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Tempus Machina Ref. 809H Submariner

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Tempus Machina, the company that created a customized Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 as an homage to the highly collectible Ref. 6538 Big Crown, in 2015, is at it again. This time, they have customized another modern Submariner Ref. 114060 to look like a collectible 1960s vintage Ref. 5512 with pointed crown guards. In addition to the 5512-inspired pointed crown guards, the so-called Ref. 809H Submariner by Tempus Machina also has a gilt-printed 3, 6, 9 “Explorer” dial. “The lugs of the modern ceramic sub has been slightly thinned to create a more appropriate profile. Lugholes are drilled and sharp bevels are applied to the mid-case,” according to Tempus Machina. Limited to 30 pieces, the watch goes on sale today for $25,000. The price is steep, but if you want that vintage look, that many of us crave in a Rolex,

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Chopard Grand Prix Monaco Historique Chrono

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Seen here on the wrist of the President of Chopard USA, is the Grand Prix Monaco Historique Chrono. The watch features a 44.50 mm x 14.10 mm case, constructed out of titanium for the case middle, pushers, and crown. With a stainless steel bezel and caseback. This timepiece was introduced in 2014 and pays homage to Chopard’s status as the official timekeeper on the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, dating back to 2002. Said to be inspired by the classic single-seaters sports cars from the 1970s, the Grand Prix Monaco Historique Chrono has a snailed gray dial and a yellow flange with graduations for the chronograph. Matching the ring are yellow chronograph hands for seconds (central hand), 30-minutes (12 o’clock), and 12-hours (6 o’clock). A small seconds subdial sits at 9 o’clock, and there is a date aperture at 3

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Bell & Ross BR-X1 Hyperstellar

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Earlier this year Bell & Ross launched a limited edition version of their BR-X1 timepiece called the Hyperstellar. The BR-X1 line is inspired by aviation, and the “X1” designation is in reference to famous test pilot Chuck Yeager, who was the first to break the speed of sound, reaching Mach 1 in a Bell X-1 experimental rocket plane. The Hyperstellar takes the aviation theme of the BR-X1 collection a step further, by marketing it as “An Innovative Chronograph Designed to Conquer Space.” However, the watch has not been in space and is not designed for real astronauts. Although, features such as the large “rocket pushers” would allow for an astronaut to activate the chronograph, even with gloves on. And the large 45 mm diameter square case, with a highly legible circular dial consisting of prominent luminescent hour, minute, and second

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Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton Air Hands-On

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One of my favorite timepieces from Swiss-based watchmaker, Armin Strom, is their Tourbillon Skeleton Air which comes in a matte gray titanium case, and normally includes a gray (shown below) or white alligator horn-back strap as well as an additional gray or white rubber strap. However, this particular piece is (shown above) with a brown horn-back alligator strap, which is a stunning combo. And which emphasizes how a simple strap change can significantly alter the appearance of the watch. The Tourbillon Skeleton Air case measures a very wearable 43.4 mm x 13 mm, which is a good size for a wide variety of wrists. It is not a 38 mm dress watch for sure but it is also not a 48 mm Panerai. With a non-locking crown and 50 meter water resistance, it is not really a sports watch, nor

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Introducing the Girard-Perregaux Heritage 1957

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Girard-Perregaux’s Gyromatic timepiece came out in 1957 and offered improved automatic winding by way of a two Gyroton wheels, with 7 jewels each to reduce friction. The result, at the time, was faster and more reliable winding. By the 1960s, GP introduced the Gyromatic in a high frequency version (5hz/ 36,000 mph), up from the earlier (2.5Hz/18,000 vph and 3Hz/21,600 vph) models. This year, Girard-Perregaux introduced the Heritage 1957, that has neither the Gyromatic winding system nor the high-frequency movement. What is does share with the Gyromatic, however, is a similar aesthetic. Vintage 1960s Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic At 40 mm x 9.45 mm, and in a steel case no less, the Heritage 1957 pays homage to the company’s rich past and will surely please purists. The dial has a beautiful champagne color with a sunburst effect, punctuated with polished and applied

