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Jason Pitsch

TAG Heuer Monza Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, TAG Heuer debuted a Monza reissue, heavily inspired by the original 1976 Heuer model. To give a little background, Monza is a legendary race track known for being the fastest in racing, and the home of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. “TAG Heuer’s link to the legendary track goes back to a warm day in September 1975 when Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni took first place at Monza, and his teammate, Niki Lauda, took third, which was enough for him to win the Formula One World Championship for Ferrari. Both Ferrari cars had the name “HEUER” emblazoned on their chassis — the brand had been the team’s official timekeeper since 1971. To honor the result, Jack Heuer reworked an existing coussin-shaped 1930’s model in a special limited series. Equipped with a high-speed Calibre 15 movement, the

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REVIEW: Grand Seiko GMT

Jason Pitsch

Overview Dating back to 1881, Seiko is Japan’s oldest watchmaker. Grand Seiko, which was founded in 1960, is the company’s high-end watch line. There is even a higher line called Credor, but those pieces are significantly pricier and very rare. Grand Seiko is amongst a very elite group of mechanical watch manufactures (including Rolex) that can produce an entire mechanical timepiece – meaning the case, hands, dial, movement, fully in-house – from start to finish. And like the aforementioned brand, Grand Seiko is able to use their absolute control over production, as well as their watchmaking know-how, which dates back to the late 19th century, to produce superb timepieces. Every detail of a Grand Seiko exudes high-quality craftsmanship. The dial The dial of this Grand Seiko GMT (Ref. SBGM023) is silvered, but in certain light, it looks almost cream colored.

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Seiko Collector Highlights on Instagram

Seiko had a collector’s event in New York last week, and so we compiled this post from some of our favorite shots that were taken at the event, as well as a few random Seiko posts, and one video of a Grand Seiko. 1 of 2 upcoming @seikowatchusa X @paditv #prospex collaboration editions seen at the #Seiko NYC event #seikodiver #padi #SRPA21 🔴⚪️🔵 A photo posted by Doc KickToc (@kicktoc) on Apr 3, 2016 at 6:29am PDT Ok watchfam it's time to lite this MothaF*A up… Tonights #lumebattle theme is "Luming on the Edge"… Let's see how close to the edge you're willing to go😜 use #illumenauts & #TheWallOfLume for a chance to be featured on the wall. Let's do this … Tag @jazzbass251 @dlh30 @paguiarneto @illumenauts and myself… Boom👊🏻😈👊🏻 My sub: #tunameltsmyheart walks the plank😈… But what waits at

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Hands-On with the Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Square Tourbillon

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The newly introduced Galet Classic Square Tourbillon Double Balance Spring is basically a square version of the Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Balance Spring that we showed you last year. Inside, the hand wound movement (caliber LF 619.01), powering the new timepiece, is identical. It beats at 3Hz (21,600 vph), has 188 parts, 23 jewels, and an 80-hour power reserve. The bridges are decorated with Geneva stripes, the mainplate has a circular graining decoration, the angles are chamfered and polished by hands, and the screw heads are also polished. The differences are in the 18K white gold case, which at 41.5 mm x 12.70 mm, is slightly larger, and square. And the dial, which, has a printed railway minutes track, circular satin-brushed chapter ring, applied drop-shaped hour markers, assegai-shaped ruthenium-treated white gold hands, on top of a silver-toned opaline finish dial.

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The world's first analog GPS speedometer

Jason Pitsch

First conceptualized in 2009, the Omata One is the world’s first analog GPS speedometer. The instrument is designed to show speed, distance, ascent, and time of your bike in analog form, based on the scientific premise that analog dials reduce the congnitive load. Not to mention, it is so much more appealing to look at than a standard digital readout. The Omata One utilizes a 72-channel GPS computer, along with a mechanism designed by Seiko Precision Inc. to convert the GPS data into analog movements on the hands of the dial. Simultaneously, in the background, the data is being recorded for later use, such as downloading to your computer or importing into an app, such as Strava. The case measures 55 mm x 15 mm and is made of Plancast Plus 5083 Aluminum, with a PEEK polymer bezel, designed to

