Omega’s ‘her Time’ Ladies Watch Centennial Exhibition Opened At Shanghai Museum Of Contemporary Art

September 30, 2016, Shanghai-The famous Swiss watch brand OMEGA unveiled the ‘Her Time’ Ladies Watch Centennial Exhibition in Shanghai. The exhibition shows Omega’s classic posters beyond time and beautiful and elegant antique timepieces, leading the audience to experience Omega’s commitment and long-term contribution to women’s watches for more than 100 years.

(Left to right) Mr. Yang Yan, Vice President of Omega China, Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of Omega Global, Ms. Chen Suzhen, President of Swatch Group China, and Mr. Gu Jianjun, Director of Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art Cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony of the 100-year-old Omega ‘Her Time’ ladies watch.

  For more than 100 years, Omega has been committed to making bright and elegant ladies’ watches, and perfectly interpreted the beautiful appearance and the precise timing of the movement in each Omega watch. Today, the brand brought the ‘Her Time’ ladies ‘watch to the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art with a century-old exhibition, telling the audience about Omega’s brilliant achievements in the manufacture of ladies’ watches.

Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann, Omega Global President and CEO, and Mr. Petros Protopapas, Omega International Brand Heritage Manager, jointly opened the door of the 100-year-old showroom of the Omega Ladies Watch

1906 Omega Art Nouveau LèPINE pocket watch

1965 Omega ‘Flowers’ Stealth Jewellery Watch

1956 Omega ‘Flowers’ jewelry watch

  From the early luxury Lèpine pocket watches to today’s high-profile women’s watch collections, the exhibition showcases a number of representative timepieces, including the Omega Jewellery Watch of 1946 and the Omega Stealth of 1956. ‘Jewelry watches, as well as Omega Ladymatic watches with revolutionary innovative movements, are still the best examples of Omega internal and external repair.

1959 Omega ‘Leaves’ Luxury Sapphire Wrist

  The passion and pursuit of ladies’ watch manufacturing is deeply rooted in the essence of the Omega brand. From 1894 to 1935, Omega used more than 35% of advanced movements for women’s watches. The women’s watch market was once neglected at that time, and Omega actively explored this field. Its dedication was not only reflected in exquisite and beautiful timepieces, but also in retro art works of Omega and precious advertising posters. . They vividly depict women’s colorful pace of life. Whether it is enjoying the splendor of nightlife, or experiencing the chicness of sports, Omega can always accurately capture the noble and elegant women.

Omega ‘Her Time’ Ladies Watch Centennial Exhibition Unveiled at Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art

  The Omega ‘Her Time’ exhibition is based on pure and elegant white and brilliant warm gold. The exhibition hall is filled with Omega watch exhibits of various periods and display drawers for exploration and discovery. On the same day, Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of Omega, also came to the scene to unveil the exhibition in person.

Omega Global President and CEO Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann at the Omega 100 Years of Her Time Watch

  Talking about this ‘Her time’ exhibition, Mr. An Shiwen described it as ‘an aesthetic display of the glorious journey of Omega’. He also looked forward to the future with enthusiasm at the scene and said: ‘We have achieved extraordinary results, but on the road of making ladies’ watches, I believe that Omega is just beginning. We look forward to more exciting technological innovations and wrists. The arrival of watch design. ‘

Mr. Petros Protopapas, Omega International Brand Heritage Manager, explained the Omega ladies watches to the guests

  For everyone curious about the Swiss women’s watch manufacturing process, the Omega ‘Her Time’ exhibition is definitely not to be missed. Here, the audience will not only appreciate the extraordinary and exquisite beautiful timepieces and the innovative technology that transcends the times, but also deeply feel Omega’s unique women’s watch manufacturing concept and outstanding heritage. The exhibition will be open to the public from today until October 30.

Omega ‘Her Time’ Women’s Watch Centennial Exhibition Information:
time:
October 1, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (closed on Mondays)
Exhibition address:
Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art
200 Huayuangang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

