Close-Up: The Boutique-Exclusive Ulysse Nardin Blue Toro

The Ulysse Nardin Blue Toro watch — a perpetual calendar with dual-time function powered by an in-house movement — is the definition of “hard-to-get:” The top Brietling fake watches (Ref. 326-01LE) is limited to 99 pieces and available exclusively in Ulysse Nardin boutiques. Scroll down for more info and photos.

The Ulysse Nardin Blue Toro limited edition counts among its features a bezel and pushers made of ceramic and skeletonized hands designed to prevent easy reading of the dial’s calendar functions. There is also a sapphire exhibition caseback that shows off the movement, Caliber UN-32, which is COSC-certified as a chronometer, and its solid 22k-gold rotor.

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It is a rare example of a perpetual calendar that adjusts forward and backward in seconds over the quick corrector position of a single crown, even in the year 2100. The wearer can adjust Its hour hand instantly to a new local time using pushers (marked “+” and “-“) without taking the Rolex replica watches sale off the wrist or interfering with its timekeeping. A center-mounted arrow-tipped hand keeps track of the home or reference time. The oversized date, day, month and year change instantly, forward or backward, when the hour hand is moved to a new local time across the dateline by the pushers.

The Blue Toro retails for $56,500. Click on the pictures below for larger images.

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 Technical characteristics:

Movement: Ulysse Nardin Caliber UN-32, automatic, COSC-certified.34 jewels. 45-hour power reserve.

Functions: Perpetual calendar adjustable via single crown. Second time zone on main dial with patented quick-setting mechanism. Permanent home time indicated by fake Swiss Breitling watches third hand. Oversized date in double window.

Case, dial and hands: 18k rose-gold case with blue ceramic bezel. Diameter = 43 mm. Nonreflective sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal exhibition caseback. Screw-down crown. Water-resistant to 100 meters. Blue dial. Rubber strap with titanium/ceramic deployant clasp or leather strap with folding buckle.

 

SIHH 2015 in 10 outstanding watches

Any important gathering of watches will invariably lead to a discussion on the timepieces that most caught the horophile’s eye. The 2015 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie has been no exception. The verdict in ten outstanding watches.

In fake Breiitling watchmaking circles, definitions are often open to debate. What constitutes a “complication” is one such conundrum. The general consensus is that any function in addition to indications of hours, minutes and seconds is a complication. Strictly speaking then, automatic winding along with the various mechanisms employed to reduce positional errors in rate, such as the tourbillon or the karrusel, are not complications because they give no additional indication. Yet how often is the tourbillon described as the “king” of complications? In a similar vein, what should we understand by “grande complication“? The most widely accepted definition is a watch that combines three functions: a striking mechanism, astronomical indications, and a mechanism to measure short intervals. In its most classic configuration, a grande complication watch would thus incorporate a minute repeater, a Perpetual Calendar and a chronograph. Where this leaves the tourbillon is another matter for discussion and proof that in watchmaking, terms can be misused and lack… precision.

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Cartier, at any rate, doesn’t make the distinction with its Rotonde Grande Complication Calibre 9406 MC. It took five years to develop and represents fifteen weeks of production, ten weeks of decorating and finishing, and five weeks of assembly. The result, says the brand, “is measured in millimetres. A thickness of 5.49mm for a self-winding mechanical movement that brings together three of the most prestigious Fine replica Watchmaking complications: a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater and a flying tourbillon. Of all Cartier watchmaking creations, this timepiece is the most complex.”

Jaeger-LeCoultre has achieved an identical level of complexity with its Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication which, in addition to hours and minutes, incorporates an orbital flying tourbillon and sky chart, a minute repeater with crystal cathedral gongs, and a 24-hour indication with zodiac signs, months and days. Jaeger-LeCoultre explains this ‘astronomical’ AAA Cartier Replica Watches for sale thus: “The counter-clockwise revolution of the flying tourbillon in 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds is a fascinating sight. The tourbillon whirls around the dial, to which it is fixed, like a capsule suspended in the stratosphere. To highlight the astronomical aspect of time measurement, the tourbillon does not indicate the passing of civil time, but instead that of sidereal time, the unit used by astronomers to follow the trajectory of heavenly bodies.”

Still in the complex realms of striking watches, the Royal Oak Concept RD#1 by Audemars Piguet is doubtless one of the most audible minute repeaters in the history of the wristwatch. It is the result of a research and development project launched in 2006 in collaboration with the federal institute of technology in Lausanne (EPFL). A similar feat of audible engineering comes from A. Lange & Söhne. Its ZEITWERK Minute Repeater is the first to combine a mechanical jumping numerals display with a decimal minute repeater: whenever the wearer triggers, by means of a pusher, the three-note striking mechanism he hears exactly the time displayed on the dial. IWC has chosen a similar type of display for its Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary” which “brings together all IWC’s expertise in its in-house 89801 calibre, with a perpetual calendar featuring a leap year indicator and quick-action switch for the large displays as well as a chronograph with flyback function.”

