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URWERK Launches Limited Edition UR-100V “Blue Planet”

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The new URWERK UR-100V Blue Planet is an earth-inspired version of the SpaceTime watch and limited to only 25 pieces.
Urwerk 100V Blue Earth Watch Lifestyle

The new URWERK UR-100V Blue Planet is a tribute to the big blue marble we appear from outer space and expresses this in the form of a deep matte blue steel case, blue movement piece, and blue detailing.

Designed by Swiss makers URWERK to take the wearer on a “journey through both time and space,” the URWERK UR-100V Blue Planet features the brand’s iconic satellite display, which first debuted in the fall of 2019 and displays the time through the use of three hour-satellite system, also presented in the same deep blue as the case.

Urwerk 100V Blue Earth Watch Lifestyle

“When I create and when I paint, all colors resonate in me, but particularly blue. During my education at the Academy of Arts and Design in Lucerne, I had the chance to study the great Florentine artist Giotto. He was the first who, at the end of the Middle Ages, painted the sky blue — dethroning Byzantine gold — and launching the ‘realistic’ style of painting is normal today. I love the color of Giotto’s blue sky; it’s the same sky as ours. Blue is a color that surrounds us, that encompasses us,” explains URWERK’s designer and co-founder, Martin Frei.

Urwerk 100V Blue Earth Watch Movement

Like previous models, the UR-100V Blue Planet displays the hour in the middle of the satellite with the visible minute counter showing, while the minute arrowhead “slides” across the bottom of the watch to indicate the minutes.

Once the minute pointer disappears out of sight, its journey has only just begun as it makes its way around the clock face to perform two additional functions.

Urwerk 100V Blue Earth Watch Front Back

The first is when it reappears at 9’o’clock to track the 555.55 kilometers the Earth has just rotated at the equator every 20 minutes and then again when it makes an appearance at 3 o’clock to display the 35,742 kilometers the Earth has just traveled around the sun in the past 20 minutes.

As the sixth variation of the UR-100 SpaceTime watch, the Blue Planet is a navy-colored reiteration of the UR-100 Blue with a silver case and blue detailing and holds its own alongside the original UR-100 Black, the C-3P0 inspired UR-100 Gold, the UR-100 Gunmetal, and the Jurassic Park inspired UR-100V T-Rex.

Urwerk 100V Blue Earth Watch Lifestyle 3

Powered by URWERK’s own UR 12.02 self-winding mechanical movement, the watch has a power reserve of 48 hours.

The URWERK UR-100V Blue Planet is limited to only 25 pieces in total and is priced at 48,000.00 CHF (approx USD$51,000).

URWERK UR-100V Blue Planet Technical Specifications

Model: URWERK UR-100V Blue Planet
Number: Limited Edition 25 pieces
Price: CHF 48,000
Made: Switzerland
Dimensions: 41 mm width; 49.7 mm length; 14 mm thickness
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Time Caliber: UR 12.02 self-winding mechanical movement regulated by Windfänger Planetary Turbine Automatic System
Materials: Aluminum satellite hour carousel driven on Geneva crosses with aluminum carousel
Water Resistant: 30 meters (3 ATM/3 Bar)

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Watches & Wonders 2021: Zenith New Releases

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Zenith Watches reveals their latest watch designs at Watches & Wonders 2021: The Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum Collection and a revival of some of their most historic pieces with the new Zenith ICONS program.
Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum Collection Black and Blue

This year at Watches & Wonders 2021, Zenith has revealed the new bright and colorful Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum Collection along with the revival of some of their most historic pieces thanks to the new Zenith ICONS program.

Looking to the future, Zenith’s new Defy 21 Spectrum collection consists of five color variations representing the different wavelengths of visible light, with each version featuring a bezel set with baguette-cut precious stones to match the colored movements and rubber straps: green tsavorites for the green edition, orange sapphires for the orange edition, blue sapphires for the blue edition, amethyst for the purple edition, and black spinels for the black edition.

Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum Orange

Featuring a stainless steel case embedded with 288 brilliant-cut diamonds, the bedazzled timepieces are powered by El Primero 21, Zenith’s revolutionary 1/100th of a second chronograph caliber with matching color movements.

Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum Collection Green Purple

The new Zenith Defy Spectrum Collection pieces are limited to 10 pieces of each color and are priced at USD$35,900.

Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum Collection Technical Specifications
Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum Color Watches

Watch Model

  • Reference 32.9005.9004/05.R944: Orange Limited Edition 10 pieces (Boutique only)
  • Reference 32.9006.9004/06.R918: Blue Limited Edition 10 pieces (Boutique only)
  • Reference 32.9007.9004/07.R922: Purple Limited Edition 10 pieces (Boutique only)
  • Reference 32.9008.9004/08.R943: Green Limited Edition 10 pieces (Boutique only)
  • Reference 32.9009.9004/09.R921: Black Limited Edition 10 pieces (Boutique only)

Case

  • Stainless steel set with 288 VVS brilliant-cut diamonds
  • Bezel set with 44 VVS colored baguette-cut sapphires
  • Diameter: 44 mm
  • Height: 15.4mm
  • See-through case back
  • Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
  • Water-resistant to 3 ATM

Dial/Functions/Indications

  • Openworked dial with two different-colored counters
  • Colored main plate on movement + colored oscillating weight
  • Rhodium-plated hours and hands markers with Super-LumiNova®
  • Hours and minutes in the center with small seconds at 9 o’clock 1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock.

Movement

  • El Primero 9004 automotive movement
  • Power reserve minimum 50 hours
  • Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5Hz)

Bracelet

  • Colored rubber with “Cordura effect” and titanium double folding clasp

Price

  • Price of the Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum Collection Watch (limited to 10 pieces of each color): USD$35,900 /34,900 CHF available from June 2021

The second announcement from Zenith is their plan to revive some of their most sought-after and important vintage models with the Zenith ICONS program.

Zenith Icons Program Watch Box

Selecting the brand’s most important historical references, Zenith will curate a selection of iconic and vintage Zenith watches to be restored and certified by the Manufacture in Le Locle and sold exclusively at Zenith’s boutiques.

Each Zenith ICON watch will come with a 3-year warranty and “passport” to track its path in this new life.

“This is an exciting new chapter for Zenith’s legacy, and I’m extremely proud of the teams at the Zenith Manufacture for taking on this initiative,” shared Julien Tornare Zenith CEO. “We are bridging the past with the future by celebrating Zenith’s rich history and the references that have become true icons of watchmaking. We are acquiring historical timepieces from sources who have cherished them for a very long time and allowing others the opportunity to enjoy them. These rare pieces can now embark on a second life using existing resources at the Manufacture, and I’m really excited to share these pieces of history with our customers. This is just the beginning!”

The Zenith Icons program begins with finding the most well-preserved examples of its most iconic historical references.

Once a watch is found that appears to be in excellent condition, the Manufacture works with its Heritage department to conduct research, tracing back the watch’s origins to ensure that all parts are genuine and coherent.

Thanks to a massive archive spanning the entire history of the Manufacture’s production, Zenith can identify and authenticate even the smallest component of any watch it has ever built. Once the Heritage Department approves a watch, the Manufacture purchases it and hands it to the Heritage team, who conduct further inspections on it.

Once the Heritage department has approved the watch, the timepiece enters the restoration phase to retain as many original parts and materials as possible.

After this is completed, a “passport” is issued for the Zenith ICON watch and stored digitally in the Zenith Archives to provide a 3-year warranty covering the movements and any manufacturing defects and normal wear-and-tear of components.

The aim is to release Zenith Icons pieces as capsule collections, bringing together references with a shared history, function, or theme. One of the first collections, available at Shanghai Nanjing West Road Boutique, will focus on some of the earliest and most iconic El Primero references from 1969 to 1972.

