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Watchmaking – Mid-August 2020, launch of GenevaWorld by JSH

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Watchmaking GenevaWorld by JSH

Watchmaking

Independent and convenient global platform for watchmaking information

Publisher of the JSH® Magazine, the non-profit association JSH Archives & Patrimoine, in charge of reviving the Swiss Watch Journal (1876), is launching an ethical platform for watchmaking information and service open to all professional and private audiences.

The Swiss Watch Journal (JSH), founded in July 1876, was the Official Organ of Messe Basel for several decades. Today, the JSH® Magazine is also recognized as an authoritative voice in the industry.

Watchmaking

Historical legitimacy, giving everyone a voice

Everything is based on an ethics committee made up
of recognized personalities, both in Switzerland,
Geneva and internationally, who have signed a
charter that summarizes the ‘public service’ tasks of
this multilingual, independent and unifying information initiative: to give space alongside groups to independents, large and small, to open events to Swiss watchmaking schools and their students, to enhance events linked to the transmission of Swiss watchmaking knowledge. The members of this ethics committee, which is still being finalized, will be announced shortly.

Geneva could grow from three interlocutors to more than 500, including Rolex

The exhibition watchmaking sector and most of its players are now focusing on Geneva, which is preparing to rekindle its history linked to the Great Exhibitions of the past. In Switzerland and around the world, the 2020, 14th April announcement of the arrival in Geneva in April 2021 of five independent leading brands embedded by Rolex (Patek Philippe, Chopard, Chanel and Tudor), has had the effect of an earthquake. Now everyone is working to find a way to be ‘where it happens’. “Of the three Geneva contacts who totalled more than a thousand exhibitors before the announcement of Rolex, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the management of the EPHJ and GemGenève, Geneva must quickly deal with 500 additional interlocutors, a little less if some manage to get together by then,” editor-in-chief of JSH® Magazine Joël A. Grandjean explains.

Geneva, Switzerland and the world

“If watchmaking had been Alemannic, we in Switzerland would have had a Mr. Horology a long time ago. Watchmaking is certainly an economy, but it is also terroirs and a culture.” Grandjean has been professing since 1993, when he co-founded Montres Passion magazine for L’Hebdo and Ringier Romandie. “The terroirs of Swiss watchmaking have the particularity of being 95% French-speaking, even when they are incorporated in the Berne canton,” he notes, as president of JSH Archives & Patrimoine, the association on the initiative of GenevaWord. As for Geneva, an ultimate historical cradle, it offers watchmaking its greatest potential for internationalisation.

SOURCE: JSH Magazine

A limited edition exclusive: The rose gold Classic Worldtimer Manufacture

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Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture

Classic Worldtimer Manufacture

An iconic model from Frederique Constant’s Manufacture, the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture has been given an 18-carat rose gold case for the first time, produced in a limited edition of 88 pieces only. For the occasion, this collector’s timepiece features an exclusive, modern dial for the frequent traveller.

Success is no accident. Achievements made in watchmaking come down to a combination of elements that Frederique Constant has been fine tuning for over 30 years. Element number one: a useful complication. In this regard, the ability to permanently display world time is an undeniable asset for those who travel internationally.

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Detail

Element number two: ease of use. For an everyday watch, everything has been designed so that the latter and its complication can be adjusted quickly and intuitively, without risk of error.

Element number three: the movement. The part most prized by collectors gains considerable value when stamped “Manufacture”. Frederique Constant, a fully integrated manufacture, has already brought out 29 calibres, all of them developed, produced, assembled and inspected within its workshops.

Finally, element number four: design. The simple, classic and timeless design of a timepiece allows it to stand the test of trends and time. Frederique Constant has been synonymous with Swiss Made elegance from the very beginning.

A Classic that lives up to its name

The new Classic Worldtimer Manufacture illustrates this delicate balance. It was added to the Maison’s collections some 10 years ago. The balance struck between the technical, aesthetic and practical immediately impressed watch enthusiasts from all over the world. In a few short years, the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture has established itself as one of the most important timepieces by Frederique Constant.