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The tourbillon, meanwhile, has lost none of its powers of seduction. Incorporated into an extra-thin skeleton movement, thanks to which the Piaget Emperador coussin 1270S can claim another record for thinness in its category, at 8.85mm high. Inclined at 25° and rotating in 24 seconds at Greubel Forsey whose Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision is the brand’s third invention, this time visible on the back of the cheap Omega replica watches online under a sapphire crystal dome. Cylindrical at Montblanc whose Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama with its triple time zone indication shows world time in the fascinating form of two rotating globes representing the two hemispheres.

Not one but two tourbillons at Roger Dubuis where the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon makes a powerful statement. With its RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur, Richard Mille is there where least expected. A magnolia blossom at 7 o’Clock wraps its five hand-crafted and hand-painted petals around a flying tourbillon. Says the brand: “Working in passing or on demand using the pusher at 9 o’clock, the Magnolia opens and closes with rhythmic regularity in a delicate kinetic ballet.” As an ultimate refinement, when fully opened the entire flying tourbillon with its gem-set stamen lifts up one millimetre, exactly as the flower arches upwards to increase its chances of pollination. At this level of “complication”, quarrels over terminology pale into insignificance.

Mission accomplished for the 25th SIHH

The 25th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie has ended on a positive note. Despite turbulence linked to the external value of the Swiss franc, and tension in certain markets, the exhibiting Maisons were highly satisfied with this quarter-century edition. Visitors were once again able to appreciate the full measure of their skills, both mechanical and artistic.

SIHH 2015 was indeed a showcase for the unique expertise of these sixteen Fine Watch Maisons; it also paid tribute to their unfailing support of an event which has established itself as an international reference within the profession, as once again demonstrated by the collections on display. After the exuberance witnessed in previous years,cheap replica Breitling watchmakers have returned to more classical but nonetheless masterful interpretations of time. Skeletonised movements rival with astronomical indications and calendars; the métiers d’art lend their beauty; grandes complications capture the quintessence of time measurement.

For a number of years, the SIHH has been a privileged setting for exhibitions devoted to horological wonders of the past. For this 25th edition, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, which organises the event, chose a more pragmatic approach. Initiation to watchmaking workshops invited visitors to take apart then reassemble a mechanical new years Omega replica watches sale movement. There is an ongoing fascination with this world of the infinitely small, and this new angle on horological culture kept all its promises.

An exclusive, invitation-only gathering, SIHH 2015 recorded a similar level of attendance as previous editions. Reserved for trade visitors from the media and distribution, it welcomed 14,500 guests from around the globe (+4% on 2014) 1,200 of whom were journalists. After a twenty-five year existence, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie boasts a maturity worthy of the finest vintage.

Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette

Parmigiani Fleurier presents the “skeleton” edition of the Tonda 1950, which reveals the incredibly complex mechanism and features of this extra-thin model.

Each bridge and main plate of the PF705 calibre movement has been exquisitely openworked and decorated. No fewer than 127 internal angles adorn the main plate and bridges, requiring 40 hours of decorative work per piece.Revealed in all its refined glory, the skeleton movement of the Tonda 1950 complements the purity of the extra-thin model, displaying its allegiance to a Replica Breitling watchmaking tradition where simple lines combined with a high quality finish are used to create timeless beauty.

The platinum micro-rotor is now visible on the surface of the watch, rather than solely on the back of the movement. As a result, this new face has been decorated with a pattern formed of Parmigiani Fleurier’s iconic lugs, part of the brand’s DNA. Hinting at the spiral shape of the rotor, the motif emphasises the distinctive feeling of movement, which can be observed with each movement of the wrist.

Contrary to all expectations, the Tonda 1950 Squelette does feature a dial, but it is made from sapphire, making it perfectly invisible. Only its rim is metallised, thus elegantly serving to hide the points of attachment between the movement and the case. It also bears the Parmigiani Fleurier logo, which takes the form of a transfer at the top of this rim, rather than the usual monogram, which would have broken the harmony of this framed tableau.

Finally, the dial features a very interesting function which distinguishes the men’s version of the Tonda 1950 Squelette from the ladies’ model. While the dial on the men’s Replica Watches is perfectly polished and transparent, the ladies’ model features a subtly frosted dial, with a translucent misty effect. This allows the men’s version of the model to showcase the full technical prowess of the watch, revealing the movement in minute detail. With typically feminine subtlety, the design of the second version reveals as it hides, lending a softness to the piece by blurring the harsh angles of its movement. This frosted veil also echoes the grained white finish which made the original Tonda 1950 such an overwhelming success.

The men’s version of the Tonda 1950 Squelette is available in white gold or rose gold with a black or tan Hermès strap, with the ladies’ version available in a choice of stone-set white gold or rose gold with a red or “ficelle” Hermès strap.

Each version of this timepiece is a testament to the cheap Omega replica watches uncompromising pursuit of beauty and exceptional attention to detail. These are the values with which Parmigiani Fleurier imbues each of its creations.