[Night Story] Patek Philippe In The Nazi Concentration Camp

Louise Woehrle is a city documentary director and she is making a movie about her uncle Charles. Her uncle Charles had a very extraordinary life. He gradually changed from a soldier to become a filmmaker. The story of this transition is beyond our imagination. During the film’s background check, Louise stumbled upon some communications between his uncle Charles and his Swiss watch company, Patek Philippe, when he was captured in Poland’s notorious Stalag Luft III concentration camp. When she asked his uncle Charles about it, he told her the incredible story below. Charles Woehrle is a B-17 artillery sergeant who served in the Army Aviation Corps, which is based in the United Kingdom. During an explosion in France, his plane was shot down by German soldiers. He was also captured and transferred by rail to the Nazi’s largest prisoner of war camp. There, he lived a miserable, cruel, tedious captive life for more than two years. To kill time, he resorted to reading, repairing, and even sewing. One day he stumbled upon a small ad from a Swiss watch brand that read: ‘If you want to learn more about Patek Philippe, please send us the form below and we will send you a brochure . ‘Charles sent the form according to the instructions in the ad, and he attached a note that read,’ If you can accept my payment after the war, I would love to buy a watch from you. ‘It’s hard It is believed that a few months later, a package containing a Patek Philippe watch arrived at the POW camp. Patek Philippe really sent Charles a watch! At that time, Charles’s watch caused a sensation among prisoners, not because of Patek Philippe’s prestige as a well-known watch brand, but because it exposed prisoners to the outside world and gave them hope and expectations. For the rest of his imprisonment, Charles kept wearing this Patek Philippe watch and fulfilled his promise to pay after the war. If the story ends here, it is already a legend. But this moving story continues. One day in the 1980s, Charles was stolen from his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his beloved Patek Philippe watch was stolen! This was a great blow for Charles, because not only did this watch come hard-won, but it also accompanied him through the most difficult and hard times in his life. In 2011, when Louise learned the whole story, she knew it had to be part of the film she was making. She also decided to contact Patek Philippe. What was unexpected was that Patek Philippe was very interested in this story. They searched the Internet and found for Charles a model similar to the watch the Charles gave to Charles in 1944. Patek Philippe repaired the watch and presented it to Charles at a ceremony in New York City. This story caused a lot of sensation at the time, both the New York Times and ‘Today Show’ reported on it. Until the summer of 2017, Louise released the news via HODINKEE: The documentary about her uncle was finally completed. It is a pity that Charles passed away a few years ago at the age of 98, but he has lived a full life. For him, the Patek Philippe watch in prison was hope, goodwill, and the dawn of the future.

Simple And Elegant Real Shot Cartier Santos-dumont Watch

The Santos watch is Cartier’s masterpiece. This series was inspired by the pioneer Pioneer Albert Santos Dumont. In 1904, he ordered the first from Louis Cartier. A modern watch, from now on, the simple, practical and innovative Santos watch has become popular. The new Santos-Dumont watch is represented by Albert Santos Dumont, continuing the pioneering spirit, extraordinary style and passion of conquering the sky of the pioneers of the aerospace industry.

Cartier’s new Santos-Dumont watch small model

  The new Santos-Dumont watch with crocodile leather strap is exquisitely subtle, faithfully continuing the elegant style of the original model of Albert Santos Dumont in 1904. This new work is made of 18K rose gold with Roman numerals, exposed screws, a bead-shaped winding crown set with blue cabochon gemstones, and continues the historical heritage of Cartier’s classic watchmaking masterpieces.

Cartier’s new Santos-Dumont watch small model

   The new Santos-Dumont watch is simple and pure, which is the true portrayal of Albert Santos Dumont’s modern style: no matter what occasion, he always dresses well, from suit vests, bowlers, collars, cuffed trousers The anti-wearing peaked cap all reflects its chic style.

Cartier’s new Santos-Dumont watch dial details
   Cartier retains a square case with a geometric pattern composed of four towers when overlooking the Eiffel Tower, echoing the Parisian architectural aesthetics of simplicity, purity and perfect symmetry. As a symbol of the modern design revolution at the beginning of the 20th century, this watch transcended the limitations of the times, abandoning the round pocket watch styles that were popular at the time, and highlighting the crisp and straight lines.

Cartier’s new Santos-Dumont watch with sapphire crown

Cartier’s new Santos-Dumont watch back cover
  When flying an airplane, Albert Santos Dumont always wears goggles and a custom coat that connects various cables to the rudder. He values ​​comfort and practicality without losing grace. Likewise, practicality has played a decisive role in the development of Santos-Dumont watches. In 2019, Cartier equipped the new Santos-Dumont watch with a high-efficiency quartz movement with a battery life of about 6 years, which is twice as long as the traditional quartz movement. To this end, the Cartier workshop redesigned and resized the movement in order to reduce power consumption, while equipped with a new high-performance battery.

Cartier’s New Santos-Dumont Watch Crocodile Leather Strap

Cartier’s New Santos-Dumont Watch 18K Rose Gold Buckle

Cartier’s new Santos-Dumont watch small model
   The above is the latest cutting-edge information of the 2019 SIHH Geneva International Watch Salon brought by the Watch House. Next, we will provide more and more exciting exhibition reports, so stay tuned.

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Ulysse Nardin Introduces A New Original Hollow Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin Athenaeum grandly launches a skeleton watch equipped with a tourbillon movement, which is developed with the latest silicon technology, highlighting the brand’s innovative spirit. Combining advanced technology with the pursuit of transparency and minimalist design aesthetics, the brand’s factory in Le Roque is a unique contemporary watch that is impressive and pays tribute to the brand’s long-established history.

