Strömen International Jaguar XJL
September 18, 2012 – 1:11 AM | Comments Off

 
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(from Stromen Press Release)  STRÖMEN International is proud to introduce the Ö7-S multipiece forged concave wheel for the 2012 Jaguar XJL. The wheel features an industry first centercap called the CHRÖNOS centercap, …

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URWERK Maltese Falcon
September 18, 2012 – 1:07 AM | Comments Off

 

Most of horology’s great complications – split-seconds chronographs, perpetual calendars, tourbillons, etc. – were dreamed up in the candle-lit workshops of the nineteenth century. It’s not too often that we get something truly new. But with the UR-210, the brilliantly-mad scientists at Urwerk have done just that and are giving us a world-first winding efficiency indicator.

Urwerk is best known for their now-iconic satellite system, with spinning hour indicators integrated into a retrograde minutes display. This architecture is still there in the UR-210, but amped up a little. The minute hand is a three-dimensional cage inspired by the beak of the Maltese Falcon (which is what the Urwerk guys call the UR-210), and completely engulfs the hour satellite during it’s movement along the 120 degree arc. The hand looks monstrous (in the best way), but is 3-micron tolerance milled aluminum and weighs in at a super-light .302g. Utilizing a central spring and ruby bearing system, the flyback takes only .1 seconds at the change of each hour. At 1 o’clock is a traditional indicator for the 39 hour power reserve.

Now for the real star of the show. Opposite the power reserve, at 11 o’clock, is the world-first winding efficiency indicator. The appearance is simple enough, with a single hand drifting between the green (+) and red (-) ends of a curved scale. You might mistake it for a power reserve if you didn’t know any better, but what this scale actually measures is the difference between the energy consumed and generated by the mainspring over a two hour period. For you other nerds out there, it’s like the derivative of the power reserve indicator.

If you’re sitting around the house on a Sunday afternoon or stuck at your desk all day, you’ll probably find the hand lingering in the red zone, meaning you’re using the watch’s stored power without refueling the power reserve. But dashing through an airport, running errands around town, or enjoying a night out will push the hand into the green, meaning you’re generating power faster than you’re consuming it.

So what do you do with this information? Simple, you adjust the rotor to ensure a good ratio of energy in to energy out. The Urwerk gents have provided an adjustor on the case back that allows you to dial in the efficiency of the rotor. At full efficiency, any movement will charge the reserve, while the reduced position engages an air turbine compressor to slow the rotors movement and thus avoid over-winding and wearing down the mechanism. You can even fully stop the rotor if you want, turning the watch into a manual winder.

While there are certainly practical benefits to this complication, it’s the less tangible things that most excite us. Essentially the winding efficiency indicator shows you how you are interacting with the watch in a very concrete way. It tells you just as much about your own movement and life as it does about the watch’s movement. “This timepiece opens a new chapter in the evolution of our complications,” says Urwerk’s Felix Baumgartner. “It doesn’t just measure a universal value in a completely original way, but starts a real dialogue between the watch and its wearer.”

Luckily the UR-210 isn’t some far-off concept watch. The first ten pieces should be hitting retailers sometime in October, with a price of 137,000 CHF before any taxes. We will for sure keep you updated as this story develops.

Source | Hodinkee
Zagato BMW Roadster
August 20, 2012 – 11:03 AM | Comments Off
Zagato BMW Roadster

 
Legendary coachbuilder Zagato takes a stab at BMW’s E89 Z4 to create the BMW-Zagato Roadster. Aviation styled 19″ alloys, “Z” monogram kidney grills and organic looking vents make this creation quite a beauty. This roadster …

Fisker Vancouver Launch
July 9, 2012 – 9:45 AM | Comments Off
Fisker Vancouver Launch

Fisker Vancouver 2012 Launch Party…!

Geneva Motor Show 2012
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Geneva Motor Show 2012

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Lamborghini Aventador Unica Leaked!
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Richard Mille RM56 Sapphire

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Hublot Jet Li Edition
January 13, 2012 – 11:55 PM | Comments Off
Hublot Jet Li Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot brought “The Art of Fusion” to Dalian, China today, where it held a grand launch ceremony for its Hublot Jet Li limited edition watch and a breathtaking performance of one …

RockRegeneration Hennessy X.O Mathusalem by Arik Levy
December 28, 2011 – 12:31 AM | Comments Off
RockRegeneration Hennessy X.O Mathusalem by Arik Levy

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Interesting Sbarro Evoluzione from Geneva 81st
December 8, 2011 – 2:16 AM | Comments Off
Interesting Sbarro Evoluzione from Geneva 81st

Swiss automobile builder Sbarro, in league with the Espera Sbarro design school, has brought a very interesting concept to the Geneva Motor Show this year: the Evoluzione. The prototype seen here is an eye-popping mix of various themes: it takes Lamborghini’s recent efforts at making drivable razors, puts in aspoonful of motorcycle, and then adds McLaren F1-style seating.

Every little detail counts…
November 17, 2011 – 12:44 AM | Comments Off
Every little detail counts…

As we are closing in on completing Stage 1 of our project M3 “Shinobi” build, we finished it off with a pair of custom painted side marker with tinted lenses. We started with a simple …

Wald Black Bison Aero Kit for Mercedes R230 SL
October 20, 2011 – 9:45 AM | Comments Off
Wald Black Bison Aero Kit for Mercedes R230 SL

This is the Wald R230 SL-Class SPORTS LINE Black Bison Edition from Wald International based on the facelifted Mercedes-Benz R230 SL-Class.