand-wound 59060 calibre is famed for its stamina: fully wound, with no further action required, it will continue running for precisely 192 hours or 8 full days. Only then will the owner need to replenish its store of energy by winding the Omega Replica Watches Sale via the crown. Two large bridges conceal the rear of the movement almost entirely, leaving just the balance on view. This contemporary watch design guarantees an impressive level of robustness and reliability. The upper bridge serves as a bearing for the barrel, the differential and the winding mechanism, while the lower bridge fulfils the same function for the power reserve display and conceals the train-wheel bridge below. All bridges are exquisitely decorated with Geneva stripes. The movement also features an indexless balance, which has four golden weight screws on the balance rim to facilitate precision adjustment. As is standard for most modern watch movements, it oscillates at a frequency of 4 hertz, or 28,800 beats per hour. Like the Breguet spring bent into shape in using traditional watchmaking techniques, this also helps to make the Replica Watches UK Online extremely precise. The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic in red gold (Ref. IW511101) sports a silver-plated dial and gold-plated hands  and  indices  as  well as a dark brown leather strap. The stainless-steel version (Ref. IW511102) is available with a silver-plated dial, rhodium-plated hands and indices and a black leather strap. The high-quality straps are made exclusively for IWC Schaffhausen by renowned Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni, now run by the second generation of the family in the form of Giuseppe Santoni. A complex technique during the manufacturing process endows the leather with a patina that results in the characteristic gradation of colour. The technique makes the leather appear as though it has been lovingly used for several years, although it is, in fact, brand new. Another instantly recognizable Santoni feature is the orange leather lining found on the inner surface of the strap. All the charm and aesthetic appeal of life in southern Europe is united in the perfect craftsmanship of both watch and strap. The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic is available in an unlimited edition exclusively at selected IWC boutiques.

Strengthening of Swiss made label for the watch industry well under way

The Swiss made label for the watch industry will be strengthened by the introduction of a minimum rate of Swiss value of 60% and by the requirement that technical development must be carried out in Switzerland. A decisive step has been taken in finalising the project and the Swiss made label will be very significantly strengthened as a result, in the interest of consumers and of Switzerland’s industrial fabric.

At its board meeting of 17 December 2014, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH outlined the principles governing revision of the Swiss made ordinance (ordinance regulating the use of the name “Swiss” for watches of 1971). At present, in order to be Swiss, a Cheap Replica Watches UK  must satisfy the following three conditions: be equipped with a Swiss movement, and be assembled and inspected by the manufacturer in Switzerland. Two other criteria will be added to the above, namely the introduction of a minimum rate of Swiss value of 60% for the movement and the watch, and the obligation to carry out technical development in Switzerland.

Introduction of the rate of 60% is logical and necessary. The FH has lobbied intensely, in the context of the revision of the law on trademarks (Swissness bill), to ensure that industrial products should be subject to a minimum rate of 60% rather than 50% only. Parliament concurred with this view in June 2013 and it is now expected that the Swiss made ordinance will be adapted accordingly. The Special Swiss Watches Online  rate of 80% for mechanical products was rejected. Following intense discussions, Federal Administration departments felt that it could run contrary to international agreements which are binding on Switzerland. The FH wishes to see the Swiss made label strengthened, but in compliance with existing agreements.

The stipulation that technical development must be carried out in Switzerland, in particular design work and prototyping, has been introduced to comply with the new requirement of the law on trademarks, whereby Swiss made must correspond to the place where the activity which gave the product its characteristics was carried out. Since  Quality Replica Watches  are an adroit blend of the technical and aesthetic, it follows that design work and prototyping do indeed confer the characteristics of the Swiss product.

It should be remembered that the FH adopted a draft revision back in 2007, but had to wait for the conclusion of parliamentary proceedings devoted to the Swissness bill, in June 2013, before formally commencing a revision of the Swiss made ordinance. It is expected that all ordinances relating to the Swissness bill will be adopted by the Federal Council at the end of 2015 and that they will enter into force on 1st January 2017.

The future Swiss made label for the watch industry in brief:  

• Minimum 60% Swiss value for the movement
Assembly and final inspection of the movement carried out in Switzerland
• Minimum 60% Swiss value for the watch, which must also incorporate a Swiss movement
• Assembly and final inspection of the watch carried out in Switzerland
• Technical development of the movement and watch carried out in Switzerland