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HSNY Expands Horological Library

HSNY Expands Horological Library

The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) has expanded its library in Midtown Manhattan.
Inside the newly expanded HSNY Library, now called the Jost Bürgi Research Library.
Now called the Jost Bürgi Research Library, it is now among the largest collections of modern and rare horological texts, watchmaking books and horological items anywhere in the world. 
Much of the most recent expansion is the result of a large donation from a private collection by the Librarian Emeritus of the HSNY, Fortunat Meuller-Maerki, who amassed one of the largest horological libraries in private hands.
Fortunat Mueller-Maerki and HSNY Executive Director Nicholas Manousos.
Meuller-Maerki spent thirty years traveling the world and purchasing horological material including books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, rare ephemera and much more, according to the organization. It was Mueller-Maerki who renamed the expanded library after Jost Bürgi, an innovative Swiss clockmaker. 
“It was my hope to build a library that would one day serve the greatest number of people,” said Mueller-Maerki. “Housing it in Manhattan under the care of the Horological Society of New York is a donor’s dream come true.”
The new library now boasts 2,000 square-feet with 800 linear feet of custom-built shelf space. HSNY reports that within the collection you’ll find a rare books with first editions and timekeeping treasures dating to 1652.
More specifically, you’ll find more than 7,735 antiquarian and modern books on horology, over 4,675 auction sales and trade catalogs, an extensive collection of horological periodicals (including early issues of iW), 6,100 academic and technical articles, 2,700 pieces of ephemera, including brochures, advertising materials, posters and 1,161 vintage postcards.
In short, the new library has everything an avid iW reader could need to learn more about timekeeping in all its forms over the centuries. 
The HSNY Library is located on the fifth floor of the General Society Building on Midtown’s historic “club row”. HSNY also uses the space to display educational exhibits and hold special events. HSNY’s full-time librarian, Dr. Miranda Marraccini, is on-staff to assist with research requests.
The Jost Bürgi Research Library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Appointments are encouraged for research and can be made online at the HSNY website. The organization also offers an online research library.
 
 

Watches of Switzerland SoHo to Exhibit GPHG 2022 Watches

Watches of Switzerland SoHo to Exhibit GPHG 2022 Watches

Watches of Switzerland will host an exhibition the 2022 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) award-winning watches for three days at its New York SoHo location at 60 Greene Street.
MB&F took home the coveted Aiguille d’Or award, the GPHG 2022 top prize, for its Legacy Machine Sequential EVO.
The exhibition will be open to the public starting Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4.
Watches of Switzerland says it will host the tour to promote the art of watchmaking.
The Chronomètre FB 2RSM.2-1 by Ferdinand Berthoud. won the 2022 GPHG Mechanical Exception Watch Prize.
Often called the Oscars of the watch industry, the GPHG has previously honored the year’s winners at locations in Dubai, London, Moscow, Paris, Singapore, and Vienna. The upcoming exhibition at Watches of Switzerland marks the first such exhibition in New York.
The Bulgari The Octo Finissimo Ultra is the winner of the GPHG 2022 Audacity prize.
For more details or to make an appointment, which is encouraged but not required, see the Watches of Switzerland site.

Citizen Looks to Space With Starry Dialed Attesa

Citizen Looks to Space With Starry Dialed Attesa

Citizen’s latest Attesa GPS watch highlights the watchmaker’s galactic inspiration with a full dose of Satellite Wave technology and a space-blue bezel and central bracelet links.
While Citizen is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Attesa collection with this debut, the watchmaker makes no secret that its designers gazed into space as they designed the new watch. Most directly, the watch’s eye-catching, star-flecked dial anticipates Citizen’s collaboration with the Hakuto-R lunar exploration program.
The Citizen Attesa 35th Anniversary watch.
Citizen, which provided the Hakuto-R exploration program with Super Titanium components to be used in the legs of the Series 1 Lander, applies the same coating on this model and on many of its higher-end models (including a few in the hot-selling Hakuto-R series.)
Super Titanium is Citizen’s proprietary alloy that creates a lightweight, anti-allergenic, scratch-resistant and rust-resistant case for the 44mm watch. Citizen applies its other high-tech coating, Duratect DLC, along the bracelet and on the bezel.
You’ll find the DLC blue coating decorating and protecting the bracelet along the center links of the titanium bracelet, between the glossy black Duratect DLC coating. A well-made fold-over clasp with button secures the bracelet.
Within all this high-tech material Citizen places its groundbreaking F950 movement to power the light-driven Eco-Drive Satellite Wave GPS functions. The watch is capable of receiving time signals in as little as three seconds, with the hour and minute hands moving twice as fast as previous models.
Of course, as a full-fledged GPS model, the watch hosts a deep set of advanced features, including world time in 27 cities (40 time zones), a chronograph, dual time zones, (UTC) universal coordinated time display, a perpetual calendar, as well as daylight savings time, and power reserve and light level indicators.
On the back of the watch Citizen commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Citizen Attesa collection.
Price: $3,550. 

