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Concord Launches Two New Neo-Black C2 Chronographs

Concord C2Chronograph

Concord’s new C2 chronographs present the brand’s signature C1 design elements in a slightly smaller package. Where C1 chronographs come in at about 44 x 16.7 mm, the C2 measures a more manageable 43 x 12.75 mm. The prices are also smaller. The C2 debuts in October with two matte black models: one with red accents and one without. Find wallpaper and prices inside.

Aside from the smaller overall size, the C2 has three primary aesthetic differences compared with the C1: a tri-compax chronograph layout rather than the “Valjoux” 12-6-9 arrangement; the eight tabs surrounding the bezel assume a lower profile, and the strap is mated to the case by means of tubular horizontal attachments.

The dial retains the multi-level effect, and legibility remains good. Below the dial an automatic, 37-jewel ETA 2894-2 movement drives the displays.

The MSRP for these black PVD models is $6500. Complete specs appear below the images, which may be enlarged with a click.

Concord C2 Chronograph

Concord C2 Chronograph

Tubular horizontal attachments embed the wristband firmly into the slightly slimmer 43 mm diameter black PVD-coated stainless steel case

2 mm thick sapphire crystal, the strongbox-shaped case-back ensuring water resistance to 100 meters/10 atmospheres, the visible screws, and the triple-blade butterfly clasp.

27-jewel automatic movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour drives a wealth of useful indications, including the date and chronograph functions, all clearly displayed on the three-part tone-on-tone dial. The latter is exceptionally legible, thanks to its sophisticated color scheme, circular-grained and sandblasted finishing and beautifully balanced layout – as well as the luminescent hands and hour markers appearing on the inner bezel as an interpretation of Concord’s signature protective tabs.

In the red-highlighted version, the crimson-tipped rotating small seconds disk marker at 3 o’clock matches the bright accents on the vulcanized rubber strap.

Mechanical, automatic, ETA Caliber 2894-2
42-hour power reserve
28,800 vibrations per hour
37 jewels

Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph

Black PVD-treated stainless steel case
Dimensions: 43 mm in diameter – 12.75 mm in depth
2.00 mm thick sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Black PVD-treated stainless steel screw-down crown embossed with C logo
Water-resistant to 100 meters/10 atmospheres
Screw-in case-back with C2 logo

Multi-level, black
Super-LumiNova®-enhanced hour markers, and hour and minute hands; seconds hand in red
Chronograph counters at 9 and 6 o’clock
Date window at 6 o’clock
Small seconds with red tip on rotating disk

Black vulcanized rubber strap with red highlights and Concord folding clasp in black PVD-treated stainless steel

Launch date: October 2011

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Luminox Supports 30-Mile Dive To Highlight Endangered Sharks

Scott Cassell

On September 17, undersea explorer and combat diver Scott Cassell completed a 30-mile dive from Catalina Island to San Pedro, California. Scott’s goals: to call attention to endangered shark species that are approaching the edge of extinction, and to set a world record for the furthest uninterrupted dive.

The dive took place in the Catalina Channel where Cassell has been diving for years. According to Cassell, less than 20 years ago this area would have produced between 40 to 100 sharks in a single dive. On Saturday however he encountered literally no sharks during his 11 hours underwater, even using shark attractors for the entire dive. That result confirmed the tremendous decrease in the shark population.

Cassell was forced to give up his world record dreams when an equipment malfunction caused him to black out underwater, forcing him to the surface at the 5 hour mark. Though the record was lost, Cassell battled through hypothermia and dehydration to complete the 30-mile dive.

“There are species of sharks that are on the edge of extinction and we need to do something about this before it’s too late,” said Scott. “Sharks are not the villains depicted in films. They are highly intelligent, emotional, and a critical component to our ecosystem and marine world. If we continue to allow sharks to be viciously hunted and used for things like shark fin soup, there is no chance that we can save this vital population which has been in our oceans for more than 5 million years….”

