Introducing The Sinn T1 B and T2 B, Titanium Dive Watches With Matte Blue Dials (With Prices)

Sinn has added colour to its line of titanium dive watches with the T1 B and T2 B, both equipped with matte blue, electroplated dials.

Launched in 2013 with conventional black dials found most dive watches, the titanium Sinn T1 (EZM 14) and T2 (EZM 15) offer a lightweight alternative to its successful range of dive watches made from dense submarine steel. Both titanium watches are now available with dark blue dials, as well as the option of a blue rubber strap.  The larger of the two, the T1 B is rated to 1000m, with the titanium case measuring 45mm in diameter. Measuring 41mm in diameter, the T2 B is smaller but boasts a depth rating of 2000m.

Both models have been tested by DNV GL, an industrial testing and certification body. DNV GL tests them not only for water resistance, but also temperature resistance and functionality according to European standards for diving watches (EN250 and EN14143).

The T1 B

The T2 B

For maximum legibility in low light and underwater the minute and seconds hands, as well as the bezel marker (the three indications most important to divers), are painted with yellow-glowing Super-Luminova, to distinguish them from the other luminous markings on the dial.

Both the T1 B and T2 B are also fitted with Sinn’s patented argon dehumidifying technology that fills the case with inert argon gas to prevent moisture from entering. A capsule with copper sulphate is also embedded in the case, absorbing what moisture does enter. This copper sulphate capsule is visible at six o’clock on the dial and starts out white; once it turns dark blue replacement is necessary. 

Prices for the blue dial models have yet to be announced, but they will be similar to those for the black dial T1 and T2. Depending on the strap option, the T1 costs between €2390 and €2700, while the T2 is priced between €2190 and €2500, including 19% value added tax.

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Up Close With The Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Skeleton (With Original Photos & Price)

Equipped with an in-house, expertly decorated movement and housed in an expensively made case, the Tonda 1950 Skeleton is typical of Parmigiani’s oeuvre

Owned by a charitable foundation with deep pockets, Parmigiani is a vertically integrated manufacture proficient in high complications as evidenced by its SIHH 2015 line-up. But even its simple watches like the Tonda 1950 Squelette are far from plain. The movement in the Tonda 1950 Skeleton is the PF705, the open-worked version of the PF700, a calibre made by Vaucher that’s also found in the Slim d’Hermes. It’s self-winding with a micro-rotor, with elegant proportions being large but flat. The case is 39mm in diameter, though appearing larger due to its narrow bezel, and stands just 7.8mm high. Despite it relatively modest size, the case has heft, in part due to the thick lugs that are a Parmigiani trademark. The quantity of gold required to make this case is certainly more than most other cases this size.

Like other Vaucher movements (it’s a sister company of Parmigiani), the movement construction is also high quality. Take for instance the free-sprung balance wheel has adjustable masses on its rim, a feature often found in higher end movements. Like many other contemporary skeleton watches the bridges are finished with a simple straight graining, but high quality of the movement decoration is visible in the details. The wonderfully beveled edges of the bridges, or the circular graining on the gears. 

The Tonda 1950 Skeleton has been manufactured with little expense spared, a quality typical of Parmgiani. And that is reflected in the price tag of US$43,450.

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Chopard Introduces The Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Only Watch 2015, A Unique Piece For Charity Signed By Mark Webber

For Only Watch 2015 Chopard has created a unique version of its Superfast Chrono Porsche 919, the only one ever made in titanium with a black DLC coating. 

Chopard‘s contribution to the Only Watch charity auction is the titanium Superfast Chrono Porsche 919, the first and only time it has been made in the lightweight alloy. It’s also signed on the back by Mark Webber, now on the Porsche Le Mans team and former Formula 1 driver. Equipped with the calibre 03.05-M, a sophisticated movement developed and made in-house by Chopard that’s derived from a similar movement developed for the L.U.C. line of watches. The Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 is inspired by the Porsche 919 Hybrid, a prototype competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. 

The stripes on the dial, for instance, take their cues from the rear diffuser of the car, while the crown is topped with a steering wheel. It’s one of many auto-racing inspired wristwatches made by Chopard, the official sponsor of the Mille Miglia.

Usually available only in steel or rose gold, the 45mm case of this unique version is made of titanium, coated with black diamond-like carbon (DLC), a scratch resistant coating. The titanium case back is engraved with Mark Webber’s signature.

Mark Webber signing the case back

The Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Only Watch 2015 will be sold on November 7, 2015, at an auction in Geneva, with proceeds going towards supporting research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

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Introducing The Solid Gold, One Of A Kind Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch For Only Watch

Only Watch is embracing the future with the unique Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch in rose gold accompanied by an iPhone 6, soon to be sold for charity.

Frédérique Constant has created a one of a kind version of its analogue Horological Smartwatch for charity auction Only Watch 2015. Fitted with a dark green dial and packaged in an 18k rose gold case, the Horological Smartwatch can connected to a smart phone via Bluetooth, which is why this unique edition is packaged with an iPhone 6.

Ordinarily available only in more modest steel or gold-plating, the Horological Smartwatch is 42mm in diameter and has a multi-function sub-dial at six o’clock that displays various smartwatch functions, including activity tracking and sleep monitoring. It’s conceived to look like a traditional wristwatch, and all the feature of the watch are controlled via the crown, which has an integrated pushbutton. The Horological Smartwatch also works with the Android operating system for those who aren’t Apple users.

The only quartz and smart timepiece in the 43-strong Only Watch 2015 line-up, this will be sold along with the other watches on November 7, 2015, with all proceeds going towards finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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