Month: January 2020

Rolex Implements New Watchmaker Training Program

Rolex has designed a new watchmaker training program and will implement it at all Rolex-sponsored schools in the United States.
The program’s new courses, exams and certification process will be overseen by the newly formed Swiss Watchmaking Training Alliance (SAWTA), an entity owned and operated by Rolex, including watch brand representatives, and watchmaking from Switzerland Training and Education Program (WOSTEP), American Watchmaker Institute (AWCI) and Rolex-sponsored school.

Rolex says its new watchmaker training program will set a new standard in American professional watchmaking education.
The course is intended to consolidate the skills currently required to achieve AWCI and WOSTEP certification and to set new standards in professional watchmaking education in the United States, Rolex said in a statement.
There will be a comprehensive final exam recognized by the Alliance members. After passing, candidates will receive certifications from SAWTA, WOSTEP and AWCI, and obtain diplomas from their respective schools and colleges.

Rolex has donated a total of more than $ 1.6 million each year, and more than 200 students have graduated from its courses.
Source: National Jeweler Network


Richard Mille Rm 11 First Ntpt Watch

RM 011 Carbon NTPT® Automatic Watch

 Entering the new season, Richard Mille pioneered the application of NTPT® (thin-layer composite technology) carbon fiber materials to watchmaking. After months of meticulous research and development, he finally launched the first NTPT® carbon fiber case.

 RM 011 Carbon NTPT® Automatic Watch

 The NTPT® carbon fiber material was originally developed for the manufacture of racing yacht sails and quickly became a material not to be missed in sailing. This material significantly optimizes the endurance and lightness of yacht sails and has become a must-have material for racing boats around the world. NTPT® carbon fiber material has become the benchmark for composite materials. In the past two seasons, it has been used to manufacture the frame of Formula One cars. It has also entered the hall of the aviation industry because it is used in the solar impulse 2 fuselage of future solar aircraft .

 The new RM 11H uses RICHARD MILLE’s first NTPT® carbon fiber material.

 NTPT® carbon fiber is special and produces a unique visual effect due to its regular wavy pattern. NTPT® carbon fiber material consists of multiple layers of parallel filaments, which are separated from carbon fibers. These thin layers not exceeding 30 microns are first immersed in a resin and then woven by a special machine. There is a 45 ° angle between the layers, creating a special visual effect similar to rare wood. After being heated to 120 ° with 6 bar pressure, NTPT® carbon fiber material can be sent to Richard Mille’s watch case factory in Proart for CNC machining.

 Compared with composite materials that have been considered to have excellent physical properties, NTPT® carbon fiber materials have 25% better rupture stresses and 200% better microcracks.

 The NTPT® material completely protects the RMAC1 movement. The RMAC1 movement features a large date window at 12 o’clock, a month display at 4 o’clock, and a flyback timing function. The all-titanium movement has a dual barrel mechanism. It is wound by a variable geometry automatic disc with a power reserve of up to 55 hours.

 The new RM 011 Carbon NTPT® watch brings innovative and cutting-edge technical solutions to the world of modern watchmaking.


Breitling Launches The ‘three Arrows’ Flying Team Ultimate Chronograph Watch

Breitling became the official watch of the Italian Air Force ‘Three Arrows’ aerobatic flight performance team (Frecce Tricolori) in 1983, and in 1984 designed a mechanical chronograph series watch for it. Nearly 30 years later, the two renewed their frontiers and established a long-term cooperative relationship again. To celebrate this event, Breitling’s Chronomat 44 and its limited edition specially ordered for the ‘Three Arrows’ flying team, limited to 1,000 pieces.

    The new watch features a 44mm diameter steel case with a black rubber die-cut unidirectional ratchet-shaped rotating digital bezel, a double-sided anti-reflective curved sapphire crystal, a screw-in crown and a safety chronograph button. The black dial continues the classic design of 1983. It is equipped with a 30-minute and 12-hour silver cumulative timer with red hands and a calendar display. It is even more striking against the 12 o’clock flight team logo. The logo consists of three arrows of Italian flag colors red, white and green, and the words ‘P.A.N. frecce tricolori’ are engraved underneath (P.A.N. means ‘National Aerobatic Team’, Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale). The bottom of the table is engraved with the outlines of ten performance team aircraft manufactured by Marki.

    In terms of power, the watch is equipped with Breitling’s own 01 automatic winding movement, which is certified by the Swiss Official Observatory (COSC), with a high swing frequency of 28,800 times per hour and a power reserve of more than 70 hours. Water-resistant to 500 meters. Comes with Diver Pro III deep diving rubber strap with Breitling logo or Pilot steel bracelet.