Luminox sponsors Scott and supports his work to save our oceans and sharks. To commemorate Scott’s 30-mile dive and provide continuing support for his work in the future, Luminox is launching the limited edition Scott Cassell dive series, with a portion of the proceeds going toward Cassell’s organizations and future missions.

“I’ve never encountered someone like Scott. His undying love for the ocean and sharks and self-sacrificing tactics, all to raise public awareness, is something I find to be a true inspiration. Scott put his life on the line this weekend not for any personal gain or attention, but to help save the animal he loves. Luminox has made a commitment to Scott to get his message out to the world and we will not stop until his voice is heard and this issue is brought to light,” said Andre Bernheim, Luminox co-CEO. “Today we are so proud to announce the limited edition Scott Cassell Luminox dive series and our continuing aid for Scott’s mission.”

The Scott Cassell special models number 1525 and 3954 can be viewed on www.luminox.com and will be available at official retailers worldwide as of October 2011. Complete technical information for both models appears below.

For more information on Scott Cassell and 30-Mile dive, visit www.30MileDive.com and www.luminox.com/diving-worldrecord/.

Scott Cassell

Luminox Scott Cassell model 1525

Luminox Scott Cassell model 3954

Luminox Scott Cassell technical info

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Antiquorum & The Consulate of Monaco Host Only Watch Reception in New York

Only Watch Preview New York

Watch Collectors, VIP guests, philanthropists, members of the press and representatives from the leading watch brands filled Antiquorum’s auction room on September 12 in New York City to get a closer look at the extraordinary timepieces offered in the upcoming “Only Watch” auction benefitting research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Find a link to over 100 images of the evening inside.

Antiquorum co-hosted the preview and cocktail reception with the Consulate General of Monaco. Attendees were treated to a special viewing of the unique timepieces offered by 40 of the world’s most prestigious and innovative watchmakers while enjoying a lavish cocktail party catered by Daniel Boulud’s catering team, Feast & Fetes.

During the reception, Julien Schaerer, General Manager Antiquorum Geneva commented, “We are grateful to the brands that have so generously donated these outstanding unique timepieces to “Only Watch”. We hope that you will participate in this special auction that will benefit all those who suffer from this genetic disease.”

Below L to R Julen Schaerer (Managing Director, Antiquorum Geneva), the Honorable Maguy Maccario (Consul General of Monaco in New York), Evan Zimmermann (President & CEO Antiquorum).
Antiquorum Only Watch Preview

Following Mr. Schaerer’s speech, the Honorable Maguy Maccario, Consul General of Monaco in New York remarked, “We are delighted to be a part of these unique watches’ extraordinary journey across the globe, culminating in the auction on September 23 during the Monaco Yacht Show. Indeed, over the years the Principality has been a committed supporter of Only Watch and the wonderful work and dedication shown by Luc Pettavino and his team who bring hope to Duchenne muscular dystrophy sufferers.”

Below, WatchTime’s Mark Bernardo (left) with Antiquourm Director and Antiques Roadshow regular Charles Tearle.
Antiquorum Only Watch Preview

Click here to view over 100 more images from the New York preview gala.

The Only Watch auction will take place on Friday, September 23 at 4 p.m. in the Salle Belle Epoque of the Hermitage Hotel in Monaco. Attending will be H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who has supported the event since its creation.

Forty of the world’s leading luxury wristwatch manufacturers are donating unique and one-of-a-kind timepieces for the event, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to combat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The auction will be conducted by Antiquorum. Here are some helpful links:

View the virtual catalog (requires Flash)

View the online catalog

Register to bid online

Learn more about Only Watch

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Bell & Ross WW1 Collection Launch Party

Bell & Ross WW1 Party

Bell & Ross recently presented its new WW1 collection at the historic Hôtel National des Invalides whose famed Eglise du Dome houses Emperor Napoleon I’s tomb. This new collection, which includes a pocket watch (the PW1) as well as the WW1 wristwatch, traces the evolution of timepieces from the pocket to the wrist.

