TAG Heuer has released their latest concept timepiece and it is a work of superior time measuring. TAG Heuer’s Mikrogirder 2000 does more than its predecessor the Tag Heuer Mirkotimer in that it beats twice as fast. The Mikrogirder is a chronograph beating at 7.2 million times every hour, hence, the watch can time events to 5/ 10,000th of a second. The watch has a “2000″ at the 12 position because TAG Heuer says they have for the first time made it possible to break apart the 1/ 10,000th fraction of time… This is pretty sexy.
TAG Heuer Mikrogirder 2000
The TAG Heuer Mikrogirder 2000 has a very unique movement. In 2009 TAG Heuer released the Pendulum without a hairspring. In 2011 they made the Mikrotimer without a balance wheel. The 2012 Mikrogirder comes absent of both a hairspring and a balance wheel. A really cool aesthetic of the Mikrogirder is the crown and push buttons are found on the top of the case (the north position), this is known as a “Bullhead” Chronograph… more sexy.
TAG Heuer Mikrogirder 2000 case back
The Mikrogirder dial showcases it’s regulator with 3 metal beams known as girders. TAG Heuer explains:
“working with a linear oscillator (as against the spiral shape of the classical movement) that vibrates isochronously at a very small angle, as opposed to a traditional watch, which vibrates at an angle of up to 320 degrees.”
The Mirkotimer cost roughly $80,000.00, so when the Mikrogirder is finally released it should eclipse the Mikrotimer’s price tag.
Many have young watch enthusiast purchase chronograph timepieces and never use the push buttons. They find the chronograph to be more of an aesthetic instead of a horological tool of measurement. To think, the human mind devised a function in a watch, only using small metal parts and jewels, to track how long it took for something to travel from point A to point B. Without computers and without the err of miscalculation, the chronograph was and is an amazing functionality, found on almost every brand. Rolex has the Daytona; Patek Philippe has the 5970 and 5971 etc.; Audemars Piguet has the Royal Oak Off Shore; and Graham has the Silverstone and Swordfish destro for you lefty’s.
So what is the Tachymeter? Many of you see an additional ring with numbers on the outskirt of the dial, some see these numbers on the bezel as with the Rolex Daytona. How quickly something moves the functionality of the tachymeter. The tachymeter will indicate the object moving is going 90 miles per hour or 230 miles per hour etc. Most tachymeter’s are found together with the chronograph so that the user can determine it took so many seconds or minutes to go from one point to another and it traveled at so many miles per hour. You see why race car drivers, aviators, and anyone who measures time use the chronograph coupled with the tachymeter.?
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with his all gold Rolex Datejust
Much is known about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. such common knowledge as: he was born January 15, 1929 and was assassinated April 4, 1968; that he won the Noble Peace Prize in 1968 making him the youngest to achieve the award for his works to end racial segregation and discrimination through nonviolence; and of course his March on Washington in 1963 where he gave one of the most influential speeches of human history appropriately called “I have a Dream.”
What I would like to speak on, is how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought human injustice, and although he knew his life was finite – he also knew change was inevitable. Eventually, through time, his efforts would succeed. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did not end racial injustice totally and eradicate it completely, instead his ideas were, and are, passed down as an heirloom of thought from generation to generation, caring for this precious idea that we are all created equal. Ideals are like timepieces in that if they are of quality, craftsmanship and beauty they should be respected and passed to the preceding generations.
Martin Luther King Jr. wore an all gold Rolex Datejust, how appropriate, considering Rolex dons an all gold Rolex to the most prestigious of individuals in society throughout time ranging from Swiss General Henri Guisan to President John F. Kennedy. What is really honorable is how they do not exploit the all gold timepieces they give to these most noble of individuals. I do not know how Dr. King came to own his Rolex all gold Datejust but if anyone deserved this watch of honor it most certainly was him.
The GWB Family, would like to say thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for your appreciation of all human life, and the ultimate sacrifice you made, for the world to become a better place.
Time is measured in both accuracy and length. How well a watch keeps time is enjoyment to the owner, it has much to do with the movements craftsmanship; how long a company has been around has much to do with the vision of the founders, shared with that company’s successors. These are two major variables that help the watch community beget the worth of a watch.
Since 1737, Favre-Leuba has created timepieces. One of the company’s greatest achievements was in 1966 when the bathy 160 was introduced to the world. The name ‘bathy’ comes from the the Greek word bathys meaning ‘the deep’ as in deep oceans. This timepiece was one of the first to have an accurate mechanical depth gauge registering depths up to 160 feet/50 meters, and a screw down crown. From an investors perspective this is a watch to have in the collection because it gains in collectors value.
Favre-Leuba was founded originally by Abraham Favre since 1737, although the company says 1718 because that’s when Favre dedicated his life to watch making, however, it wasnt until the early 19th century when the Leubas family joined Favre that the company soared to new heights. Between 1940 to 1970 the company produced roughly 600,000 watches per year.
