Bert

Recent Posts

Kiss the Dark by L. Mylott Manning

L. Mylott Manning, a New York-based fine artist, creates interactive sculptures, performance art, public art, works on canvas, and installations.

[…]
Continue Reading

Harry Winston Ocean Tourbillon Jump Hour

This complex watch is distinguished by a tourbillon cage that is suspended between two sapphire crystals, with no apparent mechanical connection to the rest of the movement. The cage is held in place only by two steel bridges. Minutes are indicated by a small red arrow on an index that circles the jump hour window at 10 o’clock It is driven by caliber HW4401, with a twin barrel.

[…]
Continue Reading

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GoodPlanet

A portion of sales from this watch, the latest in the brand’s series of professional diver’s watches, is donated to the GoodPlanet Foundation, which works to preserve and protect the world’s oceans. The watch is water resistant to 600 meters, with Super-LumiNova that emits a blue light.

[…]
Continue Reading

Greubel Forsey Double Balancier

This is a true first in horology, a watch with two escapements that are angled at 35 degrees. They are driven through a spherical differential that provides the average of their rates to the gear train and time display. Together, they provide improved timing performance. The manual wound movement has 365 components, powered by two barrels, providing a 72-hour power reserve.

[…]
Continue Reading

Patek Philippe Calatrava 7121

This ladies’ moonphase in the Calatrava series of classic watches, is aesthetically minimalist, with colors limited to gold and cream, with a small seconds hand placed discreetly over the moonphase indicator. The bezel is set with 66 diamonds. It contains a manual wound caliber made by Patek Philippe.

[…]
Continue Reading

Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet

The case of this diver’s watch consists of a proprietary material made of aluminum and ceramic that is highly resistant to shock, temperature fluctuations and scratches – everything you need in a professional diver’s watch. It is water resistant to 100 meters.

[…]
Continue Reading

Paris Evenings

[gallery ids="1765,1766,1767,1768,1769,1770"]

[…]
Continue Reading

Rotonde De Cartier Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

This perpetual calendar, housed in an 18k rose gold case, contains the in-house self-winding caliber 1904-CH, made by Cartier. The dial, decorated in a sunray guilloché pattern, includes a retrograde day index at 6 o’clock, and month and leap year indicators at 12 o’clock.

[…]
Continue Reading

Blancpain Carrosel Tourbillon

Two important mechanisms that work to compensate for errors in timekeeping due to gravitational forces—a Carrousel and a Tourbillon—are combined on Blancpain’s new model, and are linked by a differential gear system, which transmits the average rate of both regulators to the time display. The combination is a world first.

[…]
Continue Reading

Hublot Antikythera SunMoon

The Antikythera SunMoon includes both a solar and lunar calendar and an indication showing the sidereal position of the sun and the moon. It will also tell you the phase of the moon, or more specifically its shape in the sky, as well as the name of the constellation behind it and the time required for the moon to pass through that constellation. This complicated watch is also a flying tourbillon.

[…]
Continue Reading

Hermès at Baselworld

Toyo Ito and Hermès – A Perfect Pairing

When Hermès partnered with world-renowned Pritzker Prize winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito to design their pavilion for Baselworld 2013, both parties must have known great things were to come. Ito’s progressive, exciting designs were the perfect match to Hermès’ focus on innovative conceptual work and their commitment to the highest level of craftsmanship. The pairing elevated the timeless designs of the French company’s pieces to a new height, and proved to be the perfect environment for their product. Ito's design combined a warm, naturalistic feel with the minimalism and lightness of contemporary design, creating a space that resonated with Hermès’ own unique combination of old- world sophistication and modern simplicity and elegance.

[…]
Continue Reading

Cartier Calibre Chronograph

This watch contains the 1904-CH MC, the brand’s first in-house chronograph caliber. The self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement is powered by two barrels, and is fitted with a vertical coupling that allows the traditional jumps of the seconds hand to be eliminated during start and stop actions. Design highlights include the signature outsized Roman numeral at XII, and elegantly placed pushers that are integrated into the crown reinforcement.

[…]
Continue Reading

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s prestigious Gyrotourbillon 3 consists of two cages that keep the movement in double motion. One cage makes a rotation every minute and the other, inside the first cage, rotates every 24 seconds. The result is a three- dimensional dance that gives the impression of a whirling dervish spinning in mid air. This is a flying tourbillon, thus the absence of an upper bridge provides a clear view of the mechanism. The watch is also a chronograph, with minutes uniquely displayed digitally in a window at left.

[…]
Continue Reading

The Imagination of Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

Henri Matisse, The Gulf of Saint-Tropez, 1904, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 19 7/8 in. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
[…]
Continue Reading

Vacheron Constantin Florilège

From the Metiers d’Art collection, the Florilège is a trio of watches inspired by The Temple of Flora, a book of botanical illustrations written in 1799 by botanist/explorer Robert John Thornton. The dials of the watches combine the artistic crafts of guillochage, gem-setting and grand feu cloisonné enamel dials. Flowers depicted include the South African Strelitzia, the Virgin’s Lily and the China Limodoron. The watches are fitted with mechanical manual winding movements and are crafted according to Geneva Hallmark standards. The bezels are set with either round or baguette-cut diamonds.