A landmark limited edition

The version unveiled today is aimed at discerning collectors. Beyond the balance it embodies, the new Classic Worldtimer Manufacture stands out for its 18-carat rose gold case, with no more than 88 limited edition timepieces on offer. Such preciousness is rare at Frederique Constant. Incidentally, this is the first time in the history of the Manufacture that such a case has been offered for this timepiece.

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Side Detail

A sophisticated look

For this latest version, Frederique Constant has opted for an intense blue dial reminiscent of the ocean and in keeping with the distinguished rose gold case. The continents emerge from the dial in relief, their anthracite grey outlines carved with the greatest precision.

The date counter at 6 o’clock is decorated with a sunray guilloché pattern, a traditional finish in Fine Watchmaking. Hovering over it are four hands coordinating with the rose gold; the hour and minute hands and index hour markers are tinged with luminescent material to make them easier to read in low light.

Around this miniature world map unfolds the Worldtimer flange, indicating the 24 world time zones and their 24 principal cities. To ensure the dial can be easily read, the 12 daytime hours appear in red, while the 12 night-time hours appear in grey.

Carefully preserved DNA

The ease of setting and using Frederique Constant timepieces is intrinsic to the Brand. All the features of the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture can be adjusted using the crown, (hours, minutes, date, Worldtimer) eliminating the need for push buttons that could detract from its sleek 42 mm case. As for all Frederique Constant Manufacture collection timepieces, the FC-718 movement in the new Classic Worldtimer Manufacture has been decorated with fine perlage decoration visible through a sapphire crystal caseback that is guaranteed water-resistant to 3 ATM. The informed observer will admire the blued screws in the movement and the rose gold-plated hollowed-out oscillating weight adorned with vertical satin-finishing and “Frederique Constant Manufacture” engraving.

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Inside Detail

SOURCE: Frederique Constant

Smartwatch Vitality: the 4th connected innovation from Frederique Constant

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Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality

Frederique Constant is proud to introduce its latest connected watch, the Smartwatch Vitality, bursting with technology and featuring a digital dial revealed on demand. In addition to the features that were key to the success of its predecessors, the Smartwatch Vitality embraces a major innovation in the form of a new generation, integrated sensor developed by Philips Wearable Sensing, which can measure the heart rate directly from the wrist.

Smartwatch Vitality

Back in 2015, Frederique Constant unveiled its Horological Smartwatch. More than a new timepiece, it created a new segment within the watchmaking industry. For the very first time, a Swiss manufacture had designed, developed and assembled a watch with a classic Swiss Made aesthetic (analogue dial and hands) endowed with onboard intelligence, and powered by a quartz movement supported by a connected module with two years of autonomy.

The Horological Smartwatch was followed by two other developments: the Horological Smartwatch Notify (2016) – based on the same principle, with additional notifications for calls and messages – and the Classic Hybrid Manufacture (2018), the first model to combine a Manufacture movement with intelligent functionalities. Today marks a new chapter in this great saga: the Smartwatch Vitality.

Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality Black

A long tradition of innovation

As with previous iterations, the Smartwatch Vitality represents a major breakthrough, in line with the continuous innovation championed by Frederique Constant. And yet, at first glance, none of this is visible; once again, the Manufacture has committed itself to a classically elegant and timeless looking watch, but one that harbours the ultimate connected technology… without giving anything away.

One dial, two displays; the best of both worlds

The Smartwatch Vitality has a dial with two faces – a first at Frederique Constant. The first is characterised by Roman numerals and hand-polished hour and minute hands… chic and contemporary classicism for those who appreciate sophisticated timepieces with a refined look.

When pressing the crown, the dial reveals a digital display on its lower part that allows the user to access numerous information like the heart rate, the activity tracker, a second time zone and even the last five messages from your favourite apps, among other things. The dial lets the light of the digital screen placed behind it, shine through. The latter displays connected functionalities – itself connected to the watch’s microprocessor.

Since the Smartwatch Vitality model is connected to the Frederique Constant Smartwatch App (available for iOS and Android), all the functionalities of the watch may be configured directly via the application. The user can choose to display all the timepiece’s connected functions on the screen or configure a selection of information only. For an even more personalized usage, the order in which the information can be passed can also be determined.

