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Blancpain Villeret Quantième Annuel GMT Hands-On

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Previously only offered in precious metal, the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Annuel GMT is now available in stainless steel. The new steel model measures 40 mm x 11.04 mm, same dimensions as before. The case is fully polished, along with the crown, which features the company logo engraved in relief. Instead of an intricate sunray guilloche pattern, as seen on previous models, the dial has a smooth matte white surface. The dial layout stayed the same. An annual calendar with individual rectangle apertures, one after the other, displays the day, date, and month – with ease. Long, skeletonized leaf-shaped hands, crafted from stainless steel, and polished, indicate hours and minutes. The hour indices are marked with hand applied, polished stainless steel Roman numerals. For seconds, there is a centrally mounted baton-shaped hand, in polished steel, with a logo motif counterweight that

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Grande Seconde Deadbeat Onyx Hands-On

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Last month at Baselworld, Jaquet Droz debuted a timepiece, with a deadbeat seconds function, and a unique dial made from black onyx called the Grande Seconde Deadbeat Onyx. Onyx is a mineral crystal (gemstone), formed of bands of chalcedony in alternating colors, according to Wikipedia. “It is cryptocrystalline, consisting of fine intergrowths of the silica minerals quartz and moganite. Its bands are parallel to one another, as opposed to the more chaotic banding that often occurs in agates.” For each Grande Second Deadbeat Onyx dial, a piece of onyx is cut and then polished to a glossy finish, resulting in a look that is quite striking, especially when contrasted by the 18K white gold monoblock applied chapter ring. The hours and minutes are indicated by polished white gold Lance-shaped hands in the upper dial. And a long centrally-mounted baton-shaped hand,

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Orion 1989 Special Edition Hands-On

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Launched a few years ago, the Orion 1989 Special edition timepiece, from German watchmaker NOMOS Glashutte, pays homage to fall of the Berlin Wall, which happened in 1989. The timepiece comes in a three-part stainless steel case measuring 38 mm x 8.86 mm, with slightly curved sapphire crystals protecting the dial and the caseback. These dimensions result in a perfectly proportioned dress watch that wears very comfortably. An anthracite dial with stamped gold indexes, and silver printed minutes and seconds graduations make for an attractive aesthetic. Baton-shaped steel hands are gold-plated, further adding to the elegance of the look. Inside, is NOMOS’s Alpha caliber, which is their first manufacture movement, and most popular. Understandably so as it is a mere 2.6 mm in thickness, yet has all the decorations we have come to expect from this beloved German watchmaker: rhodium

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Tudor Black Bay Dark Hands-On

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The Heritage Black Bay, first launched in 2012, is Tudor’s best-selling collection. Based on the first 1954 Tudor Submariner (Ref. 7922), along with design elements borrowed from multiple subsequent Submariners, the Black Bay is not a re-edition, instead, it is a contemporary re-interpretation of the original. Building on the success of the core model, last month a day before Press Day at Baselworld, in addition to debuting the Black Bay Bronze, Tudor launched the Black Bay Dark, which like the Bronze, is somewhat of a departure from the rest of the Black Bay collection. Scenes from the launch which took place as just ahead of Baselworld 2016 Unlike the larger 43 mm diameter bronze-alloy case from the Bronze model, the Black Bay Dark is in stainless steel and has the same dimensions (41 mm x 12.75 mm) as the Black

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Photo Report: Panerai SIHH timepieces at Madison Ave boutique

Last week, during Madison Avenue Watch Week, we stopped in to preview all of the new Panerai SIHH 2016 timepieces at the brand’s flagship New York City boutique, located at 703 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065. The photos below show off our favorite new pieces as seen during the visit. Store front at 703 Madison Avenue Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio special edition - click for previous coverage Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set - click for previous coverage Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42 mm - click for previous coverage Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio - 47 mm Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio - 45 mm Most of the SIHH 2016 Panerai introductions Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio - 45 mm Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT

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Highlights from Madison Ave Watch Week on Instagram