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Pre-Owned Heads and Tails with Govberg watches

Josh Shanks

Many people know Govberg Jewelers, they’ve been around since 1916. They’re one of the East Coast’s premier authorized dealers of Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and many others. However, you may not know that outside of selling new watches, they do a brisk pre-owned business. ProfessionalWatches is partnering with the folks at Govberg to bring you inside of their pre-owned vaults. Over the coming months, we’ll bring you thematic coverage of some of our favorites pieces in their vast inventory. Today’s edition: Textures In horology, textures can come in many different forms. Perhaps it’s the texture of a dial, a supple rubber strap, the feel of an exotic leather strap, or simply, the feel of a sharp crown. After a working our way through Govberg’s pre-owned inventory of nearly 1,000+ watches, here are some of my favorites: Texture: Rubber This

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Victorinox introduces compass bumper and paracord strap

This year Victorinox added a paracord strap and compass bumper option to the rugged Inox watch line. The paracord strap was already available at Victorinox, but now it can be purchased as an accessory. Developed in partnership with Swedish brand Naimakka, the hand-woven nylon cord was originally used for parachute suspension lines. The military spec nylon strands can be unraveled in a survival situation to replace shoelaces, build a shelter or raft, to sew with, make a fishing net, or to make a fire. The paracord strap is available with an exclusive Swiss Army knife that features a special blade for attaching the strap to the watch case. Colors are camo, black, red or sand. As for the removable compass bumper, it was designed to protect the Inox watch from scratching and damage, allowing it to worn in extreme situations

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Baselworld 2016: Longines RailRoad

Inspired by a timepiece from the 1960s, the Longines RailRoad, is the newest addition to the brand’s retro-styled Heritage collection. A stainless steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter, looks practically identical to its predecessor, with the exception of a larger case, modern automatic movement (versus a hand wound), and a slightly different dial. Longines Heritage 1920s model The case is satin-finished with a polished bezel. A domed off-white polished dial features 24 black painted Arabic numerals, just like the original. Where is differs is the designation “R. R. 280” now reads “R.R. 888 Automatic”, reflecting the newer automatic caliber number. Shiny black lance-shaped hour and minute hands, along with a baton second hand, remain virtually unchanged from the original. Inside, is caliber L888.2 which is an ETA A31.L01 made exclusively for Longines by ETA. It beats at 3.5Hz (25,200

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Introducing the record-setting Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

Jason Pitsch

Bulgari introduced the world’s thinnest tourbillon wristwatch in 2014. Two years later, they have debuted another record-setting timepiece called the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, which is currently the thinnest minute repeater in the world. To achieve such a feat, with a minute-repeater no less, a tremendous amount of research and design was required as this type of complication is one of the most difficult to produce. And to fit a minute-repeater movement inside a 6.85 mm thick case was, of course, an incredible challenge for the watchmakers in Le Sentier. At 3.12 mm in thickness, the movement is thinner than two-quarters stacked on top of each other. Which again, we have to call out, considering this is a chiming watch. To achieve the desired level of sound quality, in such a small area, the use of titanium was required for

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Maître Cabinotier Retrograde Armillary Tourbillon

Not long after the introduction of the Ref. 57260, the most complicated watch made to date, Vacheron Constantin has unveiled yet another ultra-complicated one-off timepiece: the Maître Cabinotier Retrograde Armillary Tourbillon. Borrowing the armillary tourbillon and the double retrograde functions from the aforementioned 57260 superwatch, this contemporary timepiece has a “high-precision” manually wound movement, housed inside a (45.7 mm x 20.06 mm) white gold case. Notably, the Maître Cabinotier’s caliber 1990 movement is the subject of four patent applications in regards to 1- the instantaneous retrograde system, 2- the balance spring collet, 3- the multi-carriage tourbillon, 4- the escapement lever. One of the coolest features of this watch, both technically and visually, is the retrograde hours and minutes that fly back to zero so fast, that the use of titanium was required because of its strength and lightness. Basically, the

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