[…]
Continue Reading

Sotheby's Auction of the George Daniels' Personal Collection of Clocks and Watches, London, November 6, 2012

George Daniels Space Travellers' Watch
[…]
Continue Reading

Panerai 8 Days Titanio

The Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio is a split-seconds chronograph with vertical clutch and twin column wheels. It contains the the P.2006 proprietary movement, with an 8-day power reserve thanks to three barrels containing mainsprings. The 47mm case is made of brushed titanium, as are the buttons. The distinctive dial is black, with readability ensured by luminous dots and hour markers, and punctuated by a blue split- seconds hand and a blue minute counter hand. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters.

[…]
Continue Reading

Chronos 100 Issues

Wempe Jewelers congratulates Bert Kalisher and the entire team at Chronos on the occasion of the magazine’s Centennial! Your contributions to the watch industry have helped pave the way for the renaissance in the art of watchmaking. Chronos pioneered the blending of in-depth technical analysis and lifestyle.

[…]
Continue Reading

Hermés Suspendu

Hermés is introducing two new variations of its multiple award-winning timepiece, the Arceau Le Temps Suspendu. The new version is 18k rose gold, with two dial options: an opaline silvered dial or a brown dial. Both dials have a stamped herringbone motif. The Suspendu contains a double retrograde movement with a module that enables the wearer to suspend time. The running time and suspended time phases are coordinated by two synchronized column wheels, one driving the hours, and the other the minutes and date.
Hermés
800-441-4488
www.Hérmes.com

[…]
Continue Reading

Montblanc Hi-Frequency Timer

The TimeWriter II Chronographe Bi-Fréquence 1000 measures and displays elapsed time to 1/1,000th of a second. Like many high-speed chronograph watches, it has a dual control system with two balance wheels – one for the time running at 2.5 hertz, and another one used for the chronograph, running at 50 Hz. Herein lies the magic: in order to measure 1/1000th of a second in the traditional way, the balance should actually be running at more like 500,000 Hz, or about 3.6-million vph. Instead, Montblanc, with the help of Spanish watchmaker Bartomeu Gomila, developed a system that divides each 1/100th of a second into subsets of 10 increments – in other words, the balance triggers a gear 100 times in each full turn rather than the usual two times. The chronograph function is controlled by a two-level column-wheel: one level guides the start, stop and zero-return functions; the other level controls the thousandths wheel.
Montblanc
800-995-4810
www.montblanc.com

[…]
Continue Reading

Bulgari's Maserati Model

The Bulgari Octo Maserati contains the in house Gerald Genta caliber GG7800 column-wheel chronograph. It is a jumping hour, with the hour displayed through the window at 12 o’clock, and a chronograph with four retrograde displays of minutes, date and hour and minute counters. The chronograph seconds hand is uniquely positioned at 6 o’clock. The watch has a calfskin strap that echoes the design codes of the famous sports car’s seat upholstery and a grille pattern on the dial that is crafted in champlevé enamel to evoke the radiator grille of the Maserati.
www.bulgari.com; 1-800-343-5594

[…]
Continue Reading

Van Cleef & Arpels Interprets the Costume Ball

From the Van Cleef & Arpels Bals de Légende collection, this dial is a tribute to the famous Black & White Ball held by Truman Capote in 1966. It is rendered in onyx, motherof-pearl marquetry and gold sculpting, and contains the brand’s exclusive 24-hour Poetic Complication caliber. The brand has introduced both a jewelry and watch collection to commemorate the famous costume balls of the twentieth century, and also commissioned a book on the topic – Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century – published by Assouline and written by British author Nicholas Foulkes. The Bals de Légende collection debuted in January at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva with four pieces, each named for a famous ball: Palais d’Hiver, Bal du Siècle, Black & White and the Proust Ball. Each depicts dancers and scenes from the balls, rotating on the inner disk of the dial, driven by the brand’s proprietary Automatic 24-hour movement.
www.vancleef-arpels.com; 877-826-2533

[…]
Continue Reading

The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent, Santa Maria della Salute, 1904, translucent and opaque watercolor and graphite with graphite underdrawing, 18 3/16 x 23 in., Brooklyn Museum.
[…]
Continue Reading

Wempe Opens New Flagship Rolex Boutique

On May 10th 2012, Wempe Jewelers opened a second store in the US, a boutique dedicated exclusively to their longstanding partner, Rolex.

[…]
Continue Reading

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 3

As a watchmaker, Harry Winston continues to push the boundaries of design. The Histoire de Tourbillon 3 is the third series in the brand’s exploration of the tourbillon. It is equipped with three tourbillons, each rotating at different speeds. Two of the tourbillon escapements are nested one inside the other, with one rotating every 40 seconds and the other rotating every 120 seconds on an axis perpendicular to the first. Together, they cover every possible plane in relation to the field of gravity, working together to average out any positional errors in timekeeping. The third tourbillon rotates in a separate carriage at one revolution every 36 seconds, moving quickly to minimize its exposure to the effects of gravity.

[…]
Continue Reading
All posts Next