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April 2008

Ball Engineer Master II Diver GMT Black

Guillaume Nery is a three-time free dive world record holder and brand ambassador to Ball Watch Company. He makes dives without assistance or equipment on a regular basis to depths of 100 meters (330 feet). This is not only hard to do, it is hard to see while doing it. The ambient light is about 1% of surface light at these depths. This is where the 53 micro gas tubes (tritium) come in very handy and why he uses the EMII Diver GMT watch. The watch has a rotating inner bezel the utilizes 41 of the gas tubes with the remaining 12 being placed on the hands and dial. This illumination setup is very beneficial and allows divers to see their watch at any depth.

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Blancpain Speed Command Chronograph

Blancpain has just introduced a model called the Speed Command Chronograph. It is presented in a 45 mm diameter case made of a satin brushed DLC treated stainless steel that. It features Blancpain's signature sapphire bezel, in this case, it is of the bi-directional variety. The dial is made of carbon fiber and the black chrono has a choice of yellow (pictured above) or orange accents.

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Citizen Eco-Drive Super Chronograph 1000

Citizen introduces the Eco-Drive Super Chronograph 1000 Calibre U700/U70, which can measure 1/1000th second. Not the first company to do it, TAG Heuer was the first, but still very impressive. As well as split time, lap time and speed, the watch also displays average speed if the distance to be covered is input in advance.

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LVMH acquires Swiss watchmaker Hublot

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury group, announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Hublot group, a top of the range watchmaker enjoying very strong growth. LVMH will acquire Hublot from Mr Carlo Crocco, who founded the group in 1980, and a company controlled by Mr Jean-Claude Biver, who has managed Hublot since 2004. Hublot is a brand that is highly complementary to LVMH's existing watch portfolio comprising TAG Heuer, the world leader in prestigious sport watches and chronographs, the Swiss Watch Manufacturer Zenith, Dior Montres, Louis Vuitton watches sold exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores, and the watch collections of jewellers Chaumet, Fred and De Beers.

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EXCLUSIVE: HD3 COMPLICATION Bi-Axial Tourbillon

HD3 Complication designer Fabrice Gonet created this revolutionary bi-axial tourbillon as a concept and it was so popular that they decided to make an ultra-limited edition of 11. It is made of titanium and platinum. It is water resistant to 50m and has an 80 hour power reserve. The coolest feature is the bi-axial tourbillon which rotates in 1 minute increments on the 1st axis and 30 seconds on the 2nd axis. Hit the jump for rest of the original images taken in Geneva earlier this month.

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Breguet unveils Marie-Antoinette watch

"After three and a half years, a dream comes true for Nicolas G. Hayek as Breguet unveils its replica of the pocket watch made for France's most famous queen."

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Baselworld 2008 Reports Record Numbers

For 2008 the Baselworld Watch and Jewellry Show once again produced record numbers. Baselworld 2008 had 2,087 exhibiting companies from 45 countries spread across 6 halls and over 500,000 square feet of exhibit space. A record 2,981 journalists showed up this year which is up 8% from last year. Most importantly a record 106,800 (up 5%) visitors came to Basel from around the globe to view exclusive designs at the world's largest and most prestigious watch and jewelry event.

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Pure Carbon Concept Wristwatch by TB Buti

TB Buti is an Italian watchmaker that produces some very nice looking timepieces. The one pictured above is a 48 mm concept watch made of pure carbon. These are exclusive images taken from Baselworld earlier this month. TB Buti has not released any info on pricing or availabilty yet. Audemars Piguet has released a few carbon watch models, but this one should cost substantially less.

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TAG Heuer Inspired Concept Car

The Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept Chronograph as featured on the dashboard of the limited edition Ken Okuyama-designed K.O. 7 futuristic, high performance and eco-compatible sportscar. Indeed Ken Okuyama has managed to design an high performance GT sportscar with a limited environmental impact thanks to the systematic use of advanced light weight materials such as aluminum, titanium and carbon, enabling him to achieve an extraordinary horsepower to weight relationship. It offers a chance to enjoy the thrill of stunning accelerations as well as the pleasure of sporty driving while being environmentally responsible! Ken Okuyama's vision and commitment as shared by TAG Heuer may well become a must-have factor in the GT car industry in the near future.

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Nº 6 Tourbillon Planétaire Skeleton SuperLigero Concept by FRANC VILA

The Franc Vila Concept Tourbillon Planétaire Skeleton SuperLigero was just launched at Baseworld 2008. The case is made of black titanium with a special elliptic and circular bezel, which is signature Franc Vila. The crystal and the caseback are both sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment. It is water resistant to 100 meters. The movement is a FV Nº 6 mechanical movement with manual winding and 24 rubies. It is a flying tourbillon with inertial moment control mechanism and a wheel differential system. The watch is hand-made and hand-decorated. The bridge of the tourbillon and plate are made in red "Lightnium". It has hour, minutes and power reserve functions. The dial is a transparent sapphire. This is an ultra-limited edition of 8 pieces. The case is also available in a Black Diehard Extreme Steel, DieHard Extreme Steel, red gold, white

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