ENGLISH (il testo italiano è in fondo alla pagina) This Elgin timepiece dating back to 1928 is a
fine example of an American-made watch of the Art Deco period. The complex lug
design of the white gold-filled case was made possible by newly introduced
methods - stamping (or die striking) allowed for sharply incised engravings,
mass production and competitive prices. The dial with luminous hands and hour
markers was also a popular feature at the time. The in-house movement was
produced from 1917 to 1929.
Founded in 1864 in the Illinois town that gave
the company its name, Elgin reacted quickly when the wristwatch came into
fashion and was hugely successful in the 1920s. Its plant was the
largest watch manufacturing complex in the world and employed 4,600 people. In
1952, Elgin and Lip from France revealed the world's first electromechanic
movements, but their development took a decade longer. By this time, the
company had started a decline that ended in bankruptcy in 1966. Functions Hours, minutes. Size 41 x 24 mm, thickness 7 mm. Case White gold-filled, snap-on back. Movement Grade 444, manual winding, diameter 22 mm, 15 jewels, cut bimetallic
screw balance, flat hairspring, 18,000 bph.
ITALIANO Questo Elgin del 1928 è un gradevole esempio
di orologio americano appartenente al periodo Art Deco. In questo e altri
esemplari simili, la complessa architettura delle anse fu resa possibile all'introduzione
della sagomatura mediante stampaggio del metallo gold-filled, la placcatura
tipicamente americana. Un metodo che consentiva di
produrre in serie casse riccamente decorate a un prezzo competitivo. Un'altra
caratteristica apprezzata dai clienti dell'epoca era il quadrante con indici e
lancette luminescenti. Il movimento di manifattura fu prodotto dal 1917 al
1929. Fondata nel 1864, nella città dell'Illinois
che le diede il nome, Elgin adattò rapidamente la propria strategia commerciale
quando l'orologio da polso divenne popolare e questo ne fece una compagnia di
grande successo negli Anni 20. La sua fabbrica era il complesso produttivo più
grande del mondo nel settore dell'orologeria e dava lavoro a 4.600 persone. Nel
1952, Elgin e la francese Lip presentarono i primi movimenti elettromeccanici
del mondo, ma il lancio sul mercato fu possibile solo nel 1962. In quel
momento, Elgin aveva già avviato un declino che sarebbe terminato con il
fallimento nel 1966. Funzioni Ore, minuti. Dimensioni 41 x 24 mm, spessore 7 mm Cassa Placcata (gold-filled) oro bianco, fondo chiusi a pressione. Movimento Tipo 444, carica manuale, diametro 22 mm, 15 rubini,
bilanciere a viti bimetallico tagliato, spirale piana, 18.000 alternanze/ora.
"If you will take care of me, I will serve you faithfully for many years to come" - signed "Your Elgin", these recommendations to the owner came with the original box and papers. "Se ti prenderai cura di me, ti servirò fedelmente per molti anni": firmate "Il tuo Elgin", queste raccomandazioni al proprietario facevano parte della confezione originale.
This is the third of a series of posts
featuring the new models on display at the world’s biggest watch show.
Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton – The 30 timepieces of this limited
edition feature a dial in galvanic black with contrasting accents in red and
yellow, light blue and orange, or red and coral. Activating the crown triggers
a slide that blocks the balance spring, so that the seconds hand can be stopped
and precisely set.
Sub 300 T.Graph – The “Anniversary” reinterpretation of the
1969 divers chronograph features a 43 mm gold case, the original Valjoux 7734
movement, as well as the patented unidirectional rotating bezel with dual
indication of the dive time in minutes and the depth in feet for a
Mogador – The 45.4
mm case made fromsatin-effect grade 5 titanium hosts
the LM-35 movement that won the latest International Chronometry Competition
following four months’ worth of tests. The dial offers a view of the tourbillon’s
rotating cage, where the balance spring, anchor and anchor wheel perform a full
rotation every minute.
Tangente Sport – The Neomatik date caliber is protected from shocks and water (up to
1000 feet) by a stainless steel reinforced case, sealing, sapphire crystal
glass back, and crown protection. The specially developed bracelet consists of
145 individual parts screwed together by hand and comes with the in-house
Spring Drive Chronograph – The new design of the Grand Seiko Sport collection
celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Spring Drive movement. The
latter’s high resistance to shock and temperatures guarantees a precision of
0.5 seconds a day in the most demanding conditions. The 44.5 mm case in
high-density titanium is Zaratsu polished.