Purity and transparency

 Making a skeleton watch is a delicate art, which requires excellent watchmaking technology and high sensitivity to art. The purpose is to minimize the structure of the parts and allow light to penetrate the watch freely, thereby displaying the machine. Core operation. The Athenaeum ‘original skeleton tourbillon’ is an excellent example in this regard.
 This self-developed movement is exquisite in structure, and the perfect balance ratio instantly shows infinite charm. The barrel at 12 o’clock is opposite the escapement at 6 o’clock; the big steel wheel on the escapement is engraved with the brand name, logo and power reserve.

 The surface of the movement is decorated with conspicuous sandblasting and polishing, forming a strong contrast. Metal parts are added with different colors to enhance visual enjoyment; the beveled splint polished by hand is embellished with satin-polished sun rays, and the dark red ruby ​​emits dazzling light on the splint.
 Each gear train is plated with rhodium, and the blue steel screws echo the blue accents of silicon parts. The pointer is modeled after the slightly curved shape of the blade, and its top is hollowed out. With reference to an Athens watch movement in 1922, the back contains a screw-in number plate with an engraved serial number, making the watch more unique.

Cutting-edge technology
 Since its establishment in 1846, Athens Watch has been known for its innovative watchmaking methods. The accuracy and quality of watches have established an unparalleled reputation in the world of top watchmaking. In order to continue this spirit, the Athenian watch has always been a pioneer in the application of silicon, and in 2001, it was first added to watch production.
 The ‘original skeleton tourbillon’ elegantly demonstrates this extraordinary skill: a hand-winding movement shows a flying tourbillon made of silicon hairspring, anchor escapement and escapement wheel, with a power reserve of 170 hours, which is equivalent. lasting.
 The ‘Openwork Tourbillon’ is available in 18K rose gold and white gold, with a limited edition of 200 pieces each.

Technical information of the original Hollow Tourbillon of Athens Watch
Model: 1702-129 18K rose gold / 1709-129 18K white gold
Movement: UN-170 self-made movement / silicon escape wheel and hairspring / 23 gems, 18’000 times per hour
Power reserve: about 170 hours
Winding method: manual winding
Function: hour and minute display
Case: 18K rose or white gold
Dimensions: 44 mm
Water resistance: 30 meters
Table mirror: wear-resistant sapphire crystal
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Strap: Alligator leather strap with pin buckle

Into Longines Antique Watch Repair Studio

On March 27, 2017, we ended the media itinerary of the Basel International Watch and Jewellery Show, and were invited to visit the Longines Watch Factory in Soymia. From Basel to Longines Watch Factory, it takes about 2 hours by car. From the city to the valley, the scenery we see is just like the scenery shown by various brands before, maybe it is the spring, the mountains and the green, Standing proudly, by the side of Songyuan, several farms are scattered occasionally, and sometimes they are clustered into a small village. They are not large, but they are very natural. Longines watch factory is in this lush green forest. There is a stream at the door. This stream flows to a hydroelectric power plant and the water is very clear.

Longines Watch Factory (from the Internet)

Longines

   Longines was first established in 1832. Its founder, Auguste Agassiz, founded the Agassi company in Soumea, which is the predecessor of Longines, and the brand was named Longines in 1867. After Agassiz’s nephew Ernest Francillon took over the business, he set up a manufacturing plant in ‘Les Longines’. ‘Les Longines’ means ‘narrow grassland’ locally, so Longines is also one of the very few brands in the Swiss watchmaking industry that are named after places. During this trip, in only a few hours, we looked back at the Longines watchmaking road in the past 100 years through the Longines Antique Watch Studio and Longines Museum. It was also a very real historical dialogue.
Discover Longines Antique Watch Repair Studio
   There are not a few brands in Switzerland with a long history of watchmaking, and one department that these brands must have is the antique watch repair department. History is the most important capital of these brands, and it is also a non-renewable scarce capital. They build the true soul of the brand, a brand that has never been broken, and history is especially lively. Longines’ antique watch repair department undertakes this mission. There are a total of 10 watchmakers. It repairs almost 3,000 antique watches a year, including repairs by guests and maintenance of watches in the museum.

Antique watch parts storage room

The original parts retained by Longines can be traced back to the beginning of the establishment of the watch factory: in a small room, the original parts of Longines from 1867 to 1984 are stored. Some of these parts are a complete set of movements. Some parts are dials, cases, hands and other appearance parts. Some of these accessories are over 100 years old. They are arranged according to the model of the movement, which is very easy to find. These original accessories are the most important basis for the restoration of Longines antique clocks. According to these accessories, Longines can make most of the longines antique watches come back to life. Of course, it must be used less and less.

