martedì 16 aprile 2019

Vintage timepieces - Longines Stop Seconde

A simplified chronograph of the early 1940s.
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Un cronografo semplificato dei primi Anni 40
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giovedì 11 aprile 2019

Elgin Art Deco

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.

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.


domenica 7 aprile 2019

Baselworld 2019 (3)

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 no-decompression ascent.

MogadorThe 45.4 mm case made from satin-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 deployant clasp.

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.


martedì 2 aprile 2019

100,000 VISITORS!

ENGLISH (il testo italiano è più in basso) 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 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!

sabato 30 marzo 2019

Dream watches - Patek Philippe Ref. 1436

Favoloso cronografo rattrapante del 1939. Video realizzato da Hora, Associazione Italiana di Cultori dell'Orologeria Antica con sede a Milano.

A fabulous split-second chronograph dating back to 1939. Video clip by Hora, the Milan-based Italian Association of Antique Watches Lovers (language: Italian).

martedì 26 marzo 2019

Baselworld 2019 (2)

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 movementThe 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.

Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT AutomaticThe 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.

L.U.C. QuattroThe 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 Genève standards.

Classic Fusion Ferrari GTDesigned 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.

AutaviaThe 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 available.

Defy InventorThe 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.

sabato 23 marzo 2019

Baselworld 2019 (1)

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 WarhawkThree 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 Caliber 01.

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.


Ref. 5212A Calatrava Weekly CalendarThe 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.


Oyster Perpetual Sea-DwellerOn 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.