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In 2012, a spate of announcements pushed one of the boundaries previously thought to have been cast in stone. After many years of being pegged at a maximum of 5 Hz, the frequency of mechanical movements was suddenly bursting at its seams. Launches by Audemars Piguet, Chopard, Breguet and TAG Heuer had put an end to the belief that no mechanical movements operating at more than 36,000 vibrations per hour would ever emerge. This magical frequency, a round number corresponding to tenth-of-a-second measurement, was Zenith's stomping ground. Its El Primero movement had indeed long remained the only one to run at this speed, although the brand from Le Locle had been discreetly joined by Seiko and later by De Bethune. In 2009, Audemars Piguet launched a 6 Hertz movement, albeit an extraordinarily costly one. This first move, characterised by extreme complexity, had broken the spell of silence in this field and was followed by Breguet which managed to dramatically up the ante with its 10-Hertz Type XXII chronograph. Chopard had opted for symbolic value with 8 Hz - the figure being a lucky number on the highly strategic Chinese market. These accelerations were all based on technical foundations relating to the use of escapement components made of silicon and thus less sensitive to friction. This material made it possible for the pallets and escape wheel to run at high speeds without being subject to wear and without depleting the power reserve. L. U. C 8HF Power Control. David Chokron / Worldtempus As for TAG Heuer, it successively launched several Haute Horlogerie chronographs shattering existing frequency records: 50, 500, 1000 and even 2000 Hz. The only drawback was that these frequencies applied to the chronograph functions, and not to the running of the replica watch into which they were integrated. The latter, which is constant and not occasional as is the case with the measurement of short periods of time, remained stuck at the good old 4 Hz cadence. This same principle of separating the movement and the chronograph function is also at work in the Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100. Its chronograph function runs at 50 Hz, whereas the hours and minutes are measured at the rate of 2. 5 Hz. TAG Heuer MikroPendulumS. David Chokron / Worldtempus The dust has more or less settled and the prevailing status quo is that each of the three brands has occupied its own frequency. Chopard remains at 8 Hz. Its L. U. C 8HF operating at 57,600 vph has just evolved into a Power Control version clad in black ceramic instead of titanium and endowed with a power-reserve indicator. Meanwhile, Breguet has followed up on the 10 Hz technology of its Type XXII with a more classic replica watch - one of its star models. The Classique Chronometrie 7727 is as up to date as ever and represents a compendium of Breguet's classic design codes along with its innovative capacities. Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7727. Breguet The situation has however reached a stalemate. The battle of figures attained summits so high that anyone superseding them will no longer be able to leverage this advance. Once you get past a certain altitude, such feats are simply lost in the clouds… Witness the MikroPendulumS by TAG Heuer, which did not make a particularly strong impact despite the fact that it is truly unique in its kind. This is in fact a 12 Hz tourbillon combined with a 50 Hz chronograph function, no less… And yet pushing the boundaries of physics, mechanics and the status quo is a powerful and timely driving force of which watchmaking is fundamentally in need… until that fatal tipping point where performance ends up proving itself to be self-defeating. In an ironic twist, the race to reduce movement thickness has just experienced a similar fate. Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100. Montblanc On this Valentine's Working day, iW shares a handful of of our favourite love-themed pieces. Wishing you an exceedingly Joyful Valentine's Day!
one. Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2013
That includes a flurry of hearts, this timepiece is perfect to the ultimate sweetheart in your lifestyle. Minimal to 99 parts, the model's metal case actions in at 34mm which is topped that has a bezel that includes two rows of full-cut diamonds. The dial is mother-of-pearl with diamond hour-markers and 5 red-lacquered mother-of-pearl marquetry hearts.
two. Chopard Satisfied Sport Medium
Does your Valentine really like dressing up as much as dressing down? This numerous model can go from evening robe to leather jacket, calendar year round. The Content Sport Medium incorporates a gem-set case, seven moving diamonds that spin beneath two sapphire crystals along with a fuchsia alligator leather strap. A union between diamonds and steel- what is actually the phrase? Opposites catch the attention of?
three. Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin with Strap by Valextra
Commencing today, Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques from close to the whole world will get started promoting 3 new shade bracelets to the Artwork Deco styled Grande Reverson Woman Extremely Skinny including a purple ribes coloration, perfect for the accessory's Valentine's opening working day. No will need to worry about a partner's disdain for final minute gift searching, actually, it seems even more intimate selecting up among these classy straps the day they may be out there.
4. Perrelet Diamond Flower
Does your really like want flowers on Valentine's working day? Give the longest lasting corsage while using the Perrelet Diamond Flower double rotor design. Inspired because of the lotus flower this piece contains a 36. 25mm chrome steel circumstance with petal-shaped hour-markers and 24 diamonds in complete. Its purple dial and strap complete the product, leaving a lasting, passionate impression.
5. Zenith Star
Are you presently a magic formula admirer wanting to open up your coronary heart towards the one you're keen on? Cut out of this model's mother-of-pearl dial is a coronary heart revealing the manufacture's mechanical automated movement, El Primero Calibre 4062. Its functions include hours and minutes as well as a heart-shaped little seconds screen using a heart-tipped hand. There will not likely be described as a doubt in her mind when she sees this heart.