A384
The A384 made its debut in 1969 as the face of the El Primero that figured on launch press cuttings and on the cover of the first El Primero brochures. It stands out with its “square barrel” case signed with the Zenith 4-pointed star logo and its “panda” dial – which has turned tropical in this case, making it all the more desirable.

Zenith Icons Watch A384

A385
One of the original trio of stainless steel references that launched alongside the El Primero calibre, the A385 is the model Zenith chose for its advertisements and photo-shoots in 1969. It left its mark on the era with its “shaded smoky brown” gradient dial, unprecedented at the time, and its “square barrel” case, signed with the Zenith 4-pointed star logo.

Zenith Icons Watch A385

A386
What would become the template for Zenith’s signature Chronomaster line, the A386 was launched in 1969 in a more classical round-case with straight lugs variant of the first El Primero-equipped watch. It garnered attention for its unprecedented tri-colour chronograph counters and decimal scale, becoming one of the most significant references in the history of the El Primero calibre and an icon among chronograph wristwatches.

Zenith Icons Watch A386

More Watches and Wonders 2021 Participating Brands

A.Lange & Söhne

Arnold & Son

Baume & Mercier

Bulgari

Carl F. Bucherer

Cartier

Chanel

Chopard

Chronoswiss

Corum

Ferdinand Berthoud

Greubel Forsey

H. Moser & Cie.

Hermès

Hublot

IWC

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Louis Moinet

Louis Vuitton

Maurice Lacroix

Montblanc

NOMOS

Oris

Panerai

Patek Philippe

Piaget

Purnell

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Ressence

Roger Dubuis

Rolex

Speake-Marin

TAG Heuer

Trilobe

Tudor

Ulysse Nardin

Vacheron Constantin

Zenith

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Watches & Wonders 2021: H.Moser & Cie New Releases

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H.Moser & Cie reveals their latest watch designs at Watches & Wonders 2021: The Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool, Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool and the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye.
H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Watch Lifestyle
Watches and Wonders 2021 Reveal: H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

H.Moser & Cie has revealed three new watches as part of Watches & Wonders this year, with the first two taking inspiration from the turquoise waters of paradise islands: the Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool edition and the Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool edition, which both share the same colored “blue lagoon” fumé dial.

Featuring a “barely there” transparent lacquer H. Moser &Cie. logo, affixed at 12 o’clock, the latest editions borrow from Moser’s “Concept” design, eliminating the logo entirely. Meanwhile, both models share the same anthracite grey faceted applique indices with Super-LumiNova markers for night-time viewing.

H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Logo
The transparent logo found on the dial of both Pioneer MEGA Cool models. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

The Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool is powered by Moser’s own in-house HMC 200 movement. In contrast, the Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA COOL is powered by the self-winding HMC 804 caliber, with both models boasting a three-day power reserve.

H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon
H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool with Blue Lagoon dial. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

Both Pioneer MEGA Cool editions are also water-resistant up to 12 ATM and are available with four different straps– a rubber, Kevlar, alligator leather strap, or a metal bracelet.

H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Watch with bracelet, rubber and kevlar strap
H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool with Blue Lagoon dial. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

The third new watch revealed is the semi-precious stone inspired Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye with two unique hued dials that have entirely removed the logo and any markings to create a blank canvas that draws attention to the one-minute flying tourbillon.

H.Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger's Eye Ox Falcon
The new H.Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye in Falcon’s Eye and Ox’s Eye. Credit: HMC

The first model is the red-hued dial inspired by the stone Ox’s Eye, while the second is the blue “Falcon’s Eye” dial created using Tiger’s Eye, a variety of microcrystalline quartz.

