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Two Stunning Straps for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-thin The Hour Glass Reference 15205BA.OO.1240BA.01

Audemars Piguet Ref. 15205BA.OO.1240BA.01

Audemars Piguet Ref. 15205BA.OO.1240BA.01

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-thin The Hour Glass Reference 15205BA.OO.1240BA.01 has a stunning 18-carat yellow gold case with glareproofed sapphire crystal on the front and case back.  The rotor is engraved with “The Hour Glass” logo and the legend is engraved with “One of Fifty” indicating the rarity of this reference since only 50 of these masterpieces were ever manufactured.

The dial is green with the “Petite Tapisserie” pattern.  The hour markers are gold and painted with luminescent coating.  The case is 39mm and has an 8.1 mm thickness.  The bezel and bracelet are made from the same 18 carat gold as the case.  The bezel has the octagonal design with visible screws.

The reference 15205BA.OO.1240BA.01 is powered by an automatic caliber 2121 which is made with 36 jewels, and sports a power reserve of 40 hours.  Although the date window is visible at 3 o’clock, notably absent from the AP is the second’s hand.  The beauty of the thin movement, though is visible from both the front and back of the timepiece.

Audemars Piguet Ref. 15205BA.OO.1240BA.01 with Rubber B Bracelet

Audemars Piguet Ref. 15205BA.OO.1240BA.01 with Rubber B Bracelet

Rubber B has designed a beautifully constructed Vulcanized rubber band to fit the AP case with perfect harmony utilizing the patented Blocked Integration technique.  The black band looks stunning against the gold case and bezel.  The comfort fit of the Tortion tested Vulcanized Rubber is enhanced by the adjustable Velcro® Alfatex® fastening strip.

The Velcro is Hand-Sewn with HYDROTURF® Marine Thread, having maximum resistance to UV-rays, atmospheric conditions, & chemicals. The Rubber B band exceeds FDA and BVGG specifications, and is non-toxic, non-marking, hypo-allergenic. For more information on this alternative band for your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-thin The Hour Glass Reference 15205BA.OO.1240BA.01 click here.

Two Designer Bands for The Audemars Piguet Audemars Piguet Ref. #26124ST.OO.D018CR.01

Audemars Piguet Ref. #26124ST.OO.D018CR.01

Audemars Piguet Ref. #26124ST.OO.D018CR.01

The Audemars Piguet Ref. #26124ST.OO.D018CR.01 is part of the long tradition of AP timepieces designed with dedication to perfection.  Designed in 2016, this 39mm case Royal Oak has a steel case and the traditional octagonal bezel with visible screws at each corner – a design that became the standard in 1972.  The blue dial has a raised “tapisserie” pattern which adds stunning interest to the timepiece.   The hour markers are in white gold and filled with luminescent paint for visibility at night or in the dark.

At the 9 o’clock position there is a power reserve indicator.  At 3 o’clock is a date dial with a date hand, rather than a date window, so often seen in other timepieces.  At 6 o’clock there is a unique 2nd time dial with both minutes and hours hands.  This is quite different from other complications which often use a single hand to indicate the 2nd time zone.  It is truly two clocks in one singular timepiece.  Next to the 2nd time dial, at the 7 o’clock position, is a small Day/Night time dial.

The AP 26124ST.OO.D018CR.01 is powered by a caliber AP 2329 with module 2846 which is built with 33 jewels, and features a power reserve of 38 hours.  The timepiece is protected by sapphire glass and supports a waterproofness to a depth of 150 feet.

Audemars Piguet Ref. #26124ST.OO.D018CR.01 with Blue Rubber B strap

Audemars Piguet Ref. #26124ST.OO.D018CR.01 with Blue Rubber B strap

Rubber B has developed two exquisite bands for the Audemars Piguet Ref. #26124ST.OO.D018CR.01 utilizing an exclusive Velcro® Alfatex® fastening strip.  Since the blue dial AP originally came with a blue bracelet,  Rubber B has developed a stunning blue band as well as a matching black band out of Vulcanized rubber.

Audemars Piguet Ref. #26124ST.OO.D018CR.01 with Velcro clasp

Audemars Piguet Ref. #26124ST.OO.D018CR.01 with Velcro clasp

Manufactured in Switzerland, the Rubber B bands are designed to fit the AP watch case perfectly.  The attachment loop contains a Titanium insert for optimum performance, while the Velcro is made from hand-sewn HYDROTURF® Marine Thread, which has maximum resistance to UV-rays, atmospheric conditions, & chemicals.  For more information go to our AP Royal Oak 39 mm page here.

2 Professional Diver’s Bracelets for the Rolex Sea Dweller 43mm Reference 126600

Rolex Sea Dweller 43mm

Rolex Sea Dweller 43mm with Black Rubber B Band

The 43mm Rolex Sea Dweller is an outstanding achievement in watch design with its outstanding waterproofness system to a depth of an amazing 4000 feet.  Designed in collaboration with professional divers, the Sea Dweller is built with the Rolex Oystersteel superalloy to withstand the corrosion from sea water while maintaining an exceptional finish.