RGM Commemorates Yellowstone Anniversary with Enamel Dial

RGM Commemorates Yellowstone Anniversary with Enamel Dial

Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania-based independent watchmaker RGM commemorates the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park by launching a new watch with a hand-made cloisonné enamel dial that depicts a scene from the park.
The new RGM Yellowstone Model 25.
The new RGM Yellowstone Model 25 is an automatic model from the watchmaker’s Model 25 series that RGM builds using American-made 40mm steel cases with distinctive ribbed sides, a contoured bezel and curved lugs.
Its large dial opening depicts a mountain view fronted by a buffalo, an image inspired by a Work Projects Administration (WPA) poster from the 1940s.
The WPA posters, now in the Library of Congress, were designed to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, and health and educational programs in seventeen states and the District of Columbia.
RGM explains that cloisonné (‘to partition’ in French) is an enameling technique in which the outline of the design is formed by first adding compartments to the dial using wire. The wires remain visible in the finished piece. The artisan then adds the ‘cloisonné’, which is made with enamel powder made into a paste and kiln-fired.
The RGM Yellowstone Model 25 is a three-piece limited edition and the fourth watch RGM has released in celebration of its own thirtieth anniversary in 2022. Price: $13,900. 
Specifications: RGM Yellowstone Model 25 
Movement: Swiss-made automatic RGM-modified Caliber 1120 with RGM-made solid gold winding rotor, 28,800 vph, rhodium finish, Cote de Geneve and perlage finishes. Power Reserve of 42 hours.
Case: 40mm by 10.4mm American-made 316L stainless steel, sapphire crystal front and back, water-resistant to 50 meters, steel crown with Keystone insignia. 
Dial: Cloisonné center with Breguet line guilloche on chapter ring. Rhodium hands are matte-finished. 
Strap: Light brown alligator leather. 
Price: $13,900.

Franck Muller Celebrates Diabolik

Franck Muller Celebrates Diabolik

Fans of the Italian-based comic Diabolik can now wear an ode to their favorite master thief when they strap on the new Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Diabolik Limited Edition.
The Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Diabolik Limited Edition is a limited edition of 25 pieces.
Franck Muller created the new watch to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the comic, which debuted in 1962 and has since become one of the best-selling comics worldwide.  
The watchmaker nicely channels the mysterious Diabolik on the watch’s dark lacquered dial, which features a masked set of alluring eyes topped by blood-red hands, all placed within a black PVD Cintrée Curvex case.
(See specifications below for additional technical details about the automatic watch, a limited edition of twenty-five pieces).
Franck Muller also created the watch as a tribute to Diabolik designer Enzo Facciolo, who died in 2021, and will offer one watch from the limited series to the designer’s nephew.
The watches can be purchased from Ronchi Gioielli in Milan, which has been an official Franck Muller dealer for several years. Price upon request.
Specifications: Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Diabolik Limited Edition Collection
Reference: 7880 SC DT DIABOLIK NR 
Case: Stainless steel with black PVD coating, hand polished, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 30 meters. 
Dial: Twenty layers of black translucent lacquer, date at 6 o’clock.
Movement: Franck Muller automatic MVT FM 800-DT with bidirectional rotor, power reserve of 42 hours, Côtes de Genève and brushed sunray pattern finishing on the bridges and the rotor, circular graining on the two sides of the main plate, chamfering of the bridges 24k gold bath and rhodium plating of the components. In addition, 24-karat gold finish on the written engravings, circular brushing of the rotor ball bearing, brushing sunray pattern on the barrel, polishing at 45° and brushed sunray pattern on the ratchet. Polished and blued screws. 
Strap: Black rubber with steel buckle topped with black PVD coating.
The watch is available exclusively at Ronchi Gioielli  in Milan. (Tel: 0039 02 877 449 and E-mail: info@ronchigioielli.com.)

Zenith Teams With Fusalp for Ceramic Defy Classic

Zenith Teams With Fusalp for Ceramic Defy Classic

Zenith and French ski-wear maker Fusalp have teamed to create a pair of 41mm ceramic-cased Defy skeleton watches. Each model pairs Zenith’s signature star and Fusalp’s French tricolor hues on an inventive skeleton dial.
The Zenith Defy Classic Fusalp Black Ceramic.
One model, the Zenith Defy Classic Fusalp White Ceramic ($11,000) will be offered as a limited edition of 100 pieces, while the Zenith Defy Classic Fusalp Black Ceramic ($10,000) will be made as a limited edition of 300.
For its part, Fusalp will launch a matching skiwear collection, complete with a black and white theme, the French tricolor and the snowflake motif.
Zenith devised the new open-work dial for the collaborative series. In addition to the Zenith star and tricolor frame around the dial, the new watch’s cleverly drafted dial deftly exposes Zenith’s high-frequency Elite automatic movement, which powers each watch.
The Le Locle watchmaker also created a custom rubber strap for the special editions. The unusual rubber material in the strap features a fabric-like structure with a raised motif of concentric rectangles. The idea, according to Zenith, is to complement the skeleton dial with a similar graphic element.

Chronoswiss Roars With a Tiger-Themed ReSec

Chronoswiss Roars With a Tiger-Themed ReSec

With the new Open Gear ReSec Tiger, Lucerne-based Chronoswiss continues its impressive roll-out of inventive dial treatments within its regulator-layout Open Gear ReSec collection.
The new Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec Tiger.
For the latest example, Chronoswiss artisans create the illusion of a tiger fur pattern in guilloché using a rose engine turning machine from 1924. Paired with a blackened three-dimensional regulator components, the unique, deep-cut dial almost roars with its dramatic orange and black hue.
The dial, which is actually part of the automatic Chronoswiss C.301 movement, highlights the regulator’s large central minute hand that crosses atop the prominent hour display at 12 o’clock.

Named for its premier function (ReSec stands for Retrograde Seconds), the watch’s jumping seconds hand along the lower half of the dial operates in a half-circle, leaping from the thirty seconds position back to start its arc to complete counting each minute. The leaping hand echoes ‘the ‘danger of the solitary hunter’, as Chronoswiss vividly explains.
The 44mm Open Gear ReSec Tiger, with the familiar Chronoswiss knurled bezel and onion crown, is a limited edition of fifty.
Price: $11,000. 

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