In 1969 the company went through many changes of ownership until 2003 when it regained its independence.
In 2005 Rolex introduced the most known anti magnetic spring to date, the Parachrom spring. It is a combination of niobium, zirconium and oxygen alloy and once the alloy hits oxygen it turns blue in color. The name is comes from paramagnetic and the Greek CHROM meaning coloured.
The Parachrom was first used in the GMT II and the Daytona, in 2005. Most springs have an iron, nickel, and chromium base for their alloys.
The Parachrom hairsping can be found in the following Rolex timepieces:
All Daytona’s since 2005 (4130 caliber are not blue hence are not parachrom hairsprings, contrary to popular belief)
New versions of the GMT Master II (released in Gold 2005, Rolesor 2006, Steel 2007)
Deep Sea Sea Dweller (2008)
Day Date II (2008)
Gold Submariner with ceramic bezel (2008)
Explorer II with 3186 movement (2008)
You can check out the Parachrom hairsping video below. The blue color at the very least restores a high level of horological craftsmanship of the past, giving it a very prestigious aesthetic.
Only a few timepieces can be worn in any setting… the Breitling Bentley GT is such a watch. It bares the hefty large 44mm case with a diameter of 15mm. This is a man’s watch and it’s bravado is exemplified by the push buttons and the ridged shaped crown. What is fascinating is how well the lines are curved for a very elegant look, with the signature Breitling Bentley bezel. This timepiece is both rugged and classy.
This is a timepiece one wears in there sports car, at a board meeting, on vacation in Bora Bora, at a 5 star restaurant, at a ball game etc. We have been graced with the two tone 18k gold bezel with stainless steel case. the leather band is simply the ribbon on the package.
A little history on Breitling and its relationship with Bentley first. Walter Owen Bentley entered his Bentley race car, dubbed the 3 Litres, in the very first Le Mans 24 Hours, in 1923. A test of not only speed but also endurance, Le Mans grew in popularity. Bentley embraced the winners circle from 1927- 1930 winning Le Mans 4 times in a row. Bentley returned to victory at Le Mans in 2003 winning both 1st and 2nd place finishes. Being the main sponsor of Bentley, Breitling issued a limited edition chronograph called the Bentley Le Mans in honor of the victory.
Bentley released the Continental GT in 2002 and it was the most powerful Bentley ever built. Breitling played a major part in the design of the Continental GT. The Breitling Gt comes with a 30 second chronograph and variable tachometer system based on a circular slide rule.
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Independent watchmaker Greubel Forsey's Invention Piece 2 with quadruple tourbillon
The label ‘Independent’ watchmaker is a difficult term to describe. Watchmakers who are ‘independent’ typically are self employed small companies that work alone or sometimes with only a few employees. Some work out of their homes, others out of small facilities. Many consider ‘independents’ independent of subsidiary ownership by the major companies such as the Swatch Group or the Richemont Group. These independents tick to their own beat.
The A.H.C.I. (Academie Horlogere des Createurs Independents/ Horological Academy of Independent Creators), founded by Svend Andersopn and Vincent Calabrese, is an organization for independent watchmakers. Membership includes names such as Franck Muller, George Daniels, F.P. Journe, Urwerk, RGM, Martin Braun, and of course Philippe Dufour to name a few.
A couple of books on independents chronicling the past and present are ‘The Hands of Time’ by the A.H.C.I. and the ’12 Faces of Time’ written by Elizabeth Doerr. Every month GlobalWatchBrokers.com will spotlight an independent via our blog and delve into the benefits their horological genius have provided the world.
Who is your favorite independent watchmaker of all time and why?
We have all been welcomed to 2012, and with this year, The GWB Family intends to satisfy your luxury watch needs better than ever.
What are we doing different you ask??? For starters, we have expanded our brokerage of luxury watches from only preowned to now include brand New luxury timepieces as well. These are never worn, box and papers, 100% authentic, with all brand warranties luxury timepieces. To date our brands include Rolex, Breitling, Romain Jerome, Ulysse Nardin, Bell & Ross, and Dubey & Schaldenbrand Watchwinders.
What else are we doing to continue to improve your experience with GlobalWatchBrokers.com??? In 2012, we are unveiling a very user friendly inventory store. This will allow you to see our full inventory both New and Pre-owned. Our pictures are always HD digital quality with no additional enhancements to the pictures. What you see is what you get.
This year will bring about the ever evolving knowledge center we have on our site. It is imperative we provide as much information to the public about watches as possible. If you are interested in furthering your knowledge of horology we believe you will be impressed with the in depth information to come.
We, the GWB Family, will always thank you for your support and look to this year to be more exciting and fruitful than the last.