The Rolex Sea Dweller 43mm has a triple waterproofness system built into its screw-down winding crown.  The timepiece is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.  The black dial provides extreme visibility for the luminescent hour markers provided by large Chromalight luminescent material which emits a long-lasting blue glow for legibility in dark conditions.  Each hour marker is coated with a thin layer of platinum.

The Oyster bracelet is also in Oystersteel, and it is fitted with an Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening.  A double extension system allows adjustments to be made without tools and provides divers the ability to adjust the bracelet to fit the Sea Dweller on top of diver suits using an ingenious fliplock extension link.  The ceramic bezel rotates in one direction, enabling divers to precisely and safely monitor dive and decompression times.

The caliber 3235 movement is a new generation of the Rolex automatic which provides an enhanced 70 hours of power reserve.  This is a significant improvement over earlier calibers, with almost double the power – up from 40 hours.  This significant improvement gives the diver approximately 3 days of power reserve without daily wear, since it will automatically self-wind with normal daily use.

Rolex Sea Dweller

Rolex Sea Dweller with Red Rubber B band

Rubber B has developed two beautiful bracelets for the Rolex Sea Dweller 43mm Reference 126600 which are engineered to be tough, comfortable and able to withstand the rigors of professional divers.  Both bands provide a sleek black exterior that matches the black dial and black bezel of the Rolex Sea Dweller.  However, the Vulcromatic band adds some flair to the mix, while fusing a red inner band perfectly to the black outer band.  The red racing stripe is visible as it is worn, but does not overwhelm the classic black look of the outer band.

The Rubber B bands for the Rolex Sea Dweller support the original folding clasp provided by Rolex, so divers can combine the powerful Rolex clasp and extension fit system with the beauty and comfort of the vulcanized rubber band.  The Rubber B band is infused with strength infusion technology which provides upgraded support for the friction of frequent micro-adjustments made by divers utilizing the Rolex Glidelock Clasp.  Carbon fiber molecules are fused within the vulcanized rubber during the mould process.

All of Rubber B bands are Made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber, utilizing no coating, blends or bonding.  Rubber B bands utilize a Blocked Integration engineering which provide a flawless motionless flush mount to the Sea Dweller case.  For more information, please visit our Rolex Sea Dweller 43mm page here.

8 Bracelets for the Rolex Daytona on Leather Reference 16518

Rolex Daytona with Leather Bracelet

Rolex Daytona with Leather Bracelet

The fine timepiece industry has been buzzing about Rolex Daytonas for the last several years.  Partly this is due to the seemingly unlikely meteoric rise in value for not only the new Rolex Daytona’s which have been exceedingly difficult to acquire, but also for the Daytona’s manufactured in the past 50 years.  Rolex Daytonas were one of the least sought after of the Rolex line in the 1960’s through 1980’s.  Paul Newman and others became champions of the Daytona, and seemingly overnight collectors began to notice the value of the Rolex chrongraph.

The Reference 16518 was manufactured in the late 1990’s and came with a brown leather strap.  It has the Tachymeter markings on the bezel allowing the wearer to accurately estimate miles per hour or kilometers per hour up to 400 mph/kph.  Although only a limited few cars (such as the Bugatti Veyron) have the incredible power to even test the limits of the Daytona, Rolex is ready.   The Veyron has a top Km/h speed of 408 (eclipsing the Daytona’s capacity of 400 by only 8 Km/h), but only can hit 254 mph.  Early Daytonas only had markings to 200.  As the base rate of speed by most racecars began to rise, Rolex adapted the timepiece to keep up to speed.

Rolex Daytona on Rubber B Bracelet

Rolex Daytona on Rubber B Bracelet

Although many Daytonas are made from steel, the reference 16518 is made from a block of pure yellow gold.  Even the pushers on each side of the screw down crown are made from gold.  Rolex continued to adorn this model with diamond studs acting as hour markers for 8 of the 12 hours.  The 12 o’clock position is marked by the Rolex crown in gold.  The 3 o’clock position is marked by the minutes/seconds notation rather than hours – marked with 15.  Similarly the 6 and 9 o’clock positions are marked with 30 and 45, respectively.  This is unique to most Rolex Daytonas since most hour markers remain as Arabic or Roman hour notations or have a stud in place of any hour notation.

The champagne dial with black inner dials completes the all-gold coloring with an exquisite look that is truly dazzling.  The central sweep seconds hand allows an accurate reading of 1/8 second, while the two counters on the dial display the lapsed time in hours and minutes.  The dial at 6 o’clock represents the small seconds.  There is a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock.