To move from one function to another, all the user needs to do is push the crown: simple, intuitive, immediate. As soon as the latter has taken note of the desired information, the digital screen returns to standby mode and is once more invisible to the eye. The Smartwatch Vitality then regains its classic and elegant appearance in an instant.

A real technological leap

The Smartwatch Vitality benefits from technological advances made by the Manufacture over the past five years. It is powered by the FC-287 calibre (men’s models) and FC-286 calibre (ladies’ models). Once again, Frederique Constant is leveraging quartz technology for the user’s benefit.

The battery of the Smartwatch Vitality is rechargeable and lasts up to 7 days for the ladies’ models and 11 days for the men’s models, depending on the usage. What is more, advances in miniaturisation allowed the 36 mm diameter ladies’ model to offer the same functionality as the 42 mm model.

An array of intelligent features

The new Smartwatch Vitality has a wide variety of intelligent features, which details, and objectives, can be defined via the App directly.  Some of them have been inherited from their predecessors – in development since 2015:

  • Activity tracking: number of steps, calories burned, distance covered.
  • Dynamic coach: personalised guidance to help the user stay in shape, based on the activity tracker, sleep tracker and the goals that have been defined.
  • Get-active alerts: physical activity reminder after a certain period of inactivity.
  • Sleep monitoring: sleep cycle analysis: deep sleep, light sleep and time spent awake.
  • Smart sleep alarms: alarm based on sleep cycle analysis, to wake the user at the optimal time.
  • Worldtimer / Second time zone
  • Always on-time: the time and date automatically synchronises with the smartphone’s information to which the watch is connected.
  • Call notification
  • Message notification
Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality App

In 2020, these features are joined by various new functions:

  • Workout: measures the user’s pulse when taking exercise. Once the function activated, the heart rate is measured every 10 seconds. Statistics from the training session can then be viewed in detail via the app.
  • Chronograph: can now be activated and stopped simply by pressing on the watch glass. While training, the digital dial display will automatically switch to the minutes and seconds countdown timer. To ensure that this countdown remains easy to read even in strong light (common outdoors), the minute hand will also show the passing of the seconds.
  • Heart rate monitoring: the Smartwatch Vitality is equipped with a new-generation sensor, developed by experts in the field, Philips Wearable Sensing. Thanks to the integration of the optical heart rate measurement, the pulse can now be taken from the wrist roughly every minute for greater accuracy. This new built-in sensor also provides information on physical activity and training performance. It can be active day and night, its algorithm also using the brightness index. 
  • Heart rate notifications: in the event that the user’s heart rate drops too low or climbs too high, a vibration and a visual alert will be emitted by the watch, which can be turned into an alarm if the problem persists.
  • Breathing exercise: offers a series of breathing exercises to reduce stress and regulate the user’s breathing.
  • Messages review: after selecting the apps the user wants to receive notifications from, they will be able to view the last 5 messages received (chronologically) on their watch dial. Apps may include: Mail, Messages, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, WeChat, Viber, Uber, KakaoTalk, Pinterest and Spotify.
  • Weather: maximum and minimum local temperatures displayed instantly on the dial.

To optimise these features’ efficiency and provide the user with as much information as possible, everything is gathered, analysed and consolidated within the app.

A complete collection now available

True to its tradition, Frederique Constant offers a complete collection of Smartwatch Vitality timepieces, including four men’s models and four ladies’ models. The former combines a 42 mm stainless-steel case with a black rubber strap or a steel bracelet, complemented with a rose gold-plated version. Discreet and understated, the Smartwatch Vitality for men comes with a blue, grey or black dial.

The four ladies’ models are shaped in a 36 mm polished stainless-steel, rose gold-plated or two-tone gold/steel case. The women’s designs combine elegance and grace with a floral pattern spread over the dial, around which eight-hour markers are set with diamonds.

In terms of straps, Frederique Constant wanted to give customers plenty to choose from. Each of the ladies’ models comes with a leather strap or steel bracelet, but can equally be accessorised with a range of five other stylish and sporty rubber straps. Match your Smartwatch Vitality to your mood with straps in colours such as purple, white, pink, red and grey, sold separately.

Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality Charge

SOURCE: Frederique Constant

Bracelets for Men: Embrace that Biker Style

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Bracelets for Men: Embrace that Biker Style

Bracelets for Men: Embrace that Biker Style

Raw, massive, kick-ass, this is how we describe biker bracelets. If you’re looking for a way to convey your masculinity, nothing works better than the biker style. It was created for rebels, daredevils, and bad boys with a tender heart and thrust for freedom. If their look and lifestyle is your inspiration, why don’t you convert yourself into one of them? A biker bracelet is a great start for the journey to a new, bold and audacious, you!

A burly bracelet for a large wrist, the backbone of a Biker look

A biker bracelet is a starting point. You can build the whole look around it. This robust and masculine jewelry is able to become an integral part of your image. It tells others a lot about you, your traits, and your preferences! That’s why you need to select it carefully. It must blend well with your inner self, with who you are now and the person you want to be.

For example, if you believe in magic and mysterious forces that surround us, you can’t go wrong with a skull bracelet. Bikers believe that skulls protect against danger and death. What if they are right? Then you definitely want to have this guardian angel on your side, even though it looks nothing like an angel.

Remember, a biker bracelet is a load-bearing framework of your style. You will inevitably want to flaunt more accessories. And it means that they have to go well with each other. Keep that in mind when you go searching for a bracelet. But how to understand that a bracelet you’re looking at is the right one? If it lures you and you can’t resist its pulling power, this is it. Biker fashion is not about being reasonable; it is about the sixth sense that guides you. Trust it and you won’t regret.

Stylish Bracelets for Men

Styles and Models

So, basic biker bracelets are… basic. They have several, pretty large, links joined together, and a clasp. By and large, such models are the same as classic men’s chains in design but their size is sort of on steroids. Out of all types of weaving, Biker style gravitates towards Curb, Rolo, Venetian, Figaro, Foxtail, etc. These are strong, durable, and solid-looking, just what every biker needs.

If you want to take one step away from basic styles, try bracelets with a plate. You can pick a plate that already has symbols or writing or go with a smooth one and customize it as you wish. You can complement it with your initials, motto, significant date, etc.

Even more fancy options benefit from commonplace biker symbolism. How about a bracelet assembled from a handful of tiny skulls? Or a bracelet made of links that are covered with dragon scales? Or maybe you prefer snake bangles? All these options are available in biker jewelry catalogs.

If you enjoy a skull bracelet, it doesn’t have to be made of metal. It’s true, motorcyclists prefer steel or silver for their jewelry but other materials deserve attention, too. Original and elegant models are assembled from beads. For example, onyx beads look masculine and inspiring. They somewhat resemble a rosary, so you should treat them with respect. Leather is an excellent choice for bracelets in a casual style. Adorned with metal accents, they will bring even more excitement and originality to your look.

How to wear Your Biker Bracelets?

The main rule here is simple: mix bracelets, mix styles, build your own style, and let your desires express themselves. If you go with a silver bracelet, you can match it with pretty much everything. It is not that it is appropriate for an office or red carpet event, but you can wear it everywhere else and with any types (and colors) of clothes.  

Complement your bracelet with a large bangle, a bead bracelet made of black agates or tiger’s eye stones, or an ethnic rope bracelet crafted in the Bohemian style. See, biker fashion is friendly with other styles.

There is only one thing that you cannot do with silver bracelets – mixing them with gold is forbidden. So, if you have a watch with a gold strap, a silver bracelet is a no-go. Even putting silver and gold on different hands won’t work. You’ll have to make your choice in favor of either gold or silver. Together, they can be only in a jewelry box.

The same goes for rings, necklaces, earrings, and pendants. Make sure that they are crafted of the same metal. Small inclusions of auxiliary metals are allowed but no more than this. On the other hand, if you flaunt a silver necklace, your bracelet doesn’t have to be silver. It can be leather or beaded, especially if those beads are black or grey. It’s even better if there are small charms or a clasp made of silver so that your jewelry pieces have something in common.

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