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Breitling Chronoworks Performance Labs

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Chronoworks Performance Labs refers to the advanced research and development department at Breitling’s headquarters in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Simply put, the team develops and tests new technologies that can be utilized to enhance series-production watches. The Superocean Heritage Chronoworks is the first timepiece to utilize the chronometric enhancements developed by Chronoworks. These enhancements represent five key areas that start with the existing caliber B01 – Breitling’s first in-house mechanical movement – and result in a reworked caliber that outperforms the existing movement in many ways. Breitling caliber B01 Chronoworks Silicon wheels A watch movement is at halt 95% of the time, and each time it restarts there is a loss of energy. To offset this, the movement’s center wheel, third wheel, and fourth wheel have been manufactured with silicon which reduces weight by about half – making the restarting, and

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Introducing the Piaget Polo S

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Sharing the iconic cushion-shape inspired design of the Emperador collection blended with the round look of the existing Polo collection, Piaget has unveiled an all-new model called the Piaget Polo S. The Swiss-based watchmaker refers to the design as a round case and bezel, “juxtaposed with a cushion-shaped face.” Designed and manufactured exclusively by Piaget, the new Polo S is offered in either an automatic, utilizing the new Piaget 1110P movement, or a chronograph equipped with the new Piaget 1160P movement. The new collection consists of five total references. The Polo S Automatic with a blue, gray, or white dial for $9350. And the Polo S Chronograph with a white or blue dial that retails for $12,400. Water-resistance is 100 meters. The Automatic version measures a sleek 9.4 mm, with the Chronograph measuring 11.2 mm in thickness. The dials all

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Manero Flyback Hands-On

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The Manero Chronograph Flyback is one of the first new watches to receive the designation “Lucerne 1888” added below the logo on the dial, along with the new Manero Peripheral, which we wrote earlier this year. However, while that watch has an in-house made mechanical movement inside – with the company’s patented peripheral rotor technology – the Manero Flyback does not. Instead, it has a basic modular 4Hz chronograph movement, with a complicated flyback function that allows you to instantly stop-start and restart the chronograph with just one push. The mainplate and bridges have a circular graining decorating and the rotor has the company logo engraved on it. No chamfered edges or higher level finishing like the aforementioned, patented peripheral rotor model, though. The Manero comes in a 43 mm x 14.45 mm case that alternating polished and satin-brushed case,

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Is the Breguet No. 5 Pocket Watch worth its asking price?

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You may have already read about the famous Breguet Marie-Antoinette pocket watch No. 160 (which was ordered in 1783 and completed in 1827). Or the Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160 (essentially an exact replica of the original pocket watch, commissioned by the late Nicolas G. Hayek in 2005 and completed in 2009). However, around the same period (1794), another important Breguet pocket watch was also produced: Breguet No. 5. And so, like the Marie-Antoinette, Breguet recreated this pocket watch as well. Although, instead of a one-off replica, like the Marie-Antoinette, Breguet produced six pieces. And while the original No. 5 is part of Breguet’s museum collection (as is should be), and the first five replicas have already been purchased, there is still one No. 5 Pocket watch available for sale. Interestingly, I first saw the No. 5 replica in

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Frederique Constant launches Runabout watches, in downtown Manhattan, at the North Cove Marina

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Last month, Frederique Constant celebrated its continued partnership with the Riva Historical Society (which started in 2009), with the unveiling of two new limited edition Runabout watches, at the North Cove Marina, at Brookfield Place in Manhattan. The Riva Historical Society is a non-profit organization that was founded by architect Piero Maria Gibellini along with the engineer Carlo Riva and a group of friends with the goal of preserving Riva boats (which date back to as early at the 1920s). As part of this annual partnership, Frederique Constant annually promotes and commemorates the runabout boats with a nautical-inspired limited edition watch. The Runabout collection of watches, according to the manufacture, “fuse the best of classic Italian style with the latest technical innovation.” Both versions of the Runabout watches come in a 43 mm diameter case made of either stainless steel

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