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August 2008

N.O.A. Scyllis 4.80 Diver

N.O.A ("None Of the Above"), founded in 2003, has introduced its first dive watch. The N.O.A Scyllis 4.80 Diver is a 45mm stainless steel watch that features an internally rotating bezel, a helium release valve, and a rubber strap. The Scyllis 4.80 Diver is water resistant to 300 meters, and utilizes a self-winding ETA 2892 movement. Even among the already distinctive N.O.A. collection of watches, the sporty design and professional dive functions really make this watch stand out.

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VIDEO: HD3 Complication Bi-Axial Tourbillon

HD3 Complication watch designer Fabrice Gonet created this revolutionary bi-axial tourbillon as a concept and it was so popular that they decided to sell it. Even at a price of $400,000 all 11 limited edition watches were sold out quickly. It is made of titanium and platinum and is is water resistant to 50m with 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. Watch the video to see the tourbillon in action.

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Zenith Defy Extreme Grande Date Stealth

The newest model in the Defy Extreme lineup, the Grande Date Stealth, uses the Zenith El Primero 4039 SX automatic chronograph movement. The watch case is 46.5 mm wide and is made of titanium, with your choice of either grey or black titanium. The dial has a mulitlayered see-through design, with a very cool carbon fiber layer and red accented subdials. Both watches have titanium braclets with lateral Kevlar inserts.

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EBEL 1911 Tekton Special Edition

This is one of the two special edition watches created to celebrate Ebel's partnerships with two major world soccer organizations: FC Arsenal and FC Bayern Munich. The version shown above is the Bayern Munich edition, of which there are only 250 available worldwide.

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Arena QP GMT by Gérald Genta

The Gérald Genta Arena QP GMT features a (45 mm x 13.9 mm) titanium case topped with a platinum bezel. The contrast of the brilliant platinum and matte titanium looks really good in person. At first glance, this watch looks a lot like a chronograph, but there are actually four sundials that display GMT and perpetual calendar functions. These subdials are part of the sophisticated multi-layered dial, that consists of black and silver brass and a perforated red base.

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RICHEMONT Acquires 60 percent Interest in Manufacture ROGER DUBUIS SA

Richemont is pleased to announce that the Group has acquired a controlling interest in the well known Geneva watch company, Manufacture Roger Dubuis SA in a private transaction with Mr Carlos Dias, one of the founding shareholders. Manufacture Roger Dubuis SA will continue to manufacture and distribute watches under the 'Roger Dubuis' name and will operate as an autonomous 'Maison' within Richemont. Roger Dubuis will benefit from broader integration of its distribution into the Richemont structure as a consequence of the transaction. Commenting on the transaction, Mr Johann Rupert, Executive Chairman of Richemont, said: "Roger Dubuis watches are highly innovative in terms of movements and design. As a young business, it is very different from the more established specialist watchmakers within the Group today; as such it complements our Maisons perfectly. We look forward to developing the Roger Dubuis business

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How many mechanical watches do you own?

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BALL Engineer Master Diver TMT Limited Edition DLC

The new Engineer Master II Diver TMT uses a Ball Caliber 9018 automatic movement and is guaranteed to function at temperatures of -40 to 140°F (-40 to 60°C) without any affect on accuracy. The stainless steel case is 42 mm in diameter and is coated with DLC (Diamond Like Carbon). This coating makes the case very scratch and corrosion resistant, as well as giving it a beautiful gunmetal grey color. The TMT has a very cool mechanical thermometer that displays temperatures of -35°C to 45°C. The movement is anti-magnetic 4,800 A/m and shock resistant to 5,000 G's. The case is water resistant to 300m and comes with a unidirectional inner bezel for diving. There are 53 micro gas tubes on the hour, minute and second hands, and the dial, for excellent nighttime visibility. The crystal is anti-reflective with a solid

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FH SWISS Watch Export Report

According to the FHS watch exports report, eight of the top ten watch markets recorded an increase, year over year, for the first six months of 2008. Total Swiss watch exports increased 14.9%, year over year. Even in a slow economy it appears that Swiss watches are still strong. Hopefully the last six months of the year will be as successful. 2008/2007/2006 Revenue (Top 10 Markets) 1. Hong Kong 1,314.8/1,087.3/903.3 (+20.9%) 2. USA 1,188.9/1,167.3/1,026.4 (+1.8%) 3. Japan 561.4/591.5/577.3 (-5.1%) 4. France 523.9/428.9/370.1 (+22.1%) 5. Italy 502.9/475.0/417.9 (+5.9%) 6. Germany 433.0/383.0/361.1 (+13.0%) 7. China 397.4/242.1/188.0 (+64.1%) 8. Singapore 382.6/263.2/251.4 (+45.4%) 9. United Arab Emirates 340.2/235.8/196.4 (+44.3%) 10. United Kingdom 293.5/311.2/272.5 -(5.7%) Total of all Markets 8,294.6/7,219.8/6,252.8 (+14.9%) *Value in millions CHF (Swiss Francs)

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Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec FourX

The Patravi TravelTec FourX is the newest version of the Patravi collection by Carl F. Bucherer. One of the coolest functions of this watch is the ability to show three time zones simultaneously. The third time zone can be set using a single push-button mechanism for which a patent is pending. The watch uses an exotic blend of palladium, titanium, ceramics and rubber. The case is nicely sized at 46.6 mm in diameter and 15.5 mm thick. The movement is an automatic Caliber 1901.1 with 39 jewels and a 42 hour power reserve. What really makes this watch so special and distinguishes it from other TravelTec models, is the skeleton dial. Interestingly, it has a small window inlaid in the side of the case that allows you to view the TravelTec mechanism.

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