News October 2006

Twenty years after introducing their emblematic 1911 collection, the Architects of Time present the ultimate Ebel series for men, a highly contemporary, entirely mechanical and eminently masculine collection of timepieces: 1911 BTR.

1911 BTR, 2006

Powerful design. Masterful technology.
The refinement of an icon. The birth of a legend.

The Watch Quote™ - October 17th, 2006



Defined by their bold aesthetics and sophisticated technical features, the new 1911 BTR models reaffirm Ebel’s expertise at creating watches designed to fulfill contemporary men’s tastes and desires. All are powered exclusively by Ebel proprietary COSC-certified mechanical movements, each one developed, assembled and controlled in Ebel’s workshops in Switzerland: the historical Automatic Chronograph Caliber 137, the new Automatic GMT Caliber 240 and the new Automatic Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Caliber 288. The iconic design of the 1911 BTR provides an ideal showcase for demonstrating the brand’s unique horological expertise.

Superlative bodywork and design features

The legendary design of the 1911 has been enlarged and given a more dynamic and sophisticated edge. The most striking characteristic of the newly refined BTR body is its sheer size and sturdiness: the larger hexagonal case, 44.5 mm in diameter and water-resistant to a pressure of 10 atm, features a 32 mm dial opening and a broader more expressive bezel secured by powerful screws. This blend of unmistakable virility and refinement is also epitomized in the distinctive wristbands that combine imposing stature with the supremely comfortable feel and fit of the rugged metal bracelet, or hand-stitched alligator strap. Extreme readability is a key feature of the 1911 BTR, enhanced by dedicated “color-coded” hands that enable the man who wears one to distinguish, at a glance, between normal time-related functions and chronograph measurements. Contrasting alternating types of surface finishing and decoration, a BTR timepiece exudes a strong and virile visual appeal arising from an array of forceful details:
  • powerful notched and protected push-buttons and screw-down crown with embossed double “E” logo, the symbol of Ebel’s watchmaking excellence
  • finely crafted dial with a resolutely architectural charisma evinced by the faceted “measuring instrument” hands with counterweights and “roof-top” style hour-markers
  • sophisticated counter subdials featuring an inverted “Clous de Paris” motif
  • sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides to provide optimal dial readability
  • hand-sewn, luxurious large-grain alligator leather straps with top-stitching echoing the color of the chronograph hands
  • high-quality Ebel folding clasp


Magnificent engines



Reaffirming Ebel’s historical legitimacy in the field of mechanical watchmaking, 1911 BTR watches are driven exclusively by in-house movements. Each one is chronometer-certified by the COSC and its intricate and elegant workings are visible through a sapphire crystal case-back:
  • 1911 BTR Automatic Chronograph, powered by Ebel Caliber 137, the first ever 100% Ebel mechanical movement, representing the culmination of five years of research. By integrating its 322 parts in parallel, Ebel watchmakers achieved a surprisingly trim movement capable of driving multiple functions. Its innovative technical solutions include an off-centered reversing device that enables bidirectional winding, resulting in enhanced performance. The Caliber 137 serves as the basis for two new Ebel movements in the 1911 BTR collection.
  • 1911 BTR Automatic GMT, powered by Ebel Caliber 240
  • 1911 BTR Automatic Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, powered by Ebel Caliber 288



All Ebel proprietary movements are distinguished by the unmistakable outlines of the new Architects of Time oscillating weight, a unique design detail that symbolizes the fusion of the architect’s compass and the “E” of Ebel. With its highly original openwork structure, this vital component serves not only as a distinctive signature of Ebel watchmaking expertise, but also as a window that reveals even more of the beauty of the movement.

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1911 BTR Automatic chronograph

powered by Ebel Caliber 137



Ebel once again proves it has its finger firmly on the masculine pulse by reinventing this ultimate symbol of the sporting spirit. Eye-catching steel and rubber features, along with vivid yellow, red and black accents and top-stitching on hand-sewn alligator straps, combine to give the Automatic Chronograph line a new edge and “speed machine” attitude.

In appearance and performance, the 1911 BTR Automatic Chronograph is designed to attract men for whom a watch is both a style and lifestyle statement.

