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Robert Downey Jr. shows off his watch collection to GQ Style

Robert Downey Jr. shows off his watch collection to GQ Style

GQ Style, a newly launched lifestyle publication that is part of GQ/Conde Naste, recently sat down with Robert Downey Jr. to look at his wristwatch collection. He owns a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712, a vintage Baume & Mercier his father gave him, a few Rolexes including a Rolex GMT customized by Bamford Watch Department, a Bell & Ross, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT that he wore in Ironman 2.

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Ludwig Neomatik Champagner Hands-On

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After launching the Neomatik line last year, in 2016, NOMOS Glashutte introduced a series of twelve watches with the new DUW 3001 movement, which is now equipped with the new in-house regulation system. The models included are the Minimatik, Tangente, Metro, Orion, and Ludwig, which continue to be available with white silver-plated or champagne-colored dials. Also, the Tetra line is now available with an automatic movement. The Neomatik series (which is the brand’s automatic collection of watches) is powered by the 3.2 mm thick DUW 3001, which allows for slim, elegant timepieces. Despite the thinness, each movement is capable of achieving chronometer accuracy. According to the manufacture, “This high rate accuracy can now be achieved more simply and quickly in DUW 3001, as this caliber is equipped with NOMOS’ own DUW regulatory system. It replaces the Triovis system and allows

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Montblanc TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept

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The TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept is one of the lightest mechanical timepieces in the world – at a mere weight of 14.88 grams. Creating a timepiece this light required the use of a special composite material called “Innovative Technical Revolutionary Resin” (or ITR) combined with Kevlar/carbon to create the case middle, bezel, back, and crown. The material is extremely difficult to manufacture, although the advantages of using this high-tech resin results in a case that it is eight times lighter than steel and four times lighter than titanium, according to Montblanc. The case measures 40 mm x 9.7 mm. Notably, the horns of the watch are made of titanium, which have been skeletonized for further weight reduction, as well as satin-finished and treated with a black DLC coating that provides a contrast to the smooth matte finish on the bezel.

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Pre-owned Heads and Tails with Govberg Watches

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Many people know Govberg watches, 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 be bringing you thematic coverage of some of our favorites pieces in their vast inventory. Today’s edition: Summer watches As summer approaches, many of you may be looking for the perfect swimsuit or beach attire. Have you thought about what watch you’re going to wear? Maybe you have a dress watch and need a good dive watch. Perhaps your vintage diver isn’t the best option to go swimming in the ocean with. On a

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New Model: Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver Automatic

This week Raymond Weil unveiled a new steel dive watch called the Freelancer Diver Automatic. The watch is presented in a nicely proportioned stainless steel case (42.5 mm x 11.8 mm), with either a polished finish or a black PVD treatment – and top by a black ceramic unidirectional rotating dive bezel with either green or orange luminescent material. The Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver Automatic (Ref. 2760-ST1-20001) looks attractive from the pictures, and somewhat reminds me of the Oris Sixty Five, or even the Tudor Black Bay. The black galvanic dial features applied indices and steel hands, both with luminescent material in either green or orange (matching the bezel), and a 3-day aperture for the date. The movement is automatic and features a 38-hour power reserve. Water-resistance is 300 meters. You can select a bracelet or perforated strap (shown). The

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Big Ben scheduled to be renovated in 2017

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Big Ben, the nickname for the world’s most famous clock, is scheduled to begin a much-needed renovation in 2017. The clock hands, mechanism, and pendulum all require repair. There are also leaks, erosion, rusting and cracked masonry in the tower, which according to a story in the New York Times, do not meet fire safety guidelines. Completed in 1858, the tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. Technically the tower is referred to as Queen Elizabeth Tower, and the mechanism inside is called the Great Clock, while Big Ben is the huge chiming bell inside. However, Big Ben is the most commonly used nickname for clock and tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. With repairs scheduled to begin early in 2017, tours of the

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Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT

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Early this week, Panerai unveiled the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT which features the unusual combination of a decimal repeater – and the ability to chime the time for two different time zones. This remarkable feature can be activated by an ingenious design that works by slightly rotating the crown until a black indicator dot can be seen on the side of the crown. Once it is in the position where the dot can be can be seen from the front, the wearer can then press the push-piece in the center of the crown, toggling the system between HT/LT with each push. A status indicator at 8 o’clock shows which time zone is currently active. Once the crown is returned to its normal position, so the black dot is not visible from the front of the watch, the

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Vacheron Constantin and Steve McCurry partner to illustrate the Overseas collection

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Earlier this year at SIHH, Vacheron Constantin re-launched the entire Overseas collection. In order to highlight the new models, Vacheron Constantin is partnering with legendary National Geographic photographer, Steve McCurry. Many of you may know Steve McCurry from his iconic photo “Afghan Girl” (pictured above). Being that the new Overseas collection has 12 new references each with an in-house movement and 12 hours represented on the dial, Steve will be taking the watch and his camera to 12 different locations around the world to capture the unique beauty of our world. Steve McCurry photograph taken in Ethiopia For those of you that don’t know Steve McCurry’s work, give his name a quick Google search and you’ll probably recognize a photo or two. Steve’s backstory began in cinema, he dreamt of becoming a filmmaker and ended up enrolling at the College

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Hands-On

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Like the Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Ocean Commitment that debuted in 2014, this year Blancpain launched a plasma grey ceramic version of the three-hand Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, with the same deep blue dial and bezel. Distinguished by the matte grey plasma ceramic case – that measures 43.60 mm x 13.83 mm – the new Bathyscaphe is a truly contemporary dive watch, despite its rich diving heritage dating back to the 1950s. Like the case, the unidirectional rotating dive bezel is crafted in matte grey ceramic, that has been satin-brushed, along with a polished blue ceramic insert, dive scale, and a single lume-filled Liquidmetal marker at 12 o’clock. Matching the bezel is a stunning, deep blue sunburst pattern dial, punctuated by polished Liquidmetal hour makers, and rectangular-shaped grey hour and minute hands, along with a baton-shaped central seconds sweep hand with a

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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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