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Baselworld 2013 - Alpina

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on May 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (4)

Alpina had several new offerings at Baselworld this year, The Alpina Extreme Diver 300 Automatic Chronograph is a beautiful and worthy diver, The Alpina Geneve 2013 Sailing Yachttimer Countdown, is another stunner and The Alpina 130 Heritage Pilot Automatic Chronograph is just delicious and I will have to highlight that one shortly too, as it is another to add to my watch wish list! Here though I want to showcase The Startimer Pilot Chrono Big Date as this has really caught our eye and if I'm honest my favourite is the geen faced version, with the green canvas strap and the PVD case. Click the photos for delicious watch shots courtesy of Alpina and like me fall in love with the watches as you read the Alpina press release below.

The New Alpina StarTimer Pilot Chrono Big Date

The all-new StarTimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date was not designed for the business class traveller sitting in Seat 1A of a 747 jet; the one who has to decide between the beef or the salmon for his in-flight meal. This new range of Alpina Pilot timepieces was designed for serious pilots who fly in fast jets and who make split second decisions about the limits to which they can push their planes and themselves.

Features without frills

The StarTimer Pilot Chrono Big Date comes with plenty of features, but no frills. It features the perefctly readable and essential aviation dials of the Alpina Startimer range that are appreciated by pilots worldwide. Every element of functionality built into these watches is designed to provide the essential information to a pilot, the moment he needs it.


Every model in the new range is driven by the AL-372 quartz chronograph movement. Other features include an extra-wide 44 mm-diameter, two-part stainless steel case, a scratchproof sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, big date and small second displays at the 6 o’clock position. The unmistakable red Alpina triangle signature “the Alpiner” is in its traditional position at the base of the second hand, and for activities other than flying, these watches are water resistant to 100 metres. All watches from the collection come with a fabric “Cordura” strap with a tongue buckle in different colours matching the dial and case, or a stainless steel bracelet.


From one pioneer to another

The StarTimer Pilot Chrono Big Date comes with plenty of features, but no frills. It features the perefctly readable and essential aviation dials of the Alpina Startimer range that are appreciated by pilots worldwide. Every element of functionality built into these watches is designed to provide the essential information to a pilot, the moment he needs it.


A great range from which to choose

The first three watches in the new range, the B4S6, the BRS6B and the B4FBS6, all feature a striking black dial with extra-large contrasting white numerals. The indexes are Superluminova coated for optimum visibility in poor lighting conditions.


You can choose from either a subtle grey fabric strap with a tongue buckle, or a fashionable metal bracelet. Another variation sees the watch offered with a black PVD case and matching black fabric strap.The next model on offer is the GR4FBS6. This watch features a black PVD case, a military green 60 minutes dial and contrasting beige-coloured, luminous minute indexes and hands.


To complete the new look, a sand-coloured fabric strap offers the perfect complement to the beige hands and indexes.


Finally, the BGR4S6 is presented with a stainless steel case and a grey “camouflage” grey dial, lending the timepiece an appearance that respects both military and aviation specifications. The grey “camouflage” dial offers an excellent background for the beige minute indexes and hands. The sand-coloured fabric strap completes the package.


If you’re passionate about actually flying, rather than just travelling in airplanes; if you’d rather make a vertical climb than sit in a recliner, the new StarTimer Pilot Chrono Big Date range will suit your high-G lifestyle, as well as your spirit.

Technical Specifications

  • Movement Quartz caliber, AL-372
  • Battery life 48 months
  • Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds, big date, chronograph
  • Case Round 2-part stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter
  • Sapphire crystal, nicely engraved back with Cessna plane image
  • Crown and case back screwed
  • 10 ATM Water-resistant
  • Dial Black, Green or Greydial, large white luminous numerals for the hours
  • White luminous hands with Alpina red triangle signature on the second’s hand
  • Big date and small second display at 6 o’clock


Chopard Superfast Watches

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on May 2, 2013 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (3)

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Ok so this is old news to those out there who sit on the pulse of the watch world, but these are beauties, which I could very happily live with!  Here is what Chopard has to say about them.

The Classic Racing collection, paying tribute to the automobile world, is now enriched with three outstanding watches auguring a new era for Chopard. The sporty, sophisticated and powerful Superfast Automatic, Power Control and Chrono are indeed fitted with Chopard movements from our Fleurier Ebauches workshops, becoming the first watches in this iconic collection with movements entirely designed, developed and assembled in-house.

Superfast models are intended for devotees of fine watchmaking capable of taming the inevitable feeling of power they procure. Generously sized while displaying bold lines and a resolutely virile design, these three new Superfast models carry references to the world of competitive car racing.

The dial of each model displays silver brushed vertical lines against a black background evoking the cooling fins found on air-cooled racing engines. On the inner bezel ring, the minute numerals adopt the appearance of the markers that adorn sports-car rev-counters and speedometers. The hour, minute and seconds counters provide the legibility required in tense situations.