  • Oversized permanent seconds counter subdial with inverted “Clous de Paris” motif
  • Black rubber pusher and screw-down crown
  • Black rubber bezel
  • Hand-sewn stitching echoing the color of the chronograph hands

EBEL CALIBER 137
Exclusive Ebel movement developed, assembled and tested in Ebel workshop.
Chronometer certified by the COSC.
Functions
Display:Time of day:
. Hours
. Minutes
. Small seconds at 9 o'clock
Chronograph functions:
. Hour counter at 6 o'clock
. Minute counter at 3 o'clock
. Seconds in the center
Calendar aperture at 4.30
Chronograph:Shuttle chronograph mechanism
Date Module:Semi-instantaneous action date disk
Fast date correction
Components
Jewels:26 rubies and 1 zirconia
Number of components:322
Dimensions
Diameter:31.00 mm
Thickness:6.40 mm
Performances
Frequency:28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Inertia of the balance:10 mg*cm2
Winding:Automatic, bidirectional
Rotor on ball bearing
Power reserve:Minimum 48 hours
Rating performance
of chronometer version
:-4 to +6 sec./day (100% COSC certified)
Amplitude when fully wound:270°
Amplitude after 24 hours:230°
Angle of lift of the pallets:53°

1911 BTR Automatic GMT

powered by Ebel Caliber 240



The GMT line offers men a chance to sport the dynamic chronograph look while providing a highly practical 24-hour second time-zone function. A closer look at the counters reveals an oversized small seconds display at 9 o’clock, opposite a slightly smaller pointer-type date display at 3 o’clock.

Eminently useful in today’s global village, the BTR Caliber 240 functions are extremely user-friendly: the top pusher serves to adjust the date, while the bottom one works to correct the second time-zone. The travel theme is further echoed by the finely crafted wind rose engraved on the bridge which is visible through the sapphire crystal case-back.

  • Fast date adjustment with upper pusher
  • Fast second time-zone adjustment with lower pusher

EBEL CALIBER 240
Exclusive Ebel movement developed, assembled and tested in Ebel workshop.
Chronometer certified by the COSC.
Functions
Display: Time of day:
. Hours
. Minutes
. Small seconds at 9 o'clock
GMT functions:
. GMT 24 hours
Date counter at 3 o'clock
Date module: Semi-instantaneous action date
Fast date correction
Components
Number of components:193
Jewels:22 rubies and 1 zirconia
Dimensions
Diameter:31.00 mm
Thickness:6.70 mm
Performances
Frequency:28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Inertia of the balance:10 mg*cm2
Winding:Automatic, bidirectional
Rotor on ball bearing
Power reserve:Minimum 48 hours
Rating performance
of chronometer version
:-4 to +6 sec./day (100% COSC certified)
Amplitude when fully wound:270°
Amplitude after 24 hours:230°
Angle of lift of the pallets:53°

1911 BTR Automatic perpetual calendar chronograph

powered by Ebel Caliber 288



The concept of the perpetual calendar comes quite naturally to the Architects of Time, who cultivate a vision of creations built to endure through passing generations. The highly sophisticated BTR Caliber 288 timepieces are endowed with the four traditional perpetual calendar counters. The high precision astronomical moon phase offers a degree of accuracy far superior to that of a traditional moon-phase display, clocking up a one-day difference only once in 122 years compared with just over 2 1/2 years for a standard version.

Four correctors along the case sides serve to adjust the perpetual calendar functions, and can be handled by means of a special stylus provided in the dedicated presentation box. This elegant case is equipped with its own motor, to ensure that the various displays do indeed remain perpetually accurate, even when the watch is not being worn. The 1911 BTR Caliber 288 is issued in three separate limited series: stainless steel, 18K pink gold, 18K white gold.

  • Month counter subdial with indication of the leap year
  • Day of the week and permanent seconds counter subdial
  • Date and 30-minute chronograph counter
  • stronomical moon-phase and 12-hour chronograph counter subdial

EBEL CALIBER 288
Exclusive Ebel movement developed, assembled and tested in Ebel workshop.
Chronometer certified by the COSC before and after assembly of the QP module
Functions
Display:. Hours
. Minutes
. Small seconds and 7 day counter at 9 o'clock
. Chronograph hour and astronomical moon counter at 6 o'clock
. Chronograph minute and 31 day counter at 3 o'clock
. 48 months and year at 12 o'clock
. Chronograph seconds in the center
Chronograph:Shuttle chronograph mechanism
Date Module:Perpetual calendar
Semi-instantaneous action date
Fast date correction
Components
Jewels:26 rubies and 1 zirconia
Number of components:436
Dimensions
Diameter:31.00 mm
Thickness:8.00 mm
Performances
Frequency:28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Inertia of the balance:10 mg*cm2
Winding:Automatic, bidirectional
Rotor on ball bearing
Power reserve:Minimum 48 hours
Rating performance
of chronometer version
:-4 to +6 sec./day (100% COSC certified)
Amplitude
when fully wound
:270°
Amplitude after 24 hours:230°
Angle of lift of the pallets:53°

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