The Daytona Reference 16518 has a 40 mm diameter.  It is waterproof to 100 meters and protected by a sapphire crystal face.  The brown alligator bracelet has a deployant clasp.

Rolex Daytona with Rubber B Strap

Rolex Daytona with Rubber B Strap

Although Rolex has recently come out with a new rubber band for some of its new models, Rubber B has developed a band which supports the older Rolex Daytona’s with leather straps–including the Reference 16518.  Rubber B has developed 8 color straps – 5 base colors, 2 VulChromatic (dual-color) straps, and one couture series strap which shows stitching similar to a leather strap, all made from pure Vulcanized rubber.

All Rubber B bands are manufactured in Switzerland.  These rubber straps are calibrated precisely for the 16518 with “Blocked Integration” engineering for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the Rolex Daytona case.  The Rubber B vulcanized rubber straps perfectly fit the original Rolex buckle.

The Rubber B bands extend the ability for the Daytona to be used in active sporting activities including driving in the extreme heat without the fear of bleeding since no coating, blends or bonding were used in the manufacturing process. Rolex Daytona timepiece owners can easily change the entire look of their investment with Rubber B’s colorful selection of Vulcanized rubber bands, while maintaining a comfortable fit.  Rubber B bands are ready for action no matter if it is the boardroom or the beach.  For more information on the Rubber B bracelets for the Rolex Daytona on Leather Strap Reference 16518  visit our page here.

The Horological Artistry of Louis Moinet

Louis Moinet Vertalor Tourbillon ref LM-35.50.55

Louis Moinet Vertalor Tourbillon ref LM-35.50.55

Louis Moinet (1768–1853) is one of the grandfathers of horology, a pioneer and inventor, and credited with the invention of chronograph which he called the “compteur de tierces”.  His exquisite clocks were owned by many historical figures far and wide including Napoleon, the Tsar Alexander I, King George IV of England, Marshal Murat–King of Naples, Ernest Augustus–Prince of Hanover, and two American presidents–Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.  Several of his masterpieces are found in museums and private collections including the Louvre, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Château de Versailles, the White House and Jefferson’s Monticello Museum, Virginia.

Louis Moinet was a modest academic, who shared his research with fellow horologists, rather than a businessman in pursuit of profit. His peers regarded him as one of the greatest horologists of all time. He was appointed president of the Chronometry Society of Paris and devoted 20 years of his life to writing the greatest book on horology in its time, the Traité d’Horlogerie, which comprises detailed descriptions and diagrams of the finest watchmaking techniques.

Jean-Marie Schaller, Louis Moinet CEO and Creative Director founded the company in 2001 with the same dedication to artistry, invention and unique design.  Louis Moinet is located in Saint-Blaise, Switzerland.  It’s timepieces are identified with “Côtes du Jura” guilloche dials, “Gouttes de rosée” hands, and distinctive cases with screwed bezels. Another signature feature of Louis Moinet is the use of extremely rare materials, such as tropical fossilised palm wood and dinosaur bone, or wondrous meteorites hailing from the Moon or Mars.  The rarity of Louis Moinet timepieces exists because very few models are manufactured in any quantity, often limited to less than 30 pieces, and sometimes are unique one-of-a kind creations.

The Vertalor Tourbillon, reference LM-35.50.55 is one of only 28 pieces produced by Louis Moinet.  It is quite possibly the greatest chronometer ever made, winning gold in 2015 for Excellence in Precision by the Concours International de Chronométrie.

The center of the dial is created from a Moon meteorite fragment.  The luminous star-shaped second hand is inspired by the Louis Moinet 1825 design in his Julius Caesar clock.  The hour and minute hands are shaped as “Gouttes de Rosée” (Dew Drops).  The Bridge and case is made from 18k gold.  Each hour is marked by cuts of diamond.

The movement has a power reserve of 72 hours and the mechanism is visible through the case-back and partially through the front of the dial where the 60-second tourbillon cage maximizes timekeeping precision.  Both sides are protected by anti-reflective sapphire crystal.  The timepiece oscilates at 21,600 vph with a frequency of 3 Hz.  It is decorated by the Côtes du Jura engraving.  The case is a significant 47 mm in diameter.  The water resistance supports up to 90 feet.   The strap is a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather.

Rubber B Bracelets for Louis Moinet

Rubber B Bracelets for Louis Moinet

Rubber B has designed 6 leather bracelets for the Vertalor Tourbillon, reference LM-35.50.55.  The two black leather bracelets are available in genuine alligator  or full grain leather with the patented Rubber B vulcanized rubber base for comfort and durability.

The Rubber B bracelets are made in Switzerland out of pure vulcanized rubber with leather stitched on top.  The Rubber B Structure Series bands are fitted with a 316L Stainless Steel tang buckle–providing a durable clasp which provide excellent support for a sports watch of this caliber.  For more information visit the Rubber B structure series page here.