The natural rubber strap carries the smooth tread of the slick tyres immediately identifiable with high-speed track motor racing. A multitude of other elements – such as the Classic Racing collection’s steering wheel logo on the rubber-moulded gold crown, the grooves engraved on the sides of the lugs – continuing the Superfast’s cooling-fin theme, rubber-coated pushers for better grip, as well as the Allen screws on the bezel inspired by those on car-wheel rims – all refer to the world of auto racing.

Even the movements have been specially prepared. All the bridges are openworked with thin parallel lines in the style of cooling vents on sports cars – an unusual finish which allows the inner workings of the movement to be tirelessly admired through the transparent case-back.

Discover the Superfast models with full technical details on www.chopard.com/classic-racing

Baselworld 2013 - Frederique Constant

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Here at Beastie Folly we keep stumbling across new offerings at Baselworld that we really like.There have been a few retro styles, such as the Omega Bullhead and the Tudor Heritage in blue, which we have already highlighted here. Longines have a few appealing new models and we especially like the new Hydroconquest which we will showcase shortly.  Frédérique Constant have also been busy and they have sent us this press promotion which includes a stunning photoset of their new Slimline Moonphase model. It's worth clicking the images for the full size shots they are lovely.

Lady Peanut loves moonphase watches but in truth they have never grabbed me but here Frédérique Constant really have produced a well thought out model. The style is simple and elegant and this is reinforced by the slim case and the result is beautiful. I could have one in every colour! Below is the official press release text.

The All-New Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture

Simply Wonderful and Wonderfully Simple…


With NASA’s Curiosity Explorer currently rambling over the surface of Mars, people on Earth are getting wonderfully detailed pictures and views of the planet that has long been the subject of folklore, myth, legend and speculation. We can see images on our television sets, videos on our computers and I-Pads, and a select few can even scan the Red Planet in real time with powerful telescopes.


However, one of the glorious things about the world in which we live is that every single person on this planet can look to the sky and see the awesome, wondrous moon, without the aid of rovers, telescopes or television pictures. It doesn’t matter where you are or the circumstances in which you live; the bright, beautiful moon is available to us all.



The new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture—as timeless as the moon itself


The appearance of the moon has not changed since the dawn of time. Yet it continues to inspire the same stirring emotions and passions as when the first men looked to the bright light in the night sky...and wondered.


Frédérique Constant has incorporated elegant design features into the new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture that would not have looked out of place a century ago; nor will they look outdated even 100 years into the future. If the moon could make a style statement, it would be that simple beauty never goes out of style.


Five new models are being introduced, and all are driven by the unique FC-705 Manufacture calibre. Each model shares a number of features, and all are presented in a unique, specially designed wooden gift box.


Only one crown required


In spite of the amazing features incorporated into the new Slimline Moonphase Collection, the true genius of these watches is that each complication can be accessed through the watch’s single crown. This ability is an increasingly important feature in Frédérique Constant watches.


The crown can be set into three positions. “Position 0” is selected for winding the watch. At “Position 1,” the date can be adjusted by turning the crown clockwise. Turning the crown counter clockwise allows users to adjust the moonphase. Finally, “Position 2” allows users to make adjustments to the hour and minute hands. It’s as easy as that!


Other common features include the elegant slimline design and a case diameter of 42 millimetres. All models also come with the exceptionally popular convex sapphire crystal on the front and see-through case back. In addition, each dial presents the date display and moonphase at the 6 o’clock position. An incredible new technology known as “laser ablation” has been used to create an outstandingly detailed and precise image of the moon. Finally, each of the new Slimline Moonphase models comes with a 26-jewel movement, an impressive 42-hour power reserve and a Perlage and Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement.


A galaxy of choices


With prices starting at an incredibly low €2,695, the Slimline Moonphase offers truly exceptional value. The FC-705S4S6 comes with a brilliantly polished three-part stainless steel case and a domed silver dial with lustrous, hand-applied nickel indexes and matching, hand polished nickel hands. An elegant black alligator strap with tongue buckle completes the timeless look.


When only blue will do, the FC-705N4S6 is a watch owner’s dream. The second of the stainless steel models has a strikingly handsome navy blue dial, which contrasts wonderfully with the nickel indexes and hands. The alligator strap is also a striking blue, accented with off-white stitching and tongue buckle.


The gleaming rose gold plated case of the FC-705V4S4 exudes understated elegance. The domed silver dial contrasts wonderfully with the rose gold plated hands and indexes, and a dark brown alligator strap stands out beautifully from the slim case.


At the apex of the Slimline Moonphase range stand two models featuring solid 18 carat rose gold cases. The FC-705V4S9 is presented with a domed silver dial and hand-applied rose gold plated indexes and hands, with a dark brown alligator strap. The FC-705C4S9, on the other hand, comes with a stunning chocolate brown dial, which blends beautifully with the rose gold plated hands, indexes and dark brown alligator strap.


