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In 2013, “Poljot-International” and “Basilika” are presenting a new range of sportive and classical watches - such as “Pilot”, “Red October 2”,“Pioneer”, “Plain elegance”, “Nights of Sankt Petersburg II” and others. For all these new models we retain the tradition of watch producing by using exclusively mechanical movements. The design style and the price policy remain to be the same – being very competitive and attractive for the customers.

 

„Red October 2“
"Red October", the divers’ watch of "Poljot-International”, has won the hearts of many watch lovers - just like the submarine from the famous movie "Hunt for Red October" with Sean Connery - with the same name. The watch was very popular and demanded. That is why "Poljot-International" is releasing a new edition of the diving watch named "Red October 2", in 2013.
Keeping traditions – is one of the most important characteristics of any company. "Poljot-International", also world-wide known as "Basilica" will continue working in this way.
The watch is traditionally made in a stainless steel case with water resistance up to 100 m, a turnable bezel and a screw-type crown. The dial is fitted with a waved pattern in black, silver or grey. The hands and hour marks are coated by a strong luminous paint making possible to read the time even in the dark. The reliable automatic cal. 2427. Slava (without weekday indicator) was here used as movement.
The red navy symbol at the "6" was selected in agreement with representatives of the Navy and should emphasize the revolutionary name "Red October".

„Pilot“
For several years, our company was creating watches with “Poljot” movements for the air force and the space industry. Such watches as "Sturmanskie" in memory of Yuri Gagarin or "Soyuz-Apollo" for Alexey Leonov will stay for long time in our memory as very special things and events.
In order to continue this tradition, the brand "Poljot-International", also well-known in the world as „Basilika“, has created some new pilot watches, in 2013.
The watch is manufactured with three different dials - in mat black, deep blue and beige colour. The tachometer scale completes the look of the watch by the same or a contrasting colour.
The hands were coated with a strong luminous colour (Superluminova) making possible to read the time even in the dark. In addition to a massive crown the stainless steel case has a round pusher, which is big enough to activate the calendar function even with pilot gloves.
This watch has a special band, which is exactly adapted to the case.
The use of an automatic movement with a double barrel, which is winding up himself by moving the arm, makes this watch very comfortable. This pilot watch will not only satisfy the pilots but also all the other by its price, too.

„Pioneer“
Nowadays, only a few watches for the armed forces are equipped with automatic mechanical movements. And even less watches in this sector includes a calendar or a day- and world time indication.
The brand "Poljot-International" continues the good old traditions and launches a new series of multi-functional military watches called "Pioneer", in 2013.
The watch is made of stainless steel case with water resistance up to 50 meter, two crowns and a pusher. The crown at the "3" is used to wind up the watch and to set the time and the weekday. The other crown at the "4" is used to bring the world time in the necessary position. The calendar function is operated with the pusher over the "3".
The three different dial colours black, beige and khaki were chosen following the military tradition. In this regard, the clear figures and the robust hands are as important. Both were coated by strong luminous paint. This watch has a special strap, shaped for exactly matching to the case. It makes the watch very comfortable in every life situation.
The automatic movement calibre 2427. Slava will be a constant and a long-serving companion for the owner of this watch.

“Tourbillon-Skeleton” with glass dial
A tourbillon is an addition to the mechanics of a watch escapement. Developed around 1795 by the French-Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet from an earlier idea of the English chronometer maker John Arnold, the tourbillon aims to counteract the effects of gravity by mounting the escapement and balance wheel in a rotating cage, to negate the effect of gravity when the timepiece (and thus the escapement) is stuck in a certain position.
For you can better enjoy the beauty of the movement in the tourbillon cage and see the refined bridges, the dial was designed of through-see glass. For the same reason, the watch case is equipped with a see through glass back. The classical stainless steel case with sapphire glass has water resistance of 5 atm.
The tourbillon cage placed at 6’ o’clock position and the arrow-bridge inside, which moves 60 seconds, can also be used as a second counter. Many small parts such as balance, escapement and wheels are always exposed while in motion transferring a magic feeling of small mechanical machines.
On the 3 o‘clock position, there is a day & night function. If the sun is opposite of the small black triangle on the outside scale, this indicates noontime. If the moon comes in this position, it is midnight time. On the 9 o‘clock position, the GMT function is placed. By turning the crown in an anticlockwise direction it is possible to put the second time zone into the 24-hours mode.
Limited edition to just 100 pieces for the two different versions – with blue-dyed and gold plated numbers on the dial.

Plain Eleganz
This lovely hand winding model appears delicately and lightly as a ballerina. The shape and size of the case was designed in accordance with the traditional style by "Poljot-International" - also known as "Basilika". Not coincidentally it‘s called "Plain Elegance".
Everything of this watch is subordinated under this motto: the case, the dial, the hands and the strap. Without any unnecessary decoration it “plays to the gallery” showing its elegant hour and minutes marks and the fine dial, also available in MOP version. The hands are made in classic shape and traditionally gold or chrome plated. Even the leather straps in both classic and feminine colours such as beige, light blue or pink, serve only one purpose - to be elegant and kept within the bounds.
The designer succeeded in providing the owner of this watch an elation when looking at the harmonic overall picture created by the interaction of the different components. Herewith, the tradition to produce classical and elegant mechanical watches could be kept.
Only a very flat movement is matching for this model, and the manufacturer found it: the Vostok calibre 2409. with only 3,95 mm of height, even though the date indicator had to be left out. In return for it the heart of the movement, the balance wheel, can be watched through a special glass window in the steel case back.