Formed of amosite, the fibers of Tiger’s Eye are partially replaced with silica following a natural transformation known as “pseudo morphosis” that gives the stone its iridescent effect when polished. When the stone’s various layers include fibrous crocidolite and silica, the stone takes on a blue color and is known as “Falcon’s Eye,” while a reddish tone is known as Ox’s Eye.

H.Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger's Eye Falcon Eye
Due to the nature of working with natural stone each dial pattern is completely unique. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

“Tiger’s Eye is a natural reinterpretation of Moser fumé dials, which have been a key part of the brand’s success,” shares Edouard Meylan, H. Moser & Cie CEO. “Its horizontal lines lend it balance and symmetry. It is a dynamic stone which seems to come to life as it catches the light. The richness of its details are revealed gradually; it must be admired from different angles to fully appreciate its beauty. Just like a Moser timepiece. With the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye model, we wanted to enhance the brilliance of the Tiger’s Eye using a highly contemporary approach. The 1970s has been a great source of inspiration for us in terms of design and aesthetic trends. Tiger’s Eye was very popular at this time, and it was showcased in a number of timepieces, with a look that was quite Baroque or Rococo in style. We have opted for a contrasting interpretation, minimalist and understated, with a Tiger’sEye dial featuring no logo or indices, adorned with only the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock”.

H.Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger's Eye Ox's Eye
The Red Gold Ox’s Eye variant is limited to 50 pieces in total. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

Only 50 pieces will be made of each edition due to the difficulty in sourcing stones with regular parallel lines and the complexity required to produce the dials.

As Tiger’s Eye stones are all different, each piece will be entirely unique, and the Moser’s workshop anticipates producing only 20 pieces per year.

H.Moser & Cie’s new releases are available from their online store or through authorized retailers.


H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Fumé Dial Technical Specifications
H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon
H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Fumé Dial. Credit: HMC

Watch Model

  • Reference 3200-1214: Steel model with Blue Lagoon fumé dial edition (with steel bracelet, rubber, Kevlar or alligator leather strap)

Case

  • Solid steel case with domed sapphire crystal
  • Diameter: 42.8 mm
  • Height: 10.6mm (without sapphire crystal)
  • See-through case back
  • Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
  • Water-resistant to 12 ATM

Dial/Functions/Indications

  • Blue Lagoon fumé with sunburst pattern
  • Anthracite grey hour and minute hands Globolight® inserts
  • Anthracite grey applique indexes with hour markers in Super-LumiNova®
  • H.Moser & Cie logo in transparent lacquer
  • Hours and minutes
  • Central seconds

Movement

  • HMC 200 self-winding calibre
  • Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes
  • Height: 5.5 mm
  • Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h
  • Jewels: 27 jewels
  • Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
  • Power reserve: minimum of 3 days
  • Original Straumann Hairspring® with flat overcoil
  • Finish with Moser double stripes

Bracelet

  • Steel bracelet, Kevlar, rubber or alligator leather strap
  • Steel pin buckle, engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. logo

Price

  • Price of the H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Watch: US$15,300

H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Fumé Dial Technical Specifications
H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Watch with bracelet, rubber and kevlar strap
H.Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Fumé Dial. Credit: HMC

Watch Model

  • Reference 3804-1205: Steel model with Blue Lagoon fumé dial limited edition of 50 pieces (with steel bracelet, Kevlar, rubber or alligator leather strap)

Case

  • Solid steel case with domed sapphire crystal
  • Diameter: 42.8 mm
  • Height: 10.8mm (without sapphire crystal)
  • See-through case back
  • Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
  • Water-resistant to 12 ATM

Dial/Functions/Indications

  • Blue Lagoon fumé with sunburst pattern
  • H.Moser & Cie logo in transparent lacquer
  • Anthracite grey applique indexes, with hour markers in Super-LumiNova®
  • Anthracite grey hour and minute hands with Globolight® inserts
  • Hours and minutes
  • Central seconds