Madison Avenue Watch Week 2016 took place from April 13-20th on the famed, Madison Avenue, specifically in the shopping district located in between approximately 53rd in Midtown, and 72nd in the Upper East Side. Madison Avenue, and Fifth Avenue (which runs parallel) have arguably the best watch luxury watch selection in the country, all within an area the can be covered relatively easily on foot. Check out our destination guide to watch stores on Madison and 5th Avenues. Below are a few highlights Instagram highlights from #MadisonAvenueWatchWeek. Did someone say #tourbillontuesday ? The new @alangesoehne Datograph perpetual tourbillon chronograph. Just stunning. #madisonavenuewatchweek A photo posted by @horologyandtechnology on Apr 19, 2016 at 10:27am PDT No pressure… (@jaegerlecoultre President, Philippe Bonay, is standing just to the right of me, addressing the rabble. 😉) #jaegerlecoultre #madisonavenuewatchweek #redbarcrew #redbargroup A photo posted by

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Big Bang Sang Bleu

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On April 20th, at the Robert, located on top floor of New York City’s Museum of Art & Design – overlooking Central Park and Columbus Circle – Jean-Francois Sberro, Managing Director Hublot of America, and Swiss tattoo artist Maxime Büchi, presented a new limited edition collaboration Hublot timepiece called the Big Bang Sang Bleu. To give a little background, Maxime Buchi founded Sang Bleu magazine in 2006 – merging art, fashion, literature, sociology, and tattooing. Eventually, that led to the formation of Sang Bleu London Tattoo Studio in 2014, which consists of a dozen A-list tattooists. Notably, Buchi’s most famous clients include Kanye West and Adam Lambert. The Big Bang Sang Bleu is presented in a 45 mm titanium case which has a unique engraved geometric motif in the center, drawn by Buchi in the same way he would design

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Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed Black Hands-On

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Since 1988, Chopard has been the official timekeeper of the famous Mille Miglia endurance race – which features more than 400 classic cars competing on a thousand-mile course between Brescia and Rome. Referred to by Enzo Ferrari as the “world’s most beautiful race”, it inspired an eponymous watch collection created by Chopard, which as of last year are now equipped with manufacture movements. Following the launch of the Mille Miglia GTS collection in 2015, at Baselworld 2016 Chopard debuted the Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed Black. Presented in a 43 mm x 11.43 mm matte black DLC-treated steel case, the watch features bold red “Rossa Corsa” accents and oversized numerals recalling 1950’s dashboards. Additionally, it has engine-style finishing and a strap with a vintage 1960s Dunlop racing tire tread motif. The dial is matte black, with a red lacquered sweep

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The "Rindt" Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3

Ahead of the Baselworld show in March, and before the launch of the retro version of the Monza, TAG Heuer announced that it would produce a re-edition of the Autavia, in 2017. And crucially, that fans would pick which Autavia. This week, after thousands of votes were cast, during two rounds of voting, TAG Heuer announced that the winner is the “Rindt” Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3. First produced in 1966, the “Mark 3” Autavia has a narrower bezel than the original model. The dial has applied steel markers with small luminous plots, and baton-shaped steel hands that are polished and feature luminescent inserts. This version is known as the Rindt, because is was worn by the Austrian Formula One World Champion, Jochen Rindt.

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Breguet Type XXI 3817 Hands-On

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Abraham-Louis Breguet is well known for inventing the tourbillon, amongst many other watchmaking technologies. Less known, however, is that his great-great grandson, Louis Charles Breguet, carried on his family’s history of innovation, in not just watchmaking, but also in aviation. Louis Charles Breguet developed the gyroplane, the forerunner of the helicopter. He also developed the Breguet XIV plane in 1916. And according to Breguet, “between 1917 and 1926, around 8,000 of these legendary aircraft were acquired by an estimated fifteen countries. Other models followed, such as the Breguet 19, and later the Breguet Deux-Ponts (Double Deck).” In conjunction with the activities of Louis Charles Breguet and his aeronautical firm, the Breguet watch company developed chronograph mechanisms fitted on cockpit instrument panels and later began producing pilot’s watches. In 1935, Breguet developed their first wrist chronographs. By 1954, Breguet launched the

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