Plain Elegance” (with hour marks as numbers)
This lovely hand winding model appears delicately and lightly as a ballerina. The shape and size of the case was designed in accordance with the traditional style by "Poljot-International" - also known as "Basilika". Not coincidentally it‘s called "Plain Elegance".
Everything of this watch is subordinated under this motto: the case, the dial, the hands and the strap. Without any unnecessary decoration it “plays to the gallery” showing its elegant numbers hour marks and the fine dial. The hands are made in classic shape and traditionally gold or chrome plated. Even the leather straps in both classic and feminine colours such as beige, light blue or pink, serve only one purpose - to be elegant and kept within the bounds.
The designer succeeded in providing the owner of this watch an elation when looking at the harmonic overall picture created by the interaction of the different components. Herewith, the tradition to produce classical and elegant mechanical watches could be kept.
Only a very flat movement is matching for this model, and the manufacturer found it: the Vostok calibre 2409. with only 3,95 mm of height, even though the date indicator had to be left out. In return for it the heart of the movement, the balance wheel, can be watched through a special glass window in the steel case back.

The new skeletonized watch “Nicolai-II“ in limited edition
Diese prachtvolle skelettierte Uhr wird zum 400. Jahrestag der Inthronisation der Zarenfamilie Romanow von „Poljot-International“ produziert.
This magnificent skeletonized watch will be produced by “Poljot-International“ on occasion of the 400th anniversary of the enthronement of the Romanovs .
In 1613, Michael Romanov – as first member of this tsars dynasty ascended the throne, it followed more than 300 years of successful reign in the Russian empire. The dynasty was completed by such outstanding personalities like Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicolai II also named “The Saint“. These Russian sovereigns are characterized by their love to Russia and the permanent striving for its further development. In 1917, tsar Nicolai II abdicated, at the same time, clearing the way for a renewal of the whole country.
The “Romanov“- watch was also created with love and passion. In order to remain the traditions of the Russian tsars, the watch model “Nicolai II“ was shaped in a style of a splendid specimen with a skeletonized movement which can be watch through the glass back and the elegant dial with two recesses. Thanks to the gold plating and the rounded off edges the case looks neat, perfect and majestical. The hands have been blue-dyed as usual in the olden days of the tsars. The dark brown leather strap is completing this composition in silver, gold and blue.
Taken all in all, this particular “Poljot-International“ watch is surely transmitting a sensation of ranking among the upper class.

Nights of St. Petersburg II
For a long time, the “Nights of St. Petersburg“ with MOP dial has been regarded as one of the most successful watch models of the brand “Poljot-International“. Thanks to its elegant appearance and large size it was very popular with women and men.
However, the quickly pulsating time is permanently demanding to create novelties by considering the future trends.
Finally, in 2013, the new “Nights of St. Petersburg” with a new “face” was ready, created by “Poljot-International“ completely remaining its traditions. The new watch has a filigree skeletonized dial and a finely re-worded also skeletonized watch movement. The dial has two larger recesses, one pointing to the barrel and the other showing the seconds hand with its wheels. Thanks to these windows the movement can be seen from the front side, too. By watching it, you will get a feeling of the mastery of the designer who succeeded in creating an esthetical balance by exactly arranging the two round gaps, the applied figure “12“ and the logo.
The blue-dyed hands and the hours and minutes marks at the outer edge make it easy and comfortable to read the time.
The beautiful movement can be seen through the glass back.
The watch will be available in two versions: in stainless steel case and with gold plated case. We are sure- ladies and gentlemen will enjoy this watch just as much as its “predecessor “.

 

Space pioneer Alexey Leonov presents the Soyuz–Apollo watch

On September 30th 2009, at the historical castle in Alzenau, Germany, the Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov presented the new multifunctional automatic watch Soyuz-Apollo of the brand “Basilika”. Leonov was the first man ever to step off a space ship into open space in 1965, and he was also the commander of the Russian crew during the legendary Soviet-American space mission “Soyuz-Apollo“ in 1975.

Public figures from politics, trade and industry, representatives from the watch industry and the press gathered to see and meet this unique man, but also the new Soyuz-Apollo watch.

The evening was marked by a warm atmosphere, and the audience was first treated to speeches by Mr. Scharwies, Alzenau’s mayor, and by the event organizer and director of the company “Poljot-V GmbH“, Mr. Shorokhov. Next, two fantastic documentaries from the private archives of the Russian cosmonaut about his historical first walk in space in 1965 and about the Soviet-American space mission “Soyuz-Apollo“ in 1975 were screened. A great number of questions and Mr. Leonov’s brilliant answers about his heroic flight magnetized the audience and created the singular feeling of participating in a historical event.

The highlight of the evening was Alexey Leonov’s presentation of the Soyuz-Apollo watch, a limited edition of 500 pcs. This automatic watch shows not only the current time, but additionally features a weekday & date display and also world time. It is able – much like Alexey Leonov – to connect people, countries and time zones to one another. The dial is embossed with a large Soyuz-Apollo logo; the screw-type winding crown is decorated with the flags of the USA and the Soviet Union; the glass back has the names of all astronauts and cosmonauts involved in this mission engraved.

Until midnight, torches were aflame in the historical inner courtyard beneath a clear starry sky, warming the hearts of visitors and inviting to dream of a cosmic future for all of mankind.

 

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