Movement

  • HMC 804 self-winding calibre
  • Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes
  • Height: 5.5 mm
  • Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h
  • Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
  • Solid 18K red gold engraved oscillating weight
  • Power reserve: minimum of 3 days
  • Original double hairspring
  • One-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with skeletonised bridges

Bracelet

  • Steel bracelet, Kevlar, rubber or alligator leather strap
  • Steel clasp engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. logo

Price

  • Price of the H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool Blue Lagoon Watch: US$54,900

H.Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye Technical Specifications
H.Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger's Eye Ox Falcon
H.Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye. Credit: HMC

Watch Model

  • Reference 1804-0222: White gold with blue Falcon’s Eye natural stone dial and blue alligator strap limited to 50 pieces
  • Reference 1804-0401: Red gold with red Ox’s Eye natural stone dial with brown alligator leather strap limited to 50 pieces

Case

  • 18K red gold or white gold
  • Diameter: 40 mm
  • Height: 11.2mm (without sapphire crystal)
  • See-through case back

Dial/Functions/Indications

  • Natural Tiger’s Eye Stone in Falcon’s Eye or Ox’s Eye
  • Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands

Movement

  • HMC 804 self-winding calibre
  • Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes
  • Height: 5.5 mm
  • Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h
  • Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
  • Solid 18K red gold engraved oscillating weight
  • Power reserve: minimum of 3 days
  • Original double hairspring
  • One-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with skeletonised bridges
  • Finish with Moser double stripes

Bracelet

  • Blue or brown alligator leather strap
  • 18K white gold or red gold folding clasp engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. logo

Price

  • Price of the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye Watch: US$75,900

More Watches and Wonders 2021 Participating Brands

A.Lange & Söhne

Arnold & Son

Baume & Mercier

Bulgari

Carl F. Bucherer

Cartier

Chanel

Chopard

Chronoswiss

Corum

Ferdinand Berthoud

Greubel Forsey

H. Moser & Cie.

Hermès

Hublot

IWC

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Louis Moinet

Louis Vuitton

Maurice Lacroix

Montblanc

NOMOS

Oris

Panerai

Patek Philippe

Piaget

Purnell

Rebellion Timepieces

Ressence

Roger Dubuis

Rolex

Speake-Marin

TAG Heuer

Trilobe

Tudor

Ulysse Nardin

Vacheron Constantin

Zenith

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Watches & Wonders 2021 Digital Edition Overview

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In a time when travel is restricted, this year’s online digital Watches & Wonders 2021 event is every watch enthusiast’s passport to the biggest watch releases of the year.
Watches and Wonders 2021

After the upheaval of 2020 that saw the demise of Baselworld and then the cancellation of the physical in-person Watches & Wonders 2021 event in Geneva, this year’s online event comes highly anticipated by watch enthusiasts and will see a host of watch brands reveal their new timepieces for the year.

Presented as a digital trade show this year, Watches & Wonders (previously known as the SIHH – Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) will be delivered over 10 days from April 7 to 13 with releases from 38 participating brands.

Stay tuned for new reveals over the coming days…..

Watches and Wonders 2021 Participating Brands

A.Lange & Söhne

Arnold & Son

Baume & Mercier

Bulgari

Carl F. Bucherer

Cartier

Chanel

Chopard

Chronoswiss

Corum

Ferdinand Berthoud

Greubel Forsey

H. Moser & Cie.

Hermès

Hublot

IWC

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Louis Moinet

Louis Vuitton

Maurice Lacroix

Montblanc

NOMOS

Oris

Panerai

Patek Philippe

Piaget

Purnell

Rebellion Timepieces

Ressence

Roger Dubuis

Rolex

Speake-Marin

TAG Heuer

Trilobe

Tudor

Ulysse Nardin

Vacheron Constantin

Zenith

A following physical Watch & Wonders event will held in Shanghai from April 14-18 2021 and will feature new model releases especially for the Chinese market along with talks and panels held by industry experts and the popular workbench demonstrations.

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