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Breitling Transocean QP Perpetual Calendar

I’m not suggesting this is a ‘sleeper’ piece, but it’s certainly true that it’s both reasonably sized – 43mm – and packed with clever complications.

Have a good look at the dial (or just the name of the watch ;-) ) and you’ll see evidence of such: date, day, week, month, season and moon phases.  Oh, and it handles leap years happily too.

The movement behind this is the Breitling caliber 29.  This has 38 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours.

There’ll only be 50 of these made – 25 in a silver dial, 25 in black.

The case is in 18kt rose gold.  There’s an AR-coated sapphire crystal and water resistance to 50 meters.

Very nice indeed :-)

IWC Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month

Published by in IWC on March 14th, 2012 | No Comments »

Details of this new IWC model actually came out way before the madness that is Baselworld – during SIHH in fact –  but here at Winderz HQ it got a bit lost in the noise  – until now.

It’s a shame it did though as I think this Spitfire Perpetual Calendar must be close to, if not actually, my favourite current IWC model.

Fantastic, don’t you think?

This is IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch that features a perpetual calendar, ‘digital’ date and stopwatch display (the watch has a flyback chronograph).

It’s a 46mm 18carat red gold piece .

In addition to knowing how many days in a month, the Perpetual Calendar also knows when it’s a leap year – indicated at the 6 O’Clock position. Always impressive for a mechanical movement, even if the ‘trick’ has been around for a long while now.

The movement achieving this is IWC’s Calibre 89800. It has a trick system that stores power for when it’s most needed – date changes for example – and conversely saves power when it can. That gives a reserve of 68 hours.

Round the back, the rotor is shaped like a Spitfire – viewable via a sapphire crystal.

The watch comes wearing a brown alligator leather strap.

I’m getting some mixed views on price but have seen this up as much as $50K from a Hong Kong dealer.

Any better offers?! ;-)

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner (No Date) [Baselworld 2012]

Quick – back on the ‘plane.

No time to hang around enjoying Australia, there are still things happening in Switzerland!

Rolex have updated their ‘no date’ Submariner (ref. 114060) with a number of tweaks.

Aside from a few small things, the changes include:

– A new case with waterproof depth to 300 meters (1,000 feet)
– A new scratch-proof, corrosion-resistant ceramic bezel with improved luminescent display
– An enhanced ‘Oysterlock’ Rolex bracelet
– Hour markers filled with a blue-glowing ‘Chromalight’ luminescent material.

Heresy I’m sure, but I’m not a Rollie lover.

I do like this though – or a date version without the magnifying dome please :-)

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Automatic Ref. 5940 [Baselworld 2012]

One for the ‘when you are old and rich’ list.

A classic, sensible and old-school 37mm in size from 18kt yellow gold, the 5940 has a sapphire crystal, a solid and a sapphire back and water resistance to 30 meters.

Powering the watch is the in-house automatic Patek caliber 240Q. This is ultra-thin, with a power reserve of 48 hours.

Functions are hours, minutes, perpetual calendar (day, date, month, leap year) moon-phase and 24 hour indication.

Smooth ….

Bulgari Daniel Roth Grande Sonnerie Quantieme Perpetual

You may like to sit down before reading about this one.


Ok – first the sticker shock (let’s get it over with): $1million.

Give or take, depending on the exchange rate :)

Now that’s out of the way let’s concentrate on the watch.

Absolutely … incredible.

As you may know, Sonnerie means ‘making sound’ or ‘ring’ in French.  Something this watch will do over 430,000 times a year if you’ll allow it.

The movement performing this is the in-house  automatic Caliber DR 5307.

It is made up of 923 parts and has 82 jewels (yes, 82).

The case is made from 18k pink gold and the watch comes shod on an alligator strap.

Still not sure about getting your monies worth though?

Check out the full list of functions in the technical specifications below.

Putting all this together takes a year .. per watch!

Hand-made to order of course.

Beautiful and stunning mechanically, but a million dollars sure is a lot of dough to spend on a watch, don’t you think?

Worth the outlay?