Whether high in the sky or sitting proudly on your wrist, the moon will continue to draw admiring looks, forever.

The Breitling Emergency 2 - The Video

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 27, 2013 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (1)

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OMG I want one. I told Mrs P she could wear it when she went to Waitrose so that I wouldn't be worrying about her but it was still a big fat no! This quite simply is the epitome of Boys Stuff!

The Breitling Emergency 2 - For The Grail List

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (2)

The Breitling Emergency is back to save the world again and with a colour to suit every life saving situation. It's on the Grail list, we love it and so what if the most daring thing I will ever do with it is to time a boiled egg, I don't half want one! Text and photos from Breitling.

Breitling has reaffirmed its pioneering role in the field of technical watches and instruments for professionals by creating the very first wristwatch with a built-in personal locator beacon (PLB). The Emergency II is a high-tech gem equipped with a dual frequency transmitter compliant with the specifications of the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite alert system and serving both to issue alerts and to guide search and rescue missions.

Developed in conjunction with major scientific institutes, the Emergency II is distinguished by numerous microelectronic and microtechnical innovations, including a revolutionary rechargeable battery, a miniaturized dual frequency transmitter and an unprecedented integrated antenna system – three features specifically developed for this model.

As the first ever wristworn dual frequency PLB, it establishes itself as a safety and survival instrument in all distress situations on land, at sea and in the air.

JS Watch Co. - The Islandus 1919

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on March 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Three new colours for the Islandus 1919 from the JS Watch Company. Sunburst Silver, black and brown. This is not a review or anything like it, quite simply these popped into my mail box and I liked them a lot and wanted to share them. They are elegant and stylish and I would be happy to have one in my collection.

Islandus 1919 - The Airshow

“The first official Icelandic Air Show will be held at the airport tonight at 7 1/2,” sounded the advertisement on September 3rd 1919. “Tickets for admission are available on city streets and near the entrance. The price is 1 Kronur for adults and 50 Aurar for children. Commemorative cards are also available for all the shows this fall, and they are 5 Kronur.”

In the year 1919 few Icelanders got together to establish Flugfélag Íslands (Air Iceland) for passenger travel. After vigorous objections from Britain, the airline decided not to purchase a German made aircraft, but bought instead a three passenger English Avro. They also hired an extremely experienced fighter pilot by the name of Cecil Faber, who incidentally was highly trained to fly the Avro. Faber arrived in Iceland on the steamer, Ísland, in late July, but the aircraft came a month later because the box housing the aircraft was too large to fit on the ship. Many people made their way down to the harbor to take a gander at this enormous box as the papers had told that this was the biggest box to ever arrive in Iceland. After the plane had been assembled and the runway location found and approved by the town council, the decision was made to put on an air show. But before the air show, an unexpected and successful trail flight was flown over the city.

The watch bears the name SIF - N.A.R.T. and is named after the rescue helicopter TF-SIF which serviced us Icelanders for about 22 years. Before the helicopter was put out of commission on june 17th 2007, it had saved the lives of over 250 people and gone on hundreds of ambulance flights. It owes that success to the fact that the staff of the Icelandic Coast Guard are not just any staff: they’re among the best in the world in each and every one of their fields. With this in mind, the name SIF was chosen for the our new watch. The name references the fact that with a strong will and hard work, it is possible to ac hieve great things that others might consider impossible. Those of us at JS Watch co. Reykjavík want to show exactly that with this watch; that a will and hard work can go a very long way.

A large crowd gathered by the runway and after the Chief Executive Officer had delivered his speech, thunderous applause and cheers sounded as Captain Faber took off into the sky. Very few had ever seen a plane take off, so many, humans and animals, could hardly believe their eyes when they saw the aircraft lift off the ground and fly into the sky. Some horses in a nearby field stood frozen, while one dog went berserk. Captain Faber performed a few aerial stunts, which were so daring that many children began crying. The Morning Paper described the event: “The evening of September 3rd, 1919, will not soon be forgotten. The people had a new “air” about them as they stared into the blue sky and saw the modern day magical craft gliding in the air, illuminated by the sunbeams that could no longer reach us on the ground.”

Not everyone was as impressed by this aircraft business and one of those less than impressed people was Guðmundur Magnússon from Þyrli. He was haymaking on his land near to the airport and could therefore see everything very clearly. He wrote a few quatrains outlining his experience of this event. His last one sounded something like this:


“Impressive is the flight to some

Iced up island’s masses

Seeking the latest craze to come

For squandering their assets.”

JS Watch co. Reykjavik Islandus 1919

The Movement technical specifications:

  • Mechanical “Execution Top”
  • Automatic winding.
  • 25 jewels
  • Custom decorations
  • Blue screws and Rhodium plated finish.
  • 38-hour power reserve when fully wound.
  • Fine tuning “Assortment Chronometer”.
  • Shock protection Incabloc.

For more information visit http://www.jswatch.com