Guests had the opportunity to visit the famous Musée de l’Armée and then gathered in a sumptuous ballroom to enjoy exquisite French cuisine and vintage Champagne. After admiring the watches, the guests could stroll along the walkways overlooking the square courtyard of the Invalides to soak up the historic atmosphere. The nearly 300 guests included media personalities, French military officers, political figures and watch aficionados.

Bell & Ross WW1 Launch Party

Bell & Ross WW1 Launch Party

Bell & Ross PW1

Bell & Ross WW1

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Breitling Releases Reno Air Races Game For Android and Updates Apple Version

Breitling Reno Game

Just in time for the 2011 Reno Air Races (which run September 14-18), Breitling is launching its free “Breitling Reno Air Races” game for Android, and updating the Apple version that has already been downloaded almost one million times. Find links to download both versions and to race information inside.

Download the Apple version from iTunes here, and the Android version from the Android Market here.

Breitling is the main sponsor of the National Championship Air Races and Air Show. Learn more about the event here.

Breitling Reno Air Races game.

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Frédérique Constant Stars at Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

Frédérique Constant at Lake Tahoe Concours

More than 100 classic and antique boats and over 5,000 visitors gathered at one of the world’s best known clear mountain lakes for the 39th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. The event showcases the best vintage wood boats from North America, which compete for top honors in 13 classes.

The overall winner was a 1939 Gar Wood. The 19 foot runabout with a 103 horsepower 6 cylinder Chrysler engine is owned by Jonathan and Jean Trevillyan of Acton, CA. The 1939 Gar Wood was awarded the best Marque Class and Best Overall Boat in Show. Frédérique Constant was honored to be the official sponsor of the 39th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, and the winning owners were presented with the recently-introduced Frédérique Constant Runabout Moonphase & Date timepiece, pictured below.

These images from the event may be enlarged with a click.

Frédérique Constant at Lake Tahoe Concours

Frédérique Constant at Lake Tahoe Concours

Frédérique Constant at Lake Tahoe Concours

Frédérique Constant at Lake Tahoe Concours

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WatchTime’s October Print and iPad Editions Now Available!

WatchTime October

WatchTime’s October issue is available now. In it, we test Omega’s new Planet Ocean chronograph and Breitling’s new Navitimer 01, both with new in-house chronograph movements. How do they measure up? Swiss and German retro-inspired chronographs go head to head: Zenith’s El Primero New Vintage 1969 versus Glashütte Original’s Senator Sixties. Which one comes out on top?

We find out if Sinn’s EZM 7, designed for professional firefighters, can take the heat.

Norma Buchanan profiles the King of Vintage, Aurel Bacs of Christie’s, the world’s biggest watch auction house. The iPad edition includes an 8:30 audio clip of Bacs describing what it is like to be an auctioneer at the highest level, plus video from the auction room as a $2 million-plus Patek Philippe goes under the hammer.

In Classical Revival, we explore more than 20 classically simple watches.

We take an in-depth look at Montblanc’s Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique with two concentric, cylindrical hairsprings.

In Tutima Goes Home, we look at the brand’s triumphant return to Glashütte and the launch of the Hommage Caliber 800, a minute repeater with more than 550 components.

History buffs will enjoy Voltaire, Watch Baron, a look at how the most famous writer of his age became a watchmaking mogul.

As always, you can test your wits with our Watch Quiz, and our lifestyle writers look at the Cadillac CTS Coupe, the Delta Gallery Piston Fill fountain pen, Tennessee whiskey, and personal blends from the cigar world’s unsung heros.

And there’s much more!

The iPad edition is packed with bonus content: 69 image galleries, 54 web links, and 5 videos, plus the Aurel Bacs audio clip.

Look for the print edition at Barnes & Nobel, Hudson News, and other leading magazine and book retailers.

Click here to subscribe the WatchTime and receive our Caliber Guide as your free gift.

Click here to download our app for the iPad.

WatchTime: The #1 selling watch magazine in the US, per Barnes & Nobel sales data.

WatchTime October 2011

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