Technical Specifications

-Westminster Carillon chimes
-Four gongs
-Grande Sonnerie
-Petite Sonnerie
-Minute Repeater
-Silence mode
-Perpetual Calendar
-Leap Year Indicator
-Month indicator
-Weekday indicator
-Date indicator
-Moon phases
-Automatic winding for movement and striking system
-Silent centrifugal governor
-Power reserve indicator for movement (48h)
-Power reserve indicator for striking system (28h in mode « Little »)
-Secured striking mode (during striking, the time setting system is disconnected)
-Secured time setting (during time setting, the striking system is disconnected)
-Secured striking system (the minute repeater is disconnected during striking in « passing » and vice-versa)
-Striking mode selector “chimes/silence » (rotating water resistant selector with indication)
-Striking mode selector « little/grand » (rotating water resistant selector with indication)

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Now this I like.

This is the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (paid for by the letter, no doubt ;-) ).

The case is made from both titanium and steel and is sized at 42mm.

The movement is VC’s caliber 1136QP, which is based on the F.Piguet cal 1185 chronograph.

VC add their own perpetual calendar complication to this.

The piece will be shod with a grey leather strap and an optional rubber strap.

Only 80 of these beauties will be made, and they’ll be sold through VC boutiques worldwide.

Get in line behind me please :-)

H. Moser Perpetual Double Hairspring

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly straightforward look to this H.Moser & Cie. Double Hairspring – there’s some pretty cool complication going on under the covers.

Available in a 40.8mm palladium case with a “fumé” dial showing the power reserve display, the watch has a perpetual calendar complication.

The latter is shown via a date window and small center-set month display hand (see that tiny central arrow?  Yep, that’s the month indicator).

In addition, there’s a leap year counter on the rear.

The movement is a 7-day power reserve manual-wind and features a double hairspring escapement with two Straumann hairsprings (for extra accuracy).

The crown winding system has two fixed stops for the date adjustment and time adjustment positions.

The date can be adjusted forward or backwards.

Price?  North of $10,000 at a guess.

Nice though, don’t you think?

Tissot Tradition G15.561 Analogue Perpetual Calendar

Another nice new model from Tissot.

One question for anyone in the know, where’s the battery EOL indicator situated?

[Press Release] Powered by a totally new movement, the Tissot Tradition G15.561 is the brand’s first ever analogue perpetual calendar timepiece. The groundbreaking G15.561 movement makes the sophistication of the finest Swiss watchmaking surprisingly accessible. Its perpetual calendar facility will operate without any adjustment necessary for the entire 21st century, automatically taking leap years in its stride. The seamless combination of beautiful design and unrivalled technical expertise exemplifies the deep-rooted Tissot tradition of innovation, masterfully blending timeless ease of operation with timeless looks.

The new Tissot Tradition collection sets new standards in harmoniously marrying ultra-modern and nostalgic elements. High-tech operation is clothed in contemporary materials to create a vintage look, rooted in details such as guilloche decoration and a gently curved case. Complementing the elegant appearance is excellent wearer comfort due to a slender, contoured form. These timepieces offer levels of quality and finesse that are otherwise unknown in their price segment.

There are several watches making up the 2011 Tissot Tradition range – both chronographs and Gent models with three-hand mechanisms. Dial colours of anthracite, silver and black act as signatures of suave style and confirm that the timepieces were designed with today and tomorrow in mind. Fine detail on the dials remind of the inspirations provided by yesterday, as do the classical stainless steel and leather attachments. Traditionalists not willing to compromise on performance and style, yet drawn to novelties, will feel totally at home with a Tissot Tradition.

Technical Specifications

•Swiss made quartz movement G15.561 perpetual calendar with battery end-of-life indicator (EOL)

•Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
•316L Stainless steel case
•Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m / 100 ft)
•316L Solid stainless steel bracelet with butterfly clasp with push-buttons
•Leather strap with butterfly clasp

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona [Video]

[Press Release] Launched in 1963, the Cosmograph Daytona is closely linked to speed and automobile sport. Its chronograph movement allows short periods of elapsed time to be measured to within 1/8th of a second, and the tachymetric scale on the bezel enables the instant reading of speed over a given distance.

