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November 2008

Louis Erard 1931 Retrograde

New movement, new complication. The Louis Erard 1931 Retrograde, latest model in the 1931 Collection, is a truly eye-catching timepiece, thanks to the impressive ballet performed on its dial. One hand reads the retrograde date, another springs back when it reaches the extremity of the curve of the power reserve, while a disc turns graciously in its day-counter frame.

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ROLEX Submariner All Black by Bamford & Sons

Rolex does not currently offer any black versions of their popular Submariner, GMT, Explorer II, Yacht-Master, Daytona or Milgauss watches. Enter Bamford & Sons, who has been filling this void by offering Rolex watches in black, as you can see here. Now they have taken it a step further and you can actually customize the dial, hands, indexes and date window, and preview it live online. I like the efforts of Bamford & Sons, however I would much rather buy a black Rolex from Rolex, not an aftermarket firm. I am sure if Rolex introduced an all black watch it would sell very well, plus it would be worth more in the long run. The Bamford version will surely sell, but as far as holding its value, not so much.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Chrono XLS M

Victorinox Swiss Army recently introduced a new analog-digital watch, the Chrono Classic XLS MT. The analog digital movement is a swiss made quartz. The case is made of stainless steel with a black ice PVD treatment. It is 45mm in diameter, 12.05mm in height, has a lug width of 23mm and weighs 122.3g. The digital chronograph function allows for timing with 1/100th of a second accuracy. Additional functions include a countdown timer with alarm and a multi-lingual perpetual calendar. The crystal is a tripled coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal and the back features a screw-in caseback. Water resistance is 100M/330ft. It comes in two versions, a light or dark grey dial, both versions are available now for $1095.

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ROMAINE JEROME: DNA Moondust Collection

[ via Romaine Jerome ] November 12, 2008 - Geneva, Switzerland - Timepieces made from fragments of the Apollo XI spacecraft, and the Soyuz spacecraft, dials with mineral structure containing Moon dust, with straps partly woven with fibers from an International Space Station spacesuit were launched here tonight by Romain Jerome, DNA of Famous Legends.

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PANERAI Luminor 1950 Ceramic 8 Days Chrono Monopulsante GMT

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Ceramic 8 Days Chrono Monopulsante GMT watch (Ref PAM00317) watch features a 44mm case and bezel crafted from ceramic, a convex sapphire crystal, and a black sandwich dial with luminous indications. Straps are in crocodile or calf leather. The Panerai PAM00317 watch utilizes the manufacture Panerai P2004 caliber, which is handwound and has three mainspring barrels. This movement features an 8-day power reserve, and offers a mono-push chronograph mechanism, a power reserve indicator, and a 24-hour GMT hand. Water resistance is 100 meters.

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Everose Gold Daytona by Rolex

Introduced at Basel 2008, the new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Everose" features a new gold alloy that Rolex calls "Everose". Everose was created in-house by mixing 18k gold, copper and a touch of platinum. The result, Rolex says, "is the perfect blended color of gold that will remain pink for ever".

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Survivor" Chronograph

Introducing the Royal Oak Offshore "Survivor" Shapes and ergonomics. Each detail is meticulously designed to ensure a blend of efficiency and lightness. The perforations on the bezel lighten up the structure without compromising its sturdiness. The hollowed pushpieces equipped with a security look ensure user-friendly handling. In a similar vein, the generous size and notched rim of the crown, as well as the ratcheted case edge, facilitate getting a quick and sure grip on this exceptional instrument.

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