Various original parts in an antique movement

There are also original pendulum shafts from 1867, and other core components such as shocks from different years.

   In the watch repair department, Longines retains complete accessories for nearly 15 years, some accessories for 30 years, and a large number of antique original accessories. Before 1984, Longines classified it as an antique watch series, because Longines was incorporated into the Swatch Group in 1983. Prior to this, Longines was a watch factory with strong self-production capabilities, except for its own movements. , Also used external movements, while providing movements externally, after 1983, Longines began to use the movements provided by ETA, since then, ETA gradually began to make exclusive movements for Longines. As an uninterrupted brand, Longines recorded all the watch data in the book very clearly at the earliest time, including not only production data such as movement and case, but also sales data and maintenance data. With these data, even if some antique watches do not have the original accessories, Longines can re-measure and make according to the data exactly the same products at that time.

Lathes of ancient clock parts

Longines has the ability to remake antique watch accessories: In addition, Longines retains a part of the original design drawings, dating back to 1940, and also has many of the earliest hand-made watch tools and small lathes. Longines can use these watches Watch tools, to make the corresponding antique watch accessories, its manufacturing methods and craftsmanship are almost the same as in the 19th century. These lathes are placed in the antique watch repair room, where the state of the antique watch can be restored to the greatest extent, but this must be agreed by the customer, because in the collection and auction markets, any trace may affect its value, especially the dial. These traces represent the vicissitudes of antique clocks for decades or even centuries. Once they have been repaired and erased, their value will drop significantly. One of the most important representative elements is the radioactive luminous material on the original disk. After a long period of decay of the radioactive material, its color changes. This is irreversible, and Longines will not refill radioactive luminous materials for these clocks. Once removed, it cannot be repaired. The external dial factory can use modern techniques to make the appearance consistent, but it can’t restore its true decay appearance, so it must be handled according to customer requirements.

Antique table radioactive material table

How much does it cost to repair an antique watch? And what ca n’t be fixed? Generally speaking, the repair price of an antique watch will be evaluated by the watch factory first. The basic price is 1200 Swiss francs, which is about 8400 yuan, which includes the cost of evaluation, repair and material parts, but this is a basic price. The situation of antique watches is complicated. If more parts need to be repaired and replaced, or even need to be remade, additional costs will be added. However, not all watches can be repaired. If you encounter an antique watch that cannot be repaired, Longines believes that it has a very important value. It must be special parts or special structures. This is especially important for Longines. Longines will negotiate with the customer to repurchase this antique watch or exchange it with a similar watch of the same age and equivalent value.

Detecting a Longines antique watch that has been repaired

  Fortunately, last month Longines received an antique watch numbered 335. This watch is the second oldest Longines watch currently available on the market. The first number is also more than 300. In the hands of Japanese collectors. At first, this antique watch could not be operated because of a malfunction. The owner thought it was of little value, and the cost of repair was very high, exceeding its own price. Therefore, Longines exchanged two gold watches from the owner This antique watch, number 335, has now been restored (then thought to be difficult to repair at the time) and is capable of operating. According to records, this antique watch was produced in 1867 and sold in 1867, which is strictly the first year of the establishment of Longines Watch Factory.

Detailed data for Form 335

   This antique watch repair room also provides watch brand certification services. These are based on Longines’ digital management of all data, and the computer can quickly query the original information of the watch.

Various tools for repairing antique and modern precious metal watches

Raw wire for repairing precious metal parts

The restoration of antique watches requires the cooperation of the jewelry department: In addition, Longines’ jewelry restoration department also provides restoration services for antique watches and modern watches. The precious metal case and bracelet are very valuable components, and because they are not small pieces, they are not suitable for replacement, especially antique watches. Therefore, the jewellery restoration department repairs this through traditional craftsmanship, which has a full range of raw materials. There was an antique ladies watch from the 1970s on the scene. It used a Milan woven gold bracelet. Because the bracelet was integrally formed at that time, the intercepted bracelet had to be sent to the jewelry department, retained its buckle, cut the middle bracelet, and re-welded with gold. To achieve a seamless, seamless integration. The manual fee is 500 Swiss francs, or about 3,500 yuan.

Hyundai Watch Repair Department Receives Longines watches from all over the world (area names are on the labels)

   And here, we also set up a modern watch repair department, a total of 30 watchmakers, repair watches from different countries and regions around the world, there are very complete modern watch parts, there is no need to worry about the problem of inability to repair . At the same time, polishing and cleaning the studio, cleaning the appearance of the watch models, so that it meets Longines standards.
Summary: The restoration of antique watches and clocks is a true restoration of the brand history. The brands we know today are polished from these past works. Whether they are in your hands or in a museum, they cannot be ignored. The antique watch repair studio is just such a special department that makes history more vivid.