Adopted by car racing drivers for its performance, reliability and exceptional readability, this prestigious chronograph carries in red letters on its dial the name “Daytona” – the most famous motor racing circuit in the United States.

With its new, exclusive monobloc black CERACHROM bezel developed by Rolex – made of an advanced ceramic virtually impervious to scratches, corrosion-resistant and non-fading – this new version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona exhibits state-of-the-art technology and pays homage to its legendary heritage. Its black bezel is reminiscent of that of the 1965 model.

The graduations on the CERACHROM bezel, offering perfect readability, are obtained by the deposition of a fine layer of pink gold via a magnetron cathode sputtering PVD process.
This high-precision chronograph certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) is driven by calibre 4130, introduced in 2000, a movement with a column wheel and vertical clutch entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex. Its revolutionary architecture, the fruit of years of research, has reduced its complexity and increased its reliability.

A profusion of Rolex innovations, calibre 4130 is equipped with a PARACHROM hairspring with a Breguet overcoil. The hairspring is manufactured from a new alloy, developed and produced by Rolex, which makes it insensitive to magnetic fields and up to 10 times more resistant to shocks.

The new model’s sophisticated aesthetics are underscored by the noble materials used in its construction: the Oyster case in 18 ct EVEROSE gold, an alloy created by Rolex; the chocolate brown or ivory coloured dial with gold hour markers; and the comfortable strap in black alligator leather with an 18 ct EVEROSE gold folding clasp and safety catch.


Technical Specifications


  • Type OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back, winding crown and chronograph pushers)
  • Diameter 40 mm
  • Material 18 ct EVEROSE gold, polished finish
  • Case back Screw-down with Rolex fluting
  • Bezel Monobloc black CERACHROM with engraved numerals filled with pink gold via magnetron cathode sputtering
  • Winding crown Screw-down, TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system
  • Shoulders to protect the crown
  • Crystal Scratch-resistant sapphire
  • Waterproofness 100 metres (330 feet)


  • Calibre 4130, Manufacture Rolex
  • Chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical clutch
  • Precision Officially certified Swiss chronometer
  • Functions Chronograph with accuracy to 1⁄8th of a second, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers
  • Tachymetric scale on the bezel to measure speed
  • Small seconds hand at 6 o’clock
  • Stop-seconds for precise time setting
  • Oscillator Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
  • Non-magnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring
  • Breguet overcoil
  • Large balance wheel with variable inertia
  • High-precision regulating via four gold MICROSTELLA nuts
  • Traversing balance bridge
  • Jewelling 44 rubies
  • Winding Bidirectional self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor on ball bearings
  • Power reserve Approximately 72 hours


  • Chocolate brown, totalizer borders in 18 ct pink gold
  • Hour markers Gold Arabic numerals, black PVD; phosphorescent hour markers at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock
  • Hands 18 ct pink gold, filled with phosphorescent material
  • Ivory coloured, snailed totalizers in 18 ct pink gold
  • Hour markers 18 ct pink gold appliques, filled with phosphorescent material
  • Hands 18 ct pink gold, filled with phosphorescent material


  • Material Black Alligator mississippiensis leather
  • Clasp 18 ct EVEROSE gold OYSTERLOCK folding clasp with safety catch


Artya Perpetual Calendar 1/1

Here’s a really interesting new piece from Artya.

Some technical details for you.

Technical Specifications

Description Caliber MHO­138

The movement series 138 is a Manufacture Handwinding movement with 39.5 mm Diameter and following equipment.
– 39.5 mm Diameter
– 8.00 mm Height of the movement
– 60 Jewels -144 hour Power Reserve
– 18.000 A/h
– Adjusted in 5 positions
– DYS Escapement (Dynamized Swiss Escapment after Martin Braun)
– Silicium Anchor
– Silizium Escapement Wheel
– Fine Adjustment System
– Power Reserve Indicator
– Balance with screws, made out of Glucydur
– All wheels made after Geneva Seal Standard with „Moulure“
– Zyclovente gear teeth. The teeth are modified by MHO, a mix between Zycloid and Involute teeth,
combining the advantages out of both gear teeth kinds.
Perpetual calendar
Indication with hands on discs

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