Black Bay P01 – Based
on a prototype developed in the late 1960s, this divers’ watch features a
hinged end-link with rotating bezel blocking system at 2 o’clock. The in-house
self-winding movement is a COSC-certified chronometer that provides a 70-hour
power reserve. The 42 mm stainless steel case is entirely satin-brushed.
10e10.ch has just exceeded the 100,000 visitors mark - not bad for an
independent website almost exclusively dealing with watches past and present. My
hearty thanks go to all you readers. Your response is a much appreciated recognition of
the effort I devote to producing quality contents. The occasion deserves a celebration. What about a selection of the images I posted over these years? Enjoy!
ITALIANO 10e10.ch ha appena superato la quota di 100.000
visitatori. Non male per un sito indipendente dedicato quasi esclusivamente
all’orologeria di ieri e di oggi. Desidero ringraziarvi di cuore. La vostra risposta è l'omaggio più gradito all’impegno con cui mi sforzo di creare contenuti di qualità. L'occasione merita di essere celebrata: per esempio con una panoramica delle immagini postate in questi anni. Buona visione!
The year's biggest watch show draws to a close today. This is the second of a series of posts
featuring the new models on display.
Concept movement – The world’s first concept movement charged by electrostatic
energy features two turbines that rotate as a result of human motion between two electrodes affixed
to the movement. The energy, stored in an accumulator, powers an electrostatic
motor fueling the fluid second hand, as well as a step motor powering the hour
and minute hands.
Chronograph GMT Automatic – The world’s thinnest automatic chronograph is fitted with a GMT function
and an integrated movement whose record-setting thickness is just 3.3 mm. The button at 9 o’clock enables to set the local
time, while the home time is indicated on the subcounter at 3 o’clock. The 42
mm titanium case is water-resistant up to 30 meters.
Quattro – The movement has two pairs of stacked barrels for a 216-hour
(nine-day) power reserve. Despite this Quattro mainspring power, the movement
is ultra-thin and the case is only 8.84 mm thick. This is a 50-piece limited
edition in 18k white gold, with a 43 mm case. It is finished to Poinçon de
Classic Fusion Ferrari GT – Designed in partnership with Flavio Manzoni, Head of
Design at Ferrari, the timepiece is dressed in Carbon 3D fibre, a
three-dimensional woven composite with polymer matrix. This highly resistant material
protects an in-house movement with column-wheel flyback chronograph.
Autavia – The
bevelled lugs and the name echo those of the original Autavia collection, but
the watch contains a state-of-the-art movement with an isograph
carbon-composite hairspring, and a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. The brown
leather strap is interchangeable, with a stainless steel bracelet option
Defy Inventor – The
brand’s single-piece oscillator beating at the frequency of 129,600 vph is made
of silicon. The case is made of lightweight titanium and the textured bezel is
made of Aeronith, an aluminium-polymer composite three-times lighter than
titanium. The dial is openworked to resemble a stylised propeller, with blades
evoking the Zenith star.
This is the first of a series of posts
featuring the new models on display at the world’s biggest watch show.
Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk – Three new Aviator 8 watches honor Curtiss Wright, a
renowned American aircraft manufacturer, and the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, its most
famous plane. This COSC-certified chronograph is fitted with the in-house
Premier B01 Chronograph Norton Edition – This new collection celebrates the partnership between the watchmaker
and the motorcycle brand renowned for its exclusive British engineering. The
42mm stainless steel case is water resistant to 100 meters. A Norton logo is
engraved on the left hand side.
Weekly Calendar – The only steel Calatrava in the current collection is a weekly calendar with a semi-integrated mechanism
displaying the current week number, in addition to the day and the date. The
dial font used for day, date, month and week number is meant to reproduce the
look of authentic handwriting, endowing the watch with a vintage look.
Ref. 5172G Chronograph
– Introduced in 2009,the movement has six patented innovations, including refined tooth
profiles, blocking lever and hammers, and an optimized split seconds wheel. The
white gold case has vintage-style three-tier lugs and a sapphire box glass
crystal, as well as guilloched chronograph pushers.
Perpetual Sea-Dweller – On the new yellow Rolesor version of the Sea-Dweller, the bezel, winding
crown and centre links of the bracelet are in 18 ct yellow gold, while the case
and outer links of the bracelet are in Oystersteel. The unidirectional rotatable
bezel is fitted with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in black ceramic.
Yacht-Master 42 – The white gold case of the new 42mm model hosts Caliber 3235, a new
generation movement incorporating the Chronergy escapement that combines high
energy efficiency with great dependability, the blue Parachrom hairspring,
manufactured in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy, as well as the Paraflex shock
absorbers, which increase the movement’s shock resistance.