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Montblanc Haute Joaillerie White Nights

[Press Release] SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia – Ballerinas unveil the Montblanc Haute Joaillerie White Nights Timepiece during the Montblanc New Voices Award 2011.

Celebrating the sophisticated elegance and the rich cultural heritage of St Petersburg, Montblanc presents a piece unique from the Collection Villeret 1858. Inspiration for the Montblanc Haute Joaillerie White Nights timepiece is drawn from the unique natural phenomenon that occurs every June, when the sun never sets on St Petersburg and bathes the historic city in a glowing silver light.

The Seconde Authentique Haute Joaillerie White Nights timepiece shines with equal luminosity, adorned with 208 small diamonds on its face, 160 diamonds on the exterior of the frame and 38 diamonds on the crown. Pure and bright like the stars in the Russian sky, the white exterior of this timepiece hides a manually-wound movement made in the greatest Swiss tradition at Montblanc’s Manufacture in Villeret.

The three-hand watch with subsidiary seconds face is a statement piece of precision and beauty. Every detail mirrors St Petersburg’s unforgettable spirit.

The cap of the crown is a Montblanc Diamond in the shape of the brand’s star emblem, another reference to the unique lights enjoyed during the summer months by this city.

The timepiece was unveiled at the annual White Nights Festival in St Petersburg this past June.

The prestigious cultural festival celebrates music, opera and ballet and Montblanc honoured two young opera singers with the Montblanc New Voices Award 2011: Sergei Semishkur and Mikhail Petrenko.

Hublot Big Bang White Caviar

A sister (brother?) to the same model in black, this is the all ceramic Hublot ‘White Caviar’.

It comes in a diameter of 41 mm and is equipped with the automatic mechanical movement HUB1112.

The watch features a date window at 3 o’clock and is mounted on a white rubber strap.

Power reserve is approximately 42 hours, and it’s  water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres).

Technical Specifications

Reference: 346.CH.1800.RW

– “Big Bang” – Diameter 41 mm – Polished white ceramic
– Bezel: Polished white ceramic
– 6 titanium H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked screws
– Crystal: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
– Hublot logo transfer 12H
– Bezel: Lug White composite resin
– Lateral inserts: White composite resin
– Case-back: Polished white ceramic and sapphire crystal, with interior anti-reflective treatment
– Crown: Polished white ceramic
– Screws: Titanium
– Water resistance: 10 ATM or 100 metres

Dial: Polished white ceramic
Hands: Faceted, diamond-polished, rhodium-plated, skeleton

– HUB 1112 Automatic, hour, minute, seconds
– No. of Components: 63
– Jewels: 25
– Bridges: Satin-finished, bevelled and polished
– Date: Window at 3 o’clock
– Screws: Black PVD
– Oscillating Weight: Tungsten carbide with black PVD treated dimpled surface
– Barrel: With reinforced spring
– Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
– Power: Reserve Approximately 42 hours

Wristlet: White rubber strap with the Hublot logo
Clasp: Deployant, steel

Grovana Ceramic Black & White

Not a brand I’m intimately familiar with, I must admit.

Swiss mob Grovana have launched two new ceramic watches in black & white respectively.

The bezel is paved with 36 baguette zircons, the dial with 8 baguette zircons.

The movement is RHQ 705 and the suggested retail price is a reasonable EUR 399.

Technical Specifications

Case: ceramic, bezel with baguette zircons
Bracelet: ceramic black & white
Dial: black & white with baguette zircons
Crystal: sapphire
Diameter: 38,5 mm

Movement: RHQ 705
Waterproof: 5 ATM
Reference black: 4000.7187 / white: 4000.7183
Suggested retail price: EUR 399

Hublot Big Bang 44 mm White Aero Bang Garmisch Limited Edition

Hublot keep ’em coming.

Here’s the new ‘Big Bang 44 mm White Aero Bang Garmisch’ (*phew*) – launched to celebrate Hublot’s association with skier Maria Riesch.

[Press Release] Swiss luxury watch maker Hublot celebrates its association with top skier Maria Riesch by presenting a white Aero Bang Garmisch limited edition collection.

The Swiss watch major is the “Official Timekeeper” of Alpine World Ski Championships and was already associated with world champions Bode Miller and Dario Cologna.

Maria Riesch, top star of the international women’s circuit, current No. 1 in the World Cup classification and the nation’s darling – she was born in Garmisch – joins Bode Miller and Dario Cologna as an ambassador for Hublot.
Hublot is further strengthening its presence and brand image in the world of skiing. Maria Riesch (born 24th November 1984 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria) has become number one Alpine skier. Double Olympic champion in the Super Combined and Slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, she took the Gold Medal in the Slalom at the Val d’Isère 2009 World Championships and is currently No. 1 in the FIS* classification.

There was an immediate spark between the hugely talented skier, with her winner’s mentality, and Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot. Now, at the top of her game and on excellent form, she has even greater ambitions for these World Championships, taking place in her home territory from the 7th to the 20th of February 2011. She currently leads the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup General Classification.

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