Thursday, February 20, 2020

La Sportive Limited Editions

From Louis Erard -
Courtesy of Louis Erard
 Available in bronze (above) and titanium (below).

Courtesy of Louis Erard
Here are the pertinents -

BRONZE VERSION:
Recommended retail price: CHF 2,950.-
Case: CuSn8 satin-finished/high polished bronze, Ø44 mm, thickness: 15 mm, 3 pieces, bezel with black ceramic insert, 
extra-domed sapphire crystal with transparent anti-reflective treatment, screwed grade 5 titanium case back, élaboré grade movement visible through the transparent case back, water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft)

Dial Shaded off brown/black or green/black, sunburst satin finish, white transfers, indexes coated with Super-LumiNova, black counters, day/date at 3:00

Hands Hour and minute hands coated with Super-LumiNova for easier readability in the dark, 4N PVD chronograph and small seconds hands

Strap Vintage brown or black calfskin with ecru stitching, black leather lining, titanium folding clasp


TITANIUM VERSION:
Recommended retail price: CHF 3,250.-
Movement Automatic chronograph, ETA 7750 Valjoux, 131⁄4’’’, Ø30.00 mm, height: 7.90 mm, 25 jewels, 28,800 VpH (4Hz). Élaboré grade movement with specially decorated oscillating weight + Louis Erard engraving. Around 48 hours of power reserve

Functions HMS + chronograph + day/date
Time: central hour and minute hands, small seconds counter at 9:00, day/date at 3:00 Chronograph: central 60-second counter, 30-minute counter at 12:00, 12-hour counter at 6:00

Case Satin-finished/high polished grade 5 titanium, Ø44 mm, thickness: 15 mm, 3 pieces, bezel with black ceramic insert, extra- domed sapphire crystal with transparent anti-reflective treatment, screwed case back, élaboré grade movement visible through the transparent case back, water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft)

Dial Shaded off grey/black or blue/black, sunburst satin finish, white transfers, indexes coated with Super-LumiNova, black counters, day/date at 3:00

Hands Hour and minute hands coated with Super-LumiNova for easier readability in the dark, white chronograph and small seconds hands

Strap Vintage brown or black calfskin with ecru stitching, black leather lining, titanium folding clasp

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

And Justice For All

So for those of you who have been gently napping, as a public service announcement we remind you that today is a very big day in the watch business here in the US.  In fact, it goes well beyond that.  Today, in New York City there will hopefully be a final determination regarding Hamilton's legal action against Vortic.  

Again, for those pulling a Rip Van Winkle, Vortic is a brand based out of Colorado that, essentially, up-cycles abandoned, forgotten pocket watches.  Old cases, dials, hands and movements enter a cocoon in Fort Collins, Colorado, and emerge as wrist-born butterflies.  Long dormant family heirlooms enjoy a second life.  To quote Elvis Presley in "It Happened at the World's Fair" -
"Happy ending, happy ending
give me a story with a happy ending".

I mean, everybody loves a happy ending, right?
Well, maybe not so much... 
I refer you to the following article -

IS SELLING A RECONDITIONED PRODUCT TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT? HAMILTON V. VORTIC


What is particularly telling in this whole drama is the manner in which the person responsible for Hamilton's arguments has artfully avoided actually, I don't know, participating.  I refer you to  
the following from Justicia Law:
As mentioned in a previous piece, the very notion that the key technical representative for Hamilton could not appear in court because the cost would be too high, is pretty difficult to accept considering the amounts of money Hamilton, and the SWATCH group at large spend on events, pr, media, etc.  Don't get me wrong, I love comped first class press junkets as much as the next watch dog, but if you can afford to pay for not-so-widely read journalists to travel to  various events, sponsor racing airplanes, etc., I think you can afford a business class ticket Zurich-NYC and a few nights of accommodation.  Moreover, let's keep in mind that it was Hamilton's decision to pursue this matter in the US.  

Will we ever know exactly what the thought process was behind this rather regrettable PR gaffe? Most likely not.

Was all of this avoidable?  Of course it was.  And what comes next?

Win, lose or draw, this has had an impact on Vortic.  For many of us who support what they are doing, we hope that it will have the Nietzshe effect, and that it will not kill Vortic, but rather, make it stronger.

And for the shot callers at SWATCH, I would ask you to consider another quote attributed to Nietzsche -

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

Mediation pals and gals!  It will save you a shit-ton of money, and PR headaches!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Annual Calendar School Piece

Courtesy of Laurent Ferrier
Here are the pertinents -

LIMITED to 5 Pieces
Ecole Annual Calendar Vintage
LCF025.AC.J2B
TECHNICAL DETAILS

Movement:
• Manual winding calibre LF126.01.
• Swiss lever escapement and balance screw.
• Indications: Hours and Minutes in the centre. Small seconds at 6 o´clock. Power reserve area indicator on the back side. Annual calendar:
- Calendar central hand.
- Day-disc and Month-disc (Automatic correction for months with 30 or 31 days. One correction on March 1st)
• Semi-instantaneous calendar. Days and month semi-instantaneous apertures.
• Correctors: Crown for winding, time-setting, calendar central hand and months. Push button at 10 o´clock for days of the week.
• Correction forward / backward of the calendar on intermediate position.
• Movement diameter: 31.60 mm (14´´´).
• Thickness: 5.80 mm.
• Frequency: 3Hz (21´600 /H).
• Power reserve: 80 hours.
• Number of components: 235.
• Number of jewels: 23.

Case:
• stainless steel
• Size: 40 mm diameter
• Thickness: 10.10 mm or 12.80 mm including the sapphire crystal
• Domed sapphire crystals, front and back
• Water resistant to 30 meters
• “Ball-shaped” crown in stainless steel

Dial:
• Opaline yellow gold toned vintage inspired
• Vintage-inspired numerals painted in brown 1-30 and in red for 31
• Small second at 6 o´clock, with a circular satin brushed outer circle and snailed in the center
• Bevelled day and month apertures.

Hands:
• 18K/750 210Pd white gold.
• Hours and minutes: “Assegai-shaped”, ruthenium treated
• Seconds: baton-type with counterweight, ruthenium treated
• Date: painted in white

Strap:
• Honey alligator leather witch matching Alcantara lining.
• Pin buckle or a double blade folding clasp.